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A Heart Not Easily Broken (Butterfly Memoirs Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 6 in Butterfly Memoirs
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "A Wonderful Story of Love and Triumph." -- Hopeless Romantic, Amazon Reviewer
- Publication Date : November 27, 2018
- File Size : 632 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 346 pages
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Publisher : Written Musings (November 27, 2018)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07KXWQC7T
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,778 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book was so good that I stayed up all night to finish it. they didn't immediately fall into bed with each other. After the relationship developed, the sex was sensual but wasn't too erotic or graphic, it simply enhanced the story. The dual POV allowed you to understand the emotions both felt. White families aren't the only ones opposed to interracial dating, black families often are also, but for different reasons - often blacks are often victimized because of racism.
The book is well written with extremely well developed main characters, intriguing plot/subplots and delightful secondary characters that you want to get to know. Brian and Ebony were both affected by prior relationships. He was hurt by a black woman he dated but didn't become bitter toward black women. Ebony was insecure because of a past relationship that didn't work out so she buried herself in school and work. They both looked at interracial dating differently. Brian's family was very accepting of the women he dated, no matter the race and he immediately introduced her to his family. Ebony's family expected her to marry a professional black man and she was afraid to tell them she was dating a white man.
Spoiler: The book should have contained a Rape Trigger Warning. Not only did the book deal with interracial dating and how others viewed it, but Ebony was raped by Brian's roommate who was her BFF boyfriend. The rape and it's aftermath was dealt with realistically. The man who raped her was black but could have been any color. He always made her very uncomfortable and she avoided him as much as she could. She chose not to tell anyone because she didn't want to hurt her friends plus she wasn't sure anyone would believe her. Often rape victims make the same decision and often blamed themselves. There was misinformation about the morning after pill. However, it served the purpose in allowing you to see her agony in the possibility of being pregnant by her rapist. She could be easily be pregnant by Brian because they slipped up one time and had unprotected sex. She was raped the next evening. Ebony's poor decisions not to report the rape or tell anyone and Brian's initial negative reaction were extremely disappointing. However, all things worked together for the good of them both.
I could have easily rated this book a 5 star read except for the misinformation about the morning after pill. Why the change in attitude by the man she worked for at the animal hospital after she caught him in a sexual act with a very young intern? He became very negative about her work which worried her for she hoped to be hired after finishing her education. I loved the interaction with Brian's family and wanted to see the physical interaction with her family and Brian. This is the first time that I've read a book by this author but won't be my last. I can't wait to read the other books in this series.
Though the story touches on themes related to "interracial dating" and the struggle women experience the trauma of rape, the story is so much more than that. It is about two people learning to be honest with each other and learning to give themselves to each other despite the baggage they carry. While these are just a few of the themes woven into this story, M. J. Kane treats them all and the characters with the utmost respect, sensitivity, and endless creativity.
To write any more in this littler review would either spoil the book or confuse the potential reader. Finally, while I am not usually into this type of story, Kane has gained a fan in this reader.
This book should come with a Trigger Warning. As it stands, I cannot recommend this book.