Broken Halo

Title: Broken Halo
Author: Michaela Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Janurary 30, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary/BDSM
Page Count: 236
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Micah Ellis is an affluent businessman, comfortable in his life and work, as long as nothing happens to shake up his routine. Which is exactly what one Devon Mallory does, with his bright blue eyes and dirty skin and the forceful personality that’s everything Micah desperately needs but is too afraid to ask for.

Micah and Devon enter into a Dom/sub relationship and navigate the world of BDSM and Micah’s crippling insecurities as they gradually fall in love. But Micah’s past is coming back to haunt him, and they must face it together—and that means learning acceptance and discovering that they both deserve love their way and on their own merits.

Broken Halo is the story of the sweet, selfless Devon who runs his own auto repair shop and the neurotic Micah who suffers from intense anxiety, OCD and crippling low self-esteem. They meet at Devon’s shop and the relationship is full speed ahead.

What you need to know going in

  • Insta-love happens for Devon. It’s a little slower for Micha, but Devon falls head-over-heels after the first date.
  • Devon is book-boyfriend material. The sweetest man who treats Micha like gold.
  • There is an annoying ex-boyfriend that hovers in the book. Creepy extraordinaire, and it is frustrating watching Micha let him manipulate him through most of the book.
  • Submitting to a Dom is how Micha quiets his anxiety so Devon becomes his Dom after reading BDSM material on the Internet.
  • The sex scenes were hot as fire.
  • It is hard to watch Micha constantly put himself down. He’s not attractive enough, successful enough and he believes he doesn’t have anything to offer Devon long-term.
  • There is a long breakup in here.
  • Devon forgave Micha right away.
  • This cover is probably the oddest cover I’ve even seen on a M/M romance novel.

Devon Mallory

My responses

  • Insta-love usually doesn’t work for me outside of Shifter books, but I bought it here.
  • #TeamDevon
  • Too much of the ex. And watching Micha be all clueless about the whole manipulation was ridiculous.
  • Internet research is not a good start to safe/sane/consensual scenes.
  • 5 flames of sex hotness!
  • Low self-esteem is a plot line that bores me.
  • Breakups are good. I love the makeups. Months long breakups make me weep.
  • Devon turned into a doormat in the end by forgiving Micha so quickly.
  • The sea creature on the cover (I initially thought it was an underwater explorer rover!) is a manta ray. The book explains why manta rays are important to Devon and Micha, but I still think it’s unattractive and would benefit from something more romance-y.

I didn’t dislike this book, but there are enough flaws in it for me to only recommend it to hardcore BDSM fans. It delivers the goods you like!

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