Review: Damaged Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie

January 01, 2019

Damaged Like Us by Krista and Becca RitchieDon’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.

Release: June 27, 2017
Dual POV - 1st person
Heat: 4
Book 1 - Like Us series
Format: ebook purchase from Amazon

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I have to say, if all M/M romance could be written just like this, I'd read them all. Damaged Like Us had the right blend of romance and growth and development that made it more than just an enjoyable read - it made it a brilliant read.

The Hales are known for being welcoming to oddballs and black sheep, very fandom-loving, and all-around laidback and cool.

I'm so freaking happy that I already knew these families and therefore already understood their dynamic. I knew how fiercely protective they were and how far they would go to ensure each others' happiness. Maximoff Hale went above and beyond trying to make everyone happy. He was most definitely a people pleaser but that only made him more endearing to me. Who doesn't love a guy who would give everything he has for his family?

✯ celebrity earned through his parents
✯ philanthropist
✯ worry wart
✯ hot AF
✯ kind, caring, considerate, patient, loving, understanding, compassionate, etc.
✯ nothing like what I expected

✯ hot bodyguard extraordinaire
✯ educated to be a doctor and didn't finish his residency... so smart
✯ kind, caring, considerate, patient, loving, understanding, compassionate, etc.
✯ everything that Maximoff needed

We're like lightning and thunder, inherently different but alike enough to share the same sky.

I loved the push and pull between him and Farrow. Two hot, alpha males who at first weren't willing to give up dominance and then realized that the compromise only sweetened what they shared. I loved how they tried to keep their ish private but it didn't make their relationship suffer. Moffy was a bit too hard on himself but luckily Farrow knew him well and didn't allow him to sink too low. Together these two were a force and I freaking loved them!!

This is what I missed in my life, and I can't imagine never discovering this feeling. Never having him.

I was so happy to get to see everyone again. These families are everything, I tell ya. I wasn't happy to let them go and I'm so glad that there is another book, featuring this sweet couple. It's already been added to my TBR 😉

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