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Damaged Like Us

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Publisher's Summary

Don'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 22-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.

Damaged Like Us can be listened to and enjoyed without listening to any of Krista and Becca's other novels.

©2017 K. B. Ritchie (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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    Alonzo Brooklyn, NY, United States 10-09-17
    Alonzo Brooklyn, NY, United States 10-09-17 Member Since 2010
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    "superficial"

    thought about quitting several times. lacked emotion and depth characters. reads like it was written by my autistic daughter.

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    Jemma 10-09-17
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    I couldn't have loved this story any more. It's beautiful and perfect. Moffy and Farrow are perfectly matched.

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    G. Duque Miami Beach, FL 10-06-17
    G. Duque Miami Beach, FL 10-06-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Think Gay Kardashians"

    Boring and not at all credible story. I finished it so it's not completely dreadful. But that's about it.

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    Christy Baldwin BBU 09-30-17 Member Since 2013
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    "The narration really did the story justice!"

    Reading another book with my favorite fictional family in it feels like coming home. Loren and Lily Hale are probably my #1 favorite book couple ever. Damaged Like Us is their son, Maximoff Hale’s, book. This can be read as a stand-alone, but I think for those of us that are huge Addicted fans, it will be even more special!

    Moffy was born into fame. Privacy is something he’s used to not having. A body guard is something he’s had his entire life, so it’s nothing new to him. When Moffy’s bodyguard he’s had for the longest time retires, he’s a bit anxious to get a new one. You spend a lot of time with this person and he was used to who he had. He was comfortable. Farrow Keene, his teenage crush who used to be his mother’s bodyguard, is not someone he wants protecting him. But that’s who he ends up with.

    The chemistry between these two was hot from the start. You could feel the sexual tension between Farrow and Moffy from the beginning. I loved their banter and connection. I loved that Farrow really saw Moffy, who he was, not just as a famous person. Being with Farrow changed Moffy. The sparks between them flew. I didn’t know how the twins would do writing a m/m romance, but I thought they did a fantastic job.

    

Moffy is the oldest of the Hale kids and since he’s the oldest, he’s always been the one his siblings and cousins turn to. I love the family dynamic in this book. Getting to see the old Addicted gang, and the new generation made my heart so happy. I loved the relationship between Moffy and his cousin, Jane. I can’t wait to get her book as well! I was a little anxious about Farrow at first, but I was so glad I ended up loving him as much as Moffy.

    Damaged Like Us is a book I would recommend to all fans of the Addicted series, m/m lovers, and lovers of romance alike. It was a great start to this next generation series and I can’t wait to read more!!!

    I thought the audio version of this book was FANTASTIC! The narration really did the story justice. Highly recommended!

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    Stacey Trim ELK GROVE, CA, US 09-29-17
    Stacey Trim ELK GROVE, CA, US 09-29-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Love these guys!"

    I am a huge fan of the authors Krista and Becca from their very first book of the series! I fell in love with the original couples! So how could I feel any less for the continuation of the stories of their children! The performances and the voice were “spot on”! Can’t wait for more stories about this family.

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    kgagnon 09-29-17
    kgagnon 09-29-17
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    "Great start to a beautiful Love story!"

    This forbidden romance is fun, emotional and so sweet and sexy! I fell for both Maximoff and Farrow right from the start. Maximoff is so smart, loving and caring but also all alpha male. He wants to take responsibility for everyone, making sure they are safe and cared for. He has grown to accept his life of bodyguards, paparazzi, and being alone. Now his teenage crush is his new bodyguard. Farrow is older and opposite of Maximoff in so many ways, making them great together. He and Maximoff have the best banter as they try to one up each other. The more time they spend together, the more their mutual admiration and attraction grows. They can't deny how much they want each other and are helpless to not act on their desires. The growth of their relationship is so beautiful, and their passion is explosive. I really enjoyed their story and the connection Maximoff has with his cousin, Jane as well as the rest of his family. Altho it says that you can read this without reading previous books, I found myself distracted and a bit overwhelmed by all the extended family involved. I'm sure if I read previous books it would have been more fun catching up with them all. That said, there was so much to love about this story. That is in large part due to the awesome narration of both Alexander Cendese and Jeremy Arthur. I loved both of their voices, their inflections and voice changes were spot on and engaging. They really brought this story to life and made me feel all the love, passion, fun and emotion. Whether you are a longtime fan of this series or just discovering this new series, you will definitely enjoy this book and crave more of Maximoff and Farrow!

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    S. Anne Frail United States 09-28-17
    S. Anne Frail United States 09-28-17 Member Since 2014
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    "So glad to be in the company of the Hale, Cobalt, and Meadow's families again!"

    Krista and Becca are my superheroes. I cried at the end of their Addicted and Calloway Sisters series. To have their progeny grown up and falling in love is this avid readers dream come true!
    I fell in love with Moffy, Farrow, Jane, Sully, Charlie, Beckett, Quinn, Oscar, Thatcher, Acara, and the rest of the families and security teams.
    Moffy is a wonderful young man with a good head on his shoulders. Jane is so wonderful, such a breath of fresh air.
    A true Fizzle Force fan will be pulled into this story. Many of the one liners are laugh out loud funny.
    I am so excited for the next book in the series. Please don't ever stop writing.

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    wdelg4 09-27-17
    wdelg4 09-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved everything about this!!!!"

    Oh man, the audiobook was even better than the book! They totally nailed it with the voices!

    This book is absolute Perfection! I’m so in love with this book. I know I normally say that when I absolutely love a book I just read but it’s the honest truth! All the love! It’s not a secret I’m a huge fan of the Addicted Series, huge. It’s one of my top series ever. It’s also not a secret, if you read my reviews, that this series snuck up on me and took over my heart. I wasn’t an insta-fan. I wasn’t a fan of the first 2 books, they were difficult and hard. But there was still something about them that kept me coming back, something about these characters, they just felt so real. And boy was it worth it, once I got deeper into the story I fell in love with these characters and I knew they would hold a place in my heart forever.

    Where do I begin describing all my feelings while reading this book? The one constant in my mind while reading the book was HAPPY. I was so happy the entire time! Had this huge grin on my face. While this was a little angsty at times, this was overall such a light, beautiful book. If you’ve read the Addicted books, you’ve met the child version of Maximoff (Moffy) Hale, he is Loren and Lily’s son. Let me tell you, Maximoff was everything I was hoping for: beautiful, strong, self-assured, smart, dorky (he’s a Hale!) and caring. Oh, so caring. He is truly Lily and Lo’s son. His love for his family, for his parents, siblings, cousins is everything. My heart was full reading about it. It was also a testament to the great writing of Krista & Becca, and the fact that these characters are so well developed you can’t help but being fully invested in their lives.

    And the romance, oh man the romance part was all sorts of awesome! You see Moffy has grown up in the spotlight. His family has always been in the limelight and now is stronger than ever. He lives no ordinary life and so he requires 24/7 security, as many other high-profile celebrities do. When his teenage crush, Farrow Keene, gets assigned as his bodyguards, it completely changes his life. I guess you need to read to understand why, what type of person Moffy is, what type of family he comes from and why he’s chosen to be so morally correct.


    Anyway, Farrow and Moffy are at odds since the beginning. For one, they’re both super alpha. For two, they’re both trying to hide their attraction to each other. I loved the angst and the anticipation and all the sexual tension! The banter between them was also priceless!


    I’m completely in love with Farrow! I thought he was definitely the right fit for Moffy. The only one that could tame him, and the one who could keep up. They’re equals and opposites all at the same time. A perfect match!

    Anyway, the book explores romance from a different perspective. Maximoff’s fame is a real issue and it plays a central part in how he’s chosen to live his life. Because of this Moffy has chosen a life of one-night stands, instead of pursuing a relationship.That is, until Farrow comes along. Because Farrow is his bodyguard, and because he’s in such proximity to him 24/7. He feels like he finally can explore those feelings. And when he realizes what he could have in his life, it’s simply amazing!


    This book is beautiful, hot and extremely romantic. It also explores things like fame, family and privacy. I also love how gutsy Krista and Becca were when exploring some themes in here, I definitely didn’t find anything out of character or was surprised by anything. I also think that this was amazingly written MM. I’m no-nonsense when it comes to these things. I read lots of books every year, a lot of them are MM. I’ve read MM by established MM authors and there are some I haven’t liked. Similarly, I’ve read MM by established MF authors and I’ve loved them. So I make no distinction when it comes to a good writer. A good writer is a good writer and a good book is a good book. I don’t immediately discard a book because the writer “typically” writes a different genre and so on. This was just perfect. The more I read Krista & Becca Ritchie, the more I fall in love with their books, their impeccable writing and their attention to detail.

    Damaged Like Us ends on a happy note, but it's still Book 1 on a series, there will be more than one book. This can be read as a separate series from the Addicted Series although it's a spin-off. The authors have gone above and beyond to explain everything where the new reader won’t feel so lost. However, I think that your experience with this story would be so much better if you’ve read the Addicted Series. Or maybe, I just selfishly want everyone to read those awesome books! Absolutely recommend!!

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    Jeff Blue Bell, PA, United States 09-27-17
    Jeff Blue Bell, PA, United States 09-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "This one was a head-scratcher for me."

    I kept hanging on until the bitter end of this book thinking something would actually happen. The climax of the book was a baseball thrown through a window and cats getting out of the house. I mean, seriously? This book was nothing but rich people being rich and bitching about how hard it was to be famous. And all these dag on body guards... I mean the story line was completely absurd and unbelievable. The best thing about this book was the narration. And that. was. it.

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    Nicole 09-27-17
    Nicole 09-27-17
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    "So in love.."

    I loved the Addicted and Calloway series. This was an awesome continuation. Moffy and Farrow are super hot and sexy together. I loved how the siblings were a part of the book and their interactions with each other and their cousins. Can't wait for the next book.

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    9/20/17
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    "Absolutely Amazing."
    What made the experience of listening to Damaged Like Us the most enjoyable?

    Seeing the original characters make appearances and catching up with the gang as a whole was a balm to my soul. I truly missed them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Moffy off course and the appearances of the original characters of the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series.

    I love Moffy because I saw him grow up from a blip in Lilly's womb to the man he has become so I felt connected to him more than Farrow and he reminded me of Lo too.


    What does Alexander Cendese and Jeremy Arthur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Honestly these weren't my favourite narrators but I didn't hate them either. I prefer the narrators on the other Addicted/Calloway Sisters series.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Love and Loyalty held tight through media scandals.
    Or something like that lol.


    Any additional comments?

    So.... I just finished DLU audio and omg it was amazing. I don't want to say my favourite parts in case of spoilers but chapter 40, wow. I seriously cannot wait for LLU. For some reason I thought each book was about different characters but I know now that book 2 is still Moffy and Farrow's story. Is this series going to be similar in length of books as the other series like 9 books or shorter? I can see it being much longer seeing as there's so many kids to give they stories and if there's multiple books for each character aswel. Either way I'm so happy for this spin off I don't care lol. I feel like this series is going to be sort of based on the bodyguards falling for the clients since I picked up on certain chemistry between a few of them. I also however saw Sullivan have chemistry with someone not a bodyguard so maybe not or perhaps a mix of the two?

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