Damaged Like Us (Like Us #1)
by Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
Published June 27th 2017 by K.B. Ritchie
Genre: MxM New Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: own copy
In a Flutter: Exciting and Lovely!!!
Don’t date your bodyguard.
It was the one rule he had to break.
Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible — the twenty-two-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. By noon, lunch can turn into a mob of screaming fans. By two, his face is all over the internet.
Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth.
He is certified American royalty.
When he’s assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who’s known for “going rogue” in the security team — and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff’s sexual fantasies.
Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene has one job: protect Maximoff Hale. Flirting, dating, and hot sex falls far, far out of the boundary of his bodyguard duties and into “termination” territory. But when feelings surface, protecting the sexy-as-sin, stubborn celebrity becomes increasingly complicated.
Together, boundaries blur, and being exposed could mean catastrophic consequences for both.
Worldbuilding: This story takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Characters: The main characters in this novel are Maximoff Hale and Farrow Keene. Maximoff’s family is one of the most famous families in the world and being born into fame and wealth comes at a price. Maximoff’s life is filled with pressure and the media can be intense and when his bodyguard decides to resign, getting a new one is not an added pressure that he needs. Farrow Keene has been with the Hale family for a good while and completely understands what is like to be thrown to the paparazzi vultures and accepts the job to be Maximoff’s new bodyguard. But more than just bodyguarding is about to go down between the two. Even though it’s forbidden Maximoff and Farrow can’t help the intense attraction they feel for one another. Unfortunately, if they act on their impulses Farrow will lose his job and Maximoff will no longer be safe. Can they keep their relationship platonic for the sake of Maximoff’s family and Farrow’s job? Or will the lines become blurred as they tumble head first into a whirlwind romance?
Plot: This is a romance story filled with family, friends, obligations, betrayals, and the ups and downs that come with living life in the spot light!
Writing: This novel is written in first person points of view of Maximoff and Farrow. It is the first novel in the Like Us series and even though it is a spinoff of the Addicted series, you don’t need to read the Addicted series before reading this novel. Although I wholly, completely, and utterly recommend reading the Addicted series because it is so amazing and it gives this new series such an extra boost of loveliness that I would hate for anyone to miss out on!!!
Curb Appeal: This cover is so blunt and I love it!! It completely sets the tone of this novel and it works great! The blurb gives great background on the characters and gives just a slight taste of what’s to come!
Ultimately: This was just like getting a hug from an old friend!!!!! This novel gave me the same exact feels as the Addicted series did and I just love how much the characters have grown and I love getting to know their children! Maximoff and Farrow were so heartthrob worthy that I cannot wait to see what their story has instore for them!!! All in all, if you are in the mood for heroes who want to take a chance on one another then come check out Damaged Like Us!!!!
I couldn't have said that better myself! Reading is huge passion of mine. And I'm glad that books not only expand my world view but that they bring the wonderful people who created them into my life. You can always find me with a book and an eclectic mix of music on. I am a HEA junkie extraordinaire! I am a Beta reader, who loves helping authors bring their characters to life. As well as an avid romance reader (every and anything ;D) turned aspiring author.
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