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(Heaven and Hell Club #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  416 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins

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, unt
Published March 5th 2019
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2.5 stars.

Jag's constant rules, pushing away and on the run from his parents (he's twenty years old FFS) got old after going round and round and not really getting anywhere. Sadly this didn't live up to the promise of the blurb and it should have. I mean ... hurt/comfort. age gap, on the run, bossy in the bedroom twink, pole dancer .... yeah the blurb had everything going for it but the execution just didn't cut it for me, because instead I got a TSTL fool that was so deep in his own damn head h
Mar 28, 2019 added it
Shelves: mm, dnf
DNF @ 20%
I’m sorry but I just can’t get into a book when the mc that in my mind is the bottom ends up being the top and the aggressor. It throws me off.
F.R. D'Angelo
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I read Broken and from the second paragraph I was invested, it’s hard to get a reader that soon. I knew this book would break the readers as much as Jag he believes he is broken, only to put them back together with the reading of this young man’s story. Michael is as broken as Jag in different ways, I loved the back story of this couple, I love how well its described. Jag has a quiet strength about him, his unwillingness to be further broken by his own admission by having his rules. His rules ha
~nikki the recovering book addict
4 angsty stars

This one felt like it reached into my body, tore my heart out and wrenched it dry, just to be certain it broke my heart. Lol...

Joking aside, I expected some amount of angst but not at the level it actually delivered. It wasn’t angst between the MCs but the author (who’s new to me) did a really good job in making you feel for Jag. It’s a simple story, one where we don’t relive Jag’s horrific conversion therapy days but still the vague picture painted was enough to really break my he
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
Book Reaction:
Rating: 3 Stars – not exactly setting my world on fire but I liked it
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, fantastic
This book is just beautiful!!
Jag has gone through so much and it hurts me to read about the shit he had to go through because of who he is. It might have hit me a bit harder because I haven't come out to my parents yet(even though I've dreamt all the different scenarios) and what he went through could be one of those scenarios.
Michael is an amazing character. He is really understanding and never pushed Jag. He is everything Jag needed and more. They might not be perfect on their own but they are
Joscelyn Smith
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Jag

This was another great story by Colette Davison. It's a great character driven, emotion filled storyline and of course it incorporates dance. Jag and Michael were amazing characters as they both worked to bring down Jag's walls, theirs was a hard journey but it was so worth the effort.

*I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book*
3.5 stars rounded down because still no 1/2 stars here on GR.

Jag's running, he's not planning on stopping but...

He's getting tired and when the sexy owner of the club he's working at shows an interest in that Jag returns, he may not be willing to stop but maybe...just maybe, he could slow down for a while.

Michael's been on his own since loosing Edward the love of his life. Not that he hasn't tried but the right person just doesn't seem to be there for him...not until Jag. Jag may b
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, lbr, mm

This was a sweet story about two guys who end up being exactly what each other needs. Michael is the club owner who has had a difficult time finding a new relationship since he lost the love his life. He is a bit gun shy with his feelings because of that, but he is definitely interested in the new dancer, Jag. Jag is a young guy who has been on the run from his family for years since he came out and was forced into conversion therapy. For some reason (I have no recollection about why they are st
Funzee Shu

*** 4.5/5 Stars ***

Rule number one: keep moving.
Rule number two: tell no one.
Rule number three: no freebies; he’d pay his way.
Rule number four: don’t get attached to anyone.
Rule number five: set boundaries.

For four years Jag had survived by sticking to the rules he made to keep him safe.

Another thing he learned after escaping from the hell he’d been through is ‘trust no one’ and he’d learned that the hard way, when a ‘friend’ had betrayed him in exchange for money…

On his run, Jag wanted to be
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emotionally healing and well written, this story sweeps you away and takes you on a journey of self discovery and love.

Jag has been on his own since he was 16. Now 20, he's made up a few rules to live by. Rules to keep him safe. Rules to keep him sane.

Michael is the owner of a pole dancing workout center by day, a gay night club by night. When a young, hot new dancer waltzes into his bar and asks for a job, he gets more than he bargained for.

Jag had such a painful past that traumatized him and m
Mar 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ 54%.

There is a distinct lack of personality coming from both MCs. Michael is hot and sad (because of his partner dying 6.5 years ago). Jag is hot and sad (because his parents sent him to conversion therapy and now he's constantly on the run after escaping). That's about it, as far as personality goes.

Then there is all the dance talk. There's a lot of pole dancing moves used... I looked up the first few online but got tired of that rather quickly. And on top of that, there is a lot of des
Joyfully Jay
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kenna
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

I’ve always been a fan of stories that take place in a club atmosphere. Not only do you get the main characters, but you get a nice cast of supporting characters and a setting where exciting things can happen (as well as romance). When I read the blurb for Broken, I grabbed it up and was excited to get to reading. I did feel like a few things were a little off, but I still enjoyed this book very much.

Both Jag and Michael were sympathetic characters…good, nice men wh
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, astounding story!!

I absolutely loved this!! Colette has written it with such compassion that I could actually feels Jag's thoughts and emotions, especially when thinking of the consequences to breaking his own rules. It's so heartbreakingly sad that someone's life and choices can alienate families so much. However, the strength, love and hot chemistry between the characters, outweighs the heartbreak perfectly.
I know this is a fictional story, but I couldn't help ponder about this h
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, arc
The main issues for me were that -

The MCs lacked any chemistry
The narrative pretty much consisted of tell not show
The primary (view spoiler) drama arc did not ring true

Sadly, Broken didn't work for me but there's plenty of love for the book on here, take my review as you will.
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Kathryn Manzella
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Broken by Colette Davison is an intriguing lovestory between Jag and Michael. Two men who are broken in very different ways but together are perfect. I loved watching the evolution of their connection. They work together and tear down walls, taking what they can, while they can. This story - it brought on do many emotions. Beautiful, heartbreaking, captivating, touching... this book and the love of the characters is worth the read.

I received an advanced reader's copy of the book and I am volunt
Laura Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)
I’m a bit late to the party with this series, but with the recent release of Book 2, Forgotten, I just KNEW I had to play catch-up before picking it up. No reading out of sequence for me this time, no siree! *shakes head*



I was an emotional wreck at the end of Jag and Michael’s story. Talk about emotional wringer!

I literally sobbed my little heart out. The Mommy thought she was going to have stage an intervention *snorts*. Poor woman has a lot to put up with when I’m living betwee
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Where to begin. Michael is an established club owner, former dancer and widower. He's fair, straight forward and always puts his dancers first. Jag is a young, incredible dancer, who exhibits talent that is unmatched. His control over his body is seduction in motion. He is a mystery and an enigma. As this story unfolds it becomes inspiring. As you see the struggle that Jag and Michael go through with and for each other, you become a witness to true unconditional love. To true u
Ankita Singh
Broken was beautiful and heart breaking. I loved Jag's character and hated what had happened to him. But I also loved watching him find himself again and get over his brokenness. Michael's character was also so very sweet and I adored how he cared for Jag.
Josh Dale
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: abuse, romance, struggles
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 fo ...more
Stephanie Carvalho
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: age-gap, hurt-confort
“When everything is made to be broken... I just want you to know who I am”
This is a really beautiful, thrilling, passionate story about finding confort and love and happiness when everything else seems to fade, and you just don’t have the strenght to fight anymore. Is about surviving, but also discovering that sometimes, even though all you see is evil and pain, a beautiful archangel might save you.
Jag and Michal are instant attracted to each other, from the very first moment they meet. Jag is r
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, m-m
Jag is broken. Running from his parents who placed him in conversion therapy because he was gay. Running from someone he thought he could trust. Running from his memories. Living by his own set of rules that had protected him for years.

Michael owns a club that is a safe haven for gay men. They dance and he pays them fairly and protects them. Not allowing anyone to force them into doing something they don’t want to do.

When Michael give Jag a safe place to work and live he thinks maybe he will be
Karen Edwards
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit it was the cover of this book that caught my eye, but when I read the blurb for this book, I just had to read it. Jag has a few rules that he lives by. Those rules have kept him safe. When he walks into Heaven and Hell, there's one man he finds himself wanting to break all his rules for. Michael. Michael is the owner of Heaven and Hell. He's been alone for a little while now. He can't help himself but be drawn in by Jag, but Jag is running from his past. I totally love Jag and Mi ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Delightful, poignant, steamy, heartbreaking and soul healing journey to trust and love. Oh my happy heart i loved this story. I laughed and i cried and i will carry the heart of these MC's with me for a long time. The writing was beautiful and so compelling. The story-line flowed and was engaging.

Jag and Michael are two halves of a whole and this is an amazing story about how trust can change two lives. I really enjoyed both MC's and i loved the romance of so many of the scenes that were create
Nicole Prado-Carr
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jag is such a pure wholesome soul and you just want to protect him from the very beginning. He was very relatable even if you hadn’t been through what he had been through.
Michael was the best knight in shining armor that Jag could’ve asked for. He was everything he didn’t even know he needed and it was great seeing their relationship blossom.
This is all the right amount of angsty pining and heart breaking back story to make for a great read.
Grab a tissue or two, you might need it.

*i received
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You know what, I absolutely loved reading this - it was emotional it was cute it was adorable it was sweet it was intense it was just everything you want in a book - I thought perhaps maybe Jag's climax could have been a bit more interesting but honestly I wasn't mad at any of it .. and beautiful writing - I'll definitely be getting more of this authors work
This was fairly middle of the road for me. Dealing with characters who’ve been through conversion therapy is always a delicate subject but here the romance just fell flat. Jag felt way too young emotionally to be an equal partner for Michael and the ILY’s came way too fast. Add to that a boatload of telling and not showing, and you get a bit of a miss for me.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book. Great storyline.
It's an emotional read. What Jag has gone through is awful and heartbreaking. He's a great character, well written. Both MC are wonderful together.
The end was a bit fast, not enough closure.
3 and a Half ⭐️ Very sweet story, that helped me get on from a book black hole - there was angst, but it was covered up, and fell out as a quick and easy read/fix🤗That is, to me, an achievement 👍🏼Recommend as an inbetween read👌🏼
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. It was moving and poignant. This was a well written story with beautiful characters. I am looking forward to checking out more stories by this author.
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