Rory Donovan’s life is a hot mess. His marriage is failing and he’s in intensive psychotherapy, working through the unfortunate side effects of memories from a childhood trauma. The only thing good in his life right now is his job—teaching photography to gifted high school students.
Harbor Patrol officer Bennett Foster is co-parenting his teenage daughter with his high school best friend Jessie. When he meets Addison’s teacher and realizes they’ve met before, he can’t get the sexy stranger out of his head.
Striking up a sexual-tension-filled friendship, together they must help an angsty teenager deal with a dying friend. Bennett must keep his little family from falling apart while Rory struggles to come to terms with his new reality. Somewhere along the way, most unexpectedly…love happens.
Author Name: J.K. Hogan
Book Name: Unbreak Broken
Series: Coming About
Book: Three; True series: Should be read in order
Release Date: September 16, 2015
Pages or Words: 98,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Publisher: Wild City Press
Cover Artist: J.K. Hogan (KHD Graphics)
WELL……That was an emotional rollercoaster I wasn’t expecting. I am an addict when it comes to the M/M genre. I have read a lot of books. Some I will remember the general concept of the book. Some I remember the MCs and most of what happened. Some I read, but can’t remember a thing and that’s not because they weren’t good – It is because I have read so many there is no way to keep every storyline and every character straight. Let me tell you – THIS….this amazing story will stay with me forever. I will remember every character – every detail – every emotion I felt while reading and every tear that fell for agony, joy & journey all the characters went through.
Let’s meet these fantastic characters shall we…..
Rory – the happy-go-lucky teacher on the outside who is being crushed on the inside.
Maia – wife of Rory who wants the sexual aspect of the marriage that is missing. (Don’t worry, no girly bits are featured)
Bennett – scrumptious Harbor Patrol officer hiding his sexuality from everyone except close friends & family & #1 Dad to Addison
Jessie – Bennett’s best friend & mother to Addison (OMG….you will just love her)
Addison – Rory’s photographer student & depressed teen dealing with more adult issues than an adult. Your heart will break for her, but she is once tough cookie.
Now that the intros are out of the way – time to get down to why you should read this. Mostly everyone likes to read of a broken man who gets “fixed” by another. “Unbreak Broken” is SO much more than that. JK Hogan does a tremendous job in bringing an assortment of characters around full circle. Rory & Bennett start off as acquaintances and slowly build to being more. The build-up & tension is OFF THE DARN CHARTS (explosion to follow). The character development for all of them was flawless. You will get to see how truly broken Rory is even though he didn’t realize why he was. Bennett (sigh….God than man melts my heart) sees right through Rory and immediately knows there is something unsettling about him. We follow them on a journey of self-discovery and watch as they fall in love!
There is not much more to add without giving spoilers (which is big no-no for me) – SO – If you are looking for a book that will pull at your heart strings, put a smile on your face and make you appreciate life and all the beautifulness it can give than this is the book for you! If I could give 10 stars I would….Actually that gives me a thought. Might have to do another review to give it the 10 stars is so deserves. Five fantastic pieces of eye candy!
Dr. Conlan treated me to a rare fond smile, almost motherly in its warmth. “I’m pleased to see you happier than you have been.”
I grinned back, but then my brow furrowed. “Does this make me gay?”
“I don’t know. Should it?”
“I’ll never understand the fascination with labeling things that our society seems to have. To me, sexuality is as intangible as the universe. There’s no way to truly know what’s out there, and how it all relates to everything else.
“As humans, we seek to know, to understand, and somehow we feel that putting things in boxes and labeling helps us do that. But some things are fluid, changing and developing with the tide of the evolution of life. Do me a favor, Rory. Don’t put yourself in a box.”
I was dumbfounded, stunned speechless. I knew I’d remember Dr. Conlan’s words for the rest of my life, and I would try to stay as true to them as I could. “I won’t,” I whispered.
Interview with Rory Donovan:
1. What did you want to be when you were a kid?
It was between a fairy tale prince and a major league baseball player. Gotta have goals, right?
- What do you value the most in your friends?
Their strength. I have a close knit group of friends, and they’ve all been through some difficult struggles, and they handled them with class. If it weren’t for my friends and Bennett, I couldn’t have made it through the past year.
- What is your favorite song?
When Will My Life Begin from Tangled. Don’t judge me!
- If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Well, I definitely could do without my Celiac disease. Knowing that the wrong food could put me in the hospital isn’t exactly relaxing, you know?
- What word or phrase do you overuse?
How about “The bell doesn’t dismiss you, I dismiss you,” and other high school goodies.
J.K. Hogan has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, beginning with writing cast lists and storylines for her toys growing up. When she finally decided to put pen to paper, magic happened. She is greatly inspired by all kinds of music and often creates a “soundtrack” for her stories as she writes them. J.K. is hoping to one day have a little something for everyone, so she’s branched out from m/f paranormal romance and added m/m contemporary romance. Who knows what’s next?
J.K. resides in North Carolina, where she was born and raised. A true southern girl at heart, she lives in the country with her husband and young son, a cat, and two champion agility dogs. If she isn’t on the agility field, J.K. can often be found chasing waterfalls in the mountains with her husband, or down in front at a blues concert. In addition to writing, she enjoys training and competing in dog sports, spending time with her large southern family, camping, boating and, of course, reading! For more information, please visit www.jkhogan.com.
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Tour Dates & Stops:
25-Sep Bike Book Reviews
28-Sep Dawn’s Reading Nook