- File Size: 2700 KB
- Print Length: 133 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 12, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07N7F5M4H
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,054 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Damaged: An M/M Romance Kindle Edition
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The character development was intense. I felt for the two main characters so much, to the point I wish I could have walked right into the pages. That is the sign of an excellent book. There was definitely some amazing chemistry as well. The world building was eerily vivid.
This is not a story that is easy to describe. However, I can say it is one that is powerful. It kept me so engaged I didn’t even realize time slipped away until I got to the end. Don’t go into the book expecting ordinary. It’s way more than that.
5 stars for a hauntingly emotive read.
This book was engrossing, the characters very charismatic. Their encounters graphic, without being to far over the top. The men meshed very well and were likable even tho they were kind of grouchy and closed off. Watching them open up to each other was sweet.
I really wish the secrets of the casino and the forest had been delved into further. They were just kind dropped after a few intriguing hints.
Damaged by Tricia Owens is the tale of two damaged men finding redemption in each others arms. This book tore me up as I hurt for them each. This book will take you to some very dark places but it does have a happy ending.
After a bust gone wrong that kills his partner, Jack heads off to an Indian Casino to wait out his suspension while they investigate. He is drawn to the manager of the casino, Taylor (who is constantly referred to by his last name Brandt) even though he only plans to gamble, sleep, and drink.
I couldn't quite figure out if Jack was gay and suppressed it or was just in the closet or is bi or ?? But this is his first experience with a man. And, it is definitely an experience.
Taylor, or Brandt, is gay and has had some bad relationships. Of course both of those were with cops so he is wary. Both of them took BDSM way too far to the point that he almost died. You'd think after the first he would have learned his lesson. He also mentions that he was mostly trying BDSM out. Uh, that is kind of extreme. And if the first time left you almost dead, why try again?
So Damaged these guys definitely are. But they way they come together is not healthy at all. Jack uses Brandt to punish himself. Brandt uses Jack to punish his former Doms. Honestly, it is books like this that give BDSM a bad name. I love broken characters and watching them find love and redemption. But this was not the way to do it.
I didn't feel a connection between them at all. More like they were each objects to each other. A ways to a means.
There was a bit of a sub plot about Native American lore and the forest surrounding the casino and the inordinate amount of people who seem to commit suicide there. It was mentioned here and there and, again, it could have made a really strong impact at one point but it was kind of just tossed off.
And the pretty rainbow bow at the end was a bit too much after the darkness of the book. I would give this a pass.
The characters had little to no chemistry, the story didn't flow, there was no discussion with the BDSM elements even though it was the characters first time together and I didn't get the whole "forest" thing. I felt like it was thinking of going paranormal but it just didn't happen.
Not a horrible story, just not a great story either.
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For a novella-length book there’s decent character growth and a sufficient backstory regarding their past traumas that’s led to the bleak place their currently in - figuratively and literally - and yet I felt there was a barrier preventing me from completely believing in their relationship. Possibly it’s ‘cause it felt somewhat rushed. As no sooner had they met at the casino and exchanged a few passive aggressive comments, then it’s off to dinner together which quickly culminates in a very rough n’ dirty BDSM scene which I would’ve had no probs with if this’d all transpired over several days or even a week, but moving at warp speed like this made it feel unrealistic. Not to mention there were no safewords used, which for a total newbie to both gay sex and kink like Jack was, again, just didn’t ring true for me.
This isn’t a lighthearted, fluffy tale, but neither is it what I consider a dark read. In short, it’s a pretty intense one that involves past domestic violence (mildly referenced), survivors guilt/PTSD, and Jack’s own sexual awakening and eventual self-acceptance. The kink scenes are blinding hot - no surprise there, TO can write the hell out of a sex scene - esp that bathtub scene which involved erotic asphyxiation with again, no safeword or signal, which some could find a tad extreme…but I personally floved ❤️
So, after a near emotional breakdown, particularly for Jack, both men regain their direction and equilibrium via not only the power of domination and submission, but primarily through addressing their respective guilt and fears. There is a sweet and satisfying epilogue for these two, that I’m pleased to reveal felt overall more organic and therefore believable. In all, a good but not great read for me.