Broken by Colette Davison :: New Release Review
Author: Colette Davison
Publisher: Self Published
Release date : 5 March 2019
Cover Design: Colette Davison
Length: Approx 60,000 words
Keywords : MM Contemporary Romance, Pole Dance, Family Issues, struggles, Loneliness
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Rule #1: Keep running.
Jag’s rules have kept him safe and free since he escaped conversion therapy, but that was before he walked into Heaven and Hell. A no-strings fling with the club owner, Michael, turns into so much more as Jag finds himself breaking one rule after another.
Michael hasn’t been able to commit to anyone since his partner died, until Jag walks into his club. Falling in lust with the elfin young dancer is easy, and his heart is quick to follow.
Michael gives Jag a reason to stay, but fear rules Jag’s heart more than love. Despite his deepening feelings for Michael, Jag knows he can’t stay. Can he?
**Contains adult themes, content, and language.**
Poor Jag is on the run from his abusive family. So, caught up with paranoia and the thought of being forced back in the grasp of his family and more conversion therapy. He has built walls so high that they would make the Great wall of China look like a miniature model. He lives strictly by a set of rules. Well live would be an over statement. Realistically he exists under his rules. Not allowing himself to get friendly with anyone else let alone romantic. Constantly on the move to avoid being found by his family.
Then he gets a job at Michaels Heaven and Hell, Pole dance club. And suddenly there’s feelings that he has not allowed himself to feel in a long time. But can he risk breaking his rules, having done so before and been sold out.
Michael the club owner, can’t help falling for the angelic new dancer. The fact that Jag is so closed and mysterious, only makes him want to be with Jet even more.
You can not help fall in love with both characters, but especially Jag, who does not see his own strength, having survived the abuse and coped with living alone, drifting from city to city. He has finally found a decent boss that against all his efforts he falls in love with.
The ability Jag must still find some humor and fun is amazing. And the way Michael respects Jag’s privacy and does not push him for answers is amazing.
There is so much emotion in this story, that I wanted to go and hunt Jag’s parents down and have them hung drawn and quartered. The very people who are supposed to love and protect Jet betray him in the worst possible way.
I found the story gripping, sitting on the edge of my seat pushing for Jet to find the inner strength stay with Michael and fight for the freedom and happiness he deserves.
As a reader you are about to have your heart torn apart and slowly mended, so make sure you have plenty of tissues handy.
I have read all of Colette’s books and each and everyone has been amazing, with characters you grow to love and connect to. But she has really pulled some heavy punches with this powerful book. And this is my favorite read so far this year.
Jag started with a crucifix climb, gripping the pole between his knees, one thigh raised, his lifted foot neatly pointed. It was an easy enough starting position, but it got Michael’s attention. He sat a little straighter, sipping the scotch as Jag hooked his knee around the bar and leaned back, arms stretched, almost fully inverting himself. He raised his supporting leg, hooking his ankle around the pole, which he grasped with one hand, so he could pull his back closer to it. The fingertips of his opposite hand grazed the floor, completing the blade. From there he pulled himself up the pole, so he could arch his body into a rainbow, spinning slowly round the pole as he moved back down, into a bridged handstand. Every move was exact and the transitions were fluid.
It wasn’t the sexiest routine Michael had ever seen, but it was definitely sensual. Hell, he was getting turned on and Jag was fully dressed. His mind started to conjure up images of him in much less clothing, under low lighting, with sultry music playing. He could almost see the punters with their mouths hanging open, eyes wide as they ogled the elfin young man. It would be a crime not to put him on show. Maybe in a spotlight of his own. Michael shifted, adjusting his tracksuit a little. The club needed a new angel and Michael felt like he might have found him.
“I need to say a few things,” Michael said, pausing as he felt Jag stiffen. “I need to be honest with you.”
“No.” Jag’s hand pressed against Michael’s mouth, no doubt transferring silver smudges to his lips. “I’m happy with the lie you told me last night.”
Well, at least Michael knew he definitely hadn’t fooled Jag. Gently, he moved Jag’s hand away from his mouth. His hand became coated in a sparkling silver sheen.
Jag clenched his teeth.
“I care about you,” Michael said. “And I can’t pretend otherwise.”
“You don’t know me,” Jag hissed.
Jag became even more rigid, his muscles so hard beneath Michael’s fingers he felt like a statue as well as looking like one.
“I don’t have to know about your past to know who you are now.”
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Colette’s personal love story began at university, where she met her future husband. An evening of flirting, in the shadow of Lancaster castle, eventually led to a fairytale wedding. She’s enjoying her own ‘happy ever after’ in the north of England with her husband, two beautiful children and her writing.