- File Size: 1934 KB
- Print Length: 365 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0994094426
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Julia Goda; 1 edition (April 17, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 17, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VKQEJU0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,065 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bent Not Broken: A Cedar Creek Novel Kindle Edition
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I recommend the author get her own voice vs borrowing someone else's. Kristen Ashley has a huge following and a very unique voice in her stories - and from the heroine to the hero to the setting in the small town you used it. The heroine's constant inner monologue and endearments for hero and his son. The hero's inability to form complete sentences and "alpha" personality. Most stories have a similar plot but it's always very obvious when the voice is the same.
I would give it 3 stars, but I can't considering how much the author ripped off KA.
Overwhelming pain, agony and betrayal are the focus for the main characters in this beautifully written and well developed novel by Julia Goda. In Ms. Goda’s debut novel, we are introduced to Ivey and Cal, two souls that find a way to heal each other. They are bent but not broken and will work together to find their HEA.
Ivey Jones spent her early childhood watching her father beat her mother and then rape her repeatedly. When her mother checked out mentally, he turned his fist and punishment to her! Ivey finally escaped after high school and moved away to go to college. Free at last to be herself she lets her guard down and once more evil almost destroys her. Escaping once again from a brutal, abusive man she puts her past behind and strikes out for a new beginning.
Ivey drives half way across the country until she comes to a small rocky mountain community. The peace that she finds causes her to stay and put down roots. She has always wanted to own a bookstore and it seemed like fate when she saw the lease sign on the door. Ivy buys a home and opens a business, a bookstore called Serendipity. For nine years she has lived with walls built around her heart and soul, keeping the past in the past and not letting anyone inside. Everything changes when Cal stakes his claim!
Cal is a single father with a son that loves to visit Ivey’s bookstore. Since the first day he had laid eyes on her, he knew that he wanted more. But he had his own problems to deal with and felt like it would be a burden for Ivey to take on a ready-made family. She was beautiful, too good and didn’t need a man like him with all of his baggage. A man can only deny what he needs for so long and then he will do whatever it takes to claim his woman. It was time to claim Ivey.
Sometimes the past refuses to stay in the past and you can never really get away from it. Ivey’s past has come to collect and will destroy anything in its path to get what it wants!
Hero: 4.25 stars
Heroine: 4.25 stars
Steam: 4.25 stars
Plot: 4.25 stars
Would I recommend this book: Yes! This book is a romance filled with kinks and suspense that will keep the reader asking what will happen next. It has a hot hunky alpha male and a beautiful feisty heroine that will make you laugh and cry at the same time as they work together to find their HEA.
Would I recommend this author: Yes! Ms. Goda writes with heart, humor and a sense of what makes the world go round. Her characters are created with this same sense of love and laughter.
***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***
**See goodreads.com/NMmomof4 for my full review with spoilers**
Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Ivey and Cal's story. Ivey moved to the small town and opened a bookstore 9 years prior to the story to get away from a bad memory of being beaten up and almost killed by her ex. Cal has always been aware of Ivey, but never made a move because he didn't want to stick her with a single Dad. One day, Cal decides that enough is enough and starts to strongly pursue her. There are some issues with her past demons that they have to face, some sexy times, some sweet moments, and some drama...but they get their HEA ending.
POV: This alternated between Ivey's POV and 3rd person POV focusing on Cal (kind of odd IMO).
Overall Pace of Story: Not so great -- and my biggest complaint. I did have issues with the overly extensive inner dialogue. I felt like there were some chapters that I even could've gone without and it wouldn't have taken away from the story. I skimmed a good bit (especially between the interactions of the h and H), and I don't feel like I missed anything. The ending was too abrupt for me too.
Instalove: Yes. This was all over a not so long period of time, so I'd say it was instalove. It didn't feel like the type to make me annoyed though.
H rating: 3.5 stars. Cal. I just wanted him to communicate better! He really reminded me of a KA alpha in that he didn't let the h push him away when he had made up his mind that she was his. I also really liked his relationship with his son.
h rating: 3 stars. Ivey. I read quite a bit of reviewers say that they had issues with her. I personally didn't, because I understood her pushing the H away and I felt like she gave in pretty easily after he pursued her. I wouldn't say I loved her either. I did have issues with her being cold when she erected her walls at times.
Sadness level: Low. No tissues needed (even though it had some heavy themes).
Heat level: Moderate. They have some hot chemistry and scenes.
Descriptive sex: Yes
Safe sex: No. No mentions of condoms, std status, or birth control (that I remember). I don't remember any mention of safe sex practices in past relationships either.
OW/OM drama: Yes
Sex scene with OW or OM: No
Possible Triggers: Yes
Closure: This had an abrupt ending with a jump ahead epilogue. In the epilogue there was some decent closure with a HEA ending.
How I got it: It was a freebie on Amazon