Book Review: A Heart Not Easily Broken

Ebony is a smart, sexy, career-oriented black woman who wants nothing more than a summer fling with a man who challenges her mind and body. What she doesn’t expect is a blond haired, blue-eyed bass player—who won’t take “no” for an answer—to accept the challenge. 

When Ebony’s attempt at a brief fling turns into more, despite negative reactions from friends and family, she finds juggling love, family, and career are nothing compared to the ultimate betrayal she endures. Now her dreams spiral into lies and secrets that threaten her future and her best friend’s trust

Since the release of A Heart Not Easily Broken it has been consistently on the Amazon best sellers list and I'm not surprised. Now, over 6 weeks after the release it is still there. Congratulations M.J. Kane.

First, I want to get into what I loved about this book.

Our heroine, Ebony, deals with a busy life. She is juggling school, multiple jobs, and now a romantic life. She's real, likable, and struggles with very real issues like "What will my family think?" She goes through a traumatic experience and feels trapped, unable to tell anyone. I've never gone through anything like what Ebony did but the whole thing rings very true for me. She doesn't just square her shoulders and power on through her problems. She struggles with them and she makes mistakes, and that's exactly how real life is.

Brian is oh, so sexy, and basically your knight in shining armor. I was rooting for him the second he stepped foot on the stage with his bass guitar. But he isn't perfect either. He is stubborn and when Ebony needs him the most he jumps to conclusions. He also has a bit of a temper and feels his emotions very strongly, whether it's love, rage, or sadness.

The characters in A Heart Not Easily Broken are compelling but flawed, and that is what makes a great book. The story line is great, it moves at a nice pace and never really leaves you yawning in your seat (unless you stayed up just a little bit longer to read one more chapter, but then yawning is a good thing). However, it is not perfect. Now, keep in mind that what I didn't absolutely love about this book is my own perception. It's nothing mechanical, or a flaw in the story, just personal preference.

Just like most romance novels, A Heart Not Easily Broken has sex. Brian and Ebony don't treat it lightly, they wait until they are sure they're in love (which isn't long). However, when the sex does start I felt like sometimes there was too much emphasis on it. I'm not a prude, but like violence, I believe that sex scenes should always enhance a story, not distract from it. For the most part M.J Kane does this well. It is not overly graphic, and you're not going to sit there and blush that you're reading it. But sometimes I felt as if the plot was a little derailed by it.

That aside, I loved this book. With a great plot, flawed but lovable characters, and real problems I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. The book is touching and heartbreaking and keeps you turning every page.

A quick disclaimer: As mentioned above Ebony goes through a traumatic experience. I'm not going to go into the details and M.J Kane doesn't either. She lets the curtain fall on the scene, which I am thankful for and believe that was a great choice on the author's part, but it is still intense.

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M.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this stay at home mom never lost the overactive imagination of an only child. As an adult she made up stories, though never shared them, to keep herself entertained. It wasn’t until surviving a traumatic medical incident in 2006 that she found a reason to let the characters inhabiting her imagination free. Upon the suggestion of her husband, she commandeered his laptop and allowed the characters to take life. It was that, or look over her shoulder for men caring a purple strait jacket. And the rest, as they say, is history. 

No longer a television addict, if M.J. isn’t reading a book by one of her favorite authors, she’s battling with her creative muse to balance writing and being a wife and mother. She resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her high school sweetheart, four wonderful children, and two pit bulls. MJ can often be found hanging out at the local library where she is director of a local writer’s group, or online connecting with readers and other authors. Other activities she enjoys include: creating custom floral arrangements, assisting her children in their creative pursuits of music and art, and supporting her husband’s music production business, 3D Sounds. 

You can find MJ on social networking sites, sharing writing tips, talking about music, life, and family. She’s always excited to meet new people.