Damaged Goods by Nicole Williams
The Outsider Chronicles, #2 (stand-alone)
New Adult/Adult Contemporary
Release: September 9, 2014
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 . . .
Whitney’s 4.5 Star Review
I really enjoyed Hard Knox so obviously I was expecting to enjoy Damaged Goods as well. However, unlike most series I actually enjoyed this book more that the first one! It is completely unrelated and truly a stand alone. There is not even character overlap from Hard Knox. The series relates to the ‘Outsider’ personalities of the characters.
I won’t rehash the synopsis because you can read that yourself but I will say most of what Nicole wrote really worked for me. Liv is a great heroine. She’s not whiny or a PITA. She’s tough and does what she needs to do to look after her family. I cringed a little at the job she had to take when she moved back home because it’s a bit cliché but Nicole managed to write the story in a way where even though it is important to the plot, it doesn’t feel cheesy.
Will Goods. Le Sigh… He almost got this book five stars all on his own. He’s got the wounded, lost boy thing going for him yet he makes the most of what he has and stops at nothing to take care of the people he loves. As you’re reading you’ll think you know what his ‘problem’ is but then if you’re like me, you’ll be surprised when you actually find out it’s something different.
The side characters add a lot of fun to this story as well. Liv’s sisters are a hoot and I fell a little in love with Liv’s boss as well. He definitely has a story to tell but I’m not sure if he will be part of the series or not. I’m trying not to give a lot of details so I don’t ruin anything for you. This story is best experienced with as few spoilers as possible.
A few things kept me from giving the book 5 stars and mostly it was inconsistencies. Little things that didn’t quite fit the story and a lot of it surrounded Will’s ‘problem’. I can’t give anything away though so I’ll just say that like Nicole’s other books sometimes you have to suspend reality and just accept the storyline for what it is. Overall, I loved the characters so much that I was able to look past the few flaws and really enjoy this book!
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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