- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1933 KB
- Print Length: 307 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Julia Goda; 1 edition (17 April 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VKQEJU0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #204,640 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
Ivey had the most horrific childhood at the hands of her revolting parents, and went on to endure this again at the hands of her boyfriend. If abuse is a trigger - you've been warned, the author doesn't pull any punches. Ivey gets away and starts a new, bland life - no relationships, very few friends, she trusts no-one, basically just existing in a bubble to shield and protect herself from anyone hurting her again. Till Cal. He barrels into her life both guns blazing, full of bossy alpha male attitude and knocks Ivey on her backside with his "all in - you're mine" attitude. Cal is hot, oh yes he is but is also an amazing dad. I loved Tommy - he's the sweetest mini alpha in the making.
Which leaves me in a bit of a quandry with rating this one. I really liked it, I did. BUT at times I thought I was reading a KA book, the writing was that similar. For example:
Hot possessive, growly alpha male - check (yes, I get there are a lot of posseessive alpha males out there but bear with me, yeah?)
Heroine that needs protecting - check (Ditto above)
Hero all in from the get to - check
Heroine pushing hero away - check
Heroine 1st person, Hero 3rd person - check
Lots and lots of KA similarities - check.
By this I mean .... h's name - Ivey (Playing it Safe), Mace (Rock Chicks), Cal (At Peace), Pearl Jam (Rock Chicks), book store (Rock Chicks), A Frame (The Gamble), Cal's a builder (The Gamble), Chocolate lab (Rock Chicks), etc, etc, etc. Ms Goda - you have a gem of a story here and for me this was spoiled by the KA similarities. You don't need them, this book would stand on it's own and do well without them.
For a debut this was brilliant and would have been a 4.5 star read but for the problems I had with the similarities. I'm looking forward to more from the author and plan on reading the next in the series.
Ivey had moved to the small town of Cedar Creek to leave behind a life that she thought had broken her.
An abusive father, a suicidal mother and the man she considered the love of her life.
What happened to her was enough to break the hardest of people but 9 years later she had a lovely house and a little bookshop, friends who were special to her but she also had to live with the nightmares that she tried so hard to bury.
Ivey has decided never to love again, instead settling for friends with benefits to satisfy her needs.
When one of these fwb decides he wants more, it's too much for her and she tells him the arrangement is off.
What she never considered was that one day, a man she has seen around for years would come into her shop to pick up his son and change her life for good.
Cal lived with his son Tommy. There was no mother, she abandoned them both when Tommy was a baby. He had lived the last few years much the same as Ivey. A few hook ups here and there, no one special.
For years though he had been wanting one woman but held off, why he didn't make his move sooner was something he regretted now.
As soon as he decided Ivey was the one she didn't really have a choice in the matter, he wasn't going to let her say no. Little did he know that the walls he had to break down would be some of the most painful he had ever encountered.
When she finally gives in to his persistence she realises he is not like the men in her past, he will do anything to love and protect her from whatever he needs to.Read more ›
I'm glad I got this as part of Kindle Unlimited and didn't actually pay for it. At the very least it needs a damn good edit.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have given 5 stars as the story is gentle yet you still really feel the characters. I liked both main characters and really like Tommy. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Butterball
This story could and should be edited to approximately one third of it's length. It is a shame that too much repetition clouds what could have been a simple love story.Published 13 months ago by Kindle Customer
I have to tell you the saying " Don't judge a book by it's cover" is so true with this book. The cover didn't grab me, but when I read the blurb i was interested. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Purpinkrose