Book Title: Hart Broken
Indie Author: Annie Arcane
Genre: New Adult/ Contemporary Romance
Length: 331 page full-length novel
This book begins in an upscale, top-floor condo where Mackensington “Mickey” Hart is waking up in a strange bed, thinking she had a one-night-stand with a stranger after drinking a little too much the night before. Enter the hot, rich, totally swoon-worthy guy with a heart of gold, Cale Windermere, who of course does not take advantage of unconscious women. Did I mention that he happens to also be paralyzed from the waist down?
Mickey isn’t sure about Cale, especially after a break-up with a cheating ex-fiance, and a misunderstanding about his identity or possible serial-killer status, but after a few run-ins and a push in his direction from her closest friends, Mickey finally gives in and lets herself get closer to Mister Fabulous on wheels.
Mickey is also fighting some inner battles of her own, and when things start heating up between her and Cale, enter the remorseful and able-bodied ex-fiance who wants another chance. Will Mickey be able to look past Cale’s disability, or will it drive a wedge between them that is insurmountable?
The idea of a “paraplegic” main character in a romance novel was unique and refreshing. Not to mention, he was described in a way that had me totally drooling over him, myself. Plain and simple, he sounded hot, atrophied legs and all.
I felt like the first chapter of Hart Broken had a really good “hook” to draw me in, and I was really interested in the story right from the beginning. I also like how the story begins in the middle of a scene, putting us right in the middle of everything. Then moving along, I’d say up to about Chapter 12 it builds up the story, the characters, and the relationship that’s being established between Mickey and Cale. From about Chapter 12 and on is when the story really just gets to where you don’t want to put the book down.
There were parts in this book that I felt such strong emotions, I was either verbally yelling at the characters or crying because I was just so heartbroken over what was going on. There was also some mystery sprinkled in, and it was done in such a way that you almost didn’t see it coming until it hits you.
I like the realism of this book, getting a glimpse of what it’s like day-to-day for a person who can’t use his legs and is confined to a wheelchair. I also love the parts of this book that are written in Cale’s perspective.
There are several other things I loved about this book that would be spoilers if I wrote about, so I’ll let you find those out for yourself. (wink-wink)
What could use some work:
I think a couple of things in this book that could be improved upon might be some of the dialogue. There were a few parts when the characters were talking, and I got confused at times on who was saying what. There were also some minor grammatical errors here and there, but nothing major enough to detract from the story.
One other thing might be to see more of Cale in his professional life. I feel like the book hints at him being this sort of bad ass at what he does, and I’m not sure if he’s just really humble about it, or if it’s just something he doesn’t talk about much when Mickey is around.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. It’s a fresh spin, something you don’t see every day. I expect to see more great things from Ms. Arcane! (I’ll beta-read for her any day.)