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review 2017-06-14 18:32
Book Review for Damaged Goods by L.Wilder
 
 
 
 
 
Title: Damaged Goods
Series: The Redemption Series
Author: L. Wilder
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 8, 2017
Reviewed by: Angels With Attitude Book Reviews

 
 
 
 
 
 
“Damaged Goods is a emotional roller-coaster of a read that will grab you from the start, it will mess with your heart, nerves and give your body the tingles.” ~Books, Wine & Time
 
“OMG HOLY HELL! My emotions are still all over the place, even after finishing it over 24 hours ago.” ~The Power of Three Readers
 
“Heartbreakingly sweet with just the right amount of suspense to keep you glued to the pages.” ~You Can’t Resista Dirty Book
 


 

New York Times and USA Today Best Seller L. Wilder presents a new romance series where the broken find their redemption.

 

Every man has his weakness. She was mine.

 
Nitro-
 
The job was simple- get the girl and bring her home, but with one look, she became my obsession. The blonde, blue-eyed beauty with the sinful curves wasn't mine to keep, but I wasn't about to let her go. I was determined to have her, no matter the consequences. 
 
She was the only one who could calm the beast that raged inside of me. So, I risked everything and did what had to be done - for her. 
 
 
 
Tristen-
 
Nathan James was every girl's fantasy- rich, powerful, and hot beyond words. He saved me during my darkest hour. Like me, he was damaged, scarred by the memories of a horrible past. I saw the way he looked at me, like a predator about to take his prey, but as much as I craved his touch, I wanted something more. I wanted his heart.
 
I'm afraid I've just exchanged one hell for another.
 
Will their love heal the wounds of their past, or will they both remain damaged goods?
 
 
While Damaged Goods is the first in a new series, the main characters were introduced in the Satan's Fury MC series. This is a full-length standalone novel filled with romance, suspense, and a lot of heart. I'm a firm believer that bad boys need love, too. Damaged Goods is intended for mature audiences only due to the explicit language and violence.
 
I have to say that I am really enjoying this new series and the previous ones with the Satan's Fury MC members.Even though Nitro is not part of them Satan MC  Series itself he is connected to them and like family to them. Tristen on the other hand is already part of the MC and she is family.

I have to say that Nitro was my favorite character this time around but  I may have already been half way in love with him myself from being in Big's story.Who am I kidding I was head over heals for him when he saved Tristen and that child from the life of sexual slavery in the previous stories.

I was drawn to Nitro from the onset of the story and not only that I am drawn to the dark and dangerous bruting type. Nitro is such a wounded soul who has cut himself off from living as well as feeling and the only thing you want for him is for him to stopping hurting.It truly broke my heart see him just existing and that he only thinks about revenge.

Tristen I loved as well as she amazed me at how strong she was especially after the tortures she escaped from and what could have been her life. Nitro was her savior and that is how they met.She seems to be more confident and stronger then she was even before her kidnapping.I loved her she was feisty,sweet,kind,a little bit wounded as well but intent on going forward with life instead of wallowing in her pain and suffering she endured in her past.Thats what I loved about her most she wanted to move on and kept the past in the past and just wanted to move forward and live her life once again.She will always suffer the nightmares and life will not be always the easiest but she is determined to make herself happy again.

Tristen is going to be Nitro's savior just by being the kind and caring person she is as well as being strongest of them both meaning emotionally not physically. I loved that Tristen was a complicated character in personality but is dangerous as well and lives a life of uncertainty making him even more intriguing to read about.

I loved seeing this couple fall in love as they both needed healing and happiness in their lives. Tristen and Nitro's road to falling in love was not an easy journey and at times Tristen was wondering whether their relationship was worth sticking around  for or was she just in for more heartbreak?

I loved the story from cover to cover as the characters were so different from one another yet had a lot in common.The story was filled with love romance and healing as well as intrigue and revenge . I was rooting for a couple seeking their happy ever after. These  were two lost souls who both really deserved to find a little bit happiness as life up to that point had dealt them a lot of unhappiness.

This is a story where the strongest and smartest survive and how love really heals old wounds.This was a touching story about healing and overcoming the darkness as well and I loved the chemistry that Nitro and Tristen had as it kept things hot in the bedroom as well as out of it.Through all the tragedy Tristen managed to stir things up and even added a bit of fun and teasing into the mix that had us smiling from time to time as she had a witty personality as well.

I love when you start off by loving the character's you are reading about and I did that with these two and when that happens it just makes the story for me more enjoyable.I also love how the author decided to give Nitro his own story and make it part of the MC series in a way but acts as a standalone as he was not actually a member with the Satan Fury MC but Tristen she is the one with the real ties to them.This was a nice spin off to the previous series.

Another enjoyable read by this author and as always looking forward to seeing what happens next.
 
5 stars from us
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
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As I walked by him, he reached for my arm, gently stopping me before I started down the steps. His voice was dripping with warning as he growled, “Tristen.” “What?” He stood over me, just inches away, and my heart began to thump a little harder. Damn. Why did he have to be so freaking hot? I was furious with him, and yet, I still felt an undeniable pull towards him. I wanted to touch him, to feel his arms around me and his mouth on my skin, and I had no doubt that he knew how I felt. It was written all over my face every time I laid eyes on him. Trying to ignore my traitorous hormones, I crossed my arms and looked him directly in the eye. “You might think this is some kind of game we’re playing here, that I’m just some pawn you can play with, but you’re wrong, Nathan. This is no game, because I refuse to play.” “You’re not just some pawn, Tristen. You’re the fucking queen, the most powerful piece in the game.” He took a step towards me, placing his hands on my waist as he closed the gap between us. “Maybe you didn’t know, but it’s your job to protect the king.” “Oh, please,” I scoffed. “Who am I protecting you from?” His eyes pierced straight through me, pulling at my heart as he stared at me. “Myself.”

 
 
 
 
 
Leslie Wilder grew up in a small town in West Tennessee. A country girl at heart, she’s always thought that life is too short, but she had no idea how short it really was until her brother passed away in 2014. She’s always been an avid reader, loving the escape only a great book can give, and wondered if she had what it took to write one of the wild romances she’d come to adore. With the support of her family and friends, she published Inferno: A Devil Chaser’s MC, one year after her brother’s death. With him in mind, she fulfilled her lifetime dream of writing. Since then, she’s completed the Devil Chaser’s Series and continued on with the Satan’s Fury MC Series. She has so many stories in her head, and can’t wait to share each and every one.
 
Leslie has been blown away by the support of her readers, appreciating every message, review, and encouraging word she’s received over the past year. She looks forward to continuing this journey with them for years to come.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
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review 2015-12-31 19:59
Damaged Goods
Damaged Goods - Lauren Gallagher

3.5 stars

 

Yet another sex-worker book, this one a male escort!

Hmm...This started amazingly well, and I felt the initial connection between them, though on further thought later on in the book it could have just been Austin being good at what he does. But nevertheless I was pulled into the book at the beginning and I loved how it progressed into more.

The thing I wasn't so keen on was how he carried on doing it with other people. It just didn't seem right to me. I understood why but no.

The epilogue perked my rating up a half star.

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review 2014-08-04 21:51
Cooper West – Damaged Goods
Damaged Goods - Cooper West

Reviewer: Victoria

 

Summary: Professor Jesse Ford feels like a failure in both love and life. He's moved home to live over his mother's garage after his previous relationship ended in heartbreak and a minor academic scandal, derailing his career. Tired and disappointed, he holes up to lick his wounds and concentrate on his next book, determined to avoid anything having to do with love or romance.


Jesse starts to change his mind when he meets Templeton, the beautiful and engaging punk rocker working as a short order cook at their small town's popular diner. Templeton, a talented musician, is back in town after escaping from his abusive boyfriend back in Seattle where they had tried to start a band. Encouraged by friends and family, Jesse and Templeton realize they can't fight their mutual attraction.


The two men from very different worlds decide they might have a chance, but they find their tentative romance threatened by the many secrets Templeton is keeping, and Jesse's own bruised heart. When Templeton's dangerous ex shows up, both Templeton and Jesse have to decide whether their fledgling relationship can withstand facing the demons of their pasts.

 

Review: Jesse Ford was a Professor at Princeton until a scandal sent him home to live with this mother. Jesse seems to have issues. He is always trying to fix his partner and seems to end up in unhealthy relationships. Jesse’s mother is into match making and seems to be set on Jesse and Templeton getting together.


Templeton is a few years younger than Jesse is. He has scrapped by in life making choices not because it is what is best for him but what is easier in the long run.

Templeton has lived in abused relationship so long that its apparent he is having trouble adjusting to normal life and what to expect in a normal life. In addition, Templeton being illiterate is a huge challenge to becoming independent.


My biggest issue with the book is the lack of chemistry between Jesse and Templeton. There was barely a spark between them. Jesse and Templeton both seemed to settle on being together and grow to love each other. I liked that sex was not a bit part of this story and more the relationship building, Templeton and Jesse’s issues.


I found this book is very well written. The overall plot was very believable. The ending was a bit predictable but it was an interesting journey to the end. The book was more about the journey to the end than the end itself. The main and secondary characters were engaging and fascinating. Overall, this was a great book.

Source: heartsonfirereviews.com/?p=28233
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review 2014-07-30 04:06
A bit silly but still a nice read
Damaged Goods - Cooper West

I really enjoyed "Protector" by this writer, not just a story itself, but I really liked her writing, so I was eager to get this book. I do like the writing here as well, and the charactrers are done with a nice, light touch. Having said that, what I liked the most in this book were secondary characters, Jesse's mom for example was a hoot. And actually, I do not think I encountered the character like her in m/m genre before. I also really liked when this book expanded beyond romance and wish it would have expanded more on saving "Gay Straight Aliance" storyline, because that town hall meeting was awesome.

Romance however was, erm, how to put it nicely? The characters sometimes made such silly and unbelievable decisions . They were both nice and likeable, do not get me wrong, but they both suffered from what I diagnose as "behaving as romance characters instead of real people" disease and that took away from my enjoynment somewhat.

Still a pleasant light read, it is just it could have been so much more IMO

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review 2014-07-22 00:00
Damaged Goods
Damaged Goods - Cooper West image

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Um. Yeah. No.

There wasn't anything spectacularly awful about this book but there was nothing at all that stood out. It was, in a word, mediocre.

Which was a disappointment.

Two scarred and damaged men, finding each other and overcoming their shit should have been golden.

Instead I found a somewhat snobbish academic (Jesse) that I never forgave for disparaging remarks about high school teachers and a terrifyingly insecure rocker (Templeton) with serious self esteem issues.

I actually liked two supporting characters, Jesse's mom Amelia and his best friend from high school Davey, way more than either hero.

Which I think kinda defeated the purpose.

So, I didn't connect to either of the heroes. Couldn't stand the whole activist angle. Felt like the relationship did not progress normally or realistically and nearly laughed my way off the chair when the GSA sponsor concocted a "solution" to some very bad press.

Had a crazy, possessive, abusive, stalking ex (which was the most realistic storyline, speaking from personal experience), stupid lies and miscommunications. Some fairly meh sex.

And...the end.

I finished but it was more out of a combined sense of duty and curiosity regarding what other not quite believable stuff I would find.

Can't recommend to my GR peeps. Somehow it just sort of never got on the right track and managed to derail anyway.
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