Author: Nicola Haken
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 29, 2016
“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
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...
I am in absolute complete awe after reading Broken. Powerful. Engrossing. All-encompassing. Real.
I can't help but wonder how many people have been in Theo's position. Ms. Haken portrays Theo as a gentle, sometimes sarcastic, kind, passionate and compassionate person with a dream. A dream he pursues with determination.
And then there's the rich, powerful, arrogant James, the complete opposite of Theo. When I read about James' dark secret, I'm reminded of myself as I've been through the same thing James has. I can't help but think that Ms. Haken copied my life story.
She tackles the subject of struggling with mental illness with the sensitivity, understanding and compassion that people in that position need, but far too often are denied. I applaud Ms. Haken's effort to bring this issue to light.
I feel that if everyone read this book, it would make significant strides in the acceptance of those struggling with mental illness, no matter what form it takes and all those whose lives are touched by it, friends, family, co-workers, anyone and everyone.
I know I seem to be focusing on the subject of James' illness, but it's an important part of the relationship between James and Theo.
It is my hope that anyone reading this book comes away with a better understanding of mental illnesses and how important it is to have the support of friends and family.
If I could give Broken a thousand stars, I would. Since I can't, I'll have to give it 5 stars.