The Silver Chain (Unbreakable Trilogy Series #1)

The Silver Chain (Unbreakable Trilogy Series #1)

by Primula Bond
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The Silver Chain 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
¿¿¿¿¿ 4,9 of 5 Stars After reading the blurb I was prepared for Sadie Matthews' Fire After Dark Trilogy meets Vina Jackon's Eighty Days Series. And after reading a few pages I still felt that way. And I mean that in a positive way - I loved those books. But just like with the Eighty Days Series, I'm afraid they are going to put this little round sticker on the cover of The Silver Chain Books saying: For Fans Of Fifty Shades & Crossfire. And that's just wrong! As Admin of a FSOG FanPage on Facebook I know that 95% of all Shadies do NOT like the Eighty Days books. A lot more liked the Fire After Dark Series, but still not the majority. But those books are just a touch too hard and there's not enough 'Hearts and flowers' for FSOG-Fans. So, if I could suggest a sticker for The Silver Chain books: For Fans of Fire After Dark & Eighty Days! Now about the book: Twenty-year-old Serena Folkes has a life to start living. That's why we start the book with her on a train from her little sea-side town in Devon to London. After her adoptive parents passed away and left her some money she packs up her cameras and pictures to move to the big city, where she plans on handing out her CV to art galleries. She will stay at her cousin Polly's flat. (Polly left to go to work in New York with her new boyfriend Pierre). On the night of Halloween she's taking pictures of little in a little gated park - that's when we meet Gustav Levi. A dark and handsome stranger with a vampirical vibe. "A modern-day Dracula. A swarthy Edward Cullen." They're instantly attracted to each other, even though he's almost twice her age. After some intense moments in the cold and dark park they're having a drink at a hotel bar and when she gets called away to a party, she forgets her cameras at the bar. That's how she finds herself in the Levi Building the next morning where she finds out that Gustav owns the whole building, including the gallery on one of the upper floors. Because he was curious, he checked out the pictures on her camera, and he's very interested in her work. In exchange for an exhibition of her photographs she will have to sign a contract that says she will be his until all her pictures are sold. He later gives her a silver chain - bracelet, with her name engraved on it, to bind her to him...... I won't say much more - I don't want to spoil too much - only this: - she has an ex-boyfriend - Jake - he has an ex-wife - Margot - he has a chauffeur, pilot, cook, bodyguard - Dickson - he has an assistant - Crystal - her past plays a big part in the book - the 'people' who raised her were horrible, unloving idiots. - his past, of course, plays an important part too - his wife hurt him really bad. - her silver 'bracelet' obviously plays a huge part - plus the chain he attaches to it - to keep her close ¿ - no idea for what it's supposed to stand, but his red scarf has lots of appearances in the book ¿ - his brother - the only family he had - is not in the picture anymore - there's a story there ;) - we're flying to Switzerland - to stay at his chalet for a bit - there's LOTS of sublte sex - and alone-sex - not much 'real' sex ¿ - there's spanking! - voyerism plays a big part in the book - Peeping Tomasina! - there will be Nuns ¿ - there will be a CLIFFHANGER ending!!!! I. DID. NOT. EXPECT. THAT. I really loved the book - it was different - but good different. Compared to other books in the erotic genres, there was a lot of written stuff to read ¿ WORDS - endless lines of words, with no breathing space in between ¿ There is this huge connection between Serena and Gustav, but it takes them forever to finally get it right. It was a bit too slow for me. It felt like the two of them didn't have that much time together in the book. Serena was alone too much, talking to us too often. I can't wait for book 2 - the cliffhanger really left me hanging! I want to know what happens with Serena and Gustav and why and what and everything ¿
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
The author pens "The Silver Chain" with all the darkness and danger you would expect, but I had a hard time connecting with the characters.  I found that it was a bit slow in the beginning it did eventually speed up, but I found it hard to follow. All in all, the story wasn't that bad and the ending was suspenseful enough to make you want to see what happens next. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Lily_F More than 1 year ago
1.5 Stars I am just going to come out and say it. I skimmed through the last half of this novel. And it was pretty torturous... I admit. I was intrigued in the beginning of this book, from the moment that Serena and Gustav laid eyes on each other. It was really intense and I could feel that through the pages. But then... as the story progressed, I came to realize... I didn't like their relationship. I didn't even like them. And I certainly did not like Gustav's manipulations, nor Serena's weakness for them.. or her perplexing weakness for him for that matter! There was something.... not quite healthy about this relationship that I think is the root emotion of my overall growing dislike for this story. I would have DNF'd it, but the first 25% of the story really was attention grabbing. And, let me just put it out there for the record - I am not a prude and therefore uncomfortable with Erotica. I, in fact, have read plenty of it and enjoyed it. But what I did find is that I am not quite taken with the concept of a weak female and strong, overbearing and - dare I say it - unstable man (no matter how erotic, captivating and unbelievably handsome he may be) and a relationship that is a constant mindf&*k. I just can't relate. Maybe it's as simple as that. I would have have told Gustav where to shove it about 100 times, so it is hard for me to take this one seriously. Not to mention, the tedious, endless monologues.. hence the skimming.... Though I am sure that there is a strong audience out there that may enjoy this type of relationship dynamic, this novel was unfortunately not my cup of tea. *I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author/publisher through Netgalley; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*
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lmblmb More than 1 year ago
I didnt even finish it it was hard to follow and boring disappointed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Serena Folkes, who has had an abusive upbringing, leaves her home town and first boyfriend behind for the bright lights and promise of London. On one of her first nights in town, she literarily bumps into mysterious entrepreneur Gustav Levi. Serena doesn’t know it yet, but this handsome stranger will change her life forever. Gustav promises to launch Serena’s photographic career at his gallery, but only if Serena agrees to become his exclusive companion. To mark their agreement, Gustav gives Serena a bracelet to wear at all times. At first the chain on her wrist represents his control, but later is representative of their growing bond. The Silver Chain was an interesting book that at first didn't feel like most stories in this genre. Serena's departure from Devon was an obvious place to start the story, but it took a few chapters for me to understand the significance of that first scene. Once in London, the story begins quite slowly as the author lyrically describes what Serena sees through her camera lens on brisk Halloween night. I have to admit that at first, I found it to be  boring, but the detail of what Serena captures on film becomes far more interesting later in the story. Once Serena meets the enigmatic and mysterious Gustav, the story starts to take shape. There is an almost mystical feel to Gustav that would definitely appeal to the young and rather sheltered Serena who is looking to have adventures. Gustav's business arrangement with Serena certainly enables her to experience a more adventurous life.  Among other things, Gustav is an artist and gallery owner. At their first meeting at the gallery, Gustav shows off replicas of erotic frescoes from Pompeii (displayed as a menu of sorts in the city's lupanare (bordello). Given the nature of the proposed business deal, it very much feels like a comparison to the arrangement that Serena is considering with Gustav. The sensuousness and seductiveness of their relationship is described poetically by Primula Bond. The difficult pasts of both characters are explored as their barriers to a "normal", fulfilling relationship. There are multiple graphic sex scenes--some of which are rather dark. Good quality writing and character development, but the pace was too slow. You could read this book as a stand alone, however, the cliff hanger at the end does provide a tempting hook to the next book in this trilogy (and good news, it is already published so you don't have to wait).
Nubian_princesa More than 1 year ago
***NetGalley Giveaway*** I found this book to be far from well done. The main character Gustav seems very chauvinistic and self absorbed. Serena on the other hand seems flaky and downright silly if you ask me. Don't get me started on the terrible dialogue and the flimsy plot. On the upside I like the name and cover of the book..thus the two stars. I tried to like it I really did but was unsuccessful. 
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I have read a book by this author. It is the first book in a Trilogy. This is a fairly graphic read but not as hard as some I have read. I liked the plot in this book. Primula created some strong, or weak characters, for this story. Gustav is haunted by his ex wife. Serena was an abused foundling and is strong but still insecure. They are made for each other but just can't quite trust themselves. There is a twist at the end concerning Gustav' s estranged brother.I can't wait to read the next book and finish the Trilogy. Give this one a try.
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
A Very Good book Contemporary, England Serena Folkes is a photographer that decides to indulge her impulsive side by doing a night-time shoot. She doesn’t expect to acquire a watcher someone who is as mysterious as he is handsome. An entrepreneur, though she doesn’t know it yet will end up changing her live forever. Gustav Levi is the entrepreneur. Serena is completely fascinated by Gustav. The enigmatic owner of the Levi Gallery. She is drawn to him by the irresistible pull of attraction. She quickly finds out that the feeling is completely mutual. Gustav promises to launch Serena’s career only if she is willing to agree to become his exclusive companion. As a mark of their agreement Gustav gives Serena a silver bracelet to wear at all times. With the bracelet comes a silver chain that Gustav is in control of. It gives him the power over Serena both physically and symbolically. A physical symbol that Serena is under his power. As the passion intensifies between them Gustav’s past is threatening to tear them apart. Are the feelings that are developing between Serena and Gustav strong enough to survive Gustav’s dark past? Or will those secrets prove to be too much for their feeling to withstand. This is an interesting book that at times proves to be a little slow. The plot is very good and despite the slow spots the rest of story will have the readers reading past those areas just to see what will happen between Serena and Gustav. This is one book that will have readers reaching for the ice water just to cool off. This is the first book in a trilogy so while some questions are answered there are still others that lead into the next book. This is one to check out.
Mayuly7 More than 1 year ago
This book was slow. I believe the entire story can be told in one book, maybe two, but three is worthless. By the end of book one you have the entire story at your finger-tips, and let me tell you it's not that great of a story. If you would like to read just to keep your mind on something sure why not read the book..
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars from me! This book left me confused quite a bit. There were some parts of it where I believed that I understood what was going on exactly, but then there were the other parts where I was left wondering what the heck I had started reading. Things I DID enjoy about this book: I enjoyed how Serena knew what she wanted out of life and she went about doing what her dreams were. She didn’t let anyone hold her back, not even her first love. The way that Serena was able to explain the different photographs that she had taken, it was explained in a way that it was easy for me to follow. The secrets that Gustav seems to have. That adds more to his mystery. The way that the story seemed to carry along all together. It seemed to have a great flow. Things I did NOT enjoy about this book: The author seemed to have an obsession with the characters teeth. When you read this story you will understand what I mean. I am still left confused as to if Gustav is actually a vampire or if Serena has an obsession with vampires to the point where she believes that Gustav is one. There were some parts of the story that just seemed to be drawn out further than they needed to be. I don’t completely understand the whole concept of the silver chain, wouldn’t it be obvious to others around them that she was wearing it and it was attached to him? All in all, I thought that this was a pretty decent read. I am unsure if I will read the next book in the series or not. I suppose it will just depend on what others who have read it say. Review provided by Crystal's Many Reviews
BookLover1420 More than 1 year ago
The ending does, literally, stop almost mid sentence. The writing is good, but there are a few times the heroine does something totally stupid and the reader wants to smack her. One or two plot holes that could be answered in the next book. I for one hate cliff hanger endings, so that is the low stars. I feel the reader should care enough about the characters to want to read more, not be tricked into it by a hanging ending.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
The Silver Chain, the first book in The Unbreakable Trilogy was, indeed dark and dangerous with an edgy feel to it. Author Primula Bond has created a tale of damaged people who meet by chance and something just clicks between them, although the worlds they live in are so different. Serena has what Gustav needs and he in turn, gives her what she is looking for. They both have dark pasts and trust issues, so between them the silver chain is a symbol of power, dominance, control and trust, all things that they have issues with. There are erotic books that make you feel involved with the characters, make you understand how they became the people they are. You get to know the characters, see how the Dom/Sub rolls actually are their form of therapy or release, how they learn to overcome their trust issues of the past. I tried to feel and understand Serena and Gustav and I just couldn’t connect. Serena’s character seemed almost whiny, making me think that their ‘arrangement’ was the worst thing for her. Gustav’s past makes him have his own set of issues that seemed magnified by his silver chain antics. I could not reconcile their relationship as having enough depth for a close Dom/Sub relationship. A review copy was provided by NetGalley and HarperCollins UK, Avon, in exchange for my honest review.
hcollins1 More than 1 year ago
I was thoroughly surprised by this one. I went into thinking it would be very similar to Fifty or Sylvia Day's Crossfire series but I was very wrong. It is definitely it's own! I did have a little problem getting close to Gustav but I think as this series goes along, my connection with him will grow and oddly enough I think that's how Gustav wants it. I am looking forward to the next one to see where this series will go. I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
Cherryreads More than 1 year ago
I just finished the Silver Chain. I took me longer than normal to finish this story. I liked the characters and the premise of the story, but it did feel like the story was disjointed in places. It was sometimes hard to tell one scene from another. This book has a lot of good points. When the main character Serena Folkes meets Gustov Levi in chapter two- the story starts to take shape. A young woman out alone at night in a new city meets a mysterious stranger while she is exploring and taking pictures. As is the custom lately in all romance novels the man is a wealthy millionaire. What is slightly different is that Serena isn’t a pauper either. She is no heiress, but she isn’t living hand in mouth. Gustov, like most men, holds things close to the vest. He finds it difficult to deal with people, especially those of the opposite sex. He finds it easier to deal with people by written agreements, thus the indecent proposal he introduces to Serena. So far this is okay; He wants to make her his protégé in exchange for her companionship. Where this book takes a turn is with the actions of Serena herself. She is not a virgin, but she has not had a lot of experience with men. In this novel she is so self-conscious. She is a young woman who survives a very abusive past and has decided to live her life to the fullest to overcome her demons. She is strong and feisty and smart, but sometimes her actions contradict with the woman that she is written to be. She goes all childish and crazy when she finds out that Gustov has an ex-wife. He tells her about it. He tells her that he was a different person with her and that he wants to be with Serena. He doesn’t want to be without her. This is not enough for our young Serena. She somehow constantly thinks that she has to compete with the woman. She gets it in her head that Gustov is still in love with her and is using her as either a replacement or to make her jealous so that she will come back to him. Everyone in Gustov’s life tells her this is not true, including Gustov himself. Unfortunately she is like a dog with a bone. She will not give up this idea. She does things to purposely sabotage the relationship and that drives me crazy. What does the man half to do in order for her to put the idea to rest? Maybe this book is to be read by the younger woman, I myself, can’t see the problem that Serena is creating. I think that the author was going for a tale of two tragic souls who find each other and become the light to each other’s darkness. I don’t know how the story goes wrong, but it doesn’t quite hit the mark. Maybe it’s because there needs to be a little more character development, or maybe there is a part of the story that the author has not expressed completely. The underlying story that is supposed to draw us to the characters and their plight isn’t coming across. I found the story okay. It was a little hard to follow and as I said the actions of the main character drove me crazy. It had been compared to Fifty Shades and The Crossfire Series. I have not had the pleasure of reading the Sylvia Day series, but I did read Fifty Shades and this book only has a few brief similarities to that series. Just because a novel has a young naïve woman and a wealthy man that is into non-traditional sexual practices doesn’t make the stories similar. As I said the story was okay and I will probably read the next in the series just to see where the story is going. There is a suspenseful ending that makes you want to see what happens next. I received this as an ARC from Netgalley.
CAJ45 More than 1 year ago
Tantalizing, amazing are some of the words comes to my mind as I sit here thinking. Primula Bond has such a fantastic writing style that brings to life Serena and Gustav's relationship. I'm amazed by how much I wanted to skip the story and get to the sex scenes! HOT they were hot! I was so captivated by their relationship. I love Gustav! Such a great leading man very strong presents but knows when he needs to do the chasing and maybe a little begging. When I saw the cover I liked it but after reading love it. It brings to mind a certain scene. I can't wait to read what will happen next. Loved it!