by Skye Callahan


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"Bend, Don't Break was a dark, sensual, and at times, twisted and chaotic read that messed with my mind so good." (Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads) James is still reeling from the dark facade he was forced to adopt at "the retreat", and before he and Rose can be together, he needs to find his own way to move on.

I thought I was done.
my End
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.
my Darkness
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.
my Strength
The only way I could have her was to find a way to put the darkness to rest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781393234227
Publisher: Skye Callahan
Publication date: 11/17/2014
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

Customer Reviews

Unbreakable (Irrevocable, #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Second book every bit as good as the first. Learned more about the real people behind Kirk/Silver (James/Rose). Loved Trent also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic read by Skye Callahan, which continues the story of James and Rose recounted in the previous book Irrevocable. This book is told through the eyes of James as he adapts to life outside the ‘Retreat’. It also deals with his feelings for and relationship with Rose and the ongoing criminal investigations. Initially all James can think about is Rose and he struggles to follow the advice of his psychologist, to maintain his distance and allow them both time to heal. He is also haunted by the time he spent undercover and experiences many symptoms of PTSD: nightmares; flashbacks and anger. When danger threatens and James can keep away from Rose no longer, they are reunited and decide to take things slowly and try and become friends, before resuming their sexual relationship. James is full of guilt and angst at what he put her through, despite the need to do it to keep her alive and also so as not to blow his cover. His feelings towards Rose are intense and complex – he is very possessive of her and wants to protect her, sometimes from himself, and he is wary of his own dark desire to gain pleasure from her willing submission….. I loved the character of Rose. She is a strong woman and she both trusts and understands James more than he does himself and is also very protective of him. She does not take any nonsense from him and accepts that his darker desires are part of his make-up. It is not long before they begin to succumb to their mutual attraction and there are a number of passionate and toe curling scenes as James and Rose test if their relationship is ready to accommodate James’ needs. The characterizations of both Rose and James are expertly done and I also enjoyed the supporting characters, particularly Trent, his partner. We also get brief glimpses of Miles, who played a big role in Irrevocable. Whilst much of the book focuses on James and his relationship with Rose, there are also significant elements of danger and suspense to the read, as first James, then Rose gets drawn into dealing with the aftermath of events that closed down the ‘Retreat’. The further they get drawn in the more their safety becomes compromised. If you have read Irrevocable then you will certainly want to read Bend Don’t Break. If you are new to this series and like dark, erotic, deeply psychological romances, then go get your hands on it, you are in for one ‘helluva’ ride! A copy of this book was given to me for a fair and honest review.
SmittenWithBookHeroes More than 1 year ago
When I saw that Skye Callahan was writing a sequel to Irrevocable and that it would be from James' point of view, I was ecstatic. I felt like the ending of Irrevocable was a bit rushed so I was really looking forward to getting a deeper understanding of how James and Rose work through their issues and find their own version of a happily ever after. "After the raid on the Retreat, thrust back into the real world-into his old life without the object of his desire-this is James' story..." My heart hurt for James in this book. The Retreat was absolute hell for him and I desperately wanted him to move forward with his life and find happiness in a relationship with Rose. One thing that I loved about his point of view is that it shows you that he is selfless, heroic, that he cares deeply for Rose, and you see just how much the Retreat damaged him. His journey to finding redemption is grueling and it broke my heart to see how difficult it would be for James to be able to live life on his own terms again. Bend, Don't Break is full of new material and this is NOT a retelling of the events in Irrevocable from James' perspective. One of my favorite aspects of this book was the suspenseful plot! I was hooked trying to figure out how the pieces of James' case fit together and identify who the real villains were. Skye Callahan took me completely by surprise with a couple of twists and I really enjoyed the unpredictability of the plot in the second half of the book =) Overall, I would highly recommend Bend, Don't Break to those who enjoyed Irrevocable and want more insight into how Rose and James found closure after everything they survived during their time together at the Retreat. Both of them were left with emotional scars that would take time to heal from and a lot of work to come to terms with. I think you will be captivated reading James' perspective on this and Skye Callahan will keep you turning pages with the new unpredictable, suspenseful storyline. This was the perfect conclusion to James and Rose's story <3
ShaunaC1795 More than 1 year ago
I was pleastantly surprised from Skye Callahan. I had never read her before, but now I am now a fan. I hadn't read Irrevocable first, but I quickly rectified that. It is funny my other 2 book buddies were just talking last night about Stockholm Syndrome. This book was beautifully written. This is a great conclusion from the initial story. I don't want to give anything away; I just want to say read these books. I went through a book slump and these books got me out of it. Skye Callahan will be on my author to not miss list! ~Shauna~
ivygirl08 More than 1 year ago
Bend Don’t Break was the follow-up to Irrevocable. So all of you who were in love with Kirk/James and Silver/Rose will be thrilled to see what they are up to now. Did they survive the trauma from the Retreat? What happened next for them? Could they find their happily ever after? Well Bend Don’t Break answered all of those questions and more.  Bonus: It also contained flashbacks told from James perspective.    Disclaimer: I didn’t read Irrevocable and was still able to follow along with this book.  Why? This book happened after they left the Retreat, and boy oh boy, the drama continued in this one. You would have thought after they took down the people behind the Retreat that their lives would be drama free. Wrong. In Bend Don’t Break, watch your two favorite characters plus Trent (his partner), Fiona/Raini, Miles, and Captain Richards get tangled up in a story filled with revenge, love, redemption, and betrayal.      James: He was a stubborn man. A determined man. A jealous man. A very sexual man thanks to the Retreat. I was glad he healed and found some type of peace.  Rose: She was just as stubborn as James. Just as determined. She was a survivor. A fighter. A strong woman determined to find some semblance of happiness. I liked her.  My ratings: 4.0 stars Time it took to read: 2 days I would recommend this book if you read Irrevocable. You would definitely want to see what happened next in the story. No cliffhanger. A happily ever after (but not the typical one because those two are steal healing from their past). I mean how much can two people take before the break. 
MeganRC More than 1 year ago
When I picked up Irrevocable I was glued to it from beginning to end. It was dark, sexual, and at times hard to stomach some of the things going on. However, it was also a phenomenal read. It stuck with me. So, when I picked up Bend Don’t Break, I was excited to get some events from the guy’s POV yet I was also leery at first because I hate reading the whole story over again but from the other person’s POV. So, I was pleasantly surprised and excited after reading Skye’s foreword about her approach to this book. There is so much insight into James’ mindset during the events of Irrevocable but also so much of what is glossed over that we get to see in this one. James and Rose have this phenomenal connection and understanding of each other that many couples only attain after years of being together. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty that still have to work through and learn about each other but after what they went through together they have an intimacy and synchronicity with each other that is so moving to read about. They’re both dealing with a lot of internal struggles and healing so that they can work towards being together. I admire their strength and perseverance to find themselves and hold onto what is most important. I loved both of these characters so much. As I said before, I was skeptical about a whole book from James’ POV but since it actually starts later and is more about James dealing with the aftermath with some flashbacks it was very easy to get wrapped up in the story. It is easily a whole other story since Irrevocable has about a 4 month gap at the end that I  got to read about. The story line flowed really well and I found it easy to get sucked into James and Rose’s world. This dark romance is one that I highly recommend but you have to read Irrevocable first. It is definitely a dark romance with a sex slave organization as the setting. Don’t let it scare you away though. If you like dark romances, this is definitely worth reading. 5 out of 5 stars!