There’s no one like Annie Arcane in romance land today. Her writing style is unique and fresh. So unique and fresh, in fact, that it might not be for everyone. Folks who are content with genre norms might not dig her style. But for the rest of us? It’s a totally entertaining breath of fresh air. And those of us who “get” her will be fans for life.
So, in Hart Broken, Cale met Mickey, and she was kind of a mess. He pretty much had to put her back together again. And in Hart of His, it’s time for Mickey to return the favor.
I won’t give away too much of the storyline, but throughout the whole book, Cale is pretty much riding the struggle bus. The accident that left him paralyzed has taken a toll on his confidence even more than it appeared to have in Hart Broken. This time around, Mickey was the glue that held them together, which is a 180 from Hart Broken.
While I was glad to see that Mickey had grown up a little this time around (she was MUCH more likeable in this book), it was hard to see Cale so beaten and broken. There were times that I really missed the confidence and swagger (so to speak) he had in Hart Broken. I’m hoping to see him get back to normal in the next book.
But, minor gripe notwithstanding, this was another great read from a genre trailblazer. I highly recommend it for all open-minded readers who are for an outside-the-box book.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
CRUSHES it! No rehab needed. Nothing “formulaic” here!
Other reading suggestions
Well, like I said, Annie Arcane is kind of in a class by herself. So, if you haven’t read Hart Broken, I’d start there. And for a story with a disabled (and totally awesome) heroine and sweet, sexy-but-slightly-damaged hero, try Priceless by Linda Kage (Note: Priceless is part of a series, but can be read as a standalone)