Friday, May 14, 2010

Review & Giveaway - Broken Bones, Mended Hearts by William Cooper

William Cooper
Broken Bones, Mended Hearts

Dreamspinner Press - May 19, 2010 - 42 pages - ISBN 9781615814596 - $ 2.99

Genre & Keywords
: Contemporary, M/M

Rating: êêê½ - êêêê
Heat level:

I received an ARC from the author for this review

When Noah wakes up in the hospital, he's relieved to see his best friend Mark at his side. Mark's always been there for him—ever since a school bully tried to steal Noah's lunch money. Is it too much for Noah to hope that Mark will want to be a more permanent part of his life?

This is a short story (42p) so I try to keep this review short too, because I don’t want to spoil your reading pleasure by telling too much about the plot.
What I definitely want to share is that I read this story with a smile on my face from the first page to the last. Don’t expect your heart to be wrung, because this is not that kind of romance, it’s a nice, angst free read. Something you don’t always expect in a GFY (Gay For You) themed story – Noah is gay and his best friend Mark is straight, or so he thought. Until Mark has to take care of Noah, after Noah wakes up in the hospital with broken limbs.
I loved about Broken Bones, Mended Hearts that the guys, or boys if you want, are carefree and uncomplicated. I thought that was rather refreshing. Noah and Mark have a cute relationship that evolves from friendship into love. And Mr. Cooper does get you there in an unexpected way.
The story is told from Noah’s point of view (first person), which makes you feel connected with him. But at the same time I loved Mark, who is the best friend in the world, and whose open mindedness is appealing. Both protags seem rather young – they’re still in college – which adds to their cuteness and makes their relationship sweet and endearing. Hence the never disappearing smile on my face.
Besides these two main characters this story has a bunch of secondary ones, all part of Noah’s family. Their presence made the plot a bit overcrowded but they, like Mark and Noah, almost instantly felt like real people too, which caused me to long for more tales about this couple and their loved ones. Maybe we can get a sequel, Mr. Cooper? And maybe one with more pages so we can enjoy Noah and Mark even more? Because I would really like to learn more about their feelings for each other. I also would like to know if they’ll stay together and how their explorations in the smexing department go from here. And about that… I wouldn’t mind if the sexy scenes got a wee bit more explicit. We girls love that about m/m romance… *ahum*… or is that just me?

William Cooper's website
Buy the book here
Read an excerpt here

Broken Bones, Mended Hearts on Goodreads



William Cooper has generously offered an ebook copy of Broken Bones, Mended Hearts for giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. I much appreciate it when you follow my blog (via Google connect in my sidebar), but I leave that up to you. :)

Giveaway is open to everyone, I will announce the winner on May 19, the release day for Broken Bones, Mended Hearts. So be sure to leave your comment before that.

Good luck to you all!


BTW My friend Chris @ Stumbling over Chaos is also hosting a contest for Broken Bones, Mended Hearts that ends May 18.


  1. I'd love to have a go, thanks! :)) Anne B

  2. You're a naughty girl Janna. :-)

    Count me in, Chris also enjoyed it so two positive reviews says good things.

  3. Sounds good. Count me in please. :)

  4. OH wow... what a review and a nice little giveaway!
    And girl you are something else... "We girls love that about m/m romance… *ahum*… or is that just me?" No, it is not just you, lol!!!
    Count me in! =)
    I hope you have a wonderful day/night and a great weekend!

  5. I'm not entering the contest, but I did just add it to linkity. :)

  6. @Anne: You're in. :) Great to see you here! You're happen to be 'starring' in my next post ;)

    @Tam: Naughty? Me? *bats lashes*
    You're counted :)

    @Lily: It does, doesn't it? You're in too! :)

    @Cecile: LOL! I new you would be in my team, hon! :D
    I hope you have a great Friday and weekend too!!!

    @Chris: Aw, thanks for that! :)

  7. Great review. It certainly made me want to read the story. Definitely count me in on this. Thanks.

    forwhlz at gmail dot com

  8. @Sandy: Thanks, that's so nice to hear! :) And you're in!

  9. haha I love teasing bf with your site, way too much men on it for him to be comfortable ;=)

    Anyway no need to enter me, me and ebooks, not a match right now

  10. Count me in please. I love m/m romances...

  11. @Blodeuedd: LOL! *waves to B's bf*
    I won't enter you then ;)

    @s7anna: Hey girl, you're in! :D

  12. Count me in please!

    lucybeugelingramos at gmail dot com

  13. @Lucy: Thanks for stopping by! :) You're in.

  14. Since both you and Chris speak so well about this story I definitely am hoping to win a copy.

    And no, you're not the only one that likes steamy reads.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  15. This book sounds good. It's a great introduction to William Cooper's works.

    I'm a follower via GFC.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  16. I'd love to have a chance to win this book. It seems like it will be a great read.

  17. @joder, booklover0226 & Beth: You're all in! :D And I'm glad I'm not the only one, joder! ;)

  18. First time here! Count me in!

  19. @Riya: Nice to see you here too, Riya! You're in. :)

    The contest is closed now. I'll hop over to in a minute and announce the winner in a new blogpost.


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