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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 27 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: September 19, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0758HZ6R6
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In the world of celebrities, where paparazzi hound them on every step, where stories are being made up, where people act like they know everything about their idols, and everyone wants a piece of them, it's almost impossible to find love. And when you're Maximoff Hale, it's even more difficult for you: a man with such strong moral values and high empathy, on his life-long dedication to one-night-stands, no relationships,just so he could never bring another person to the public eye, to endure what he had to, even as a little kid. He's the picture perfect oldest brother: the one who's (over)protective of the younger siblings and cousins, but also the one who's understanding. He's a favorite celebrity, open to interaction with fans, he's the perfect one... Until faced with his childhood/teenage years-nemesis slash never-stopped-crushing-on guy, Farrow; none else than Maximoff's new bodyguard. And while the heat boils between them, there's nothing they could do about it... or there's nothing they should do about it!
I loved this book. It was pretty long, but it was a perfect introduction to this new series, very elaborate; and the characters all so well-developed put in the story that was all thought out in amazing details, with some twists and turns. But main focus is on the love story between Maximoff and Farrow... it's beautiful. It's raw, and intense, and candid. Two people with knowledge of why forbidden is forbidden, but can't stay away from each other. Two people so inherently different, but also incredibly similar to each other. Two people who should never work together... just do. And they do it in a perfectly imperfect way.
Celebrities and bodyguards' lifestyle, paparazzi and gossip, overzealous fans, loving, protective families; perfect love story of two people finding their way into each other's arms and hearts - a mix of everything that Krista and Becca Ritchie put in the amazing package of Damaged Like Us. Easily one of this year's favorite reads; I'd recommend this NA contemporary M/M romance as the perfectly imperfect love story that will keep you well entertained and on your toes page after page.
It’s not a secret I’m a huge fan of the Addicted Series, huge. It’s one of my top series ever. It’s also not a secret, if you read my reviews, that this series snuck up on me and took over my heart. I wasn’t an insta-fan. I wasn’t a fan of the first 2 books, they were difficult and hard. But there was still something about them that kept me coming back, something about these characters, they just felt so real. And boy was it worth it, once I got deeper into the story I fell in love with these characters and I knew they would hold a place in my heart forever.
Where do I begin describing all my feelings while reading this book? The one constant in my mind while reading the book was HAPPY. I was so happy the entire time! Had this huge grin on my face. While this was a little angsty at times, this was overall such a light, beautiful book. If you’ve read the Addicted books, you’ve met the child version of Maximoff (Moffy) Hale, he is Loren and Lily’s son. Let me tell you, Maximoff was everything I was hoping for: beautiful, strong, self-assured, smart, dorky (he’s a Hale!) and caring. Oh, so caring. He is truly Lily and Lo’s son. His love for his family, for his parents, siblings, cousins is everything. My heart was full reading about it. It was also a testament to the great writing of Krista & Becca, and the fact that these characters are so well developed you can’t help but being fully invested in their lives.
And the romance, oh man the romance part was all sorts of awesome! You see Moffy has grown up in the spotlight. His family has always been in the limelight and now is stronger than ever. He lives no ordinary life and so he requires 24/7 security, as many other high-profile celebrities do. When his teenage crush, Farrow Keene, gets assigned as his bodyguards, it completely changes his life. I guess you need to read to understand why, what type of person Moffy is, what type of family he comes from and why he’s chosen to be so morally correct.
“Maximoff Hale is something else, and from start to finish, I can’t imagine anyone else having him but me.”
Anyway, Farrow and Moffy are at odds since the beginning. For one, they’re both super alpha. For two, they’re both trying to hide their attraction to each other. I loved the angst and the anticipation, the tension and the banter!
I’m completely in love with Farrow! I thought he was definitely the right fit for Moffy. The only one that could tame him, and the one who could keep up. They’re equals and opposites all at the same time. A perfect match!
“Everything about Farrow is lightning cracking the night sky”
And his feelings for Moffy are so real, and so raw. I lived for the romance in this book. Anyway, the book explores romance from a different perspective. Maximoff’s fame is a real issue and it plays a central part in how he’s chosen to live his life. Because of this Moffy has chosen a life of one-night stands, instead of pursuing a relationship. That is, until Farrow comes along.
Because Farrow is his bodyguard, and because he’s in such proximity to him 24/7. He feels like he finally can explore those feelings. And when he realizes what he could have in his life, it’s simply amazing!
This book is beautiful, hot and extremely romantic. It also explores things like fame, family and privacy. I also love how gutsy Krista and Becca were when exploring some themes in here, I definitely didn’t find anything out of character or was surprised by anything. I also think that this was amazingly written MM. I’m no-nonsense when it comes to these things. I read lots of books every year, a lot of them are MM. I’ve read MM by established MM authors and there are some I haven’t liked. Similarly, I’ve read MM by established MF authors and I’ve loved them. So I make no distinction when it comes to a good writer. A good writer is a good writer and a good book is a good book. I don’t immediately discard a book because the writer “typically” writes a different genre and so on. This was just perfect. The more I read Krista & Becca Ritchie, the more I fall in love with their books, their impeccable writing and their attention to detail.
Damaged Like Us ends on a happy note, but it’s still Book 1 on a series, there will be more than one book. This can be read as a separate series from the Addicted Series although it’s a spin-off. The authors have gone above and beyond to explain everything where the new reader won’t feel so lost. However, I think that your experience with this story would be so much better if you’ve read the Addicted Series. Or maybe, I just selfishly want everyone to read those awesome books!
I absolutely recommend this book, from the bottom of my heart. I can’t wait for book 2 and all the books in this series. There’s so much more to explore, so many unanswered questions and so much to look forward to! I especially want to know about Janie and Sully and their love interests! Needless to say, I’m a fangirl for these books. Bring it on K&B! I’ll be waiting!
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