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Bent Not Broken: A Cedar Creek Novel by [Goda, Julia]
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Bent Not Broken: A Cedar Creek Novel Kindle Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in A Cedar Creek Novel (2 Book Series)
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1934 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 Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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By Ruthie on 1 Mar. 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Formulaic story that veers too readily into YA angst - only it's not as well written as YA angst... Goda belongs squarely in the "tell don't show" camp which is, I suppose, OK if you don't like to think about what you're reading. As for Cal... don't call me baby. And the mini-me he was raising - good grief. He is domineering, controlling and patronising. Ivey - no idea why there is an unnecessary e there- is inexplicably thrilled by his caveman ways and complies almost immediately, all notions of independent womanhood gone in an instant. All it took was a "growling voice" and some "nice jeans". Yuck. Horrid.

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.
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When you build a wall so strong around your heart it's going to take someone pretty special to break it down.....

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.
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I'm settling for 3.5 stars

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.
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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. Yet when i was reading the first two chapters my interest waned dramatically. But the you know the saying "sucker punched" OMG I could not put this book down.

I loved the characters. I LOVED Cal. I think everyone needs a Cal. I loved Ivey. This is the book you forget its not real that you try to get involved by shouting at t he characters or shouting NOOOOOOO. This book was flawless. I cant wait to read more Cedar Creek books.

This book was fantastic. It was entralling and the story beautifuly wrote you felt like you were part of the scenery.

I give this book 5/5 stars and 3/5 for movie moments.
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