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Hart Broken

(Cale & Mickey #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  569 ratings  ·  184 reviews
(Alternate cover edition for ASIN B01GSC9QOY)

Mickey Hart doesn't do one-night stands, long-term relationships, or much in between. Even if he's gorgeous and rich and witty and charming and sweet and...

In a wheelchair?

Meet Cale Windermere. Quite possibly the sexiest man dead or alive. Walking or not.

Warning: Strong language, mature content, drama, and angst included. Shirt
Kindle Edition, 310 pages
Published by Annie Arcane (first published May 6th 2016)
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This book.

Oh, it started with an intriguing storyline - a girl having a fling with a paraplegic guy. That's new, right? Then, it was all cute and funny and sweet. I was loving the characters, the amazing dialogue, the falling in lurve.... But, that's how the author lured me into her evil trap of feelings.. Make it look all cute and different and fun and games, then BAM, hit me with emotions, and issues, and pain.

So, we have a girl named Micky and a guy named Cale. He's paraplegic, but super
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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It was Jilly’s review that sent me running to the porny librarian post haste this time around. I pretty much didn’t need to know anything other than the leading male was in a wheelchair thanks to . . . . . . .

I don’t even remember Cale’s description because he was 100% Finnick . . . errr, whatever Finnick’s real name is. Sam Claflin. Thanks Google! Anyway, I’m a real cheap whore when it comes to tropes and since this one had the “
Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
3.5 stars!

Review at Of Pens and Pages.

I’ve read this a few weeks ago, but had a hard time writing a review that would fully articulate my feelings about the book. I’ve never read a novel with a paraplegic hero, so I was curious to see how this would play out. Hart Broken felt real and raw. It showed what life was like for our hero, Cale, exactly as what it was. No romanticizations; just reality. Straight to the point. I loved that about the book.

After a night out with her friend, Mickey Hart
Eve (Between The Bookends)


descriptionThis cover is a bit on the boring side. It doesn't represent the story all that well. That said the typography is interesting and eye-catching.description

description So I enjoyed the HELL out of this one. That is right up until the end. It was well-written. Nicely paced. Had well developed and interesting main characters (I've never read a book with a paraplegic hero before.) It had some great secondary characters. It had angst. It had feels. It was just an overall enjoyable read.

That said I did not love the ending
Sophie's Reading Corner
Cale is a man who has it all. He's gorgeous, rich, smart, funny and he's generally perfect.

Mickey is a shy, but also smart girl and she wakes up in an unknown penthouse with no recollection of the night before. She's ready to sneak out when she meets Cale, the stunning paraplegic owner.

They'll get to know each other, even when the past and their insecurities will come to the surface. Certain facts will pull them apart and others will bring them back together. But will they be enough?

I truly en
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm

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🌟🌟🌟🌟satisfying Stars
Hart Broken (Cale & Mickey #1) oh where do I start with this amazingly different love story.
This is one book I was really looking forward to devouring and then to realise it's part of a series, well it just made my day.
So Hart Broken is the tale of Mickey Hart and Cale Windermere, it begins when Cale rescues an inebriated Mickey one night and after the encounter, he falls fast.
Mickey herself is a screwed up mess,
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
3.5 this girl Stars

Cale Windermere is successful, handsome, sweet and utterly charming. He is quite literally EVERYTHING I want in a love interest. He is also a paraplegic. And I love him. He is amazing.

When this story begins Mickey finds herself in a bed with no recollection of how she got there. While trying to escape the penthouse she comes face to face with the owner, one Cale Windermere, and starts stammering like crazy because he is gorgeous, built and has a smile that could stop traffic
Stacey is Sassy

***3.5 Stars***

Reading Hart Broken felt like a test.

It took me way too long to read this ARC that was kindly supplied to me by Annie Arcane and I sincerely apologise for my tardiness. There was this little part of me that was nervous to start. Would it be considered bad form to judge a story with a disabled hero? If I say something bad about the hero, will readers read my review with squinty eyes? The hardest question of all…will I judge the book fairly because the hero is different?

Well, folks,
catherine ♡
Actual Rating: 4.5

*I received a free e-copy of this book from the author, and this review is my full and honest opinion*

Our main character, Mickey Hart, doesn't do one-night stands. But then she wakes up in a luxury penthouse with nothing but a t-shirt, and she meets Cale Windermere, who is gorgeous, ambitious, and successful.

He knows he wants her - even if she's got things to hide. He wants nothing more than to chase after Mickey and make her his. But he can't. He can't even walk, much less run
Just when you think you have read every type of contemporary romance, Annie Arcane scampers onto the scene with Hart Broken and you just know you have read one of the most amazing love stories ever! Heartbreaking, uplifting, humorous, sweet, hot and passionate, yep, pure bliss for the heart and soul told in a unique way that comes to life in an endearing way. Two points of view, two damaged souls, caught up in one struggle to hang on, can they do it? Can Mickey and Cale find what others only dre ...more
Amanda Siegrist
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story!

This story was heartwrenching at times and also full of witty humor. Cale was amazing. He had a great sense of humor and never let his disability interfere with his every day living. I think that was the most attractive thing about him:) Mickey had issues of her own, but we didn't learn about them until the very end. So heart breaking once you find out. I couldn't stop reading to find out because I really wanted them to make it.

I must say, I'm normally not a fan of switching fro
Sam (Rescue Dog Mom, Writer, Hugger)
This book.

This story made me laugh, cry, gasp, cringe at times, lose sleep... This is a well-written story of love and heartache. Mickey is a beautiful and successful woman with a great sense of humor. Cale is also successful and seems like the perfect gentleman. Together they are a sensual dynamic duo. His family adores her and her friends enjoy his company. Things are always great in the beginning, until reality catches up and exposes itself, demanding to be acknowledged.

I believe this story w
Marie Silk
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Technical stuff: the inner dialogue and conversational dialogue were a pleasure to read. The way it transitions between first person and third is done in the most clever segues I've seen. Fast-paced. Not too much description and detail (just the way I like it). The story: I had no clue what I was walking into when I picked up this book. I generally don't read romance, but I was so curious about how this particular one would go. If you are looking for cute, funny, sweet, laugh-out-loud, smart, go ...more
Emma Jaye
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unique, well written and totally engrossing. What more can I say? I'm not given to pouring praise when it isn't due, but this was great. I've never read a book with a paraplegic hero before. The way the author lets the reader see the discomfort his disability causes in others and how he deals with it, whilst being incredibly romantic had me staying up all night to finish it. It grabbed from the first pages to the last.
How do you date, have intimate relations, drive, support an active partner, et
Bhavik (Semi Hiatus)
RTC! :'D
Annie why you so good?
Seraphina (Seraphina's world Book Blog)
"I received digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review"

This was my first contemporary romance novel after long time. Before this book I didn’t have a good experience with this genre. Heck, I even convinced myself that contemporary is not my cup of tea. Boy how I was wrong. Thank you Annie for that. Before I go deeper in review I’ll quote myself (how egoistic of me). Anyway, after I finished the book I wrote Annie this: “You knocked my socks off, made me laugh, cr
Tim Rees
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I confess to never having read a book like this before. It has been, for me, a unique experience. Whimsical humour bubbles throughout this book, but it is humour rooted in often deep emotional insights; insights that had this grown man blubbering uncontrollable - to say more would be a plot spoiler. Even as a novice to romantic literature, I can see clearly this is not your typical run of the mill romance writer. As a red-blooded male, the main character, Mickey, teased me throughout this book. ...more
Vrushali Pathak
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

First of let me tell you, you would not expect the story to be what it is. I thought of this as a “bad-boy-good-girl” story in which the bad boy is on a wheelchair. But oh no no…you don’t want to underestimate the story. As soon as the story starts I have a clear view of what is going on and who is who.

There are two main characters (there will be as it is a romantic story so..) Cale and Mickey. Mickey finds herself in someone’s bed but she doesn’t know where she is but then it turns out to b
Thank you to the author for an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

As the blurb indicates, the book starts off with our heroine, Mickey, waking up in a strange bed in a strange home. Enter the occupant of the said strange home and he turns out to be a handsome creature of a a wheelchair. Despite the blurb stating Cale showing off signs of being a serial killer, I think the book is quite far from the said description. Yes, Mickey thinks, at first, that he is a serial k
Cat Imb || The Reading Cat ||
I received an ebook of this from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Annie Arcane!

My, my, my, I am now a fan of Annie Arcane's writing. So much of a fan. Her personality and humour truly shines through in every single sentence she writes. I loved the thought fragments in sprinkled about in the novel. And can I say that Mickey and Mel are truly like myself and my best friend? Animals noises? Check. Weird conversations where someone says something ludicrous and the other just ro
Kari Nelson
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything you could want in romance

I have to mention that the writing style is like watching a narrated television show. It is unconventional. It is creative and it works for the most part. There were times where I was thrown off, but I easily picked up.

This is such a beautiful love story that captures your soul and takes you on an awesome journey through so many trials that real people tend to face when starting a new relationship. It is even more expressive that the hero is handicapped.

I was
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
With that ending, I definitely need to get a hold of book 2 to see what happens next. Cale, was my favorite character and stood out to me. Not that I disliked Mikey, or anything, but do admit that I did get frustrated with her at times.

Writing was not bad either for a newbie author to me.
I really liked this one even though I think the writing needs some work, but I loved the story so much, I kept reading. The issue with the writing was that the heroine's POV had too many inner thoughts. These inner thoughts took away from the story. It was exhausting. If this story is re-edited, just remove the inner babble and the flow of the story will be perfect.

I was almost going to DNF this story since in the beginning, I was not sure who was who and things were a bit confusing, but I am g
Knockin' Books
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hart Broken is an incredibly unique take on the standard romance novel. The hero, Cale, is disabled. He was in a terrible accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. I’ve never, ever read a romance novel about a disabled hero that wasn’t magically “fixed” by the end of the book. Typically, blind heroes get their vision back (see Teresa Medeiros’ Yours Until Dawn, which is a beautiful read, by the way), paralyzed heroes are eventually able to walk again after intense therapy (see the Al ...more
Kari Nichols
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok...So I received this book free in exchange for an honest review...but I feel like I won the lottery with this one--it will stay on my kindle until the end of time so I can read and re-read whenever I feel the urge. SO EFFING AMAZING. The story is completely unique-I've honestly never read another book even remotely like this one. And the style of writing is just so easy to get lost in. Lots of laughs, lots of tears, all the feels. I loved both mains, and I thoroughly enjoyed the two perspecti ...more
Katherine Espano
This was a fast, engaging read for me. The author's dialogue flowed smoothly, and her humor had me laughing at various points. The heroine, with all her strengths and flaws, was easy to like and very believable. Although I wasn't expecting to cry while reading this book, cry I did. It was the good kind of crying: the healing kind of crying where you feel the author has touched on some of the universal things that we all struggle with--needing to be accepted for who we are--and the characters fin ...more
A.J. Perley
This book...This book!!

Oh my god, guys. I'm still reeling! This book (specifically Cale) has me over the moon!

It was such a sweet and precious "story" (there are three more books), and it is filled with non-stop "swoony" moments, because I'm telling you now, Ms. Arcane is probably the queen of making hot, swoony (and shirtless) males characters.

I love, love, loved this book! If you're a fan of super swoony, sweet, and hot disabled characters, give this story a go, yeah?

Cale, the hero of this sto
Jul 12, 2017 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Calling it quits for now. Besides the inner dialogue (which was somewhat annoying) the author switches from first to third person POV so I got confused a lot and it pulled me out of the book. I really liked the Hero and Heroine annoyed me a little.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 wit ...more
 Lissa Smith Reads'~A Bookaholics Bookshelf
5 Star Read:
Heart broken, now here is a book that had me running the melancholy gauntlet with a side of the warm and fuzzy and a dash of the nerve of that bit**.

I shall not tell a lie, drum roll, please.....

This is one of the few books I picked based off the synopsis alone. I know hard to believe, I was shocked myself. But I have enjoyed the nuances of this story so much that I opted to read three times over before penning a few thoughts.

This is my first book by Annie Arcane, but not my first h
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“The mere thought of her with another man is enough to drive me fucking insane. So, yeah, I’m not saying any of that bullshit about how my disability makes me a lesser man. Because it doesn’t. Not for the most part. I’m just saying that she could definitely be better.” 2 likes
“So I prayed. I never pray. God and I have a bit of an estranged relationship. I know that He’s still there. Surprisingly, I’ve never doubted His existence. Not even for a split second. Not even when I probably should have. But I did question what on Earth He was doing. I also spent a whole year being too fucking pissed off to speak with Him. And after that, I just didn’t know what the hell to say anymore. Hence, why I never pray. But now, I fucking prayed. I didn’t pray for Him to save her. That’s not how things work between us. I prayed for the wisdom to know what she needed and the strength to be whatever that was.” 1 likes
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