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A New Series by NYT Bestselling Author Nicole Williams
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Hard Knox, but Damaged Goods… Damaged Goods reminded me of all the reasons why I fell in love with Nicole Williams’s books. It’s sweet, romantic, heartfelt, and the characters are written flawlessly. I had a huge smile when I finished Damaged Goods–it’s a story that will speak to your heart and make you smile and laugh and fall in love.
Some people let the world define them, and some people define their world. I’m still trying to figure out what kind of person I am.
Liv Bennett got away from her crappy hometown and has been living in California for three years, working on graduating college. She works and sends money home to her two younger sisters, Reese and Paige. To say she’s a cynic would be an understatement. She has a very pessimistic view of the world, no thanks to her drug addict of a mother. And when her mother suddenly disappears, all of Liv’s work towards getting a college education is shot down the drain. Liv has to return back to her hometown, the place she never wanted or expected to go back to.
Normally such a pessimistic main character wouldn’t appeal much to me, but I understood Liv. I connected with her, and I just plain liked her. I admired how much she cared for her sisters–Liv returns back to her own version of hell for her younger sisters, choosing family over college. And I adored Liv’s dry sense of humor. Nicole Williams’s writing brought out many different dimensions of Liv, enough that Liv was relatable and connectable.
Upon her return, Liv never expects to find Will Goods living next door. Liv swore to herself that she would never allow herself to fall for someone who lived in her hometown, to allow herself to be tied down, but Will Goods is a whole other story. Because Will isn’t just any other guy and he’s nothing like Liv imagined. At eighteen, Will enlisted in the military, trying to get away from his hometown, like Liv. But years later, after an accident, he had to return home and care for his mentally ill mother. I fell so much in love with Will. He’s kind, smart, funny, selfless, sweet, sexy, and just a beautiful human being.
He had the wisdom of a man who had lived multiple lifetimes and the body of one who’d only just begun his first.
As Liv and Will become friends and grow closer together, Liv struggles to make ends meet. She can’t find a job anywhere, until she’s approached by a man who seems to really want to hire her at a place called The Body Shop. Liv is desperate for a job, but she balks once she finds out that The Body Shop is a strip club. But desperate times call for desperate measures, so Liv becomes the last possible thing she ever expected to be: a stripper.
“Life is full of shit luck. That’s why when you find that thing or person that isn’t every now and again, you grab on and don’t let go without putting up one hell of a fight.”
At the heart of this book, it’s a story about love–love between two people falling in love, and love between family. Liv grows so much throughout this book, learning about herself and her capacity for love. Both Will and her family have a lot to teach Liv, and I adored reading every second of it.
Damaged Goods had a very different feel than the first book. It felt a lot more mature, for one thing, and I really liked that. Nicole Williams definitely went in a completely different route with Damaged Goods, but I loved it. It was fresh and addicting to read–I honestly couldn’t put this book down. There were also some unexpected twists to the plot that I didn’t see coming, which made me love the book even more.
4.5 hearts! This is definitely a must read! Fans of Nicole Williams definitely shouldn’t miss this.
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Reading Order: The Outsider Chronicles