Jun. 6, 2017

No Broken Bond (Secrets of Stone #7) (with Angel Payne)

No Broken Bond (Secrets of Stone #7) by the enchanting duo of Angel Payne and Victoria Blue is THE rockstar addition to the series.  If I could give it 50 stars, I would.  I actually read this weeks ago, thanks to the Early Read from Totally Bound, and I read it in a couple hours.  However, I had the hardest time reading anything else for the next several days because I was full of just so much!  It takes a lot to knock me on my ass.  They did it with a book. 

I sent this message to Victoria Blue the morning after I read it:

Note from 8am: I have such a book hangover that I haven’t even read anything (outside of work stuff) this morning except this, which I wrote about five hours ago.  Prior to this, I never started my day without reading at least a chapter of whatever book I’m on.

Okay I need to get this out then I will be more coherent.  HOLY F&@KING SH!%!  My head hurts, my heart hurts, the rest of my body hurts (chain reaction. LOL).  I think I need to buy myself a cozy recliner and rework my room because sitting in my desk chair and leaning on my bed for hours was sooooo bad for my joints.  Now I can move on.  LMAO!

My overall response first:  Yes, I was warned.  I’m not mad, I’m not blaming them for the fact that I was a mess for the days that followed.  Angel and Victoria sucked me in so quickly that I’m still reeling, weeks later.  From the moment I opened it up and started reading, I didn’t answer texts or even answer calls.  I didn’t talk to anyone.  And for the first time in my life, I didn’t have the TV or any music on to satisfy that part of my brain that has to be active with other things while I read.  I’m not just saying that because they are my favorite duo.  I don’t believe in saying stuff like this just to make them feel good unless they DON’T matter to me.  And they do so they get my brutal honesty.  I really hope that made sense.  LOL.  I’m a mess.  I don’t think I’ve cried like that or that often in a very long time.  I’m really not emotional.  Expressive, but not emotional.

I fell completely in love with Tolly, Fletch, and Drake in No Simple Sacrifice.  They even took over the spot of my favorite trio from Angel’s Lani, Kell, and Tait.  Lani’s an islander, and even for a fictional character, the loyalty is strong.  LOL!

The heat level in this one is insane.  I don’t know if I can sufficiently describe how much different these were compared to everything else I’ve ever read.  There’s just more, beyond the ménage aspect.  Not just heat.  Not just the power exchange.  It’s just more.

There’s a scene where I wanted to ask why it happened, but I thought about it.  When we find something so precious and beautiful and everything within us is just lit up, we want to share that, even in a small way, with those that we love.  Especially when we know that they won’t approve of the details.  We always hope that they’ll get past the details because they’re supposed to love us.  Well I won’t spoil it, but let’s just say that it went to hell.  After a couple scenes, I literally said out loud, “f@&king hell.  Here we go.  My heart’s going to be blown to pieces.  Where’re my damn tissues?”

Just thinking about Chapter 4 and 5 makes my chest hurt.  I don’t think I breathed from the moment I read a certain phrase until there was an explanation.  I read fast, but that felt like the longest I’ve ever held my breath.  If I could have breathed, the air in my room would have been blue considering how much I wanted to cuss.  And yes, I knew it was going to get worse.  My only consolation was that they eventually give us HEA.  I can’t begin to say how much I was counting on that.

There’s a whole part where I imagine people may say that it was too much for the story.  In my opinion, I disagree.  It’s necessary.  Painful, but necessary.  It teaches the lesson that yeah, it’s okay to have your moments of self-pity and to wallow a bit, but not to live there.  You end up losing some of the most vital parts of your life when you do…unless you’re blessed.  But the one part towards the end that just killed me and you have to read it to find out what happened.

I went through a whole hell of a lot of feels with No Broken Bond.  Here’s what I went through: needing an ice cold shower, wincing, wanting to put the brakes on, cussing my head off, holding my breath, finally breathing again, crying, grinning, laughing, wanting to knock some heads together, wanting to shake some sense into someone, UGLY FREAKING TEARS, sighing, and finally joyful and sappy tears. (My head and heart hurts just thinking about this rollercoaster!)

I loved, loved, loved, LOVED the hell out of this book!  And I have to complain a little bit.  Writing this review without spoilers was the hardest one I have ever done.  So major props to Angel Payne and Victoria Blue for doing the impossible!

 

Buy Links:

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