DNF Review~ In Chains by Michelle Abbott

DNF Review~ In Chains by Michelle AbbottIn Chains by Michelle Abbott
Published by Michelle Abbott on April 2013
Genres: Adult, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: The Author
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"A romance set in a world where slavery is government run and slaves are fitted with microchips. 

Savannah, fleeing a turbulent relationship, seeks solace at her brother’s country farmhouse. It’s there that she meets Kayden; her brother’s slave who's considered less than human. These two damaged souls form an unbreakable bond, one that’s about to be tested, because Kayden is her brother’s property and he will stop at nothing to keep them apart."

Please note this book contains some sexual scenes, violence and strong language

*a copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review


This is one of those hit or miss books. One of those books you KNOW you shouldn’t read. Or books that are about or touch on a topic that makes you uncomfortable. When I was asked to review this, I immediately said yes. And while the premise is pretty damn interesting, I soon realized this may be a touchy book.

And well, I was right. I stopped reading at 60% then just kind of skimmed the rest.

Tired of her life and leaving her horrible ex– Savannah sets off to live with her brother, Simon where she discovers he has a Slave. The two hit it off right off the bat and against better judgement, start a relationship. It isn’t long though, before her brother finds out. Here, we see Simon’s true nature and his means to keep the two apart.

This book has promise. Government bred slaves (conclusion I came too) and forbidden romance. Honestly though, it was so underdeveloped. I couldn’t figure out if this was an Urban Fantasy, Dystopian or Romance. There are no mentions of time. There is no back story. It was mentioned that the Government tested babies for Neanderthal DNA. Which in all honestly, is pretty different. BUT. I ask WHY. Why did they start doing this? Have they always done it? 

The character development was very inconsistent. Kayden, a slave, comes off as uneducated at the beginning. Soon though, he changes and seems pretty damn smart. I mean, at first he was shy and a bit timid. Then just. BAM! Change. I felt, at some point–without any real trigger- the character traits reversed and Kayden was the intelligent one and Savannah was the uneducated slave. Their relationship had no depth. Their premature love confessions kind of threw me off and it just… didn’t work.

Savannah herself was a push over. She tried at least twice (where I stopped anyway) to end things after her brother found out– to no avail. I guess you could say she was brave. She did leave her ass hole boyfriend and started a few life, after all. And she did stick up for Kayden later on when they were caught. BUT. I thought she was pretty two-dimensional. Her brother, Simon and his friend Ben, were DOUCHE BAGS. I don’t believe for a second her brother was doing anything to protect her. Everything he did to Savannah and Kayden make my stomach roll.

Overall- This wasn’t a “bad” book. It’s just not for me. Between the insta love, inconsistent characters, under developed world and touchy content, I couldn’t bring myself to finish. Others may find this right up their alley. And seeing more than a few 4 and 5 star reviews on goodreads–this could all just be me.


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