#Review — Broken Bastard (Broken) #1 by A.L. Simpson — Available on Kindle Unlimited!
Title: Broken Bastard
Series: Broken - Book One
Author: A.L. Simpson
Publisher: A.L. Simpson
Publication Date: February 26, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, MM
Cover Artist: A.L. Simpson
Page Count: 176
My name is Tyler Maxwell Alexander. I'm twenty-eight years old. A few months ago, I had it all.
An executive job in a prestigious investment firm owned by my father. Ha! Yeah, right - father. I'll explain about that later. I lived in a waterfront apartment overlooking the harbor and drove a Mercedes convertible. Then, in the blink of an eye, it was gone.
All of it.
Everything, except the fucking clothes on my back. I was broken. A bastard. Did I mention, I'm gay? No? Oh well, I have now.
This is the story of how my fairytale life turned to shit in the blink of an eye.......
Joshua Alexander barges into my office, no polite knock at the door, no excuse me, how's your day? He glares at the files strewn on my desk before training his angry gaze onto me. "Pope file, now."
I rummage through the pile, locate the Pope investment file, and thrust it in my father's direction. He snatches it from me and turns to leave.
"They won't stay. We can't offer them the return the Phillips can. He said he would leave half with me but that's it."
Dad swings around and pins me with narrowed eyes. "Thinking like that will get you fucking nowhere in this business. Half is not good enough. Samuel won't take no for an answer, he'll demand they keep it all with us." He storms from my office and I can't resist giving him the bird behind his back. Yeah, real mature I know.
Samuel is my brother, three years younger than my twenty-six years and mom and dad's golden child. Literally. While I have hair as black as coal and pale gray eyes, my brother is surfie blonde with clear ice blue eyes. The image of my father. I'm tall at six feet seven inches, he is average at five feet eleven inches. My body is hard with washboard abs I work hard to keep. Samuels is soft with a little too much fat around the middle. In looks we are poles apart. In temperament, we are planets apart.
I'm easy going, slow to anger. A loner and a little on the shy side. Samuel is a mean motherfucker like our dad and has a deadly short fuse. Fuck, his temper could blow you into outer space. Brothers we might be, friends, we are not. Hell, we don't even like each other, can't even stand to be in the same room together most of the time.
We all work downtown at Alexander's Investment Corporation. It was my grandfather's business, handed down to my father. One day, being the eldest son, it will be mine.
When I finally take control, if there is a business left to take control of, changes will be made. We miss out on, and are losing, accounts because of dad's and Samuel's greed. Our commission is one of the highest in the city. As I said - greed. The only thing keeping most accounts with us, and the business afloat, is loyalty to my father. God only knows why! We also have a high success rate in recommendations. Or should I say, I have a high success rate. Not to blow my own trumpet but, Dad and Samuel are shit when it comes to selecting successful investments. They don't study the market and make snap decisions which usually backfire. Big time.
Tyler Alexander had it all and in the blink of an eye...gone! Broken Bastard will take you on an emotional roller coaster. His father hates him, his brother hates him, and there's no love lost between them.
Tyler only gets through each day knowing that one day the family-owned company will belong to him—when that day comes—then he can run it the way he wants. No one in his family knows he's gay because they would go ballistic and disown him. Unfortunately, his secrets aren't quite as secret as he thought.
In one day, Tyler learns that he has lost everything. He has no family, no one he can trust, and no one who believes him. He is in a terrible situation with no end in sight. He is stripped, literally, of everything and doesn't know how—or if—he wants to go on living.
I don't want to go into much of the story because what happens is a major turning point in the story and the reader should get to experience it for themselves. So, I'm being vague. I will say that Tyler was completely gob-smacked and I was right there with him.
Under his current circumstances, he meets Bailey, a man in a similar situation who gives him guidance but more than anything he gives him hope. Their time together is cut short but they have an instant connection that will ultimately be the strength and love needed to support Tyler through his long journey back.
The book cover shows he's behind bars so be aware of trigger warnings as there are a couple scenes of graphic violence. Broken Bastard was very emotional in a lot of places as the author really puts Tyler through the ringer. You could feel the character's pain and despair—his fear like it was real. The author tapped into the emotions of the character and relayed that well on the page.
With that said, there are also places that were unbelievable, or maybe far-fetched for story emphasis, and I had to suspend my disbelief, at times—plus, there's a bad case of insta-love that 9 out of 10 times will throw me out of a story, but... put that aside, and it is a very touching and moving story that I wanted to continue reading and see the conclusion.
The story closes with a well-deserved happy ever after for Tyler and Bailey—and more tearful moments—but ones that were brought on from happiness instead of sorrow. Overall, aside from the issues mentioned, I did enjoy the story.
* Thank you to LoveBound Promotions for providing my copy in exchange for an honest review *
meet the author
I have always loved to write and have a vivid and overactive imagination.
In my spare time, when I’m not writing, I love to walk, read and shop.
I believe no mountain is too hard to climb, no river is too wide to span and no journey is too difficult to complete. I follow my dreams and I urge and encourage others to do the same.
With a positive attitude, the impossible can become possible.
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