Shannel reviews Bent Not Broken by Julia Goda 

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Jul 03 2015

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3.5Star Review

Ivey Jones is unlike anyone else in the small town of Cedar Creek. 

While most of town has spent generations there, Ivey found their small piece of calm in an effort to run from her abusive past. After running to protect herself, Ivey opens a small bookstore and builds emotional walls so high, no one has been able to break through.

Until Cal Bennett got tired of waiting for her to see him.

“Promise you what? I asked, though I didn’t really want to know. “Promise me to be open and let what happens happen.”
 Turns out, Cal can be a persistent man and doesn’t mind pushing Ivey’s buttons to get her to see she’s been hiding from not only her past, but truly enjoying the life she’s escaped to. Like most of our favorite Alpha Males, he won’t take “NO” as an answer and all but forces Ivey into spending time with him and his young son, Tommy.
“Like a freakin’ clairvoyant-pain-in-my-ass”
I liked the premise of this story…I mean who wouldn’t want to own a bookstore??? But I felt like I was skimming through some of the chapters. While the actual story was fantastic, some of the dialogue was hard to wrap my head around. I don’t know any other way than to describe it as “preachy.” I wanted the dialogue to feel more real, rather than a long, drawn-out, preach/rant. It was as if all of the internal dialogue was spoken out loud…

Aside from that, I actually did enjoy Ivey and Cal’s story. I liked that Cal was Alpha but knew that he was working with someone who was fragile. I LOVE that Ivey realizes she’s been shut-out on her own and finds the strength to overcome everything that has happened to her.
Hallelujah to finding a female character that wants to save herself! All too often this genre relies on our strong male to save the day, sometimes you just need to know that your heroine can do the ass-kicking.
“I wanted to believe this was real. It felt too good not to want this to be real. Please let this be real.”
So long as you can look past some of it’s quirks, this is definitely worth picking up.
Title: Bent Not BrokenSeries: A Cedar Creek Novel #1

Author: Julia Goda

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release: April 17, 2015


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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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I have been writing stories in my head since I can remember. Much to my teachers’ dismay, given the task of writing a short essay I would always come back with way too long and detailed stories. Many discussions (I have always been somewhat of a smart-aleck) and bad grades were the result, so that for most of my life I thought I couldn’t write worth a damn and pursued other careers. But the dream of being an author wouldn’t be ignored and kept lingering. With a little help from my fantastic husband, who gave me the necessary kick in the behind, I was finally brave enough to start writing my first novel and finished it only a few short weeks later—well, the first draft, that is. The seal was broken.

My novels jump genres and touch on all kinds of different topics, but the things I try to focus on no matter what are romance, strong women, and a good sense of humor.

Now, when I’m not in my writing cave, spinning the tales that have been hounding me or editing (yes, I am also a professional editor, guess that degree in Literature and Linguistics turned out to be useful after all!), I enjoy reading, drinking coffee, eating good food, and listening to rock music.


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