This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Annie Arcane, Author. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Hart Broken by Annie Arcane
Series: Cale and Mickey #1
Also in this series:Hart of His, Hart of Hers, Hart of Mine
Also by this author: Hart of His, Hart of Hers, Hart of Mine
Release Date: June 07, 2016
Publisher: Annie Arcane
Source: Annie Arcane, Author
Purchase at: Amazon
Mickey Hart doesn’t do one-night stands. Until she wakes up in a luxury penthouse. With nothing but a t-shirt and no idea whom it belongs to.
Enter Cale Windermere. Driven. Ambitious. Successful. And so gorgeous he could've walked straight out of a romance novel...
Except I can’t walk.
Not that it ever stops me from getting what I want.
And I want her.
Even if she's keeping secrets.
That could tear me to f*cking shreds.
Warning: Strong language, mature content, drama, and angst included. Shirt sold separately.
This novel is an adult contemporary romance featuring a disabled hero who happens to be a rich and sexy alpha male with a potty mouth.
Cale and Mickey: Book 1 of 4
This book received five stars from me, which I do not give out all that often. In order for a book to get a five star from me it has to stay with me. Once I close the book do I continue to ponder it or do I just move on, that is what separates a four star from a five star. This book did that for me. From the moment I picked it up I was sucked in and did not want to put it down and when I did have to put it down I thought about the story until I could get back to it. I love it when books stick with me like that.
Cale Windermere as a character is well written. Having been a very successful business man before his accident you would not expect him to just lay down and die after. That is not to say that he has come to a true acceptance of his disability but more that he desires to overcome what he is expected to fail at and achieve what he considers as close to normal as he can have. I love that as much as he is written as a strong and ambitious person his weaknesses are also put under the spotlight. The author does not try to gloss over his handicap but rather highlights it as it would truly be and there is no shame. I just love that!!
Mickey Hart, oh my gosh, she is just a pandora’s box. When the story first started I felt that she was a typical chick who drank too much and ended up with a morning after walk of shame. What I did not expect was that as the story went on this seemingly normal woman started to really change for the worse. I was truly surprised. Usually we see all the characters issues up front and they “work through” them as the story goes on so that by the end they are all sparkles and rainbows. Not in this case. Mickey has issues and they are shadowed by Cale’s disability because that is the “elephant” of the story but in reality Mickey is the elephant in the room. She and her best friend have cryptic conversations that really clue you in to what is truly going on inside of Mickey and after every reveal you are left feeling like what is going to come up next. By the end of the story you are blown away by the awfulness of her situation and the amazing amount of safeguards she has in place in order to protect herself and why she has all that in place. Utterly amazing, the whole transfiguration is like watching a magician pull a rabbit from his hat——where did that come from??
The ending I was expecting a “and they lived happily ever after” ending but that is not what I received. This ending was not an ending at all but more of a work in progress. I loved that Mickey was not magically better after confessing her darkest sins. I love that she still had her quirks that she needed to work through. She did not immediately achieve perfection, she remained perfectly imperfect and I think that a work in progress ending was just beautiful. I loved this story and I highly, highly recommend.
*Thank you to author Annie Arcane for this complimentary copy of Hart Broken*