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Sunday, April 21, 2019

InkSlinger PR Presents: Breaking Without You by Carrie Ann Ryan; #BlogTour, #ReviewTour, #NowAvailable, #OutNow, #TBR, #Review

Available April 16, 2019
Rating:  4.5 Stars
Told in the first person.  Alternating persons.

Disclosure of Material Connection:   I received this book for review from InkSlinger PR and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".


From NYT bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan, comes a brand new series where second chances don’t come often, and overcoming an unexpected loss means breaking everything you knew.

I fell for Cameron Connolly at the wrong time. And when he left, I thought my life was over. But then, after the worst happened, I truly understood what that phrase meant. Now, he’s not ready for a second chance, and I’m not offering one. Though given that our families have been forced together after losing one of our own, I know there’s no turning back. Not this time. Not again. Not when it comes to Cameron.


I never wanted to hurt Violet Knight, but there were reasons I had to leave all those years ago—not that she'd believe me if I told her what they were. I not only left her, I also left my foster brothers. Honestly, I didn’t want to come back to Denver to help run my father’s failing brewery. But when it comes to my brothers, I know I’ll find a way to make it work. Perhaps I’ll even earn Violet’s forgiveness and face the connection we both thought long forgotten in the process. Because I wanted her then, but now I know I need her. I just hope she needs me.

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My Thoughts:

Violet Knight may have you thinking about your own mortality. She shows how w all process things differently. The sad part was watching her put herself down for not seeing what was in front of her. Cameron Connolly has finally decided to own up to certain things. He shows that you can be a sibling whether by birth or by love.

This story is a reminder how sometimes we wear an invisible mask. There are things we don’t want people to see so we hide behind that mask in order to have people see what we want them to. We internalize our issues instead of talking with others. Is it we don’t feel they will understand? Maybe we feel hopeless? Could it be because of our upbringing? Or is it possible that they’ve been let down in the past and don’t feel as if anyone can help?

You would assume that Cameron would have it together but just because you’re a man doesn’t mean you don’t have your own set of issues. And I think that this is part of what drew me to this story. The heart may be an organ but emotions start in our mind and end up coming from the heart. We feel deeply about people close to us. It’s hurts when one of the people in that circle is no longer there. So depending on how emotional you can get, having a box of tissue near at hand may be a good idea.

If you like to have the TV on as you read, or in my case writing a review, be careful what’s playing in the background. I happened to be watching CBS News Sunday Morning and they had a piece on about a choir that came about due to loved ones that had gone missing – made me cry. That piece just added to the emotion that I was feeling as I read this book. One thing that came out in that piece and here in the book is that love can shine even as we experience pain for what we’ve lost. I look forward to seeing where the rest of this series is going to take me.

About Carrie Ann Ryan:

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 3.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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