Summary from Goodreads:
Damaged finds Mary DiNunzio, partner at the all-female law firm of Rosato & DiNunzio, embroiled in one of her most heartbreaking cases yet. Suing the Philadelphia school district to get help for a middle school boy with emotional issues, Mary ends up becoming the guardian ad litem of her minor client. As she goes up against Nick Machiavelli, her opposing counsel and the dark prince of South Philly lawyers who will use any means necessary to defeat her, she becomes more and more invested in the case—and puts everything, including her engagement to her longtime boyfriend, on the line.
This is the first book in the Rosato & DiNunzio series that I have read and I think it can definitely be read as a standalone novel. Damaged is a emotional driven storyline and I was engaged right from chapter one. Mary, while a phenomenal lawyer, also has a heart of gold and is willing to do whatever she can to help Patrick, a 10 year old boy who is dyslexic and was abused at school. As a teacher who specializes in reading issues, I connected right away to Mary and her desire to get Patrick into the right school where he can grow and learn. There were times that I questioned Mary’s determination and faith in Patrick because of his actions, but that is also what I loved the most about her. I haven’t read a really good mystery in a long time and I am so glad I received this ARC from St. Martin’s Press.
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for providing an ARC for an unbiased review!