Honestly, if there’s one special, accidental find I consider on this year’s random reading list, THIS will be IT.
Damaged Like Us came as a free read in my Kindle device, and it’s practically more than what I expected. Way, way more. Even better than some books I purchased for more than the entertainment it offered.
I never read the synopsis. I went and dove into the book for the sheer interest I had with the title and the book cover. Yes, cover design matters. I like visuals.
First 3 pages, I knew it will be romance. Good-looking protagonist, with a hot bodyguard and all that’s missing, is our guy’s romantic interest. And I was so damn sure it’s a woman. A cool, highly-trained female bodyguard for our American billionaire – and he has no idea. Interesting start. Quite predictable, but interesting.
Dear World, stop fucking with me. Sincerely, an agitated human. – Maximoff
Exactly! Because while I was dead sure we’re looking for a lady bodyguard, a solid buff walks in the scene and my surprise-slash-confusion skyrockets to a maximum level. And it doesn’t help that I’m grinning so hard for that twist.
So this is what it is….
Like right now, I try to ignore his overwhelming presence, and I slowly cap the juice jug again. My gaze stays on him. No matter how hard I say look at the juice. – Maximoff
And the initial flow of the story is so beautifully written, characters well described that I have all the reason to jump on the same boat as Maximoff. Because he’s being too overly affected that the emotions metaphorically seeps out of the book! (technically, the ebook).
So yes, I was surprised by the twist, but I was all in for it.
The Maximoff-Farrow chemistry
Is more than just a theory. You see, ALL protagonists for romance stories have to have chemistry. It’s a need to keep the interest up – the fuel to the plot’s engine, the spice to the potentially bland monotone of a plot. Without it, romance dies.
And this ship, whatever it’s called at this point, is far from dead. It is sailing first-class!
TENSION is overwhelming, I dare say. And there were more instances that I could count when I wished to get a knife to cut the tension myself. And when it finally came to that point when tension has to be broken, it was just plain EXPLOSIVE! Maximoff and Farrow are memorable characters, but they’ve elevated themselves to a whole new level when placed in a romantic ship with them both as captains. And I was in for the ride!
This is the first book in the Like Us series which dedicates at least the first three books to Maximoff and Farrow’s story. Needless to say, I’m grabbing myself a copy of the next installment!