• Sick Heart

  • A Dark MMA Fighter Romance
  • By: JA Huss
  • Narrated by: Troy Duran, Lessa Lamb
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (668 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Cort van Breda has won 35 death matches as a fighter in an MMA circuit so deep underground there are no rules, and only the winner gets out alive.

They call him the Sick Heart.

They say he's a shameless monster.

They say he's a ruthless killer.

They say he's as twisted as the man who owns him. 

They say a lot of things about Cort van Breda.

But in our world violence is money, and money is winning, and winning is life, and life is the only thing that matters. 

Except...he wasn't meant to win that last fight.

And I wasn't meant to be his prize.

But he did.

And I am.

And now his sick heart owns me.

Warning: This is a sweet love story adrift in an ocean of evil. It is about two survivors dealing with their darkest secrets while they fight to change their lives. It is for mature listeners only and has descriptions of deeply disturbing situations. There will be pearl clutching.

©2021 JA Huss (P)2021 JA Huss
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UNEXPECTED, UNIQUE.. & ABSOLUTELY UNSTOPPABLE

Whatever you think this book is about.. just stop right there and let this phenomenal storyteller blow your mind with her dark, gritty, raw, deep, unique and twisted journey through a violent world of evil, pain, courage and love. Let her layered world-building leave you in awe, let her cruelly damaged characters touch your heart and let her complex, twisty and riveting survival of the fittest storyline grip your senses so tight you forget to breathe. And let Troy and Lessa’s perfect narration bring to life a spectacular listen you’ll surely never forget.

Worth a credit? Absolutely yes.. but it’s not for the faint of heart. I never quite know what to expect next from Julie.. but I do know this story of tragedy and courage has utterly blown my mind, pushed my emotional boundaries and given me a fast-paced, suspense-filled, intensely riveting ride that includes friendship, loyalty, passion, heat and hope too.

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Erie and extraordinary

Exceptional book. I have never been into MMA. This book is not exactly about MMA per se. It is about a form of professional fighting. The story is so much more than about the fighting. It focused on the lifetime of hard work that life style demands. It speaks about love and lose that may occur through out their lives and the greed and back stabbing that might happen. The author takes it a step further . She weaves a masterful story that you have to read or listen to in order to get the full effect. Just Brilliant!
Now a shout out to narrators. They had to switch accents and speak in different genders.. The hardest thing to visualize in scenes is the characters used sign language. Read or listen to find out why. Truly phenomenal narrators. If there are typos please forgive. I need my glasses or contacts updated.

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Light at the end of a dark story

The writing of JA Huss is never without some darkness. It's just her style and the woman can weave a dark romance like no other author in this genre. The thing I like most about her is she always pushes the limit. No one can ever say she doesn't shock the heck out of her readers. "What the hell?" is a totally normal response to have when reading her stuff and I love that.

Sick Heart is no different. It's dark taboo,and violent but there is always a deeper underline message. Being the hero of your own story is a common theme in JA Huss books.

That said, this is pretty dark so definitely don't go into this book with the assumption it's going to be kittens and rainbows. Its not! But hopefully the title clues you into that fact and its still an great HEA despite its darkness.

Narration is really good and hopefully there will be follow-up books on some of the other characters.

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Not your typical romance

I read a lot of books, I mean A LOT. I don't have a favorite genre, I read everything. Usually after a book that might be something heavy to digest or leaves me sad or uneasy, I lighten myself up with a romance novel. This is how I discovered the delightful JA Huss. Aside from the spicy sex scenes, her story lines are compelling and her characters interesting. I never feel like she's just copy and pasting dialogue and I find it amazing that she continually comes up with a fresh new story. Sick Heart was just that and the topic was heavy, at times it was almost too much but true to her talent she found a silver lining in a troubled world. I'm sure people hated this book for it's sensitive topic but that means they didn't really listen to or read it all the way through.

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Mental Warrior!!

I typically don't leave reviews, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book..
At first I had a hard time following, until I understood the full book meaning behind the book. This book is on the dark side but well written. Loved both male and female narrators. I'm not going to go in to details but most definitely worth the credit. ❤🖤❤

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My God, this is better than the Ebook!!!

I was waiting for this Audio book to come out (even bothering the author on FB) I was not disappointed let me tell you! I won’t rehash the plot because I don’t want to give anything away! The narrators are both spot on. Troy Duran is now my 2nd favorite male narrator. (Those who know me know my first favorite)
Just buy this audio book. You will not be disappointed!
Five Stars across the board on this one!

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Amazing

This book… wow! The story of people being oppressed and rising up to take control! Whoosh! Yes!!! Highly recommend! Thank you for another amazing book Julie! Hoping for a sequel. Please!

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Great Story!

After I found my first JA Huss book I was hooked. I have listened to every book Julie has on Audible. I was so happy Sick Heart was a long one, she is the best story teller. Her romances/sci-go have so much depth. I can’t wait for her next book and hope she continues telling her stories her way. I loved the story, I loved the narrators (best performance) and I loved her eobs. She speaks from her heart. I’m definitely a fan.

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I'm so in love ❤️

I am a huge JA Huss fan. This book might replace 321 as my favorite. Some of the subject matter is dark and I can see how it could trigger some people.
Having Troy Duran as narrator was the perfect choice.

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We are luckier than 99% of the world


Real life isn’t fairytales this book is hard but written very very well I had to stop it a few times regroup and turn it back on sometimes
Fighting for yourself and surviving isn’t what people want to know about unless you have survived….your self .
doing what you have to do. Thank you

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  • Kayd100
  • 01-27-22

Different but brilliant

I really enjoyed this book even though It was quite dark at some points. But splitting through the darkness was rays of hope and light. A great and I thought original story.

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  • Lois
  • 01-24-22

Great book!

JA Huss always writes compelling and intricate stories that keep you guessing from start to finish. This story is no different. Please listen to the EOBS on this one I LMFAO, good for you! I personally love the stand-alone and series books, I’ve read them all! Keep up the great work ♥️

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  • Ali
  • 11-09-21

Wow

I don't feel I should say I loved this because of the content but I did, could not stop listening. Audio voices were just right. another brilliant JA Huss book, just love her books, especially the EOBS 👍🏻

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-21

Wow! An epic story of survival

Ok, this was a fantastic book!

It’s not for the faint hearted, it was incredibly emotional. It didn’t shy away from the evilness that truly is in this world, and I’m glad it didn’t because humans really can be despicable, so having a book that didn’t sugarcoat harsh realities of how life can be for some has been refreshing.

It was an epic emotional adventure. It told a story of oppression, slavery, how to survive, learning that the only person who can save you is yourself, and how people can impact you along the way.

Btw - best EOBS ever!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-22

HEART SICK

I don't normally leave reviews but this book got to me. It emphasised how cruel the world can be. The characters described made me want to reach out to them and give them some much needed love
A must read 🤗🤗🤗

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  • Luminatri
  • 04-12-22

Holy Hell! 🔥🚒🧯🔥

I'm not one for reviews normally but...
The story line was different and Totally not expected. Not my typical smooshy MM/MF love story plot, yet... Holy Shit!
Wow Wow Wow! 😲🔥
Boundries were pushed many times in the storyline and perfectly executed.
Overall, Amazing and not rushed out during any part.

Favourite parts.. I have 2.
That SERIOUSLY smoking hot first encounter after the first fight. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
And that ending. Oh my freaking life!
I melted and played that back twice with a ridiculous cheesy grin on my face 😍 It was just, Perfect!

Narrators... As always, Troy Duran (Melts) was absolutely amazing for this role and perfectly paired with Lessa Lamb.
Loved them both.

And finally, That EOBS... Full respect!

J A Huss, You jumped right up there in my 'Must read every damn book right now!' category.
Thank you so much! 🙏

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  • Michele Watson
  • 03-14-22

OMG This book is fantastic

I don’t really leave reviews (I know I should !) but this book had me hooked from the very beginning and I loved everything about it! I don’t want to give anything away in case you haven’t read or listened to this book yet but really what are you waiting for!! The depth of the characters, the will to survive rather than give up in the face of such inhumane behaviour, uniting together as one team and family to overthrow and destroy all those who had treated them as inconsequential. Love love love this book. Thank you JA Huss x

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  • Heidi B
  • 03-01-22

Loved

Emotional, raw and cry worht...

Beautifull story line...
I love how bad situation was Bit by Bit made better..
Broken People helped each other..

And Last words was awsom..

More this Kind of storys is needed...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-13-22

Emotional rollercoaster

This book was hard to listen to at times with the dark intense scenes but it’s was brilliantly written. The character development was great. The narrators were excellent and you really felt like you were hearing their thoughts especially anya. It really gets you thinking and I couldn’t put it down

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-21-21

Dark story

Really dark subject matter, but great characters and plot twists. Also badass little girls! 👍

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-21-22

Tragically beautiful

The book grabbed me from the start that I had to download the audio so I didn’t ave to wait to read it all

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  • Cathy
  • 07-17-22

Wow !!!

Thank god there was a HEA !!! I actually had to cheat 3/4 way thru, go to the end, read the end to make sure I could cope with what came next. Julie....You rock as an author...seriously. Dont ever let anyone tell you otherwise. Would love a paranormal romance (the ghost/ spirit variety) or a time travel Romance....in your unique style xx

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  • Winnie
  • 06-02-22

wow!

i wasnt sure what to expect from this book and it definitely is not my usual listen but holy cow!!!
the heavy content is evened out by the humanity of the broken characters. some parts were difficult and heartbreaking but the storyline was simply amazing.
probably will never listen to this book again but will definitely recommend it .
and the narrators have given an excellent performance
5 stars

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  • Steph
  • 03-25-22

New favourite

I’ve never read one of JA Hiss’s books before but this was such page turner that I think she may be one of my new favourite authors

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  • DebraP
  • 03-13-22

Heart Sick

You have to listen or read to understand the the twist, great gritty story, with horrifying truths.
For me definitely worth 5plus.
I enjoyed the narrators, I enjoyed Her perspective and His. Theirs. I enjoyed the main characters and those close to them.
Learning to understand silence..
Triggers could be a problem for some..
I really enjoy JA’s talk at the end and learning her frame of mind when writing, it gives confirmation and again understanding..
Good job

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  • Allison Paget
  • 03-08-22

WOW… Loved it ❤️

AJ Huss you are amazing. Another fabulous book and narrators really brought the characters to life.
xx

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-21

Wow sick heart

Love this book just shows how the fight life can be great story you rock hussy