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Review Tour: Damaged Goods by Nicole Williams

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Damaged Goods (The Outsider Chronicles #2)
    by: Nicole Williams

Publication Date: Sept. 9, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source: e-ARC provided by AToMR Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 318 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N | iBooks
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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 . . .

Damaged Goods.

Damaged Goods is an incredibly beautiful story of love, sacrifice, and opening your heart to new possibilities. I did NOT want to put this book down! I was so engaged in the storyline and I loved the characters Williams has created and developed.
All her life Liv Bennett has wanted nothing more than to leave her hometown behind for good. When she finally gets the chance, she sets out for greener pastures and her goal is to become 'more'. However, Liv has left behind two younger sisters and she checks in with them and sends them financial aid often. Having grown up with a mother who was more interested in drugs than she was her own kids, it's no surprise when Liv gets the call from her sister that their mom has bailed on them and they need her. Leaving her new life behind to take care of the sisters she loves, Liv is dropped back into a world she swore she'd never return to. Liv's sense of duty and her love for her family is what really defines her character. She will do whatever it takes to ensure her sisters are provided for... even if that means taking a job that most people would look down upon.
My heart broke so many times for Liv and her sisters. They are a resilient group that's for sure, but I hate the situation they find themselves in. There's one scene in particular with Liv's sensible sister, Reese that totally choked me up. I can't even imagine living the way they were, and I have to say- if I were in the same position as Liv was, I would've done whatever necessary too.
On top of dealing with her sisters, their drama, and her new job, there is Will Goods to consider. Will is their next door neighbor who takes care of his mother and works on cars. Oh, Will. He is just everything that you could want in a man. He is respectful, kind, and caring. He is incredibly self-sacrificing and puts others needs before his. *Swoooon!* Liv tries to keep her walls up around Will, as she always sworn never to fall for someone that could tie her down to that town. However, these two have a chemistry that just can't be ignored and soon, Liv will have to acknowledge that there's something more between them.
The one thing I had a slight issue was with the twist of the novel. I only say that because not much time had passed where I read a book with a similar type of twist. Even still, it wasn't enough to make me dislike the book. Far from it. I adored this book. Seriously. Nicole's writing style just grabs you, her slow-building relationships will make you swoon, and you can't help but crave more.
I'll conclude here, as I think this is a book you have to experience for yourself. Trust me, you won't regret picking this one up.

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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  1. I couldn't agree more, this book was heartbreaking and beautiful! I loved it so much. Liv and her sisters killed me, and my heart just broke for them. Will *swooooons* I adore him... nothing more I can say. Great review Jessica!

    1. :D Thanks Teresa! This one was soooo good! Loved it!

  2. Ohh I want to read this! I love when books have a strong family aspect. And I loved her Lost & Found books. I'll def be checking it out! :)

    1. Yes! I think you'll really like this one Wendy!


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