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Author MJ Kane was kind enough to send me a copy of A Heart Not Easily Broken, even though she insisted it’s not Rock Fiction.

And despite some waffling on my part, she’s right. But it’s close, especially because there’s no way Brian could have any other career.

Let me back up. A Heart Not Easily Broken is the story of Ebony, a black woman who is very driven to succeed in life, and Brian, a white man who is very driven to succeed in life, on his own terms. I like these people. They work hard, they are focused and dedicated.

At first meeting, Ebony makes it clear she’s not interested. Brian’s not her type – he’s not black, he’s not beefy. But he’s … something. And it’s that something that catches her interest that he picks up on. He pursues her, even when she keeps saying no. But he’s cute about it, totally not threatening, and showing up on her front doorstep is truly kismet. How can she resist?

It’s nice to see a couple who are so good for each other – and to each other. And to their friends, family, and coworkers, too. This is wholesome, heartwarming stuff, and it doesn’t shy away from the sexy, either. What a great balance. I like Ms. Kane’s worldview.

But then Brian’s creepy roommate decides to lord his power over Ebony. Because let’s face it: that’s what rape is. It’s not about sex. It’s about power, and Javan may be a player, but there’s a line between a player and disturbed, and he crosses that line with Ebony. And, like every person drunk on his own power, he’s convinced nothing bad will happen to him.

Other reviewers commented that the book didn’t seem real at this point. I disagree. I thought Ebony’s reaction was very real. I could relate to her, to her need to keep things a secret, her fear that this one event would ruin so many lives.

It was when she finally told Brian that I began to have a problem. That’s because he doesn’t believe her, even though he has known Javan for years. I can understand if there was shock and an unwillingness to believe the entire scenario – no one wants to hear something so heinous about a person they have such a long history with, and that the woman they love has had to endure something so life-changing. But once Brian comes around, I bought back in.

The next snag I hit was over Javan’s personal fallout. It was too easy, and the statement that he knew how to manipulate people because he was a psychologist just hit me the wrong way. I don’t doubt there are people who do behave this way, but in Javan’s case, I think his issue is that he’s just a sociopath. The dude has problems, and as with every other character in the book, he’s not all bad. He’s a fleshed-out character, by and large, and his mental issues are well drawn.

So… in the end, this is a great read. The publisher could benefit from a better copy editor; there were too many mistakes to overlook, and not mistakes of the stylistic kind, either. Some misused words, semicolons that had no business being there… it’s a shame when a publisher doesn’t make an author look her best, and MJ Kane is an author worth making look good.

I’m grateful to MJ for sending me a review copy. Rock Fiction it ain’t, but it’s a rockin’ good read.

Want to see what you think? I’ve still got those two copies to give away, thanks to MJ. Leave me a comment and I’ll draw a winner.

Jett and I love hearing from authors (and yes, to reach Jett, use Susan’s e-mail), so we were super excited when author MJ Kane popped into my inbox.

She was responding to my Coveting post, where I’d talked about my curiosity being piqued as to whether or not her book, A Heart Not Easily Broken, is Rock Fiction. Here’s what she had to say (reprinted with permission, duh. Like I’d ever dishonor someone like that? Sheesh.)

Is this Rock Fiction?
My answer: No, it was not my intention to write Rock Fiction. My stories are a combination of Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance, and Interracial Romance. I write reality romance that addresses subjects that nearly every reader can relate to in some way. The subject matter of A Heart Not Easily Broken is about a couple who enters an interracial romance, how their relationship grows organically, and how Ebony handles being raped, her insecurities, and fear of loosing her boyfriend. My goal was to encourage readers to look outside the box for love, embrase the differences, and learn to open up to friends and family when something bad happens to them. We are not made of stone and holding things, thinking we are protecting those around us is not good. We all need help. Brian is not necessarily a rocker, lol, but he is a musician who plays bass guitar in a band and owns his own company. His dream is to make money in the industry, but primarily as a studio musician, thus the reason why music, or the band, isn’t a major focus in the story, but a part of him and his aspirations. I hope this clears it up for you. It was never my intention for him to come across as a major rocker. 🙂

Now, does THAT make you think, or WHAT?

Now, of course, part of what makes a book Rock Fiction is how the characters inhabit their musicality, so when MJ was kind enough to offer me a free copy, I snapped it up. Gotta see for myself, right?

(And yes, Jett is fumingly angry at me. I got Nancy Loyan’s book and now this one and yes, I’m a hog and keep them for myself. When she’s caught up on the stack I gave her, she can have others and do I sound like a mother, or WHAT?)

Was MJ not gracious enough for you? Well, she knocked my socks off with her next e-mail: she’s offering TWO copies to my readers.  Just leave a comment, make sure you fill out the e-mail part of the comment form — it won’t be visible or kept or anything — and I’ll pick two names out of a hat and boom, you’ll get a copy.

Join me. Let’s see what this one’s all about. I can’t wait.

Crossing the boundaries of skin color is something we still don’t see much of in fiction, let alone Rock Fiction. This  might be the first book that does that, at least in terms of the romance.

The book is A Heart Not Easily Broken, the first in a series called The Butterfly Memoirs. But it’s fiction.

Here’s the book description:

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.

 

Sounds good, but apparently the sticking point for many reviewers is that Ebony is raped, and the rocker boyfriend doesn’t believe her (really?).  And what is this lately with characters who won’t take no for an answer?

Reviews are mixed, and other than mention that the boyfriend’s a rock star, the reviews I read don’t indicate anything musical at all.

Which leads me to wonder if it is Rock Fiction at all, or if it isn’t. I’ll have to get a copy and see.