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Fragile Bonds by [Johnson, Sloan]
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"Without trust, we have nothing."

These are the words which have haunted Melanie Erickson for six years. When she walked out of the house Xavier Ross bought as their forever home, she thought she was closing that door permanently, but fate had other plans.

Xavier Ross tried to keep everyone at a distance until Melanie came into his life. The more he tried to fight his feelings for her, the more he fell in love. One rash decision fractured the trust that was essential to their relationship.

Six years later, she is the last person he expects to see walk through his front door. Will Xavier and Mel be able to learn to trust one another again so they can fulfill a dying woman’s wish?

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My rating: 4 of 5 ⭐️

It has been six years since Melanie Erickson set foot in the house once bought for her to spend the rest of her life in. She now entered it, intending to make sure her new patient's last months would be as comfortable as possible. That is her job, preparing people for the inevitable. What makes this case so much more complicated, is the fact that her patient's husband, is the same man who turned her out of this house all those years ago. A man she had never quite been able to let go.

Devastated by the impending death of his beloved wife and the mother of their young son, Xavier Ross can barely hold himself together. To think that only a few years ago, he resented the woman he had felt compelled to marry, now he couldn't imagine his life without her. When the only other woman who had ever owned his heart turns up to guide them through this last phase, it seems that fate has a cruel sense of humor. But Melanie turns out to be exactly what their family needs to suck the marrow out of the time they have left.

What remains after is a state of confusion where the past bleeds unresolved into a present that is filled with insecurity. Both Melanie and Xavier realize that their connection is very much alive, but so much is muddying the waters, it's unsure if they can see a clear path to their hearts.


A beautiful and strong novel, in complete departure from what we are used to from Sloan Johnson. This is a dramatic book with a strong emotional focus and little sex. Not a tear-jerker as such but a deeply introspective story about choices, about maturity, about sacrifice and above all, about seizing life.
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This is such a good book. My first time reading this author. This is a true love story and not just a love story about two people but about four. The author dealt with a difficult topic so well and you come to love each character. A totally enjoyable read!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9f4b7294) out of 5 stars 93 reviews
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f4bccd8) out of 5 stars This book is more than a romance it is an emotional experience April 21 2014
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Cover- 5/5
Storyline – Intense and Emotional
Romance- Sweet and Endearing
Heat Factor- There is minimal heat it is more an emotional connection
Drama – Emotional and my heart ached a lot when I was reading this
Tears- Bawled my bloody eyes out!

At the time I read Fragile Bonds I was going through some emotional upheaval myself so when I was reading it those emotions were projected onto my feeling for this story and I want to tell Sloan what an amazing job she did writing this book, the emotions and the feelings in this book are spot on. To have to care for someone that is dying has to be one of the cruellest but yet fulfilling of jobs there is. I should know I have done it…. Twice…
Sloan’s word hit me in the heart I think she wrote it with just enough drama so that it was never overly done and you as the person reading the book could totally relate to it.
All the characters in this book are wonderfully written and developed so you feel what they are going through.
I think what got to me most is this book is so real and this story could be anyone.
This book is more than a romance it is an emotional experience and one I highly recommend everyone take.
Don’t be scared to feel, just read it.
26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f4bcf24) out of 5 stars She just went right on in... April 24 2014
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I just can't catch a break lately on finding a good book.

I didn't like Melanie. She wasn't real. I didn't like the fact that she was the caretaker but could get past it had the story been a tad bit realistic. Nothing happened while the wife was alive, but almost as soon as she was buried, Melanie swooped right in to save the day. There is nothing healthy about her becoming so entrenched in their lives so quickly that it's like she is now the son's mother (and the wife). Everyone was too vulnerable, and considering she was the "professional", she should've known better. And yes, her best friend was crazy, but there were a lot of truth to the words she said (bar scene). Mel wasn't listening to anyone, she wanted her "family". The author portrayed her as darn near perfect, which is so unrealistic.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f4bcee8) out of 5 stars Love Love Love! April 21 2014
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This book made me laugh and cry! Xavier and Mel have a long history, some good but the ending was bad. When Mel shows back up Xavier is at one of the lowest points in his life. Can she help him through it? Can they get past what happened before?

I seriously loved every single second of this book. I hope Sloan decides to write more about these characters. I'm thinking Xavier's brother Braydon really needs a book of his own!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f4bf3fc) out of 5 stars Melanie wasn't the ONE May 27 2014
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this was a good book if you wanted growth as a human being and the like. But things didn't add up. So much of the book deals with Xavier's heart - that's the core of it. But I didn't know, and he definitely didn't know who he loved. In my opinion, he was more in love with Alyssa, definitely not Melanie, so it angered me when he says he loves her (very early on) but then in the next page, he tells and shows his wife he loves her more. He even says to Alyssa "I don't want her, I want you." So you can imagine my ire when he quickly and urgently reconnects with the one he 'doesn't want', as soon as one stae of his life is over.

Reasons i couldn't be convinces of his 'forever' love - he didn't sell the house after Melanie, but (and I understand the depth of human sadness but still...) plans to sell it after a major event concerning Alyssa. And, in the past, he let Melanie go so easily. I just couldn't believe, while reading, that he ever truly loved Melanie and that ruined the whole reading experience for me.

The only touching thing about this book is the friendship and trust between the two women. Xavier couldn't hold a candle to either of them - they were too good for him.

Despite Melanie getting the guy in the end, Alyssa had him more - (if that even makes sense).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f4bf6f0) out of 5 stars Inspiring April 27 2014
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When I read this book I felt I had to separate myself from the characters for fear of having my heart broken. Sloan Johnson wrote a story that touches the heart of every reader in a way, from the very beginning pages, we don't normally want to feel. Anger, conviction, pain, remorse, empathy, and a deep sense of fear. She was able to touch upon all of those emotions in the very beginning reminding us readers the most emotion in dealing with death is not in the days leading up to it, but in the days, months, years following it. Having experienced that first hand I have to praise Sloan for reminding me life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you picked until you put it in your mouth.

Such is the case with Xavior and Melly, they believed once they would spend the rest of their lives together, but life didn't turn out that way and years later Melly takes an assignment to assist Alyssa with her hospice needs. Knowing who Alyssa's husband, Xavior, is the man she never got over she continues with assisting the family with all needs to make life as normal as possible while they endure the concept of a future without her. Xavior is torn by Melly's existence, but soon welcomes her in his life and in the lives of his family seeing what an impact she has brought to their lives for the best of a horrible situation. What more can he do to be husband to the woman he married knowing in his heart he never forgot the woman he left behind. With his wife's death and the future being uncertain he relocates him and his young son to a place to find himself again wanting to be a better father, but mostly to see if he can rid himself of the guilt of loving another woman with his wife recently put to ground. He loved his wife, but would Alyssa's last request be something he could do?

Sloan, I did not cry while I read your story. I had to put the book down several times to compose myself, but I did not share a tear. Writing this review for you, I cried like a baby, because you got it right. Life after death is sometimes the most painful and most rewarding time of a person's life. This is a masterpiece and I am very proud to have read your work. Your work is the sound of one voice...the living.