Broken by Nicola Haken

51wW7uYpk5L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Broken
Series: N/A
Author: Nicola Haken
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 287 pages
Publisher: Nicola Haken (February 29th, 2016)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: 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?

v (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 be uncomfortable for some readers.)

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Reviewer: Portia

Review: It is not often that a book makes me hold my breath. This is one.

James and Theo were supposed to be a hook-up. Well, at least as far as James was concerned. Theo doesn’t do hook-ups, but sexy James kinda charmed him onto the dark side.

So, when Theo finds out that his Friday night hook-up is his Monday morning boss, I was expecting a nice little predictable read.

Man, was I wrong.

Broken is anything but predictable.

This is James’ story. The POVs shift between the two, so the reader gets a really complete picture of their journey. And as much as I enjoyed and sympathized with Theo, it was those times when I was inside James’ head that said breath holding took place. His pain is tangible on so many levels. I literally ached for him.

I really appreciated the lack of “love will conquer all bullshit” that sometimes slips into stories that deal with mental health issues.
I also appreciated that while James saw himself as broken, Theo never did.

Anyhoo, in the midst of all that angst, Nicola slipped in so really steamy lovin’, a kickass best friend, and a couple of big brothers that absolutely rocked.

Highly recommend.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through *

One thought on “Broken by Nicola Haken

  1. I just finished reading this book and I couldn’t put it down. Such an emotional and loving book. I was surprised by the emotions this book envoked. I read this in Kindle unlimited but I had to buy it for my collection. I would love a part two to this story! Truly a great read!!!

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