Love the story and Emma Hart’s writing...despite the terrible editing 😬
I wish the editing of this ebook were better because it detracts from the phenomenal story and hilarious voice of Emma Hart!
Playful, hilarious, & sexy!
This latest rom-com holds up to the level of hilarity and wit that I’m used to getting from Emma Hart's stories.
Even if you read this with fresh eyes as a standalone, Carly and Zeke will appeal to your heart, body, and mind instantly. The witty banter starts right away, and this is where Hart never fails to hook me in. The dialogue, both internal and external, always allows for the reader to feel like they’re a part of the characters’ world. The vibrant characters always manage to feel so real. Carly is sassy and isn’t afraid to say what’s on her mind. She is an absolute riot.
I really enjoyed the chemistry between Carly and Zeke, and a lot of that rolled over from the first standalone book in the series, Being Brooke. I felt like I already had a sense of who these characters were, and I knew the foundation of their relationship. But being fully immersed in their story was a whirlwind. I didn’t expect the intensity and sexual chemistry that was bursting off the pages. The sexual tension was through the roof and present from the start. They’re truly a perfect match. That’s where the fun and playfulness of the novel comes in. I knew right away that these two characters were meant to be, but them acknowledging it and giving in to their feelings was an entertaining journey. It’s not all belly laughs—though there is plenty—because the story does contain emotion and a whole lot of sexiness too. Overall, CATCHING CARLY was a red-hot, high-spirited quick read.
Life goal -- must read this book!
By Jenny B AZ
And once again Emmar Hart had me laughing out loud as I read this book. The banter and sass of Zeke and Carly was hilarious and I couldn't get enough of their little comments and nicknames. Throw in a little sexual tension between the two and it is over the top! There were so many times I was laughing hysterically and then a few pages later, just when I gained control over myself, it would happen again!
Must read for everyone but only if you are looking for a book that truly makes you belly laugh!
Fun, sexy, sweet...Emma Hart does it again!
So, you know those books you love, the ones with the snarky heroine and the hero who is kind of a jerk, but you can’t help but love him. Okay, good. Now, take that book and times it by a hundred and you have the fun brilliance that is Catching Carly.
Carly Porter’s life is a mess of her own making. She’s a self-proclaimed a&%)@(e, an awesome best friend and she’s lonely. Now that her two BFFs, Brooke and Cain, have finally admitted their feelings and are happily in love, Carly is feeling a bit left out. She is also fighting a raging case of regret after sleeping with Cain’s sexy, older brother, Zeke. Zeke was engaged to be married two years ago, only to find his fiancée in bed with his friend two weeks before their wedding. Needless to say, Zeke lacks in the trust department, especially when it comes to women. But, ever since that drunken night of sex with Carly Porter, he can’t get her out of his head. Only problem…they hate each other.
So, if you only minutely like Emma Hart’s books (and if that is the case, what the heck are you thinking???), Catching Carly is hard not to love. Carly is funny, sassy, snarky, honest to a fault and she can’t see to control her mouth from saying what her brain is thinking. It is absolutely hysterical. Her interactions with everyone cracked me up. Zeke is, as I said above, a jerk, but a lovable one. He is kind of a mess, himself, what with the trust issues and lingering attraction to Carly and all. Their hate for each other runs hot like their true feelings. The book literally simmers with their feelings.
You’ve got Carly and Zeke who are so attracted to each other both trying to deny their feelings. Then you have outside interference from, well, everyone else, because they’ve all figured out that Carly and Zeke love each other. You put this all together and you get a laugh out loud funny book about letting go and giving in. With Hart’s signature snarky, in your face writing, this book is sure to be on your favorites list faster than you can say Carly.
Laugh-Out Loud Romantic Comedy
Carly Porter has been besties with Brooke Barker and Cain Elliot for years. But, Zeke, Cain's big brother? Not so much. More like frenemies, with the emphasis on enemies. Except for that one time, the time that Carly and Zeke, well, you know...
I was ready for CATCHING CARLY the minute that I finished BEING BROOKE. I fell in love with Brooke, Carly, and their crazy families from the small town of Barley Cross, GA, and wanted more ASAP. Well, thank you, Emma Hart, for feeding my addiction, and for doing so with such a sexy, lively, laugh-out-loud book. I couldn't have pictured a more perfect story for Carly and Zeke, and I loved every single word.
Trying to keep the 'hook-up that never happened' firmly in the past and convince herself and everyone else that she can't stand Zeke is a lot of work. Mostly because, whenever the two of them are in the same vicinity, it's like spark central. Seriously, the chemistry between these two is in-your-face hot, and a lot obvious. And, I mean, really, why fight it? When you find someone that has your number the way that Zeke has Carly's, it's all over anyway. If they can weather the online dating hell, crazy senior citizen parties, and persistent exes, and still come out wanting to spend time together, it's meant to be.
Emma's sassy snarky dialogue and quirky and one-of-a-kind characters are on point here, as usual. If a book has me laughing so hard that family members come running to see what's so funny, it's a winner, and CATCHING CARLY had me laughing a lot. And, let's not forget the steam factor. Emma's got that down to a science, and she did not hold back. I think that I may have mentioned that the connection between Carly and Zeke is pretty combustible? Well, yeah, so keep that fan handy, because you're going to need it...
As expected, CATCHING CARLY is 4.5 stars' worth of love, laughter, and HEA that I would not hesitate to recommend to other readers. I'm looking forward to seeing more of Barley Cross and the people that live there from Emma, because these characters are just wonderful.
I love Zeke!
By Lexy H.
Ever since I read Being Brooke I was waiting for Carly and Zeke's story, I knew it was going to be good. This did not disappoint and I loved every second of it. I think I loved it more than Being Brooke. There is just something about Zeke and Carly, the chemistry they have and the connection they have. Emma did an amazing job on their story and I can't wait for more from Emma and the characters in this series.
Zeke does not trust females. Two weeks before his wedding he founds his fiancee with cheating on him. This has shaped how he is handing his relationships with females until Carly. Carly is a game changer for him, but can he let her in? She's his little brother's best friend, she's younger than he is, but their connection and his attraction to her is something he can't pass up. Winning her over isn't going to be busy, he just has to decide if he can let her in.
Carly is in lust with her best friend's older brother. This is something she can't do, it's Zeke. With her two best friend's in love with each other, Carly has felt her life change. She doesn't see Brooke has often anymore and she is now deciding if she is ready to try online dating. Things start to get interesting when her Grandma gives her an ultimatium to bring a date to her birthday party or she'll find someone for her. Zeke is available, so she brings him alone for a "date". I think this is when I started to fall in love with Carly even more. I found her changing at this point in the story and I loved it.
Zeke and Carly are two of my favorite Emma characters. There was just something about their relationship that I loved. Zeke is right up there with Drake from Emma's Hollywood Files and it made the story even better. His "woo-ing" of Carly was what she needed and I couldn't have asked for a better story.
Like previous Emma stories, you fall in love with the secondary characters. Emma has this ability to write the best grandparent characters. Between Brooke's grandpa and Carly's grandma you will crack up and flat out love the story even more.
I can't wait for people to read Carly and Zeke's story. It's perfect for them.
There is a fine line between love and hate. I now love that line!
I seriously can’t get enough of Emma Hart’s rom-coms! They have me laughing so hard I swear one day I’m going to pee my pants. I first met Carly and Zeke in book 1, Being Brooke. I absolutely loved them as secondary characters and I now love them more after they were center stage.
Carly and Zeke have been just short of mortal enemies for as long as they can remember. A super-hot one night stand later and Zeke hasn’t had enough. However, they are both about as stubborn as stubborn gets. The banter is hilarious and only adds to the sexual tension between them. We all know the saying, distance makes the heart grow fonder? Well Carly is about to find out how true that really is. How can she stay away when all she wants is him?
Carly was such a fun character! She is a loud mouth with no filter and whatever she thinks, she’s says. I so want her to be my BFF, throw Brooke in and I’m sure the three of us would make a hell of a trio! I’m one of the biggest dog lovers out there and her dog, Delilah, has a special place in my heart now! Carly’s online dating was such a amusing and entertaining edge to the plot line!
Zeke has been hurt in the most horrible way. His fiancé was cheating on him and he found out 2 weeks before his wedding. Now, he can’t get Carly out of his head and is determined to get her away from her online crap and show her what the real-life world of dating can be like. At the same time though, he pushes all of her buttons to wind her up but then turn right around and be as romantic as all get out.
I was so happy to be thrown back into the Barley Cross world! The way that Emma writes grandparent characters absolutely splits my side. A horny grandma? Really? But seriously, I think I cracked a rib from laughing so hard. You need to lose weight? Want your stomach to hurt? Read this book!
If you want a book that is going to make you laugh you’re a** off but pull on your hart-strings at the same time, grab an Emma Hart book!
Review: Barley Cross 2: Catching Carly
Catching Carly by Emma Hart is the second stand-alone story in her new Barley Cross series. Humorous, endearing, outrageous, and quirky this book follows after Being Brooke but can be read separately. Not sure why you'd want to... Brooke's story is equally as enchanting and endearing (and outrageous) as Carly's. They're best friends, so of course they both just a tad bit crazy!
Carly has never had a thing for her best friend's brother but then, one night, has a thing with her best friends brother. Wild and wonderful and slightly intoxicated she is aware that it is the best thing she's ever had but absolute denial to who she had it with leaves her in complete denial.
Zeke is confident and funny and so far beyond determined to get through to Carly that they aren't doomed, that they do get along, and that they are a perfect match. He has his work cut out for him but he isn't afraid of a challenge and that is definitely what Carly is. A Challenge!
Side Splitting Romantic Comedy
Another side splitting romantic comedy from Emma Hart! Catching Carly is the second of a standalone series. The previous book does not need to be read in order to fully enjoy Carly, but as always, it is recommended!
Carly and Zeke aren't strangers. Quite the opposite, in fact. Carly, who we met in Being Brooke, is Zeke's sister's best friend. Carly is a refreshing heroine, she's honest, bold, and an independent woman who doesn't NEED a man.
Zeke. HOLY HOTNESS THAT IS ZEKE. I just may have a new book boyfriend with him. He is strong, thoughtful, and while still a swoon worthy Emma Hart hero, he's a bit different than the typical hot alpha.
As always, be prepared for hot characters, panty melting sexy times, and a group of characters you can't help but want to meet and hang out with. Emma Hart is astoundingly gifted at crafting stories that highlight friendship just as much as the romance, and Catching Carly is a great example of that talent. Carly, Zeke and the gang are all engaging, unforgettable characters on a fun, exciting ride for the reader.
You will find a genius story teller in Emma Hart!!!
Catching Carly is a 5 star read by Emma Hart. In this story we get to see the story of Carly and Zeke. The readers see their relationship go from hate to love. Zeke and Carly convert to lovers from barely standing to be in the same room together. Zeke has gone through some heartbreak is now the resident playboy. Carly is just looking to enjoy life. They never saw each other coming. Zeke is the forbidden fruit, the best friends brother. They have known each other for a long time and never even attempted to hook up until recently. That hook up through them for a crazy ride. They both tried to avoid what they were feeling after that one drunken hook up. Will Zeke sabotage any chance at happiness with Carly because of his past? Will Carly be able to get past the fact that Zeke is her best friends brother? Emma has such a way in telling a story that the character imbeds themselves into our lives. Oh and Emma sure has a way of writing grandparents into her books. Laughed through your the book. Again great great 5 star read!