How to Handle a Heartbreaker by Marie Harte

July 31st, 2014 Kimberly Review 63 Comments

31st Jul
How to Handle a Heartbreaker by Marie Harte
How to Handle a Heartbreaker
by Marie Harte
Series: The McCauley Brothers #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
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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?

I had a blast reading The Troublemaker Next Door the first novel in Marie Harte’s McCauley Brothers series and was delighted to get my hands on a copy of How To Handle a Heartbreaker. Ladies break out the hand fans because this tale is hot, touching and at times hilarious. The brothers are in rare form, we meet new characters and Brody Singer will melt your heart.

Brody is the only blonde-haired brother in the McCauley bunch and that is because he is adopted. Brody is fondly referred to as Flynn’s twin. He has had a thing for Matt’s neighbor since he met her and oddly enough, she is checking out him as well. Both have self-esteem issues but are drawn to each other. The tale that unfolds is sweet; shares delicious banter and will pull at your heartstrings. It is also hot and the pages sizzled. If they can survive their insecurities, and family meddling they may just find their slice of happy.

Abby was  hilarious and quite the surprise. She dresses like a librarian but beneath that wholesome façade is one wonton woman. Brody is easy going and cares deeply but previous wounds have kept him from getting to close. Watching him let go and grow was heartwarming. I adored the chemistry between them. He is all man, certainly not a poet and she hides behind the insecurities that bind her. I love when a couple brings out the best in each other and I found myself  lost in their story.

How to Handle a Heartbreaker is at its heart a romance, a sizzling hot, pull at your heart, give you the feels romance but it’s so much more than that. Harte wraps family, and friendship into the tale with little side stories, snark, hardship and conversation. The characters are all well developed and you cannot help but be drawn into their circle. Harte knows how to deliver  romance and she allowed this one to slowly build out of desire and become something genuine. I giggled aloud, wept, sighed and thoroughly enjoyed this couple. I closed the book with a huge smile and I cannot wait for Vanessa’s story;  Ruining Mr. Perfect.

If you are looking for hot romance, brothers, friends and family then grab a copy of How to Handle a Heartbreaker. All of the novels work as a standalone and feature one couple but I highly recommend reading them in order.

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63 Responses to “How to Handle a Heartbreaker by Marie Harte”

  1. Red Iza

    I’ll probably read them soon, I love the author – she has a knack for writing very good characters. Oh, by the way, librarians can be very sexy :p 😉

  2. Carolyn (Book Chick City)

    Yay! I’m so pleased to hear this was good as I have all the books on my shelf. Harte is a new-to-me author so I’m glad to hear the series is fun 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Harte was new to me as well Carolyn and I have been delighted with her tales.

  3. Ada

    Ohh I have the first book in your series and I was looking forward to getting to it. Now I have another one to look forward to! Marie Harte is a new author for me so I’m not sure if it’s my style but the more I see, the more positive things I hear about her books!

  4. Kris

    This sounds like a fun contemporary read. I LOVE romance series that feature different members of a family. . . especially when it’s a family of hot guys. This sounds like one I’ll enjoy 🙂

  5. Sharlene Wegner

    Great! Adding this to my list, along with the rest of the series. Thanks for the review!

  6. Lark

    Good review, Kimba – I love your introductory line! This sounds like something I would enjoy, with the family and friendships all mixed in, and a couple who bring out the best in each other. And the titles in the series are so playful! I’ll keep an eye out for these.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This series is fun, and the brother, family, friend twist makes is feel like more than a contemporary romance:)

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This series is such fun Heidi 🙂 and I agree family, and friends make the book feel like more than just a romance.

  7. kim { Book Swoon }

    Ooh, this sounds like a lot of fun. I love it when there’s humour and family involved in my romances. This sounds like one I would enjoy – going to see if I can hunt down book one also. Thanks for the fun review, Kimba 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This series is a lot of fun Kim, and it made me smile 🙂

  8. Michele

    So happy you had so much fun reading this one! It sounds great — thanks for the lovely review, my friend! <3

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Me too Candace I close this one with a huge smile 🙂

  9. Andrea

    Aw, I adored this one too! Brody and Abby were such great leading characters and I loved that Abby was a romance novelist!

  10. Jenea

    I think I am going to have to see if I can find this one and the first book. It sounds sooo good. Great review Kim!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      These are good Jenea, I love when a book makes you laugh, swoon and engage.

  11. Quinn

    Okay, this looks like a lot of fun. I have to read this. I love books with shy heroines.

  12. Mary

    I might just have to pick up a copy of this. Love when the heroine isn’t *quite* what she appears and when she finds someone who challenges her (as she challenges him, of course).

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo Mary this series is fun, and I love the humor, banter and family.

  13. Nick

    Ahh! This sounds like so much fun. I read Tangled and Tamed this week and ever since I’ve been looking for a hot romance book with a side of humor. I think this sounds perfect. I’m super curious about these two characters and I love that they bring out the best in each other. Lovely review, Kim! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Drew Evans *sighs* I adore Emma Chase and just finished the newest book with Dee..epp! I laugh, cry and sign. This series is positively delightful Nick I hope you read them.

  14. Faye D'Social Potato

    How to handle a heartbreak, you ask? Why, give the person a bucket of ice cream, glasses and glasses of margarita and then tons of chicken and we’re good to go XD That’s exactly what I did when I had my own heartbreak once upon a time. Haha. I mean, it isn’t exactly good for the cholesterol levels but who cares, you need to comfort yourself in such a dire time of need!!

    In any case, awesome review as always! Sizzling hot romance with a side dish of hilarity is not something to be missed, for sure!

    • kimbacaffeinate’s heartbreaker but if he breaks her heart we can have one heck of a party..I like your rehab plan!

  15. Lexxie

    How to Handle a Heartbreaker sounds like the perfect hot romance, Kim! And your review has made me want to pick up all the books in this series. I have a special place in my heart for series about brothers looking for (or desperately wanting to avoid) true love. And if there’s both hotness and humor, I’m usually a goner.
    I hope you’re having a great week! Happy reading.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was such fun to read Lexxie and book one was good too..but this one made me grin from ear to ear.

  16. Rashika

    I DEFINITELY need to check this series out because this girl is ALWAYS up for fun banter and a good romance! 😀

    I am so glad you enjoyed this instalment as well now I am off to check out the series 😛

    Lovely review, Kimba!! 😀

  17. Lily

    Crap okay you have me sold on this one. It sounds like a good romance and i love the fact that it has a good family dynamic in it. Okay it sounds like something i’d really enjoy!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      These are such fun Lily from the banter to the family interaction!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, laughter and swooning in the summer is simply perfect!

  18. Melliane

    I love humor in a book like that and it’s nice to see that book 2 is as good as book 1. It sounds like a great romance. Thanks for introducing me to the book. great review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was delightful Melliane, I hope you get to try it.

  19. Tressa

    Normally I don’t read books with shirtless guys and try to stay away from more mature content, but the title alone on this one cracks me up and your review was great. I do read a straight romance about once a month, so I might have to give this one a try. Thanks! 😉

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was fun, and they are all good people with close families and friends making this more than just a romance.

  20. Siiri

    “Ladies break out the hand fans” LOL. Oh, so it’s a neighbor romance? I love those! I like the sound of Abby and Brody and yay for good chem. Good family and friendship dynamics to spice up a great romance? Count me in! I hope you enjoy the next book as well:)

    Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was totally fun Siiri. I laughed and smiled throughout.