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~Release Day Review~Unbroken (The Protectors #12) by Sloane Kennedy~

 

40032551Title: Unbroken
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Series: The Protectors #12
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: May 4, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Everything was supposed to go back to normal when I was rescued. It hasn’t. And I’m starting to think it never will because I don’t even know what normal is anymore…
It’s been two years since Aleks Silva was rescued by his older brother from the dark underworld of sex trafficking and every day since then has been a battle. Leaving the house, interacting with people, even doing something as boring as deciding what clothes to wear or what to eat for breakfast are tasks that most people take for granted. But for Aleks, they’re torture. Because freedom and choice are things that once came at a steep price and survival meant submitting to the whims of those who only saw him as a possession and plaything.
Until there was one man who saw him as something more…
I knew from the moment I saw him that I was going to get him out. But I also knew once I did, I’d need to let him go…
He’s known as Vaughn and nothing more. His job is to make sure secrets don’t get out and the possessions he’s been tasked with guarding never escape and tell their story. After eight years in a world where innocent kids are used to feed the darkest of depravities, Vaughn has seen things that would break even the strongest man. But he’s played it smart and built up a wall between himself and the darkness that threatens to consume him.
It wasn’t until he met a young man who had to be a thousand times stronger to survive the life he was forced into as a child that the first crack appeared in his carefully constructed wall.
Vaughn’s only job was to make sure young Aleks Silva remained the ugly little secret of one of the most powerful men in Chicago. It was one job he was more than happy to fail at, and when he eliminated the threat against Aleks and set him free, he was sure their paths would never cross again.
But fate has other plans…
Vaughn is the only man from my other life who never had a starring role in my nightmares… but he’s been in every one of my dreams. And I don’t know why…
When Aleks is suddenly abducted after leaving work one quiet spring evening, he’s certain he’ll never see his brother and family again. But terror quickly turns to relief when a familiar face once again comes to his rescue, along with all the feelings he’s always had but never quite understood around the dangerous, older Vaughn. Certain that Vaughn will make everything okay again like he did once before, Aleks knows he doesn’t even need to ask Vaughn to take him home. But when he does anyway, nothing he’s ever experienced prepares him for Vaughn’s answer… or the brutal betrayal that comes along with it.
I’m sorry, Aleks, I can’t do that.
Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault Against a Minor—
–Can be read as a standalone novel but if you have not read any books in this series, you may want to at least read Book 6, Atonement, first. Atonement is the story of Aleks’s brother, Dante, and both brothers appear in each other’s books so it is helpful to know their backstories.–


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Ever since finishing “Shattered”, I have been on pins and needles for Aleks’ story. Those of you who are familiar with “The Protectors” series, know that Aleks is Dante’s little brother. He was abducted 12 years ago and spent 10 years of his young life as a sex slave. Two years ago, he was finally rescued by Dante and Magnus in “Atonement”. But let’s not forget they had a bit of help…from Vaughn. He played a big part in Aleks’ rescue.

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Aleks is not doing as well as he would have liked. It’s been two years and he thinks he should be doing way better. He pretends everything is fine, but that is mostly so Dante will be proud of him. He is far from ok though…

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And getting abductedagain….and this time by the man he admired above anyone else, is not helping his mental state…or is it ???

Vaughn knew when he first laid eyes on Aleks, that Aleks was special. He should have saved him right then and there, but Vaughn had an agenda of his own he needed to follow. That didn’t stop him from saving Aleks’ life though. When a choice had to be made, he chose Aleks…and in doing so, he screwed up his own mission. He won’t ever regret his decision, but he does regret not doing something sooner.

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No time to dwell on the past though, since the past is slowly trying to catch up with them…


I absolutely loved this one!! I fell for Aleks the moment he was introduced in Dante’s book and I knew he was gonna be awesome. He is so strong and sweet and even though he has been through so freaking much…it hasn’t made him bitter. He is definitely UNBROKEN!!!

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Vaughn was everything Aleks needed and I loved the two of them together. What I also very much loved was meeting Vaughn’s brothers (by blood and by heart), Luca, Con, Lex, and King. I can’t believe we are getting another spin-off!!

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I am so excited about “The Four”! 😉 I knew right from the start who Luca’s love-interest was gonna be…damn but I love it when I am right and I KNOW that their book is gonna be awesome. Just hurry up Sloane…please! 😜

I highly recommend this and any other series by this author!💗 

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