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Breaking Without You

Fractured Connections, Book 1
Narrated by: Joe Arden, Maxine Mitchell
Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
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From NYT best-selling 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. 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.

©2019 Carrie Ann Ryan (P)2019 Carrie Ann Ryan

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Having read a number of this Authors books, I found this one a little repetitive and I found the start somewhat confusing, sadly. A sterling performance from Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell, as always.

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  • S. Kelly
  • 16-05-19

Great Dual Narration!

This is book 1 of the Fractured Connections series. It is an offshoot series of the Montgomery Ink Colorado Springs series but it is absolutely a stand alone! We just get to have Mace's sister's story and I know I have been wanting to know more about his family. This one is about Violet Knight and Cameron Connolly. Let me just start off by saying that this is definitely a story that will hit you hard if you have ever been personally affected by suicide. It doesn't go into how it happens but more so into the thoughts and feelings of the person (or in this case, people) left behind. And I had the waterworks going on in a lot of this book because it does hit home. That being said, it is still a romance! Violet and Cameron have reconnected after losing one of their best friends. And because of that event, it has afforded them their second chance to have their relationship work. I don't want to go into a lot of detail because I feel like it will spoil the story. But I absolutely loved it! I read it in less than a day because it was one of those books that once I started it, I couldn't put it down! And while yes, I did cry a lot while reading it-it also shows the reality of life. And how hard it is to move on and just let yourself be happy. The narration is one of the best I have heard! I loved that this book was done in dual narration. It made it seem much more relatable to me, I'm not really sure why but I just liked it better that way. Maybe because the voices didn't seem strange to me when it switches from character to character. This is one I will definitely re listen to over and over!

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  • Invested Reader
  • 20-10-20

Way too much unnecessary narrative

Had to toss this one back. Unnteresting, droned on. Couldn't find any characters I cared about.

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  • Lynn M.
  • 05-06-20

Tragedy brings a new beginning

Tragedy brings the Violet and Cameron back into each other's lives. Carrie Ann Ryan carefully crafts their story. Maxine Mitchell and Joe Arden bring this story to life.

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  • Michelle
  • 23-07-19

Welllllll ... it didn’t suck

Liked the story, loved that everything wasn’t wrapped in a simple solution . The male lead was likable and Joe Arden is fantastic . The female lead .. don’t know if it was the purpose of the author to make her so whiny or Muffy’s interpretation Of the words but I just couldn’t care after a while. Maybe the author just wanted to stress how much a suicide affects those around the person and I’m soulless lol

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  • Book Dragon
  • 23-06-19

good but hard subjects

The story took a bit for me to get into because of how the book started. This wasn't because of anything bad just my personal life. I did enjoy the story. Loved the narrator, Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell.

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  • Aussie597
  • 04-06-19

Breaking Without You

Great characters and a story that pulls at the heartstrings from the start right up until the end, the story is very easy to get into and follow along with

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  • Gwen
  • 09-05-19

Fractured connections 👌

This is the first from the spin-off on the Montgomerys. Mace’s sister Violet has had a few heartbreaks in her life. She is a strong one with great friends and family. She is mourning her bff when Cameron comes back into her life. He is a Connollee, four handsome brothers who come back together to save their family’s business. Violet has gone through so much, she is fractured. There is a lot of introspection, and her relationship with Cameron suffers from it. I enjoyed their friendly banters and times together with her friends, trying to overcome grief. It’s a story of hurt and healing. It’s a story of a yesterdays tight group who are finding their way back together now that they are older and I’d like to keep on knowing where they are headed. I’ll wait for the next installment :-)

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  • CyndiV
  • 07-05-19

Blew Me Away

OMG It's hard to put into words what I think about this book. It had me from start to finish. This cast of believable characters Come back together for a sad occasion have to figure out how to put the pieces back together and heal old wounds. Can not wait for the next installment!!!

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  • Kim
  • 06-05-19

This about broke me

Breaking Without You about broke me. Maxine Mitchell hits hard with her opening rendition of Violet and her feelings. The title by the end of Violet and Cameron’s story wasn’t true. However, at the beginning, it felt that it might have been. Both Violet and Cameron thought they had already been broken and that they would break again. Nothing was further than the truth with these two strong people that had the support of family and friends (most of the time) and when they didn’t, they knew they needed to survive and be strong. Reconnecting only made them better, survivors and warriors of time & life lessons. As Maxine Mitchell and Joe Arden told the pieces of the story, I was easily lost in the emotions and struggles of Violet & Cameron. Carrie Ann Ryan has provided another fabulous book!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-05-19

Emotional Listen, Extremely Worth It

Book 1 in the Fractured Connections series starts off with heartbreak and tragedy. Violet lost someone close to her and it nearly breaks her. Luckily, she is not the only one in pain and feeling the loss. She has a sister and friends that she can lean on and vice versa. She also has an old flame, Cameron, that appears after being gone for years and he winds up being a integral part of her healing process. Cameron is also going through some emotional distress with his brothers and their family business. Even with their past both agree to start fresh and build something new for themselves. The story was extremely emotional and these narrators, Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell, were wonderful in the telling of it. The emotion in each word was palpable at times. I really enjoyed listening to them bring this story to life. I cannot wait for the next in this series. I had the pleasure of listening to this book in Audible in exchange for an honest review.