Hart Broken: A Wounded Hero Romance (Cale & Mickey Book 1),
by Annie Arcane
Publication: June 7, 2016
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.
I’m so excited to write this review today and so excited that I’ve discovered author, Annie Arcane!! Besides just being a cool, quirky girl Arcane’s writing is fabulously addictive 🙂
This is the story of Cale and Mickey, beginning with her waking up in his wonderful penthouse after a serious night of drinking. After rescuing her from some drunken incident (she rarely drinks) Cale took Mickey home, changed her into a t-shirt, then proceeded to sleep on the couch while giving her his bed. When she wakes up she has no clue where she is or who she is with, but quickly meets the incredibly handsome Cale, who just happens to be in a wheelchair. Besides being insanely gorgeous Cale is also a super wealthy businessman who instantly falls for Mickey. They eventually spend more time together and get to know one another, complete with several awkward moments relating to Cale being in a wheelchair, but nevertheless, they fall for each other. Both are wounded in different ways with Mickey struggling with scars from her past and Cale fighting his inner demons relating to his accident and paralysis, but they still can’t stay away from one another.
First of all, I absolutely LOVED that the hot, sexy, rich, man-candy main character in this novel is also a paraplegic. The storyline is so original and being that Cale is in a wheelchair adds so much more depth to the novel in that his character is strong and confident on one hand, but also struggles with feeling less of man because of his limitations. He’s smart and successful one minute, but then almost childlike at other times because of his desires to be everything for and do everything with Mickey. Not to mention, he has quite the sailor mouth frequently spewing several four letter words, but it completely works for him. Mickey is one of those drop-dead gorgeous women that doesn’t realize it, or if she does, she doesn’t care. Successful, driven, and hilarious, Mickey is a wonderful leading lady in this novel, although she’s battling a lot of serious demons from her adolescence causing her to struggle with love and commitment. She has a fantastic best friend, Mel, whom she affectionately calls “Mom” frequently throughout the story because of her meddling ways, of course, all done with good intentions. Cam, Cale’s twin brother, and business partner is also prominent in the novel, although he honestly drove me crazy. I found him incredibly obnoxious and insulting and didn’t see many good qualities in the man, but he had a sweet wife and cute little kids.
Hart Broken is written from alternating points of view between Cale and Mickey and sometimes it was a bit confusing trying to figure out who was talking or who was thinking to themselves, however, it also gripped me from the first page. Throughout the novel when it switched to Cale’s point of view, it frequently began with “this girl…” leading into him explaining something adorably cute, adorably sexy, or adorably aggravating that Mickey had done. That just made me love him more. Arcane’s writing also contains a lot of short sentences, sometimes just a word or two, which I loved because it almost made me feel as if I was in the character’s head, better able to understand their personalities and emotions. The bulk of the plot centers around Cale and Mickey meeting and falling in love, along with numerous complications stemming from his disability and internal fears and Mickey’s abusive past and tendency to withdraw. Annie Arcane poses several questions that I think anyone would wonder about if unfamiliar with paraplegia. Some are answered and some are left to the imagination. However, it really shows Cale’s vulnerability and Mickey’s genuine need to understand. A wonderful and surprising thing about the novel is the laugh-out-loud humor. Cale and Mickey are both very quick-witted and there are several hilarious moments in the story. But there are also heart-breaking moments, along with incredibly frustrating moments usually because of Cale’s stubbornness.
I cannot stress enough how much I loved this wonderful novel and how highly I recommend it to any lover of romance and women’s fiction. I was unable to put it down as soon as I started reading and shamelessly begged Annie Arcane for the 2nd installment in the series as soon as I had finished reading. I believe that there are going to be 4 total novels and novellas in this series, but make sure that you start with Hart Broken. I dare you to try to read this without falling in love with the characters and without going crazy for the follow-up novella! This novel is fast-paced with a fantastic storyline and is so refreshing focusing on a leading man that has a physical disability. Way to challenge those stereotypes my friend!
*Many thanks to the amazing Annie Arcane for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review!
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