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Broken [Kindle Edition]

Jessica Freely
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Genre: LGBT Multicultural

Eben does what his brother, mob boss Nicky Flannery, tells him, even when he’s not so sure it’s right. Letting Nicky do his thinking for him is a lifelong habit. So is hiding the fact that he’s gay. Then Nicky buys a Hong Kong rent-boy to expand the mob's escort business and Eben's life gets a lot more complicated.

Forced into prostitution, Song Xiu is an unsentimental survivor. He takes his pleasures where he can and leaves his clients weak in the knees. Xiu knows he's hot for Eben's powerful body, but it’s more than that. Eben's kind face and gentle touch give Xiu a strange feeling that no amount of sex or drugs can banish. Is this what people call love?

Eben is instantly attracted to Xiu's erotic beauty, but it's the sweet young man beneath the glossy surface that he falls for. When he learns Xiu's story, he begins to wonder if Nicky is really the hero he grew up worshipping, or something else entirely.

An unguarded moment leads to a passionate encounter that rips away all of Xiu and Eben’s illusions. Suddenly the answers to their questions become alarmingly clear. They have one last chance to rescue each other from their broken lives, but only if they can survive Nicky's retribution.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: dubious consent, male/male sexual practices, menage (m/m/m), prostitution.

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"I LOVE LOVE LOVED this book! ...a nail biting, fast-paced romance that has quickly become a favorite of mine. I'm looking forward to reading more books written by this thought provoking author." - Night Owl Reviews, 5 stars, Top Pick

"... captivating" - Fallen Angel Reviews, 5 stars

"I found this love story to be different, surprising, and very cleverly written and I was amazed at how much I loved this story and didn't want it to end." - TwoLips Reviews, 5 stars, Recommended Read

"Broken draws readers into a tale of passion and drama where the suspense never ends." - Joyfully Reviewed

About the Author

Jessica Freely can't resist a wounded hero. As a reader and a writer, her favorite stories are of soul mates finding redemption in each other's arms. Married to the love of her life in a beautiful relationship based on mutual goofiness, Jessica also warps minds as an instructor in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA program. Her dog, Ruthie, doesn't seem to care that Jessica's an award-winning and best-selling author in multiple genres. She just wants to play tug of war with Jessica's pages.

Product Details

  • File Size: 323 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Loose Id LLC (September 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005S6KW68
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,485 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Kindle Edition
A death bed promise to his mother cemented Eben Flannery's ties to mobster brother Nicky Flannery. Eben evolved into the muscle while Nicky became the brains of their organization. The one and only secret Eben kept from Nicky was for self preservation. Eben knew that being gay was not allowed.

Able to keep his secret for years Eben is sorely tested when Nicky expands and buys a male prostitute from Hong Kong. Song Xiu gave up his dreams of becoming a doctor when he was forced into drug addiction and prostitution. For Xiu, being sent to America only means that the clients aren't Asian.

Problems arise when Eben and Xiu must conceal their slow dance of mutual seduction. They know that any involvement is forbidden, yet they cannot stop their hearts from falling in love. When Nicky finds out all hell breaks loose. To save each other they must part, but how will they live without their heart?

Broken draws readers into a tale of passion and drama where the suspense never ends. Eben isn't a brilliant man, but he is much smarter than anyone gives him credit for, yet he's trapped in the only world he knows. Xiu is in effect the catalyst for change in the lives of the Flannery brothers because Eben has found something, someone to stand up for. Emotionally demanding, Broken delves deep into the choices a person makes and the consequences of those actions. Very intense and exciting.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Amazing book. May 17, 2013
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I flew through this book. The relationship between the main characters was full of joy, pain and scorching chemistry. I wish there was a sequel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Broken, Jessica Freely February 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is very well written and has a great story line. The characters are all bad guys by the standard definition but some of them you have to love. If you thought gangsters and drug addicted rent boys couldn't be loveable, read this book.

The suspense just about drove me nuts; the events kept increasing in horror and my hopes for a happy ending kept dwindling but about the time I decided it was hopeless, there came my happy ending. As crazy as it may sound, the ending was just a little too happy but I wouldn't have it any other way.

A good value with 4290 kindle locations
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too many clichés for me September 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 5/10

PROS:
- There's enough unpleasantness in the early stages of the book that I doubted the author's ability to bring things to a satisfactory (for me, that means happy) close. But I was pleased with the conclusion.
- For readers who like sex, there's a decent amount of it here, and it's pretty descriptive.
- (Disclaimer: I'm not sure whether this is a pro or a con.) Eben's inability to pronounce Xiu's name properly sort of made me think of Eben as an idiot, which I'm not sure is a positive character trait in a romantic hero. However, the simple-mindedness with which Eben views the world is also kind of refreshing at times. He is an interesting mix of naïve and tough.

CONS:
- The story incorporates one romance cliché after another: hurt character igniting passionate protective instinct in the other, immediate attraction, erotic dreams that begin soon after they meet, situation in which the guys want each other but simply cannot be together because Fate is cruel, etc.
- The dialogue sometimes sounds forced because the characters are saying things that people in that situation wouldn't really say. I got the impression that the author was trying to convey details about time, place, background, etc. using dialogue when the characters would already know all of that information and probably wouldn't talk about it.
- Freely's phrasing is odd at times. I couldn't figure out whether she was attempting flowery descriptions and just went overboard or she didn't have a solid grip on the English language.
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Jessica Freely can't resist a wounded hero. As a reader and a writer, her favorite stories are of soul mates finding redemption in each other's arms. Married to the love of her life in a beautiful relationship based on mutual goofiness, Jessica also warps minds as an instructor in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA program. Her dog, Ruthie, doesn't seem to care that Jessica's an award-winning and best-selling author in multiple genres. She just wants to play tug of war with Jessica's pages.

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