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Bend, Don't Break

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I thought I was done.
my End
I couldn’t take my eyes off her as the bullet tore through me, leaving me with nothing but the hope that I had done enough to save her. The darkness tried to engulf me—to brand me as its own and drag me to my fate.
my Darkness
Waking to see her tear-stained face above me was enough to make my heart stutter. I was alive and free fro
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Published November 17th 2014 (first published November 7th 2014)
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☆ Sammy ☆彡
When I saw that Skye Callahan was writing a sequel to Irrevocable and that it would be from James' point of view, I was ecstatic. I felt like the ending of Irrevocable was a bit rushed so I was really looking forward to getting a deeper understanding of how James and Rose work through their issues and find their own version of a happily ever after.

"After the raid on the Retreat, thrust back into the real world-into his old life without the object of his desire-this is James' story..."

My heart hu
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Christine
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Bend, Don't Break just not as much as Irrevocable. It didn't have me gripped as much.

It was good getting inside James head and how things affected him after getting out of The Retreat. The build up was great with how they were going to take the people from The Retreat down.

Trent and Miles both great characters and Rose one tough cookie to break.
Jodie
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
In Short
- The first half is slow paced but becomes faster in the second half.
- James' world is engrossing but heart breaking
- Bend, Don't Break completes James' and Rose's story.

In Long
For me this book is split into two halves when it comes to rating it and how much I enjoyed it. The first half of the book would probably be a 3.5 and the second half a 4.5.

The first half is quite slow paced and although I liked that it built on the story and went back in time I felt some scenes were just too sl
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Shay
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just finished Bend, Don't Break and what a way to finish this story! I just loved it. This is about Rose and James (AKA Silver and Kirk) from Irrevocable. It picks up right after things went down at the retreat but from James point of view. This is where you find out how things progressed from being on the inside and things even began. I don't want to give much away since I had a few WTF moments but just saying you have to read this series. You'll love it.


I understand why we had Rose's point o
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Angie
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team~

You must read Irrevocable before reading Bend, Don’t Break. I loved Irrevocable, I thought about that book for days, even weeks after reading it. I was not disappointed with Bend, Don’t Break either. This book is James point of view and it picks up at the end of Irrevocable. I loved reading things from his point of view; it shed new light on some things. Rose and James have so much to work on recovering from the
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Plainbrownwrapper
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mf
Arg.

Much of this book was actually not bad. It was mainly mystery-thriller-police type material, and I was very interested to see the aftermath for the MAN who had gone through the type of experience he had in the first book -- we frequently see women recovering from sex trafficking, but what about male undercover cops who have been forced to play the other role? I thought that should have been covered a lot more seriously with more significant consequences, but I liked the idea.

But then the aut
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 Joyce
I am reading this book out of order for a challenge, but I will say I didn't find it dark at all. It seems like what they went through was dark, but this book isn't. There is some mild BDSM, and there is suicide and someone shoots at a house. But honestly wouldn't not tag it as dark.

This is a story about an FBI agent who went deep undercover to help fight human trafficking. This book takes place after he is out of undercover job, but now those he brought down might be after him and his girlfrie
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Lustful Literature
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
** JOSIE'S 4 STAR REVIEW **

I had the opportunity to read the first book in this series and I feel in love with Rose aka Silver and Kirk aka James. Their story was a dark one but it was beautifully written. I was so excited to learn that there was going to be a book 2 in this series and that this would be told in his POV. I absolutely love the way the author writes this series. She kept me captivated and deeply connected with the main characters and the side characters in the story. This book
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Lorie
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark
Read my review at Sinfully Sexy .

This is what I wanted at the end of Irrevocable! I needed James’s POV. I love that Skye Callahan didn’t just retell Irrevocable from James’s POV either. Bend Don’t Break starts just after the raid happens. We don’t merely get a story though, we get James’s thoughts and feelings on everything that happened. I really needed that. Just as Irrevocable needed to be told from Rose’s POV, Bend Don’t’ Break begged to be told from James’s POV. With such an intense story,
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Skye Callahan
Oct 14, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Foreword
When I started writing Irrevocable, I had no intention for the story to go beyond that single book. Even though James was the first character from the story to appear to me, I told the entire story through Rose’s eyes because there was information that James had that was best left unrevealed. The struggle for survival was best told through the eyes of a girl who
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Heather
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WOW!

I read Irrevocable and Bend, Don’t Break back to back and I think I’m in book hangover mode.

First, read Irrevocable. That is a must. It can be read as a stand alone but I wouldn’t stop with that one. You must move on and read Bend, Don’t Break.

In Bend, Don’t Break we get James’s side of things, but not in the way we get a second point of a view in a lot of follow up books. We are coming into this book as James is recovering from being shot. He has to see a therapist because of his job and wh
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HOLY WOW !!
I am so happy to have read James' POV !! I love the male POV and as much as I loved the sick and twisted James - aka Kirk , I couldn't get enough of the REAL James !! Honestly the real James does have many similarities to Kirk. In this story we pick up where we left off in Irrevocable but we also get the inside scoop on how James ended up as Kirk and what went wrong and when. Hard book to review because I do not want to give anything away !! One of those times where you just have to h
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Verna Loves Books
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I found out that I would get to read James side of the story and get inside his head, I knew that I wouldn’t be let down. Skye has done it again and blown me away with Bend Don’t Break. I thought I loved James in Irrevocable, but after reading this one I became absolutely infatuated with him. He’s one amazing character that will forever have a place in this reader’s heart.

Bend Don’t Break will give you a whole new outlook on James. It shows what I already knew, that the man is absolutely u
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Shelby
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy to read & review for Wicked Reads Review Team*

While I believe that it's awesome to have a book in Kirk/James' point of view, this wasn't what I was expecting. I felt like the "tone" was way different from Irrevocable- this wasn't dark at all, and that may be clouding my judgement of the book as a whole.

James is continuing on with his life, after the events at the Retreat. He's having trouble coping with the tactics he used, while undercover. Not to mention, he's stil
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Sheryl
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading Irrevocable, I wanted to get James’ side of the story. This isn’t a retelling of his time at the retreat with Rose. It starts after he is shot.

Bend Don’t Break is the closure this story needs. It’s not as dark as the first book but it has it’s moments. James is recovery in this story after his gun shot. He is also trying to find his new version of normal after a year of being someone else. Even though it starts after the raid, James gives us flashbacks as he remembers things he’s d
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Reckless Readers
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Received as arc for honest review****


Oh Skye I love you!!!!!

Speechless! This was exactly what I needed to be happy with their story! I'm so happy you decided to write his POV. I'm also happy with the way and the exact point you started his story. It was perfect! I love how your writing pulls me into the story and keeps me hooked till the end. God I love your writing. Your characters feel so real and as much as I love some of the character other I want to kill lol... But every character has a pu
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Kristina
Wow! That took me almost a year to complete. The problem with the book is that it didn't hold my attention like the first one did.
Sinfunni
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Broken

This male POV tale was initially too solemn. Who wants to go to a male pity party. I guess the author thought her readers didn’t know he was undercover from the onset when introduced to James in “Irrevocable”. Her need to recall a tale already read was unnecessary and weakened my view of James’ character in the first book. But alas once arose enters, the pace picks up. Sadly, it wasn’t hard to figure out who had a hand in facilitating Rose’ abduction in “Irrevocable” nor that there were de
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Jessy A
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars for this sequel. This is a recap and continuation of Kirks/James and Roses story. I really had Highhope's, since I enjoyed the first book so much but this book felt really distracting for me. I really wanted more about the interaction and relationship/recovery between James and Rose. There were so many other twists and turns in the storyline based on the case about the retreat after the raid/rescue that it felt like I disconnected from the main characters. I'll definitely read this aut ...more
Ash
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read.

Bdsm romance. MMC PoV. This books gives you some Kirk POVs from the last book, flash backs amd memories. Its set after the raid and some of the Retreat girl have come up missing. James and Trent are investigating. Its nice to be in James' mind. I'd recommend it for people who loved the first one.
Azzie Parks
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book

I don't know if I loved this book more than the first,but Skye you did a great job on this one as well.I really enjoyed hearing things from James point of view,it made it so much more interesting.U gave us more about the retreat and rose and how they were able to deal with everything and move on just what I needed .I truly enjoyed reading your books.
Melanie
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lives up to the name

This book was through James eyes, and what he sees takes the reader back to book 1; but just as good. Added more depth and made me like the series more . Well done!
Rosanne
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars

Improvement from book 1. Picked up right where book 1 left off & continued the story in current time & retelling of prior key events in John’s POV which was significantly more interesting.
My disappointment was in the on going grammatical errors & the lack luster ending.
Charlotte
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow

Read your first book of this series in the Taste of Submission anthology. Had to continue with Unbreakable!!! The raw, deep feelings were well portrayed by the author and I couldn't put it down until I finished. Must Read
Kari
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Suspenseful

Damaged and,trying to move on the characters find their way through a mine field of problem and in the end love prevails. This book tackled some emotional roadways and I was hooked with each turn.
Ash
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Too much of my subconscious still longed for the pain and clung to the darkness."
Sarah Austin
This is Bend Don't Break. This story is told from James' point of view and I thought it was a fantastic read so much so that I got it in KU and then decided to go back and buy it. It deals with the fallout from his undercover work in a sex trafficking ring and coming to terms with the things he was forced to do and how he reconciled himself with doing harm to a few so that many could be saved. I also liked the fact that many questions were answered such as why her and not her friend etc. I read ...more
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This was written from James' s POV. It was really facinating to see things through his eyes.

Now James and Rose are out of the retreat the are struggling to move on. James cannot reconcile the things he had to do to Rose in the retreat and this is stopping him from having any kind of relationship with her. He has flashbacks and residual dark desires.

Rose can see why he is struggling but is also trying to heal herself before she help him come to terms with their past. Although she
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Cassia Brightmore
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
When I first heard about this book coming out, I was so freakin excited. I devoured Irrevocable, loved every second of it and was sad when I finished it - it was one of those books I finished and immediately wanted to re-read. So to learn that a continuation of Rose and James’s story was on its way, nothing could have made me happier. Being offered the chance to once again review one of Skye’s books, well I count myself lucky. Her work is nothing short of genius, and delving back into the nightm ...more
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"Skye's writing takes darkness and gives it spice and romance." ~ Pepper Winters, NYT Bestselling Author

Named a Rising Star in Romance by iBooks in 2015, bestselling author Skye Callahan uses fiction to explore the darker aspects of human nature. Skye's first dark romance Irrevocable was named a Top Read of 2014 by Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads, and continues to be a fan favorite.

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“She wet her lips, clenching her fists against my shoulders. “Im afraid of giving you control again. And, I’m afraid of how I’ll react, but I want it. It is what it is.”

I can be reasonable, but you need to stop considering the impossible. You can’t go home, you can’t escape, and I can’t let you go. It is what it is.

How dare she use those words against me?

My anger swelled, vibrating through my muscles, but Rose didn’t move-she didn’t even look worried. Her head shook slightly, then she pressed her lips against mine. Coaxing me past the anger, and back to sanity.
I felt like a hundred pound weight sat on my chest by the time she finished. “Where’d all that come from?”
She dragged her hand through her hair. “I figured it was about time I give you a little reminder that I’m not so easily broken. Whatever it is you need, I’m game-I do like… watching you. The look you get when you’re up to no good and can’t hold back. I could get off on that.”

With a nervous giggle, she dropped her hear forward, her hair creating a curtain around her face. I brushed it back, then pushed her to the floor again, pinning her under me.

"God, I love you.”
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