Author: Nicola Haken
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 29, 2016
Until he meets James Holden, CEO of Holden House.
James Holden hasn’t been able to stop thinking about his encounter with the timid man he met in a club bathroom last week, and when he discovers the one haunting his dreams is an employee, he can’t seem to stop himself from pursuing him.
Just a little fun - that’s what James tells himself. He can’t afford to care for someone who can never reciprocate, not once they find out who he really is. James believes nobody deserves the burden of being attached to him. He’s a complicated man. Damaged. Difficult. Demanding.
Is Theodore strong enough to confront James’ demons? More importantly, is James?
(M/M romance. Not suitable for readers under 18 years of age due to language and sexual content. ***Please note*** This book contains scenes of self harm, mental illness and suicidal ideation which may pose as a trigger, or be uncomfortable for some readers.)
“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
*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Theodore and James meet and hook-up at a club. Theodore is then shocked to discover his hook-up that he'll never have to see again is in fact James Holden, the owner/CEO of Holden House, the publishing company Theodore just began working for. When they meet again it isn't all roses, but something just clicks.
This was a hard story to read at times. Broken characters are my favorites, and Nicola did an amazing job. James is well and truly broken. He will never be fixed, but this story gives you hope that things can get better. This story was an emotional roller coaster. I found myself angry, laughing and at times crying. The book is well written, and the characters had an amazing chemistry. There is a bit of sex in the book, but I don't know if I'd call it hot per se, it is spicy, but I felt it was more healing and beautiful.
I'll be honest, even knowing what James was going through, I never really liked him until the very end. I absolutely loved Theodore. I loved that he was so caring and supportive of James.
The cast of secondary characters were also all very likable and supportive, well all except for James' mother. I can't call her what I want, because then Amazon won't let me post this review, but trust me I have a few choice names for that selfish old bitty!!
The only things I think I would have liked added to the book, was I really wanted to see Theodore and Max, James' brother's first meeting, and of course I wanted to see James tell his mother off. This was a long book, but it's a quick read. It held me captivated, and I found I couldn't put it down. This was an amazing book, and I highly recommend it!!
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***
Theo meets a handsome stranger with whom he has a steamy—yet very out of character for him—encounter with. When it turns out the stranger is none other than the CEO at the company he just started working for, his world is shaken. Even more so when he's unable to stop thinking about the man.
James Holden has never had a relationship with another man. He hasn't wanted to. However, there's just something about Theo that draws him in like no one else can. There are many reasons why he should stay away, but he just can't.
This book just about left me broken. There was a point where I just couldn't put it down until I was done with it, and even then, I couldn't fall asleep because James and Theo made me feel so much for them that I couldn't stop thinking about them. This wasn't an easy read, at all. It was raw, intense and deep, and it cut through my soul that someone can go through that and come out somewhat victorious in the end.
It's a testament to Nicola Haken's fantastic writing that she could make the words come alive in the way they did in this book, to the point where my heart broke for them and at some point nearly stopped (by the way, that was way evil!) and then managed to make it all better.
The only thing I would've loved to read was Theo and/or James telling James's mom off. I really hated the way she behaved, especially on the last portion of the book.
All in all, a fabulous read, one that will remain in my heart for years to come.
Rating: 5+ Stars!!!
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...