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Will they be her saviours or executioners?

Laya is called the Princess, but in fact, she’s nothing but a slave to her husband and cult leader Andros. Abused and suppressed, she has no hope of escape until three new recruits enter her life. They quickly take to living in the compound, but Laya can’t help feeling that they’re different. That they might not believe in what they have to do for Andros. That they aren’t as cold and cruel as him. 

With Andros planning his cruellest deed yet, she needs to escape - but will these three men be her salvation or her doom? 

*Warning: This is a dark story that contains violence, sexual abuse and other topics that may be triggering. Listen at your own discretion.*

The Defiance Series - Three books, three women, three real-life stories. These dark, contemporary reverse-harem romances can be heard individually or as part of the series. They are loosely connected by side characters and settings, but they each have a different heroine and love interests.

©2018 Skye MacKinnon (P)2019 Skye MacKinnon

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  • Renee
  • 09-04-2019

Loved this Dark One

I loved this book It was so good I couldnt stop listening to it. Layla is a slave to the leader of the cult. Yhere is no escape for her. At least its not beeen possible before.three new recruits come along. This story will keep you listening all day long I did not want it to end Dont miss it The narration is amazing too

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  • Audiophile
  • 29-03-2019

So Good

I have previously listened and loved Abandoned Heart and wanted to listen to this because they are set in the same world. I love M and hope there are more agents to come. Laura is trapped in a cult, married to the leader. She believes what is done to her is for the community. She must suffer for them all. What happens when she is released from her prison? Can she learn to fly again? I love her perseverance and the progress that she makes. I really hope there is a follow up to this book because I want more. The narration is really good too so sit back and relax and enjoy.

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  • Melissa
  • 26-03-2019

Intense

This book was insane! When I picture a cult this is exactly what I pictured! The author did a great job describing why this poor girls life was like! The narrator did a fantastic job bringing the feelings alive! It took me a few chapters to get into this book! Overall a great book that I would highly recommend

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  • Drifter
  • 19-03-2019

Strength of spirit

I remember the Jamestown massacre. At that time I could not fathom how so many people could have their families commit suicide even though some members especially the children did not realize what was happening. This book is also a story of humans that believe in one man's teachings so much that he completely controls their thoughts and lives. Laya is beaten and abused but she has been taught to feel that she deserves it. Can her strength keep her alive and if so can she get back to a normal way of thinking?

The narrator let's us feel what Laya is going through. The listener feels her pain, heartbreak, fears, and strength.

I volunteered to receive this book in exchange for an honest review. This book does contain triggers so make sure you read the warnings. I found this book insightful into the lives of people so indoctrinated that they no longer think for themselves. It is a book of heartbreak but yet there is also great strength.

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  • Nicolette E
  • 15-03-2019

Amazing!!!

This story and the narrator were pure perfection! this was a first from that author and narrator and I am currently seeking out all of their other work.

The story was intense and left you feeling on edge the entire way. And damn did the narrator just suck you up with the voice of her.
Hated to see this one end.

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  • Kylie
  • 04-03-2019

I would not survive cult life.

The abuse in this book is really visceral but well written. The narrator is wonderful. For me the ending felt rushed and came out of nowhere. Overall I think this story is a great depiction of the resiliency of the human spirit and finding strength you didn’t think possible.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-12-2020

Different kind of romance

This is the first book I've read/listened to by Skye MacKinnon. Broken Spirit is definitely different than the normal romance reads. The unbelievable cult living is described and seemed to be the majority part of this book. There was constant repeating that slowed down the momentum of the story. Then after the rescue, the "romance" was actually more believable for that scenario than what most books write. Unfortunately it was more told than felt. Maybe if the book was longer with the men's point of view, it would have been better.

I enjoyed Kyo Sija's performance. Her Scottish accent is great. She did a good job with the male and female parts of the book. Well done.

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  • The Lone Trekkie
  • 18-11-2020

A Love Story this is NOT.

If you’ve already read MacKinnon’s same-series Abandoned Heart and/or read this book’s summary, you’ll expect some connection(s), some courting, and minimally, some romance. This is NOT a reverse harem story...of any burn. This is a faux survivor’s story that you’d find in the autobiography section...NOT the romance section.

I’d also listen to the free clip first. Narrator Kyo Sija sounds like she’s recording from the trunk of a 1973 Pinto (why that car? Idk. It just popped into my head.)

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  • 💕 Amanda Urbinato 💕 Reviewer Extraordinaire
  • 29-10-2020

FANTASTIC!!!!

This Audiobook was so incredible. It's weird, a lot of cult themed have been popping up in my life lately. I hope that's not some kind of sign. But this book really was fantastic! I am definitely interested in listening to the rest of the books in this series. I haven't listened to the first one yet. But lucky it wasn't necessary to understand this book I also LOVED the narrator. Her accent was so cute!! I def wanna hear more!
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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-2020

Dark

Where is the romance? I mean the book was great and all but.
The book was Dark and I love my books when they are dark I love books about cult any this one had this aspect, but I thought this book was a Reverse Harem and it wasn't I still like the book but it was missing the romance.

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  • Shoe Monger
  • 01-04-2019

Dark and Deceiving Cult

Laya has been severely abused physically, mentally, and emotionally, but her cult members, but most of all her husband Andros. With no where to go, no money, all personal ties cut to the outside world and brainwashed. Laya's believes her life is merely to accept the physical abuse for others that have sinned in her cult so they don't have to.

Other than the 3 men that came to save her and slept beside her, there really isn't any detailed sexual content to this story. It does mention Laya being sexually abused by her husband but doesn't go into graphic detail. Either way this story is gritty, and a hard hitting read. Unfortunately this story can and does happen in today's real world. It uncovers the mental thought process of real life situations that cam occur but are not widely discussed or known about. As ugly as a subject topic this is, this story is written with sensitivity, knowledge and education into some of the reasons why and how people are trapped in cult institutions.

My heart goes out to Laya and her strong will to survive while Andros repeatedly tried to break her. Unfortunately in the real world not everyone is given a HEA like Laya, but Skye MacKinnon does an amazing job writing this story with compassion and educating us on what happens inside the psyche of the abused.

Kyo Sija narrates this story with mature delivery. Her talent to inflict the emotion into all the characters while reading could be felt. This emotional story does have trigger warnings so those that might be sensitive to any form of abuse, I strongly recommend they consider another story.

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  • Thelma
  • 25-03-2019

I devoured this book!

This book was very different for me, the story was new and fresh something I've never read before, it kept me intrigued and hooked at all times.. I didn't know what to expect and the characters and the story kept surprising me. definitely was intense but I love how it kept me wondering what was going to happen next..at some parts it was hard to read as it had a lot of realistic elements but at the same time it made you want to know more about it..

great characters, great Narration by Kyo Sija, she really made me feel every emotion the characters were going through and even made the story more interesting and with a lot of depth..

this was my first book by Skye MacKinnon and I'm looking forward to know more about her work.

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  • Julie D (Audio and Book Jewels)
  • 19-03-2019

I love Leah’s heart!

If I could have broken into this story and killed Andros... I would have within minutes of this story beginning! He is a hatful and vicious man who preys in those who follow him blindly!

I am a fan of dark listens, and I listened to the watnings at the beginning of this.. and decided to listen. It was a difficult listen because of Leah’s heart, she is so trusting and believes that all will be well!! I love her strength!

Without spoilers... I am not as happy with the ending as I wanted to be from the beginning, but still happy. How’s that for convoluted!

Kyo Sija does a wonderful job with the narration!!! You can hear the emotion and discern the characters so well!!!

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  • Cindy
  • 08-03-2019

Dark

This book was such a dark and emotional story of the abuse one woman suffers at the hands of her husband after being brainwashed in a cult. It was a pretty intense story with lots of trigger warnings. It kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book, but I felt the ending was lacking a bit. Hopefully, these characters are mentioned in the next book but I don't really think so. Either way, I'm looking forward to listening to the other books in this series. Kyo Sija does an amazing job bringing this story to life and seamlessly changes voices and accents for the various characters.

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  • Ginger
  • 08-03-2019

Dark, and alluring

This is a powerful story. It is emotional, extremely intense, sadistic, but heartbreaking in parts, with no holds barred.
If you have triggers it may not be for you.
I personally found it dark but loved it just the same, could not stop listening the narrator held you and wouldn’t let go, till the end. Wow just wow.
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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-03-2019

Raw and beautiful

What a powerful book! So much raw and beautiful emotion. While it is hard to listen to the pain the MC has to suffer through her strength and determination through it all is inspiring. This isn't a traditional romance but I loved it.

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 03-03-2019

Gritty read/listen

Wow, this is a no holds barred book! If you have trigger’s skip it, if not it’s a brilliant storyline. Well written and great performance.

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  • Thais Dematte
  • 17-11-2020

Very Dark, Very Emotional

I enjoyed the second half way more than the first and I'll tell you why.

The first 30% is full of telling, not showing. And because of this style, the violence seems gratuitous, even though it's not. What I mean is while the majority of the novel we pass inside the h's head, the torture scenes and violence was always on page. And boy it was a lot. I would liked more if we could see the false prophet interacting with the others, how the cult work and things like that. Instead I got about 40% percent of one on one torture between the h and her husband.

The second part is when she is free from the cult. The writing changed a bit so it was more pleasant. There is no romance and the little that have, didn't need to be there, IMO. There is no attraction between them, they seem more like friends than lovers. I don't think this should have been marked as romance.

But I think the author could get the expense of a brainwashed person, I wanted to strangled the h so many times! But I knew she didn't have another choice besides believe in the "angel".

The narrator is new to me. But I enjoyed her narration very much and that's saying something because I'm very picky with my female narrators.

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  • Riah Pilling
  • 27-05-2020

Fascinating story.

Amazing story! I am fascinated by cults so this story was right up my alley. Skye MacKinnon has clearly done her research and her characters show her knowledge of psychology.
The story is brutal but you can't stop reading. There are so many questions from the get go and you need to read on for answers.

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  • S. Cole
  • 19-12-2019

Dark and Contemporary

This a pretty dark contemporary RH. What makes it so dark and twisted is the very realistic setting. The FMC is in a cult and has been brainwashed into believing that suffering and pain will allow her to join "The Angel". When three new member join the cult she starts receiving messages. She keeps the messages hidden from her husband, the cult leader. If you enjoy books like the Handmaids Tale is suggest you give this book a chance.

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