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Brokedown Hearts (Foster Siblings Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Cameron Dane
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Ex-con David Joyner returns home knowing he must atone for his past sins. Working at an animal shelter, David keeps his head down, desperate to prove to a hostile town he’s a new man. The one time David looks up, he spots fellow motel dweller Ben, and is terrified by his attraction to the man. David doesn’t want to feel anything. He can only damage what he loves.

On a forced vacation, PI Ben Evans accepts a job to tail a recently released prisoner. What begins as an easy gig turns complicated when Ben, a controlled man, can’t deny the pang of empathy he feels for his subject, David. Ben can’t suppress his aggressive sexual desires whenever he’s near David either.

Repeatedly crossing paths, David and Ben do their best to fight their growing attraction. When passion explodes, and secrets are revealed, both men have to conquer inner demons in order to accept the others love.

Someone has turned the tables on David, though, stalking him and leaving threatening notes. Will anyone believe David if he tells? And when David’s stalker raises the stakes, can Ben find the man who has become his world in time to save their love?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 583 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Loose Id LLC (12 Aug 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MO2RMAI
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 23 Aug 2014
By aa
Format:Kindle Edition
Another great read from Cameron Dane.This was a total page turner for me couldn't put it down.I loved Davids sweet nature and the way Ben took him under his wing so to speak was kinda sweet.Hoping we gonna get another book maybe with a bit more of Mikas story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 14 Aug 2014
By shoefreak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A wild, wicked and wonderful ride. A story about two damaged and desperate souls finding their light in each other. Ms. Dane is a very gifted storyteller and she once again did a spectacular job. Character development was seamless and within the first chapter I was hooked. It was shocking, steamy, sad and when I was finished I felt I satisfied. Well worth the price of admission.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Certainly About Two Brokedown Hearts That Needed Each Other. 8 Sep 2014
By Kazza - On Top Down Under Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The Dedication in the book - 'To acceptance and second chances To those who need them and those who offer both with open hearts. I hope you enjoy David and Ben' - CD.

I think the dedication is appropriate and heartfelt. I believe David and Ben succeeded in what Cameron Dane was wanting to achieve.

My Review:

David Joyner has just been released after serving five years for stalking and threatening a man - eighteen months in psyche eval and then the rest of the term in minimum security jail. He's seen therapists and worked through a lot of his issues. His sister-in-law, Brittany, and brother, Travis, come to pick him up. David is feeling sick and on edge but Brittany is nothing if not loving and supportive. She visited him in jail and now has a job lined up for David at the local animal shelter back in Coleman. She misses her immediate family and David has always been supportive of her. Travis plays the part of a caring brother in front of Brittany but when alone he lets David know he can't stand him. He wants David away from Britanny without letting on he's threatened him. So David gets a room in a local fleabag motel.

Ben Evans works for Skye Investigations and likes his job. He likes it so much that he is a workaholic. He's currently based in Tampa but his bosses tell him they are looking at setting up an office in Miami which Ben will probably head up. First, though, he has to prove to them he can take time off and come back with a more balanced perspective. While on (forced) holidays his ex, Braden, (books #1 and 2) asks him if he will take a case on the quiet. An acquaintance, Jonah, wants David followed - David stalked and threatened Christian, Jonah's partner, then tried to commit suicide hence the incarceration. Jonah is worried that David is back in Coleman to start harassing/stalking Christian again. It's an understandable fear.

After tailing David, and sometimes nodding at him in the motel they are both staying at, Ben concludes he is no threat to anyone. David is rather sad, timid and having a tough time. He is also working hard at the animal shelter, but Ben always goes by the facts in front of him, and the facts are that Christian's ex is back in his old town, David is a job and Ben has to be analytical. However, David and Ben are `formally' introduced when Ben nearly hits David as he runs onto the road to save a kitten. Ben already likes David, not something he wants to admit, as he can't help feel for this scared, beaten-down guy who everyone seems to hate. Now David is risking life and limb for a kitten. David brings out a huge (over) protective streak in Ben.

Meanwhile, David is working hard on apologising, unsuccessfully, to people he has hurt. He also uses techniques to remind him to stay focused on his job and not to fixate on men. He is battling worry that his feelings of desire for the rugged, black-haired Ben could be his undoing...again. The gorgeous Ben couldn't be interested in him -

'Sexual desires without foundation or reciprocation were dangerous for him. Even the smallest submission to these needs would crack open a door that should stay firmly closed inside him.'

So, David battles feelings for Ben, and Ben is doing the same for David. But, of course, they can't stay away from each other for too long and I must say that when they come together initially, Ben pushes David to be more involved than he is prepared for. David was closeted until he attacked Christian and himself previously and even now he struggles openly admitting his sexuality and the consequences he feels have occurred because he is gay.

The story is definitely one of second chances. David loves his work at the animal shelter. They give him a chance and grow to believe in him there. He gains a cute kitten, Elsa. Is falling for Ben, someone who it seems reciprocates his feelings. David also has a good relationship with his sister-in-law, and Christian is very forgiving, true to his nature. Likewise, Ben is finding his nature is accepted by David, David grows and gives him a safe harbour when he needs it and the ability to be him. Work, while still important, takes a back seat for Ben and he handles things with Mika, his step-brother well. The sex is undeniably hot, intense and goes on for days. Irrespective of some thoughts, which I totally understand, Ben gives David sexual options to opt in or out -

'Before the spark was completely snuffed out, Ben added, "I will only take you when you are begging for me because you want to feel me inside you more than you want your next breath" - Ben dipped down, stole a hard, fast kiss and robbed David of some of that air - "not because you're too scared to deny me anything I say I want."'

I do have some niggles - the book was too long and there were too many plot devices going on at times. If some had been cut down/out it would have allowed a smoother progression. But I have marked it down for that.
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I think that Brokedown Hearts is beautifully named - David and Ben are broken in their own, individual ways. David is so flattened, sad, and guilt-ridden by life and what he has done, by the hate rolling off more than a few people in Coleman, family included. He desperately needed redemption and someone to see him, love him, help support him and let him know he was worth a second chance. Being at such a low that you try to commit suicide is not a nice place to be and I really felt for David from the get-go in Brokedown Hearts. If you had told me I would have liked David after events in A Fostered Love, though, I honestly don't think I could have seen it happening; yet here we get to see inside his mind and his heart and I wanted to hug him and not let go. I thought he was a beautiful, lost soul who worked so hard to be better and atone.

Ben, well, he needed to have someone understand his sexually aggressive nature and his desire to completely dominate emotionally, to take control of his partner, and his worries about hurting them physically - being so dominant and aggressive. Yes, there are some moments that push past sexual niceties in the beginning of their relationship - some say dub-con - that pass very quickly and have a lot to do with Ben's darker needs. As you read more, you realise Ben wants to help David come to grips with his sexuality and his fears about that. David needs a push and Ben pushes. At first it was rough around the edges. Ben also allows himself to be topped and isn't that is all kinds of sexy.

Ben is not also open about David as a 'job' when they are seeing each other for a while. Deception is often a deal-breaker for me, but it wasn't a deal-breaker here because I started believing in them, in their relationship and Cameron Dane drove home the genuine nature of their love and their absolute need for one another. Is their relationship the cookie-cutter conventional one? No, it isn't, it is (somewhat) co-dependent and obsessive -

'He's doing so much better than I thought. Pride tightened his chest, and then a low punch bruised his middle. What if (David) succeeds so well he doesn't need me anymore?'

- but it works for them. It is obvious it is meant to be this way. The author uses the MC's really well to acknowledge theirs is a different relationship on a number of occasions -

"I don't know. I just want to do whatever normal people would do with a free morning and not think too much about it."
Ben wasn't sure anyone would ever call him and David normal, but his heart swelled for David, and he murmured, "Sure, we can do something."

I learned a long time ago that different relationships work for different people as long as they are old enough to make an informed decision, everyone knows the deal, and no one is hurt.

Overall:

Cameron Dane usually writes scenes in books that are controversial or boundary-pushing, this book was one extended boundary-pushing scene. It was risky writing because it is a different primary character dynamic that more than a few readers may be used to. Or be comfortable with. Personally, I applaud it. I loved the raw emotion bouncing off the MC's that I have come to expect from Cameron Dane's writing. Is it intense at times? It sure is, but for me it works. The sex? All kinds of channel fluttering and clenching and c@#ks filling with a gesture or look...and long - it was smoking hot and erotic.

Welcome back in 2014, Cameron Dane. I've missed you. 4 Stars!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Book Review by Leisa 28 Aug 2014
By PrismBookAlliance - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
3 of 5 Stars

For original review see The Prism Book Alliance Blog online

If M/M romance and I are in the midst of a steamy affair, then Cameron Dane is the matchmaker who introduced us. The first purely M/M romance I read was one of Dane’s, and I was immediately smitten – both with M/M romance and with Cameron Dane’s sexy, emotionally driven stories. I then proceeded to read all of her M/M books. Every.single.one.

So, I am happy to have the opportunity to read and review Cameron Dane’s third offering in her Foster Siblings stories, Brokedown Hearts. This is the story of David, the troubled young man from the first of the Foster Sibling’s books who stalked Christian and ultimately attempted to kill himself, and Ben, the ex-boyfriend of one of the characters in the second book in the series. In this book, Ben is a PI who is hired by Jonah, Christian’s lover, to watch David upon his release from prison to make certain that he doesn’t resume his stalking of Christian. Ben likes what he sees in David, and they quickly begin a relationship (of sorts).

David is a character who’s a creepy stalker in the first book of this series. When I began Brokedown Hearts, I could not imagine how his character would be redeemable. Well, he’s out of prison, after spending years in a mental institution as well, he’s now a man with a decidedly fragile psyche who is determined to stay out of trouble’s way, and to not repeat the mistakes of his past. He finds acceptance and solace working with animals at a local shelter, and he’s immediately drawn to handsome, confident Ben with whom he begins a hot affair.

I actually like David far more than I anticipated. He’s paid for his mistakes, and he’s desperately trying to carve out a life for himself among a family and town that’s openly hostile toward him. However, I do not have much affection for Ben – he’s clearly in charge of their relationship, both sexually and psychologically. I am mostly uncomfortable with the feeling that Ben takes advantage of David’s psychological vulnerability and presses him into a sexual relationship with an almost dub-con vibe. Theirs is not a relationship on equal footing and feels unhealthy, and Ben’s almost constant need for aggressive sex is not consistent with David’s need for love and support.

It’s honestly difficult for me to love a book when the relationship between the two characters doesn’t seem mutually healthy and beneficial. I can’t get past the feeling that Ben uses his knowledge of David’s past (and present) psychological issues to manipulate David’s emotions. While Ben pretty quickly grows to love David, the whole relationship just doesn’t feel … “right.”

Brokedown Hearts is not my favorite of Cameron Dane’s Foster Siblings series; however, it is a story filled with redemption, and the joy of two men who together find a second chance at their happily ever after.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 23 Aug 2014
By HollyG - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I normally love this author and she is an auto-buy for me as i have all of her books on my kindle. However - this book did not work for me. It contained scenes of forced consent that were disturbing. Spolier...

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One character had been sexually assaulted and experienced a quick flashback and said no - yet the other character expressed dismay at the assault but then immediately manipulated into doing that very act by guilt stating "I'm not him". Then suddenly other character completes act and all is good. It left me cold. I finished but but admit to skimming the rest of the sex scenes. I will buy Ms Dane another try with her next book only because I hen joyed her other work. Hopefully this story is a one off.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, Dark, and Emotional 20 Aug 2014
By Amanda J. Hobson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is one of my new favorites. It was gripping and honest. It was dark and sweet. The characters were wickedly compelling and astonishingly deep. Seriously well done, Cameron! It is darker than some of her previous books, but I found that to make quite a bit of sense given the characters issues and backgrounds.
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