Reviewed by JustJen
Title:Battered & Bruised, but not broken
Authors: T.L. Travis and Piper Kay
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 125 Pages
Publisher: Encompass Ink
Release Date: August 18, 2017
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Battered & bruised, but not broken, is an erotic, male/male, gay romance/gay erotica novel. It’s the culmination of two lost souls finding what they didn’t know they were looking for.
Hunter’s an ex-con, always in the wrong place at the wrong times, which is how he landed up in prison. He’s looking to start anew, when in walks Elliott.
Timid , sheltered, Elliott, has his life in order. Or so he thinks. That is until, Hunter, introduces him to a whole new world.
Both are battling demons from the past, but what happens when their two worlds collide?
Review: This was a sweet story about an ex-con who gets a second chance at life and a shy geeky guy who gives him that chance but gets one of his own in return. Both have their reasons for feeling battered and bruised, but once together, they no longer feel broken.
Hunter is recently released on parole and trying to put his life together by keeping his nose down and flying under the radar as much as possible. He meets Elliott one night at a club where they share a steamy anonymous hookup where Hunter breaks a few of his rules for Elliott but the night ends without either getting any info. Elliott also broke out of his usual shell that night, and they both regretted not getting names and numbers.
Fortunately, they run into each other again when Hunter interviews for a position at the same company where Elliott works. They take that opportunity to swap info and go on a date, and their friendship/relationship moves on from there. Little by little, though it all happens very quickly, Elliott breaks past Hunter’s walls as their trust grows. Despite the initial hesitations, these guys are at the I love yous in what feels like the span of a weekend or at most a few weeks.
Elliott lives with his granny ever since his father almost killed him when he found out Elliott was gay. He’s a super shy nerdy type with a huge heart and a lot of love to give. Thankfully, he finds that in Hunter, who was just the right person for Elliott, since Hunter’s family basically disowned him after his trouble with the law. So, these guys made up their own little family with each other, Elliott’s awesome granny, and eventually, Elliott’s mom.
I enjoyed the dual point of view in this story and thought that was well done. It didn’t have oodles of angst, despite the potential given the backgrounds of these two. It ended up being a really sweet story of second chances where each person brought something to the relationship that made that possible. I would definitely read something else by these two authors again in the future.
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*