4 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Author Provided Book Boss/employee co-workers to lovers Contemporary DA Gay Heat Index Hopelessly Crying Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort m/m Mid level steam/heat Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words)

Audiobook: Broken by Nicola Haken Narrated by Joel Leslie


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When Theodore Davenport decides to switch his mundane job for a career, he walks into Holden House Publishing with enthusiasm and determination to succeed. As he settles into his new role, makes new friends, and dreams of making it to the top, everything is going to plan. Until he meets James Holden, CEO of Holden House. James Holden hasn’t been able to stop thinking about his encounter with the timid man he met in a club bathroom last week, and when he discovers the one haunting his dreams is an employee, he can’t seem to stop himself from pursuing him. Just a little fun – that’s what James tells himself. He can’t afford to care for someone who can never reciprocate, not once they find out who he really is. James believes nobody deserves the burden of being attached to him. He’s a complicated man. Damaged. Difficult. Demanding. Broken. Is Theodore strong enough to confront James’ demons? More importantly, is James?
M/M romance. Not suitable for listeners under 18 years of age due to language and sexual content.
Please note: This book contains scenes of self-harm, mental illness, and suicidal ideation which may be uncomfortable for some listeners.


I can see why this story appealed to so many readers. It’s MCs are really well developed and very complex. Neither is “perfect” – far from it! – and the issues involved in this story are hard and (I think) realistically managed.

It’s not an easy story to read/listen to by any stretch of the imagination and I think you definitely have to be in the mood for maudlin/angst for this to appeal.

I thought the emotions were well portrayed and the decisions and inner dialogs handled very well. There was some intense passion as well as pain.

I was glad I’d listened to this because Joel Leslie is able to differentiate the different “types” of British accents so well and the fact that Theo is from Manchester is reflected in his voice. Joel is also amazing at handling all the deep emotions and is capable of brining the listener to tears – right along with the characters.

In general, I’m not a huge “angst” fan – but I did find this to be an engaging story and full of depth and emotion.

I’d recommend the audiobook over reading (IMHO) and I’d recommend it to fans of angst, hurt/comfort, books about growth and pain.

4 of 5 stars


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One reply on “Audiobook: Broken by Nicola Haken Narrated by Joel Leslie”

That was a beautiful book. I do love books with angst, maybe I like torturing myself but I like a book that make me feel something and this one made a great job. I could guess the narrationg might be as great as the book was.

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