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Damaged Heart

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  210 ratings  ·  64 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, 1st edition, 134 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Loose-ID (first published September 22nd 2014)
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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
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.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, m-m
5 big stars What a heartbreaking and heartfelt story this was. No sugarcoating feelings, it was pure, honest and not even all pretty at times, but throughout these moments you could feel where is came from, I cried loudly.

Cory had a more than miserable youth and it shows, he has an attitude which requires a manual, and now he’s back. After fifteen year he’s back.
To sell his parents house now his mother also died. Sell and get the hell out of Bayville again.
Rhys can’t believe his eyes, there is C
Nov 04, 2016 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 u ...more
Nov 18, 2014 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.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, arc, mm, meh

I just can't understand the desperation of wanting Cory for Rhys. Rhys is a great guy, and Cory's just rude, bitter, asshole. If I was in Rhys position, I'll dump him in heartbeat. The hell with a childhood crush. Rhys deserved a much better man for him. Saying it's an opposite attracts didn't feel right as well. Lots of things in Cory's character confused me, and he's hard to like. Hell, I didn't like him since the very beginning.
I understand this is one of Wynne's very first books, so yeah, I
Sep 26, 2014 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 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 w ...more
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, romance, m-m
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 rated it it was amazing
First book by this author and l loved it!
Rachel Emily
Sep 23, 2014 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
Oct 01, 2014 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
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sweet sweet story!
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars.
Oct 13, 2014 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
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Nov 19, 2014 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 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 futur ...more
Sep 28, 2014 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 23, 2015 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 rememb ...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I was really enjoying this until the rather abrupt ending. Why is that such a thing in so many books now? Just as you're getting into the building climax and thinking, Oh, here's where things start to get sorted, it's wham! they're in love, problems all sorted, everyone lives happily ever after.

Give me a decent climax, people. Half-assed climaxes are just the worst.
Sep 25, 2014 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.
Sep 27, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sweet short. :)
3.5 stars
Review to come on the Novel Approach
Sammy Goode
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
The story had such good bones. There was a framework and plot premise that was solid and two characters that one could easily relate to and enjoy. However, I felt the padding, the meat of the story, lacked cohesion at times and ultimately lost its way a bit.

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 endure
Julianne Macneil
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i read this book as part of an arc program. Cory was a successful lawyer in LA and he returns to his hometown when his mother dies. Cory grew up in an abusive home and left when he turned 18 and this is the first time he has been back. When he ran into Rhys, he doesn't remember his former classmate, but Rhys remembers him. Cory decides to fix his childhood home up to sell and Rhys is the contractor who he hires. Rhys flirts with Cory and invites him to dinner with his sister and her husband. Cor ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Note: An ARC was provided by the author via LesCourt ARC Team.

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
Amy Dufera
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Damaged Heart is a great story by SC Wynne. Sad from the start, I was instantly drawn into this tale.

Cory's back in town to sell his mother's house, and soon he has Rhys working on repairs for him. Little does he know that Rhys had a crush on him years ago.

The author perfectly captures the small town feel, especially the resentment Cory has for his parents and the town. Cory's past is heart-breaking, full of abuse and pain, making him closed off and aloof.

Their relationship is extremely tough t
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S.C. Wynne started writing m/m in 2013 and did look back once. She wanted to say that because it seems everyone’s bio says they never looked back and, well S.C. Wynne is all about the joke. She loves writing m/m and her characters are usually a little jaded, funny and ultimately redeemed through love.
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