Hello my book loves! Today, I have a book review for you of Broken Bonds by J. Bree. Broken Bonds is a reverse harem paranormal romance, and it does have some content that people may find triggering.
It had been quite awhile since I had read a paranormal romance. I was scrolling Kindle Unlimited and it popped up (probably because the last series I read was also a reverse harem) and I thought, why not? Lets try it out. I am so happy that I did! I definitely recommended Broken Bonds
Overall I am giving Broken Bonds 4.5 stars.
After the death of my mother and her Bonded, I was relieved to find my own Bonds.
I was sure everything would be okay if I had them.
The fate of our people is in my hands and I know we’re better off if I’m alone.
After five years on the run, I’m caught and dragged back to face the men I ran away from.
I thought I was doing the right thing.
Now, I’m not so sure.
North, Nox, Gryphon, Atlas, and Gabe may never forgive me but one thing is for sure.
I won’t ever forgive myself.
The book follows Oleander (Oli) after she is found and brought back to her Bonds at Draven University. She had been on the run for five years, causing a lot of hatred and animosity to be thrown her way when her Bonds finally meet her. Oli is not willing to provide any explanation
There were a lot of things that I really enjoyed about this book. It wasn’t quite a 5 star read, but it was pretty close.
What I liked:
Characters: I thought that J. Bree did a really good job with the characters and their development. Each had their own unique voice and traits which I really liked. Oli as a main character was fantastic, and you see a lot of growth with her throughout the book. I liked that each of the Bonds are very different, I have ranked them below to see if my rankings change after the second book.
Powers: While we don’t know the full extent of many of the characters powers, the ones we have seen are really cool. There are a lot of powers I’ve never seen before which is always refreshing.
Relationships: As this is a reverse harem book, I knew there would be multiple romantic relationships throughout. The way J. Bree has done the progression of the relationships is very realistic for people who are angry, hurt and distrustful. I also really enjoy the friendship between Oli and Sage. You can tell they are kindred spirits and I am excited to see more of them together.
What I didn’t like:
Pacing: I need a lot of action in my books. While this book does have a decent amount in it, there were a lot of parts that I found to be quite slow. It does also end on a massive cliff hanger, so be warned that the next book isn’t out until September 28, 2021.
World Building: Overall I enjoyed the worldbuilding, my one complaint is a lack of history. The book is primarily focused on Oli being the central Bond with Gryphon, Atlas, Gabe, North and Nox. It is explained that men can also be a central bond, but we aren’t told what it really means. Why are people bonded? What purpose does it serve? Is the central bond more important somehow? I have questions.
Ranking Oli’s Bonds
Gryphon – While you see Gryphon a lot more than you see Nox in this book, he still isn’t one of the more predominately featured Bonds. He’s the strong silent type, and I just can’t get enough of that. He isn’t openly hostile towards Oli, and is the one who manages to get information out of her. This progresses into him doing things to help her.. Oli says he is the hardest one to be around, so I think as it progresses their bond may be the strongest. Or that is wishful thinking on my part.
Atlas – Atlas started out at my favourite. At the start of the book, he was at another university on the other side of the country, so his relationship with Oli started over texting and phone calls. He had less animosity towards her, and instantly took on a protective roll. He was sweet and funny and wouldn’t put up with shit from the rest of the Bonds once he arrived at Draven. Atlas is awesome.
Gabe – Gabe is the Bond we see the most in this book. He shadows her around the university and is a constant figure. He is openly hostile towards Oli, but you can tell it comes from a place of being hurt by her leaving. At the story progresses you see him starting to warm up to her, and them attempting to be friends. Overall he’s a decent guy, I just like the other two more.
North – North seems to be the alpha of Oli’s Bonds. He is on the council and has an air of arrgance about him. He is the one who makes up all the rules that Oli has to follow, and honestly at no point did it seem like he was starting to warm up to her. I am indifferent to him, I don’t love him, but I don’t hate him.
Nox – Nox is a dick. We didn’t see Nox as much in this book as the other bonds. When we did see him, he sucked. There were no redeeming qualities for me with him. However, I will say I am interested in how their relationship will progress in the next book. I have a feeling, he may end up being my favourite because I am a sucker for a changed man trope. You have one last chance with me Nox.
I really enjoyed this book. If you are looking for a paranormal romance I totally recommend this. While there isn’t a ton of romance or spice in this first one, the build up is there for the next one to have it. I wouldn’t be surprised if book two pushes this into the 5 star territory for me.
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