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Broken Bonds

Narrated by: Chris Chambers
Series: Souls in Bondage, Book 1
Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
4 out of 5 stars (109 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The one thing Haven Noel wants for his Christmas birthday is for his master, Kellen, to love him. But the wonderful Christmas Eve Haven plans for his master goes awry and instead of receiving his master's love, Haven ends up on the street without his collar. Heartbroken, Haven heads to the club where he and Kellen originally met, only to find it closed.

With a blizzard descending and nowhere to go, Haven curls up on the club doorstep, courting death. Hopeless and shattered, on the verge of losing consciousness, he makes a wish for Kellen to find happiness some day. Two angels with a vested interest in Haven and Kellen's happiness hear his wish and conspire with Kellen's family to save Haven's life, bring love back to Kellen's heart and give them both the best kinky Christmas ever.

©2012 Lex Valentine (P)2013 Lex Valentine
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Wow, that's a Christmas story

I loved it, heart warming, sad and bad. delightful listening. performance was outstanding and the characters enchanting

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Wonderful love/Christmas miracle type story!!

Not my usual genre but let me tell you...this is a GREAT story!! Love, pain, betrayal, truth, self exploration and discovery with characters and a storyline you can personally relate to make this a truly enjoyable audiobook. Highly recommend it.

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Perfect!

It’s hard to imagine how a book that’s 2hours, 38 minutes, can so perfectly put forth total despair and heartbreak as well as complete redemption and love. Everything is done perfectly in this book, including the narration.

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Oddly drastic measures

It rather seems unhealthy for a character to be so dramatic as to decide on death after one (admittedly really bad) fight that could have been talked out later. That besides, who on earth says ‘gland’ in the middle of sex?!

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Ok, here's the thing with Christmas shorts, they always strive to artificially tug the heart strings. And they often turn out too saccharine to stand; unfortunately that's the case here. I just couldn't bear it. And that's after not being able to let go of how horribly Kellen treated Haven. Oh great, he had an epiphany and realized how horrible he was to his sub, good for him. But why exactly was Haven willing to take him back. Nothing had changed from his end and it had only been a couple hours?

This is labeled #1 in a series, but it feels like a sequel. It feels like book two, with book one having dealt with Nick and Mica's relationship. Not to mention the beginnings of Haven and Kellens or the world-building to explain angels and the oft-mentioned leather club. So, is it a spin-off or something?

Lastly, the writing is ok, if a little clumsy in the dialogue. But I am extremely picky about stories that utilize titles in formalized sexual relationships, the Sir, Master, Dominant, Sub, etc that characters say to one another. I have no idea how this works in real life, but in books I find it often comes across as cheesy and unnatural if not written...well, the way I like, I don't know. But often it bothers me, sometimes it doesn't. Here I cringed every times someone said something like, "Can we keep him, Master," or "I'm a dominant, I don't..."

All in all, not horrible, but not a real winner for me. Chris Chambers did a fine job of the narration though.

Note: I won an Audible copy of this book. I chose to read and review it.

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Loved it

This was a short good story of a man who lost his love through death and how he almost lost another love because he was so scare to open his heart again, if not for two Christmas Angels.