Title: Bend Don’t Break
Author: Skye Callahan
Genre: Dark Erotica
Release Date: November 18, 2014
I thought I was done.
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.
Waking to see her tear-stained face above me was enough to make my heart stutter. I was alive and free from that place—but not from the toll it had taken on my mind and body.
My story should have ended, but one woman kept standing in the way of that. The only way I could have her was to find a way to put the darkness to rest.
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, I need both POVs and Skye Callahan did a great job bringing each in at the right time.
The pace and tone of Bend Don’t Break is slower and more thoughtful than Irrevocable. It’s slow building, and it fits the story. I’m actually relieved that the pace isn’t fast and furious. Life after the raid is about healing and that takes time no matter how determined you are to move on. I will admit I was a bit anxious and couldn’t wait to get to the point when James and Rose finally come face to face again. I was half tempted to skim up until that point, and not because the story was slow it was just out of pure impatience on my part. I was dying to find out what really happened between that point and the Epilogue.
I have to stay the story Skye Callahan gave me is not what I was expecting… at all. There was waaaay more to the story than Rose and James trying to get back to “normal” and getting to know one another. I was definitely more invested in James than Rose. I’m pretty sure it’s because James had a more difficult time coming to terms with what happened between him and Rose inside the Retreat. Separating Silver and Kirk from James and Rose wasn’t as clear cut for James as it was Rose. But, then again was inside the Retreat much longer than Rose.
I really love James and Rose together. I’m glad they didn’t allow others to deter them from pursuing a relationship. Their “relationship” may have started under extreme circumstances, but that doesn’t mean it can’t thrive under normal ones.
This is truly a must read for those that enjoyed Irrevocable.
“She’s fine,” Dr. Combs assured me. “But I don’t think it would be in the best interest for either of you to see each other. You put yourself in a dangerous situation with her.”
Put myself? Last I checked I wasn’t the one to drag her into the Retreat. “I kept her alive and slightly less broken than she would have otherwise been.”
“The two of you adapted to a horrible situation, found comfort in each other—”
I didn’t want to hear it.
I wondered if the captor could get it, too. Was I even the captor? It seemed like I’d lost control of the situation long ago.
But I’d still been the one to beat her, rape her, bend her will.
Just like she’d bent mine.
I wanted her back so bad I couldn’t breathe. The more we talked about it, the worse it got. The harsh reality of it all forced me to face the possibility that I had to walk away if I wanted to do what was in her best interest.
“How long until I can talk to Trent?” I tried again, drawing back a modicum of control by changing the course of the conversation.
Dr. Combs sighed and snapped her portfolio closed. “If it’ll get you to talk, I’ll make the arrangements on one condition.”
I’d already sold my soul, there weren’t many more concessions I had left to give.
“I need to know you’re not going to try to reach out to Rose—or anyone else.”
Did that mean there was a chance she’d see me? Or was Dr. Combs convinced I’d stalk and abduct her anyway? That was quite a laughable possibility, but some sick-as-fuck part of me considered it.
Irrevocable by Skye Callahan
Sometimes when you can’t go back, the only way out is to descend into the darkness.
When I woke in that place, I just wanted to survive. But survival came at a cost, for which they demanded my will and body.
With pain came acceptance. Fully-dependent on the man who claimed me, I learned to appreciate what I had-life and relative safety.
I watched him spill blood and tend my injuries. With betrayal came a revelation.
The only way out was to bring them all down or die trying.
About the Author
Skye Callahan was born and raised in rural Ohio and has had an insatiable love of reading and writing since she was young. Thanks to the encouragement of teachers, family, and friends, she has found her passion in immersing herself in the imaginary worlds of the characters who live in her head.
Most of her early stories were paranormal, and although the paranormal world still has a special place in her imagination, her interest in BDSM and dark romance has led her to expand her writing endeavors.
Before she began writing full-time, she earned a M.A. in Public History and worked for a non-profit business consulting center. When she’s not indulging the voices in her head, she’s enjoying life with her husband and two ferrets.
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