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    All the Feels

    Anonymous "Breaking Without You", the first book in Carrie Ann Ryan's newest series, is a novel full of second chances and reconnections. It's a story about those left behind, about happens after a loss. The book opens with a funeral of a mutual friend of all the central characters, the funeral of a woman who committed suicide, and it just get more emotional from there. This book was...different. Very emotional, very raw. The first person POV (which is different from all the other Carrie Ann Ryan books I've read) inserts the reader into the head of the character, maybe a little too much. I found the repetition of language a little tiresome, though completely realistic, especially considering the emotional tumult the characters were going through. I have to admit that it took me a bit longer to read this one -- I usually binge and read her books in one sitting -- but this was a little too much to take in in one sitting. Definitely more angsty than my usual reads, it had more of an NA feel even though the characters were in their late 20s. There was just a lot going on with everyone (divorce! death! reunions! career issues!) I like it but wow. Yeah, lots to unpack here, which isn't a bad thing at all. It was just a lot, but it also provides a really nice set up for the rest of the books in the series. I'm looking forward to seeing how all the different characters work through their grief and deal with all the other stressors they have in their lives. Bottom line, Breaking Without You (Fractured Connections, #1)is a must read if you want All The Feels
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    Amazing beginning to a series!!

    Holy cow can Carrie Ann write!!! I've always loved how well written her stories are, but this one has a SUPER hard subject and she did it SO WELL! These friends are dealing with a crippling loss when we are introduced to everyone, and you truly get to feel their feelings as they deal with it. Violet had gone through so much between this and her stupid ex that it was almost a little refreshing to see someone who wasn't completely put together. Really all three women were working on putting themselves together, but since this was Violet's book we got to see hers up close. I loved that. I also loved adding in Cameron, the one who disappeared. From the time that Violet awkwardly see Cameron again I knew they had the best story. There was so much untold between them, and I knew it'd be such a ride finding out what happened there. Their love was the best roller coaster. We truly got the best seat as they talked through, sexed through and repaired their relationship. I also loved how she really used the word Fractured in this book. Both Violet and Cameron had many fractures that they needed to repair. It was so amazing watch them repair too. Now we have to talk about everyone else. I LOVED these girls so much, Harmony and Sienna were so great, and I loved the addition of the Connolly brothers, Aiden, Brendon and even Dillon. It was so mesmerizing to watch when the group got together, and I especially loved Dillon's quirks. Watching the girls come to grips with their new lives, and the brothers do the same. It was so special. I cannot wait to read these next books and go on their roller coasters too
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    Wow!

    Wow! This night be one of my favorite Carrie Ann books! This is an emotional gut punch, but it's done so beautifully. This captured my heart from the beginning. This is a story of loss, friendships, family, a second chance at your first love and navigating the muddy water that is life. Violet and Cameron are like two meteors on a collision course, one that is just meant to be and you can't help but get sucked into their orbit. I absolutely loved this and I can't wait for the rest of the series!!!
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    An emotional story

    This book had me feeling so many emotions! Violet and Cameron’s story isn’t a true second chance romance in my mind, they were interrupted in their relationship. Life got in the way, and they were separated. Their lives took different paths, but it led them back together. While they deal with their multitude of feelings from what is happening that brought them back together, they find each other. There is pain and betrayal in what they feel for each other, but they decide to go with what they have. Their feelings are still there, and they feel good. They both need to feel good, so they take that chance. Cameron was such a great character, and I felt for him. He did the right thing, he really did, with everything but Violet back then. And he is doing all he can to do the right things now with her. He has such a strength to him, but still has a deep vulnerability. I wanted to hug him, and kick his brothers, not Dillon though. By the end of the book, less kicking was needed, and everyone seems to have needed hugs Violet’s feelings were so raw, so real, and they enveloped you through the whole book. Have your tissues ready. This story, the whole series, deals with some deep emotions, true and stark, and it starts at the beginning. Violet lets us into her world, and we get to see her thoughts and feelings. Far from fragile, she needs the love and support from her family, and her friends, and Cameron. Cameron is a part of her, and he comes along when she needs all her parts to hold it together This book, and this series, will touch a deep part of you. Not because finding and falling and love should always make you feel. But because life isn’t always easy, and finding and falling in love can happen even when things are hard, and you are hurt. Be prepared, and then be in wonder, as love happens, in any circumstance
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    Loved It

    This book had all the feels. I absolutely loved this story, Violet is going through a rough time after losing a friend to suicide. She needs answers and is working with her ex's new wife. On top of that, her old flame is back after leaving without saying goodbye. Will it all be too much to handle or can these two help each other while they're both going through rough times?
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