Saturday, October 18, 2014

Breakdown by Jack L. Pyke

Title: Breakdown
Author: Jack L. Pyke
My Rating: B+

Genre: Erotic Romance (m/m)
Series: Don't #3
Main Characters: Jack, Jan, and Gray
Release Date: August 2014
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
Novel (90,000 words)
Genre(s): Contemporary, Gay, BDSM

The evidence is there in his hands: the DVD and notepad convincing Jack that Gray is responsible for his kidnapping and torture, tearing Jack and Jan brutally apart. But with Jack trapped in his own mind, lost to blackouts and self-harming, getting away from Gray must take a back seat to getting away from himself.

While locked away in a secret facility run by the Masters' Circle, a new beast is unearthed from the depths of Jack's
tormented past. Martin only comes out to play when Jack needs to hide, a psychopath as capable of ruining Jack's life as he is of defending him. Martin is the repository for Jack's most horrifying memories, protecting him from the bloody tasks Jack can't handle. Martin's purpose is to drive everyone Jack fears - or loves - away, before they get the chance to hurt Jack again.

Now Jack hurts more than he ever has before, Martin is back, and Jack has to figure out what Martin knows that Jack forgot, before it's too late. (M/M)

My Review:
This is the third book in the Don't series. This is not an easy series of books and I don't think you could enjoy them without reading the first books in the series first to understand what Jack is going through. 

This book follows Jack as he spends six months in a mental institution. A breakdown seems like such a mild word for the complete failure of all of Jack's coping mechanisms, but you know if anyone is allowed a breakdown, it's definitely Jack. 

When we met Jack two books ago, it was readily apparent that Jack has issues. He has an alphabet soup of disorders like OCD and ODD which he's learned to control over the years through careful conditioning. But he was kidnapped and all that conditioning was shredded in a horrible, torturous, horrific manner that stripped everything from him...including his coping skills. Now he's just trying to survive and to do that takes him back to when all his problems began...Cutter. 

Like I said...these are not light books and watching what Jack had to go through broke my heart. That being said though, this book didn't feel as violent as the other two have been. The focus is on healing Jack so while there are memories throughout the story, they are things that happened to him in the past and didn't hurt to read quite so much as the other books have been. It was interesting to see how he got to be so mentally scarred and messed up. 

My one complaint is that I wanted more at the end...and I know it's coming in the next book. But there was so much sad and negative in this book. It was hard to walk away from it with the surety that Jack really is better and that things are going to recover between the three of them. I wish there had been more of Jan and Gray on the page. I'm worried about all three of them and while I know that this segment of the story has been focused on Jack, I wanted to know that the other two are going to be okay too. Because I love all three of these characters. They've earned their HEA the hard way and I'm dying to see them truly get that. Maybe in the next book which I think is called GRAY MATTERS and will be told in 3rd person POV with the focus on Gray. I need Jack L. Pyke to write faster because I'm dying to read that one. 

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