Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Damaged Goods
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Series: Men of London #7
Heroes: Jax/Dare Rowan
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 183 Pages
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing
Release Date: March 28, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Touched by tragedy, love is an elusive dream never to be realised by eighteen-year-old Jax Grady–until he discovers his secret admirer and receives the sweetest gift he could ever desire.
THE SWEETEST GIFT
Tragedy and horror shaped Jackson Grady’s life, leaving him orphaned and scarred. At eighteen he’s ready to claim his future, but who could love his disfigured face and damaged soul? Definitely not a big, burly, beautiful Irish Traveller who is entirely the stuff of dreams.
Dare Rowan didn’t mean to become obsessed with the blue-eyed man he first saw across a field, but that porcelain skin and innocent air demanded another meeting. Jax has the face of a wounded angel, and the rest of the young man is as heart-breakingly perfect. Jax is beautiful in every way and teaching him about love and life will be something Dare will embrace. Like unwrapping and savoring the candy at the shop where he works, Dare will show this young man everything Jax desired but never thought he’d have, and take Jax to new highs while he holds him through the lows. Between them, they’ll find out just how sweet life can be.
Review: This author constantly leaves the reader guessing. Is it going to be rough and gritty, angst overload, or soft and sweet? Starting with Saving Alexander, I became a lifelong fan. She can take almost any situation and create a story that just wraps you in a cocoon until she decides to set you free. That is a comfortable place for a reader to be because you know you’re going to get a quality product and you are just happy to be along for the ride. With that said….
….here I am reading and reviewing a book with no sex. Go figure. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of sexy time, just not any penetrative acts…yet. But with young and oh so horny Jax, I doubt that will be much longer. Dare is just too chivalrous to do more at this point. Jax is young, scarred, and almost blind. He is filled with a world of hurt and Dare wants nothing more than to be the one to soothe those hurts and teach him, ever so slowly, about love and trust and relationships.
We initially met Jax in Feat of Clay, and Tate and Clay play a big role in this story since they chose to unofficially adopt Jax as their own. I love getting to catch up with the guys from past books, so that was a welcome addition to this story. But I think the main thing I took away after reading this story was that no matter how horrible your past, if you have a strong support system, and a man who loves you unconditionally, then you can overcome your demons and put the past to rest. Jax needed Dare, his “foster” family, and Tate & Clay to move forward. It was a group effort, based solely on love, but the biggest supporter was Dare. He gave everything and in return, after a lot of effort, received the love in return.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy from the author in return for an honest review.*