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Wounded Hearts

(Wounded Hearts Duet #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  178 ratings  ·  69 reviews
It was supposed to be one wild night in Nashville. Another night flirting with strangers; another night pretending I wasn’t desperately lonely. I met a man with pain in his eyes and lies on his lips. A man even more isolated and damaged than I was. For one passionate night, we held together the broken pieces of each other’s souls.

When he shows up in my life months later,
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Published July 31st 2018
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Tl;dr - dumb and bad.

I've been reading military romances, and a lot of them aren't my preferred thing (I like character-driven romances). The sample portion of this seemed like it could be decent: the main character, a lonely woman, meets a mysterious man in a bar. There's a lot of immediate sex, which is not my favorite, I prefer a slow burn. But I assumed that the rest of the book would be one of those things where a couple that met and had explosive sexual chemistry meet again and slow thing
Nov 20, 2018 marked it as to-read
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It was supposed to be one wild night in Nashville. Another night flirting with strangers; another night pretending I wasn’t desperately lonely. I met a man with pain in his eyes and lies on his lips. A man even more isolated and damaged than I was. For one passionate night, we held together the broken pieces of each other’s souls.

When he shows up in my life months later, it can’t be coincidence. I don’t even know if he gave me his real name, but I crav
Anne Milne
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
It's hard for me to give this more than three stars, yes it's a steamy read with two characters who have an unexpected connection with explosive chemistry. However I don't feel like I know them especially Scott it needs more character development for me to feel invested in the story.

Hopefully Mended Hearts will deliver the answers I seek.

reviewed by Sweet Spot Sisterhood
I should have waited for the book #3 to come out first. Before I started on this. Because cliff hanger. The dreaded cliffy.
Michele McMullen
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Scott and Addison it was only going to be one night ...that is the only thing that either one could commit to. Now these two emotionally scarred people continue to cross paths and they slowly begin to try to give a little more. It soon becomes overwhelming and Scott pulls back leaving Addison once again devastated and wanting to see him again. I am not sure if these two broken hearts can come together once again to heal one another but I am looking forward to finding out!
~~Michele McMullen ~~
Gloria Herrera for As You Wish Reviews
Addison is trying to find a reason for living after going through an abusive marriage and an even worse divorce. She is an erotic romance author caught in a depressive stage of her life and blocked from writing. In her loneliness, she seeks human interaction by going to a local bar late in the evening, in hopes to be able to interact with other adults and minimize her despair. This is where she meets Scott.

He is mysterious and yet so alluring. Addison can tell right away how introverted he is as
Terri Trawets
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing addicting, highly emotional story of two damaged individuals, who are able to slowly grow together to fulfill the needs of each other, as well as their own.

Addison is a writer of BDSM/noncom/dubcon books. She is also a submissive. Because of her past issues including a demeaning marriage, she somehow thinks her life is worthless. Scott is a mystery, a vanilla mystery. We don’t know anything about him, except he is a strong man who can take control.

Somehow, when they are toge
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Julia Sykes is one of my GO-TO authors for dark, spine-tingling romantic suspense tales with sizzling hot BDSM. So when she announced that she was writing WOUNDED HEARTS, an uber angsty love story tale about two lost, wounded souls who find sweet solace in each other’s arms, I knew it was going to be bit of a departure from her typical fare but just as exhilarating!

And how RIGHT I was!

Erotic romance novelist Addison Burke,
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
An emotional and riveting story that left me wanting more answers by the end!! Addison and Scott are both battling their own demons, but when they are together, they complement each other and “see” the other person for what they really are! This story was equal parts sexy and sweet as Addison and Scott spent more time together! But I am hoping that in the next book, we get Scott’s POV because I felt that that was what’s missing in this story! Why did he keep disappearing and reappearing? I know ...more
Diz Reads 4TLOReading
A story that is potentially full of emotion as two individuals that need healing and understanding have a unexpected connection !

The character development is slow, but I’m hopeful that this may be because we are watching the couple grow and find the trust and needs they want and within the pages of the next book we might find our answers

The sexual chemistry is definitely of the charts ! For my first taste of Julia Sykes, I’m happy and will definitely read others by her

3.5 Stars


Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow, what an emotional story this is. It is raw, real and so beautiful. I feel like it is very personal, I guess because female character Addison is author. I felt like Julia Sykes pore her heart and soul into this book and I absolutely love it. It is very different then her usual writing, but really, really good.
It has a BDSM elements like her other books, however the story itself is different.
I very much enjoyed reading this book.
It ended on the cliffhanger, but not the bad one. I am eag
Becky Rendon
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Let's just say Scott isn't going to win any awesome guy of the year awards with the way this ended.

He's gorgeous and attentive but very aloof. He has secrets and isn't able to share them. He is a wall...or he tries to be.

This is not the end;only the beginning. I hope that we get a glimpse of the real Scott.

Reviewed for Sweet Spot Sisterhood
Lita Thomas
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wounded Hearts by Julia Sykes is the continuation of Wounded Hero. Now in York England Addison is at a book signing. When she looks up, her first reader in line is Scott. She has been missing him since that night in Nashville. That night was more than she ever expected. Curious as what Scott is doing there, he informs her that one night was special to him. This is the beginning of what I don't know. Addison knows Scott is wounded and has demons. Because of his job Scott can't share about himself ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked by the free prequel and was so happy to get more of Addison and Scott’s story. A word of warning…as I said in my prequel review, this almost reads as Addison’s diary. It has a unique feel that really moved me.

I was hooked immediately by Addison who just got out of a terrible marriage and Scott who is some sort of military hero. Her troubled past and his secrets could have prevented them from connecting and yet they have an instant connection. After their one night in the prequel, Ad
Tanya Rae ~ TaSTy WordGasms
I just finished reading Wounded Hearts and wanted to throw my kindle across the room. Not because the story was bad but, because it was so good and it ends in a ….. OMG I can’t believe you did this Julia Sykes moment!

Scott and Addison are both, for different reasons damaged people. Maybe that is why they found each other. It was supposed to be only one wild night. Addison is an author who writes erotic romantic books. Her pen name is Laura Krane. Scott had been in Delta Force and is now doing s
Stephanie Rushlow
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Julia loves making us ride emotional rollercoasters and I love it. Addison and Scott are absolutely perfect for each other, both have demons they don’t want to face or share and completely understand each other without having to share their past.

Addison loves to travel and explore her lifestyle allows that luxury. And you can quickly see her pain and understand that she is most likely running from something.

Scott had completely different demons, keeping people innocent and safe comes with a he
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wounded Hearts by Julia Sykes is a full length novel, a intense read and deals with sensitive subjects.
I recommend to read the prequel, Wounded Hero, first. Youll have a better understanding of the characters.
Wounded Hearts picks up some time after where Wounded Hero was left off. Addison is now divorced from her abusive husband, but still fears him and his reach. Shes back in her beloved town and at her signing she gets a big surprise. The mysterious man who stole her heart months ago stands at
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wounded Hearts picks up where the prequel Wounded Hero left off. Scott and Addison had a wicked hot one night stand in Nashville. Then go their separate ways. Scott off to do who knows what - something with the military. Addison off to write.

Next thing we know, Addison is at a book event in York and who walks up to have his book signed? None other than the sexy hero that has occupied her thoughts since their one night. Scott hasn't stopped thinking about Addison and remembered her pen name. Has
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Can two lonely broken souls find healing?

Wounded Hearts is a heartbreaking story of two people who find each other, each a bit broken from their pasts. Scott and Addison’s story begin in Wounded Hero when they meet and spend a blissful one night together in Nashville. Two people who find an unexpected connection and ease the loneliness.

Ten months later, Addison Burke, erotic BDSM author, is surprised to see Scott at her author signing in York, England. She never forgot him after all those months
the prequel to wounded hearts, wounded hero, sets the stage for this romance. addison and scott meet in a bar and share an incredible night together. scott carries the weight of his military service and the things he's seen, and when addison needs him to dominate her, because that's her kink, he's afraid of hurting her.

months later addison and scott meet in york. half the world away from nashville, where they first met. neither of them have forgotten their night together, and even though it seem
Ashley Ann Martin
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Onnica (I Love Romantic Fiction blog)
review is also here:

Main characters: Addison Burke, successful author, dealing with life’s challenges. ‘Scott’ the enigmatic man who keeps entering and exiting her life.

Why you should read it: I read Wounded Hero, this story’s prequel and it may have been short, but it made maximum impact! I was drawn to Addison and Scott’s personalities – I liked that they were both imperfect and sad and lonely. It made me want to know more. In Wounded Hearts, we get to
Kari Hansen
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We originally met Addison and Scott in the prequel Wounded Hero and their story continues in Wounded Hearts. Addison is an erotic novelist who is still healing from an emotionally abusive marriage. She and Scott had a one night stand with no expectations of anything further and is surprised to see him at one of her future book signings.

Scott is part of the Delta Force and is often required to leave at a moment’s notice and he cannot discuss where he is going or what happens on those missions. He
Mandie Foxylutely
This was a quick contemporary romance that ends on a cliff hanger.

Addison meets Scott one night in Nashville and they have an explosive passionate encounter. When Scott leaves Addison is sad she will not see Scott ever again. However weeks later Scott shows up at a book signing she is holding in York in England. They pick up from where they left off and Addison opens to Scott but Scott is still the aloof, enigmatic military man with secrets.

Although I enjoyed this relatively quick read I didn’t
Lora Borzelleca
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.....that is literally what I screamed out loud when I finished this book. I had no idea it was in a series and I HATE having to wait to see what happens. Ugh....but I did enjoy the book. I didn't feel like I truly got to know the main characters. Addison, you got to know a little more about because she was more open when speaking with Scott. I didn't like how her happiness was too intertwined with when Scott was around.She has depression and I can see that as being a b ...more
Lisa Roberts
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Scott and Addison are pure raw feeling in every single sense, no flowerly stuff this is real two damaged people finding each other each with their own shield built up high of the past and try really hard to open up. We see some things but Scott is still very mysterious but oh lord hes hot and trying some new scenes with Addison which are very intense and so sexy. Were they brought together for a reason, maybe to heal each other because their is so much there, I can see the confidence building an ...more
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This is one emotionally gripping read. I fell for Addison and Scott in the prequel, “Wounded Hero,” and tumbled even further with the continuation of their story. Ms. Sykes has a way of penning her characters in such a raw way that readers cannot help but be affected. Addison and Scott each have their fair share of past trauma and are struggling with how to deal with it. Each one has their own vices for coping. The question is will they be able to open up and share their tumultuous pasts to star ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
WOUNDED HEARTS by Julia Sykes is the story of Addison and Scott.
There is a prequel called Wounded Hero that gives a short introduction setting this book up. You can read this without it but I think I enjoyed this one more because of it. This book does also end leaving us needing the next book to finish their story.
This was such a great, emotional romance. Two people both so wounded that only planned to have a one night encounter but couldn't seem to stop their wanting of each other and the hea
Jenn Allen
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am absolutely IN LOVE with this story!! Addison's journey, her pain, her struggles... it gripped my heart, did some twisting and did NOT let go. Scott's secrets, his history, definitely shows so much hurt and pain as well. They have something deep and special, hot and sweet that was pure and true. The emotions hit, I had to wipe tears and I am so excited for more of Addison and Scott! I WISH I could give more that five stars. Truly.

I received a copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving an
Mandy Grave
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved Scott and Addison's story! The full circle of emotions left me a little sad at times, but then my spirits would be renewed again every time. This book is a true emotional rollercoaster of love, hate, lust, and sadness. It took me some time to read it, because I wanted to truly savor it.

The characters are very realistic and you find yourself feeling everything Addison feels while you read.

This is not like Julia's typical stories, so be prepared for it to feel different. I still loved it t
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Julia Sykes has always kept dark stories tucked away in her mind, so she was thrilled when she discovered that other people actually want to read them. Her books blend romance, suspense, and BDSM.

You can usually find Julia in Starbucks with a venti iced coffee clutched in her hand (two pumps of mocha, liberal half and half). If she's not in Starbucks, you will find her with a glass of prosecco in

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