Review: Hart Broken by Annie Arcane

Genre(s): Contemporary Romance

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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 who 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.


I had a lot of mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I thought the premise was amazing. Diversity in novels can be hard to find; reading about a hero in a wheelchair was refreshing. Not only that, but I felt it was handled pretty well. Mickey was curious (who wouldn’t be) but never looked down on Cale. And the descriptions were done very well.

I also liked the love story and was really rooting for the two of them. They were a good match and made for an enjoyable read. Cale, the cocky jerk we all love to pretend to hate but actually just love. Mickey, the awkward but kind girl who you just want to pick up and give a cuddle.

My issues were fairly minor, but unfortunately not minor enough to overlook. I didn’t like the running commentary in italics, but that was just a stylistic problem. Lots of people love reading that way. Another stylistic problem for me was the switch between first and third person. I found it quite jarring and had to look back to make sure I hadn’t misread something.

I also thought the angst was a bit too much for me at times. Real life has angst, I know. But lately I feel contemporary romance novels have been exhibiting a trend in which the drama of the angst has been really amped up to add tension, and that’s just not something I find myself connecting with.

Overall, though, I really enjoyed this read. The author has done an excellent job of taking a new approach to the romance novel and I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next.

Rating: ★★★1/2

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