Title ~ Breakdown (Don’t #3)
Author ~ Jack L. Pyke
Publisher ~ Fantastic Fiction Publishing
Published ~ 19th August 2014
Genre ~ BDSM Dark Erotic M/M Romance
The evidence is there in his hands: the DVD and notepad convincing Jack that Gray is responsible for his kidnapping and torture, tearing Jack and Jan brutally apart. But with Jack trapped in his own mind, lost to blackouts and self-harming, getting away from Gray must take a back seat to getting away from himself.
While locked away in a secret facility run by the Masters' Circle, a new beast is unearthed from the depths of Jack's
tormented past. Martin only comes out to play when Jack needs to hide, a psychopath as capable of ruining Jack's life as he is of defending him. Martin is the repository for Jack's most horrifying memories, protecting him from the bloody tasks Jack can't handle. Martin's purpose is to drive everyone Jack fears - or loves - away, before they get the chance to hurt Jack again.
Now Jack hurts more than he ever has before, Martin is back, and Jack has to figure out what Martin knows that Jack forgot, before it's too late. (M/M)
Monique & Macky Review
Macky: Fuck Monique! I'm feeling a wee bit speechless at the moment. Does blown away sound the right statement about this book or is that not even enough? Having gone through hell with these guys (and Jack Pyke has certainly put us through it alongside the trio) what was your reaction when you finally put it down?
Monique: Holy Fuck…I’m gobsmacked yet again! I know I’ve said this before Macky but in my opinion Jack L. Pyke is an author of outstanding talent and these books are truly unrivalled in this dark psychological genre. They are compelling with complex and intricate story lines, and the emotions I have experienced reading these books can only be described as immense. She has given us the total mind fuck in Don’t, followed by the painful and traumatic episode of Antidote, to yet again take us on a completely different path with Breakdown where not only do we come face to face with the demons from Jack’s past but it’s also time for Jack to find out the truth.
Macky: Oh Monique, this has to have been one of the most electrifying, exhaustive, powerful, torturous reading experiences I think I've ever had. It's taken me to dark, fucked up places that have challenged me in so many ways. I've gone through every emotion possible and pushed through some hard core passages that definitely aren't for the faint hearted but still each book up to now has kept me enthralled! And what has amazed me is how each one has carried the on-going thread that started in Don't but never has it felt repetitive or tedious. Each book has changed it up in ways that have kept it diverse, distinctive and always surprising. That's damn fine, clever writing and I agree; Jack L Pyke is one hell of a talented author.
Monique: Breakdown, Macky, in some ways was harder hitting for me. I think it’s because we see those missing months from Antidote where Jack is forced to confront exactly what triggers those disorders… We see him eased into his past, taking baby steps where layer upon layer is unravelled from the dark recesses of his mind, gently coaxing the repressed memories that are too painful to recollect and too painful for him to deal with mentally. It’s a confrontation he doesn’t want and all I wanted to do was close my eyes and sob my heart out. Those flashbacks to eighteen year old Jack were difficult to read, the arrogant and cocky attitude of a boy that was hiding secrets he wasn’t even aware of… my God Macky, I cried buckets! Not only at Jack’s story but at how profound the writing was. Jack L Pyke so cleverly manipulates us as readers in a see saw of emotions, so much so my stomach was in knots. And I don’t even know where to start on describing the intensity between Jack and Grey or even how Jack Pyke manages to convey it with such powerful emotion. I don’t think I have ever had a character affect me in quite the same way as Jack has throughout this series so far.
Macky: Absolutely! The flashbacks were nothing short of agonizing in their intensity and rawness. Getting to see the sides of Jack that, in a sense, have only been hinted at in the previous books was a real emotional roller coaster. Like you I found myself totally engrossed and deeply moved by his multi-layered past but at the same time I also had moments where I felt totally shocked at some of his actions, they felt so far removed from the adult Jack that I've come to know up to now. Obviously having read all three books you'll know exactly why I've mentioned the shock factor surrounding Jack, Monique, but despite the unsettling revelations which put a mind bending slant on Jacks personality, that I don't think anyone will see coming, I never stopped loving him, because as a character he's buried himself deep into my heart ...but then again so have Gray and Jan and seeing them so broken as a trio was heart wrenching. Yes, I cried buckets too and those tears were never far from the front of my eyes from start to finish. It's the depth of feeling that these three men have for each other that punches you right in the gut but it's also the fact that the terrible events that conspired to tear them apart have such far reaching consequences that can't just be put right by sheer force of will alone. Each of them have been damaged, trying so hard to deal but unable to fully open their hearts.
Monique: Gray, what is it about him, he just seems to turn up the heat no end… bloody hell that man is formidable, such an enigma with a commanding presence, he owns the page as soon as he walks on, immediately the focus of attention. I can see exactly how he has been the only man able to control Jack, grounding him and maintaining the status quo in his life, organising the chaos of his mind through BDSM… There is also something so very sexual about Jack that just get’s my heart racing… all powerful, he’s like a pit-bull pulling on his chains, all fight and snarl but in the hands of the right master, he is pliant, obedient and wanting to please. Gray has been that Master, keeping Jack sane. So when Jack falls apart, certain that Gray has betrayed him, abandoned him because even he can’t cope anymore with Jacks brand of fucked up… he’s adrift, without his compass… that just about killed me Macky, I don’t know about you?
“You need to get the fuck out now, Jack.” Gray backed off. “You… you need to go, and you… I’d never hurt you, you need to know I’d never…” He came in and a light touch ran over my hip, blood stained his fingers. “Fuck. You’re so lost kid. Please. Leave me alone. It hurts too much, so fucking much, Jack. Mercedes. Mercedes fucking Benz.”
Macky: OMG! Yes, that was heartbreaking. As readers WE know there's so much more to Jacks perceived notions of Greys complicity in what went down at the end of Antidote than he registers, but of course at this stage his sanity is badly compromised. His psyche damaged, unable to function, with all purpose in life lost, and that was what made this part of the series so compelling. I was practically shouting at the kindle, willing him to see that however much he saw Gray as his Judas in his fractured mind, that just wasn't the case. The truth behind the real perpetrator of his and Jan's heinous ordeal is a truly shocking disclosure. The only way to bring him back to as near normal a reality as possible, which under the circumstances will probably never really be fully realised, is obviously therapy, a solution that Jack would generally push away, but this is the Masters Circle we're talking about so his choices in the matter are not an option.
Monique: We have spent so much time with Jack, seeing the effects of his disorders, not only on himself but on those around him and how he manages to control it with the help of Gray and how hard he struggles daily to maintain his control. It had always been in Jack’s psych to be strong, hiding from the world his vulnerabilities, blocking out uncertainties, with no place in his life for emotion, that was until Jan… which makes me wonder if Jan may have been the catalyst to his carefully constructed barriers starting to fall apart right from Don’t, to reveal how internally fucked up he was?
Macky: Yeah, I see where you're going with that train of thought Monique. The thing is, for me Jan is the character who has yet to fully reveal himself. He's the 'normal' in the threesome, if you can use that word around him, but he's also been and gone through things that a regular everyday person would never expect to encounter if they lived to be a hundred. We see the intensity of Jack and Gray when they're on page together but Jan sort of hovers in the background, shouldering everyone's baggage along with his but never really getting the chance to scream out his own hurt and turmoil. Jan is intrinsic to the balance of the relationship between the three of them, he's the glue that cements them. His presence the calming factor that makes it tenable for Jack and Gray to maintain an equilibrium in their previously tenuous bond. It's easy to see why both men would fall deeply in love with Jan but also equally simple to fathom what draws Jan towards both Gray and Jack, who exude the sort of charisma that's palpable! To take flawed, dangerous, not always likeable in their actions, characters and make them so captivating and enigmatic to the point where, literally, you can't help but fall in love with them, is an amazing feat of writing.
The first kiss was just a taste, the second, to take everything from Jan and hold it on my breath, keep it there, yet at the same time give everything back on the same breath and breathe life into him.
Monique: That is something else I get from this book Macky, it’s not all about how fucked up the lives of these three men are, it is also an incredibly powerful love story, one that has moved me to tears on more than one occasion. As heart breaking as it has been it has also had moments of beauty, passion and tenderness... like you have said, Jan may be on the periphery but the impact he has on the relationship has stolen my breath away numerous times, he completes them, opening both Jack and Grays hearts to feelings and emotions they have for so long been oblivious to.
Macky: Beautifully said Monique! I. Can. Not. Wait to see where the series goes from here, I'm excited, thrilled and exhilarated about what's to come. These three men have got me in a state of agitation that won't be quelled until they arrive back on my Kindle. I adore every moment spent in their company, however disturbing and harrowing that time might be. Talk about emotions running high! You're so right. This is not just about mind fuckery, psychological warfare or thrills and chills, it's a love story to rival any out there. And yes there's a gritty beauty that shines out at you. My need to highlight during this book was off the charts. I bow down to Ms Pyke and end with two words....Bravo and Encore!
Monique: Yep… I think we are in total agreement my friend, with not only Breakdown but the series as a whole so far. Outstanding… Just Fucking Peachy!
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Series Reading Order
AMAZON GLOBAL LINK
Release Date TBC
The Society of Masters World Reading Order
Expected Lies by Lynn Kelling (short)
Never Happened by Lynn Kelling (short)
Deliver Us by Lynn Kelling (novel)
Don't... by Jack L. Pyke (novel)
From Temptation (Deliver Us 2) by Lynn Kelling (novel)
Antidote (Don't... 2) by Jack L. Pyke (novel)
Forgive Us (Deliver Us 3) by Lynn Kelling (novel)
Breakdown (Don't... 3) by Jack L. Pyke (novel)
Splintered Kisses by Jack L. Pyke (novella)
Release Date TBC
About Jack Pyke
Jack blames her dark writing influences on living close to one of England’s finest forests. Having grown up hearing a history of kidnappings, murders, strange sightings, and sexual exploits her neck of the woods is renowned for, Jack takes that into her writing, having also learned that human coping strategies for intense situations can sometimes make the best of people have disastrously bad moments. Redeeming those flaws is Jack’s drive, and if that drive just happens to lead to sexual tension between two or more guys in a D/s relationship, Jack’s the first to let nature take its course.
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