- File Size: 2166 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: #411,710 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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**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
Ivey has been through the wringer, and she has major trust issues. But almost instantly, she recognizes Cal as someone she can trust. Subconsciously, because it takes a while for her to figure out that, hey, yeah, his actions SHOULD be pushing all my trigger buttons but they're not. Hmmm. *grin* The style & pacing of their story reminded me of KA, and it was a very good thing!
This story has it all, ALPHA alpha dude, sassy heroine, laughter, tears, heartache, healing - all done very well! Definite recommendation & I'll be checking out any other works by this author. : )
"If that is strength, then I want to be weak. Weak is better. Weak is good. Weak is going to make all the pain and bruises disappear. It cannot fix what is broken inside, but at least nobody can see that."
No interest in finishing this book.
Remember this is my personal opinion and does not reflect on the author.
The h had a terrible childhood.and young.adult life. Her grandmother was the only shining light in her life. She escaped and found her paradise in a small town in the Rockies. Her best friend opened her home and life to the h and the start of a journey toward healing. It took nine long years before she opened up her heart and H finally realized and went after what he wanted. He didn't back down, he didn't give up and he was richly rewarded. Loved all the secondary characters. Loved the hometown feel of this book. Will keep an eye at for more releases from this author.