Book Reviews

Unbreak Broken (Coming About 3) by J.K. Hogan at Euphoria Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Students/Teachers/Professors / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 09-April-2019

Book Blurb

It’s never too late to start over.

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.

First edition published by Wilde City Press, September 2015.

Book Review

“After so many years of nothing, of feeling like I wasn’t connected to the world—like I could play all the right notes, but I couldn’t hear the music—every new sensation was beautiful.”

I was crazy over the first two books in the ‘Coming About’ series and somehow I must’ve gotten caught up in any number of other books and I missed reading the final two. I met Rory in the other two books seeing as Justice was his college roommate and best friend who flew out for Rory’s wedding and met the love of his life, Nic, and Rich had been his roommate in Seattle who had outed Justice at the wedding but had also managed to find his love with Patrick. Bennett is the unknown as all I remember about him is that he’s friends with Patrick and is a member of the Harbor Patrol that helped to rescue Nic in book one. Now, Rory didn’t ding loudly on my radar during those two reads as having mass issues so I was extra curious about what this book would hold.

Wow, it was almost déjà vu the issues Rory and his wife, Maia, had in their marriage, except in my case the situation was reversed and due to medication, and it didn’t cause arguments and fights. Rory appears to have a very low sex drive and it is causing considerable stress and tension in his marriage. He’s even begun seeing a therapist – although he hasn’t told Maia – because Rory doesn’t know how to fix this. He completely blames himself and just can’t understand what is wrong. The irony is that Rory is completely touch starved but he seems to have found the one woman who goes from zero to sixty and he’s far more comfortable with just nurturing and loving touch.

Huge, huge, huge kudos to the author for not disregarding the psychological aspect of Rory’s issues and trauma, but instead embracing them in a wholly healthy manner that I felt really worked in this book. In a tremendously trashed moment, Rory shares his sexual issues with Bennett and confides that his wife has left him and he’s in therapy. Bennett is remarkably understanding and patient, but best of all is how safe Bennett makes Rory feel. Safe and calm with no anxiety, and a renewed hope that his childhood trauma hasn’t completely destroyed his life.

“The most surprising part of it all was that I was painfully hard myself. Never had the combination of the touch that I craved and the arousal that I lacked come together in such a way. I couldn’t help but experiment. Maybe it was a fluke. Maybe proximity did breed familiarity. Or maybe I really was gay.”

The author really blew me away with this book. Hands down it is definitely my favorite so far. Bennett is such a gentle giant and Rory just slew me when the reality of his childhood trauma was revealed. The secondary characters, especially Addison, Bennett’s daughter, along with the guys from previous books that I already adore, are fantastic and certainly rounded out the story. I fell hook, line, and sinker for these two men and their gradual romance was everything I hoped it would be.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 360 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 05-February-2017
Price $4.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
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