Broken 

  

Broken by Nicola Haken

My rating: 💎💎💎💎💎

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.

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 be uncomfortable for some readers.) (less)

  
Heart wrenching, beautiful read!

The cover captured my attention and I was unable to look away. 
The prologue pulled me in and I had to take a breath before I delved into the story. I loved it. The story, the characters, the way the author approached James illness not only in his eyes but from Theo’s pov as well.

James is a complex character, one of those people who you’re not sure whether or not you’re going to like but very quickly you realize there is so much more to him than you’re first able to see. To me these are the best characters. They are flawed, broken but not the cliche “bad boy” character that has been written over and over again. He’s real.

Theo is great as well. I loved his voice, he wasn’t perfect. Again, very realistic. I felt for him and what he was going through as well.

It was beautiful, captivating, sad and sometimes funny. It made me laugh and cry and I would definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone who is willing to pick it up and give it a chance. 

This book wasn’t the first from this author that I have read but it is definitely, in my opinion, the best.

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Let Love Live by Melissa Collins

Let Love Live

Let Love Live (The Love Series book 5)

By Melissa Collins

★★★★★

Who would you become if you lost the only person who ever mattered?

For twenty-six year old Dylan Hopkins, the answer is easy. He’s become no one. Memories of the happier times are all he has left as he finds himself meandering numbly through his now dull life. Though he cares about his work and family dearly, he’s yet to let himself find love again. Afraid of letting go of what he once had, Dylan chooses to keep his heart buried, where it belongs, having died a long time ago.

Conner Michelson is about to change everything Dylan knows. He’s every bit the bad boy persona – tatted up, ex-MMA fighter, but after an injury leaves him unable to fight, he has to rethink his goals. Having just opened his own gym, Conner can cross his first major life accomplishment off his very short list. Next up: find a man he can settle down with and build a family. Seems simple enough – a dream most people have, but when he meets Dylan, his carefree, easy-going life is thrown into a tailspin.

Determined to keep Dylan in his life, Conner vows to resurrect Dylan’s long ago buried heart and let love live once more.

Let Love Live is a full length, standalone (within a series) novel

 


 

An Absolute Must Read!

Before you came into my life, I was a completely different person. I was angry at the hand the world had dealt me and I didn’t know how to recover. Then I met you and everything changed. You brought me back to life. You woke up my heart and made me realize that all I was doing before you was existing.” – Dylan

It is hard for me to write a review of this book because in truth it isn’t very often I read a story that makes me feel so much. I actually found myself having to put down my kindle quite a few times in order to take a breather and wipe my tears. I full on cried while reading it. I didn’t read the other books in the series, in all honesty I just stumbled upon this book and thought it sounded good so I gave it a shot, maybe I would’ve been better prepared if I had read the others (however I don’t think it’s necessary to get the full impact of the story).
While this is a love story about Dylan and Conner it’s also about the love story of Dylan and Shane which we need to see to truly understand Dylan. It’s a story of discovery, discovering who you are, discovering love, strength and ultimately happiness. It’s a story of unimaginable loss and guilt and how fragile life can be. But most of all to me this was a story of finding peace and that second chance to love and be loved.

The story of their love is both inspiring and devastating. It’s one of finding out who you are by allowing yourself happiness in someone else, only to have that person, and, in turn, everything that made your life worth living, taken from you.” -Conner

It doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of M/M romance or not, I still recommend this book. It’s a breathtakingly beautiful story and one I think anyone would love. 

Aiden’s Luck (A Seattle Stories Novel)

Aiden’s Luck (Seattle Stories #3)

By Con Riley

★★★★☆

Aiden Daly has spent the last 5 years after his father’s suicide running his business and taking care of his brother and mother. His life is all about making sure his family is happy and has everything they need even if that means he has to settle for having nothing. When he agrees to house-sit for a friend for the chance to get away from his brother’s new boyfriend, the last thing he expects is to be sharing the home with the perfect replica of his first crush.

Marco looks so much like his older brother Ben that Aiden immediately realizes there is no way he can be around him. What makes it even worse is that Marco seems to want to keep close to Aiden. His constant chatter and teasing grate on his nerves. The way Marco seems to try to ingratiate himself in all the aspects of Aiden ‘s life drives Aiden insane. It isn’t until Aiden ‘s carefully constructed life begins to crumble that he realizes that Marco may be the only person who he can actually confide in.

Between his brother’s annoyingly meddlesome boyfriend, a potentially scamming employee, his father’s suicide and now the possible emergence of his birth father, Aiden has too much on his plate to entertain thoughts of being with Marco.

Marco helps Aiden to see that he has people who care about him, he doesn’t have to do everything alone. It’s time for Aiden to have a life and to start doing things for himself. Of course this means he’ll have to finally reach out to his family and admit a huge secret he’s been hiding about his father’s death.

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While I absolutely loved After Ben, the first book in this series, I didn’t quite feel the same way about the second book. Saving Sean didn’t resonate with me as much and I feared I would feel the same way about this book. That however was not the case. Aiden’s Luck was a great story.  I really enjoyed reading about Aiden and Marco. I really feel in love with Marco’s character, he was cute and funny yet so sweet and caring. He took great joy in taking care of Aiden who really needed it.

I was a bit torn on my feelings about Aiden at first.  His grumpy attitude bothered me because it just seemed so out of place for what I wanted him to be like if he was going to be with such a charming character as Marco.  I hated the fact that he never opened up to anyone and he pushed people away when he really shouldn’t.  I hated that he took so much on when he should have asked for help.  Half way through the story I decided I was wrong in the way I thought about Aiden, I started to feel for him and the pressure he was under.  It was sad that he felt what he felt and I wanted him to be happy.

I am anxious to see what the author has in store for those characters in the future and hope we will get to see it soon. As for the other character in the book it was good to see them as well as meet a few new ones I hope we’ll get to see more of…Drew, Jack and Levi *winks*.

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Another Emotional Ride

Miss Me Not by Tiffany King

Miss Me Not by Tiffany King

Miss Me Not by Tiffany King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

They had a pact. 
Leave the world behind much as they had lived it.
No one would miss them. No harm, no foul.
Their personal demons would be left behind once and for all. 
It was the only thing they could count on. 
It was all she had.

Madison Hanson has spent the last four years being a “shadow.” Her parents ignore her. The students at her school stopped talking to her years ago, and the majority of her teachers forget she’s even there. In her desperate yearning to leave her invisible life behind, Madison makes a pact with her only friend, James Garrison, to end their lives as inconspicuously as they live them. No fuss, no muss. No one would miss her and she would miss no one. Their plan is set, and it’s all she can count on. That is, until fellow student, Mitch Peterson, beats them to the punch. Everything Madison believed in is shaken to the core when she watches the aftermath of Mitch’s death unfold. By taking his own life, Mitch unwittingly saves hers. What a selfish prick. 

She is now left with the daunting task of living. Trying to bury her demons once and for all, and finally trusting someone with her fragile existence. 

Living is hell. Death would have been so much easier.   


“Mitch Johnson died last night. He killed himself. I wasn’t sad or heartbroken when I heard. I was pissed. Stark raving pissed. I didn’t know Mitch well. He was like me, a shadow that floated down the hallways, unnoticed and seemingly nonexistent among the crowd. I knew my attitude seemed callous, but I didn’t care. Mitch stole my thunder.

It should have been me.”

Suicide is such a prevalent issue among teenagers, especially these days as we are made aware all to often by the increasing media outlets.  Bullying has become such a hot topic as of late that it seems as if no matter where you turn you are hearing another story of a teen taking their own life.  It is so sad to realize that the way that we as adults look at the world is so far from the way that teens do that it is completely unfair of us to just tell kids to “suck it up, things will get better”.

I remember my time in high school and how it felt as if my problems were so big  and things would never change.  I had no idea that once I stepped out of those hallways and into my life as an adult my outlook would change significantly.  There were so many different possibilities out there for me and what once seemed unbearable would fade.  High school in retrospect was such a short period of time compared to the big picture.  Of course hindsight is 20/20 and these are not things that you can tell to a teen and have them truly understand.

Reading this book made me think about that, it made me think about how I wished I could step in and let them know that things would get better.  With that I knew that this was a great read because I found myself so immersed in it, emotional and desperate for an ending in which I would be able to stop the tears and smile.

This is not only a story of death, loss of innocence, abuse and sadness.

“Our friendship was formed on non-probing. He didn’t ask about my lack of parental involvement or my inability to touch other people, and I didn’t ask about his father or his bruises. We weren’t typical friends. We were silent comforters. I felt his pain and he felt mine.”

This is a story of how sometimes letting someone in against your better judgement can open you up to possibilities you never knew existed.

“Dean was my polar opposite. He was the sun, while I was the darkness.” 

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This is a story of a girl who not only finds the desire to live again but to embrace it.  This is a story of love and acceptance, forgiveness and self discovery.

“The amazing thing about love was that when you didn’t have it, the word seemed impossible to use, but when you were surrounded by it, it was as easy to say as breathing.”

There are so many things to say about this book, so many things that I would like to convey but when it all comes down to it all I can really say is this is a definite must read.  It’s funny at times and sad at others,thought provoking and emotional.  While I recommend this book I must say be warned, you will need a tissue.