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Fractured Hymns

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  331 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
Still firmly in the closet at the age of thirty, Ethaniel Shockley is content leading a solitary—if lonely—life working on a construction crew with fellow military vets. After a tragic worksite accident leaves two of his friends dead, Ethaniel returns to his family home to recuperate from a spiral leg fracture and severe Post Concussive Syndrome. He may be lucky to be aliv ...more
ebook, 188 pages
Published October 24th 2016 by Briggs-King Books
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
Well. That was... Emotional.

I'm all for angst. Really. It has its place, especially in stories of homosexuality. But the thing is, did there have to be quite so much drama? I'm going to give you some significant spoilers here, so read on at your own risk...

Ethaniel is a veteran with PTSD who's plagued with guilt over shooting an innocent woman in Afghanistan, as well as survivor's guilt after he and his friends fall through a roof and he's the only one to survive. The accident left him with a
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hurt-comfort, mm
Books by A.M. Arthur are always a hit or miss for me. I’m glad to find out this one was a hit. It wasn’t perfect, but overall I really did enjoy it.

This had sweet hurt/comfort, which is my crack.


Working as a contractor Ethaniel falls through a roof. He survives, but two of his friends do not. He is now suffering from PCS, Post Concussive Syndrome. He gets dizzy a lot, cannot stomach most foods and he walks with a severe limp. That’s why he moves back to his parents’ ranch. His mom and dad welcom
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
3 solid stars for this hurt/comfort story (yes, you heard right : it’s AM Arthur with a very low level of angst).

Ethan is an ex-military and ex-construction worker, suffering from PTSD and a bad leg fracture which left him a bit incapacitated. So much that he had to go back living with this parents in the family ranch. There, he spends more and more time with one of the employee, Angel. Angel has had a real crush on Ethan for a long time, but his past made him wary and staying out of the way of
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
I needed a break after reading this before formulating a review. It's so angsty, like Arthur had to tick of every trigger on the list in this one story. Far too much going on.

It's well written, there's interesting characters and I enjoyed seeing Ethan and Angel bond. Got completely lost over who was who in the family, but it didn't seem to matter much, most aren't fleshed out anyway, it was more the feel of a busy family. There were moments I liked.

For the most part I enjoyed reading this despit
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
This was a feel good story - Angel had been wrongfully hurt and damaged for years and finally found a level of peace working for a family on a ranch . Ethan was hurt in a roofing accident and still carried PTS nightmares after being in the army so he came home to recuperate. Little did he know he'd meet Angel and through all the pain, the sun began to shine. They were lovely together and their chemistry had a vulnerability to it - very sweet.
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

A.M. Arthur was one of the first authors I discovered when I started reading the m/m genre and she's one of my favorites, but the last couple of books by her, while they've been well-written books, I just either haven't liked and/or connected with one or both of the MC's. I didn't have this problem with Fractured Hymns' MC's. I loved and connected w
A beautiful story with an unexpected tearspiller at the end.
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Anytime I read an A.M. Arthur, I know there will be a higher than average level of angst, often from multiple events. This one did have its share, considering what Ethan (Ethaniel) had been through and what Angel had experienced. I still liked it for the most part since I do enjoy hurt/comfort stories. I couldn't get too emotionally invested in them though. With Daniel, the black sheep, returning home, and all the issues with Jillian, Sarah, Mom and Dad and more trauma for Angel, it was a bit co ...more
Nov 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Beautiful story and the MCs are really likeable <3 specially Angel!! Poor boy is adorable. I wanted to protect him at all cost!

BUT help me! This book is angsty af o_o From the start to the epilogue!!! :( *sad*
Oct 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
This is my first book by this author and it's insta-love which I don't like but it worked here for these guys. Angel and Ethan were strong, amazing men who dealt with a lot of pain and loneliness and deserved love and happened to find it with each other.
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
It hit the right note for me completely - though it was not perfect. It made me emotional - from the heartache that Angel went through to Ethaniel's healing needs this is angsty and hurt comfort on steroids...I liked best the family component - and the hidden depths of the guys sorrow and pain.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: drama, mm

“…the deaf will hear, the dead will live again, the lame will leap….”

This story had great potential and I am sorry to say it did not meet up to it. There is just too much going on: PTSD, PCS, prison, HIV, abusive childhoods, anger management issues, sexual assault, man slaughter, kidnapping and death.
Oh, and a lot of religion in here too. Church goers, choir, God’s plan for all of them.
Please, if you have not read the book but plan on doing so, do not open the spoiler. I tried to do a review b
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 ⭐ ...more
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-read, ebooks
I rarely give a book 5 stars but this one hit all the points that make a book unforgettable.

2 tormented souls brought together by a good woman's love and beliefs.
I started reading this book late last night and way past midnight I had to force myself to put it down and get some sleep. This is a book that you will easily find yourself reading cover to cover in one go. Only to end up wanting even more of Angel and Ethan. I loved every single page of this book and highly recommend it.

Two men hiding from the world and never letting anyone in. Both broken and haunted by their pasts and both of them too afraid to dream of something better.

There was a lot going
I loved the blurb but I never expected such an emotional book. It dealt with a new subject that I hadn't read about in MM before, (view spoiler).
Ethan is home recouperating froma high fall and dealing with the reprucussions of that when he meets Angel, the stable hand who has his own ghosts.
I loved the secondary characters especially mum. She was there for her whole family and was i strumental in bringing the two men together.
I admit I read the epilogue
Fani *loves angst*
3.5 stars

This is a very emotional/sentimental story, with two equally adorable MCs and a set of interesting secondary characters. Both heroes have serious problems and slowly start to build a friendship that develops to something more. I liked how supportive they were of each other, how they understood each other without too many words, how it all built slowly and it was not a lust-fest that got out of hand.

I had two issues with the book: 1. I'd never have picked it if I knew that (view spoiler)
Rating overview
Writing: ★★★★
Story: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★★

Overall: ★★★★ (4)


This is a beautiful book, a very important book, you should read it! Right now, skip this review and go read it! Then come back and let me know what you thought. The review will be rather short anyway since this is a book that you should probably go into blind.

If you're still here, you might wonder why I only gave this book 4 stars although I'm pushing it onto you like crazy. This book made my angst-obsessed heart beat fa
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
i really loved Ethan and Angel in Fractured Hymns! A beautiful story of two men who felt that they had no hope of finding love because of their broken lives; actually finding a way to create the perfect love.

This is a story of hope and of healing. A journey of putting another person's needs ahead of your own and finding that what you really need is each other. I loved how music played a vital role in helping with their healing and with their communication. Singing and playing together was a bon
Eric Westfall
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an extraordinary book. I don't do spoilers so you'll have to read the blurb. I am willing to say this is a marvelous love story about two men who are "fractured" in different ways, finding each other. If you're a reader who gets involved in a well-written story to the extent that you cry over sad and/or joyful, I suggest you have some tissues handy when you near the end. The tears (for me) came from the beauty of the ending, although these guys do deal with loss along the way. Just my USD . ...more
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
A nice, emotional christmas read. With a bit less of Godly intervention it could have been a 5 star read.
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, did-not-finish
Well enough written, but not for me.
2.5 stars

Even with an HEA, I found this to be a depressing read.
I'm not quite sure how to rate this book right now so, I'll take a few days to think about it and write the review.
Sammy Goode
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This novel may well not be for everyone for a few reasons—it is incredibly sweet in many ways—a romance that is borne out of pain and loss but is remarkably redemptive as well. But a great deal of the story hinges on faith—the kind that keeps one from despair and the kind that has taken a beating but is restored. For some readers, there may be a sense that this novel is “preachy” or just a bit too good to be believed. I would counter those concerns with the thought that this is a story
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sigh. Ethan and Angel? They are simply beautiful together. Both hurt, both damaged, both lonely. This story is a wonderful look at the two of them finding each other, and helping each other heal and move on-even in the face of more heartbreak and pain.

I can’t pick one over the other for who I loved more, I just loved them both equally for different reasons. Ethan is recovering from a work injury that took the lives of two of his friends, and this after spending time in the military in Afghanista
Sheryl Howard
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roller-coaster musical

This book came as a recommendation from my group on Goodreads. I have read this author before and I have always been happy. Ethan and Angel's story is different from a lot of them I've read. You have Ethan, war veteran, construction worker, and totally messed up in the head. The accident ensures Ethan must go home to get better. He never expected to find Angel, love, or a future. Angel is spent time in prison for protecting his mom. Now he works for the family stables. Both
May 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Received free copy from InstaFreebies

This is one of those books that are okay to pass the time and if you ask me tomorrow, I won’t remember the author or the title. The turns in the plot are quite predictable, the characters are likeable but way, way unbelievable not only in the way they talk but in the way they act, and I don’t think a page goes by that does not have at least one cliché. My recommendation: there are better books out there if all you want to do is pass the time
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A hard hitting in your face story of love being the best of all. Angel being an ex-con plus having a life threatening disease seeing himself just getting along. Ethan, a semi-privilege person, going through PTSD from two different things. The issues these two people have alone are tough to overcome but when you have a large family and uncertainty with you it's harder to work. I have to say the way this was written was spot on and not understated or exaggerated. Nice work.
Katie Townsend
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I loved fractured hymns

I really enjoyed following Ethan and angels beautiful but emotional journey I cried and fell in love with these two special men

There connection was so intense it was beautiful they were so adorable I wanted to hug them

Thank you a m Arthur for another beautiful story
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No stranger to the writing world, A.M. Arthur has been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance wasn't a thing yet) with her later discovery of and subsequent affair with m/m romance stories. When not writing, she can be found in her kitchen, pretending she's an amateur chef and tryi ...more