Author: SC Wynne
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: GD Leigh
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Just twenty years-old, Cory Johnson fled Bayville after his father’s suicide to escape his abusive mother. He made a life for himself in Los Angeles, as different from Bayville as a place could possibly be. While his successful legal career is rewarding, Cory can’t connect with the people in his life. He’s terribly alone. When his mother dies, he must–reluctantly–return home to handle her estate, which he knows will only make those feelings worse.
Rhys Tucker owns the construction company that will renovate Cory’s childhood home. He’s harbored a crush on Cory since high school, so he seizes the unexpected opportunity to get close to Cory. Or at least try to. Their physical chemistry is immediate and undeniable, but Cory’s so closed-off, Rhys worries he’ll never penetrate that guarded, damaged heart.
Cory wants Rhys. He does. But can someone as scarred and broken as he is ever really come home?
I have a love/hate relationship with Damaged Heart by SC Wynne. First of all, let me say this is my first title by this author, but I will be giving them another shot. So on to the review.
First the hate: I did not like Cory. He was an entitled ass, and I don’t know what Rhys ever saw in him or why he put up with him. Unfortunately, the author was never able to make me believe that Rhys would want him. Part of that is because Cory could never believe it himself. That is actually a good thing since Damaged Heart was written in first from Cory’s perspective. I also didn’t like that when they finally decided to be together the book ended, like the next page… I want to know HOW they made it work. I don’t feel like they are going to last with how the story was left.
Okay, the love: I liked Rhys… a lot. Even if he did come across like a bit of a doormat for Cory, he was a generally good person. I also liked that this story did not precisely follow the “romance” formula. Yes, there was boy meets boy. Boy screws up the relationship with boy. Boy fixes things with boy. However, it was presented in an appealing manner and I didn’t know exactly how things were going to go from one page to another.
The in between: Parker. I didn’t get the inclusion of Parker. Was he just there to make Cory jealous? Why, if Rhys knew how Cory felt about Parker, and if he was trying to woo Cory, did he choose Parker over Cory, repeatedly? Was he just there to setup another story? Are we going to see Parker get his happily ever after? I hope so, actually.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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