REVIEWED BY CINDY
TITLE: Broken, Collared and Ready for Revenge
SERIES: The Gentlemen Brothers Book 3
AUTHOR: James Cox
PUBLISHER: Evernight Publishing
LENGTH: 94 Pages
RELEASE DATE: August 18, 2016
When the collar comes off, all that’s left is a broken man…
Alexander Gentleman has spent fifteen years being beaten into submission and tortured beyond anything a human should survive. He’s fractured around the edges when his brothers finally save him. With the help of “One Nut” Nigel, the collar is removed. He’s starting to remember the faces of those he’s killed and fighting the urge to murder everyone around him. But the one who put that clockwork device on him is still on the loose. With the help of Nigel, he tries to be integrated into a society he no longer understands.
Can he control himself long enough to get his revenge? Will Nigel be his savior or will Alexander embrace his darker side?
When I took this book, I had no idea it was part of a series but in the end, it mattered very little. I’m sure reading the other books would have added some clarification on some of the details, but this book was excellent on its own. I will be looking for the other books in the series though…because I’m an addict. I’m not usually a big steam punk fan, but that was another detail I’d missed when I picked it up and I’m glad I did, because I probably wouldn’t have given this book a chance if I’d realised.
Alexander is a broken man who was ripped from his brother’s arms when he was a young boy and thrown into this worlds version of hell. Many years have passed and there is very little of that boy left inside of the man who Alexander has become, but maybe with the right help, it will be enough to let him find his way back home.
Nigel is a good man who’s fighting to save his world. When he helps his friends rescue their long-lost brother, he has no idea of what it’s going to mean to him personally.
The author did an excellent job of portraying Alexander as someone who has to learn social niceties all over again, His conversations are awkward, mostly because he has no filters and says whatever is on his mind. But once he starts to remember who he was, he makes it his mission in life to protect the people he loves.
Nigel is a man who is intelligent and cautious. I was left with the impression of a man who doesn’t usually jump into things without thinking them through, but when he meets Alexander, all of that flies right out the window.
Alexander’s relationship with his brothers Logan and Joshua made me smile, both in the glimpses of their early years and again once Alexander has been found. They aren’t quite tender and sweet but there’s no doubt that they all love each other and are ready to do whatever is best for each other, even if it’s a horrible thing to contemplate.
James Cox has created a world that is well-developed and easy to imagine, and that helps carry us along on this wonderful journey.
I had a few moments where the style of language caused me to cringe at the beginning, but once my head adjusted to it just being that way that people are in this world, it added to the whole setting of the story. Some of the abuse alluded to in the story may be a little triggery for some but it’s completely in tune with the rest of the tale, so if you can work through those issues, it’s well worth it.
I have no problem recommending this story to anyone who’s looking for something different and interesting.