Review: Broken by Nicola Haken



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.




This book was just great. I loved the fact that it didn’t give unrealistic expectations. It was easy to care for the characters and made an amazing job portraying mental illness.

This is the first book I read from the author. I was intrigued by the summary, but I’ll admit that I haven’t read the warning at the end of it, or if I did, I forgot about it. That made me unconscious to the mental illness subject when I started reading. Perhaps that made it better for me, not knowing and discover page by page what was going on, but I do think is important to other readers to acknowledge the warning because it had some parts that might be triggering for some readers.

The plot was a mazing, it was great how the reader get to know the characters before the darkest elements begin to control the situation. It is very easy, for most of the book, to connect with the emotions of both main characters. The dual point of view help to understand the life experience of a person dealing with mental illness and their beloved ones, which was very accurate.

Another thing I liked about it was the fact that it didn’t try to give the unrealistic expectation that love conquers mental illness. There was love, sure, but it was nice to see that even then there was struggle, there was ups and downs and a constant fight to get better. I loved how realistic all of this was. It might be my first book from the author, but it certainly won’t be the last, someone with the ability to create such an interesting story, needs to be read. I can’t recommend it enough, it was really great.

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