Reviews of Books by Cary Hart

Aug. 10, 2018

Play Me: A Standalone Romance (Spotlight Collection Book 1) by Cary Hart is a lovely story of finding love in the midst of discovery, courage, strength, and forgiveness.

Synopsis:

Who will you be when no one is watching... when the lights go down?

Ellie

I played because I loved it... it was in my blood.

Now I play because it's all I have left. And I'm about to chance it all for him.

When the lights go down, and I step off that stage, will he still want me? When he finds out who I really am, what I'm not?

Lee

Her voice drew me in, her heart is what makes me want to stay.

Part of me wants to take care of her, the other wants to break down her walls.

I'm not sure I'm ready to risk it all... chasing her down, when I'm struggling to hold on to the only thing I've ever known.

Ceej’s Review:

To be completely honest, I won Play Me in a giveaway and I had no idea what it was about or who the characters were when I started it.  Cary Hart is a new-to-me author. I’m glad I read this book blind because it made my experience so much better.  I had no preconceptions, no expectations beyond it being a good read.

Ellie…I really liked her though she’s not my usual preferred heroine.  I love reading about women who are brash and unapologetic.  But Ellie got me.  Her courage and dedication to herself was inspiring.  How many of us would risk everything she did for our dreams?  In a very small way, she reminded me of…well…myself, in that when good things happen, I tend to think that there’s a catch or it’s not real.  I enjoyed watching her blossom.  I also enjoyed her strength of self.

Lee…my heart hurt for him.  He had too much going on and too much baggage in his life when he met Ellie.  His reactions to things were direct results of that baggage and I believe it impacted what could have been and kept him from what he needed.  I enjoyed watching him grow.

Play Me will be a good re-read for me when I need to remember three things: that my dreams deserve the effort, that I need to focus on my happiness too, and to forgive myself as well as those I’ve let hold me back from a beautiful life.  The heat level isn’t as high as my usual fare, but the lessons within the book were more important, in my opinion.

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Aug. 1, 2018

 

 

 Love Conquer: A Standalone Romance (Battlefield of Love Book 3) by Cary Hart is a story of strength, courage, fear and terror, and best of all, beautiful love.

Synopsis:

When do the words "I'm sorry" mean nothing? When his words hurt more than his touch? What happens when leaving is harder than staying?
Fear.
The lines between right and wrong have become so blurred...accepting who you’ve become is not an option.
Shame.
Escape is the only way to fight back...finding someone willing to fight with you is something you never saw coming.
Hope.
But before you can conquer love, you have to battle your past...

 

 

 

Ceej’s Review:

Love Conquer is a story of strength, courage, fear and terror, and best of all, a beautiful example of real love.  This review took me twice as long to write as it did to read the book, that’s how affected I was, and still am.  Cary Hart, thank you.

I found that Nina is a kindred spirit and I absolutely loved her.  A big part of that reason made me sad.  No one, male or female, should have to live a life like that.  Nina’s inner struggle hurt because I know exactly how she felt.  Leaving is immensely harder than staying because the unknown is scary and what we’re leaving stripped away everything about us except the core.  I was so incredibly proud of Nina.  Doing what she did took immense courage and strength.  And to continue on to find herself?  The same.  I couldn’t blame her for her instinctive reactions to anything or even her thoughts about herself.  She had to do whatever she needed to survive.  Honestly, if Nina were right in front of me, I’d give her the biggest of hugs.

I loved Kyle.  Good guys like him are very rare, especially with the history he has and the feelings he’s holding inside.  Honestly, he could have used it to be bitter or even use it as an opportunity to be a womanizer, but he’s too good.  When he broke?  My heart hurt for him.  But what I loved the most is how he treated Nina.  Along with Niki and Gavin, he showed her that her life was not the norm, and that she could find what she needed with him.  I have a huge soft spot for men who treat their woman like there’s nothing better in the world than her.

Cary Hart, part of me wants to be mad at you for writing a book that struck too close to home and made me feel every single emotion within it.  I actually really loved Love Conquer.  I can’t properly express how much.  This will be my go-to for when I need the reminder of what real strength looks like and how I can see it again within myself.  Thank you.

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Jul. 29, 2018

Love Divide: A Standalone Romance (Battlefield of Love Book 2) by Cary Hart brings sexy and crazy to an unstoppable level and I loved every minute of it.

Synopsis:

What happens when something you were not looking for comes along, and it's more than you ever could have imagined?

Changing you.

How do you live with yourself when you look in the mirror and don’t recognize the broken reflection staring back? Because it makes you do things that you never expected you were capable of.

Will a heart that's been torn in two pieces keep on beating? I'm about to find out.

Love Divided. The decision should be easy... it isn't.

 

 

Ceej’s Review:

Love Divide is a book that has the power to change how you see yourself and the things you naturally do.  It also makes you want to think about your life.  Personally, I would choose books that would provide an escape from my world and worries.  Cary Hart made me focus more on my own soul searching with Love Divide.

Niki is the type of person that I enjoy.  She provides endless entertainment.  She’s feisty, strong-willed, and strong of heart.  Seeing her vulnerable side rounded out her character for me.  There were moments where I wanted to make her open her eyes.  There were moments where I wanted to grab her in a headlock and direct her in the right direction.  However, I know that things happen for a reason and she needed them to happen the way they did, even though they were painful for her.  Having your love divided is painful.

Aiden was someone that I swear seemed like he had multiple personalities.  He made all the red flags fly and I admit there was a moment where I wanted to push him off a balcony.  He had his own demons to fight, but…man I still want to throw him off a forty-story balcony.  You’ll see why when you read it.

Gavin…was too nice.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love nice guys.  But he almost lost the one thing he wanted most because he didn’t have the balls.  I wanted to shake him, make him do what he needs to.  My heart ached for him, though.  I guess he had to go through what he did in order to grasp and hold his happiness, but damn, Gavin!

This was a wowza of a book.  I had to take a break to think before moving onto the next in the series.  I loved this book because it made me feel and think.  Cary Hart, thank you for the rollercoaster!

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Jul. 28, 2018

Love War: A Standalone Romance (Battlefield of Love Book 1) by Cary Hart is a heart-wrenchingly perfect example of how lies and betrayal, lust and love, and joy and happiness can change lives.

Synopsis:

What happens when happily ever after isn't happy? When everything you thought you knew changes?

Obligation...Marriage

Betrayal...Freedom

Until him. Until her.

Second chances...

Until them.

Deceit...Doubt.

The past may have won the battles, but can Love win the War?

Ceej’s Review:

Love War: A Standalone Romance (Battlefield of Love Book 1) by Cary Hart is a heart-wrenchingly perfect example of how lies and betrayal, lust and love, and joy and happiness can change lives.  I just have to ask, Cary, where have you been all my life?

Stories like this are always hard, but when it includes AND affects children??  Whoa.  This wasn’t just a story about a man and woman and the trials they fight to be together, but a story about families who do that.

I enjoyed Aubrey because she showed that she wasn’t a woman who would blithely sit by and let life happen.  She took control and I admire that.  There were moments where I hurt for her.  There were moments where I wanted to shake her into action.  Then there were moments where I wanted to stand up and give her a slow clap then rush to hug her with pride.  Her number one priority was always at the forefront no matter what and I love that about her.

I enjoyed Drew, not just because he’s hot (LOL), but because he’s a man who knows he deserves better than he was being given.  He also isn’t a person to let things just happen.  He made the moves to change his life for the better and I was so proud of him.  Not all men are like that.

 Love War gave me a man and woman who were meant for each other.  Their individual families were always their main priority and I absolutely loved that.  Cary Hart, I have to ask again: where have you been all my life?  I LOVED Love War!!  And now onto book 2 of this series!   

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