Not Broken: The Happily Ever After

Not Broken: The Happily Ever After

by Meka James

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ISBN-13: 9781981327911
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/15/2017
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.78(d)

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Not Broken-The Happily Ever After 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Pwalley01 17 days ago
This book grabbed me right from the very first page! The story was beautifully written and the characters were well fleshed out which made Calida and Malcolm very likable, believable and engaging! This was the first book that I have read from this author and it definitely will not be the last!
JessCalla 4 months ago
After reading NOT BROKEN: THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Meka James, I needed to take a few hours and really digest the book before writing this review. This was not an easy book to read, and certainly not a formulaic romance. The love is there from page one, but it doesn’t start to fit together right away. As I described to a romance group I belong to, NOT BROKEN is sort of like an iced coffee—delicious but dark and bitter, with a huge spoonful of sugar lumped on the bottom, just waiting for a swift stir to bring the sweetness to the surface. Calida, oh Calida. My heart broke for her. Our heroine has been through a horrible ordeal, and now, two years later, she’s still suffering with the memories, day by day, night by night. She has scars, literal and figurative, that nobody in the story seems to quite grasp, not even our hero Malcolm. Not her sister, her best friend, or her parents. The reader though, while in Calida’s POV chapters, felt everything, knew everything. The brilliance of the writing is that when Ms. James puts us in Mal’s point of view, we learn that as much as he loves Calida and as well-intentioned as he is, Mal Just. Doesn’t. Get. It. Not at first. And that was frustrating, because we, the reader felt her suffering and knew she was trying so hard. But, by facing her fears, learning to trust Mal, and believing in herself (and her no-nonsense therapist) Calida starts to figure out how to pull herself together. I loved her, and thought she was one of the bravest heroines I’ve ever read. And although he can be a bit pushy, Mal grows on me too, as he learns what Calida needs from him. I adored that his loyalty to her never faltered, no matter her actions and reactions, from page one. Their relationship is complex and doesn’t follow a traditional romance path, but it’s intense, it’s sexy, and it’s beautiful. Ms. James is a wonderful writer, and I imagine that NOT BROKEN wasn’t an easy book to craft. Just reading it, I felt like I was partaking in an intense therapy session. But there are moments of lightness that Ms. James weaves through the book which show, what I think, is the main theme of the story: hope. From Mal and Calida’s intense sex scenes, to Mal’s super-sweet relationship with Calida’s adorable son, Shawn, to Calida’s relationship with her best friend (I loved when they went underwear shopping!), and even her budding relationship with her somewhat-crappy sister, NOT BROKEN is the journey of Calida’s survival, courage, and hope. All throughout the pages, as she learns to communicate what she needs to the people in her life, the reader holds onto hope that Calida will get her happily ever after. That hope is not misplaced either, because although it’s an emotional roller coaster, NOT BROKEN eventually stirs that iced coffee, and the sugar rises, and the reader is left satisfied and with a smile on their face. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy intense, darker, emotional, character-based romance and women’s fiction, NOT BROKEN: THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER was a joy to read. Not because it was a joyful story, but because I know these characters and their love will be engrained in my heart forever—and that’s what makes a great book. Thanks for the ride, Ms. James! I look forward to reading THE LISTS to get more Mal and Calida, post-happily ever after!
Tanyawriter 4 months ago
She is so broken from an abusive relationship and he has been there through it all. He has loved her so much and he wants to help her recover. The wounds to do very deep but can he help her? See if he can help her recover and learn love is real I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
EvieDrae 4 months ago
Whether you’ve read Ms. James’ debut novel, FIENDISH, or not, NOT BROKEN is a much-needed light in the darkness. It stands alone beautifully, but for those of us who experienced FIENDISH first hand, it is a much-needed balm for the ravaged soul. Ms. James is a masterful storyteller, weaving a gripping tale surrounding the hardships of finding oneself in the wake of an abusive relationship, learning to trust again, and discovering strength in the power of love. Watching Calida struggle with her past, while trying to make sense of her present, is beautiful, heart wrenching, and at times, super freakin’ hot. Mal doesn’t disappoint as the perfect balance between good guy, bad boy, and Hubba-Hubba sexy. He is just what Calida needs… but can she get past the demons in her mind to let him in? You will thoroughly enjoy going on this journey with Calida and Mal and the wonderful cast of supporting characters Ms. James wields to draw you in, take you by the heart, and squeeze until there is nothing left but goo. Happy sighs will abound, I guarantee you.
Anonymous 5 months ago
A lovely, emotional book about rebuilding ones life and taking care of oneself. I especially enjoyed how carefully the author dealt with the mental health issues. Calida and Malcolm's relationship had such a wonderful arc. They really grew together through her recovery and self-discovery. Also, the sex scenes were pretty darn hot (and fantastic). An excellent read.
Anonymous 5 months ago
This is a touching read. It had ups and downs. The story was well written and the characters were fantastic. It is interesting and kept my attention. I recommend it to all. It is a must read. I received it from booksprout and voluntarily left my review.
Macmurphie 5 months ago
What an emotional and heartfelt story! I loved Malcolm and Calida's journey to happiness. It broke my heart reading what Calida has been through. To overcome everything and end a wonderful man's arms was truly a leap of faith and learning to trust. This story is very well developed with some great characters.
Anonymous 6 months ago
This incredibly moving story deals with resilience of the spirit and of the body. The heart can mend and embrace new beginnings. The trauma and heartache that Calida endoures with her shockingly abusive husband who uses physical and mental abuse to control her. Makes you cry and wish for a better tomorrow.You will fall in love with Malcolm. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.