I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: The McCauley Brothers #2
Published by Casablanca on August 5, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Also in this series: The Troublemaker Next Door, Ruining Mr. Perfect, What to Do with a Bad Boy
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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?
What I Thought…
• I’ve found a new contemporary romance author that I love in Marie Harte. How to Handle a Heartbreaker is cute, sexy, fun with a little bit of seriousness thrown in.
• Abby is still trying to get over her ex, and a breakup that was particularly painful (her ex criticizes her desire to be a little more adventurous in bed). She’s a little embarrassed by the reason why the broke up so only her two best friends know, everyone else thinks it was a “mutual” break up so her family doesn’t really understand why it still bothers her.
• Brody is a big flirt and even though he’s not technically a McCauley, he is their brother and they are his family. We meet him in the first book, The Troublemaker Next Door, and we know that the McCauley’s raised him, but we don’t know why. Here we learn why and it hurt my heart to hear his story. His “real” family is not so awesome and he is very lucky that he had the McCauley’s to be there for him. He’s still harboring some resentment towards his family (with good reason) and at times that can put him in a dark place at times.
• Abby writes steamy romances. I loved this aspect of the book, not only because she is a writer but also because I love how her friends can both support her and her writing and give her a hard time about “writing porn.” As we saw in The Troublemaker Next Door Abby and her friends have a great friendship. They may fight a bit at times, but they are always there for each other. I love when books have strong friendships.
• Abby and Brody danced around each other for awhile before finally coming together. They both say they want the same thing (casual) but you know they both think it’s something more serious and they are afraid. I enjoyed watching them come together, though I think things got cleared up a bit too fast at the end, though I appreciate her understanding of Brody and his issues and that even though he is acting like it’s his fault, she knows it’s not really her fault.
Overall I adored How to Handle a Heartbreaker and recommend it to contemporary romance fans!
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