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Chained To The Past. On the brink of going pro in MMA, Tyler Graves has defied his past—a past where going to jail for beating the hell out of his foster father took him away from the girl he loved and swore to protect, leaving her in the house of the man who abused them both. Chained To Regret. No matter how much time has passed, Danielle Debasco weighs on Ty’s mind and cChained To The Past. On the brink of going pro in MMA, Tyler Graves has defied his past—a past where going to jail for beating the hell out of his foster father took him away from the girl he loved and swore to protect, leaving her in the house of the man who abused them both. Chained To Regret. No matter how much time has passed, Danielle Debasco weighs on Ty’s mind and conscience. He was supposed to save her, instead he abandoned her. Chained To Love. To free Danny from the abusive man who still haunts her, Ty’s faced with sacrificing his future by finishing what he started four years ago—taking vengeance. But, this time will be different. This time he won’t stop until the horrors of their past are sealed not just in blood, but in death....

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chains Reviews

  • Jen
    2019-03-09 13:04

    I decided to give this book a chance, and I am really on the fence on what I think about it. The story itself I found was actually quite a good one. We were given a story about three foster siblings who suffered for years at the hands of their foster father. Tyler and Alex took the beatings and tried their best to take the attention off of young Danny (Danielle); but eventually Alex left Tyler and Danny, and soon after that Tyler beat his foster father to almost death. This landed him in jail, and Danny unprotected. Terrible abuse continued to happen while Tyler did his time in prison and then four years came and went.At present, Tyler is an MMA fighter who is very close to becoming pro; but everything changes when his past comes knocking on his door. When he is reunited with Danny again, it is to find she is not so innocent and child like anymore. Will he throw his potential career away for someone he doesn't really know anymore? Will Danny be able to overcome her own demons that are following her? This story is not pretty, and there are things that happen in it that are hard to swallow. I can honestly say, that this won't be for everyone. There are some details that are very hard to overlook. I found that some things were unrealistically portrayed. Another distraction was the pictures that were sporadically thrown in between the pages. They didn't enhance the story in anyway and were more annoying than anything else. There was also a major incident that happens towards the end of the story, that definitely shocked the heck out of me...I am still reeling from that, and actually still quite speechless about it!!Sorry to be vague, but I really don't want to give any spoilers!!All in all, this is a read that I am sure quite a lot of readers would have issues with. It is down to the person reading it whether or not they can overlook certain details or not. Myself, for the most part; I looked at it as a story for entertainment..therefore I tried not to be too picky about the lack of realistic information; and tried to just sit back and enjoy the story for what it was worth. Would I read another one of Kelli Maine's stories? Absolutely. I think that she does tell an interesting tale, one that does keep me entertained. I like to get lost in the pages of a book, and I was still able to do that with hers!

  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
    2019-03-01 08:04

    DNF at 58%No rating, no full review.This is one of those books that you will either love or never connect to. I, unfortunately, fell into the latter. I couldn't connect to the characters, the story, or their plight. I'm usually a big fan of anything super angsty and gritty with a strong undercurrent of dark, and this book had all that. The premise was great, just fell completely short in the delivery.The fact that there were pictures (like comic book like pictures, complete with bubble text and everything) randomly placed throughout the story COMPLETELY cheapened the effect for me. Hard as a tried to look past it, I never did. When I got to a sex scene that had it? I. Was. Done.I have to say that had the story itself actually captured me, I believe I would have looked past the pictures. But it didn't. Biggest reason? The heroine. I love me a tortured character, and this book had that in SPADES...just not in a way that was believable to me. The heroine is a meth addict and has been one for almost 4 years. When Tyler finds her again, he's determined to protect her this time around so he makes her quit cold turkey. Other than her puking, that's about all the withdrawal symptoms we get (at least in the part that I read up to). Oh and then a few days after she quits meth cold turkey, they have sex...unprotected...and he calls it beautiful. Did I mention that the heroine was SO hooked on meth she actually whored herself out for her next hit? And yet they jump into bed together (while she's still "in withdrawal" like none of those factors add into things?Nope. Sorry. I don't buy it. So at this point I had to cut my losses.Now I do tend to be extremely picky with my dark reads, so I'm sure I'll be in the very minority with my opinion. So don't let my thoughts deter you from reading this. It didn't quite work for me, but perhaps it just may work for you.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-12 06:55

    I freaking loved this book. I wish I could give it more stars.As a reader you will know that amazing feeling you get when a book grabs you by the throat and drags you through every emotion, makes you feel everything and pretty much holds you hostage you till you are done. This is one of those books.I never expected to love a dark, gritty, heart breaking story so much, but that’s exactly what has happened. I finished this book and immediately messaged a friend with “he did this to ………, Nooo and I nearly had a heart attack when…….” I’m not a spoiler wench so that’s why it’s edited. But holy crap, what a ride.What these poor characters have gone through is unimaginable. To be subjected to such cruelty and heinous acts as children is horrendous. I think what made it more heartbreaking is that you know that this happens every day to defenceless children from people they trust.This book is told from the hero’s point of view and personally I don’t think it could have been written better any other way. It needed the raw honesty that only Tyler could give. His grief over leaving Danny with that monster is palpable and you feel his need to find her and save her from that hell.I could go on more about the storyline or how much I loved the characters, but to be honest, this is a book you really need to read to experience it properly. I could never convey the agony, trauma, pain, suffering and eventual joy these characters go through well enough to convince you to buy the book.This was my first book by this author but it won’t be my last. Strap yourself in for a hell of an emotional rollercoaster of violence, sex, the true meaning of family, unspeakable abuse of power and authority and a unshakeable trust between three survivors who made it out of hell and came out the other side to eventually find peace and happiness after all they went through.Like I said earlier, this is a dark, raw and gritty story, but it’s also one, that once you have finished it will stay with you for a while. For me that’s a sign of a damn good book.

  • Beth
    2019-03-14 14:03

    5 Dark Disney StarsHave you ever noticed that most fairy tales have a dark center? Hardly ever any moms. Wicked relatives who only want to hurt you. Deceit, trickery, and evil intentions everywhere. Hell, Ariel had to completely deny her family and don't even get me started on Dumbo. Talk about bullying and hazing. Some seriously dark Disney going on. I think Ms Maine spent a lot of time with the Golden Books and in front of the VHS player. Once upon a time there were three children living in hell. Alex, Tyler and Danny (a girl) were raised together in foster care. They were abused, neglected, and had to learn to stick together to survive. Up until they turned 18. Then they one by one left. Left the others in that hell. Every footfall away from her left an empty hollow longing. Tyler has always been good with his fists. Now he is making a living with them. But he never forgot the promises he made to Danny. The promises he has yet to keep. ...but I was never good at sticking around when the shit got hardWhen they reconnect, the pain is still right there. Not even under the surface. Their pain is floating on top. Like an oil slick that coats every thing it touches. Trust was disappointment's bitch. I never trusted--especially not myself.So I haven't told much about the plot. Let's just say it will suck you in, and twist you up. It is dark and scary and so full of "what they hell are you thinking" moment. You want to trust that it will be ok, but Ms Maine has made us her bitch.

  • Angelisa Stone
    2019-03-02 07:02

    Kelli Maine always likes to the push the envelope and try something new and a little darker than the rest. Well, she's done it again. Chains is different: it's dark, sexy, tormented, and real. You all will love it. Mark your calendars for September 22nd and one-click Danny and Tyler. If you're looking for rainbows and unicorns, then hit something else up, because this ain't it.

  • Kirsty
    2019-03-09 09:09

    This book wasn't really what I was expecting when I picked it up, but I loved it all the same!Danny and Ty grew up in foster care together, along with their foster brother, Alex. The three of them encountered the most horrendous abuse at the hands of 'Striker'. Through the years they were there for each other, covering for each other whenever they could. At 18 Ty leaves foster care and ends up in trouble after beating Striker. He promises to go back for Danny and save her, but 4 years later, that just didn't go as planned."Every footfall away from her left an empty, hollow longing in my chest."Years later, Danny and Ty's lives are world's apart from each other, but Ty has never forgotten his promise and will still do all he can to save Danny. Danny on the other hand, is a meth addict, working the street, with not a lot going for.. Ty finally gets to make his promise and save Danny from a life she shouldn't be leading. Even though that could mean life and death.I do have a few issues with this book, which unfortunately took away from my reading experience, but on the whole it was a great book.First off, the book needs some serious editing. I don't know hoe many exactly (although reading another review they counted 44) there seemed to be an error on every other page. For a book that is so short, that is more than too many. It's off putting and ultimately distracts you from the story. Another major issue I had was some of the story content. Danny is a meth addict, of four years, and when she meets Ty he makes her go cold turkey. Seriously, I was expecting major withdrawal issues but there was just nothing. She may have been sick a few times, slept a little longer than average but that was it and all of a sudden she was just.. okay. It wasn't very genuine at all. Aside from that, this was a good story with potential to be an incredible story. I think it just needs a little work.*Reviewing for The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog as part of the 'Chains' blog tour.*

  • Zita
    2019-02-20 09:58

    Breaking the chains of the past…Tyler (Ty) Graves is an MMA fighter working at turning pro. He suffered child abuse at the hands of his foster father with two others. At the age of eighteen he was cast out of the system but before doing so he beat up his abuser and went to jail for it, leaving behind Danielle (Danny) Debasco who was not yet of age to leave still in his care. Tyler always meant to go back for her but he needed to get his act together and four years have passed in which he has never forgotten his promise to return for her. He suffers the weight of his abandonment of her and when in a fight her name is thrown at him he knows the time is now to rectify the mistakes of his past even if it costs him his career. Danny has not fared as well as Tyler through the years though she did survive any way that she could including drug addiction to forget the horrors she endured and selling her body for money. When Ty finds her the guilt he feels is overwhelming, he should not have left her there. He’ll do anything to clean her up and bring her back to life. They were close as children and with her he finds peace and completion, something he has not found elsewhere. They were meant to be together.But the past continues into the present for their foster father is psychotic and obsessed with Danny, no matter where she runs he manages to track her down to continue his abuse. Ty won’t let that happen again, he knows that it is time to end things once and for all. He will do what he should have done that night four years ago no matter what the personal consequences are.This is the heartbreaking story of two broken people finding the strength together to face their shared past, that they deserve freedom from the past and the happiness that is everyone’s right to strive for and have. The main characters were compelling and likable, you felt for them. There are flashbacks to their childhood, as children they made up fairytales to get them through the dark times that I found touching and something children are wont to do, to believe in knights in shining armor even if those knights are flawed. The storyline was interesting and suspenseful and kept my attention.Issues that I had:I did find the amount of time that Danny was in withdrawal was not very credible; it was way too short for someone suffering from true drug addiction. I did not like the comic book like graphics that were interspersed within chapters; they were distracting and offered no enhancement to the story. I wish I could remove them from my kindle version.This story seriously needs editing, there were 44 errors noted in a shorter length book. This was a distraction that halted reading while a notation was made. Sadly we are used to errors in eBooks these days but that there were so many showed that no proofing was done prior to publication.There should have been more of a warning in the blurb regarding the content of child abuse and that there was dog fighting. These are serious topics that not all readers can tolerate and should have been disclosed better even though in this book they were not graphically described.

  • Amy J Romance Author & Reader Events
    2019-03-06 15:08

    Looking for a quick read? Chains is not just another MMA book, its an emotional reclaiming of the past. Tyler has worked the last four years getting himself in a better place , a place where he can plan for the future. He is almost out of the lifestyle that absorbed him and thrusted him into a horrid predetermined future. A surprise from his past, Danielle, shows up just as he is ready to move forward making him take ten steps back. For the reader watching Tyler come face to face with Danielle and Alex is bitter sweet. You want so bad for them to have the happily ever after Danielle still yearns for but the years have not been kind to any of them. Each carrying ghosts and burdens from their past, alone it is chewing each one up but together they can find peace. Its the only family they have known and they become strong when together but again the past catches up with them yielding tragic results.Chains is a quick action filled emotional book. The story is fast paced and though short it is not short on story-only short on fluff. For those readers that don't like fluff and want to get to the story this is a perfect read for you. The author has also created a very colorful background for the story and characters.This author tries something we haven't seen before with graphics. This part wasn't for me and I just didn't get the point of it however kudos to the author for trying something new. The action packed Chains has me looking forward to Kellie's next book Tilt/Slide! Welcome back Kelli Maine!!

  • Rebecca Teague
    2019-02-23 09:53

    Didn't like it and could not connect to the characters at all... One of the things that stuck out at me was Danny's withdrawal from 4 years of meth addiction - or should I say what withdrawal??? So she spewed a few times and was sleepy.... Yeah right.... I just didn't feel anything for the characters at all... Sorry, to each their own...P.s. The pictures throughout the story really annoyed me too...

  • Megan Fall
    2019-03-06 11:19

    This was another difficult read as it dealt with abuse. I loved the characters, especially Tyler and Alex. I wish both the knights had a happy ending though! Definitely need Kleenex when reading this one!

  • ❀ Crystal ✿ -
    2019-03-07 09:17

    Copy Provided by Author for Honest Review3 “Life Sucks” StarsMaybe I wasn’t clear on the blurb when I read it but for some reason I expected something else from this book. This was my first book by Kelli Maine and I wasn’t blown away. The story is told from the main character Tyler’s POV and often flashbacks to reflect his relationship and closeness with his fellow foster brother and sister from their youth. The three were closer than family and always looked out for one another, even as their foster father took things too far drawing blood, bruises and pain like it was his job. For years the abuse these three continues until one by one they run away. Tyler thought beating his foster father would save Danielle from more pain but what he never expected was for it to get worse. After the fight, Tyler is sent to jail and when he is released, though he promised Danielle, years pass and he never returns for her or even checks on her. Tyler is on his way to becoming a high-profile MMA fighter but his anger issues could become a huge threat to his rising fame. After Danielle’s name is brought up in the ring and Tyler loses it, he has many decisions to make, most important is can he forgive himself for leaving Danielle being and finding her now, years later drug-addicted and still running from the abusive man of their youth. What I didn’t really like about this book was mainly the characters in general. None were very likable, hell, they didn’t even like themselves. No one is trying to better themselves or leave the shitty life they feel they’ve been dealt. In fact I was most disappointed with Tyler, blaming all his problems on a 6-month stint in jail. This is America, hasn’t everyone been to jail or at least hold a record. It just didn’t play out right for me and then seeing Danielle drug addicted and Tyler blaming himself for leaving her it was like a depressing seminar on how to ruin your life and never better it. The story often speeds up at times and jumps. It wasn’t too much of a big deal since the subject matter didn’t touch me deeply or anything of the like. I was concerned when more pointless things happened, especially like a certain character who is killed. Having not witnessed this but only being told it as a reader, I felt very disconnected and even wondered if it was fake. It just didn’t connect.Overall Chains was more a depressing MMA novel with a unreliable male lead who is more unsure of himself than a student in chemistry class. I’m looking forward to more from this author and only hope her other work resonates better with me than this did.

  • Brooke
    2019-03-02 08:06

    Ah, ok so... Tyler and Danny grew up in a foster home with a torturous foster father who would beat the crap out of them and one day Tyler snapped and beat him to a pulp. He ended up being arrested and taken away from Danny, so she was left with the foster father. Fast forward 4 years and Tyler is an MMA fighter and constantly thinking about Danny, feeling bad and all that jazz. Magically, after thinking about her so much, one night he happens to randomly cross paths with her and instantly realizes by her appearance that she's a drug addict and it takes about 0.05 seconds to realize she prostitutes herself to pay for her addiction. So of course they recognize each other and of course he wants to save her in an instant by doing anything he can. So he does. Once he has her, they flee to their other foster brother Alex's house. Alex took off when he was 16.By this time, Danny has tried to have sex with Tyler about 3-4 times and Tyler has been turning her down, stating that she has to be healthy and recover from her addiction until they can be together that way. Not even a day later he caves and receives oral sex from her and performs it on her...without protection.Now, I'm not sure about anyone else, but the last thing I wouldeverdo is have unprotected sex of any kind with a prostitute who's only focus was their next high. Also, lets not forget that Danny's been a hard core drug addict for 4 years and now that shes stopped cold turkey, other than crying and vomiting a few times shes absolutely fine, laughing and chatting away. I've known people who have given up cigarettes act worse than that. And umm, Alex is a drug dealer, so the house they are staying in is full of drugs. Are we suppose to believe she just stays away from them?This is where I decided to DNF. It was just silly and unrealistic.

  • Carrie White
    2019-03-15 12:08

    6 STARS!! "Chains" fits this demented terrozing story beautifully!Unbreakable Chains to the past never let go.A fairytale story of a princess and her two brave Knights, growing up in mayhem.Locked down, brutally abused and terrorized as children.Abandoned by the one person who gave you life, never looking back.That's what Danny has in common with her two Knights when placed in the same foster care home.Two brothers fight to stay alive, keep their sanity and deal with the abuse that "Striker" inflicts on his foster care kids.A psycho-matchoist with sadistic desires ripping her innocence to shattered pieces."Guess you never could tell what was going on behind your neighbors' closed doors" *TRUE FACT*Tyler (is THE white knight wearing his shining armor brightly)- Strongest, most generous, caring, selfless man. In a fit of blind fury rage, he takes it all out one the one who deserves it. Almost leaving him for dead, which lands him in prision for a few years. Alex and Tyler have an unbreakable brother bond like no other. Until prison. Being stubborn as hay, he tries to fix himself first then to mend his past broken promises. Years later he's fighting his way to pro MMA and can taste the victory. After a chance run in with Danny during an MMA fight all chaos returns and eventually lead to Alex. Secrets, lies, betrayal are about to come full circle. A short but bittersweet reunion ends in a tragic loss so great.

  • Aubrey Storm
    2019-03-18 09:20

    Chains is a very emotional and heart breaking story. That immediately drew me in from the very first page. Danny and Ty grew up together in the same foster home. The suffered horrific abuse from their stepfather. Ty had to leave when he was 18. He promised Danny that he would come back for her but things didn't work out as planned."Every footfall away from her left an empty, hollow longing in my chest."Danny and Ty meet again years later. Danny is pursuing a MMA fighter career. Danny had been lead to drugs, trying to get away from the past and pain. While Ty has had a hard time forgiving himself for not returning to save Danny."I found you again, and I won't lose you, Danny. I should never have lost you to begin with."Ty is determined to help her overcome her past and give her everything she ever dreamed of. Even though their stepfather continues his pursuit of Danny causing problems along the way. "Saving Danny was the only thing that would ease the gouges in my sanity where the past dug in and held tight."Chains was so captivating. The suspense kept me on edge the entire book. I couldn't put it down. This was the first book I have ever read by Kelli Maine and I can tell you she has won me over. The writing was absolutely superb! I would recommend everyone to read this story.

  • Heather andrews
    2019-02-19 08:20

    Tyler he's not a patient man he wants what he wants when he wants, especially if the thing he wants is Danny, "I grabbed the front of his shirt. "I'll see her now." Danny's a little temptress, "her hand roamed from my lower stomach up and down over my c***. It took me a second to put it together and then - Eff. "Danny," I whispered. She wrapped her hand around me and squeezed in response. The air left my lungs, and I groaned. Jesus, it felt good." Tyler's thoughts were of a man starved for his woman, "I never wanted to take my d*** out of her. I could live inside of her." I mean the girl knows exactly where to touch to lead him around and personally I don't think the boy minds at all, "I was going to say the same thing." She gave me a lazy smile, her eyes glazed and sated. She reached back and wrapped her hand around my c***. "Let's get in the shower." Alex will be getting a story right? I sure hope so I loved this book.

  • BookNerd
    2019-03-11 09:10

    2.5

  • Flirty Reader
    2019-03-01 13:53

    This is the first book from Kelli Maine that I have had the pleasure of reading and it was a nice read. I wasn't blown away by the book, but it held my interest and I liked it in the end. It was full of drama, action, hot men, some sad times, and romance. So a good read all around. But the book didn't wow me like I wanted it too. And that's fine. That doesn't mean it won't wow you. I would suggest picking it up and trying Chains out yourself. I know you won't be disappointed. Plus it's only $.99 cents right now, so a great deal! The bones of the story: Tyler and Danny were foster siblings in a very rough and abusive home. One day everything came to a head and Tyler, being a fighter, beat foster dad up until he was near death. He didn't die and Tyler ended up serving time. Danny was left in the care of the abusive man. Fast forward to years later,Tyler is on the brink of MMA stardom. He's a good fighter but is rocked during a match when his opponent mentions Dani. The girl he left behind many years ago, to seemingly fend for herself. Danny's life has spiraled down to the pits of hell. No only did she have to survive by herself with the foster dad, but he's been basically hunting her for the last five years after she escaped him. In order to make it through, Dani had turned to drugs and sex. Tyler is determined to find Danny and save her. When he does, getting her is not an easy task. Many obstacles face them and then throw in the old foster dad still hunting Danny. It got pretty intense. Even though I said that this is a good book, the reason why it didn't blow me away was because after reading it, a week later I didn't retain too much of the story. I found, to write this review, I had to go back to my notes to jog my memory. And my notes were filled with things like, "What about Danny's drug addiction? It seems to have disappeared" or "Come on, why didn't Tyler go back for Danny after jail if it was that bad before with the foster dad" and "That was the arc? It was lackluster." I just had so many of these questions when I read. It would be something a content editor would ask when editing. I'm assuming the author had some sort of content or something, but who knows. While reading I just kept asking questions about the character development, backstories, motivations, inconsistencies, plot holes, etc. It wasn't so much an issue for the normal reader but the editor in me was mentally listing what could have been improved. Maine is a clean writer. I didn't find much technically I could comment on. I'm interested in reading some of her other books. Maybe my feelings of this book is a wash and her other books will blow me away.

  • K3
    2019-02-22 15:16

    What happens when life hands you a shit hand? You fight to survive, you do whatever it takes.This is exactly what this story is about. Three people who grew up in the foster system together. In some ways they are the only family any of them have ever had, in others they are best friends who look out for each other. When their world has been plagued with darkness they escape with their stories. This is the story of Danielle, Ty and Alex. It isn’t your typical fairy tale. It is a true story. There are happy moments, scary moments, disgusting moments and romantic moments.While they didn’t have the best child hood, they did what they had to do in order to survive. For Alex he ended up doing ok for himself in dealing with some shady street transactions. For Danielle, well lets just say she helped Alex but then developed a problem of her own. For Ty, well, he was able to get on the path of becoming a professional MMA fighter.We all know life is but a dream and circumstances bring them back together. Together they have to face the one demon that they thought was in the past but haunts their futures. They set out to finish their nightmare but happy endings aren’t always happy.I was sucked into this story right away and I will admit. The graphics took me a bit to get used to. This story was heartbreaking and beautiful. I mean, not very many people would come out on top of the things there three went through. Their lives were truly a battle and battle they fought to the death.Most people would have given up all hope but they still managed to find and HEA that was all their own.I am trying not to give too much away but this is a story that just when you think things will be ok, they aren’t. It is a complete uphill battle for these characters for them to get an ounce of happiness. Kelli Maine created some of the most damaged people and made them somehow functional for society. Not only are they functional but they are able to piece together somewhat of a normal life a little at a time.All I can say is read it, it is worth it! A wonderful story written by a talented author.

  • Gemma Weir
    2019-02-25 13:06

    Check out more of my reviews on my blog www.gemmareadstoomuchforittomenormal....Chains is the first book I have read by this author, I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review so here goes....Hmmm this is not what I expected I anticipated a darker romance but this was a bit too heavy on the dark and not enough on the romance.In all honesty I struggled to find the romance in this book at all, there was definitely a love story of sorts but I never found the joy or sense of happiness that comes with falling in love.Ty is the most likeable of the characters but he struggles with an inner darkness that comes out when he is fighting. Despite this I actually did empathise with Tyler I wanted him to put the demons of his past to rest and to move forward with his life.I’m going to be honest and say that I didn’t like Danny; I really thought she was playing Tyler and was waiting for her to do something to screw him over. I couldn’t engage with her at all, I wanted to like her but I just never trusted her character.Who was she on the phone to at Alex’s house? Why didn’t she go to the police after Tyler went to prison?? I just felt like there were far too many holes in her story.I actually found this book quite difficult to read, the scenes where Tyler, Danny and Alex talked about the things Striker did to them was just appalling and horrifying.I don’t want to spoil things but was Striker responsible for what happened to Alex???There are so many questions left unanswered and I’m struggling with the lack of resolve I’m feeling at the end of this story.I did love the fairytale flashback elements thought, I found them touching and endearing.I’m glad that Tyler got his happily ever after and that in the end Danny wasn’t waiting to stab him in the back.I think I would have liked this book so much more if I had been prepared for just how dark it was, for me Tyler was the brightest star in this story he was the only character who truly tried to get a better life.Purely for Tyler this book gets 3 stars from me.

  • Gretchen(About That Story)
    2019-03-08 10:17

    3.5 out of 5 starsThis story starts out intense and pretty much stayed that way the entire time. There was a good build the first half laying out Tyler and Danny’s past and what was going on in the present and it was just in-your-face-real. This is not your typical happily go lucky story, it's gritty and intense and stressed me out a bit. These characters have had a horrific life filled with pain, violence, and drugs. I felt so sad for all the characters and wanted them to be okay.Tyler and Danny's relationship spans years and them reconnecting was intense and heart wrenching and sweet all rolled into one. This is mainly told from Tyler's POV but there are some sections that are more from Danny's, set up like fairy tale. I really liked that edition and perspective to the story. I do think they came together a bit too easy relationship wise however and even though the entire story had this intensity and suspense to it, I thought there would have been a bit more drama at the end. There were a few sex scenes and I thought it was the right amount considering the content and length of the story. I like how it was laid out and everything came together but it seemed almost to fast paced. The end was great. That last little bit had me stressing out and then whew, all was well. It was really sweet actually and I felt totally relieved.Intense story with messed up characters. A real life dark fairly tale!Complimentary copy received for honest review.

  • Jennifer Juers
    2019-02-25 09:17

    The story of Chains didn't really do it for me. I've only read a couple of MMA books and for some reason this one just took me forever to get through. It is told in the point of view of Tyler. He was raised in foster homes along with his foster sister, Danielle and foster brother, Alex for most of their lives. When they get to the last foster home that they shared the father was very abusive... there was no mention of a foster mom and I found this to be strange. No judgement at all but I just thought foster parents would have both. Ty ends up beating the daylights out of the father when he turns 18, runs for the hills to try to make a better life for himself. Alex had already left since he turned 18 the year before. He left Danielle to fend for herself and didn't see her until 4 years later when he was at a fight and she just happened to be there. She has endured four more years of hell from the hands of their foster father and is now on her own, doing drugs and sleeping around. Things once again just turned me off and I'm just going to leave it at that and let you read and decide for yourself. I didn't like the comic book teasers throughout the book AT ALL. This book has quite a few serious matters that take place and the "comic" type teasers just really looked bad. Had the teasers been tasteful then I wouldn't of minded and probably thought it was cool since I've not seen it before.

  • Michele A.
    2019-02-23 14:16

    Danielle and Ty grew up together in the same foster home. Horrific things happened to both of them. Ty had to leave when he was 18 and beat their stepfather, Striker, to right some of the wrongs. After promising Danny that he would come back for her, life had different plans. Danny and Ty meet again 4 years later and Ty finds it hard to forgive himself for leaving her behind. Danny has not had a great life and has succumbed to the allure of drugs to take her away from her past and pain. Ty promises to bring Danny back to life and sets about doing just that. Striker is relentless in his pursuit of Danny and wreaks all kinds of havoc during this book. It was a well paced plot and had me interested the whole time. Not a fan of the fairy tale backdrop to this story and for me it took away from it, but the plot kept me interested enough to keep reading.

  • Philomena Callan Cheekypee
    2019-02-24 11:19

    After reading this I felt as if I've just held my breath all the way through reading this and after finishing I only now feel I can breath. This is Danny, Tyler and Alex's story. Together in foster care they go through hell. They each struggle to survive. At eighteen they each in turn leave foster care and leave the others behind. Tyler plans to go back and save Danny but doesn't get a chance. When they meet up again their pain is still raw. This is an emotional story. It's dark, gritty and angsty and will pull your heart apart. From the look of the cover(love the cover by the way) this book is certainly not what I expected but I'm not complaining as it was so much more. Fantastic book. Loved it.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-19 11:16

    I had a hard time with this book. It is really sad and depressing. I never was able to get out of that rut. The main characters have been through hell. How they survived I don't know?! Their loyalty and bonds were heart warming. I am not the author but it's a little easier to swallow these bitter pills when it's given in small doses or at least after we've connected with the MCs. Instead I spent entire book feeling sorry for them and forcing myself to finish. But these types of books leave me in a bad mood for weeks and that's why I avoid them.

  • Stacy Wollett
    2019-02-27 11:03

    A very well written story about abuse in the foster care system. You felt for these characters and their struggles with life from their past and present. You got mad at the way people treat people and how their lives are because of their upbringing. Amazing read that you just don't want to put down.

  • Dani Hodge
    2019-03-17 13:12

    Awesome short read. I do wish it was a little bit longer, I felt maybe the ending was rushed but it had an awesome story line, and the characters are great...very emotional. I would recommend this book, it was pretty dark and different and I enjoyed reading about Ty, Danny and Alex a lot. And of course was defiantly glad at the ending!

  • Genney Blass
    2019-02-28 14:19

    4 stars, the book was very good. Tyler really was a hero. But. Danny was getting in my last nerve, i know i should be feeling sad for whst she was going through but come on, it took her so long to say something really. Tyler needed to know, kudos to the author .

  • Amanda
    2019-02-25 07:54

    Eh...

  • Cathy
    2019-02-27 11:03

    DNF

  • Daniella
    2019-02-28 09:54

    3.5 stars