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Damaged

Narrated by: B.B. Franklin
Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: Romance, Suspense
4.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Two scarred souls: one physically, one mentally. Both on the mend, hiding from their pasts....

Mace Walker can't wait to get home.

Being buried deep undercover for the past two years, on the most complex case of his career, has torn him down physically and mentally. Now the FBI agent has come home to recover after having his leg badly injured from a gunshot wound. Arriving home late one night, his relief is short-lived as he's faced with a stranger pointing a gun to his head, acting like he is the one who doesn't belong there!

Colby Parks, a biochemist at the local university, had come to town a year earlier to escape an abusive relationship. She vows never to put herself in that situation again.

Then the perfect opportunity comes along: housesitting for Mace's sister while making the house she purchased habitable. But she couldn't anticipate this big snag: the one wearing the tight Levi's and worn leather jacket, looking like he had just escaped prison.

Being forced to share a house creates sparks between them in more ways than one. However, things take a turn when their pasts catch up to them, threatening to pull them apart forever.

Note: This book was previously published under the title Banged Up but has been re-edited for this release.

©2017 Jeanne St. James (P)2018 Jeanne St. James

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I wanted to feel more be more have more

Updated and de-caveman. I read lots of Jeanne St. James' stories. I read this one years ago under its original name and then it was just a little something under-whelming about the two scarred people and the story they weaved together. I always felt like there were somethings missing from the story. I know. Its a short, what could be missing. Well, I feel with the new added pieces things don't seem so far off. These are two damaged souls, physically and mentally, that find each other in all of their messed-up-ness. The forge a connection with each other and they both find something new does not always mean hurt. But neither knew the way their past would comeback and try hard to take away the new they were working on building.

I found it very honorable that an author that was willing to go back an revise work that was already created and made it better. 'Banged Up' got a new title and an uplift to the drama, action, and intensity this quickie brought.

Narration was matching the story with clarity and the flow/cadence of the diction Easy to follow along and increase the audio speed. This was no slow pace ride. Things moved fast and the audio allowed the listener to keep pace, at their own pace.

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Damaged!

Mace and Colby compliment each other so well in this action, heat, and mystery packed story! From the moment it started I wanted to know more about Mace and I was not disappointed! Mace being this hot FBI agent and Colby a determined woman out to take care of herself. The slow burn and then explosive chemistry between Mace and Colby really made this a fun listen. B.B Franklin did a great job showing all the emotions throughout this book! I didn’t want it to end with all the twists and turns it took.

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Awesome book to listen to

This story was such a great audio book, the narrator brought the characters to life and the listener cannot help but be sucked in. Mace needed to come home to recuperate from a gun shot wound, not knowing that his sister left for her honeymoon and left Colby as the house sitter. Being in such close quarters, the two have instant chemistry that explodes. But will that relationship put Colby in harms way with the men who are trying to kill Mace? Or will the issues from her past relationships keep Colby from falling in love? This was a great story with great characters and a fast moving plot that was a joy to listen to. Another great audible from Jeanne St. James.

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Great action

Great action packed book right here. From the start you know the chemistry is very high with this couple. Fantastic graphic details that are very realistic! Thank you Jeanne, you know how to write a brilliant Alpha.
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Damaged

Damaged is a steamy romantic suspense with lots of danger and hot chemistry. It kept me on the edge of my seat from the very beginning all the way until the end. I loved this book and the characters, but the only thing better would have been an epilogue. B.B. Franklin did a great job bringing this story to life. I received this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • Bette
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  • 09-03-19

Terrific Story & Listen🎧Heartfelt & Action-Packed!

I thoroughly enjoyed this captivating story. It is well written and well told with interesting storylines and characters that are complex and nicely developed. The book grabs you right from the start, Mace Walker returns to his home after two years to come face to face with a barrel of a gun. Colby Walker is house sitting when an intruder enters, block in hand she goes to face her intruder. Turns out the intruder is he owner of the house and the brother of the person she is house sitting for. I loved these two together, there is chemistry between them even while they try to fight it, they just needed to get past their own issues and baggage, but can they or will it be leading to trouble. I like how well plotted this story is, how you only get a glimpse of who these two characters really are as they hold back the info from each other. Also liked how the author keeps you thinking and wondering who is behind the suspicious things that are happening. This is one action-packed story with plenty of drama, angst, some twists, mystery, thrilling suspense that will take you to the edge of your seat and some hot romance. Jeanne St. James Thank you for another great story!

I listened to the Audible edition, B.B Franklin does a nice job narrating and performing the voices of all the characters. She brings the characters and their story to life right off the pages. She is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for this great listen🎧

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Good romantic suspense

Mace is home to recover after being injured while undercover. He doesn’t count on the gorgeous woman, who’s house sitting for his sister. They have intense chemistry and they begin to feel more. But there are sinister elements from both of their pasts...will they survive to explore their relationship?
Good story with lots of steamy moments. Quick read/listen.

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  • Angiee
  • Texas United States
  • 08-04-19

Great Book

I love this story about Mace and Colby, both of them are slightly bruised and need to deal with some demons. This book has it all suspense, angst, action and a happily ever after. This book doesn't disappoint.

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This was so dang good!

This was such a good story! I loved every bit of Mace and Colby, from their first meeting to the hot and heavy scene's. This entire story pulled me in and I loved it!

B.B. Franklin did a great job bringing these two to life!

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Hear 2 beautifully damaged characters come to life

Another amazing set of characters and story from Jeanne St. James! I loved that she called the book Damaged. Both Mace and Colby have been damaged, but not broken, from their pasts. That is an important distinction to make, and St. James does it so well. B.B. Franklin brings both Mace and Colby to life.

Mace just wants to spend time with the only person that knows and loves him unconditionally, his baby sister. As an undercover agent, he's been more than physically wounded, but it takes getting shot and almost losing a leg, to get him to step back and try to heal. Instead of finding his sister, he finds Colby and a loaded gun waiting for him. In his own house, no less.

Colby's story is one that is, unfortunately, all too believable and common. She found herself in a very unhealthy relationship she didn't know how to get out of soon enough. But that's in the past. She's learned to protect herself. AND she's not going to make the same mistakes again.

So what happens when two lost souls gravitate together? What happens when both of their pasts come calling? You'll have to read Damaged to find out.

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  • angeljoy
  • 11-07-19

damaged

Love listening and reading books by this author. Good read and romance. I can't wait to see what's next.

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  • Sara
  • 10-30-19

Fast-paced romantic suspense

Over the last few months I've listened to several audiobooks by Jeanne St. James and have really found myself enjoying her books. Damaged is fill of suspense, fantastic characters Mace and Colby), romance, and just packed with sexy times! I loved how Mace and Colby started to lean on each other and healed their inner demons.

I'm not sure if I've listened to BB Franklin previously or not. However I really enjoyed the narration. This is a fast-paced and suspenseful romance and I felt the narration portrayed it very well.

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  • Cindy
  • 10-15-19

5 Stars!

Damaged is a steamy romantic suspense with lots of danger and some hot chemistry. It grabbed my attention at the very beginning of the story and held it all the way until the end. I loved both Colby and Mace. I wish there had been an epilogue but it was a great story so it's still a 5 star book for me. B.B. Franklin did a great job bringing this story to life.

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  • Shoe Monger
  • 09-05-19

2x Damaged

Damaged is an action pack story with Mace trying to recover from an FBI operation and Colby a scientist hiding from her own predator. Trust doesn't come easy from either character yet there is definitely sexual attraction. While Mace and Colby both struggle with their own secrets their passion increases. It isn't until their lives are in danger that they both realize that they trust one another and they both realize how lonely they are.

I really enjoyed this story, I listened to it all in one sitting. BB Franklin did a fantastic job narrating this story bringing fear, strength and angst into Colby's voice, and compassion combined with determination for Mace.

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 01-21-19

Loved this storyline

Great action packed book right here. From the start you know the chemistry is very high with this couple. Fantastic graphic details that are very realistic! Thank you Jeanne, you know how to write a brilliant Alpha.

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  • Book Addict
  • 11-12-18

An Actionpacked Romance!

This is a great story of Colby Parks and Mace Walker. While housesitting for a friend Colby is
woken up one night when a handsome hunk FBI Undercover agent lets himself in. Mace had been injured and had come home to recuperate.
This book has everything Suspense, plenty of Hot Sex, and Romance. A great story that has plenty to keep you entertained. We also have dual narration hearing from both Colby and Mace. The Damaged in the title refers to both Colby and Mace, being together they finally start to heal each other. Colby is a great character which keeps Mace on his toes.
We only have one narrator who manages to keep me attached to my earphones.

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  • N. Mahoney
  • 11-07-18

A good suspense filled romance.

Rating. Writing 3.5 / Narration 4 / Overall 3.75

This story had all the makings to be a great story. I really liked the concept and plot and overall I enjoyed the audiobook. Initially there were aspects that I did not enjoy. 

In the first chapter the male protagonist, Mace, lets Colby wrongly assume that he was about to sexually assault her. He is an undercover cop who has been injured and has come home to convalesce and finds a strange woman in his house, so I accept that he had to use everything in his arsenal to ensure she was not there for revenge. What made me uncomfortable is that he was sexually excited during this initial encounter. 

Colby has escaped an abusive relationship so it didn't feel real to me that after such a fearful initial encounter, she would very quickly be open to unclad fun times.

I did like the plot but it took me a few paragraphs to get past my discomfort of those initial criticisms.  Once I got past those however. I immersed myself into the story and did enjoy it. I am fine with erotica (this isn't the book for you if you are not) and enjoyed the bond growing between Colby and Mace.

The thriller aspect of this book was very good and had me more than a little tense at times. People are out to get Colby and Mace and their pasts come at them from all angles. I won't spoil this for you.

What I will definitely say about Damaged is that if you can get past that initial part then you will get to listen to or read a really good book.

I thought that B.B. Franklin did a sterling job as the narrator. She kept the story flowing at a great pace and the characters had clear voices. Franklin dealt with the sexual scenes without overacting them but still managed to instil the right amount of tension in every single part of Damaged.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jeanne St. James. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Clare Keating
  • 10-26-18

Damaged ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I loved that Colby thought it was just a fling with Mace when it was obviously more to the relationship. Mace is a fab alpha I loved that he went to Colby's work wanting to see who Martin was I found it funny that he was jealous for no reason. The book keeps you thinking who is on the end of the phone when it rings. The relationship was smoking hot Jeanne St. James never lets you down. BB Franklin was great she told the story well and was easy to get drawn in. Another fab story by Jeanne St.James she is fast becoming my favourite.

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  • Jan M
  • 05-13-18

Great Story!

I really enjoyed listening to this steamy book by Jeanne St. James. Colby and Mace come together in an unexpected way and had great chemistry from the very beginning. I enjoyed how the author reversed their roles in terms of Mace being jealous of Colby's work hours and co-workers. Colby was emotionally damaged while Mace was physically damaged and together they healed. I thought that BB Franklin did a good performance narrating this book I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I would definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 05-09-18

High action & Steamy!

This is my first Jeanne St. James book and it is definitely not my last. With just the right amount of suspense and steam, St. James has brought together two characters, each with their own damaged past. Mace comes home after being deep undercover with the FBI. He needs to ease back into his own reality and recover from a serious injury. When he walks into his house, he expects to see his sister, but instead meets Colby. Colby is house sitting for Mace's sister while renovating her own house. She is trying to start her life with a clean slate away from her abusive past. When brought together, will these two damaged souls be able to heal each other? I love these two characters, each showing how their pasts do not define their future. As the two grow close, and their attraction ignites with passion and steam, St. James creates a romantic suspense thriller you will not want to miss!

B.B. Franklin narrates this story and brings the action to life. She has a great pace, and I enjoyed her female voices. Her male voice was very good, but sometimes the differentiation between male characters in a scene was not clear. I did love her emotion and suspense filled inflections.