Visibly Broken

Visibly Broken

by Chelsea Camaron, MJ Fields

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In a powerful, smoldering novel from the bestselling authors of the Caldwell Brothers series (“Bad boy heroes to die for!”—Tracy Wolff), two tortured souls team up to overcome the past, finding the courage to heal . . . and to love.

Jason “Cobra” Stanley was born to fight. With a father like his, he had to toughen up just to survive. Now Cobra tries to take out all of his frustration, all of his anger, and all of his pain in the MMA cage. But after he receives one too many hits to the head during a match, the cycle of violence comes to a screeching halt. Cobra wakes up in the hospital, under the care of a nurse whose blond hair shines like a halo—and whose pure heart touches him on the deepest level.

Lorraine Bosch is a fighter too. The lone survivor of a chilling family tragedy, she prides herself on remaining professional, despite the chaos of the ER. But Cobra is the ultimate distraction. Lorraine knows she should run away screaming from his rippling muscles and shattered psyche. And yet how can she deny this broken man a second chance—especially since she knows exactly what he’s been through? Lorraine’s used to playing guardian angel. Now it’s her turn to find heaven in Cobra’s arms.

Praise for Visibly Broken

“When I go into a book hating the hero, and then by the end of the book love him, I know I have found an exceptional read. Visibly Broken is that read.”—Ryan Michele, author of the Ravage MC & Vipers Creed MC Series 

“Can you be the light to someone’s dark? Can a new start help kill the demons of the past? Chelsea Camaron and M.J. Fields deliver a TKO with this book. Cobra takes my breath away.”—S.M. Donaldson, author of the Marco’s MMA Boys Series 

“Chelsea Camaron and MJ Fields deliver another tormented, sizzling couple that grabs readers’ hearts and boils our desire.”—Rochelle’s Reviews

“I loved every second. . . . Thank you Chelsea Camaron and MJ Fields for telling Cobra and Lo’s story. Although heartbreaking as it was, it was well worth the read.”—Twinsie Talk

“Brilliant read.”—Best Book Boyfriends

“Wow. . . . I love being surprised and this story got me. The feels, the constantly being on edge, the need for more, the rawness of the main characters. Just wow!”—Once Upon an Alpha

“The epilogue was what got me. I was crying at the end.”—Life of a Crazy Mom
Visibly Broken is a gritty and raw romance with dark and dangerous undertones. . . . The romance is passionate and intense [with] two people caught up in the violence of an ugly and distressing world.”—The Reading Cafe

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101969205
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/20/2016
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 262,403
File size: 803 KB

About the Author

MJ Fields is the USA Today bestselling author of the Love, Wrapped, Burning Souls, Men of Steel, Ties of Steel, Rockers of Steel, and Norfolk series. A former small-business owner who recently became a full-time writer, Fields lives in central New York, surrounded by family and friends. Her house is full of pets, friends, and noise ninety percent of the time, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
USA Today bestselling author Chelsea Camaron grew up turning wrenches alongside her father, which just so happened to inspire her Love and Repair and The Hellions Ride series. When she’s not writing, you can find her playing with her kids, attending car shows, going on motorcycle rides on the back of her husband’s Harley, snuggling down with her new favorite book, or watching any movie that Vin Diesel might happen to be in. She lives in Louisiana with her husband and two children.

Read an Excerpt

Henry Ford Hospital emergency room has been extremely busy today. I swear it’s a full moon. It’s six o’clock, five hours after my shift was supposed to end, but there is no way I am getting out of here anytime soon.

All hope for leaving totally dies when a large, tanned man comes in through the ambulance entrance.

“I need some help here!” he yells, carrying the unconscious body of a barely dressed man who has been brutally beaten.

I grab the only spare gurney and rush down the hall toward them. Once he is on the bed, I yell for another nurse.
“He gonna be okay?” the man who brought him in asks.

“We will do everything we can. Have a seat in the waiting room. When we know something, we’ll let you know,” I tell him as we rush his friend to an examining room.

Later, when one of the staff goes out to the waiting room to give an update and try to get the patient’s name, the man who brought him in is long gone.

His injuries are pretty superficial, aside from the concussion. The bruising and cuts on his ribs and face are unbelievable. His hands are cut up, too.

When we cut his clothes off and I see the lean, ripped, muscular build of his tattooed and naked body, I am pretty sure my assumption about him is correct. He is a fighter. Not just a fighter, but an underground fighter. For a month now, we have seen an increase in patients coming in looking like this. From what I have been told, the fights always increase in the summer months.

Violence is senseless. At different times, it brings on different emotions from me: either fear or anger.

As I sit next to him, even with the assumption he is a fighter, I can’t help wondering if he isn’t a victim. Maybe he was out for a jog, and some random criminal jumped him. Maybe some person with no conscience or consideration for human life decided he didn’t deserve his. Then I become angry. I am angry someone hurt him.

As I carefully clean the blood from his wounds, I sigh and whisper, “You’re going to be okay. We’re going to make sure of it. You’re not alone.”

After he is cleaned up, stabilized, and all vitals are solid, I sit next to him, making good on the promise that he won’t be alone. The entire time, I tell him repeatedly that he will be okay.

After a while, his eyes begin to flutter and appear to be preparing to open. I quickly go out to the hall and grab a doctor.

I stand on the patient’s left and the doctor on his right when his eyes open for the first time and he groans.

“Do you know where you are?” Dr. Bennett asks him. He is my favorite doctor here. He is good with everyone and has a great bedside manner, which many seriously lack. We also have a close personal relationship since his son dated my sister.

“Hell,” he groans. “Kill the light.”

Dr. Bennett gives me a wink, then looks back at the patient. “Can I ask you a few questions?”

“Not right now,” he grumbles in a sleepy, deep rumble.

“Thank you for staying,” Dr. Bennett tells me. “Things have quieted down out there. You should take off; it’s way past the end of your shift.”

“You sure? I don’t mind,” I say, looking from Dr. Bennett to the patient.

I love my job. It is my reason to get up every day. I swear, if they let me, I would live at the hospital. Helping save lives, fix breaks, clean wounds, ease pain, and comforting those in need are what make me feel something other than tragedy. It’s odd, I suppose. Who finds comfort in crisis?

“Take off.” He nods to the door. “Get some sleep, because who the hell knows what we’re in for tomorrow.”

“I have the afternoon shift; I’ll be fine.” I can’t help looking at the patient, battered, beaten, but still breathing. There is no greater moment in my profession than when I see a patient’s eyes open, since in all reality, it’s never a given it will happen.

“Take off. I promise I can handle it,” Dr. Bennett jokes.

I walk into the nurses’ lounge and wash my hands before grabbing my purse and coat out of my locker. I make sure to fish my keys out before I leave the building.

I head out into the parking lot and make my way to my little white Ford Focus. It’s not yet dark, and I am grateful for that. If I hurry, I can be home before the sun goes down.

Twenty minutes later, in a suburb outside of Rock City, I pull down my street toward my house on a cul-de-sac in a once middle-class neighborhood where kids played in the streets until after dark, riding skateboards, playing basketball, riding bikes, or skipping rope.

Four years ago, that all changed. Now, as I drive slowly toward my two-story colonial, childhood home, I see security system signs in every yard, bars on windows, and no children playing outside. Yards are not immaculately landscaped anymore; there is debris in the gutters; and darkness seems to have settled over the house at the very end of the road.

I hit the garage door opener and race into the garage, quickly hitting the remote to close it behind me. I wait until it is completely closed, look around the well-lit garage, and see Boots, my gray cat with four white feet, sitting on the stairs, waiting for me.

I take a deep breath and get out, closing, then locking, the car door behind me.

“You happy to see me?” I ask as I stand in front of the entry door to the kitchen, allowing him to walk in a figure-eight pattern between my feet as he rubs against my legs. “That’s a fine welcome home, Sir Boots.”

I squat down and scratch under his chin, behind his ears, and then run my hand down his back a few times before standing up, grabbing the bat that sits by the door, and then punching in the code to unlock the house.
The lights automatically go on inside, and I take a deep breath and step in.

I scan the room as my heart beats against my chest, then close the door behind me. Without turning around, I lock the door, using the three dead bolts, and then punch in the code so that the security system’s call center knows I am in for the night.

I walk around the kitchen to make sure each window is locked before walking into the dining room, then across the hall to the family room, doing the same. I then peek my head in my parents’ old room, seeing the closet doors are wide open and empty, as is the room.

After checking all their windows, I check the bathroom, making sure to look behind the shower curtain. Everything looks good.

“Come on, Boots.” I call him to the bathroom.

He walks in and sits by the tub, licking his paws while I lock the door and dead-bolt it.

I undress fast, then start the shower. While waiting for it to heat up, I brush my teeth and wash my face. I use the toilet, close the lid, set a towel on top of it, and Boots jumps up and sits while I get in the shower.

I wash and condition my hair quickly, then shave my underarms and legs even more quickly. I scrub my body with a swiftness that I have grown accustomed to and am out of the shower in seven minutes flat. I then dress in the nightclothes I brought from my room this morning and towel off my hair before brushing it.

I take a deep breath, grab the bat, and unlock the door. I open it, holding my breath the entire time. When I walk out, I look ahead at the stairs. I hate the stairs, which is why the entire stairway is enclosed in plywood and secured with enough screws and nails that it would not go unnoticed if someone went up there without permission or a sledgehammer.

I grab an already prepared salad out of the fridge and a bottle of water. Then I look at the clock and start to feel anxiety rise. I grab another water bottle, knowing I need it for both of the cats’ water dishes.

“Come on, buddy,” I call to Boots as I walk to the doorway and punch in the code to the thick, steel door. As soon as I open it, Boots heads down the stairs, knowing the drill.

I step on the landing, close the door behind me, lock the three dead bolts, the chain lock, and the one on the doorknob, and then I walk down the stairs to the basement where Socks, Boots’s brother, is waiting for us.

“Hey there, did you have a good day?” I ask as he stretches his back, then his front paws, and stands.

I grab the keys next to the door to my room downstairs and unlock it. The lights automatically come on, and once Boots is inside, I lock it—all three dead bolts, two chain-link locks, the doorknob—and finally feel like I can breathe.

I set the food and water on the small table that also acts as my desk and look around my twelve by twelve bedroom. There are no windows and one thick, steel door. The walls are bare, I can’t look back on family pictures. I exist down here with just what we need to get by.

I bend down and pick up Socks. “We’re going to be okay. We’re going to make sure of it. We’re not alone.”

After a few minutes, I set him in the recliner near the bed with his brother and pick up the picture of my family. I run my finger over the frame, then the side of each of their cheeks and whisper, “I’m so sorry I was late.”

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Visibly Broken 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
JWright57 More than 1 year ago
Review 4.5 Star Review I love both of these authors and I love the Caldwell Brothers but this book is different it darker and at the start I didn't really like Jason very much but I grew found of him as I got into his story. This is about two people that are damaged can they help each other or will their past keep them apart When Jason and Lo meet they don't realise what is happening, they don't know just how much they need each other and neither of them are sure how to move forward and have a normal loving relationship. What I loved most about this book was watching the change in Jason and how both him and Lo really digged deep to prove that love is stronger than hate, that true love should always win. I loved this book but be warned there is abuse and murder in this story. I was given this book from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
By day, Jason “Cobra” Stanley is an abusive politician’s son. By night, he’s an MMA fighter. One night he receives a horrible blow to the head. When he wakes up in the hospital, he sees an angel. Lorraine Bosch is a trauma nurse. She loves her job, but she hates the phantom monsters that exist when she leaves the hospital. But she’s a survivor, just like Cobra. This book started out intense but interesting. I thought I could really get into it. Then a third character was introduced and one of the main characters has intimate scenes with them. This isn’t something I like to read about. It immediately turned me away from the book. If I had been forwarned I might have felt differently, but unfortunately it ruined the book for me. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
AngelaG_2012 More than 1 year ago
Lorraine Bosch has suffered a tragedy that not many can overcome. All she can think of making those responsible pay for their sins. She allows the demons of her past to consume her present, and didn’t expect that she would be attracted to someone with their own demons. Being a nurse allows her to aid people, but can she overcome her own demons and be with a man that makes her think of a future? Rage and pain. That is Jason Stanley, or Cobra to those who know him, life. Fighting is his outlet from the pain and the shame that his toxic relationship with his girlfriend brings him. However, something about Lorraine gets him and he decides that is finally time to end the toxic in his life. However, Lorraine has her own brand of toxic, but Cobra still see’s something that intrigues him and makes him think that he can help this broken woman to find a way to get rid of her own toxic, even if it calls for some tough love. Two people who are broken in different ways. Two hearts that have known pain. Can both overcome their past to be able to obtain a future? Or will the past rear its head and destroy their chance to mend their broken pieces and find a happiness that they didn’t’ know they were looking for? This is a very moving story with some really complex characters. Lorraine just doesn’t feel the pain of her past, she has created a prison around herself and her way of functioning allows her past to stay alive inside of her. I will admit that I was very confused by Lorraine in the beginning of the story and what was going on in the story. But the further the reader goes, the more the mystery unravels and the more the reader will see the depths of pain that Lorraine has, and the way that she has allowed her past to haunt her. I also fell a little in love with the concept of Cobra’s character. He definitely has a dangerous side that readers of the Caldwell Brothers series will know of. I didn’t want to like him in the beginning. He and his current girlfriend have a very bad relationship, but meeting Lorraine is the start of him opening his eyes and getting rid of the toxic that he continues to allow to happen. This is a story of the redemption of two broken souls in a good way. There is danger and betrayal on various fronts, but both Lorraine and Cobra dig deep and show that love really is stronger than hate. This is definitely a recommended read. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
micharch More than 1 year ago
Jason and Lorraine ("Lo") see each other for the first time when he receives medical treatment in the ER where Lo works. Jason was injured doing his side hobby (underground fighting). When Jason sees Lo he is intrigued and is drawn to her. Lo has some serious issues and throughout this book we learn just how deep they go. Jason has his own demons and both of them solely are quite damaged. When Jason sees how deep Lo's issues are, he knows he has a fight on his hand to get her head on straight. She did do some bizarre things and some of what she did was hard to take. Jason tries to make improvements in his life and sets about getting rid of those toxic things. Neither one of them was really in a condition to be in a healthy relationship, but together they made it work. Jason did struggle at times to treat Lo in any manner other than a caveman. Jason was hard for me to like and connect with. He claimed he needed to let the Cobra out and strike against others to get rid of his pent up rage. That didn't really work for me at times and I found Lo equally confusing. I liked the book, but the plot twist didn't make a whole lot of sense to me and I was struggling to find it believable. Was it was nice to see closure, I was left wondering about how that would really work in real life. The reason for the cover-up was too far-fetched for me. The ending was nice and did encompass this couple perfectly. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley for an honest review.
belllla More than 1 year ago
4.5stars Visibly broken is part of the Caldwell Brothers series although in these book we read about the Cobra-Jason, in a way enemy of Caldwell Brothers. It is very good written book with interesting characters, plot and love story. For me it is soo better than the previous of Caldwell Brothers book. I didn’t like Jason in particular he was a special kind of person i couldn’t fall in love with him because I just didn’t feel like we are at the same level. But he got grow to my heart toward end of the book because he show a whole another face. Lorraine is a story for itself and I liked her and I admire her because a lot have happened in her life and she was brave to overcome it. Their love is so unique their relationship even more. And everything does happen with reason if it weren’t they would never met and fall in love. I love unpredictable events in the story and how did the author used twins names like Hi and Lo. Good book!!!! *ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
ClosetBookJunkie More than 1 year ago
What a fabulous story!! Two horribly broken people defeated by their past, struggling to gain strength from each other's love.... Jason "Cobra" is the educated, hard-working son of a local politician by day and by night, he is Cobra taking out his aggression in the MMA cage for the childhood he fought to survive. Lorraine (Lo) is carrying the heavy scars of loosing her mother, father and twin sister in a horrendous attack that left Lo struggling to clearly see wrong and right. These two find each other in the midst of all of this and learn, grow and gain strength from each other. Finally finding the one person that understands you and lives to help you make it through is priceless and while these two struggled through a ton of bad history to get here, they found something perfect for them and the answers to all their unanswered questions. HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommended book!!
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
This book starts off with the volatile and violent relationship between "Cobra" and Missy, his live in girlfriend. Missy is antagonistic at best and gets off on goading Jason into physical violence. Should be said that he grew up in a violent home, his father was extremely abusive with him. His best friend does talk to him about the toxic relationship and Jason isn't hearing him initially. He channels him violent behavior in a couple of ways, primarily illegal MMA fights and then the occasional visit to a BDSM club. After a fight gone very wrong he wakes up in a hospital seeing what he calls his angel, here we meet Lorraine or Lo as she is known. Lo is a nurse in the ER, she tends to Jason's injuries and in her he see's something different. A light in his darkness. Listening to his friend he breaks it off promptly with Missy, of course not without a fight on her end. Literally. He begins to take an interest in Lo. He finds out where she lives, follows her and is intrigued by this woman and her unusual behavior. Lo is fighting her own serious demons, she is the lone survivor of the brutal deaths of her parents and twin sister. She's hell bent of revenge. She's got a list and she methodically is narrowing down her suspects. When Jason follows her to a BDSM club one night or what he thinks is her, she is there following one of her suspects. She's never been to a club before. There she and Jason have their first sexual encounter and well.... just sayin'. Circumstances again bring him to her house and when he sees how she is living, he decides for her, that this is enough and he moves her out. No choice on her part. Reading the book, you'll understand why. No spoilers here... it's a little hard at this point of the story to review because of that. I'll say that she begins to feel comfortable with Jason and in part the outside world. She continues her work at the hospital and also there in Dr Bennett, he and his family were close to hers and she lived with them for a while after losing her family. He's concerned about her relationship with Jason, knowing him and his father and add to the mix is Bennett's son Ryan who is a jack hat to the nth. You can see he is, has been and will be a problem for Lo. But in what way and how? This story was a quick read, I think for what is was, the characters were as transparent as they could be, they were totally fleshed out in few words and that seems to be a gift of MJ and CC. While the storyline takes some twists and turns, they are easy to follow. When the proverbial sh** hits the fan, that too will catch you off guard. This book was well written. This is not my normal read, at all. It drew me in because of the authors. It is a good read and I recommend it for fans of MJ and CC and a glimpse into the world of violence begets violence and how two people worked to try to overcome their dark past. **arc from NetGalley and publisher** in exchange for an honest review.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
An unconventional love story that brings together two tortured souls who ultimately bring healing to each other. This is a dark and gritty, dirty, sexy, take no prisoners story not everyone will like. Jason and Lo were made for each other. **Received this from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars--VISIBLY BROKEN co-authored by Chelsea Camaron and MJ Fields is a stand alone, contemporary adult, dark erotic romance story line focusing on MMA underground fighter Jason ‘Cobra’ Stanley, and nurse Lorraine ‘Lo’ Bosch. VISIBLY BROKEN is a spin off from the authors’ CALDWELL BROTHERS series with cameo appearances by Jagger Caldwell and the love of his life Tatiana Rand. You do not have to have read the previous series to understand the current story line. We were first introduced to Jason in JAGGER. NOTE: VISIBLY BROKEN contains graphic scenarios of abuse, violence and murder, and therefore, may be triggers for some sensitive readers. Told from dual first person perspectives (Lorraine and Jason) VISIBLY BROKEN focuses on the resulting damage and after affects of violence and abuse. Jason Stanley is an MMA fighter who ‘needs’ the arena to work off the violence that has controlled most of his life. Lorraine Bosch is a nurse, who despite the atrocities she deals with every day in the ER is unable to move on with her life since the violence that shattered her existence two years earlier. Meeting Jason Stanley on the job finds our heroine caught between the subsistence that marks the h*ll in which she continues to live; a need for vengeance against those who obliterated her world, and the pull of a man who could destroy her entire life. What ensues is the building relationship between Jason and Lo, and the ongoing need for betrayal and revenge. Jason Stanley grew up in an abusive household; a father whose political aspirations and need to control were marked by power and abuse. Jason believes himself to be a monster- the product of a lifetime of violence and regret. Lorraine Bosche is barely existing in a world dominated by the past; a past that continues to surface every time she goes through the front doors of the family home. The relationship between Lo and Jason is intense; Jason’s need to protect Lorraine Bosch comes at a time when his previous relationship has all but destroyed his heart and his soul- a co-dependent, physically aggressive, abusive and toxic relationship that will have some readers squeamish with the domestic violence. I have noted the triggers earlier in my review but I want to reiterate that the relationship between Jason and Missy is volatile and the reader is up close and personal in the first few chapters. The graphic $ex scenes are dramatic, energetic and sometimes angry, but our heroine is NEVER the victim or recipient of Jason’s mercurial temper. Lorraine Bosch is able to soothe the monster within. There are a number of secondary and supporting characters including Jason’s ex Missy- a violent piece of work who pushes our hero one too many times; Jason’s ‘right hand man’ and sparring partner Brock; and Jason’s father Mayor James Stanley whose reputation is dirty and hard. We are introduced to Dr. Bennett, his son Ryan, and his step-daughter Rochelle. Lorraine’s history and past are connected directly to the Bennett family- a family that our heroine once considered her own. VISIBLY BROKEN is a gritty and raw romance with dark and dangerous undertones. The premise is disturbing, controversial and dramatic; the characters are broken, colorful and charismatic; the romance is passionate and intense- a bit of insta lust/love between two people caught up in the violence of an ugly and distressing world.
EllenAnderson More than 1 year ago
There are some characters that you just don't think there is anyway that there is anything remotely redeemable about them. Jason (Cobra) Stanley was one of those characters to me. Somehow the talented gift of these authors were able to do the impossible and not only make Jason redeemable, but pretty much loveable. For someone who has gone through the life he has, to turn around and not only pull himself out, but someone else as well, made for a remarkable storyline. This gets a full five stars from me.
Misty_W More than 1 year ago
Visibly Broken is the followup book to Jagger. We met Jason "Cobra" Caldwell in Jagger's book and while they don't get along he has a friendship with Tatiana. Jagger dated Missy before Jason and they were each others kryptonite, she would push and push until he would be abusive. He hated that about himself. With Tatiana's push, he ends it with Missy. After a brutal underground fight, where he got his a** kicked, Jason ends up in the hospital under the care of a nurse, Lorraine (Lo) Bosch, who he begins referring to as angel. Jason, is not a good guy and he tells Lo that upfront, but with every intention of remaining professional she ends up falling for Jason. Lo has a difficult past that she tries to keep hidden, shes trying to track down the person that killed her family. Lo constantly puts herself at risk and plans on taking care of that person(s), because she doesn't believe the cops will take care of it. From their point of view, the case has already been closed, they have their killer. She knows that's not true and tried to tell them, so she takes matters into her own hands. Jason figures that out and decides to figure out who the killer is, but after research he discovers maybe she has the wrong suspects. Its someone she never considered. I was glad these two got their happy ending, with Jason investigating his father, and after her kidnapping they both decide to let their pasts go and start over. I liked how the authors brought their new beginning into play, and it brought even more happiness into their lives. They both deserved it. I wish we could give half star ratings, I would give this book 3.5 stars. Received ARC in exchange for honest review from NetGalley
DannyJeffbooks More than 1 year ago
We previously met Cobra/Jason in the Jagger Caldwell's book (this is a S/A book)and he was really quite a vile character but I love reading about darker characters and seeing how or if they are able to be redeemed. What we find from Visibly Broken is how we really are a product of circumstance and upbringing. While this doesn't justify someone's behaviour, it does certainly explain behaviour and from this I certainly felt an element of empathy towards both Jason and Lorraine. Visibly Broken wasn't a heart and flowers romance but it was a gritty and hopeful romance story. I really liked how this story had a different flavour to the norm. Surprisingly, I really felt everything from Jason's side of things but I did somewhat struggle to connect to Lorraine's character. It was an enjoyable story and the suspense element of the book was interesting, engrossing and really enjoyable. While this wasn't my favourite book in this series, I still enjoyed it and thought it was a good read. I was gifted a copy of this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
DannyJeffbooks More than 1 year ago
We previously met Cobra/Jason in the Jagger Caldwell's book (this is a S/A book)and he was really quite a vile character but I love reading about darker characters and seeing how or if they are able to be redeemed. What we find from Visibly Broken is how we really are a product of circumstance and upbringing. While this doesn't justify someone's behaviour, it does certainly explain behaviour and from this I certainly felt an element of empathy towards both Jason and Lorraine. Visibly Broken wasn't a heart and flowers romance but it was a gritty and hopeful romance story. I really liked how this story had a different flavour to the norm. Surprisingly, I really felt everything from Jason's side of things but I did somewhat struggle to connect to Lorraine's character. It was an enjoyable story and the suspense element of the book was interesting, engrossing and really enjoyable. While this wasn't my favourite book in this series, I still enjoyed it and thought it was a good read. I was gifted a copy of this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Wow this one had all kinds of messed up stuff going on. Jason “Cobra” Stanley was not a nice man. His father messed with his head his whole life forming him into the hardened angry man he is now. The only person who has ever gotten to him is in love with another man. So he throws his anger into the ring at underground MMA fights until one night one hard punch lands him in the hospital. That's were he meets his angel. The last thing Lorraine Bosch needs in her life is a man as messed up as Jason Stanley. She has a houseful of demons she's fighting herself. The two together seem to be just what the other needs to heal. Could it be that these two broken people can find the peace and love they both desperately need? Definitely not your light fluffy romance. It's gritty, raw, and dirty but in a strange twisted way it feels real. I would recommend this one to everyone who enjoys their romance on the dark side!
MBurton More than 1 year ago
When I saw that this book was about Jason, who we learned about in Jagger's story, I was glad to see he was going to get his HEA. We learned he had an abusive father growing up and that he was stepping into his fathers shoes. I really wanted to see him heal and become the better man with the love of his life. We do get that in this story, but not before we get an up close picture of his volatile relationship with Missy. This book could be a trigger. I've never read a book where the H was being abusive. In the past yes, but not in the present. I have to say, it made it hard to want to read this story at first. The girl he was abusive too, was just as abusive to him and their relationship was very toxic. It doesn't make it better or right, just not an easy thing to read about. I give props to the authors for taking on such a sensitive subject. It will definately cause some controversy. The good thing is he splits with Missy in the beginning so we don't have to read this violent relationship for long before he meets the woman who helps him heal, however, she had a lot of issues herself. I admit, I'm a bit conflicted with how I feel about this book because of Jason's abuse against his ex but I can say, the authors did redeem him to me by the end of the story. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.