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The Broken One

Corisi Billionaires, Book 1
Series: Corisi Billionaires, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
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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?

©2019 Ruth Cardello (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • 🔵🔷🔹Del-VALLE🔹🔷🔵
  • 01-10-19

LOVED IT!

Hilarity and love after tragedy happens.

Broody/Swoony hero, and good hearted/goofy heroine!

Our hero is a broken man with lots of demons. Our heroine is a hilarious, and strong woman with demons of her own that she is not even aware of.

This pair comes together by circumstance, and then start their back and forth dance until they finally click all their pieces together.

This story made me chuckle a few times, and that alone makes it a winner for me. However there is more. There is grief and dealing with losses and the consequences of it for both main characters.

There is a bit of mystery involving a family tree that is left there for stories to come.

I can’t wait for the next book!

The narrators were great, too!

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  • LAS
  • 01-10-19

Great story and great narration

I'm a fan of Ruth Cardello, so I scooped this up day one since it was available in KU read and listen for free. This book was great - it did not disappoint at all.

At the beginning, Sebastian starts off as a cold fish, but with reason. He lost his wife and unborn child years before and he never really quite recovered. Enter Heather and her daughter, and a rogue wolf stuffed animal, and his heart begins to beat again. This was such a well-written story. Really has a lot of depth, and a broad range of emotions going from humorous to heart-breaking to swooney.

It was such a great listen, too. Brian Pallino and Summer Morton do a great job expressing emotion and bringing life to the words on the page. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Ms.Red
  • 23-10-19

I would like to know why they are hiding the family tree

I wish I would have found this series after a few of the books were out. Not knowing why they are hiding the family tree is a little weird. It does make you wonder if the baby is the one that didn’t really die at the beginning.

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  • Kinder Gummer
  • 15-10-19

Just ok

Cute story
Easy to listen too and understand
Just boring
Would not recommend to others

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  • Anne V.
  • 09-10-19

Swoon worthy with a dash of mystery and angst!

I'm not much of a fan when it comes to billionaire romance but this author hooked me with hers and there's no stopping me from devouring her other series!

The narration helped this story come to life! It boosted my imagination about a chance encounter; an unexpected happenstance where two people, both broken but have both chosen a different path to led a life has come together and taught each other how to accept, deal and heal together.

I love this book so much! Both characters are perfectly imperfect and the author as well as tge narrators brought out the perfect feelings/emotions from me. I fell in love with both main characters, especially little Ava and her Wolfie. It's so amazing how one little accident, how one little thing can be life changing. Fate, as you know it. It feels so real in the story, I just feel like I'm in love right now, too, LOL.

One thing is for sure, I'll be reading more from this author!

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  • Trish R.
  • 08-10-19

Same old guilt-ridden story...

After 5 years Sebastian feels like he cheating on his dead wife? Really? Again? If you've read this you've read 50 more just like it.

So, I'm calling this a DNF as of 69%.

As to the narrators: Brian Pallino was pretty good but Summer Morton shouldn't even call herself a narrator. Even if she failed she could have at least tried to sound manly. I can cope with a woman that might have a lower voice but NOT a man that sounds like a girl.

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  • Lisa
  • 06-10-19

Half Cheesy, Half Good

Good and bad points to this story. The best thing is that there's finally a female character who is strong, independent and not afraid to speak her mind. She relies a bit too much on the best friend but it's not a story breaker. Narration was good. Of course, there's the required sex scenes. Seriously, after the first- don't go into all that detail over and over again. It really gets boring. Then there's always a happy ever after with these stories. What didn't really click was where the male kept saying how he was closed off, didn't want to start life over again, etc,etc. The next thing you know, he's pursuing her, wanting a future with her, marry, kids, the whole thing. It didn't really flow well. Overall, for a Cardello story, it was better than some of her past ones. She usually gives the reader a weak, low self esteem kind of female and this was a bit of a refreshing change. Hope more writers keep giving their females more strength.

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  • Lorie Sechrist
  • 03-10-19

The Broken One

Oh my gosh, it was so good to continue the Dom and Abby story. While I wish we had more interactions with them and Judy, I loved Heather and Sebastian’s story. There is so much unsaid, unknown. I am so excited to find out more and see what will happen with Sebastian’s brothers. Please write fast!!!!!!! Thank you for a great story.