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A Dangerous Man

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  149 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
Michael Jones, a young gay artist and part-time hooker, will do anything to stage his first exhibition. When he falls in love with rich financier Jack Hutchinson, he seems set to achieve his goal. But as Michael becomes caught between the unforgiving territory of smoky-bar Hackney and the green-garden luxury of upper class London, the consequences of his uncompromising pur ...more
ebook, Third Edition, 233 pages
Published September 15th 2013 by Amber Allure Press (first published February 16th 2007)
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Young hustler and aspiring artist Michael Jones enters a very intense relationship with rich and gorgeous Jack Hutchinson who commissions his artwork.

Michael is an extremely talented, but deeply troubled young man who wants nothing more than to succeed as an artist.

Although both men profess to love each other, Michael’s violent past, low self-esteem and destructive emotions clash with Jack’s middle-class values and cool reserve.

“A Dangerous Man” is full of believable and engaging characters,
Apr 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disturbing, traumatic
I found this book very dark and disturbing you can't help but get immersed in Micheal's twisted and psychotic view of the world I seriously had difficulty finishing it I was just left depressed. Very traumatic, Anne Brooke has certainly written a complex story, but unfortunately the ending is quite frankly horrific IMO. Brilliant in its own way though, if you don't mind the psychological torture.

I wish I’d never read this be prepared there is No Happy Ending.
Edit: 11/4
Bad taste in my mouth. Therefore decided to remove my 2nd star. Hurrah!

That went...well. I think I owe an apology to all the friends I persuaded to read this book with me, and who turned out to not enjoy it all that much or at all. And I was so excited to start, had hoped for A Dangerous Man to be an angst-invoking, grim and darker read! A different read. But for me it turned out to be a disappointment. Not sure if I can add anything to Nina, Rebecka and Angelica's already excelle
I'm drawing a blank. (But I can feel the rant building up.)
There's so much I could say about this book – but there's also nothing to say about it, really, except that it was pretty much a waste of my time.

If you want a basic description, a review in four words, I can give you this: unexplained, unconvincing, unreasonable, unresolved. Yet despite all the bad stuff, there were some sentences, underneath all the rubbish, that had me thinking there might be something more to this story than a whiny
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here is a book that pieces together a very disturbed, traumatised mind. That shows you the effects of the physical on the emotional.

Michael is an aspiring young artist, that sells himself for money to help him survive, but more importantly to help him survive until he can reach his artistic goal of his own exhibition and beyond. When we first meet Michael he is living with a local gallery owner, Joe, and Joe's partner, Paul. Lord I have trouble writing Paul's name, he is the most horrendously d
Tami (synchro from BL)
DNF at 28%

Wow, this was depressing.

The writing was technically very good and sometimes even wandering into poetic.
But I very much disliked the protag from the very beginning. He sounds like a douche bag. And I don't buy this whole "I am a starving artist and have to put out for rent". I would have liked him more had he decided to wait tables or even clean toilets rather than having sex for money or benefits.
And this whole business-like demeanor regarding his f*cking for money here clashed bruta
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had a lot to say, but suffice to say that after finishing it the book left me utterly speechless. Not something that happens everyday. I feel like now I need 200 shallow romance novels to lighten up my... Year.

Edit: The below thoughts (more feelings than review) are ones I wrote halfway into the book, right before the climax of it. It still holds true, even if I have a million more feelings to add to it now that I could never write out in a coherent form.

Edit2: To those here for the romance
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark, mm, angst, weird
This story rubbed me the wrong way, and Michael more than anybody. I could not relate to him at all. He came across to me as TSTL. He had serious mental issues, but instead of pitying him, or being scared of him, I was disgusted by him. He was a toxic self centered individual with no redeeming qualities that I could think of. My lack of empathy might be due to the fact that by the time the possible reasons for his behavior were divulged, it was too late for me to feel any sympathy at all, and no ...more
Well wasn't this a disappointment. One star may seem harsh, but I really didn't like this book, so I can't give it any more. The writing is not bad, but the story is just stupid and pointless, and none of the characters whatsoever make any sense. You may want to stop reading now if you plan on reading the book and want to stay spoiler free.

First of all, I really thought this would turn into the story of a psychopath who'd kill his lover, i.e. Michael snapping and going mental on Jack in a bout o
Dec 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Val Kovalin
A Dangerous Man is a gripping psychological thriller told in first-person viewpoint by Michael, whom the title describes. Michael is a volatile mixture of traits: he's highly attractive, he experiences wild mood swings, and he has a tendency to get obsessed. Despite his complete lack of self-esteem, others like him and admire his talent.

He sketches constantly to escape the reality of his life. Unfortunately, his preferred style is unpopular with most art galleries, which sell traditional oil pa
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anne Brooke's novel of the collision of art and money, ambition and power, grabs you from the start and doesn't let go. What's especially impressive is the way that Brooke's style sets up narrative information - about the business of art, the grinding frustration of hustling cash for ambitions always just out of reach - without letting go the pace or losing purpose. There's always something going on and Brooke is highly skilled at pushing the story forward, even when pausing on her characters' t ...more
OH MY GOODNESS. This one definitely falls under the "uncomfortable truths" category. What I love about this is Brooke doesn't skirt over the dark sides at all, yet it's not what this book is all about. It's there, mixed with the good, yet somehow the good is overshadowed by the darkness. And oblique though the references to Michael's past are, I get enough glimpses that I can tell why he does what he does. And because it's so ambiguous, it evokes the dark parts of our own lives that we may seek ...more
Jan 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Snowtulip by: D
Shelves: m-m, uncomfortable

Tormented. This was a difficult book to read, it made me uncomfortable, it made me question what I want to read in a story, it made me continue reading even when I thought I should put it down.

Brooke is an excellent writer and completely sucks you into this dark world of Michael's tormented soul. This mans childhood has completely painted the life he now leads. Michael comes across as an artist on the edge and you hope that he finds a safe happy path, yet know that this will never happen. You
This it the most difficult book I've had to rate. Obviously I am in the minority on the rating of this book. My one star rating has nothing to do with the quality of the writing, it was well written, but after finishing it I cannot say I enjoyed this book.

I love an angsty book, in fact they tend to be my favs but to say this is a dark story with no HEA is an understatement. I was engaged in the book and then at about 80% the main character Michael started taking a very dark turn, I kept reading
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shaz by: Tomma
How the hell do I rate this book? If I go by the "traditional" ratings it would be a one star, because, no, I didn't like it. But the problem is it was brilliant. Very well written, with characters that grabbed hold of me and made me feel. And I usually give at least a four star rating for that. But I DIDN'T really like what the story was all about, but I'll admit it was amazing at the same time... See, this is what happens. In reality, if it wasn't for the fact that I had committed this book to ...more
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper
Excellent read, though dark and very edgy. Michael is all-consuming, totally fascinating. Both victim and ambitious, though he'll always be trapped by his background. Can't say much more without spoilers! but it's a treat to read. Great prose, it slides deliciously in and out of Michael's own mind and emotions, taking you with it, no holds barred. Great UK setting and a lovely slice of the art world and the anguish/joy of art itself.
Edina Rose
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is deep, emotional, intense and this author has a great style but DAMN! I wish I had known that the end would be so tragic!!! NOTHING prepared me to such an ending. This is crazy. It's a great book though, I can't deny that.
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You can read the description of the plot above.

Been struggling for some weeks now trying to word this review. I cannot remember when I read a book when I disliked the main character more. From the very first page I was completely put off by his self-absorption and the way he uses people. At the same time, the complexity of his character fascinated me. He is multi-layered, intense, a brilliant artist desperately trying to pursue his dream. Along the way he meets the love of his life and achieves
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Looking back on it now and for his sake only, we should never have met."

This was definitely a dark and disturbing story. It has garnered mixed responses from those who have read it. Most seem to rate it highly but others have found it too uncomfortable. It is definitely hard to say you 'like' it.

It is not an easy book to read and I found the ending painful and unexpected. It is a depressing story although very thought provoking. Should you read it? I'd say yes but be prepared for an emotional
K.Z. Snow
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Blake Fraina
Jul 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy thrillers, are a bit of an Anglophile and/or think it’s high time that literary fiction depict a more diverse spectrum of gay characters, then take a walk on the dark side with Anne Brooke’s extraordinary novel A Dangerous Man.

It’s the story of ambitious, yet damaged, young artist [and sometime hustler] Michael Jones and his ill-fated attempt to make a name for himself in the London art world. At the outset of the story, Jones’s whole world is the seedy neighborhood of Hackney, wher
Margarita  _〆(눈_눈;′)
WOW. Just, fucking WOW. Honestly, this is one of the best books I have ever read. As an American who has visited London and has English friends, I found the descriptions of London to be, for lack of a better word, intoxicating. The harsh, realistic style Brooke writes is incredible, and the story she tells a modern day Crime and Punishment (my favorite book of all time). I was crying for about half of the book, I tell you in all honesty! This is a work of art, no doubt about it. Every line had m ...more
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sonya by: DL
5 stars.

Wow. The author has written a novel that surpasses all my expectations. Michael's desperation became my desperation. His wildness and need to run made me physically get up and pace. Michael's need for approval and his own art show, is that how addicts feel about their next fix, had me cringing from the power of his emotions. When Michael descended into madness I felt myself start to spiral down with him. I still feel Michael's need to run inside of me.

Ms. Brooke has outdone herself wit
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was no feel good story. No redemption. No love conquers all. Michael was more than a starving artist suffering for his muse. He was feral, there was no muse, just pain and a constant struggle to interact with society. He was not a damaged man but a destroyed one. This book is going to haunt me.
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark and scary! Not a book I would chose to read or a book I would like. Despite it being disturbing, it is undeniably well written and well done. If your looking for love story or a story of characters being redeemed.. this is not the book for you. Gave it a 4 because of how well written it is.
Sep 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m
DNF - stopped at 50%. I just didn't care for the characters. Too long and boring.
Mar 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-read
Well written, although not at all what I expected. Disturbing is an appropriate adjective - I was on edge almost from the beginning.
Take a look at Kassa's review: I can't even think of anything else to write. I'm totally depressed...
MM Reader
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
A well written, gripping psychological thriller with believable gay characters.
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Anne Brooke lives in Surrey, UK. She is a multi-published author in a variety of genres, including gay erotic romance, fantasy, comedy, thrillers, biblical fiction and the occasional chicklit novel. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize (for novels set in London) and the Royal Literary Fund Scheme.

When not writing, she spends time in the garden attempting to differentiate be
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