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Breaking Without You

Fractured Connections, Book 1
Narrated by: Joe Arden, Maxine Mitchell
Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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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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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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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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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
  • Halfway to Iowa
  • 05-06-19

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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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.

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Wow

Very emotional story. I wasn't sure this series was going to be one I could get in to but I couldn't put it down. If book 1 in this series is this intense and this well written, I can't wait for the rest of the series! I loved this book.

I also thought the narrators did an awesome job with this book!

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  • Karen
  • Belgium, Europe
  • 05-01-19

Lovely second chance at love story!

A heartwarming second chance at love story, that lays the groundwork for a new series, linked to the Montgomery Ink – Colorado Spring series.

Violet and Cameron used to be a couple, but then Cameron left, suddenly and without an explanation. Life happens and several years later they are thrown into each other’s path again. The strength of their connection is very clear and convincing, even with so much time having past. The only thing that I had a harder time believing was the reason behind his mysterious disappearance as well as how that cause a break between Cameron and his brothers too. Not that it wasn’t a serious enough issue, it absolutely was, but rather the way they all cut ties without talking things over bugged me some.

Violet spends a lot of time in introspection, so we have a clear idea of who she is and what she’s feeling, but it does sometimes take away a little of the action and pacing of the story. She’s having an understandably hard time coping with the loss of her friend, Alison, and figuring out if she can trust Cameron with her heart again. As a result, there’s quite an air of sadness permeating the story that never completely lifts. I’d have liked it better if there had been more opportunities for Cameron and Violet to enjoy the actually falling in love part of their relationship. We basically leave them when the good part is only just starting.

The Connolly brothers are both lovable and frustrating, and communication so isn’t their thing. However, I really liked the “brothers reunite” storyline and in fact, I loved it as much as the romance between Violet and Cameron. Declan is my favorite and though still young, it would be lovely to have him get his own HFN/HEA throughout the course of this series.

Narration: both Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell are amazing and definitely joining the ranks of my favorite narrators! They have such wonderful voices, so pleasant to listen to, and I loved all the emotion and intensity they bring to their performance. I also really loved how they interpreted the voices for all the different characters and I think their voices really meshed well together in this book.

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Awesome narrators

Book one Breaking Without You in Fractured Connections Series by Carrie Ann Ryan
This book starts with all the Knights sisters and Connolly’s brothers attending there friends Alison funeral after she committed suicide without a note saying why.
Cameron is an adopted Connolly like his twin brother Aiden and other adopted brother Brandon but after his adoptive mum and dad died and his birth mother called begging for help he discovers another brother called Dillion how now only 18.
Cameron tried to call his brothers to say they had a younger brother but non of his brothers answered his calls so his stopped calling so a lot of time and distance caused a massive friction between everyone.
Violet is Mace’s sister from Fallen Ink (Montgomery Ink Colorado Springs Series)
This book starts with Violets Harmony and Sienna attending there bff funeral and meeting up with the Connolly’s especially Cameron Violet’s ex.
There’s massive backstory and a lot of history between most of the characters but mostly Violet and Cameron and how they broke up but also how they develop their new relationship and not repeat old mistakes.
I really loved that this was all about relationships between brothers sisters friends and parents not too much drama and a great second chance story.
I absolutely loved two narrators but I thought they would read the line differently. They each took different chapters but I feel it would have be awesome for them to read male and female lines separately but still really enjoyed this audiobook CAR picks such great narrators.

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  • Tina H
  • Bassano ab Canada
  • 04-26-19

Beautifully Written

Oh my gosh this story completely had me emotional from the first paragraph. Violet and Cameron’s story is emotional on more than just as a couple. I truly enjoyed reading their story and how they were in past as as they became a couple again. The subject that is within this book isn’t a easy subject but the details are not described but more the what happens to everyone after as they adjust and man doesn’t Violet have a lot to work out as well as Cameron but the end is truly a HEA. Carrie Ann has written such a emotional read I had tears at points and laughter at others and all in between. Absolutely enjoyed this one even though it is a difficult read at points. Audio that is Narrated by Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell is absolutely stunning to listen to. I really enjoyed listening to the narration of this story. Both Joe and Maxine did absolutely brilliant with this and hit the characters emotions beautifully.

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In LOVE with Fractured Connections Series!!

This book hits all the emotions, it has drama, and sadness and grief, love, hurt, acceptance. There is so much in this novel I loved it. The chemistry between Violet and Cameron is hot! You can really feel their emotions and unresolved issues through the words and Maxine and Joe really bring their voices through. I really felt like I was almost watching a movie instead of listening to a book.

Carrie Ann Ryan does an amazing job of also setting up the series and letting you get a glimpse at the other characters and things to come without taking away from the main story. I cannot wait for the other books, they are going to be amazing!

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  • L Hayes
  • 05-14-19

Good

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.