Ethan Wainwright is a specialist in affairs of the heart – he has made a habit of loving beautiful young women, bringing them to soaring heights of happiness, and just when they believe they are in heaven, leaving them in a state of utter dismay. He has a left a string of broken hearts in his wake, but an unexpected incident brings him crashing back to earth, making him question his acts. The sister of one of his love victims seeks revenge for the wrongs Ethan committed upon her sister, but will this young woman extract her retaliation upon Ethan, or fall prey to his irresistible charm?
Heartbreaker was darker than the typical playboy gets his comeuppance story and didn't quite take the path I expected, which certainly raised it a notch or two above the crowd for me. There are times when I felt like the story was a bit rushed, but that didn't stop me from devouring this extremely emotional tale. Ethan isn't at all likable in the beginning of this book, and I can't say that I was particularly crazy about him later. However, as things progress, I did start to feel a little sorry for him. That's not to say that I wanted to see him get a happily every after, considering his actions, but it's hard not to start to come around as he begins to see the error of his ways. In all honesty, I wasn't completely on the Andie bandwagon either, but I did sympathize and could understand where she was coming from. On that note, I didn't feel the need to like these characters given the tone of the story, and I'm not sure I would've enjoyed it as much if I had liked them. Love them or hate them, Ethan and Andie did make for interesting reading, and that ending! The funny thing is I'm still not sure exactly how I wanted this one to end, but I do know that I didn't expect the jaw-dropper that I found. Nevertheless, sometimes the punishment needs to fit the crime whether we've learned our lesson or not, and expected or not, I have to say that this one concluded exactly as it should have.