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Broken by Nicola Haken

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Rating: 5 stars


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.


I am still new to the MM genre. I haven’t read much. This was recommended to me by a dear friend.

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

Theo has started working at Holden House. On Friday of his first week, Theo, his best friend Tess, and a couple coworkers head out for a night on the town. Theo meets a mysterious man in the bathroom who looks like David Gandy. Later in the night at a club Theo goes to the bathroom where he runs into Mr David. They have a quickie in a stall, which Theo ends up not liking because he’s just not that type of guy. But at least he won’t be able to see the guy ever again. Right?

Wrong. Turns out David Gandy is his boss, James Holden. On the same day Theo’s car breaks down. James offers him a lift. The next morning James is waiting for Theo right on time. This happens everyday till Theo’s car is fixed.

As they get closer James isn’t sure when he tells Theo the truth if Theo will leave him.

What can I say other than I had the feels with this one.



Broken is not one for the faint heart. The author’s warning it’s it on the nail. (To see warning look at the bottom of blurb.)

Theo and James are amazing together. I think they are my new OTP.

Broken crayons can still colour.

I want to applaude the author for making a book about mental illness and doing it right. Seriously there is no magic penis syndrome in this book and it makes me happy. This is very realistic and I love what the author has done. I will be reading more from her.

The mind is life’s most powerful tool… and also the most fragile.



Lover of books and movies. Goodreads reviewer. Animal lover. I write my honest opinion on here. I don't lie about my look on a book. I'm not mean and tearing a book or the author down. I'm completely honest.

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