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In Chains (In Chains #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  137 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
Alternate Cover Edition of ASIN B00C7DJER8

A romance set in a world where slavery is government run and slaves are fitted with microchips.

Savannah, fleeing a turbulent relationship, seeks solace at her brother’s country farmhouse. It’s there that she meets Kayden; her brother’s slave who's considered less than human. These two damaged souls form an unbreakable bond, one th
Kindle Edition, 202 pages
Published January 2nd 2014 by Michelle Abbott (first published April 3rd 2013)
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Lex Allen
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ms Abbott recently won an award, along with four other indie books/authors, sponsored by Ampersand H (a book design and marketing company). My novel, “No Heaven” was also among the winners. I determined to read and review all of the winning books regardless of genre.
In Chains was the first of these reads and a real pleasure. As a romance novel, it’s one of those “not my thing” kind of books, but I was intrigued by the fact that one of main characters was a modern-day slave. Not the kind of slave
Patti Jean
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book deserves a triple rating. Hahaha It took me a minute to put into words this book and in the end I just can't believe the journey I was taken on.
Immediately I fell in love with Kayden. Oh boy did I fall hard. I love books with the underdogs. I think fell harder for Kayden than Savannah did. Okay no probably not but hey what can I say, I wasn't with him.
The unspeakable torment and abuse this man was willing to take just because he loved Savannah, *swoon*.
If you are looking for a book tha
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Well, I guess as I wrote it, I have to give it 5 stars don't I :-)
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
2.5 Stars

ARC kindly provided by author in return for an honest review
When I read a summary, I always feel like I have a good idea what path the story will be leading me down. But when the story turns out to be so much more than the summary, well, fangirling doth commences!

In Chains is that kind of story.

Wow Oh Wow! What a good story! So different. Very dysopian in feel but not.

Of our world but some added harsh realities, namely slavery. The slavery aspect was immediately apparent in the first chapter. And though there is the lack of humanity towards those held i
Simon Wheeler
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA lovers of dystopian romance
In Chains has much more depth than an ordinary romance, which is why I liked it. Michelle Abbott manages to subtly weave in important issues, while still making it an enjoyable, easy read.

It has a touch of sci-fi, although it is merely a backdrop to the main story of forbidden love. Set in the near future, the main difference is in society, where people who are discovered to have Neanderthal DNA are deemed as not being human and are treated as slaves. Not entirely implausible, since fairly recen
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Rant: In chains is a wonderful story. It almost made me feel as if I was reading Romeo and Juliet again. Two hearts that could not be together because of the way the world was. Savannah and Kayden touched me on so many levels. This story poured all the love it adorn in to me. Savannah was a character I could admire and respect. She had a good heart. I wanted with every fiber of my bones for her to be happy. You just don't have people around that have that halo effect on you. Kayden was sweet ...more
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author, Michelle Abbott, for gifting me with a copy of In Chains in exchange for an honest review.

This is one of those books that I'm just not sure what to rate it. I decided to go with 4 stars because it was a good solid book with a good plot, decent world-building, and very fast, addictive pace. Just let it be known, this kind of book isn't for everyone.

I only had one complaint about this book but it's a rather large issue in my eyes which is why it's worth a whole star to me.
Rebecca McCray
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dystopian Romance - how intriguing. I'd describe it as romance with an interesting twist. The story is primarily told from Savannah's point of view. In the first chapter, she witnesses the execution of a slave (not graphic), which really sets the stage well for the story to come. She has fled an abusive boyfriend and temporarily moves in with her brother. What she doesn't know is that her brother now owns a slave... one to which she is very attracted.

From my perspective, the romance is generally
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at The Rookie Romance Blog.

In Chains is quite hard to categorize it's sort of dystopia, and definitely romance. It's the world as we know it, with one pretty huge exception. There are slaves. The slaves aren't considered human, and certainly aren't treated well. Their harsh reality is acknowledged at the beginning of the book, when our heroine, Savannah, helplessly sees a slave callously 'put down'.

I wasn't really sure what I was expecting when I started this book, but I was
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I picked up this book on a sunday morning when I figured I could get away with a chapter before I got on with housework. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it because it's not really my kind of book, the next thing I knew I was at 90% and dashing around the house to get things done!

I absolutely love the storyline. I've been reading it like it's in the future because it gives me the idea of a not too distant future where slavery is once again accepted because we've managed to find a presumed dead race t
Sharon Xuereb
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sharon's Book Nook Review -

This story had me captivated from the very first page. It's a forbidden love story between a "human girl" and a "slave boy" that really pulls at the heart-strings.

In Chains is well written with good storyline and very likeable characters. Savannah is a kind-hearted girl, who has escaped from an abusive relationship and now has low self-esteem and lacks confidence. Kayden, the slave who belongs to her brother, is strong and very
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Naive-almost-childlike Heroine (in her 20s, not portrayed as a child)
Descriptive sex scenes (within a growing romantic storyline) but not overtly graphic.
Extreme violence and heavy intimidation.
But lets not lose sight of the fact that this is a Love Story.
Realistically, as this is the first book of a series you know there'll be NO HEA. However, we do finish with a Conditional HFN.

Well, we're off with a bang on this one. When I read the blurb and took in the item about the Slave
Amanda (Hootie) Clark
In Chains starts with Savannah leaving her abusive boyfriend and moving in with her brother until she can get back on her feet. While there she tries to write a book and gets a job at the local cafe to help her brother out. When she meets Kayden, the slave her brother bought, she is immediately attracted to him and a friendship between them starts to form. Savannah's brother doesn't like her talking to the slave and tries to set her up with one of his friends but Savannah is already starting to ...more
Miria Vanessa
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I absolutely fell in love with this story. Extraordinary characters and gut wrenching story, In Chains weaves a tale of an unlikely connection, sacrifice, kindness and beliefs that bring out the worst in human nature. Set in a world where past and future collide, slaves are managed by managed by microchips installed in the slave's necks. These chips monitor everything, from their location to their physiological responses. In fact, names are not acknowledged, only numbers. They are viewed as Nean ...more
Miranda Whore
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Where to start this review... the concept for In Chains is a modern day take on slavery... not sexual slavery or human trafficking like several of the darker erotic novels have now. But the kind where humans force people to work, beat them as punishment for any small offense, starve them, look at them like they aren't people, and any other level of horror you can imagine. Not only are they slaves, but they are BRED to be slaves. Raised in a Pound and taught how to be a slave, punished if they st ...more
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I’m a closet fan for dystopian romance books…I like to think of them as my guilty pleasure – so when I read the synopsis for In Chains I was extremely excited by it. While the concept is there…the execution just feel a little flat for me.

The main characters intrigued me, but I am an emotional reader and they’re just very one-dimensional. I didn’t dislike them, but I just wasn’t connected to them enough to care what happened. The topics they’re di
Anny hernandez
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was provide a copy of the book by the Author for an honest review.

HOLY HELL What did I get my self into reading this book, I am so glad I got the chance to read it, I felt in love with this book from the first page to the last. I have to say though this book got me ANGRY in so many way, the same as Crying but I love every single page of it, I love the characters now I am so ready to read the second book.

When I started reading this book I had no idea that it was about slave. I have to say I fel
Nina ~ Meleth Bookaddicted ~
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
IN CHAINS is a dystopian romance and with that different from what I usually read. It was so refreshing to read and captivated me from the very beginning.
Savannah just broke up with her abusive boyfriend and left the big city that is London behind to live with her brother in the country. Sounds like it could happen in the real world anytime, doesn’t it? But in the world Savannah lives in there is a huge difference: Slavery. The slaves are people with Neanderthal DNA and not considered “human” an
Different , good

I want really use what this book would actually be about besides slavery so I decided on give it a try.
It turns out that's it's a pretty decent read. More of her wrenching live story
Savannah moves in with her brother outside of London to the count area after her boyfriend of 6yrs. Beat her up pretty badly.when she gets there she meets a man working on the farm. She learns his name is Kayden.after speaking to her brother she learns he's Simon's slave. She's never heard of such a r
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
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2.5 stars

The premise of this book is really interesting and I loved the idea of a forbidden love story set in a near futuristic / alternate world where slavery of particular groups of people is legal. The idea behind this book had so much potential but unfortunately I found it to be a let down.

The first few pages started fantastically, I love books that throw you straight into the action and In Chains starts with Sava
Stephanie Marshall
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It is so hard for me to put into words the thoughts and feelings I had while reading this book. I have to start by saying I couldn’t put it down. At times, it was difficult to read about the inhumane treatment and lives that the slaves were born in to. The underlying story of love and discovery between Kayden and Savannah is heartfelt and amazing.
I instantly fell in love with Kayden and his ability to love, care for and protect Savannah in spite of the consequences for his behaviors. Kayden is
Samantha Woods ( LSK Sweetheart Reviews )
3.5 Hearts

'I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review'

Savannah's boyfriend of six years got physically abusive with her so she left him and went to live with her brother.

Her brother works long hours so he cannot tend to the farm that he owns so he has a slave. Kayden. Savannah is

immediately intrigued by the slave and refuses to treat him the way that everyone else does. Her feelings for him

soon become desire and she quickly falls in love with him. The laws are
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I want really use what this book would actually be about besides slavery so I decided on give it a try.
It turns out that's it's a pretty decent read. More of her wrenching live story
Savannah moves in with her brother outside of London to the count area after her boyfriend of 6yrs. Beat her up pretty badly.when she gets there she meets a man working on the farm. She learns his name is Kayden.after speaking to her brother she learns he's Simon's slave. She's never heard of such a ridiculous thing.
Naughty Mom Story Time
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
From the moment I read the first paragraph, I was intrigued to say the least. I hadn't read the synopsis when I started the book so I didn't know what to expect. Written primarily from Savannah's POV we're shown a world where slavery is modern day is the norm. Leaving the bustling town of London and a bad relationship behind, Savannah goes to live with her brother. With slavery being more common in the English countrywide, Savannah learns more about slavery and how their treated. She's not accus ...more
C Joy
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this for free on Amazon in exchange for an honest review and frankly I didn't know what to expect.

I skimmed thru the other ratings and found mixed reactions so I just started reading and it got me hooked. The advantage of going into this blindly is there were no expectations.

I was intrigued by the concept of slavery in the contemporary setting. I thought this was set in the era where slavery was rampant but my questions were soon answered after a few sentences in the beginning of the chap
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Ok so apparently I did not know what I was getting myself into when I first started to read this book. I don't read the synopsis on a book or look at teasers or at reviews. I'm glad I didn't.
Savannah needs to move in with her brother when she leaves her abusive relationship with her boyfriend of 6 years. She meets her brothers slave Kayden. These two broken souls begin to form a bond that will prove to be unbreakable. This story broke my heart. I cried. I wanted to throw my damn kindle across
The Book Fairy Reviews
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The heart wants what the heart wants. In this book that is the most important thing you have to remember. That and that the society in this story are hateful people. Among the backward thinking there are people and those people find out what love really means.
Savannah has left her abusive boyfriend of 7 years and is now living with her brother on a farm. Kayden is the slave that keeps the place going. Yeah you heard me I said SLAVE!!!! But he is beautiful so beautiful Savannah is drawn to him. K
Alp Mortal
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Having read JEM by the same author, and having put that story in my recommended reads system, In Chains was going to have to work pretty hard to match up to my expectations. It did; in interesting ways.

I think the aspect of the story that really kicks is the fine blending of the gentle/romantic with the brutal - within a few pages, I was balling my eyes out, then smiling, and then feeling sick ... and then getting hot under the collar. Took me three nights to get through the emotional roller-coa
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story was interesting, something different from what I usually read.
I loved the plot and the fact that for once there was a different scenario.
Savannah left London, running from her abusive ex-boyfriend. She ends up at her brother's estate and she finds out that he owns a slave, Kayden. Kayden isn't even treated as human, just a number. The government rules the slavery and the owners can do whatever they want to them.
Savannah and Kayden become friends and they fall in love..problem is they
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Michelle Abbott lives in the UK and hates describing herself in 3rd person.

She's a self-published author of new adult romance, and likes to write about heroes who begin as the underdog and are protective of their girl.

She's an avid reader of romance, is addicted to coffee and loves wine and chocolate, so yeah, not the most healthy eating and drinking habits :-) She spends way too much time online
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“But you said you've never been shocked that many times in a row before.” I grin at him. “I bet we can make that happen again. It probably works like a car battery. We’ll have to try shocking you a few times in a row again.”
He rolls over onto his back, puts his arms above his head and grins, his eyes sparkling. “I’m all yours gorgeous, make me yelp.”
“He looks at me, puzzled. “What’s a romance?”
“A love story.” I can feel my face going red again. What is it with this man and the way he affects me? “You know, boy meets girl and they’re attracted to each other.”
He fixes me with a long stare, then lowers his lashes and bites his lip. I swallow hard. “I’ll go and fix lunch.”
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