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Bent Not Broken: A Cedar Creek Novel by [Goda, Julia]
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Length: 365 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Life has taught Ivey Jones early on that with trust come pain and betrayal. Out of survival she has created walls around her to keep anyone from getting too close. Though she lives in her dream house in the Rocky Mountains and loves being the owner of the town's quirky little bookstore Serendipity, her life is narrow and governed by strict rules that she never deviates from…until Cal Bennett enters her life.

For the past nine years Calvin “Cal” Bennett has stayed away from Ivey, thinking she deserved better than to be saddled with a single dad who has never been good at relationships. Until a few chance encounters show him what he’s been missing and he can’t stay away any longer.

Little does he know he’s got a fight on his hands that he might not be equipped to win. Shadows from Ivey's past lurk in the dark, ready to strike and bring her low once and for all. But Cal swears he will do whatever it takes to break through that wall of steel to win Ivey’s heart and keep her safe.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2166 KB
  • Print Length: 365 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0994094426
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Julia Goda; 1 edition (17 April 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #269,711 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars 22 March 2016
By Nmmomof4 - Published on
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Overall Opinion: This definitely had a Kristen Ashley feel. I don't think it quite made it there though. I thought the H was very similar to a KA hero as well as the small towns setting with good supporting characters, but there were some major issues with the pacing that I never get with KA (see below pacing section for specifics). I really had issues with the major drama being at 90% and then we get an epilogue. I hate that! We need some happy times between the drama and the epilogue IMO! Overall with the pacing issues and all the skimming I did, I would rate it "just ok" 3 stars.

**See 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

Cheating: 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
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done!! Fans of Kristen Ashley will enjoy this, too! 9 August 2015
By Carrie Marie - Published on
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Bent Not Broken is a 10++ fabulous story! If you're a fan of Kristen Ashley, I think you'll enjoy the style & story.

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. : )
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart stolen! 6 April 2017
By Michelle - Published on
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Cal, Ivey, and Tommy stole my heart in this adorable story. It's filled with everything I look for and love in a contemporary romance: alpha male hero, relatable and could-be-my-friend heroine, realistic attraction and love building, and a setting I feel and breath the air of. Cal and Tommy (goodness I love kids in romance stories, especially kids like this!) and Ivey burrowed into my heart and I love that I have a new book to escape into.
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not finish. Sexual abuse? 21 June 2016
By Bookzilla - Published on
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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.

"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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could not keep my focus. 17 March 2016
By mlrummel - Published on
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Another book I should have read the reviews before buying. I tried, really tried to finish it but I seem to have a hard time reading books that have not been screened for Edit. It also read like a "diary" to me in much of the places which made it hard to stay focused on the story itself. And I did want to finish it to the end because I felt there was a good story line. Especially wanted to get to the danger that I felt would come knowing her ex-boyfriend should have been out of jail at the time. So sorry I could not give it a good review.

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