THE BROKEN ONE is the first book in Ruth Cardello’s “Corisi Billionaires” series. The opening chapter of THE BROKEN ONE gives some foreshadowing for the series and the author’s supposed endgame for this series but doesn’t have much to do with the meat of this story. Whether fate or just dumb luck, a lost toy brings two people together and sparks an attraction. This story is told from alternating perspectives, which gives the reader a better understanding of the two main characters. Sebastian Romano and Heather Ellis have both experienced loss in their lives, but the types of loss and the way they’ve dealt with it over the years have been different. Experiencing loss gives them a connection that a lot of people might not understand and gives them something to build on.
I love this heroine! Sebastian is a guy with baggage at the start of this book. His pregnant wife died, and he hasn’t been the same since. When Heather meets him, he’s a hottie but with crotchety. Heather is sympathetic when she learns of his past, but she never lets Sebastian get away with taking his sour mood out on her. Heather has a blunt way of expressing herself that I and Sebastian both find refreshing. She says what she means, but she has compassion and doesn’t try to be a jerk. Sebastian is a flawed hero but an understandable one who tries to be better and gains more self-awareness after getting to know Heather. Heather and Sebastian learn as they go how to fit into each other’s lives and be in a healthy romantic relationship, but Ruth Cardello balances the humor and sexy times with the angst. The chemistry between these two characters is very believable the passionate moments are red-hot.
THE BROKEN ONE has characters that are real and a romance that is charming, spicy, and frustrating all at the same time. Heather’s BFF Erica and Sebastian’s family act as sounding boards for this couple as they try to navigate a relationship and trusting each other. This is the first book I’ve read by Ruth Cardello, but I look forward to reading the next book in the “Corisi Billionaires” series.
In New York Times bestselling author Ruth Cardello’s sexy and emotional romance, a billionaire dares to invest in the riskiest proposition of his life: a second chance at love.
Single mom Heather Ellis would do anything for her adopted daughter, Ava. Even post an online reward for anyone who found the girl’s lost stuffed animal. Who’d have guessed it’d be returned by a drop-dead-sexy man with such sadness in his eyes that she had to reach out to him? To Ava, he’s a hero. To Heather, he’s a fantasy that puts at risk the happy life she’s made for herself.
It’s been five years since billionaire developer Sebastian Romano lost his wife and unborn child in a tragic accident. Now he’s all business. No room for emotion. Until he stumbles across that damn stuffed wolf and the beautiful single mother looking for it. Is he ready to give love a second chance?
But there’s more to Sebastian, his family, and his past than Heather knows. More than even Sebastian knows. Will the life they’re building together be challenged when the truth is finally revealed?
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