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Break My Bones (Deadly Sins #1)

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Sticks and stones do break bones, and words will surely hurt you.

Staring down the barrel of a loaded 9mm is a wake-up call, especially when it's your husband's finger on the trigger. Brooklyn James's only thought is to take her baby and run. It's better to end up on the streets than suffer one more day beneath her husband's hand.

Finally back on her feet, Brooklyn is strongyou.
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Published October 19th 2019 by Tangled Tree Publishing
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description This one ended up being a mixed bag for me. I found the Cain storyline intriguing even though it was very obvious what was going on with him right from the start. Despite that, I found him to be an interesting character. The let down in this one was the romance between Brandon and Brooklyn. It was underdeveloped, rushed, and far-fetched. I almost think this book would have been better with no romance in it at all. 

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description This one ended up being a mixed bag for me. I found the Cain storyline intriguing even though it was very obvious what was going on with him right from the start. Despite that, I found him to be an interesting character. The let down in this one was the romance between Brandon and Brooklyn. It was underdeveloped, rushed, and far-fetched. I almost think this book would have been better with no romance in it at all. 

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Cyndi Becker
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Break My Bones is, unfortunately, an all too real account of domestic violence and the long term effects of being a survivor. From the very opening pages, I felt my heart rate ratchet up. Brooklyn and her daughter Carissa have been saved by the system that will go on to disappoint them. Rachael Tamayo is a new to me author and upon finishing Break My Bones, I immediately began looking for her other novels for a near-future read.

The story is told from both Brooklyn' POV and that of he
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Sandy
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you @Netgalley for this book in exchange for an honest review.
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First off, HOLY FREAKING FRICK!!!!
To say the Rachael Tamayo captured me with this book would seriously be an understatement. I could not get this book out of my head. Between Cain and his weird friendship with Donovan, to Cain's relationship with his wife Brooklyn and their adorable child. I really could not stop my brain from spinning. 5 out of 5 stars on this book. I will be looking up Rachael's other books
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Amy
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book for my honest opinion on it. Written in dual POV's, the story pulls you in from the very beginning. There was something I figured out early on, but it didn't take away from the story for me. A few times my mouth dropped open in shock and disbelief at what was happening. Just a warning, there are a few trigger moments for victims of abuse, physical and sexual, so take caution when reading this story. That being said, it was very well written, thought provoking, susp ...more
The Book Dad
Break My Bones is a horrific tale that delves deep into mental illness and domestic violence. This book is a revelation that defies the genre.

What a wild read! I won't lie, this book is visually stunning and I committed to reading the book without knowing a lot about it. After reading the synopsis I realized that this was outside the realm of what I normally read. It only took just a few pages to absolve my worries and I was hooked. I liked how the story revolved around one issue, do
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Alisa
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh man,this was a tough read. Huge trigger warnings for domestic abuse, sexual assault, miscarriage, damaging portrayal of a mental illness. I guess it is exactly how it really is in an abusive relationship: the endless cycle of " I love her,I can't live without her,but she has to be taught a lesson". But after reading a book that is a repetition of that cycle over and over again- I just felt tired and drained. And something that really bugged me was the portrayal of schizophrenia. My grandfathe ...more
Bruce Perrin
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Tightrope between An Abusive Husband and A New Life and Love

Take one demanding, abusive husband, Cain, who equates marriage with ownership. Add one sadistic sidekick, Donovan, who believes it’s his obligation to goad his friend into settling the score with his wife—whether her indiscretions are real or imagined. And finally, the woman, Brook, who’s tired of running with her child and has decided to make a stand against Cain. Those elements define a nail-biting, gut-wrenching tale of domes
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Virginia Babcock
This book is a gripping and heart-wrenching tale of a love gone horribly wrong. The author tells a truthful and insightful tale of how half of this poisoned pair finds a healthier love while the other spirals horribly deeper into the worst aspects of human behavior. I really appreciated how deep psychosis was treated with respect and NOT demonized, and how the “victim’s” feelings were truly given without unfair judgement. This is a tragic, but hopeful love story with a truthful conclusion. Meanw ...more
Bookworm LLC
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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WOW! Where to begin........Break My Bones is a story about abuse and the fear it bring with it.
It's about a woman who wants to protect her child at all costs and will do anything to make that happen, even if it means killing someone.

The emotion in this story felt real and makes you stop and think about what people in this situation go through. Suspenseful, heartfelt, and all around great!
CloudOfThoughts_Books Keirstin
Break my Bones is a great cat and mouse style thriller! Sure to be enjoyed by anyone who loves a fast paced thrill!
Releases October 2019
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Heather Bennett
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Break My Bones is a great thriller that I could not put down. Interesting characters and well written.
Patricia
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read. While it has more than its fair share of cliches, it had a very unique storyline. It covers domestic violence very realistically. Will note this author for future books.
Kristin Scearce
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a thrilling read!
Jennifer Pierson
Break My Bones was a story I never saw coming, and man, it messed with my head. HOLY HELL it's a very realistic account of domestic abuse which had me forced to pause for moments to catch my breath. It's told in the dual POV of Brooklyn the victim, and her abusive husband, Cain. And I have to say that it made this story all the more terrifying to be honest. Brooklyn knows that she has to get her daughter away from her husband Cain, and recounts the events that has given her some real PTSD, as sh ...more
Leanne
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a mixed bag.
It's is incredible gripping in a lot of places and so very gut wrenchingnly sad in others. It deals with a lot of issues that would be triggers for many people... Luckily I'm not one of those people.
What I did find though was a lot of repetition where Cain and Dominic are concerned and by the end I found myself wondering why certain things weren't spotted by certain a lot sooner in Cain's life. It kind of felt a bit unrealistic in a sense.
Cynthia Austin
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“He made me understand that no one would be there for me except me, and possibly him."

Cain loves Brooklyn. But his violent temper and excessive drinking has divided them. After three years in prison, all Cain cares about is getting back to his wife and child, but Brooklyn isn’t so easily convinced this time, especially with the likes of Donovan, Cain’s deviant best friend still looming around.

The codependent relationship Cain has with Donovan is so relatable. He's seemed
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Andrea Roche
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What would you do to save yourself?
From the first moment you meet Brooklyn, you love her. Totally relatable, street-savvy yet vulnerable, Brooklyn is the wife of an ex-con with a bad temper and an even worse friend who has him under his complete control.
After she meets sexy and handsome Brandon, she has a chance for happiness. Her hopes could be dashed when her husband (Cain) gets out of prison and hunts her down.
Cain and his best friend Donovan go on a murderous spree trying
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Sassy Southern
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cain James is in prison for a DWI charge although he’s lucky that he was never charged for abusing his wife, Brooklyn. Now he is out and with his best friend Donovan’s help he is going to do whatever it takes to get his wife back and there isn’t anything that he or Donovan won’t do.
Brooklyn James has become a single mom to 5 year old Carissa and she has gone through so much including enduring abuse at the hands of her husband and losing everything and having to start all over. Now she is r
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Amy Shannon
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Raw and powerful

This story is absolutely amazing, and yet also terrifying. I enjoyed each word, and could relate with the characters. I found a lot of truth behind Cain's words and actions, and unfortunately, this story could be real. And in some ways, it probably is. I've read Tamayo's work in the past, and I can say that this is not only favorite, but probably (in my opinion) one of her best works she's written. "Brooklyn is mine, like I possess her, and I need to reclaim my proper
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Kathy Wideman
This is the first book I have read by Rachael. I loved this book. It was different than I thought it would be. This book is about domestic violence so if that is a trigger for you than be warned. Brooklyn has been through so much at the hands of her husband Cain. When he went to jail, she took the chance and left with their daughter. Now its three years later and he is out. She knows it is only a matter of time until he comes for her and their daughter. She is going to fight this time and not ju ...more
Crystal Gray
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by this author, but holy cow, I need to look up more! This book was NOTHING like I expected, I was thinking more spooky, with Halloween coming up. Boy was I wrong!!

This had so much real, raw emotion! A dual POV with mental illness, domestic abuse, and all the horrors that come with it. So heartbreaking, mainly because it's so true and hits home for so many people. I have not been in a situation even close to this, but I was transported right there with Brookly
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Debbie Rodriguez
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Powerful

A powerful gripping emotional read that keeps you turning the pages. I was hooked from the first paragraph til the last sentence. A truly great fast paced read.
Can contain triggers be warned!
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