Anyone who has read my reviews (or social media posts) knows I’m a huge fan of this author. She’s hilarious and talented and has a writing voice that’s unlike anything I’ve ever read. (And I read A LOT, folks--so, that’s no small accomplishment) I would call her work polarizing: you’ll either adore it, or you’ll hate it. (And the hate will stem from lack of understanding, because honestly, not everyone will “get” Annie Arcane, and that’s OK.) I personally ADORE it.
Hart of Mine is the 4th installment in the Cale and Mickey story. (You can check out our review of the 3rd installment here) It is not a standalone. If you try to read it as a standalone you’ll be super confused. So, if you haven’t read books 1-3, get to your Kindles immediately. (They’re all on Kindle Unlimited!!) Go ahead...I’ll wait here…
OK, now that THAT’S out of the way...
This book reads like a sort of epilogue to Cale and Mickey’s story. Like usual, the banter between them is crazy-adorable. I would probably read a whole book of nothing but these two chatting around the dinner table. (Plot? We don’t need no stinkin’ plot!)
After the last book, I was glad to see that Cale is back to his usual stubborn, in-control, confident, alpha-man hotness. I thought he was a little downtrodden in book 3, but this time? He was all kinds of awesome. Reading about him getting a beautiful happily ever after with the woman of his dreams was ridiculously fun. (And it was a REAL kind of happily ever after, you know? Not an overly fluffy, too perfect kind of HEA. It was JUST RIGHT.)
Long-story-short, just like the other books in the series, this one was sassy, cute, and tons of fun. And now that Cale and Mickey’s story is complete, I can’t wait to see what Miss Arcane has in store for us next!
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
Crushes it! This one is clean and sober. No rehab needed!
Other reading suggestions
Check out the Annie Arcane backlist. And for a great read with a disabled heroine who finds love with her impossibly hot best friend, try Priceless by Linda Kage.