Hart of Mine
(Cale & Mickey #4)
Publication date: June 25th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
God, this woman drives me insane.
In all of the good, most of the bad, and some of the ugliest ways imaginable. But it doesn’t matter because she’s mine. My little sadist. My crazy girl. My beautiful wife.
And you don’t ever f*ck with what’s mine.
Warning: Strong language, mature content, drama, and angst included. Shirt sold separately.
This novella is an adult contemporary romance featuring a disabled hero who (still) happens to be a rich and sexy alpha male with a potty mouth.
Cale and Mickey: Book 4 of 4
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As much as I completely LOVED Hart of Mine, I am so sad to see this series come to an end! Cale and Mickey will forever be my favorite book couple of all time…
I will do my best not to give anything huge away for those that have not yet started this series, but now realize that you can’t resist! Cale is a paraplegic in a wheelchair, but absolutely sexy and adorable. He also has the mouth of a sailor. But he and Mickey have fallen in love, gotten engaged, and are enjoying life together, that is, unless one of them is driving the other one absolute crazy with stubbornness and stupid decisions. This series has been spectacular with this amazing characters, but as I’ve stated numerous times when reviewing for Annie Arcane, I just love the fact that her leading man is one with a physical disability. He’s filthy rich, brilliant, sexy, funny – but he is also in a wheelchair. This is not something you run across in everyday romance novels, which makes the author and the series stand out in a fabulous way.
Hart of Mine included the typical, hilarious, and at times frustrating banter between Cale and Mickey that I adore. Mickey says it like it is and when she’s mad, he knows she’s mad. But their relationship has progressed so much by book 4 that I’ve noticed her “mad moments” are shorter, quickly replaced by her normal, loving personality. However, she is just as sarcastic as Cale, spewing out several smart-ass comments, just as he does to her. My favorite thing is how Cale has always been the boss, rich, and powerful – but when it comes to Mickey – he just melts. They both screw up, say stupid things, but at the end of the day, theirs’ is one of the most romantic, passionate love stories that I have read.
Besides the romantic, mushy stuff often in romance novels, Arcane always includes her own quirky twists and turns, surprising the reader whether it’s good or bad. Hart of Mine definitely held several surprises, and I flew through this one in no time at all, unable to put it down. I cannot recommend Hart of Mine enough, but start with the first book in order to understand the amazing things that have happened between Cale and Mickey. Annie Arcane is an incredible, real, honest, & hilarious author that I hope to see much more from in the future!
*Many thanks and much love to Annie Arcane for providing a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Thinking about starting this series? Here are my previous reviews of the other books in the series 🙂
Fate could be a bastard and fuck with me all day long, but I would never be caught off-guard again. I would leave nothing to chance.
Liabilities were mine.
Assets were hers.
It was simple.
There were no ifs, ands, or buts.
“Doesn’t matter what you want, Mickey. It’s yours regardless.”
“Seriously?” She was staring at me as if I’d sprouted horns and was in desperate need of an exorcism. “Can you even hear yourself?”
I didn’t bother answering. Of course, I could hear myself. I was making perfect sense.
She gave a loud sigh, “I hate it when you act like this.”
“Like what?” The pussy-whipped husband who spoils his wife rotten? The pathetic bastard who empties his bank account at her feet?
“Like this. Like a dumb idiot. Like a controlling jerk. Like…like…” Another sigh. Louder. Far more exasperated. “You. You’re acting like you.”
My fists clenched.
Great. Now I’m jealous of my hypothetical competition. Keeps on getting better and better.
“And who would you rather I act like?”
“Hmm, I don’t know,” she countered sweetly. “How about a reasonable human being?”
Oh, fuck, no.
“How the hell am I not reasonable? I do anything you ask me to. I do everything you ask me to. Even when it’s a blow to my ego, I swallow my damn pride and do whatever you want. For Christ’s sake, we just got married at a drive-thru because that’s what you wanted,” the reminder was bitter on my tongue. “You think that’s what I wanted? You think I spent months learning to stand on my own goddamn feet again because a fucking drive-thru wedding was my end goal?
“But you say jump, I say how high, right? So, by all means, let me know what else you need me to do, Mickey. Tell me how else to prove I trust you because I’ve literally given you every single thing in my possession and it still isn’t good enough. Because I’ve placed my entire life in your hands and…shit!”
It happened so fast.
The crazy girl tackled me.
I didn’t even see it coming. Which was fortunate since I probably would’ve broken something had I braced for impact. She tipped my chair over backward, knocking me right out of the damn seat. And landed hard on top of me, knocking the wind right out of my lungs.
As the room swirled, her panicked voice clawed through the fog, “Oh, my God, Cale. Are you okay?”
Crazy fucking girl.
I nodded, attempting to catch my breath while the fancy-ass ceiling tiles came into focus. Guess I must’ve cracked my skull on the floor too.
“I can’t believe that actually happened.”
A sixteen-pound titanium wheelchair with no brakes vs. a stunningly gorgeous human torpedo with no fear.
What the fuck did she expect would happen?
“I was only trying to distract you.”
More like trying to kill me. Closing my arms around her, I managed a hoarse chuckle. It was more of a cough. I took a ragged breath and murmured, “You don’t have to try.”
She relaxed into my chest and whispered, “Sorry.”
“No harm done.” Minus the splitting headache.
“Are you sure you’re not hurt?”
Her head snapped up. “What?”
I curbed a smile, knowing full well this was going to cost me dearly. There was no doubt she’d make me pay for it later.
She scrambled to alleviate her weight, hovering inches above. “What?”
Worth any punishment, “I can’t feel my legs.”
God, that laugh.
Who cares about the consequences?
I’d sell my soul to hear that laugh.
Romance with wounded heroes, disabled characters, alpha males, and angst.
Annie doesn’t like long walks on the beach, getting dolled up, or HEA endings with a boringly perfect hero. She’d much rather be rock climbing, shooting guns, or ending on cliffhangers with a deliciously imperfect hero. And hugs. She likes hugs.
She also has a B.Sc. in Biology and feels kinda sorta weird referring to herself in 3rd person. Just saying.
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