Saturday, October 14, 2017

Broken by Nicola Haken (audiobook)

Title:  Broken
Author: Nicola Haken
My Rating: A-
Narrator: Joel Leslie

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Main Characters: Theo and James
Release Date: June 2017 (audiobook)
Publisher: Nicola Haken
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins 

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? 

Please note:This book contains scenes of self harm, mental illness and suicidal ideation which may be uncomfortable for some readers.

My Review:
Overall: 4.25
Performance: 4.0
Story: 4.5

Wow, what a really powerful story this was. I was in the middle of a crazy busy week and this audiobook kept sucking me in. I'd have one hour to listen to it and then sit there for three hours completely engrossed. It was phenomenal. 

The story takes place in London. Theo is new, working at a publishing house. He goes out and gets drunk one night and does something he would normally never do...hook up with a sexy stranger in a bathroom stall. Well, it turns out the stranger is none other than the owner of the publishing house that Theo works at. For the first while, James is powerful and amazing, but then there are little signals that maybe all isn't right in James' world. He's hiding a powerful secret. 

This book is powerful and emotional. Watching James go through his highs and lows is really painful, especially knowing how much he's hurting both of them. The way the story unfolds is perfection just because the reader is totally in love with these two guys falling in love...and then everything crumbles. 

I don't want to post any spoilers. It's emotional, but it's really good and well done. I definitely recommend this one.

Huge kudos to the author. Nothing about this story is easy, but she wrote it exceptionally. It felt real and raw and incredibly believable.

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