Friday, March 25, 2016

Review & Giveaway: BROKEN by Nicola Haken

Title: Broken
Author: Nicola Haken
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 29, 2016

When Theodore Davenport decides to switch his mundane job for a career, he walks into Holden House Publishing with enthusiasm and determination to succeed. As he settles into his new role, makes new friends, and dreams of making it to the top, everything is going to plan.

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

Broken is the first book I've read by Nicola Haken, and it has me wondering how I haven't read anything by this author before, and now I've already picked up some more of her work as I now know I'm really missing out!

The story is very well written, and it takes sensitive topics and deals with them with compassion.  The characters are nicely developed and have excellent depth.  I felt connected to them, with James being my favorite-he's been through a lot and constantly struggles, so my heart immediately went out to him.  And Theo, he just is amazing with his unconditional love and support for James.  

I had a very difficult time prying myself away from reading this story, and didn't want to put it down until I had to force myself to sleep.  It is absolutely engaging and had me totally wrapped up.   Broken is filled with emotion and will tug at your heart while causing you to fall in love with its characters.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Broken, and it was a clear 5-star read for me.  I highly recommend it for any M/M romance fans (18+ for adult language and explicit M/M sexual content), just please be aware of the warning in the blurb--the story does cover some very sensitive topics that may be triggers for some readers, including self harm and mental illness.  These topics are handled very well, and may actually lead readers to a better understanding of these issues.

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...


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