Author: Nicola Haken
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 29, 2016
Review by: Leeann
OK, so it took me a little whIle to warm up to this one. It was very slow paced up until anbut the 48% mark and then it picked up the pace and continued steadily until the end.
Meet James. He is the CEO of Holden House, a book publishing company. He is arrogant, rude and just a prick in general. I can say in all honesty that I didn't really like his character or see that he would have any redeeming qualities until about 1/2 way through the book when secrets came out and the story picked up pace. At that point it became evident that his character is far more complex than him just being a horrible person. Deep down, he really isn't. When you get to know his mother, everything kind of falls into place and becomes more understandable.
Then there is Theodore. I loved his character and he is the complete opposite of James. He is caring, loving and an all round happy person. He likes his job and is happy with his place in life. When things go wrong he is the one who pulls James through to the other side. He works hard to understand the complexity that is James and asks for nothing in return. He has a loving and supportive family, the complete opposite of what James has.
These two together are a force to be reckoned with when they are completely in tune and on the same page , but when they are not, things can quickly fall apart.
This author has bravely tackled the quite often taboo subject of mental health and she has done a good job with it. It answers a lot of questions and opens the door for the opportunity of discussion.
The story and the characters are well developed and grow significantly from where the book starts to where it ends and I did find myself at time reaching for the tissues.
If you have some free time up your sleeve you might want to check this one out.
“Broken is truly a remarkable book. I was blown away by it, by the raw and sincere way Ms. Haken took these men through the roller coaster of living with unrelenting demons. And now, as I sit here wondering if I have to courage to post this review, all I can think about is how far into my heart Theo and James have embedded themselves--and how I hope they never leave. I think it might be too hard to say goodbye...although maybe not as hard as it was find the words that I hope compel you to read this breathtaking book.” ~ Beth, Give Me Books
“A stunning but achingly painful read” ~ Author Sloane Kennedy
“This is an amazing book full of so much raw emotion that it gripped me and wouldn't let up. I felt like I was watching a movie in my head and I wanted to just jump in the book and give James a huge hug. Lots of FEELz in this book.. both good and bad.” ~ Alpha Book Club
Nicola lives in Rochdale, England with her husband and four children (six if you include the dog and cat!) She is the author the author of the m/m romance Souls of the Knight series, and is currently working on a standalone with new boys, James and Theo, due for release early 2016. When she is not busy playing with her imaginary book friends (or talking about them with real life friends!) she can usually be found carrying out her ordinary mum/housewife/all round slave duties. Oh, and if the kids ever ask, she moonlights as the Pink Power Ranger while they're sleeping...