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Broken

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Publisher's Summary

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 listeners 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 listeners.

Β©2016 Nicola Wall (P)2017 Nicola Wall

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    Amazon Customer 06-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "tough subject matter but awesomly written"

    I struggled at parts because of the subject matter but very well written. so true how many suffer alone feeling they do not deserve love.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kate M 06-25-17
    Kate M 06-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Omg "

    This was such a good listen! I'm still recovering. It's so much more then a romance! Granted it's hot πŸ”₯πŸ”₯it touches on mental illness, it shows the struggles a couple goes threw when dealing with mental illness. I would definitely read more from this author!
    The narrator did an amazing jobπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ‘πŸ‘

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    VHB 06-24-17
    VHB 06-24-17 Member Since 2016

    Love listening to great stories matched well to the right narrators.

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    "Good one ."

    Joel Leslie was fabulous on this reading.
    great storie .
    it started a bit light but it got heavy and more interesting as I kept reading.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "thank you for understanding"

    The strength of learning how to deal with one's world when they lose hope and the trails they over come. to never give up and know you are not alone when you're mind tricks you into believing others wise. thank you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Canada 07-07-17
    Alex Canada 07-07-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Broken but not Beaten"
    What did you love best about Broken?

    The story is good. The book is even better due to its exploration of how people and families live with mental illness.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken?

    Not that I liked what she said, but James' mother portrays many people's opinions when she lectures James during his hospitalization.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Joel Leslie?

    I listen to Joel Leslie's books often. I find his voice whiny but he tells the story well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me proud of both Theodore & James.


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    Demian Duran 07-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Masterful Work by Nicola Haken and Joel Leslie"

    I loved this story so much and felt deeply connected to the characters throughout the novel, particularly Theo. It was an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish! Thank you Nicola Hacken for sharing the insightful words and vivid imagery that allowed you to bring these beautifully complex characters to life! Also, I commend Joel Leslie on his excellent narration!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SassiKassi 07-23-17
    SassiKassi 07-23-17 Member Since 2014
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    "I am absolutely gutted by this book."

    Being bipolar myself, this story really resonated with me. Though I did get a few chuckles out of it, there were times I was just sobbing. It's not an easy listen. Despite that, I loved this story because it didn't whitewash anything. Severe mental illness is a challenge for so many people. I hope Broken will let people truly understand who haven't been around it before. I can totally identify with James's statements about being a good liar and a good actor who can hide his feelings of depression from everyone.
    I really loved and adored both James and Theo. I loved how Theo really stood by James and supported him in getting better. I also liked the supporting characters. Well, maybe except for Mike. πŸ˜‰

    I haven't read this book myself yet, just listened to it. I rave about Joel Leslie every time I listen to a book he's narrated. This one though. OMG. the depth of emotion he is able to express just with his voice blows me away. I can't just give him 5 stars for this one. I also need to add in the sun and the moon. And maybe even the whole galaxy. I don't know how he managed to get through this book and remain in such good control.

    Without a doubt, this book will go right into my top 10 of all time.

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    Dana Lumberton, NC, United States 07-22-17
    Dana Lumberton, NC, United States 07-22-17

    A mother of three who love books,cooking and dogs.

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    "can't stop crying"

    This is my first book by this arthur i will be purchasing more they had me up and down happy and sad I love books want more

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Jones 07-12-17
    M. Jones 07-12-17 Member Since 2012

    M. Jones - fanatic reader- Phoenix

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    "Beautiful heartbreaking story"

    I first read this book a year ago and it is one of those books that you keep thinking about long after you finish reading it. The characters are realistic and the main character, the one who considers himself 'broken', is spot on.

    I really had no problems with the book other than as an American I sometimes had trouble understanding the narrator. But that was my problem, not his. I highly recommend this book to every to gather a better understanding of mental illness and how it can be accepted by society.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Drassie 07-10-17
    Drassie 07-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A Wonderful Story"

    Broken is about a gay CEO who is struggling with bipolar disorder. It's very relatable, romantic, and hopeful. As someone struggling with a mental health problem, I could relate to the main character. I love this book. Not only is the story amazing, the narrator (Joel Leslie) did a terrific job. After hearing this book and Femme by Marshall Thornton, a book he also narrated, I now look for books that he narrates. You don't have to have a mental health problem or be gay to enjoy this book. It's a very good book. I highly recommend it to adults.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Heavy, but so very good."

    It's an intense book, at times very emotionally draining, but I don't regret reading it for a moment. Mr Leslie does an excellent job of bringing emotion and tension to the story and the characters.

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    6/24/17
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    "OMG it broke me"

    Wow amazing, first Nicola Haken book but far from last. Love Joel's narration spectacular always.

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  • bookaholic
    6/23/17
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    "Heart jarringly beautiful..."

    I loved this as an ebook but Joel Leslie brings it to life in a spectacular way making every emotion seem so much bigger. I dare anyone to listen to this and not laugh or cry. A big BRAVO to Ms Haken and Joel Leslie, a match made in heaven.

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  • Emthebabe
    6/20/17
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    "Really amazing audio"

    I absolutely loved this book when I read it. Now having the audiobook it just adds a different dimension to the story.

    Joel does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life and his voice is so like the voice I have in my head as I'm reading!

    I am a fairly recent convert to audio books but am so excited to now have a Nicola Haken book on my iPad so I can now listen to Theo and James and it's my new obsession when I am cleaning or driving!

    Congratulations Nicola on your first Audiobook - it's amazing!

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