Carry Your Heart by K. Ryan
Carry Your Heart #1
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Synopsis: When Isabelle Martin steps onto Sawyer Auto Repair’s parking lot, she can’t believe it’s come to this. After dropping out of a school she never really wanted to go to in the first place and dumping a boyfriend she never really loved to begin with, she thought coming home to Claremont, North Carolina would solve all her problems. Instead, she’s still reeling from her mom’s death six months earlier and trying, but failing to help her dad, who’s sunken deep into a whiskey-fueled depression. Working in the local, motorcycle club-owned, auto shop’s office is a last resort, but it’s the only option she has…even if it means working with Caleb Sawyer, the bad-boy biker with swagger to spare who used to drive her up the wall in high school.
Caleb Sawyer is on the fast-track to a downward spiral. He used to think he had the world at his feet–all he has to do is be patient, earn his keep in the club and in the shop, and his legacy within the Iron Horsemen MC will be his for the taking when the time is right. But that just doesn’t mean anything without his old lady by his side, who wants to leave Claremont more than she wants to stay with him. When the bottom finally drops out, nothing prepares him for the impact and he deals with it the only way he knows how–with whiskey and women. Despite all that, being around Isabelle Martin, the girl whose feathers he ruffled so easily in high school, somehow brings him back to life. She doesn’t take any of his crap, but she calls him on it without judgment and without pity.
Despite some initial animosity, Caleb and Isabelle quickly realize that the perceptions they had of each other in high school couldn’t be further from the truth. The more time they spend together, the closer they become and the more they gravitate towards each other. Both are at a crossroads, but stuck in reverse. Isabelle needs help; she just doesn’t know how to ask for it. Caleb needs a life preserver; he just doesn’t know where to find one. And ultimately, on the path to rediscovery and identity, all roads lead them to exactly what they need–each other.
New adult/contemporary romance told in alternating points of view. Recommended for readers 18 and older.
Book #1 in the Carry Your Heart series that follows Caleb and Isabelle’s journey spanning the course of eight years.
Carry your heart is book #1 in the Carry Your Heart Series and the first book I have read by this author, I was gifted a copy if this book to read for Gemma Reads Too much.
This book was sold to me as an MC romance; honestly I wouldn’t class it as that. Yes there is an MC but it’s not a main focus in this story.
Now is that a problem? Well yes and no.
I love MC books so I was a little disappointed that although the club was there it was very much in the background. Don’t get me wrong with the way this book ended I think we will be getting a much more traditional MC book in the next book in the series. But I love the grit and grime of a good biker outlaw gang so a bit fat dose of that would have gone down incredibly well with me.
This might have been low on the badass biker ratio but it was high on the adorable romance side of things.
I actually loved the slow burn on this love story, we as the reader watched them create a loving friendship all whilst we knew it was only a matter of time before they slipped into lovers.
I liked both Isabelle and Caleb and the silly teasing and flirting was backed up by a very obvious deep sense of protectiveness for one another.
Hmmmm not sure how I feel about Becca I get the impression that I’m going to really dislike her in the books going forward.
The epilogue on this book was very unexpected and if I’m truthful a little creepy. Can anyone say stalker in the making!!
Overall I enjoyed this book it’s like a gateway book to the MC genre where they hint to the darker grittier side of the genre without actually throwing it in your face.
Carry your heart gets 4 stars from me.
About K. Ryan
K. Ryan is a former English teacher, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2009. In between ‘real life’ duties, she’s been writing the Carry Your Heart series quietly on the side for the last two years. When not writing, she’s either binge-watching something on Netflix, running, reading, or cheering on the Packers. She lives in the Green Bay area with her crazy-supportive boyfriend and the best decision of her adult life, a not-so-stray cat named Oliver.