Breaking Without You

Breaking Without You

by Carrie Ann Ryan

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From NYT bestselling 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. And 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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940159041661
Publisher: Carrie Ann Ryan
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Series: Fractured Connections , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 4,283
File size: 518 KB

About the Author

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary, paranormal, and, young adult romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Fractured Connections, and Elements of Five series, which have sold over 3.0 million books worldwide. She started writing in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn't stopped since.

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Breaking Without You 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I always love reading everything Carrie Ann Ryan writes. I lost my brother to suicide and the way she wrote it rings true. We will never really know why, and will kick ourselves over and over for nit noticing, but life must go on. Cameron and Violet seem like a great couple who were meant to break up by they just weren't ready and now they are. Moving on to the next one in the series.
Homehair 11 months ago
Another awesome book. It is very well written. Love the story between Cameron and Violet. Can they find love again after he broke her heart many years ago. A must read. Ms. Ryan doesn't disappoint with this book. Can't wait for the next one. Which Brother will be next?
jcresce1 7 months ago
his 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?
Anonymous 8 months ago
From page 1, I got suckered in. Cried like I had lost my best friend. Brava Mrs Ryan, brava!
KimF18 9 months ago
An awesome book. Extremely entertaining, captivating, and interesting read. I could not put it down. Wonderfully written with strong and intriguing characters. I want to read more from this author. I voluntarily listened and reviewed an Audio Copy of this book.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Wow!! Carrie Ann Ryan writes a thoughtful and touching story of friends whose relationships are put to the test in ways that will hit all your feels. This book is a wonderful, heart-breaking, heart-mending read.
LynnB888 10 months ago
Overflowing with all the feels! With the first book in her new Fractured Connections series, Carrie Ann Ryan digs deep and shares an emotional journey of loss, grief and forgiveness. The start of the book is attention grabbing, and once we get to meet all of the core characters we are entrenched in what will become of them all. Fairly well developed characters and lots of emotions. I enjoyed it and look forward to the next in the series! Cameron Connolly thought he was doing the right thing all those years ago when he walked out without a word on the love of his life and his family, but now that he's facing the hurt he caused, he's realizing just how much damage he left behind. Now back in Denver trying to save the bar his parents put their heart and soul into with his brothers, he's faced with making amends and picking up the pieces. Violet Knight always wondered what it would be like to see the man who yanked her heart out and stomped on it again, but she never expected it to come at such a devastating time in her life. She's coping with the loss of her best friend, and the emotions he brings to the surface at a time when she's already raw just might do her in. Can she allow herself to forgive him if it means having him to lean on now?
Alwaysahappyeverafter 10 months ago
Another great book from Carrie Ann Ryan, this series is definitely darker than it's Montgomery Ink Sister Series, but it is great to see some of those characters filter across. There are definitely some trigger points in this book, so I would emphasis that suicide is a huge theme running through the book. But I really enjoy the tale of two lost loves finding their way back to each other, and I am looking forward to seeing how the future pans out for the rest of the group.
Karen Baster 10 months ago
The start of a new series is always tough but this is a fantastic start. Violet and Cameron have a lot to work through and it is heartbreaking at times. There is a lot of emotion, and beautiful scenes. A very enjoyable read
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NadineBookaholic 10 months ago
Where oh where do I begin??? Carrie Ann Ryan takes us on a journey of hurt, loss, devastation, reconnection, acceptance, and forgiveness in this amazing start to the Fractured Connections Series. I for one was in tears numerous times while reading this book and I would venture to guess that most readers were as well. This book deals with the suicide of Voilet's best friend, Allison, it was done off page so we don't witness the downward path that drove her there but what we do see is the devastation left behind. Violet is having an extremely hard time dealing with the fact that she didn't see her friend was in trouble and needed help. This is something that all loved ones that are left behind have to come to terms with and believe me when I tell you it isn't easy. As if things weren't hard enough for Violet to handle in walks her ex, Cameron, who just up and left town years earlier without a word and left her heartbroken. Cameron and his brothers are trying to save the bar their adoptive father left to them. I really enjoyed this part and look forward to seeing more of the brothers interactions because there was so much animosity with Cameron leaving his brothers behind years earlier but he's back now and he is hoping to make amends with everyone he hurt, but they have to meet him halfway too and that proves to be more difficult for some than others. Carrie Ann Ryan is an author that I always recommend and this book is no different, my one suggestion would be to have some tissues nearby because you will need them. Happy Reading!!! **I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book**
Nomore 11 months ago
Rainn2978 11 months ago
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. I really can't wait to see where the other 2 books take us and how those stories go!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Breaking Without You is book one in the Fractured Connections series and it appears that each book can be read as a standalone, but characters will crossover so if you are like me you will want to read in order to catch those little things you didn’t catch in the other books that others might not even be aware of if they are reading out of order. These Connolly brothers didn’t have it easy until later in life thanks to a loving couple. You will feel the heartache, the tension and the stress that they endure trying to fix their Fractured Connection that occurred and how to save the family bar. In this story we meet Cameron and Violet plus the whole clan. Cameron you will see did the best thing he did, and you can agree with him to a point except for maybe giving Violet a reason back then. But...that is life and life decided to take them on a different course. It was not the right time for these two is how I see this. Years have past but the connection between these two is still real whether they wanted to believe it or not. They need each other and you will see why. This is a second chance romance and at fixing mistakes that caused the issue between them and the brothers. Emotional and healing all in one. It touches on some sensitive topics that I believe can be healing or eye opening for others who may be going through the same issues. I for one can side with Violet on the headaches so it was nice to read about this. While we do get the brothers story and Alison’s snippets, I would love to see a novella down the road on the before story of the brothers and Alison’s connection. Best way to state this without details that would lead to a spoiler. After reading about these characters I’m excited to see where the stories are headed for Brendon and Aiden. Dillon is such a wise one for his age so hopefully we see a story on him in the future as well.
Khrista1029 11 months ago
Breaking Without You is the first book in Carrie's new series, this book starts out very sad, Carrie brings to light a very difficult issue that might be a trigger for people who have dealt with suicide. Violet Knight is an environmental chemist working at the University of Colorado at Denver. Violet loves her job, what she doesn't love is having to work with Lynn who is now married to Violets ex-husband. Awkward!! Violet, her sister Sienna and Harmony just lost their best friend to suicide. Violet was the one to find her, whats worse than that Allison didn't leave a note, no one knew why and Violet was having a very hard time with that, she needed answers. Why didn't they know Allison was having problems? Why did she think she couldn't ask for help? The cherry on this whole sundae is that Cameron, her high school/college boyfriend was back in town after walking out of her life without saying goodbye or even giving a reason why. Cameron Connolly came back to Denver with his younger brother Dillon who he has been raising for the past 7 years. They came back to try and save the bar he now owned with his other two brothers Aiden (Cameron's twin) and Brendan their older brother. Cameron, Aiden and Brendan were adopted by Jack and Rose Connolly and they owned this bar, now they both had past on the bar was the boys. The relationship with his brothers is a complicated one and slow to get better, there are a lot of hurt feelings and anger about Cameron taking off to help their drug addicted birth mother. Cameron couldn't regret going to California because Dillon out of the deal. Seeing Violet again was messing with his mind as well. He still loved her and knowing he really screwed up with her he wasn't sure he could mend that bridge. Breaking without you deals with a lot of complicated feelings and situations. This second chance romance is not a whimsical tale though.
Cali-Jewel 11 months ago
A beautifully heartbreaking emotional journey filled with so much passion and longing.... a truly brilliant look at life after loss and the heartwarming thrill of the possibility of a second chance. I cried so hard during and fell so hard for these amazing charters and look forward to seeing them again.
Tam 11 months ago
This series is a bit heavier than some of her other series - although given the name Fractures Connections, it's not a great surprise. This series is with Mace's sisters from Fallen Ink. Still a great read & I can't wait for Harmony and Brendon's story & then Sienna & Aiden. It was fun to watch how the girls interacted & how Violet & Cameron were able to achieve their HEA.
gillek2 11 months ago
When tragedy strikes Violet is left reeling, full of guilt and wondering what she could have done differently to change the outcome. In the midst of the pain it also brought Cameron, the man who broke her heart years ago, back into her life. When Cameron left town, it was with the best of intentions and he regrets the pain he caused not only Violet but also his foster brothers Brendon and Aiden. He has now returned to Denver to help run the family business, to try and repair the fractured relationship with his brothers and have a second chance with Violet. This is an emotional story love, family and second chances. Cameron redeemed himself with the way he handled both Violet and his brothers and Violet has to heal not only from what happened in the past with Cameron, but her recent tragedy as well. It was great to meet Cameron’s brothers and I can’t wait for their stories.
Pebbles92 11 months ago
Breaking Without You is Book 1 in Carrie Ann Ryan's new Fractured Connections series. Even though this is a Montgomery spin-off series, it's not necessary to have read those stories although I enjoyed the cameo appearances by some of the characters. This was an emotional story with some very heavy topics but the author did a great job intertwining such a tragedy with a reacquainted love. I adored Cameron and Violet and look forward to the next book in the series!
jennifer315 11 months ago
This is the first book in a new series by CAR. For me, it was different from her other books because the catalyst that propels this story happens off the page before the book even starts. This one event sets up the series and Violet and Cameron's story. I enjoyed all the characters in this story and I also felt the emotion that was put into this book. It is such an emotional story that really needed to be told. I am eager to see where the next books takes us.
the_gleam 11 months ago
Breaking Without You was a bit of a misnomer in that 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. I connected strongly with their struggles, that how emotional the book was. Another fabulous book! Mild spoiler..... And now thanks to the author and this book I can never go into my local produce department without thinking of Cameron and this book. As they sell gummy worms in huge containers along side the fruit.
DarGee 11 months ago
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
Meggle50 11 months ago
Violet and Cameron are a great pairing. So the story starts with the lose of a friend and Violet isn’t sure how to deal with it. She can’t find closure because there seems to be no reason for it and no explanation is left for anyone. Cameron has returned home after being gone for years leaving violet and his brothers behind. He had family things he felt he had to deal with but didn’t give others a chance to understand his reason for leaving. He is back to help turn around the family bar with his two brothers. He sees Violet and his feelings for are still the same. Violet doesn’t want to fall for Cameron again because she doesn’t want to risk her heart another time with him. Slowly these two start to find each other and past reasons for Cameron leaving are explained. It takes them some work but all real love does. This is a great story and I look forward to the rest of this series. Can be read as a stand alone and there is a HEA at the end.
moonfox1234 11 months ago
This wonderful read blends painful, realistic, powerful emotions and heart melting romance. Violet and Cameron's get there second chance at love in this book. There is some darkness to this book. It deals with the subject of suicide and all the emotional repercussions of it. My heart broke for Violet. She has really been out through the wringer emotionally. I felt really bad for Cameron. He was a great guy, that did the right thing and has to live with that having hurt the people he cares about the most. If you love books that bring it all emotionally, you do not want to miss out on this book.
Ana94 11 months ago
When I started reading I couldn't put it down.Carrie Ann Ryan is magnifysent and amazing writer.I cannot wait to read more of there books.Keep up the great work.You should definitely read this book.Can't wait for the next book.