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Broken Things (The Southwark Saga Book 4) by [Cale, Jessica]
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Rival. Sister. Barmaid. Whore.

Meg Henshawe has been a lot of things in her life, and few of them good. As proprietress of The Rose and Crown in Restoration Southwark, she has squandered her life catering to the comfort of workmen and thieves. Famous for her beauty as much as her reputation for rage, Meg has been coveted, abused, and discarded more than once. She is resigned to fighting alone until a passing boxer offers a helping hand.

Jake Cohen needs a job. When an injury forces him out of the ring for good, all he’s left with is a pair of smashed hands and a bad leg. Keeping the peace at The Rose is easy, especially with a boss as beautiful—and wickedly funny—as Meg Henshawe. In her way, she’s as much of an outcast as Jake, and she offers him three things he thought he’d never see again: a home, family, and love.

After Meg’s estranged cousin turns up and seizes the inn, Meg and Jake must work together to protect their jobs and keep The Rose running. The future is uncertain at best, and their pasts won’t stay buried. Faced with one setback after another, they must decide if what they have is worth the fight to keep it. Can broken things ever really be fixed?

Content notes: Diverse characters, profanity, violence, graphic sex

About the Author

Jessica Cale is a historical romance author and journalist based in North Carolina. Originally from Minnesota, she lived in Wales for several years where she earned a BA in History and an MFA in Creative Writing while climbing castles and photographing mines for history magazines. She kidnapped ("married") her very own British prince (close enough) and is enjoying her happily ever after with him in a place where no one understands his accent. She is the editor of Dirty, Sexy History at www.dirtysexyhistory.com. You can visit her at www.authorjessicacale.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Corbeau Media (1 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06Y11WZBZ
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series! 1 May 2017
By Joni - Published on Amazon.com
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I just left my heart in Southwark and can not wait for more! I was so happy and honored to receive an advanced copy of this new release coming soon in the series, "The Southwark Saga". I want to be on a permanent list of Jessica Cale's ARC readers! The Rose and Crown Inn in Southwark is so familiar to me from the previous books and I loved that 'Broken Things' takes place there at the rundown yet lively Inn with Meg Henshawe and her family. It was so good to get Meg's whole story with a very good dose of her heart and not just her hardship at a glance. Her notoriety and fame as a loose beauty brought her Jake Cohen. I just loved their story!

Jessica Cale brings so much in her books and I love the way they are written. I feel her leading characters intensely and love feeling the romance and chemistry between them. My heart gets a good workout! I enjoyed having this book in my mind to get back to and loved thinking back to the previous books. Her side characters add so much to the stories but don't take over. 'Broken Things', as with her other books, was very honest and had a wonderful build to it. I did not know how things would turn out for Jake and Meg and that awful, rundown Inn having a claim on it from a horrible cousin, but all was safely brought to a wonderful conclusion. I can't wait to see Jake and Meg in future books in the series!

How wonderful to get an even stronger male character (in my opinion) in book four! I mean, Nick & Mark Virtue are pretty wonderful but there is something even bigger and stronger about Jake Cohen, inside and out. I know Meg thought so, too! I loved how Jessica Cale made him so unique and good, plus he was someone Meg had watched over time in the boxing ring. I loved how she was "chased and chosen" by him when he ended up at her Inn and as time went on. The historical romance setting and the separation of classes always makes this series appeal to me. Jessica Cale is an honest writer and so skilled at bringing the era to life! This book really delighted me in every way and gets my five stars! Go start this series if you haven't!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jessica Cale brings 17th century Southwark to life like no other 2 May 2017
By Amy Quinton - Published on Amazon.com
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Jessica Cale brings 17th century Southwark to life like no other author I know.

Equal parts historical fiction and historical romance, Broken Things follows the love story of a tough as nails Englishwoman and a solitary, Jewish prizefighter as they survive discrimination, poverty, thievery, and greed in 1678 Southwark, London.

Meg Henshawe, our heroine, is an Innkeeper with a string of past lovers who is responsible for single-handedly running an Inn while keeping her sisters and their collective brood of illegitimate children from being tossed out into the street by an unfeeling, yet greedy, distant relation.

Jake Cohen, our hero, is a Jewish man who lost his entire family, his fiancée, and his livelihood, goldsmithing, in the Great Fire of London. He has since endured, surviving by his wits and through his skill as an undefeated prizefighter.

Forced into an early retirement and on the hunt for a means to survive, Jake's path crosses Meg's where they find commonality in the very, real hardships they've endured. In survival, they find companionship and love as they struggle to live in an unforgiving world.

Their lives aren't easy; their pasts are full of heartache; and discrimination abounds. But together, they learn just how strong they both truly are.

Jessica Cale paints a vivid picture of life in 17th century Southwark. Her dialogue is colorful, witty, and well-crafted with careful consideration for the way people spoke in that time period while still giving the reader an easy, comforting read. You will feel as if you are there, watching it all unfold before your eyes. You will be surprised by the situations our couple face. You will find yourself rooting for Meg and falling in love with Jake as their love develops through a carefully crafted, slow burn.

You will cheer when our lovers find their HEA amidst all the broken things that make up their colorful lives.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough Characters, Strong Plot, Good Read 1 May 2017
By Carol Roddy - Published on Amazon.com
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Jake Cohen ranks very high on my list of favorite heroes. Battered and broken, but not down, he rises to defend those he loves and to make a life for himself. Tough in body and spirit, but tender in emotion, he pours healing love on a heroine who badly needs it.

Meg Henshawe isn't easy to love. She has scraped, clawed, and struggled to keep body and soul together and to take care of her family. It has made her crude, lewd, and coarse on the outside. When you realize "family" seems to embrace half of Southwark, you begin to appreciate her. When you see her with Jake's eyes, you love her.

If you like romance in which the history is as rich and deep as it is accurate, and if you like well rounded deeply imagined, realistic characters with genuine issues that come to a believable and satisfying conclusion, you will love her entire Southwark Saga. This book is no exception. I can't praise it highly enough.

Heed the author's warnings. This book has an abundance of profanity, violence, and graphic sex. Be assured however, that nobody but nobody writes about redemption as well as Jessica Cale.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the mud and the blood and the beer (if this were a Johnny Cash song) 3 May 2017
By L. Busch - Published on Amazon.com
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At one point, Meg says to Jake, "You do realize we're molls?" She's not talking about the gangster kind.

These characters are real. Meg had no choice about the sale of her body (by her father beginning at age 15) any more than Jake did about fighting after he lost his family and home in a fire and his fiance married someone else. But just as Jake is not ashamed of having survived as a boxer, being a whore is just a way of life for Meg after 20 years of it.

I confess the realism was a little hard for me to read. I'm not used to heroines in romance novels thinking and acting like, well, whores. That's how good the author is. But Meg and Jake meet each other at a point where each is desperate to find a better life. At the same time, each has given up on ever being loved. It's sad to see how surprised each of them is when the other does something caring.

For those who care, the sex is, uh, lusty and messy.

I found the ending of the book completely satisfying. I loved Meg's reaction when her cousin tells her he's sold the inn, and then an unexpected but believable thing happens to make everything fall into place.

I have to say I don't think this book is for readers who just want a light read. However, it will reward those who enjoy realistic historical details and good writing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jake and Meg 2 May 2017
By Tracy DeNeal - Published on Amazon.com
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A chance mention of this intriguing non ton historical romance sent me searching Amazon for this new release. I am so glad that I did.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a thoroughly used up tavern wench and a done-for professional brawler. How on earth? These prototypes are always secondary characters. They don't get an HEA. Well, they do now.

We're taken to the despair-ridden streets of Southwark and given a glimpse of struggling humanity with nary a duke, marquess, earl, viscount or baron in sight. The author made me believe this story. I cheered for them. I laughed with them. I felt their uncertainty and insecurity. I highly recommend this book. It was a page turner.

Now to go back and read the earlier books in this series.
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