Thursday, July 6, 2017

Unbroken by Donna K. Ford

Therapist Kayla McCormick is the quiet, sensitive type who prefers her life orderly and predictable. Kayla has an open heart, but the pain of loss has taught her to avoid risks that could get her hurt. She dreams of family and forever but no longer believes she’ll have her own happy ending.

Jackie Phillips hides her fear and hurt behind fierce independence and impulsive behavior. Raised in an atmosphere of abuse and neglect, she is haunted by the disappearance of her mother when she was a teenager. Determined not to need anyone, she has closed her heart and lets lust drive her encounters.

When their lives converge in a classic case of opposites attracting, will Kayla and Jackie have the courage to embrace love and rewrite their own stories, when that might mean risking all?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

The main story in this book is a romance between Kayla and Jackie. On the surface, the two women are opposites, but player Jackie finds herself wanting a relationship and Kayla gradually allows herself to develop feelings for Jackie. I have to admit that I struggled to get into this book and I felt that the central romance became monotonous after a while.

The romance between Kayla and Jackie is slow. Really slow. The story has been told before but maybe not with such intense, reflective characters. There is a lot of angst in this book, a great deal of talking, and all the usual miscommunications are here as well. I found the romance plotline a little tedious.

Part of the reason I failed to engage with the romance is that I didn’t warm to either Kayla or Jackie. Kayla is a little bit colourless. Jackie is a lesbian cliché and I didn’t feel she ever became more than a reformed playgirl. Both of these women feel like types rather than unique, interesting women and consequently, I failed to fully invest in their story.

There are a few subplots intended to add interest to this story. The first one didn’t work for me. Heather is introduced as a competing love interest for Kayla. Heather’s behaviour (especially in a professional workplace) isn’t terribly believable. And her existence seemed to bring out the worst in both Jackie and Kayla. A second subplot about domestic abuse manages to add depth to the story and reveals Jackie and Kayla at their best – both as professionals and as people. Like the Heather storyline, it feels exaggerated and sensational but it does add a layer of suspense to this story.

Donna K. Ford is a Licensed Professional Counselor who spends her professional time assisting people in their recovery from substance addictions. She holds an associate’s degree in criminal justice, a BS in psychology, and an MS in community agency counseling. When not trying to save the world, she spends her time in the mountains of East Tennessee enjoying the lakes, rivers, and hiking trails near her home.

Reading, writing, and enjoying conversation with good friends are the gifts that keep her grounded. Her book Love’s Redemption was a 2016 Foreword INDIES finalist.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Unbroken by Donna K. Ford to read and review.

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