Review of Tethered to the World by Stacey Brutger

Tethered to the World by Stacey Brutger
A Phantom Touched #1
Published 19 June 2019

Born with the ability to defy death, Annora has been warned to keep her gift secret, but her greedy uncle can't resist exploiting her by any means necessary. Starvation, beatings, broken bones--she's survived them all and emerged stronger. But it's not enough for him. It will never be enough. When she discovers her uncle plans to sell her to the highest bidder, she risks everything to escape the prison that has become her life.
The last thing she expected was to land at a university for supernaturals...or be paired with a pack of men as broken as her. As students go missing, Annora can't get over the suspicion that she's being hunted. To protect her, the guys must set aside their personal troubles and begin working as a team. But as her past collides with her present, she must make the ultimate sacrifice and expose her secrets to save the guys who've become more than family to her...and hope she's strong enough to live with the consequences.

Tethered to the World is a reverse harem novel. That means this book centers around a relationship with more than two people. If that is not something you're comfortable reading, that's okay, but I enjoy them and, well, it's my blog. Thanks!


At the time of this posting, this book is available on Kindle Unlimited

Tethered to the World was a one-night wonder from Stacey Brutger and I fell in love with yet another one of her books. Tethered to the World is much darker than her other books so I'm providing a warnings list at the end of the review for those of you who would prefer to be forewarned. I'm still working on this aspect, so bear with me as I keep bumbling my way through sampling codes, please.
Annora winds up at a paranormal university rooming with her new male teammates after she saves her boss' life one night, she makes her very first friend, gives a troll a hornjob (you read that right), and hits a mythical beastie in the Forbidden Zone all on her first day. Talk about eventful! As Annora and her new teammates learn to work together and trust one another, they work on solving the mystery of the disappearing college supernatural co-eds. And, oof! is that one a doozy.
I enjoy Ms Brutger's writing style, Tethered is fast-paced yet the story easily shifts from one scene to the next without leaving me behind wondering "wait, what about....?" I'm always left wanting just a little bit more of her characters every time. I love you, Xander! But I was dismayed that we had the 'infinite money' trope rear its well-disguised yet still ugly head, credit cards from the school or mega-rich packs and then we'd switch to Annora who's over there counting her pocket change and rationing food. There's a major difference in the power scale there and it makes me nauseous just thinking about it.
This may a relatively slow-burn romance series, but y'all. Reading this felt like that one time I was pulling my cast-iron skillet out of the oven and I forgot to grab a towel and grabbed it barehanded, then whacked my arm on the inside of the oven when I jerked back. Much with the burn. So, don't read this around folks if you blush easily. Those boys will destroy you and you'll love every second of it.
Overall, I give Tethered to the World 4 out of 5 stars and 4 flames of spiciness. If you're an openminded individual who likes some grit and bite to their colourful reads, I recommend Tethered to the World. I can't wait to read what happens next. No, really. This book ends on a cliffhanger. I need to know what happened!

Content and Trigger Warnings!
To avoid possible spoilers, I've placed the warnings within button code. Just click the button and all the warnings will be revealed! (This should work, I've tested it on a off-directory page on my site but this is the first live post I'm trying with it!)
If you don't want any possible spoilers, I'll just say that this is a dark reverse-harem story, please be careful whilst reading this if you have any triggers.

Stacey Brutger lives in a small town in Minnesota with her husband and an assortment of animals.
When she's not reading (from the towering stack of books she can't resist buying), she enjoys creating stories about exotic worlds and grand adventures...then shoving in her characters to see how they'd survive. She enjoys writing anything paranormal from contemporary to historical.

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Other books I've reviewed of Stacey Brutger's include

I have a planner problem, it's only September and I'm already heading over to Michael's to pick out a new planner for next year. There are 108 days left in the year and I'm already planning things for next year. Y'all, so many of my former teachers would die of shock if they knew that.
... ... ... Excuse me, I have a phone call to make. I'm kidding!
Until next time, readers, have a happily ever after!

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