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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Despite the rumors about Port Lewis, Michael Gates doesn’t expect the house he rents with his sister on Foxglove Lane to be haunted. An eerie meeting with Victor Lewellyn, the resident witch-turned-demon who is bound to the property by dark magic, changes his mind.

Michael isn’t looking to start a relationship with anyone, let alone someone like Victor, but the intense attr
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Published April 8th 2019 by NineStar Press
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4.5/5

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Unbroken follows Michael Gates as he settles into his new life at Port Lewis. Trying to escape his past in Arizona, he moves to this small, rainy town with his sister. It doesn't take him long to find out that the house he's recently rented is haunted by an actual demon, who turns out to be a pastry chef with a soft spot for sweetness.

I love Unbroken. A lot. This book is as lighthearted as it is heavy. It's full of funny moments but isn't lackin
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Karen
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 witchy stars because still no 1/2 stars here on GR...

It's not always the demons we run from that catch us...

Before I get into my thoughts on the story let's just take a moment to admire that cover. I've loved the covers for these books each one is unique in image but the style both conveys the over all feeling of the stories and connects them to each other. Also before reading any of these books I would strongly advise reading the warnings at the beginning of each b
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Aleksandra
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases
3.5 stars

Unbroken was fun! Human guy moves into a new town and starts dating a former-witch now-demon guy with horns and claws.
New town goals, to be honest, 10/10 would like myself a horny demon too.

The book is engaging and fun. The romance between Michael and Victor has developed fast but it wasn’t rushed. The pacing is reasonable and in character for these two people. I liked them together, they have chemistry off the charts. It’s fortune because every chapter has a sex scene, sometimes sever
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ash | novelly rooted
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is how you do covers! Unbroken is a stand alone erotic romance set in the Port Lewis universe.
--pansexual demon love interest
--bratty bi MC
--so much sex!
--ownvoices rep
Full RTC
Alisa
May 13, 2019 added it
Shelves: demons-read, dnf
DNF@ 40%

Nothing in this made any sense to me. Poor character development. Insta-love/lust. Just not at all my thing.
Leah
I had the honor of being one of the beta readers for this amazing book, and it's one that I am deeply in love with.

The book is intense, and at times painful to read, but it's an incredible story of growth, acceptance, and learning about yourself. Both of the main characters are so lovable in their own ways, and it's wonderful to watch the ways they change, and stay the same, throughout the novel.
Annie ~ Queer Books Unbound
I got to beta read this and absolutely love the story. It's sexy, thrilling and literally send shivers down my back. I love the characters and really enjoyed spending more time in Port Lewis. Can't wait for more from Brooklyn (and for everyone to read the story)!
Amanda
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Soooo, this book...Guy moves into a house that is known to be haunted in a new area with his sister. He finds out that a warlock lives there because he is bound there. He died and became linked to a demon. They end up falling for each other and starting a sexual relationship. I know it sounds like the more bizarre thing and definitely not something I would normally read, but it was entertaining! I actually enjoyed it even the sexy time. I’m a weirdo I know. It took me awhile to read because I th ...more
Abigail
Mar 09, 2019 added it
Shelves: lgbtqia
EDIT: 04/15/2020
I can't with clear conscience continue to support Brooklyn Ray. I'm disappointed because they are a really talented writer and I found their books compelling. I supported them fairly strongly, buying from their Etsy and supporting on Patreon for a time. But as of late, their behaviour of calling out authors of colour on their other penname (Taylor Brooke/Barton) for "problematic" representation, and then plugging their book in the same thread didn't sit well with me. As more deta
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kory.
This author knows how to create characters who make my heart ACHE.

→ Content/trigger warnings; explicit sex, blood play, BDSM, mentions of past abusive relationship and date-rape, mentions of self-harm/cutting, vomiting, tarantula, PTSD, depression, alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, ableism, slut shaming, mentions of past cheating,

→ Rep; Michael (MC) is demiromantic and bi, has PTSD and depression. Victor (LI) is pansexual. Corey (SC) is bisexual.

Whew. This book. I'd die for Michael and Victor. Their r
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natalie
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
TW: blood play, mentions of abuse and date rape (from Michael's previous relationship), discussions of self-harm/cutting, drug use, tarantula (Vic's familiar is a tarantual and i know some people are not about that spider life!)

Wow, the Port Lewis world always sucks me in and Unbroken is no different. Michael is full of complications internally and I mean the complications extend outward as well. No surprise there because he gets involved with Victor whose a witch turned demon. I was captivated
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Read-A-Book Everyday Reviews!!!
3.5 Stars

Enjoyable
Creative
Steamy
Intruiging

Overall I did enjoy this book. The writing was good, the world was creative and interesting, and the characters were sound. This was a paranormal erotic gay romance with a sexy demon and a handsome but kind of goth/punk human male.

The secondary characters weren’t very lovable, however. I did not like the main character’s sister at all. In fact, she was just not a very good sister. She was the opposite of supportive and constantly made him feel guilty a
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iam
Another great book in the Port Lewis series!

I enjoyed Unbroken a lot.
It combines several of the strengths of the author's Darkling like the incredible sex scenes and fascinatingly complex characters while also building on previous weaknesses, like expanding the worldbuilding and actually explaining things.

Content warnings include: sex on-page, blood play, BDSM; mentions of self harm, date-rape as part of an abusive past relationship. Content warnings can also be found at the beginning of the
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Laura
I received an advance copy from NineStar Press via Netgalley. This in no way influences my review; all words, thoughts, and opinions are my own.

Actual rating: 3.75/5 [rating removed]

Content Notes: (view spoiler)
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Rafa Brewster
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another dark beauty from this author, I really dig the writing style (sharp and evocative) and the mix of new adult innocence and daring. The contents, which come with a warning, are unapologeticly dark and dangerous and sexy as sin. All three books in the series have been quick reads so far, and though I wouldn't mind seeing more of these stories fleshed out further, I'm well and truly hooked.
Laura
oh I really enjoyed this one!!
Becca
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First and foremost, this is a dark story. A dark series. Don't forget that. There is major blood play, mixed with sex and without, and in this one there is mention of the past of one of the MCs who was day raped and abused severely. If any is a trigger, please be careful.
Michael, when it comes down to was running. And hard from Arizona. From the past, the abuse, the bad choices and mistakes, to start over somewhere where no one knows him and he's free to be himself. But something about this hous
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Charlotte
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
The exact day that Michael Gates moves into his new home in Port Lewis with his sister, he meets a once-witch who is bonded with a demon. His soul is tied to the demon, he’s tied to the home…and he’s intrigued and drawn to Michael. There’s a demon-witch living in the attic. I couldn’t help smiling at that one, and fortunately, the author wove in a lot of clever banter and dark comedy
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There is some remarkable character development in this story. For what is marketed as a male/male romance, it has
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Samantha
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
I was given a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

WARNING: This book contains sexual content, rape, abuse and mature subject content.

Michael Gates is finally settling down and going off to college with his sister Janice, or at least he's supposed to be. Michael and Janice move to Port Lewis so they can begin this new part of their lives. Once they arrive at their new residence, it doesn't take long before a demo
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Jodi Hutchins
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s been a long time since I read a book from front to back in one sitting, but I couldn’t put UNBROKEN down.

What always draws me into the Port Lewis series is the atmosphere of the setting, making Port Lewis as vivid in detail and alive as the characters themselves. I really enjoyed seeing the world in the eyes of Michael, a non magic person thrust into the paranormal. Michael enters this seemingly sentient town without any knowledge of what lurks in his new home or around it. Michael’s humor
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Kaitlan
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: danse-macabre
What a fun read!

While at a Pride Festival yesterday I spotted a booth with a table stacked with dozens of gorgeous, glossy paperbacks so, naturally, I had to go check it out! I met the author, Brooklyn Ray , and was super excited when I was told that Brooklyn writes queer erotica coupled with paranormal fiction. So, of course, I'm like *squeeeal* "YES, PLEASE! SIGN ME UP!"

I started Unbroken last night and just finished only moments ago. I don't typically read a lot of romance (the sex really s
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Sara Bauer
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I've been following the Port Lewis series since the start .... and (eeeeeee) this might be my FAVORITE ONE YET, which is shocking since I love all of them.

Okay, maybe it's due to my own battles with depression and self-harm, but I really, really related to Michael and the way he was so drawn to Victor's darkness. I loved them together. Not only were they scorching in bed, but they had such chemistry. They were two halves of a whole, seeking each other and ultimately finding.

Brooklyn always has a
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K.D. Fisher
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is beautiful and atmospheric and surprisingly tender. I love the Port Lewis witches books and Unbroken is no exception.

The relationship between Victor and Michael is thoughtfully rendered. And I adored all of the descriptions of plants and baked goods! The balance between intense sex scenes and tender, domestic intimacy really worked for me. The characters grow together in the best way possible. They feel real and human (even if one of them is a demon.)

Highly recommend for anyone who
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J.C.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brooklyn Ray is a great writer. I reread Darkling today at work, and was blown away by their writing (for the second time). Unbroken is no different. I love the atmosphere, the characters, and I love Michael. Victor is good, too, but I relate to Michael on a fundamental level. I would go so far as to call his characterization "pure."

My favorite line from the book: "Story for the books, he thought. At least his tongue isn't forked." I legit laughed out loud at that line of thinking, because fuck,
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Alex
I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

demons! witches! character development! amazing ship dynamic! telling the truth to your friends about fucking the poltergeist and everyone thinking you're joking!

I also love that this book normalises introducing yourself by your pronouns even if you're cis / not nonbinary.

note: this is definitely erotica and it definitely has several sex scenes
other content notes: blood magic, cutting, cheating, adultery, abuse, drugs, and prob
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Sarah  Loves Books and tea
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was an enjoyable M/M paranormal romance; the two main characters both had issues in their past which were handled sensitively by the author and the romance was very cute. I also loved the creepy setting and atmosphere and this would be a perfect book for Halloween. I will definitely read the other books in the series.

E-arc received from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jennifer☠Pher☠
Mar 12, 2019 marked it as read-for-realsies  ·  review of another edition
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Melissa F.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm not entirely unconvinced that Brooklyn Ray didn't just, like, reach into my head and pluck out a bunch of my favorite things in order to write this book. I can't even write about all of them because some are spoilery but, just, GAH. *insert keyboard-mashing flaily delight here*

SO GOOD. SO, SO GOOD.

I read this in a few hours. Once I started, I literally could not put it down. I just really love Michael and Victor, okay? OKAY????? Bonus for the pitch-perfect cameos by several other Port Lewis
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Liz
Why is there no hype around such gems, huh?! Read it in one sitting. I wanna go back and re-read both this one and Port Lewis Witches now...
Elaine White
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE **

Unbroken
Port Lewis Witches, Book 2.5
by Brooklyn Ray
★★★★★
237 Pages
POV: 3rd person, one character
Content Warning: drug use, blood play, mentions of a past abusive relationship, mentions of historical self-harm and date-rape, D/s elements


This is a great addition to an already brilliant series. A perfect continuation of 5* storytelling. I don't know how Brooklyn Ray manages it, but I'm always sucked in whole-heartedly to Port Lewis Witches stories,
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Brooklyn Ray (they/them) is a fan of fresh brewed tea, long walks through the woods, and evenings spent reading sexy books. They write Queer Paranormal Romance and Erotica about witches, necromancers, and other magical creatures, and moonlight as a tarot and palm reader in the Pacific Northwest. Find them on Instagram @brooklynrayauthor

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