Book Reviews

Broken by Colette Davison

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 04-June-2019

Book Blurb

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 club. Falling in lust with the elfin young dancer is easy, and his heart is quick to follow.

Michael gives Jag a reason to stay, but fear rules Jag’s heart more than love. Despite his deepening feelings for Michael, Jag knows he can’t stay. Can he?

Book Review

“The truth is: Belonging starts with self-acceptance. Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you're enough what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect.” ~ Brene Brown

Michael, of ‘Broken’ by Collette Jamison, has been on automatic since his lover died. He has been involved with a few men, but it has never worked out because he has never truly moved on. The last person he expected to fall for was a scraggly looking young man, Jag, who comes into his club looking for a job as a dancer.

Jag is a young, gay man who has been on the run from his parents for a long time. They refused to accept that he was gay and sent him to a program that was designed to make him straight. They took a happy, carefree boy and made his life hell. Being in the program taught Jag to be distrustful of himself and everyone else in the world. Jag has several rules he lives by; they are the only way he can feel safe. After all he has been through, he trusts no one. Yet Jag senses that Michael is different from the sleazy club owners he usually encounters. Michael does not come on to him right away. He actually seems concerned about him. After making sure he is of age, Michael offers Jag a job and a place to stay, with no strings attached.

Although Jag is half his age, Michael is besotted by the young man. Jag is obviously hiding something, but he doesn’t push him. Michael senses that any attempt to do so will only end in driving him away. Michael wants Jag, even though he knows very little about him. Jag flirts with him and makes it obvious that he would be willing to have a casual sexual relationship with Michael. Jag’s rules insist that he not get too attached to anyone, especially since he never stays anywhere for any length of time. That’s not the type of guy Michael is and it’s not what he wants. The thing is, he is willing to put his needs aside to be able to be with Jag. They enter into what seems to be a one-sided relationship. Even though it hurts Michael, he does not want to lose even the small part of Jag that he now has, so he does not push for more information about Jag’s life. As time goes by, one by one, Jag begins to break all of his rules. The one that scares him the most is that he begins to trust Michael. For the first time in a long time, he finds himself wanting to stay. Even so, all of his instincts tell him to run. Jag gives in to the fear and tells Michael that he can’t be with him anymore.

This is a heart-wrenching story full of angst, displaying in stark details the horrors of conversion therapy; how disgusting and dangerous it is. Jag’s self-esteem was reduced to rubble with the techniques used on him to “rid him of the gay”. What made it worse was his parents’ betrayal, the fact that they put their precious child, whom they should have been protecting, into the hands of evil people, hell-bent on destroying him. When Jag finally found someone who loved him for who he was, it took a small miracle for him to believe he was worthy of loving. Thanks, Collette, for giving Michael and Jag the happy ending they deserved.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 211 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 05-March-2019
Price $3.99 ebook, $10.99 paperback
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