- File Size: 1933 KB
- Print Length: 307 pages
- 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: #219,251 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.Read more ›
**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.Read more ›
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. : )
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The premise of the story was good (interesting) but there was too much emphasis on the sex scenes as opposed to character development. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
To be fair, I thought the book started out interesting and I was excited to see how it would progress. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BookNut
Did not finish. Sexual abuse? The beginning of this book was depressing. Is there sexual abuse in this storyline? The more I read the less interesting I found it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bookzilla
Good story line, but not my cup of tea in the details. Too much information.Published 2 months ago by Betty Bell
well written and easy plot to follow. A lot of emotions described in the story, but loved the ending.Enjoyed readingPublished 2 months ago by moralyn