Review: “Damaged Like Us” – Becca & Krista Ritchie

June 30, 2017 Book Review 0

Review: “Damaged Like Us” – Becca & Krista RitchieDamaged Like Us by Becca and Krista Ritchie
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Published on: June 27th 2017
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 352
Series: Like Us #1
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eBook

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The Story
 (summary from Goodreads)

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.

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My Thoughts

I can’t explain how desperate I have been to get my hands on this book, I can’t remember the last time a book release had me as excited as this one. And then for the first time, in a long time, I stayed up until 4.30am reading it after its midnight release. I couldn’t function in work the next day I was so tired, but also because I was so hungover from this book that I immediately started reading it again. Yes, that’s right. In the past 3 days I have read this book twice. It’s just that good.

“Our fame burns. And burns. None of us need to stoke the flames for it to stay lit. And me—fame is my friend and foe. It’s a part of me. A tangible thing that lives inside of me. This is the only life I’ve ever lived. It’s the only life I know.

I have to start with Moffy because I’ve been in love with this character since he was born. He was cute as a child but as an adult he’s just beautiful both inside and out. I love his place in the family, basically the big brother to not only his siblings but also to his cousins. He’s the one they all know they can rely on and this is proved multiple times throughout the book when they come to him for help and he is there for them every single time. I loved seeing his relationships with all his cousins and I am really hoping for more scenes in the rest of this series with all the cousins together. Farrow is your typical alpha male with the big muscles but an even bigger heart. He’s a perfect mix of tough and caring and his ability to understand Moffy perfectly just solidifies how perfect he is.

“We can’t all be heroes,” I say matter-of-factly.
“If I’m not the hero, what am I?” Maximoff is waiting for me to call him a villain.
“You’re a prince who wants to be a knight.”

The romance between Moffy and Farrow was written PERFECTLY! I spent the majority of this book swooning with a tons of butterflies flitting around my tummy. The banter between these two is brilliant and I love their competitiveness to always have the upper hand, even in the bedroom. Speaking of which, damn the Ritchie sisters know how to write a sex scene. So much steaminess in this book, like off the charts steamy!

But I think the thing that made me love these two so much was just how perfect they fit together. Moffy care’s for everyone when they are at their most vulnerable but can never let himself be vulnerable around anyone else. But with Farrow he can be and doesn’t have to feel any weaker for it. I wondered how it was going to work with two alpha males in one relationship, sure that one of them would have to give it eventually and be the “less alpha” but it never happened. They just complimented each other perfectly.

“I’m hooked by the way he’s staring deeply at me. Like I’m a fantasy. Like I’m something made of heaven and stars that he’s dreamt of—and I never thought to ask what a celebrity who could have anyone in the fucking world fantasizes about. And I wonder how long it’s been me.”

I really loved the addition of the bodyguards in this series and being able to see the life of the people who protect the characters we love. The banter between the bodyguards was really funny but I also loved how emotionally invested they were in each of their clients lives. For me, they felt more like family and I can’t wait to see more from all of them in future books.

“His know-it-all smile fucking kills me, and I swear he’s one second from saying, do you like that? And I think, too damn much.”

We don’t get much of the core six in this book (Lily, Lo, Rose, Connor, Daisy, Ryke) and I think I actually preferred it that way. As much as I love them and adored their series this book was Moffy’s and the rest of the younger generation and I feel that having them appear in it more would have put the focus on them. That being said, I kind of would have loved a big family gathering with everyone, like someone’s birthday or Thanksgiving or something, to see the whole family together and how they all interact. Maybe that’s something to look forward to int he next book!

“I’m watched and observed all the time. By strangers. By cameramen. By people. And never, never have I come undone. Until now, until his eyes feel like hands, and I want them all over me.

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Final Thoughts

There are so many amazing things about this book that I haven’t wrote about in this review, but if I did I would be typing for hours and you would get bored and stop reading. Basically, this book is amazing and you need to read it. Like now.

Re-Readability: Over and over and over…

I would recommend this book to fans of: the Addicted Series, the Calloway Sisters series, New Adult Romances, client-bodyguard romance, forbidden romance, alpha male romance, mm romance

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This book is part of the Addicted/Calloway Sisters universe. You can find reviews for the previous series below:
Addicted to You (Addicted #1)
Ricochet (Addicted #1.5)
Addicted for Now (Addicted #2)
Kiss the Sky (Addicted #2.1, Calloway Sisters #1)
Hothouse Flower (Addicted #2.2, Calloway Sisters #2)
Thrive (Addicted #2.5)
Addicted After All (Addicted #3)
Fuel the Fire (Addicted #3.1, Calloway Sisters #3)
Long Way Down (Addicted #3.2, Calloway Sisters #4)
Some Kind of Perfect (Addicted #3.5, Calloway Sisters #4.5)

Did you read the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series?

What’s your favourite forbidden romance? Have you ever read a bodyguard-client romance before?

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