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Broken Hearts Damaged Goods [Kindle Edition]

Jack Gunthridge
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The most dangerous romances are those when two friends agree to not fall in love and commit to not be committed to each other.

When Jack and Liselle find themselves alone after having been cheated on, they decide to use each other to help get over the pain and heartache. Their plan was to make sure there would be no collateral damage as they tried to learn to love again.

As they start to develop feelings for each other, they must come to term with their past and all of the damages their former relationships have done to them. With broken hearts and mixed emotions, they try to make themselves a lover that somebody else would want.

Will they be able to heal themselves in enough time to admit their feelings for each other, or will their pasts destroy the best thing to ever happen to them?

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From the Author

Broken Hearts Damaged Goods came about when a female friend of mine suddenly found herself single after having been in a long term committed relationship.  As she began to look for a love to fill the void left by a former lover, she somehow started hanging out with guys who were looking for relations and not a relationship.  The parts about Liselle getting peed on during the night by the drunk guy she is in bed with were based on true events.

With Broken Hearts Damaged Goods, I wanted to write a book about a woman that didn't see her own beauty and self-worth because she saw herself as damaged goods.  Over the years, I have had several female friends who made love to men when they were really wanting to be loved by a man.

Of all of the books I have written, I think this is somehow the oddest one because of how it has taken on a life of its own.  I wrote it as a guy thinking he was making your typical romantic comedy.  I have been surprised at the number of women who have written me and couldn't believe I was really a guy that understood what it was like to be a woman.  I have also been shocked by the response of women to the Jack character, especially since I based his actions largely on what I would have done in those situations.  I have to say it is weird for me as an author to replace a character like Christian Grey as an avid reader's occupation or to have a fan start a blog based on this book.

About the Author

Jack Gunthridge is single, despite the efforts of his family, friends, and coworkers who think he should be in a relationship because he is one of the few decent guys out there.  Jack can cook and clean, is good with children, has a job, and writes romance novels.  He's not really into sports, but he enjoys shopping or spending the afternoon on the sofa with a woman as they watch chick flicks like The Notebook together.

Jack also has a high functioning form of autism known as Asperger's Syndrome.  Before you become alarmed by this, you should know that people throughout history are believed to have had this as well, including Thomas Jefferson, Mark Twain, Michelangelo, Albert Einstein, and Jane Austen.  In fact, Mr. Darcy would be an example of a typical man with Asperger's.  And considering that he helped to inspire characters like Edward Cullen and Christian Grey, Jack doesn't consider his slight hint of autism as a negative trait.  Instead of getting interested in sports, hunting, and fighting, Jack became interested in the study of women and understanding them.

When some of his male friends made fun of him for taking ballroom dancing lessons, he responded, "I'm going to be holding a girl close to me.  And what are you going to be doing?"  Jack may not be the most macho of me, but he doesn't judge a man by the same standards of other men.  For Jack, a real man treats a woman properly, thinks of her first in everything he does, and takes care of his children.  The difference between a man and a little boy is that the boy thinks highly of himself for the number of women he can sleep with while a man finds happiness by how deeply he loves a woman.  For a man, her happiness always comes first.

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  • File Size: 704 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057CVROE
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars RECOMMENDED FOR OLDER YOUNG ADULTS October 6, 2011
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Broken Hearts Damaged Goods by Jack Gunthridge was a great find. It's the perfect book for older young adults because it's comical, relatable, and current.

"I would break up with him, but I don't know if I want to be just friends with him, or just remain friends on Facebook while not actually ever talking to each other. I don't think I want to unfriend him. He wasn't a bad boyfriend. We are just no longer good as a couple." - From Broken Hearts Damaged Goods

This story is told in alternating perspectives. Liselle's side it told through her journal entries; Jack's perspective is told through his creative writing.

In the beginning of the novel, Liselle's character is beautifully flawed; she has a lot of room to grow. Her journal entries are HILARIOUS, especially the entries about Steve. Her outlook on relationships and sex is amusing, but troubling. Every relationship she has been in has been based on sex. While she was trying to fall in love and find the right guy, the guys were just using her for sex. She is looking for love but giving out sex instead. Sex doesn't seem to hold much of an emotional value to her anymore.

Another great thing about Liselle is that she doesn't hold back. Because we are reading her journal entries, we hear the story from her perspective and get her raw emotions. She is very honest about her past, and she doesn't place blame or make excuses for her behavior.

The only thing that disappointed me about this book was the ending. I am satisfied with how it ended; I am frustrated with the way it was told. At the beginning of the end, a "story" is shared; it seemed to drag on and on. (I wasn't that into it). On top of that, I wanted to hear from Liselle one more time at the end; Jack's last story left me wanting more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected May 26, 2012
By Mena
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I'll be honest. I wasn't expecting all that much from this book. I thought the premise sounded interesting, I was looking for something to read, and I figured, why not; it's free. When I started to read, I was even less enthused. I don't really enjoy stories told through journal entries, and I found the main character immature and little dumb. But I kept on with it and, much to my surprise, found that as the story went on, it got much better. Liselle still came off kind of dumb at times, but she was also earnest and well-meaning and vulnerable. From beginning to end, Jack was a little too good to be true, but likable nonetheless. I ended up finishing the book in a day because I reached a point where I couldn't put it down. An enjoyable read for anyone who has been burned and/or healed by love.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern romance November 20, 2011
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"I hate when guys are polite after sex. If they want to bang you and leave, I wish they would. At least you know where you stand with them."
-Broken Hearts Damaged Goods

Those lines are from the second page (going from my Kindle version), and as soon as I read them, I was hooked on the story. Interesting enough, they are the exact same lines a friend pointed out when I suggested that she read the book.

BHDG is a love story, but not your conventional one (despite the fact that I feel it is closer to real life than many are). The relationship of Jack and Liselle begins as something with no strings attached, but quickly evolves into something more than either of them expect.

I enjoy that Liselle's thoughts and feelings can be likened to the way my closest friends and I talk to each other. She's a modern girl, with frustrations, mistakes, and needs like the rest of us.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! September 2, 2012
By emejade
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When I first started reading this, i started to question if it was "my kind of book", but i gave it a little time and faith and decided to read on.
Man did i love this book! Broken Hearts Damaged Goods is a very interesting book to read. I loved how the book was told by 2 narrators; 1. Described by Liselle through her diary entries. and 2. Jack through his writing. It lets you know how both of the main characters are thinking and feeling, but also in two different ways of writing.
Personally, i loved the relationship between Liselle and Jack. It made you laugh, cry, gasp, and swoon. After reading this, i believe now that i need to find myself a Jack. Although he sort of portrays the stereotypical "perfect Prince Charming", I love how he's so damaged and vulnerable and can still be the sweet, smart, and loving guy every girl wants. I would give his character an A+. Liselle is just all around hilarious. She reminds me somewhat of a shy and insecure girl, but she's also somewhat of a slut - which is interesting enough.
This book is definitely a must-read! I found myself not wanting it to end!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars UHHH April 5, 2013
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Didnt like that it was a journal entry andthe story was only one sided, didnt even finish the the book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Broken Hearts Damaged Goods November 7, 2012
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My only regret in reading Broken Hearts Damaged Goods by Jack Gunthridge is that I had it on my Kindle for a year before enjoying it. I selected it from the Top 100 Free as I do most of my books and it just got lost in the crowd. I can honestly say that I was completely captured from the beginning of the story. The format was different with a lot of Jack's feelings expressed through his writings but it gave the sense of reading his soul and it worked beautifully. The emotions of both the main characters were so true and touching that you ache for them. If this story is waiting somewhere in the mix of unread the books you have, don't hesitate to start it! If not, I suggest that you add it to your list!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I could not get rnough
I loved this book from start to finish! I didn't want it to end!! I thought the story was superb
Published 5 months ago by amy
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
I really liked this book, even though, normally, a couple rebounding together would just be way too much drama for me. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sarah B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
looked this book great read... well written and great detail of relationships and how to heal after having your heart broken
Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and somewhat bittersweet
What do you do when the person your significant other cheats on you? Faced with similar situations, Jack and Liselle decided that they are going to be their "rebound... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sheiglagh
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall it's a decent book
I was a bit hesitant to start this book due to some of the reviews. I'm one who likes to pick up a book, get right into it, and not want to stop reading until it's done. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jennifer Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This was a different type of book, however I did enjoy reading it. I liked that it was wrote between both characters and that it was like "diary" writing. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Me! : )
3.0 out of 5 stars Think before you read
Not a reader fan for this book. Definitely skipped many pages to move on. It just seemed forever to heritage all destination
Published 15 months ago by Dena Schibell
5.0 out of 5 stars A different type of POV
I actually enjoyed this book and was drawn into it because of the diary/journaling on Liselles part and the creative writing of Jack. Read more
Published 16 months ago by BookNerd2013
1.0 out of 5 stars Very DISAPPOINTED!!
I wasn't sure about this story initially but I forced myself to continue reading. I finally started to get into the story when it stopped working. I couldn't get past 95%. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Julekat
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting, needs editing
At first hard to get ino. Short choppy. Continued reading just to see what was up. Alright. Lacked some ....something. Short and different. Read more
Published 16 months ago by j
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More About the Author

Brainy is the new sexy.

Jack Gunthridge is a high functioning autistic writer and filmmaker. Since he technically has Asperger's, there are some people who would like to classify him as an Aspie. Jack prefers the more common autistic label. He feels it gives other people on the autism spectrum a role model for what life with autism can be. Plus he likes to show up the so-called normal people with an example of autism that doesn't fit their common perception.

Jack generally writes romantic novels. One of his early autistic obsessions included trying to figure out the female sex. He grew up around women and their entertainment. It was only logical that he would write about them and the beauty he sees in them.

His books are going to be hard to classify. He would describe them as literary "chick flicks". He is probably closer to Nicholas Sparks and "The Notebook" than Harlequin romance novels and erotic novels.

There will also be elements of "Twilight" and "50 Shades of Grey" in Jack's books. Being autistic, Jack doesn't always understand love or pick up on the subtle hints women are giving him. Women confuse him. His books are an exploration of women he finds interesting. His male leads will reflect qualities that Jack possesses. The men in his stories are loyal, fiercely protective, and unwavering in their love and devotion to the woman.

Jack writes differently from other writers. While he mostly gets positive reviews, there will be people who don't know how to take his works. Jack grew up in a time where authors were encouraged to test the limits of literature. This was before publishers considered most readers to be ignorant and had to spell out everything for them.

Jack is an independent author. He enjoys the freedom of writing the way the story needs to be told instead of dumbing down his material for the masses. He would rather stay true to his art, the characters, and the story than to write a best seller. Best sellers quickly disappear from the public's eyes. Good literature lasts forever.

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