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Friday, March 25, 2016

Blog Tour & 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. Broken. 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


First let me start with that cover. What a gorgeous piece of art. It embodies what this book "feels" like. 

Going into this, I knew it was going to be sad. So, the whole t ok me reading it I was just guessing as to what was going on (of course I guessed right) and just waiting for that show to drop. I gotta say, when it happened though, i didn't break down like I expected to. I don't know if it was because I was more concerned with Theodore. Being in his head and going through his motions felt real. The shock, the doubt, the blame, all something someone really going through that would have felt. 

I thought Theo handled everything like a champion though. He really is a brave character. Even after his first initial anger, he realizes this isn't about him and it really brought things in to perspective. My heart can't help but bleed for James. I actually didn't break down until James was "recovering". I think that's when we stopped being numb and started feeling again. 

I loved all these characters. Tess, Mas, Tom, Isobel, & Stacey. They all played vital role in support and I thought they were well executed. Even Mike the Moron, you can't help but hate him. Why he still had a job is beyond me. 

While I loved this story and thought it was beautiful, I couldn't help but feel a few moments were over the top lovey-dovey. Perhaps for Theodore it may have been in character, but for James it didn't feel right, though I LOVED his playfulness. Singing in the car had me smiling wide, goofy bastard. 

So to conclude my thoughts, I give this heartwarming, eye opening story a 4.25*

I don't even know where to start!! This book touched me on so many levels. I loved all the characters, well except for Moron Mike and James' mother...I kinda hated them. I could feel James' pain, hear every thought...because I have felt them and heard them myself. Theodore was so patient with James, he was just perfect!! To all the "broken", we all have anchors in our lives, when you feel like you're drifting...let them help bring you back to shore. 

I give this book 4.75 amazing 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...


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