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“I would never forgive myself if something happened to another man I cared about because I’d been careless and given in to temptation.” ~ Zander The last thing I was looking for was a relationship, then I laid eyes on a dancer at a nightclub and my entire world was flipped upside down. Kai is everything I’ve ever wanted, but shouldn’t have. I’m haunted by a past I can’t se“I would never forgive myself if something happened to another man I cared about because I’d been careless and given in to temptation.” ~ Zander The last thing I was looking for was a relationship, then I laid eyes on a dancer at a nightclub and my entire world was flipped upside down. Kai is everything I’ve ever wanted, but shouldn’t have. I’m haunted by a past I can’t seem to break free from, and I’m not sure I can be the man Kai deserves. He makes me want to try, but I worry that I’m broken beyond repair. “There was already a big enough stigma attached to being a go-go dancer, but add being a webcam model to the mix and people tended to assume things about me.” ~ Kai School, dance, cam, repeat. My life was on a constant loop as I struggled to keep my head above water. After seeing Zander in the crowd while I was dancing, I knew I had to meet the handsome stranger who took my breath away. I don’t know if I’m the right man to help set him free from his pain, but I’m going to do everything I can to try and help him see that the past doesn’t have to define his future. *This is Book 3 of The Den Boys series, but can be read as a standalone. No cheating, no cliffhangers, and trigger warnings are listed in the book before the table of contents. *This 74,000 word book is intended for an 18+ audience. It is a story of male/male romance and love. There are graphic depictions of man parts doing naughty and sexy things, so please be sure this is the kind of book for you before reading. ...

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Breaking Free Reviews

  • Emily Seelye
    2019-02-22 17:53

    My favorite of the series!Great story about learning to live and love again after loss. Zander is the night manager at The Den. After losing his partner, he swears he’ll never love again. On a night out to celebrate Blaze’s marriage he falls into lust with one of the go-go dancers and takes him home. A one night stand quickly turns into more when he feels something for another person for the first time in 6 years. I love how Kai is patient and willing to date w/o sex, but pushes Zander when he seems to be holding back. Recommended *ARC provided by author

  • NeRdyWYRM
    2019-03-19 20:58

    Most BestestThis whole series has caught me by surprise. The angst remains low-key and the characters are very believable.In this installment, we get to see Zander's story. The big, protective guy we got a peek of here and there in the first couple of books gets his time to shine here. I wondered what his story was, since he seemed so reserved all the time, and now that I know I kind of wish I didn't. It's some seriously sad shit.I absolutely loved Skylar/Kai. He was unapologetic about who he was, what he did, and he went after what he wanted. He was strong, and astute, and had a freaking adorable personality to boot. He and Zander were perfect for each other.There were some bumps in the road, sure, but no OTT craziness to speak of. These guys communicated after a little bit of a hiccup in the beginning and worked on their relationship. What a concept!I'm duly impressed with this author's reinterpretation of some fairly common themes. Rather than being predictable or formulaic, what you get with this series and this book is the road less traveled, and it is:It's not all rainbows and unicorns, no worries! There are a few niggles. It could be a little more polished. I get the sense that maybe the author is just catching their stride here ... these titles are getting progressively better, and quickly. I can see the positive changes from book 1 to now, so I have no doubt things will continue to improve. Given that the writing didn't start off at anything resembling an extreme disadvantage, I'm excited to see any further growth.Sometimes the pacing is erratic; it's occasionally too rushed in some areas and almost meandering in others. And although I'm enjoying (immensely) the low-angst reads, in the world these guys live in things are almost tooeasy. I know that's a little contradictory given what I said about the themes vs plotlines being refreshingly 'outside of the box' but I think kicking things up a half a notch would make the series more believable over the long term chronologically speaking. Even if there was just a single continuous thread running through the series, something that plagued the group as a whole across the series, that would make these 5 star reads. I think it's a classic divergence of standalone vs continuity. While these are fantastic in that they can be read separately, I think they'd be better with an overarching theme.Maybe I'm on crack (not!) or maybe I'm tired (always!) but I'm standing by what I've said here. I realize I'm a bit of an outlier amongst other reviewers of this title who fell more in the 'average' range, but these books—this one in particular—really appealed to me. Is it earthshattering? No. But it's been a week since I read it and I've forgotten very few of the details. That is not common with my brain (TBI) and nor is it the norm considering the number of books I read every week. The fact that it's sticking with me so easily means it resonated as an overall fantastic read.I'm excited to see what comes next. I recommend this book for anyone who wants a relatively stress-free read with well-developed characters and relative real-world authenticity.Review cross-posted at:More reviews by NeRdyWYRM can be found on Goodreads here.Images (when present) may be subject to copyright.An ARC copy of this title was provided for an honest review.

  • Joyfully Jay
    2019-02-26 15:56

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4 starsBreaking Free adds a third book to The Den Boys series. I enjoy reading a series in order and having the connection when other storylines or characters are revisited. This book can mostly stand on its own as the storyline is new to the series, while still getting appearances from the other characters to keep the framework of the series intact.One of the strengths of this author is the chemistry she writes between characters and Zander and Kai are high on that scale. It’s one of those meetings where neither guy was supposed to be there, but when they see each other, it’s impossible for them to look away. It does not go into love at first sight territory, but it perfectly executes meeting someone and immediately wanting to take them home and Kai and Zander are electric from the start.The character descriptions and their surroundings are visual and well described and it’s easy to fall into the story and the setting. Zander carries a tremendous amount of guilt tied to losing his boyfriend. He has barely recovered from the trauma of it all and keeps people at a distance. There is a constant sadness pressing down on him and while he’s had many hookups over the years, he feels his penance should be to live a life alone.Kai is a bright spot in Zander’s otherwise dark world. Due to circumstances, he had to take a break from college and while he’s back in school currently, there is a family debt. Kai has no issue with working hard, but some days it’s all more than a little exhausting. He splits his time between go-go dancing, his solo webcam show, and school. What I liked about the way Brennan presented this was that nothing was a secret here and there was no shame. Zander meets Kai while he’s dancing so he learns about that right up front. While it does take him a longer to learn about the cam shows, the guys talk about it and it’s another part of Kai that turns Zander on.Read Michelle's review in its entirety here.

  • JustJen
    2019-03-18 23:03

    This is book 3 of this series about The Den, a bar where Zander works and where we have also met some of the other cast of characters in the previous books. While it is part of that series, I think this can easily be read on its own, though I recommend reading the other books as well.This is a sweet story about two guys, each with some baggage, but whom end up being exactly what the other needs to move on and be happy. Zander is still reeling after the loss of his fiance years ago to a gay bashing. Believing he was at fault for encouraging the out and proud behavior of his fiance, Zander is carrying around a boatload of guilt on top of the grief.Kai, aka Skylar, is a college student, who gogo dances and does live cam shows to pay for school, as well as the debt accumulated after his mother had cancer. He’s a determined young man, that’s for sure.These guys meet, have an instant connection and end up taking things further. Even though neither have the time or are actually looking for a relationship, they don’t pass up the opportunity, though they take things slow for a while. Both have their reasons for being cautious, and neither presses the other too much about their reasons.One of the things I really liked about these guys was that the things that are normally causing issues, i.e. the gogo dancing/cam show work, or Zander’s reluctance to show any kind of pda in public, don’t really cause too many here. They are dealt with in relatively short order. Kai’s professions were never an issue for Zander, and Kai was patient with Zander once he understood his reasons. And Zander’s friends are always there to back him up, even though he has held them at a somewhat distance.I also really enjoyed seeing the guys from the previous books and getting a glimpse of how well they are all doing. I’m not quite sure who the next story is about, as I didn’t read ahead on the teaser given. But whoever it is, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of this series.Review written for Love Bytes Reviews.

  • Carra
    2019-03-02 17:49

    Breaking Free really fits so well into this series of hurt/comfort M/M romances. Zander is broken after a terrible loss, and doesn’t want to get involved with anyone past a hookup—wrongly blaming himself for what’s happened in the past. Kai doesn’t have much time for anything but school and work thanks to his personal situation, so doesn’t really get involved with anyone either. But then they find each other.Zander and Kai are amazing together, full of passion and repeatedly drawn to one another. They’re the proverbial puzzle pieces fitting together, and I loved watching their relationship unfold in this story. Their intimate scenes are beyond hot, and the rest of the time they can get quite emotional—all without being overly sappy. I’m already a fan of this series after reading the first two books, and I loved getting to see the characters from those stories here as well. They all are so supportive of each other, making the guys from the bar all feel like one big family.There’s a touch of drama near the end thanks to one of Kai’s “fans”, and while this part of the plot is touched on several times throughout the story, the climactic scene for it actual is over rather quickly. Apart from that, the rest of the story focused on Zander and Kai’s developing relationship which while at first started off hot and furious, later evolved to a slower, more natural pace.I loved this latest addition to the Den Boys series, and Breaking Free was a 4.5-star read for me. It’s one I definitely recommend, particularly if you’re a fan of the M/M romance hurt/comfort trope. This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and toe-curling sexual content.

  • Angie
    2019-02-17 19:05

    I received a copy to read and review for Wicked ReadsI just love this series, this book was just as awesome as the other two. Kia and Zander are just yummy. I love these two together, they just work. Zander accepts Kia for who he is not what he does for a living and that is rare. These two have wicked hot sex but then they also build a relationship together. We get to see the characters from previous books which I love too since they all seem like old friends to me and they are all one big family. My only complaint with this book was the whole stalker thing was happening through the whole book and the BAM the last 9% everything is wrapped up with a nice little bow. It seemed rushed and an after thought even thought it was mentioned several times in the story. I can't wait for the next book and I can't wait to see what is next for all the characters from previous books.

  • Donna
    2019-03-09 22:54

    I should probably begin by letting other readers know that although Breaking Free is number three in the Den Boys series, it can be read as a standalone. The Den is a pub that functions as almost a rescue center for damaged LGBT folk. Each book in the series tells the story of one of the men employed by the pub, so while there is plenty of character cross over, not knowing the stories of the previous MCs didn’t take away from this book at all. Having said that, I have previously read book number one, and I do think that Breaking Free is even better.I like the way this author doesn’t pull any punches with her characters. Zander talks frankly about how he became so depressed he shoved a gun in his mouth and prepared to kill himself. And Kai is a GoGo dancer who also does cam shows – meaning he masturbates live on camera while people pay money to watch. Honestly, I expected his profession to cause problems between Kai and Zander. Most books I’ve read that feature a character who makes his living selling sex, treat the profession like it’s something to be ashamed of. And Kai does worry about Zander’s reaction given the way that people have reacted in the past. But while Kai’s only doing these jobs for the decent pay, he isn’t ashamed. He enjoys it, actually. And I appreciated the way the author chose to write Zander’s reaction to the discovery of what it is Kai does for a living.I remember the first book of this series being heavy on the sex, but while this book was also laden with sexy times, it definitely wasn’t too much. And I think a lot of that has to do with this author’s skill in writing a scorching sex scene. The sex is also used to further the “healing” of both characters. Kai, who is so open about sex, surprisingly has some issues relating to how men have treated him in the past. Zander, who reacted to grief with random hookups, is also cleverly shown to be working past his grief by the way the sex with Kai changes throughout the story.I think what I really like about this series is the way the characters actually talk to each other. While I know that storyline can sometimes work, I think that for the most part readers are over the big-misunderstanding-fueled-breakup schtick.Recommended for readers who like some steamy hurt comfort with a notable age gap thrown in for good measure.Reviewed for Love Bytes Reviewshttp://lovebytesreviews.com/2017/11/1...

  • Heather Martin
    2019-02-28 18:55

    *Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Signal Boost Promotions for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*Breaking Free is Book 3 in A.T. Brennan's The Den Boys series. The author states that this book can be read as a standalone, but don't do it! Honestly, read all of them! This series is terrific and it has recurring characters from the first book to this third book, and I think it's more enjoyable knowing the stories of the other couples. Even the supporting characters carry throughout the series, and you learn a little more about each of them throughout the series, so start at the beginning and read in the appropriate order!We'd met Zander in the previous books, and knew he was beautiful and about one night stands, but we didn't know his story. His story is sad, but not as crushing as the two previous books and that was a relief for me. He meets Kai and though he's only wanting one night, he can't seem to forget him. Kai is not what he appears at first glance. At first we just see Kai, the twink go-go dancer. Then there's Kai, the cam boy. Kai, the son. Kai, the college student. Kai, the best friend. Kai, the person being stalked. Kai had a lot going on in his life and we learn more about him throughout the story. He's smart, loyal, hard working and understanding. Kai goes home with Zander, and though he wants more than one night, he knows that's what Zander is offering. As much as Zander doesn't want to, he's drawn to Kai and can't walk away. I liked both of these characters and all the supporting characters. I loved the relationship and story about Kai and his mom. I thought that was fantastically written, and was a beautiful addition to a story. Even though Zander was the hard-playing bad-boy, once he found Kai, he quickly got his act together and moved on with accepting the loss of his first love. This really wasn't long or drawn out, which I appreciated. Zander's self chosen family was terrific and I loved seeing the couples from the previous stories continuing along with their HEA lives. I can't wait to read the next story, and I really hope the author doesn't shy away from giving Layla her HEA!I wish the story with the stalker had been handled better, though. There was a great lead-up to the conclusion with the stalker but it fizzled for me. There was the anticipation when Zander figured out what was happening, the rush to getting to Kai, the stalker confrontation, the good guys winning, the end. I just needed a little more from this storyline, a less abrupt ending with this storyline, something just a little more. Overall, I really enjoy this series and would highly recommend you check it out! And, if it matters to you, this series is available in Kindle Unlimited!

  • Cee Brown
    2019-03-11 18:51

    **).•.•*) .•*)(.• (.•`*Loved, loved, loved it!!!Ok, before I even get started, I just want to acknowledge the hunk on the front cover. The cover artist did an excellent job. Thank you.So, you know when you say this character or that couple is the best in the series. Ever??? Yeah well, you're welcome, cus I just found my favorite. I hope I don't have to eat my words (I am SOOO going to be eating my words, because A.T. Brennan is becoming a master on making lovable characters). There was so much romance and growth and made-me-think in this story that I kept honing for more, then checking to see how much more time I had before these men were ripped cruelly from me. "What had started as a one-night stand with a go-go dancer had morphed into a tentative relationship, and now it seemed determined to blossom into love."Take about pain. Talk about suffering. Talk about wanting the most but not knowing how to go about getting it. Both Kai and Zander had their issues, and I admired the way they thought about the approach before applying them civilly. Clinging to the memory of his dead partner, Zander never thought he would get close to another man again until Kai walked into his life. Then the rules changed for the both of them. And no matter how difficult it got for Kai, even with a stalker, he knew the fight was in himself, and he had to come out a winner. Life imitates art.The footprint of characterization was based on the author's imagination and hours and hours of research that went into making this book realistic from Kai's point of view, and I thank her for it. It is a given that I will be reading this book again, and look forward to the next installments already in the works. It is always good to have a series where the books feed off of the other, and one does not necessarily have to read backstories in order to know secondary characters. That is not to say if you have not discovered The Den Boys that you shouldn't be one clicking. Go on, I'll wait. I voluntarily and honestly reviewed this book without bias or persuasion from the author.

  • Jessica
    2019-02-18 19:47

    I won't say it's my new favorite. That would be disloyal to all the guys but it really is. Kai is your broken loner and Zander is your uber hot Cam guy! Not two things you would think would mesh but damn do they! SO hot and really so sweet at the core. You can tell the author has done the research for the subjects and aspects and not just spun a tale with how you think the "industry" works. Or the mental struggle both of these characters have to deal with. Some times it over done and so over the top and unbelievable in a bad way. Each of these guys have their hang ups and not so unusual ones but they don't play out or get resolved in a way you would assume. This is a pretty low angst book for having to deal with some major issues for both guys but you don't get that annoying I can tell where this is going feeling ever. Where some books would take the easy plot twist this one doesn't and it's all the better for it. The book resolves really well and you end the book feeling happy for these guys and refreshed instead of angst ridden. I also like the little look back and ground work the author did to lay the other guys into the story early on. It refreshes the memory for those who are following the series and those who are just picking up at this point it doesn't feel you missed out but whets your appetite to go get the previous books. So go get the first one and start there, you won't be disappointed!

  • Laurie
    2019-02-25 22:46

    The story of Zander and Kai is my favorite of the series, so far. The story telling, and the writing has gotten better with each story. The author takes damaged and scarred characters, making them feel real, then takes us along their journey to healing and their happy ever after. There is some angst here, some tears, some humor and a lot of pulling for the two of them to work their way through.Zander thought he’d lost the love of his life. And while he’s not drowning himself in a bottle, or taking every man that he can to bed, he’s also not living either. He won’t let anyone into his life. But his family at The Den bar won’t let him bury himself. They talk him into coming out to a new club, one that has dancers. One of the dancers, stage name Skylar, peaks Zander’s interest like no man has since his lost lover. Kai has so much going on in his life, dancing, camming, and school, he doesn’t have time for anything or anyone. At least that what he’s told himself. At one of his jobs, his eyes meet Zander’s across the room. Zander and Kai have a chemistry that comes off the page. It’s hot, the sex is hot. And yet there is a gentleness to the sex scenes that make them so much more.Although this is book three in the series, it can standalone. But for background on the secondary characters that show up here, it’s best to read the series in order. And really, the books are great, so you’d want to anyway. Now I can’t wait for the next in the series.

  • VioletMarshall
    2019-02-23 19:47

    This is the third book in The Den Boys Series. An intriguing book the writing was amazing. The plot was entertaining and it was steady throughout the book. I found the story and characters likeable. The characters were well developed and thought out. Zander and Kai are the MC’s of this book. I loved how they each were caring in their own ways. There was humor, a massage, a club, a bar, a dancer, grief, friends, family, a stalker and so much more in this book. Here is a quote from the book, “Why don’t you text him?” “I don’t want to seem desperate.” “How many times have you texted him?” “I haven’t.” “Kai, babe. You waited a week. Sending him one message isn’t desperate.” Angel draped his arm over my shoulders and gave me a squeeze. “Just send one. If he answers then yay, if not, forget him and move on.” “You make so much sense sometimes.” Angel winked. “I have my moments.”. There is more but you will need to read the book which I can highly recommend. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an honest review.

  • avid reader
    2019-02-24 19:01

    I love this book! The author gives us a couple who are trapped in their circumstances without the willingness and/or wherewithal to escape. Through back stories and current situations, she allows us to experience the pain and fear they each feel as they navigate their way through life. Kai is bold and strong yet innocent. Zander is broken and jaded yet stong.Together they lean on each other, bringing the other to a place where they can see a future that holds love, hope, and happiness.They begin with intense passion, and it never falters throughout their learning and acceptance of each other. The premise is good, and there is an excellent flow to the entire work. There is one part of the subject matter that I haven't read about before. It was written with knowledge and in a matter of fact manner that eased any trepidation I might have had due to my ignorance of the subject. The secondary characters are well placed and are supportive of the storyline.It was a pleasure seeing characters from prior books and getting updates on their lives.I look forward to more in this series.

  • Dixiecowgirl
    2019-02-23 22:37

    Kai and Zander are combustible and just perfect! Steamy, intense, heartfelt, working through trauma, falling in love and great supporting characters! Breaking Free has all that and so much more, it is so worth the read! Zander understands loss and has spent years avoiding anything that was a real connection. Kai also understands loss and what doing whatever it takes to survive and take care of those he loves. Two strong men, both hungry for connection, while they both fight against that very connection. Learning to love and to lean on each other makes a great story. Kai and Zander heat up your afternoon and bring all the feels of a great story! This is the third book in this series and can be read as a standalone, however it is so much richer when you have read the first two and have gotten to know the folks in the Den Boys Series! Terrific read! I received an ARC at no cost from the author

  • Amanda Viecelli
    2019-02-27 20:40

    I really enjoyed this third book in the Den Boys series. I think it might be my favorite so far. Breaking Free is a story about healing and truly living. Zander has a tragic past that has caused him to cut himself off from everyone in all the ways that matter, but Kai is exactly what he needs to start living again. These two are seriously hot together, but beyond that, they are so incredibly sweet and tender with each other. There is also a little suspense mixed in with the romance, sexy times, and humor. I loved the bits we got about the previous couple and throuple in the series, and cannot wait to finally get Rhys' story! This story can be read as a standalone, but it's so much better when you start at the beginning isn't it? ;)

  • mrs sarah frost
    2019-03-10 18:59

    Book 3 is Zander's & Kai's storyZander hasn't let anyone in since the death of his true love Kaden, but there's something about go-go dancer Skylar/Kai! Kai a student/go-go dancer/webcam performer, he needs money to pay debts after paying for his mums successful cancer treatment! Being a webcam performer and dancer comes at a cost, he has a stalker!Can Zander stop living in the past? And can Kai get rid of his stalker?Great to catch up with newlyweds Blaze and Galen also Jonah, Isaac, Cody, Layla, Tristan, Evan and Rhys.I'm falling more and more in love with The Den Boys and look forward to book 4 Rhys's story!

  • Tanya
    2019-03-02 15:02

    Book 3 is Zander's & Kai's storyZander hasn't let anyone in since the death of his true love Kaden, but there's something about go-go dancer Skylar/Kai!Kai a student/go-go dancer/webcam performer, he needs money to pay debts his moms successful cancer treatment! Being a webcam performer and dancer comes at a cost, he has a stalker! Loved this book! A.T. did such a great job showing how two men with a lot of baggage and hurt can find their way to love together.

  • Stina Andersen
    2019-03-09 16:38

    Breaking Free, book 3 in the Den Boys by A.T.Brennan.It's about Zander and Kai. When they make eye contact for the first time, it's electric! Breaking Free is about accepting who you are, moving on from the past, family and love!“-If people assume things about you, that’s on them,” Tristan said simply. “-That’s their issue. It has nothing to do with you or what you do. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad about yourself.”I can't wait for the next book!

  • Dani Hodge
    2019-03-09 14:43

    THIS SERIES JUST GETS BETTER AND BETTER! Oh yeah, am hooked! I just devoured this book! I think Kai and Zander just slipped into my number one couple for this series! Between the characters and the storyline, I couldn’t put this book down. I ended up finishing it in less then a day! I am loving this series, and if you love a good story that has you feeling all the feels, I highly suggest picking this book/series up! So glad I did!I can’t wait for Rhys and Caleb’s book to come out next!!!

  • Esther Alayeto
    2019-03-14 19:52

    Beautiful story that I loved! Great storyline that captivated me right from the beginning and I could not put it down until the very end. Zander and Kai are wonderful characters who are both a little broken. They have incredible chemistry and a strong connection. I love how patient and understanding Kai is with Zander.I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

  • tammy rufo
    2019-03-15 20:38

    Skylar/Kai is such a good boy, working hard taking care of his mom and himself, and deserves love...Zander thinks he's broken but all he really needs is someone like Skylar/Kai to be the light in his darkness. ahhhhh what a sweet and sexy read, loved this book. Now i need to go read the first 2!

  • Booklover82
    2019-02-21 15:56

    Zander and Kai wow what a couple. I just loved how they accepted each other with no judgement. Was a great continuation of the series and I think this one may be my favorite. Hope to see more of our secondary character friends soon.

  • kathleen
    2019-03-01 20:52

    A great addition to The Den Boy Series. I loved Kai and Zander. I can't wait for the next installment!

  • Sonja Helies
    2019-02-25 17:53

    Another wonderful storySo far I’ve enjoyed all three of the book I’ve read and this is just as good. I loved the characters and it’s nice to see the other couples in this story.

  • Ilona
    2019-03-12 17:56

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