Diana DeRicci is an autobuy for me. Whenever I want something quick and satisfying, she is my go to read.
Title: Not Quite Broken (Arbor Heights #8)
Author: Diana DeRicci
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Winterheart Designs
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Can Dex survive a nightmare that won’t let go?
Dex’s life has gone into a tailspin. One night that ruined his entire world. He can’t sleep, he can’t eat. He’s lost his job, and is about to lose the last of his sanity. When the world crashes down around him, he’s ready to let the world win.
Dex has friends, though, who are determined to not let him self-combust.
One man will be there to guide him through his nightmare, to hold him to keep the demons at bay, and still let him be strong enough to find the strength to love after his darkest hour.
I have been waiting for Dex’s story since “The Good Life” where he first appeared. I knew going into this, that the subject matter would be darker than most of Ms. DeRicci’s other works and this was reflected in the maturity of her writing. She did not try to make light of the situation or blow it off, instead she focused on the pain and the healing and how it touches every aspect of a person’s life. I believe she handled this with care and the respect such a victim deserves. With this novella, I can see that Ms. DeRicci is developing as an author and this was a great example of her growing skills.
I loved that she handled the idea of the rape victim very well. There was obvious research and thought put into the plot so that things did not happen in such a way as to belittle anyone’s experiences. The characters did not jump right into a physical relationship, in fact Brian let Dex lead as he was able. Dex needed to heal from what was done to him not only physically but mentally and emotionally. And as a character, he was allowed to do what he needed to do to be whole again. Brian did not try to dictate his recovery just so that he could be sexually satisfied. Brian constantly put Dex first even when he had to put aside his growing attraction and affection for the younger man.
I do have to warn you, this novella is full of feels. I cried on and off throughout the whole story. I cried tears of sadness for poor Dex, but I cried for his happinesses as well. I loved what happened with his family and I loved the ending. I loved that Ms. DeRicci created a strong character that was so likable. She did a great job of pulling me in the first time we met Dex, and she did a great job of maintaining that connection in this story.
I am a avid Diana DeRicci fan and it is so wonderful to be able to share my opinion of her works with you. This novella is a step up from her usual stories and I encourage you to check this one out for yourself. I don’t think you will be disappointed.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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