Blog Tour + ARC Review: Damaged Goods by Nicole Williams

Welcome to today’s stop on the DAMAGED GOODS blog tour!
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A New Series by NYT Bestselling Author Nicole Williams

Damaged Goods by Nicole Williams

The Outsider Chronicles #2 (full reading order below)
New Adult/Adult Contemporary
Release Date: September 9th 2014
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When Liv Bennett said good-bye to her sinkhole of a hometown, she planned to leave that chapter of her life behind forever. But forever turned out to only be three years.

After her addict of a mother up and disappears, Liv returns to what she considers her own personal hell smack in the middle of nowhere Nevada to take care of her two younger sisters, and she promptly reinstitutes the golden rule that got her through her first nineteen years of life without getting knocked up, roughed up, or messed up: don’t date the local boys and, god forbid, don’t fall in love with one of them.

It isn’t long before that golden rule is put to the test.

Will Goods grew up in the next trailer over, but the wild, careless boy who used to tear up the town with his three brothers has morphed into someone else so completely, he’s almost unrecognizable. The quiet, contemplative man who works on cars every night and takes care of his mentally ill mother every day is nothing like the local boys Liv grew up avoiding.

But when Liv considers suspending her golden rule just this once, she finds out something about Will that will change everything.

Will Goods isn’t who he used to be—he’s not even the man Liv thinks she’s gotten to know over the summer. He’s become someone else entirely.

He’s become . . .

Damaged Goods.

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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.

4.5 hearts

Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.

Reading Order: The Outsider Chronicles

Hard Knox by Nicole Williams Damaged Goods by Nicole Williams

#1 ~ Hard Knox: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Damaged Goods: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads

about the author

I’m the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that’s one tiny way I can make it so. I’m one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground.

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