How to Handle a Heartbreaker by Marie Harte

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How to Handle a Heartbreaker by Marie Harte
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (361 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

It’s lust-at-first-sight when Brody Singer first sees Abby Dunn. Abby looks a lot like a woman he once knew, one who died years ago. But Abby’s definitely different—shyer but sexier.

Abby’s still trying to put her last disastrous relationship behind her and overcome the flaws her ex wouldn’t let her forget. But somehow Brody isn’t getting the hint. It doesn’t help that when writing her steamy novels, she keeps casting Brody as the hero.

Only Abby can write her own ending—will she choose her own happily-ever-after, or stay safe in her shell?

I thought The Troublemaker Next Door was a good read but this was even better. I enjoyed How to Handle a Heartbreaker immensely because it had a greater depth of emotion and characterization that pulled me in and wouldn’t let go. In fact there is a wonderful richness to the storytelling; add in the sexy and hot scenes with Brody and Abby and a reader has the sweetest of frostings on their romance cake. It was highly entertaining.

Brody was just a jokester in the last book so I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I found was a man with incredibly complex and complicated layers. The horrid childhood he endured was hard to read about. How it affected him in his relationship with Abby made my heart sore. What that means is that Ms. Harte has created a fantastic character for a reader to get to know and fall in love with. He made me laugh, blush, sigh and even sniffle. I didn’t outright cry but I came close when Brody and Flynn were having a very open and serious talk. I think those pages were some of the best, most profound writing of the whole book. I was very impressed.

Abby is sort of how I thought she would be but better. She alternated between being funny, insightful or just plain sweet. Hidden in all of that is a serious backbone made of steel. She showed it when dealing with one of her sisters, and she showed it when she had to deal with Brody. Consider it tough love. I didn’t think she had it in her but when it really counted, Abby held firm. She was independent enough to stand on her own two feet but woman enough to want a worthy man to walk by her side. Getting to that point made for fascinating reading and I enjoyed myself every step of the way.

Mutt is back and he’s so cute. Big, but cute. As for other secondary characters, it was nice to see Flynn and Maddie again. But there’s something brewing with other family members and it looks like there could be a rocky road ahead. And there was a surprise from Brody’s past; I’ll call it a good thing/bad thing sort of situation. Even though it started out bad, it’s another example of a very poignant and powerful bit of writing that raised this story up to a higher level of enjoyment. Ms. Harte really put my emotions through the wringer with this one, and I loved every moment.

And that is what made this novel so compelling. The last one had a lot of sex and although it was well done, How to Handle a Heartbreaker has more heart and feeling and emotion connecting the characters. I cared about them, worried about them and was concerned for them. It had tenderness, raunchy fun, sentimental romance and men being men and acting like rambunctious boys. The dialogue was integral to the plot movement and romance development and I enjoyed all the interaction. It’s a well written book.

How to Handle a Heartbreaker is a keeper. I don’t know how Ms. Harte is going to top this one when it comes to Cam’s story but I can’t wait to find out. This one completely won me over and I’m thrilled to have read it. It’s definitely a standalone read and a great choice for summer reading fun. Abby and Brody are awesome together. Pick up your own copy and see for yourself.

Comments

  1. great review. I am going to read this one it sounds interesting

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