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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  303 ratings  ·  71 reviews
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 cl
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Kindle Edition, 211 pages
Published March 5th 2019
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Christine
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  ·  review of another edition

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
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~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
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Joscelyn Smith
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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*
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
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JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lbr, ebook, 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
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Shelby
Mar 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kazza
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Longer review on blog
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Susiej
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Josh Dale
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, struggles, abuse
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
Kirstin
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Dixiecowgirl
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sue
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
AN INSPIRING STORY

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
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Joyfully Jay
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kathryn Manzella
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
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AussieMum
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.
Ashley
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nicole Prado-Carr
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Karolina Cebula
Review in English and Polish || Recenzja po angielsku i polsku

Despite his young age, Jag went through his private hell that left some non-healing wounds on his psyche. In order not to go crazy and keep his hard-won freedom, the boy needs to constantly run away from his family whose tentacles reach really far and wide. If they catch him, they will start to tighten up on him again and try to deprive him of everything he won with such difficulty.
Another stop on his way without a specific destinatio
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Stephanie Carvalho
“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
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Amy Dufera
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Colette Davison's Broken is an accomplished romance. An avid fan of Colette Davison, I've enjoyed each of her books I've read and they just keep getting better.

It didn't take long for me to fall for Jag and Michael. Wow, they are just amazing together, melting my heart, and leaving me wanting even more of them. Jag's been living his life lying and pretending, on the run and hiding. When Jag's hired as the new dancer at Michael's club, he has no idea how dramatically his life is about to change.
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Melanie Rawlinson
I was only forty pages into this when I first decided it was amazing. Nothing after that changed my opinion, although I got more and more excited-happy as it went on!
Michael, former pole dancer and now owner of the pole dancing club Heaven and Hell (which morphs into a pole fitness gym in the daytime, genius!) is a gorgeous, steady but somewhat sad man with good friends and more love to give.
Jag (not his real name) is a traumatised, beautiful 20-year-old looking for a job and a place to stay bef
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Xanthe
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a high recommendation to read this book!
Right from the start I was fully engaged with the story of both men. Jag is a bit of a mystery, information from his past revealed only as and when needed but his loneliness shines through. Michael is a clear caregiver and protector, providing his staff with great pay and work conditions as well as his friendly and easy going nature. Their attraction is instant but a lot of work for both men and it makes for an entertaining and involving read.
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Claudia Lezár
PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good and rare (it would be a Blow-
Away-book like
‘Jesse's Smile' or ‚Joey’ from Angelique Jurd,
‘Save the at he kids' series from EM Leya,
‘Love’s Tethered Heart’ from C.L. Etta or
'Liberty' from Seth King),
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often reread and is a
WOW-book with interesting plot and surprises
(like most of Andrew Grey’s books)
it's like an A

3,5* - a really good book, which will be reread a few
times a ye
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Sarita Chapdelaine
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
This is a great book with an intriguing storyline and wonderful characters. It is well-written, emotional, sexy, heartbreakingly sad, sweet, deals well with difficult issues and best of all it is full of hope. Jag and Michael are amazing together with a strong connection and smoking hot chemistry. Michael knows that Jag is not going to stay but he can't stop himself from falling for him. Jag has self-imposed rules he has to follow that help keep him safe but he finds himself breaking them for Mi ...more
R
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lisa
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story. I was worried that it would be a lot of angst considering what Jag has been though but it was just enough.

Jag has been on the run for the last 4 years after being subjected to horrific pain from his family members. He has lived the last 4 years by rules. Rules to keep him safe the most important rule is don’t trust anyone. That is until he meets Arc angel Micheal.

Micheal has been on his own for a long time when Jag comes into his club looking for a job he can’t help
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Karen Edwards
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Scooby2
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Broken” is a book that shows us the journey of Jag and Michael finding one another and piecing themselves back together; each helping the other in their own way. I loved how Jag used dance to help express himself and how Michael didn’t just heal him magically. “Broken” tackles a hard subject that I cannot stand, conversion therapy (which needs to be abolished), Ms Davison shows the reader the long term psychological damage that it leaves behind. This story was well written, my only complaint is ...more
Andrea Hooper
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow

I can't say I enjoy those reviews that go over what happens in the book. To do so is totally redundant in getting anybody else to read it.

And boy, does this book need to be read. Collette has touched on some very real and very serious issues that people on the queer spectrum literally suffer through.

She has done so in such a raw way, that even if you are a stranger to the Queer community or mental health issues, that I truly think you would connect with the characters in this book.

Watching as
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