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Carry Your Heart

(Carry Your Heart #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  348 ratings  ·  55 reviews
When Isabelle Martin steps onto Sawyer Auto Repair's parking lot, she can't believe it's come to this. After dropping out of a school she never really wanted to go to in the first place and dumping a boyfriend she never really loved to begin with, she thought coming home to Claremont, North Carolina would solve all her problems. Instead, she's still reeling from her mom's ...more
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Published July 14th 2015 by Amazon Digital Services
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K. Ryan Caleb and Isabelle's story will continue in the sequel, Carry You Home. I don't have a release date, but hopefully I'll be finished by the end of the …moreCaleb and Isabelle's story will continue in the sequel, Carry You Home. I don't have a release date, but hopefully I'll be finished by the end of the year. Thanks for your question!(less)

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Geri Reads
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it
When I got a message from the author asking me if I would like to review Carry Your Heart, I immediately said yes for two reasons:

One, the blurb sounds really enticing to me. I am one of those readers who aren't bothered by a presence of an old love or reading about a hero who has someone else at the beginning of the book before the heroine. These things don't bother me. In fact, I actively seek out books like these. Carry Your Heart fits what I wanted to read to a tee.

Caleb Sawyer's life is u
Originally reviewed at SmexyBooks-

Favorite Quote: “I could choose to be miserable or I could choose to be happy. I was going to choose to be happy.”

Isabelle (Iz) Martin has come home to Claremont, NC after leaving Duke University and her boyfriend. Her mother’s death and her father’s depression convinces Iz she is needed at home more than ever. When her father demands she get a job or get out, Isabelle applies at Sawyer’s Auto Repair; owned and operated by
She Hearts Books
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Isabelle came home to say goodbye to her mother who was dying. Things got worse when her father buried his grief in a bottle and she became his caretaker. My heart hurt for her as she went through all of this so alone. She gets a job in the office of an MC auto shop and meets Caleb. He is going through his own issues after his long time girlfriend leaves him when he least expected it. They both are so lonely and connect when they least expected it. I loved that Caleb was so supportive of her eve ...more
Gemma Weir
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Carry your heart is book #1 in the Carry Your Heart Series and the first book I have read by this author, I was gifted a copy if this book to read for Gemma Reads Too much.

This book was sold to me as an MC romance; honestly I wouldn’t class it as that. Yes there is an MC but it’s not a main focus in this story.

Now is that a problem? Well yes and no.

I love MC books so I was a little disappointed that although the club was there
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
absolutely loved this!!!

I'm so sick of tons of novels having this insta love and this had the best slow build ever! not rushing into anything to soon and truly getting to know one another.

can not wait until February 9th for Carry You Home!
Vivi Chatzikiriakou
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So, I received a copy of this books by K. Ryan in exchange of my honest review, which I always had and I always will in every book I'm going to read, and I was ready to review it when a thought crossed my mind and open Goodreads in search of what its synopsis was talked about. Well, it was a long synopsis!!! Which was good and bad at the same time. But the worst part was, that I read of an other person review, which I never did before, and now I'm totally confused. Crap!! Why in the earth I did ...more
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
4.5/5 Full Review can be found at

So right off the bat, you go into what Isabelle (Iz as Caleb calls her) is facing with. The loss of her mother really hit her and her father hard, and now she is left to pick up the pieces, while trying to find her place in the world.

Then comes Caleb. A man with a past, and not someone who has thought much about his future expect one thing. Wanting to stay in the family business. I totally get that, and I found myself at t
Krista Duebner
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was exactly what I needed! As an English teacher I naturally crave reading, but as a summertime stay-at-home mom, I desperately need to have something carefree and intriguing to get lost in. That’s how I felt with Isabelle and Caleb-- even if it did take quite a while for “the action” to happen. Although I might have texted K. Ryan to desperately ask how much longer until they get down to the nitty gritty, I think I most appreciated how she prolonged their relationship and took the time to ...more
Amanda  B Gillespie
This book was the first MC book I’ve read and I must say, I was expecting more of a Son of Anarchy type atmosphere than I got. The thing is, I’m glad that is what I got as an introduction to this genre. It wasn’t anywhere close to SOA and the MC was a part of the setting and plot but it wasn’t the main part and did not make me feel overwhelmed. There was plenty of alcohol, an air of violence and a smattering of drugs and illegal activity. The sexual encounterings aren’t written in a smut book at ...more
Brittany Gutierrez
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Caleb and Iz grew up in the same small town and attended high school together. A few years down the road Caleb is nursing a broken heart from his high school sweet heart and spiraling down hill quickly. Iz is back home after spending the last two years attending Duke studying Law. Iz's mom recently passed away and her dad is not handling the loss well and has turned into a mean Drunk. Iz is forced to take a job in the office where Caleb's works. With both of them dealing with their own personal ...more
~`*Ella Lee*`~
Aug 14, 2015 rated it liked it
This is well written cute and even sexy. however, it doesn't carry a lot of depth for me. It was just a quick, simple YA read. I say YA because these two were not even in college yet. I think it's the summer before. Anyway, young love and all that jazz.
Good read. Enjoy if you want something to pull your head outta of all that angst out there.
Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
I was up the whole night reading this book and the sequel.. And I still haven't gotten over the heartbreak!

Review to follow soon <3
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
As I have previously stated when it comes to MC books I open each one thinking I am going to read a book that is the same as Kristen Ashley or Madeline Sheehan, it’s a bias opinion I have and will probably always have so when it came to me reading Carry Your Heart by K Ryan I had the same reservations I always have. Not to mention it was her break out book, her first foray into the writing world past the fan fictions in which she had previously partaken.

So when I opened the file on my Kindle I h
Mignon Mykel
4.5 / 5 stars

Received a copy of the title in exchange for an honest review; original post with full content can be found at mignon mykel : reviews || CARRY YOUR HEART .

Within the first two chapters, I had so many highlights and notes in this book that I knew my review had the potential to be a long one. So instead, I'm going to try to make this short but focus on a few key points:

1. This book often times felt long. Too long. In fact, I feel that that is the driving factor in negative reviews
Aug 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult
It saddens me that I can’t be as effusive over every book as I want to be. As a reader you can empathize – you want to love every book equally but unfortunately we are people with different likes, and that will always influence how much we enjoy a book. I’m posting this review because I want to be fair and I hope that my review of “Carry Your Heart” may still encourage someone to try this book – they may like what I don’t and in that case this review has served it’s purpose.

Isabelle has come hom
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**This book was sent to me in exchange for my honest review**

I don't even know how to explain how much I loved this book. It takes a lot to make me feel everything I could possibly feel when reading a book -- and this one did it for me. I really had a true emotional experience with this particular story. And I'm so okay with it.

CARRY YOUR HEART follows the characters of Isabelle Martin and Caleb Sawyer. Isabelle is trying to figure how to clean up the mess of a life that she's living, some of wh
FMR Book Grind
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I loved this book! Carry Your Heart was such an easy read that seemed to be what I needed. I took my time reading it, really trying to absorb everything. I enjoyed every minute of it.
The heroine, Isabelle, is a strong, resilient young woman who has dealt with more than most at the young age of 21. Having gone to Duke for 2 years, certain life changing circumstances made her return home and realize that school just wasn't for her, not what she wanted for her future. But comin
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Caleb was born in an MC family and is set to become a future president of the club. He works in a garage during the day and spends the evenings at the MC club. He is going through a rough patch with his long term girlfriend and the possible breakup could prove to be disastrous.

Isabelle has returned to this small town after four years in law school. She is currently grieving and her home life isn't helping matters. She plucks up the courage to apply for a job in the garage where Caleb currently
Dana Busenbark
Isabelle has come back home and is looking for a new job after finding out waitressing is not for her. Fortunately for Isabelle, Caleb's mother is hiring at Sawyer Auto Repair. Skylar is the Matriarch of the local MC, her son Caleb went to school with Isabelle when his father died, leaving him and his mother alone. Now she is married to the current president of the MC. That should make this an interesting time for her with working for them, considering her father has done everything he can to ke ...more
Corissa Johnston
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*I received an ARC from K.Ryan in exchange for an honest review.*

"Every instinct sparking through me was screaming to touch her-just once, to comfort her, to do whatever she needed right now."

Isabelle's life is spiraling out of control; this was not part of her plan. She's financially forced to apply and take a job at Sawyer Auto Repair after dropping out of Duke. She's at the end of her rope, desperate.... Then Caleb walks in.
Caleb Sawyer. Son of the former Horsemen MC President and stepson to
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I Was Provided A ARC By The Author
(Possible Spoilers)

Isabelle Martin's life has changed drastically over the last so many months. She's lost her mother, dropped out of school, and is on the verge of being kicked out of her home by her alcoholic father. With no real plan of what to do next, her best friend Becca helps her get a interview for a Job at the Iron Horsemen MC's local auto shop. There she is introduced to a world her father always warned her to stay away from. But she needs a job and a
Caleb Sawyer is traveling down a dark road that will unravel his entire past, and future if he doesn't pull out of the funk he's in now. The woman he loved, and cared for up and walked out of his life, and to the other side of the country. No if's, and's, or but's about it. Ariel left. She couldn't stay in Claremont, and she needed out. Now. Causing a scene the day she left was what she wanted; ducking into the cab that waited her short winded goodbye, was what she wanted. Caleb, wanted none of ...more
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, blog-reads
Carry Your Heart by K. Ryan is the first book in her Carry Your Heart series and is her debut novel.

A powerful story about loss, love, redemption, and second chances.

Isabelle Martin moves back home, dropping out of school and dumping her boyfriend, as her mother has died and her father is in an alcoholic depression. She is able to find a job at the last place she wants to work, the auto shop owned by the Iron Horsemen MC. She runs into Caleb here, the boy who drove her crazy (in a bad way) back
Sara Miller
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review over on my blog Pretty Little Book Blog.

Starting off this new series by a author I haven't read before was an exciting prospect! This was such a surprising read. When I thought it was going to be another romance book that revolves around bikers and a girl who is down on her luck I was completely surprised by the complexity and depth of the characters! They have so many facets to their personalities. Isabelle especially, she begins th
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the slow build up of Caleb and Iz's relationship.
Caleb was drowning himself in booze, drugs and women. Trying to get over his old lady leaving him for a better life. What he failed to realize is if she really loved him she never would have left him.
Isabelle was just drowning in sorrow. She lost her mother to cancer 6 months ago, and her father is drowning himself in booze to get through each day.
Caleb and Isabelle grew up in the same town. They weren't frien
Paula  Phillips
Jul 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Growing up in a smalltown you tend to get to know everyone whether you like it or not. In Isabelle's hometown , she was the one who got good grades at school and was a cheerleader - also the one girl who Caleb wanted but she was out of his league as he settled for his girlfriend Ariel. She was the one who managed to leave town and get into an Ivy league school - Duke and she was studying law until a tragedy struck and caused her to head home and put her life on hold. Her mother got sick and her ...more
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fmr-reviews
**read and reviewed for FMR Book Grind**

5 stars

I loved this book! Carry Your Heart was such an easy read that seemed to be what I needed. I took my time reading it, really trying to absorb everything. I enjoyed every minute of it.
The heroine, Isabelle, is a strong, resilient young woman who has dealt with more than most at the young age of 21. Having gone to Duke for 2 years, certain life changing circumstances made her return home and realize that school just wasn't for her, not what she want
Judy Miracle
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved how Isabelle and Caleb started off as not friends but yet not enemies and worked their way up to being friends and then lovers. I will say that there was a point that it kind of dragged a little for me in the middle but at the same time it also gave you a better understanding of the characters as well as how well these two characters got along and built their relationship up little by little every day. Overall I enjoyed this story.

Isabelle's life is literally spiraling out of control. S
Samantha (WLABB)
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Rating: 3.5 stars

Isabelle leaves Duke after her mother's death, and returns home to try and heal, while picking up the pieces of her broken father. Caleb is a lifelong member of the Iron Horsemen MC, who is nursing a broken heart in a very unhealthy way. They come from different worlds, yet, each finds some solace in the other.

I really enjoyed this NA romance. Both Caleb and Isabelle are fiercely loyal, and when they give their heart to someone, they do so without reservations. I liked that Iz
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Isabelle & Caleb's story was a little up & down, but very good! I'm not a fan of a story having other bf/gf - I prefer the focus to be on our H/h and their relationship. This story did focus a little too much on the other bf/gf, and even tho I understood that it was part of each of them discovering what was so right in their relationship from having ones that felt so wrong... Eh. There were a few missing words & grammatical errors that were pretty glaring - not sure how they made it through edit ...more
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K. Ryan lives in the Green Bay area with her crazy-supportive boyfriend and the best decision of her adult life, a not-so-stray cat named Oliver. When not writing, she’s either binge-watching something on Netflix, running, reading, or cheering on the Packers.

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