NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Carrie Ann Ryan
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.
There is a lot of emotional pain in this book, starting with the suicide of Violet’s best-friend Allison but it also extends to the loss of Jack, Cameron’s adoptive father and the bar Jack left to him and his brothers.
For Violet, losing her best-friend has not only triggered her migraines but also a grief so intense it borders on depression. Her sister Siena and other friend Harmony are also feeling the loss but not to the same degree. Harmony has been through this kind of grief before when she lost her husband unexpectedly.
Cameron and his brothers have inherited a bar that has been operating in the red for far too long. Brendan the oldest is the money man, business is his thing and he will start coming up with ideas to make this venture successful. Aiden is a Michelin Chef, he plans on adding unique items to the menu to attract new clientele. Cameron is Aiden’s twin and has been away in more than one way for a long time. He walked away from Violet and his brothers when his birth mother called. Eleven year old Dillon, their younger brother, whom they had known nothing about was part of why he stayed away. For the brothers bringing the bar back to life will be a tribute to their adoptive parents, Jack and Rose and hopefully Dillon will be a part of this and their family.
A very long road for everyone, as this story progresses. Concentrating mostly on Violet, who is the most affected by everything. Her relationship with Cameron resumes but they are different people now and we get to join them on this journey.
Plenty of laughter, lots of tears, some sizzle and hope for the future.
I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.
5 Contented Purrs for Carrie Ann!
That was my friends, we were always there for each other. Even if not all of us were here anymore.
The headache was coming on strong, and my hands had started to shake. I knew I needed to leave soon. The others would understand if I left, even if I had been the one to say that I needed to stay. Because I knew that I wouldn’t be able to drive home soon if I didn’t go now. So, I went over to the coats, slid mine on, and ignored more of the whispers as people tried to catch my eye. They wanted to talk to the girl who had found Allison.
I knew that much. But I had talked to the police, I had discussed things with Allison’s parents. I had shared with my friends. I had talked to everybody about what I had seen, detailing it so much that I knew I could probably say the words by rote without even showing a single emotion.
Maybe that was for the best.
Because I didn’t want to feel anything.
Didn’t know if I really could.
So, as I turned away from the whispers and the knowing looks, I told myself that I needed to go home. Of course, just as I thought that, I slammed into a large chest.
A hard, familiar chest.
“Violet,” Cameron whispered, his voice rough, that low, deep growl that I remembered vividly.
“I—” I couldn’t finish the sentence.
Because as soon as he wrapped his arms around me, the dam broke. Tears slid from my eyes, and I let out a low groan that I knew others might hear. Cameron surely did.
In response, he let out a low curse that vibrated through my body and held me close. And I broke.
The others might not be able to see me, but Cameron could. And, of all the people I could have broken in front of, of all the individuals that could have held me when I shattered into a thousand pieces, it just had to be him.
He was the one who was there for me when I fractured.
Of course, he was.
Ryan, Carrie Ann. Breaking Without You. Kindle Locations (247-261). Kindle Edition.
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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 2.0 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.