Reviews of Books by Cary Hart
"Honeymoon Hideaway" in Blackout: A Romance Anthology by Cary Hart is an incredibly hilarious story of homecoming, love, utter craziness, rib-breaking laughter, sizzling heat, and joy!
What happens when the lights go out in the city that never sleeps?
Games of chance, unexpected situations, and hours of sin!
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Honeymoon Hideaway by Cary Hart:
What's worse than being locked in room with a vibrating bed and your sworn enemy? Waking up next to him... naked! Did I mention he's also my boss? Oops.
Honeymoon Hideaway is an incredibly hilarious story of homecoming, love, utter craziness, rib-breaking laughter, sizzling heat, and joy. I loved it so much that I’ve read it exactly five times already. I do have to warn other readers, though. Do Not Eat or Drink Anything While Reading This Story. You will find yourself either choking on your food or finding your drink of choice going up your nose. I learned that the hard way. I chuckled, giggled, snort laughed, and nearly broke a rib laughing through this story.
I absolutely loved Vegas. Her life was anything but normal, and I loved her big heart. She just made me smile! And Grant…swoon! I loved how he got his nickname! All of his antics and his goal regarding Vegas made me snort laugh.
Cary Hart, I rarely give 5 stars to novellas, but this one stands out. I loved every single word. This is one story that I will reread often because it makes me laugh and its deliciously hot!
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Title: Protect Me
Series: Spotlight Collection #2
Author: Cary Hart
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 21, 2018
Who will you be when no one is watching... when the lights go down?
I don’t know who I am anymore. It’s been so long since I’ve been allowed to think for myself. And now that I can, all I can think about is him. My protector. His massive build which should frighten me but makes me feel safe. And his intense eyes that linger on me when he thinks I’m not looking. But why would he want me? I’m broken.
I vowed never to get close to anyone again. Do the job, get paid and survive. That’s all. Then she’s thrown into my life, needing a place to hide. She thinks she’s damaged, but she just needs someone to show her how strong she really is. Damn if I don’t want to be that man. But I’ve got a past of my own, and no good deed goes unpunished.
Protect Me is a story of survival, strength, sacrifice, love, pain, sorrow, and wonder; it isn’t anything like I had expected. Cary Hart knows how to both sneak up and steal your heart with her stories, and just reach in and grab it with both hands.
Penny…I really liked her, even when she made the same mistakes that many women of in a certain situation make. Admittedly, there was a moment where I was disappointed in her. It couldn’t be helped even though I understood her reasoning. It hit me hard and made me hope for her triumphant HEA. I wanted to cheer her on as I watched her heal her broken pieces together and show the strong and sassy woman underneath.
Shapiro…what can I say? Who doesn’t love a flawed man with a beautiful heart and protective soul? There were times I wanted to hug him, other times I wanted to shake him, yet other times I wanted to knock him upside his head. Yep, I loved Shapiro.
The addition of Niki and Nina gave the story the much-needed moments of humor. I swear, Penny was so lucky to have both of them in her life. The way they brought Penny to life was a beautiful thing to “see.”
Thank you, Cary Hart, for showing a side to a serious problem that many forget exists because it’s not obvious and because people make talking about it taboo. And thank you for showing that a real, beautiful, and selfless love exists, even after the harshness of life takes a toll.
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Shapiro - POV
“Hey, what are you doing here?” Her voice is breathless, and I notice she has icing on one hand and an icing bag in the other.
“I’m hungry for something sweet,” I tell her.
“Well, you’re in luck, because I have a batch almost ready.” She smiles, and it hits me in the gut.
“I’m not hungry for cupcakes.” I stare down at her before bringing her hand to my mouth, licking the icing from her fingers.
“Oh,” she whispers.
“Yeah, oh.” I swirl my tongue up her palm and to her wrist, applying light pressure as she falls into me.
I’ve been patient, but when a tiny moan escapes her lips, my resolve snaps and I lift her into my arms and set her onto the counter with a gentle thud.
“Oh. Cold.” She winces from the stainless on her bare thighs, the icing falling to the ground.
“I can help with that,” I promise her as I bend down to retrieve the bag from the concrete floor.
She watches me as I slowly move to stand between her legs and she opens them wider in invitation.
My palms rest on her knees and slowly trail up and under the hem of her dainty dress. Reaching around under one leg, I drag my finger higher and collect the wayward pink sugar before bringing it to my lips to lick it away.
“I noticed you had a little icing here.”
She arches back, watching me.
“Sometimes, I’m a little messy.” She blushes, and I know this is all new to her. Foreplay. Seduction. The fun that comes from making your lover squirm beneath your hands before you have barely even touched them.
Hands that only touch for pleasure, comfort.
“Messy is good.” I wiggle my fingers, still sticky with pink goo.
She leans forward and takes my fingers in her hand, before bringing them to her own lips.
I see her tongue dart out to taste my skin before I feel it. I grow painfully hard at the sight alone, but when her warm mouth takes my thumb into her mouth, I nearly make a fool of myself.
But I fight to maintain my self-control, to give her this chance to explore. When I’m satisfied she’s ready for more, I pull my hand away and shift upward, taking her lips with my own.
Our mouths meld together—a mix of salty and sweet. Skin and icing. Desire and hope.
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Cary Hart hails from the Midwest. A sassy, coffee drinking, sometimes sailor swearing, Spotify addict, lover of all things books!
When not pushing women down the stairs in the fictional world, Cary has her hands full. Soccer mom in all sense of the word to two wild and crazy, spoiled kiddos, and wife to the most supportive husband. In addition to writing full time, she enjoys binge watching Netflix, laying around in her hammock and baking up cookies for her family and friends.
Cary writes real, raw romance! In her stories the characters deal with life’s everyday struggles and unwanted drama, they talk about the ugly and they become the broken. Everyone deserves a happy ending, but sometimes before you can appreciate the light, there has to be darkness.
As a child, if someone would have told her she would become a writer, she wouldn’t have believed them. It wasn’t until she got her hands on her first romance novel, that the passion grew. Now, she couldn’t imagine her life any other way – now her dream is her reality.
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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.
Who will you be when no one is watching... when the lights go down?
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?
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.
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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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.
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?
The lines between right and wrong have become so blurred...accepting who you’ve become is not an option.
Escape is the only way to fight back...finding someone willing to fight with you is something you never saw coming.
But before you can conquer love, you have to battle your past...
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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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.
What happens when something you were not looking for comes along, and it's more than you ever could have imagined?
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.
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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