Owner of a Broken Heart by Cheris Hodges is the first book in her Richardson Sisters series. This book is an introduction to all four sisters but focuses on Nina, the youngest.
Nina Richardson is a sportswriter and the youngest of four sisters. The world of sports writing is difficult enough for a woman, especially an African American woman, without the recent social media scandal that plagues Nina. She returns to her Charleston, South Carolina home, the Richardson Bed and Breakfast, built and owned by her father, Sheldon Richardson.
Clinton Jefferson is a former employee of Randall Birmingham, business rival of Sheldon Richardson. He left his old job and has been recently hired by his lifelong idol, Sheldon Richardson, at the Richardson B&B.
Nina and Clinton are immediately attracted to each other but know that a relationship between the owner’s daughter and his employee would definitely be frowned upon. Their attraction overrides all practical thought and an intense relationship is established. They are tested by questions of loyalty and trust that leave the fragile, new bond in serious jeopardy.
The racy dialogue in this novel is not for the faint of heart. There is a lot of seriously explicit sexual content (calling this erotic romance would not be far off the mark). The novel does reveal strong bonds between the sisters, who are all likable and believable characters. The book lags a bit toward the last quarter but is otherwise appropriately paced. Overall, Owner of a Broken Heart is a good, entertaining read that earns a 4 out of 5 star rating. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good romance, though the explicit sexual content may be off-putting to some readers.
My thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
Publication Date: January 28, 2020