Tethered Souls by Beth Flynn
Series: Nine Minutes
Also in this series: Nine Minutes, Out of Time, A Gift of Time
Published by Self-published on May 22, 2018
Genres: Suspense, Contemporary Romance
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My family has secrets. I’m always the good girl, doing what’s necessary to keep my loved ones safe. I've kept the darkest secrets from everyone I know. As painful as it is to hold them all inside where they live and gnaw away at me, that’s where they must stay.
I haven't seen my closest childhood friend, Christian Bear, since I was a teenager—he hasn't changed a bit. He’s still temperamental and plays by his own rules with the law following two steps behind him.
Christian remembers me. But he doesn’t know the first thing about me anymore. I should've shared my feelings with him the day before I moved away with my family, promising him I'd stay in touch. It broke my heart when he didn't keep his end of the bargain. As a consequence, we haven't spoken in years. Even though Christian and I have always had undeniable chemistry, I won't let him shatter my heart a second time.
Christian has shown up in my life again with secrets of his own, and demanding answers. That doesn't mean I'm willing to give them. He'll know my secrets when I’m ready.
Our secrets, the risks we’re taking, and the danger he imposes make it impossible to know what our future holds.
Either our tethered souls will bind back together, or our secrets will separate us forever.
Tethered Souls is the second spin-off novel from The Nine Minutes Trilogy. It can be read as a standalone, but would most likely be more enjoyable if read after Nine Minutes, Out of Time, and A Gift of Time. It contains major spoilers from the trilogy, and although not necessary, the reader might benefit by understanding the background stories of the main characters that are described in the series. There are many twists and turns in all my books that can best be connected if read consecutively.
I have enjoyed every book in the Nine Minutes series up until Tethered Souls. As soon as I saw it had published I quickly 1 clicked it and read it as soon as I could. Early on I realised there was going to need to be a major plot twist to sway my opinion of a grown up Christian being with Mimi.
The story has a strong new adult setting and normally that wouldn’t worry me. It was the underlying immaturity or naivety along with Christian’s erratic behaviour that I found unsettling. Mimi’s quick acceptance of all that was thrown her way also rattled my nerves. All my struggles with the characters as individuals impacted on my ability to connect with them as a couple.
It wasn’t until I reached the 80% mark did I concede Mimi and Christian’s story was not going to work for me. For it to have taken me that long into a book to come to such a conclusion is an accolade to Beth Flynn’s writing. I kept hanging in there waiting for the twist to come but when it did, it wasn’t the kind of twist I was after.
Tethered Souls, while a spin off from the Nine Minutes series had a plot direction that didn’t resonate with my expectations based on the original series. I can see where some readers will be relishing in this change as I believed I should have as well. The urge to skim the last chapters was overwhelming but I am glad I didn’t. The ending teased me with the possibility of another facet to the story that has me curious. There might just be a lot more to Slade than I paid heed to and a persuasion for me to continue with a series, I hold in high regard.
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