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Damaged Hearts (Boys of Venice Beach, #1)

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When 19-year-old military veteran Brandon Hawkins is attacked on Venice Beach by a gang of frat boys, he is saved by Michelangelo Curtis, a passerby.

Michelangelo was roaming the boardwalk grieving the death of his twin brother six months earlier. The two men’s unexpected encounter forges a strong bond between the damaged and lonely men.

Inviting the homeless Bran to his
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Kindle Edition, 456 pages
Published October 2nd 2019 by Tablo Publishing
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Joyfully Jay
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: camille
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.25 stars


Personally, this book started off on the wrong foot for me and it didn’t improve much as I read. The initial red flags revolved around what I consider discriminatory language. I took umbrage with the author’s usage of fatphobia and using a disability as a pejorative. Other readers may read this book and think nothing of it, but for me, I couldn’t help but be turned off at how one MC instantly focuses in on the size of the character who starts off as an asshole
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Goth Gone Grey
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
So. This book. I'm feeling very conflicted about it, and this passage describes it so, so well. Let's allow Michelangelo to share his wisdom:

"Most people don’t realize that the two hemispheres of our brains are very different. In right-handed people, the left hemisphere of the brain controls most cognitive functions. Things like logic, time, and language are all controlled by the left brain. The right brain in these people deals with spatial relationships, feelings, and other, more fuzzy
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Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, m-m, romance
Damaged Hearts is the first book in the Boys of Venice Beach series, and we start off with a slow-burner of a book. Bran had a rough childhood and joined the military early. After going through something horrendous, he left with an honourable discharge without any fanfare. Ending up on the streets, he made his way through life in a way more mature than his nineteen years. All that changes on the night he meets Michaelangelo. After Michaelangelo stands up for him against a couple of frat boys, ...more
Jamie Lee Zonneveld
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a nice slow burn story. I liked the characters and the story. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Charlotte
This book is packed full of things that will make you think!

Here’s my brief synopsis of what happens. Brandon has been living on the streets since he left the Marines. He moved from foster home to foster home when he was a kid so the marines seemed like a place to find a home. He was traumatized by the events he lived through during his service and hasn’t managed to get back on his feet. One night, he’s hoping to get a slice of pizza left behind by some young men...and one of them spits on it.

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Annie Maus
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jan St. Marcus’ debut novel, Damaged Hearts, proves this guy can write! He succeeds with rarely used devices, creating a fascinating romance/thriller.

When Michelangelo, a surviving twin and secret NSA data analyst, comes upon college kids rousting a homeless man, he films himself stopping the attack and breaking one assailant’s arm. Then he promises to feed almost-victim Brandon, a combat vet… if Brandon will wait for police to confirm what transpired. Michelangelo gives the video to police, who
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Dani (ダニ)
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, books, m-m-books
I got this ebook for free in return for an honest review and boy did the last 100 pages grip me like hell. I couldn't stop reading. I spent the last 2 hours finishing this book and this was one hell of a rollercoaster. Can't wait for the next book in this series and I can't wait to get more from Michelangelo and Brandon. Gosh they are so damn cute and I wanted to cry so many times just from the cute but then also from what both guys have been through and the last part of the book made me want to ...more
ButtonsMom2003
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: xd-assigned-read
A good debut novel.

I have mixed feelings about this book. It's a powerful story that kept my attention, especially after about the half-way mark. At times it was so gripping that I was actually holding my breath. It really is a good debut novel.

The book is broken down into ten parts which I found to be a bit strange but I guess it did help to have the sections focus on different aspects of the story. It's written in first-person with each chapter being told by one of several different
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Mark B
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am an avid reader and I've read a lot of good books in my day, but Damaged Hearts is one that will stick with me for a long time. It's simply awesome. There's so much to love about this book! I'm new to the M/M genre, so I don't know if it comports to the conventions of the genre, but for me, it took me on an exhilarating ride from start to finish. Let's start at the beginning:

So when we meet Bran, the 19-year-old homeless guy, he's on a rambling 1st person rant. It was pretty funny. But the
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Amy Dufera
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Damaged Hearts, book one in The Boys of Venice Beach series by Jan St Marcus, is an extraordinary story.

Brandon is homeless, with no way out, when he's saved by Michael Angelo. The use of this name is perfect. And wow, a superb example of the change one good Samaritan can make in one's life.

Brandon is a completely sympathetic character. He's a veteran who's living on the streets doing whatever he needs to do to survive each day. When Michael Angelo takes him in, he's suddenly living in a
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Lisa
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What an incredible book; I read it straight through without putting it down (except for 1/2 hour to recharge my Kindle!) This book was different from the typical M/M romances I read where boy meets boy, they fall in lust then love, and they overcome whatever minor obstacles they have to get to their HEA. I wasn't sure sure at first if I would like it, and I'm so glad I was wrong! Yes, it's a romance, but it's so much more as well. This is a story of love and friendship. There's love, ...more
R
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Michelangelo is a mathematician. Numbers are his life. Until he saves a homeless man and takes him home. Bran, hopeless and homeless, goes willingly with the man who saved him, possibly from a beating or worse. Both men’s hearts are going through the motions of beating but neither are really alive. Their meeting might of been accidental but their destiny seemed to be each other.

This wasn’t strictly a romance. Little bit of spy drama. Little bit Pretty Woman (without the hooker part).
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Belinda Zamora
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a new time me author and I was blown away.
Michaelangelo and Brandon were such warm and engaging characters..
They both needed someone to help ease their pain and suffering and I absolutely loved seeing them get their HEA.
They slowly developed a friendship that then segued into a slow-burn romance that neither were prepared for because they didn't consider their sexuality to be an issue and didn't consider themselves to be gay.
The depth of emotions the author was able to convey through
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Taid Stone
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I debated how to rate this novel. There are "Damaged Hearts" and even more damaged people. I try to save 5 stars for books that do more than move a reader. The book does that and more. St. Marcus's book is displays a variety of character and reader emotions, and characters who range from a homeless man to a mathematical security agent of some sort. Events occur that take this at times into the direction of a mystery, a detective story without a detective--only agencies. The only simple private ...more
Caroline
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Michaelangelo and Bran's story was so good it made be disregard little annoying things about the book. I couldn't put it down needing to know where there story would go.

This was a slow burn romance, with a heavy suspence thread. To men, a war veteran and a mathematician build a friendship after one steps in yo protect the other. That friendship slowly grows to be so much more, but their inexperience has them falling in love rather than having sex.

A gay for you read. I'll be looking for the next
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Melissa
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really struggled with this book. I wanted to enjoy it so much but I couldn't get into the characters.

The inner dialog with Bran was a bit tiresome for me

This book was given to me as an ARC in exchange for an honest review by Booksirens
Elle
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it
This started well, kind of ran out of steam and became rather rambling. This is a shame, because both the characters and the story showed promise. I found the way it was set out a little confusing also. I liked both Bran and Michaelangelo, but felt that their story went on too long. Maybe it's just me, cos it has a lot of first class reviews.
Vo Khang
rated it it was amazing
Oct 12, 2019
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marked it as to-read
Oct 07, 2019
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Nov 11, 2019
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