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January 29, 2015

Quick Hits: How to Handle a Heartbreaker by Marie Harte & A Single Kiss by Grace Burrowes


How To Handle A Heartbreaker | The McCauley Brothers 2 | Marie Harte
Contemporary Romance | August 5, 2014 | Sourcebooks Casablanca
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HOW TO HANDLE A HEARTBREAKER was recommended to me by Bookish Babe Andrea (I miss you, beech!). I read this a while back and realized I have yet to review it so better late than never!

Anyway, Marie Harte is now one of my go-to authors for romcom. I still have to read the rest of the books but I'm sure it'll be worth reading and very entertaining to boot! What I loved about HOW TO HANDLE A HEARTBREAKER is how Marie Harte executed the dual POV brilliantly! Brody Singer's chapters are very playful and stupidly "male" while Abby's are more romanticized and very girly. Also these two started as fluck buddies with Brody serving as Abby's "research specimen" for her erotic novels. The progression of their story was filled with lots of sexy flirting, hot sex, and ridiculous bickering. And even when it got to the heart of things, when Abby and Brody were hashing out their baggage and transitioning from friends with benefits to a committed relationship, it still felt light and sincere. I love the family dynamics and the very light drama, this series is my kind of contemporary romance.


A Single Kiss | Sweet Kisses 1 | Grace Burrowes
Contemporary Romance | January 6, 2015 | Sourcebooks Casablanca


Grace Burrowes is a highly recommended author by my SW, Grace of Books of Love, she loves Ms. Burrowes' historical romance novels and as I don't read much histrom, I thought this new series would be a better fit for me. So trust me, I'm very disappointed that I didn't like A SINGLE KISS

A SINGLE KISS to me was like a cross between The Good Wife and Law & Order: SVU, family drama meets the courtroom. There was a lot of legal jargon that flew over my head and at times I feel like I'm reading the story midway (I checked the prequel novella and it's independent from this). Now these are all minor things compared to the overall picture, something I would dock a cauldron for for subjective reasons. I disliked A SINGLE KISS because: 
  1. Hannah Stark was very standoffish, mysterious, and very defensive for the first half of the book for reasons that are revealed later on in the story and in hindsight, I understand why her demeanor was so. However it took too long for her to warm up and by the time she was showing vulnerability, I was way past the mark where I could've connected with her

  2. Trent Knightley does honor to his name because he's sweet, thoughtful, protective, and just embrace Hannah, secrets and all, from almost the beginning. Unfortunately his loving manners got too much where I found it corny. Braiding Hannah's hair? Cute but not for me

  3. The conflict was shallow

  4. The resolution was so convenient rainbows and unicorns are jumping off the pages in pure joy! It's too neat, too pretty and without preamble except for giving us readers a happily ever after. 
I'll still read the next one because it features a different couple, different story, and I'm hoping A SINGLE KISS is just a one time thing and the rest of the books sweeps me off my feet.







39 comments:

  1. Well one on 2 is always good right? well it would have been better to have 2 on 2 but sometimes it's complicated. I heard great things about the second author but I haven't read anything by her but I didn't know about the first one, I'll have to take a look at her books. thanks!

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    1. True. I'm still hoping the next Sweet Kisses book will be good

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  2. Never read a Grace B contemporary, does not seem like I will either

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    1. Sorry if this review discouraged you :(

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  3. Oh I have that one from Harte. I really must read her soon. I keep meaning too and then drat it's another month gone by.

    I've read one of Burrowes historicals and I liked it but it took me a long time to get into. I want to give her another try but think I'll stick with the historicals.

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    1. Oh really? Then maybe this is really her style. Now I'm nervous!

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  4. I've never read anything by Ms. Burrowes. It makes me wonder if is one of those cases like Maya Banks for me. I LOVE her Historicals, but I have yet to like one any of her contemporaries. Weird, same author, you'd think I'd like anything they write.
    Thanks Braine :)

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    1. Very true, I'm like that with CRobson's books, I adore her UF not her NA although I don't like NA In general LOL

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  5. I've never read anything by Ms. Burrowes. It makes me wonder if is one of those cases like Maya Banks for me. I LOVE her Historicals, but I have yet to like one any of her contemporaries. Weird, same author, you'd think I'd like anything they write.
    Thanks Braine :)

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  6. Oh, do yourself a favor and grab the rest of the McCauley brothers, this series is so sexy and fun, it's a real pleasure to read it ! :)

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    1. I have it, I just need the time to read it. Maybe I'll binge on it next :)

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  7. Sorry the second one was such a miss but the first one sounds great.

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    1. I'm not quite giving up on it yet, maybe the next one will be good

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  8. I'm not a huge fan of contemporary romance (adult ones anyway) but I'm a bit curious about Marie Harte, she might be one I like. I've heard good things anyway. Sorry the other one was a disappointment though!

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    1. I love chick lit and romcoms, I escape to contemporary romance when it's light HEA

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  9. That is such a disappointment that the second book totally missed the mark. I like a good ending, but not one that is too convenient. Better luck next time out with this series.

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    1. Thanks, I'm still hoping it's a glitch :D

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  10. Aw sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy as much. Hope next is better

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  11. I'm glad you liked Harte's story. I think i may have that one. I'm disappointed toy didn't like Burrowes...I like her HR and picked up this to try. We'll have to compare notes once i get it read.

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    1. If book 2 sucks I might be pursuaded to try her histrom

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  12. Bleh. I hate neat and clean resolutions. It just doesn't work that way!!! I also think that braiding her hair was an overkill. I figure given the context it could be sweet but sometimes sweetness does go overboard. I like sweet/nice guys but if they become corny and overly romanticy... they won't work for me because I don't work that way!

    I am sorry you didn't enjoy A Single Kiss all that much but I am glad that How To Handle a Heartbreaker worked out better for you!! :D

    Lovely minis, Braine!! :D

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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    1. In contemporary romances, it's all about the HEA

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  13. *bites nails* Uh oh, I've got a Grace historical on my shelf. I hope her historicals are better than the contemporaries...

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    1. I think you're better off with her histroms from the looks of it

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  14. I'm in the mood for fast, fun reads so the first book might be a good start. Sucks about the second book though, but I understand why you had problems with it. I dislike convenient resolutions, too.

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    1. I'm all for things working out well but there's such a thing as too well I think

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  15. I love when dual POV works out great :D

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    1. It's a skill that not a lot of writers has mastered

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  16. You know, if my hubby learnt how to braid my daughters hair, I would hit him with a shovel and tell him to get outside and work! That is one thing they shouldn't do, it seems creepy! Trent is VERY in touch with his girlie side!
    How to Handle a Heartbreaker sounds fun though!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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    1. Hahahaha! I mean it's great that he knows how to since he's a single dad with a daughter but I wish he stopped the braids with the daughter

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  17. Quick hits - nice title. I like the post. The books...well, sorry only one out of two, but not so bad. They could have both sucked. LOL Happy reading and enjoy your weekend.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  18. Grace Burrowes is a hit and miss with me. There are some of her books I like, others not so much. I'm sorry this one didn't work for you.

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