Review: Damaged Heart by S.C. Wynne


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via LesCourt ARC Team.

Damaged Heart is a standalone from S.C. Wynne and it's the story of thirty-three-year-old lawyer Cory Johnson who finds himself returning to the one place he never wanted to go back to. It's been fifteen years since his father took his own life and Cory left his hometown of Bayville behind. Returning to Bayville was more out of obligation than anything else. It's not as if he's actually mourning his mother's passing. All Cory wants to do is spruce the house their family owned and sell it for the best possible price at the soonest time possible. The sooner he can get back to his life and his private law practice in Los Angeles, the better. Contractor Rhys Tucker's bid is Cory's best bet, but Cory is surprised to learn that Rhys went to the same school he did and that he had a bit of a thing for Cory back then. The last thing Cory needs is to start something with Rhys, especially since he'll be leaving Bayville once again. But maybe a fling won't be such a bad thing. After all, it's just sex, right? Rhys, however, could be the one to help heal Cory's damaged heart.

I'm feeling a tad torn about how to rate this book. The writing was good, and I liked Rhys. Unfortunately, Cory was the headliner here, and well, I'm sorry but I wasn't a fan. Sure, I understand that the guy had the sort of childhood that guaranteed a whole slew of emotional scars, but he was a major asshat for nearly all of the book. While I can sympathize with what he may have gone through, his experiences also do not excuse his bad behavior. To be perfectly honest, I didn't get what Rhys saw in Cory and why he seemed to have this decade and a half-long crush on him. Yeah, Cory was nice to him, but the fact that Cory couldn't remember ever even meeting Rhys and then proceeded to take advantage of Rhys's being such a nice guy didn't really sit well with me. By the time the book ends, he does begin to turn over a new leaf, so the happy ending is a bit more believable. S.C. Wynne had a promising story, enough that I was entertained for the duration, but my dislike of Cory did affect my overall experience. Damaged Heart receives three stars. ♥

Date Read: 01 April 2019

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