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Damaged Heart

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  134 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Cory Johnson was just twenty when he fled Bayville, following his father's suicide. Estranged from his abusive mother, he's made a new life for himself as a successful lawyer in Los Angeles.

When Cory's mother dies he grudgingly returns to his hometown to handle the estate. Rhys Tucker owns the construction company that is going to renovate Cory's childhood home. But Cory i
ebook, 134 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Loose-ID (first published September 22nd 2014)
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Like a child, I picture opening her skull, unspooling her brain and sifting through it, trying to catch and pin down her thoughts.
You're probably wondering why I'm quoting Ben Affleck's character Nick from the book/movie Gone Girl on an m/m book review.

I just couldn't help but have that quote repeating in my head over and over whilst reading this book and wanted to unspool Rhys' brain to figure out why the fuck he is so attracted to and likes Cory so much.

Cory is an asshole, pure and simple.
Dec 18, 2014 Kikirocks rated it it was amazing
Such a charming bitter sweet story with interesting characters and great character (Cory) development. The only thing missing is an epiloge, but I loved the ending anyway. Absolutely worth reading.
Oct 01, 2014 KC rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
Damaged Heart is quite different from other stories by S.C. Wynne. It's not a light, fun romance. It's still a romance and it does have some light-hearted, sweet, funny, endearing moments. But overall it's a serious story about Cory, whose disfunctional parents have traumatized him to such extent that he's retreated inside an impenetrable shell where emotion cannot hurt him. And then there's Rhys, who's had a crush on Cory ever since moving to Cory's town, and who remebers Cory being kind to him ...more
Oct 08, 2014 Candice rated it really liked it
First off, Cory is an ass. Is there a reason? Yes, but he is a jerk a lot of time and that is just who he is. For some, they may not enjoy this book for that reason. We get a bits and pieces of why he is so emotionally damaged throughout the book, but it is very frustrating a lot of times with how he treats Rhys. Rhys doesn't deserve it most of the time and he is a very understanding man, sometimes too understanding. Why he puts up with it I don't really know except to say that his heart wants ...more
Mar 30, 2015 Didi rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, m-m, contemporary
2.5 stars

Were all lawyers as gloom doom as Cory, I wonder. Granted, he had "THE PAST" - ya know, the kind that messed with his head and left his heart scarred - but to be a successful attorney I assumed he had to have basic smoochy-skill, right? Only this successful lawyer from LA resembled a catatonic numb creature. OTOH, Rhys was so candid and upfront I couldn't help to admire his bravery. Or that he didn't get tired of hearing Cory's "I'm going back to LA soon" like a broken record!

They said
Sep 30, 2014 Maame rated it it was amazing
First book by this author and l loved it!
Oct 01, 2014 Dreamer80 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book.
There is lot of pain in Cory's past and you can really see how mental abuse can really destroy your soul. Thanks to Rhys' smile, love and stubborness, Cory will find a way try to open his heart to him.
This is really touched my soul.
Jenn C
Dec 20, 2014 Jenn C rated it it was amazing
Sweet sweet story!
ARe Cafe
Sep 29, 2014 ARe Cafe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: julies-picks
Julie's pick for the week of 9/29/14.

Feb 05, 2015 Aniko rated it really liked it
4.25 stars.
Feb 15, 2015 ItsAboutTheBook rated it really liked it
Review can be read at It's About The Book

When the death of his abusive mother necessitates Cory Johnson’s return to his hometown of Bayville, he intends to spend as little time there as possible before returning to his life in LA where he’s a successful criminal defence attorney. Bayville holds only bad memories of a traumatic childhood at the hands of his drug addicted parents. Although Cory has built a life for himself since fleeing home almost fifteen years ago, he has closed himself off
Love Bytes Reviews
Nov 19, 2014 Love Bytes Reviews rated it it was amazing
4.5 star review by Amber

Wow, this book was so good. So GOOD!! I’m actually surprised I liked it as much as I did. Especially since one of the main characters is such an absolute and complete jerk off.

Cory is back to his hometown of Bayville to settle his late mother’s estate. It’s clear right from the start that Cory holds absolutely no love for the town, his family home, or even his late mother. The realtor who is helping him recommends several contractors and this is how we meet Rhys.

Rhys has
Oct 21, 2014 Natalija rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
I'm a fan of Ms. Wynne's writing and this book most certainly didn't disappoint. I can see why some people might dislike Cory, but as much as I loved Rhys and his persistence, it is Cory who will stay with me for a very long time. I guess you have to have a similar background to fully understand his character and not judge him too harsh. Luckily, I was abe to relate to him on many levels, so it made it easy for me to love him and appreciate his ability to be honest about himself and what a ...more
Oct 29, 2014 Alina rated it it was amazing
I liked this book. I don't mind asshole characters, if their behaviour's properly explained and here I was totally onboard with Cory's reasons. Rhys was great and understanding and for one I absolutely loved his patience and it's exactly what Cory needed and I'm happy together they managed to overcome Cory's issues.

My only niggle is that at times I thought the story was a little too long and drawn out. The thing is I've just read Guard My Body and I was left desperately wanting to see more of th
Feb 24, 2015 Tena rated it it was amazing
The relationship between Rhys and Cory is one of the main reasons I love to read romance. The steadfast, patient, grounded way Rhys interacts with Cory - the way he is just there for him - allows Cory to grow in ways he never, ever imagined he would be able to. I would say he moves at Cory's speed, but that's not true, as he moves inexorably forward, where Cory would have no movement at all. Rhys uses honesty and humor to stalk and capture his HEA, making this a touching love story I will ...more
Sep 30, 2014 Rachel rated it it was ok
I must be in the minority here, because this book just didn't work for me. I never really got why Rhys was so into a character like Cory, when all he had was a couple of months in high school and then nothing for 15 years. And Cory was an ass for like...92% of the whole story, and so indecisive, that I felt like Rhys was just too much of a pushover to put up with all the push-pull that Cory put him through. Even though the story was from Cory's POV, I never got his motivation for his actions or ...more
Jul 24, 2015 Brandilyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, read-2014
Reviewed by Brandilyn for Prism Book Alliance. 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.
Oct 01, 2014 Shelley rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Feb 14, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it
Sweet short. :)
3.5 stars
Review to come on the Novel Approach
Nov 04, 2016 Juxian rated it really liked it
Shelves: abused, ptsd
It's a weird book. I liked it very much but I don't really know why. I normally dislike characters who behave like jerks. And here one character is an unrelenting jerk (and I loved him!) - and the other one is like a puppy who gets kicked over and over again and still comes for more. I mean I disliked Ash in 'Glitterland' so much, and Cory is as much a jerk as he is, and has just as much justification for his behavior, and I felt so protective about Cory and desperately wanted Rhys not to give ...more
Lori S.
Phillip Phillips' song Unpack Your Heart is the perfect summary of what this novel was trying to achieve.

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Hearts On Fire Reviews
Reviewer: SheReadsAlot
Genre: M/M Contemporary
3.25 Heart

Review: Told in first POV, "Damaged Heart" is a novella about damaged man, Cory, who had psychologically abusive parents. It was the lead factor into why he has a chip on his shoulder the size of Earth, Mars and Jupiter combined (with room to spare) now as a criminal lawyer. Cory is like a robot, not feeling, just ice and circuitry. Cory goes back to him hometown of Bayville due to his hoarder mother's passing and selling of his childhood ho
A Hearts On Fire Review

3.25 Hearts--Told in first POV, "Damaged Heart" is a novella about damaged man, Cory, who had psychologically abusive parents. It was the lead factor into why he has a chip on his shoulder the size of Earth, Mars and Jupiter combined (with room to spare) now as a criminal lawyer. Cory is like a robot, not feeling, just ice and circuitry. Cory goes back to him hometown of Bayville due to his hoarder mother's passing and selling of his childhood home. There he meets Rhys, t
John Charles
Mar 28, 2016 John Charles rated it really liked it
How do you walk back into the world you did everything to escape from without dredging up some really nasty memories? Cory faced that exact trial when his mother died. His abusive mother who made his life almost as miserable as his father did. Now he has the opportunity to rid himself of all those bad times by selling that house and land to a developer.

But when Cory finds himself suddenly drawn to a local contractor, his life goes from black and white to varying shades of grey. Why is he torn? W
Joyfully Jay
Nov 21, 2014 Joyfully Jay rated it liked it
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

3 stars

The story revolves around Cory Johnson who has returned to his hometown to settle his family estate after the death of his mother. However, Cory has come home only reluctantly as his memories of the violent and ultra religious past he endured has left scars that haunt him to this day. In particular, his childhood has left him stunted, unable to trust or love another person, preferring to remain alone and closed off from even the hint of any emotional ties. When Cory
T. Smith
Jan 08, 2015 T. Smith rated it liked it
Cory Johnson has returned home in the wake of his mother’s death to tie up loose ends. He is less than pleased to be back in Bayville, as much of his childhood he can remember wasn’t nice, and he wants nothing more than to distance himself from this place as quickly as possible. Until he meets a former classmate at the hotel restaurant. Rhys remembers more of Cory than Cory does of him, and sets out to remind Cory who he was, and give him a reason to stay in Bayville.

The damage from Cory’s past
Jordan Lombard
Nov 04, 2014 Jordan Lombard rated it liked it
Shelves: own, ebook, m-m, read2014
Genre/sub-genre: M/M romance
Book Format: ebook
HEA/HFN: Something, not sure it's a full HFN, though
Relatable characters: sorta
Abuse/Rape: past psychological abuse
Violence: no
Ratio of sex/plot: equal
Well written/editor needed: see thoughts below
Would I re-read?: no
Personal thoughts: I wanted to like this story, but I couldn't find much to like. The two characters were annoying. Rhys, because he was too clingy to an idea from 15 years ago when he was a teenager. And Cory
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