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Broken But Breathing (Jinx Tattoos Book 2) by [Colt, Shyla]
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  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Hot Ink Press (24 Mar. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01DFUUBBO
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This is the second book in the Jinx Tattoos series and is a standalone read. There was little involvement of Jinx tattoo shop in the story although the characters from the first book do make small appearances. To me this was an MC read as Snake is VP of the Wild Ones MC.

Xavier Kolton, aka Snake, has been through dark times and is still in recovery. He attends a grief counselling group on the anniversary of the death of his wife and child to a hate crime. It is through this group that he meets Estelle and becomes her support.

Estelle is trying to retain some semblance of a life after her husband is killed after being caught in a tornado and she also loses her unborn child. She is referred to the grief group and it is here she sets eyes on the rough, tough, tattooed biker who is so different to her late husband. However she finds herself being able to speak freely with Snake and not hold anything back. In return Snake feels an affinity with Estelle and the two strike up a friendship and support of each other. It is when things take a different path between the pair when things start to heat up.

This was a different story as to what I was expecting and I thought there would have been more around the tattoo shop. However that said, I still really loved this tale of loss and recovery. As always Shyla Colt can weave a steamy and passionate story that engages the reader to devour the pages. I also loved how the relationship was believable in that the build-up was gradual and flowed towards such an intensity.

I instantly fell for Snake and I wish this was a series of the MC as I would love to learn more about the brothers of the MC. Although I liked the first book, I loved this one much more mainly for the connection between the two main characters but also for the depth of the story and the realism of the storyline. Lots of heat but also lots of heart. Fabulous. Four and a half stars.
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This is not a sweet ,easy simple love story. This is a book about survival from horrendous loss, survivor's guilt and finding the will to go on.
After a chance meeting at a support group Snake and Es begin to form a support system for each other.Snake and Estelle are trying to find a way to bring some sort of order and sense to their lives after devastating losses. Both have many different issues to deal with and Snake has unpleasant, unfinished business to attend to. Both need to find some sort of closure. As the stories behind their grief is shared, this unlikely pair become very attracted to the other. Can Snake open his heart to Es and allow her to see the real man behind his VP title at The Wild Ones MC? Can Es build confidence in herself and really let herself fall in love again after the freak accident that changed her life forever. There are hard hitting issues contained in this story. Racism at it's ugliest. Loss of a child. PTSD. Revenge, violence and retribution.
I loved this book. It drew me in from the start. The harder hitting parts are needed in the context of this story. You end up cheering Es and Snake on. You want them to be together. Do they end up together? They have a few mountains to climb before that can be considered. Can love connect this shattered pair and help them heal? Read it and see. You will not regret it. Would recommend this author. Reviewed on behalf of WTMO Review Group
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This title fit this read perfectly, we can all be broken, but still breathing.

Estelle has suffered a tremendous loss, and after 2 years, she is finally surfacing from the darkness. After agreeing to go to a support group, she then meets a man that will change her world for the better. The old Estelle will be making room for a new stronger one.

Snake is a man that lost the love of his life and daughter in a most horrific attack. Burying one, but not able to find the other is something that tears him apart. When the anniversary comes along he attends the support group that has helped him with his grief. This is where he meets a woman, that holds such sadness in her eyes, he inadvertently agrees to become her buddy.

A book that will have your emotions on a rollercoaster, revelations made, secrets spilled and also a story of second chances.

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HASH(0x94cc9fcc) out of 5 stars Broken But Breathing 27 Mar. 2016
By The Book Chick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
3.5⭐️

I enjoyed the story a great deal. Colt has a unique skill for folding children into her stories which make them even more enjoyable reads. I loved that Xavier and Estelle found each other as they were healing from individual tragedies in their lives. They forged a strong friendship even before looking to one another for physical comfort. Yet, when the physical happened it was quite sweet and very sexy. The story would have been a solid four stars but there were more than a few editing issues in the story. These minor issues didn't ruin the story for me; however, it would have been a much more seamless read had they not been present. Editing aside, Broken but Breathing is a story that I would recommend to other readers.
HASH(0x95696f9c) out of 5 stars Emotional and angsty 29 April 2016
By Kiki Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
**Originally Posted on Kiki's Kinky Picks**
3.5 stars

Broken But Breathing by Shyla Colt was an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. I’m glad I read this second book in the Jinx Tattoos series.

Snake fascinated me in the first book in this series, Enzo, even though he didn’t play a huge part. There was obviously a lot more going on beyond the surface of this bad boy.

Man, was I right.

Snake and Estelle have both suffered extreme and brutal losses that broke their spirits. Having lost so much, it has taken them years to be anywhere near ready to move on but they help each other get there.

First, will you please look at this cover? Gah, it’s so sexy. I just love it.

Okay, back to the story.

The first half is a little slow but it really helps build the two main characters. You really get to know Snake and Estelle, their grief, and their fight to find a new normal. One of my favorite things was how they both changed so much because that’s what happens in real life. When something traumatic happens to you, you can’t ever go back to who you were before.

I would have liked a little more development for the rest of the members of the Motorcycle Club, but I suppose the series isn’t actually about them. Then again, there really isn’t anything about the tattoo shop either.

Also, just as I would be really getting into the flow of things there’d be an editing issue that would trip me up. Not so many that I had to stop reading or anything, but enough to be annoying. I assume the copy I received to review was the final draft, however it still needed a good and thorough proofing.

For as emotional and angsty as Broken But Breathing could be, there were bright spots of humor and hope. Even though it needs a little tightening up in the editing department, I still quite enjoyed Snake and Estelle’s story. Their broken puzzle pieces fit each other perfectly and it was satisfying to read about their Happily Ever After.

Copy provided in exchange for a fair and honest review.
HASH(0x97fdcdc8) out of 5 stars I loved how two different people find a common ground 7 April 2016
By elizabeth horbaczek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
4 stars

I was given this book for an honest review.

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

Tragedy hits differently. It also hits in different ways. Its how you accept it and move on is always the key. Learning to breathe after you are destroyed is one of the hardest things that you will discover how to do again. That is what this book makes you realize. Even though you don't want to breathe again, you have to move on with your life and rediscover what life has to offer you. The two main characters have to do this, both struggling with holding on but wanting to live again. Trying to let go of hurt, loss, pain, and regret. How do you move on from that. Well there are stages on how they are doing this. Xavier, aka Snake, is a bit ahead of Es, but she is trying to move on after 2 years. Both of these characters were well written and you feel for both of them as their journey starts intertwining with each other. We see Xavier and Es try to move on and see the struggle it is when memories just start to pop up. I never known how people recover and move on when someone is taken from them in an instant, an instant when you can't change the outcome, and then live with it for the rest of their life. This book does that, they show you the steps, the highs and the lows and how just a little thing can make you feel strong again. I loved how two different people find a common ground, good or bad, and begin to be able to figure their life out again. This author knew how to write a book, make the reader believe that life can be good and not feel like your not suppose to be happy.

Es has lived through something that she didn't know how to recover. After 2 years, she has decided that its time to live again. She is going through the steps. Her first step is to go to a group therapy and start to heal. Es is also to make a list of the things she wants to do and pick one and start to live again and be around people. When group therapy starts she is a very timid woman. Walking in, she finds herself drawn to a man called Snake. She sits with him throughout the session and they decide to be buddies. When they are down and need someone to talk to, they call each other. Es becomes stronger throughout the book, being able to cope with more, but those moments that are that come barreling down, are the times she needs Snake, Not knowing what to expect she learns that hes going to be the person that lifts her out of this downward spiral she was going.

Snake doesn't believe in much except for revenge. Revenge for the life that was taken away because of hatred. He is still struggling after years. He meets a guy, years ago, and now he belongs to a biker club. Trying hard to breathe, he goes to a group meeting because he's feeling low, and he finds a stunning woman that needs him, this is what I think is his turning point. He starts this out as just helping her heal, but learns that he wants much more now. As he tries to reconcile his life he begins to intertwine into Es and it begins to be more than either one can expect. Snake is such a strong man and how he heals Es is one of the best love stories I have read in a long time.

I'm not going to give too much of a synopsis on what is happening, but I need to tell you there are twists in this book that makes it very intriguing as you go on. The lengths of one man to find justice. The lengths on woman will go to breathe and learn that she can heal a man as much as a man can heal the woman she wants to be. I love how intense some moments are and then you have those little moments that seem to be nothing but more important than some of the big ones.

I loved this author and can't wait to read more. I hope everyone gets as much as I did out of this book. I will recommend this author to many and continue to read her and I will definitely read this book again.
HASH(0x94ccb174) out of 5 stars 4.5 stars 6 April 2016
By Foxylutely Books! - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the second book in the Jinx Tattoos series and is a standalone read. There was little involvement of Jinx tattoo shop in the story although the characters from the first book do make small appearances. To me this was an MC read as Snake is VP of the Wild Ones MC.

Xavier Kolton, aka Snake, has been through dark times and is still in recovery. He attends a grief counselling group on the anniversary of the death of his wife and child to a hate crime. It is through this group that he meets Estelle and becomes her support.

Estelle is trying to retain some semblance of a life after her husband is killed after being caught in a tornado and she also loses her unborn child. She is referred to the grief group and it is here she sets eyes on the rough, tough, tattooed biker who is so different to her late husband. However she finds herself being able to speak freely with Snake and not hold anything back. In return Snake feels an affinity with Estelle and the two strike up a friendship and support of each other. It is when things take a different path between the pair when things start to heat up.

This was a different story as to what I was expecting and I thought there would have been more around the tattoo shop. However that said, I still really loved this tale of loss and recovery. As always Shyla Colt can weave a steamy and passionate story that engages the reader to devour the pages. I also loved how the relationship was believable in that the build-up was gradual and flowed towards such an intensity.

I instantly fell for Snake and I wish this was a series of the MC as I would love to learn more about the brothers of the MC. Although I liked the first book, I loved this one much more mainly for the connection between the two main characters but also for the depth of the story and the realism of the storyline. Lots of heat but also lots of heart. Fabulous. Four and a half stars.
HASH(0x94a001f8) out of 5 stars Another Great Emotional Read by Shyla Colt 28 Mar. 2016
By Christie72 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
~5 Stars~
Broken But Breathing is another emotional, heartfelt book by Shyla Colt!!!! Estelle is a young woman who has suffered loss and descended into darkness many people can’t imagine. Xavier aka “Snake” has suffered the same type of loss but in a much more violent way. These are two individuals who are completely broken, but somehow are still “breathing” just not living until they meet at a grief support group. They form a friendship which eventually turns into so much more. Will these two finally find happiness again?

This was one of the most emotional books I’ve ever read! The first scene grabbed my heart, and I was literally in tears! I was right there with Estelle, and I was with her when she woke up in the hospital. OMG…that is a scene I don’t think I will ever forget. I felt the same when it was revealed about the loss Snake experienced as well, and I could completely understand his deep need for revenge! When these two broken souls meet, it’s almost like magic, even though it’s an ordinary meeting at a grief support group. It’s like their souls were waking up again, and it wasn’t insta-sex or romance. The friendship and respect they developed over time was not only special but also very realistic. It was wonderful seeing the two change and learn to love again. But, this isn’t all romance….Colt throws a twist in there that I so did not see coming! It just made the book even better!
I have only discovered Shyla Colt recently, but I’m so glad I did. She not only writes a great story, but she deals with subjects many writers might not be willing to take on, and she does it so well! She breaks down barriers and really makes you think and see things differently. Through her stories, she touches people’s lives!

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