Broken - Kathleen  Hayes

***** 5 broken stars *****

"....And none of that makes the love not worth it."

Jesus Christ, this short story knocked me squarely in the chest. I haven't cried so much in ages. 

For anyone who has loved and lost, this story really deserves a 5 star rating.

Those flashbacks from each of the MCs, just wow. And all of that from that little innocent prompt! I am floored. Impressed.

Now excuse, I need a moment... or three.



You look at me and 

You ask 

With fear

And disbelief 

And maybe just a little bit of awe

How can you love, again? 

It shows in your eyes 

You think only of 

The broken heart 

The shattered pieces 

The lonely silence 

That comes after. 

But I say to you 

I have been broken, 

I have been shattered, 

I have been lonely.

And none of that 

Makes the love not worth it.


Highly recommended.

A short story in the collection "Don't Read in the Closet, Volume Four" from the MM Romance Group Hot Summer Event 2011.

Picture and prompt:

Dear Author, 

I want to know more about this modern day Job. His tattoos represent milestones in a rough and largely unkind life that have aged him beyond his 28 years. Buried under a surface of scars, dirt and grime "Job" retains a gentleness few people ever witness. Tell me about his life;about his tattoos. What special someone is helping him overcome his past? Who is he sharing the names of his feline friends with? 

Genre: Contemporary

Tags: tattooed men, men with pets, hurt/comfort, first time/virginal, tear jerker