Title: Unbreak Broken (Coming About #3)
Author Name & Publisher: J.K. Hogan (Wild City Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 16, 2015 – 98,000 Words
Rory Donovan’s life is a hot mess. His marriage is failing and he’s in intensive psychotherapy, working through the unfortunate side effects of memories from a childhood trauma. The only thing good in his life right now is his job—teaching photography to gifted high school students.
Harbor Patrol officer Bennett Foster is co-parenting his teenage daughter with his high school best friend Jessie. When he meets Addison’s teacher and realizes they’ve met before, he can’t get the sexy stranger out of his head.
Striking up a sexual-tension-filled friendship, together they must help an angsty teenager deal with a dying friend. Bennett must keep his little family from falling apart while Rory struggles to come to terms with his new reality. Somewhere along the way, most unexpectedly…love happens.
What a wonderful story! Drowning in a failed marriage, Rory turns to his therapist to help him understand himself and his sexual hang-ups. Rory also teaches high school photography and life keeps throwing him together with the father of one of his students.
Bennett and Rory are drawn to each other from the start. Gently, Bennett helps Rory re-discover his sexuality and discover his attraction to men. The relationship grows slowly as Rory becomes more comfortable with himself and his sexuality.
This is another story featuring slightly older leading men. I really enjoy the complexity that older characters bring to a romance. Both Bennett and Rory are intricate, beautifully drawn men. I love Bennett’s family and I really enjoyed reading about Rory’s job. I love his pupils and his passion for photography.
This story is beautifully written. If the men didn’t have to work through so many important issues to make a relationship work, I would argue that the ending is just a little too perfect and a little too saccharine. But these men do overcome a great deal to be together and I enjoyed every moment of their story.
First you see Rory in this book trying to figure out why his marriage was failing. He is married to a woman named Maia and for some reason he has no sexual desire with her and he can not figure out why. He goes to a counselor and tries to get help but they end up separating because Maia deserved more. The counselor also helps him figure out it was something in his past that made him feel this way.
Then he meets Bennett and the sparks fly between these two as soon as they meet. Bennett is the father of one of Rory’s students in his photo class. Bennett helps Rory figure out that there was nothing wrong with him sexually, it was just he was attracted to men not woman.
I really liked this book!
I think Rory and Bennett were very good together. They work through a lot of what Rory is going through trying to figure out why he feels the way he does together.
Something bad happens to Rory in this book and Bennett was there for them taking care of him the whole time.
So all together I really liked this book!
I would definitely recommend this book!
I was given this book by Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.
This series just keeps getting better and better. In this story the author shows how Rory was able to overcome many issues, from childhood trauma to suddenly realizing he was gay. He was able to overcome it all and he was able to start a new relationship. I love the interactions between Rory and Bennett and loved how the author was able to bring Bennett’s daughter and best friend into the story. There was a story behind the original story and I loved how Rory was able to help many of the kids at his school.
The author was able to bring angst and love to this story and make it believable. I cried when Rory was telling his story to his therapist and then cried again when Rory came up with the idea to have a benefit to help one of the students at his school. Who just happens to be Addison’s soul mate. He even helped his therapist son. I’m hoping there will be a next installment (maybe Neil, Bennett’s work partner).
Dr. Conlan treated me to a rare fond smile, almost motherly in its warmth. “I’m pleased to see you happier than you have been.”
I grinned back, but then my brow furrowed. “Does this make me gay?”
“Does that matter?”
“I don’t know. Should it?”
“I’ll never understand the fascination with labeling things that our society seems to have. To me, sexuality is as intangible as the universe. There’s no way to truly know what’s out there, and how it all relates to everything else.
“As humans, we seek to know, to understand, and somehow we feel that putting things in boxes and labeling helps us do that. But some things are fluid, changing and developing with the tide of the evolution of life. Do me a favor, Rory. Don’t put yourself in a box.”
I was dumbfounded, stunned speechless. I knew I’d remember Dr. Conlan’s words for the rest of my life, and I would try to stay as true to them as I could. “I won’t,” I whispered.