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Book Review: Damaged Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie


Damaged Like Us by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us, #1
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 347 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on July 20th 2017 by EverAfter Romance (first published June 27th 2017)
Krista Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Becca Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

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 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.

gether, boundaries blur, and being exposed could mean catastrophic consequences for both.

The Like Us series is a true series, one continuous timeline, that follows a family of wealthy celebrities and the people that protect them. Damaged Like Us can be read and enjoyed without reading any of Krista & Becca’s other novels.

I have heard so many bad things about this series, so I wasn’t going to start it but it’s Maximoff and I absolutely loved him as a child, so I couldn’t help myself. I have loved all Krista and Becca Ritchie books so far and this one was LGBT+. I talked about this series with Sara @ The Bibliophagist and while she doesn’t love the later books she does enjoy the ones with Moffy and Farrow and it might have taken awhile but I finally got my copy of the first book.

“Moffy!” Her mouth drops. “You’re a Hufflepuff. Be nice.”

I don’t know if I loved Maximoff more as a child or as 20- something. He loves his family more than himself and would do anything for them. He’s just so protective and I can’t help but love him as much as I do. He has never had a normal life, growing up in the spotlight but that doesn’t make him vain or selfish. He’s one of the selfless person I have ever read about, even more than his aunt, Daisy. Moffy didn’t even get a tattoo because he refuses to hurt his dad. Maximoff isn’t perfect (even if it sometimes seems like it) but I love it how he tried his best not to become his parents addictions. He has never taken a drink and he stopped watching porn after three first times.

Farrow is five years older than Maximoff and he was named after two lead actors from The Great Gatsby. I kinda like the fact that no matter what career he would’ve picked– he still would’ve been stuck with Moffy. Farrow is a Yale graduate and I love his relationship with Maximoff even before they started getting along. Farrow found it sexy how protective Moffy is over the people he loves.

In case I haven’t mentioned it enough during my Addicted series read… I hate the media in this universe and the sad thing is that it’s not that different in the real life. I hate how they made up that certain News and Moffy’s whole family actually believed it just because their own past but the one relative Moffy doesn’t get along with believed him the whole time. I can’t wait to read more about Maximoff relationship to him in next book. Maximoff is very loveable but I also like the fact that there’s a kin he doesn’t get along with.

“I have comic-book loving, pop-culture-obsessed parents. The coolest. I’m sure the two Meadows girls and the seven Cobalt children would protest and say their parents are cool, but there’s no comparison. Hands down, mine are the goddamn best.”

All in all Damaged Like Us was very enjoyable read but that might be because I went to it with my expectations very low. I could’ve given it full five stars if I didn’t hate how almost no one believed Moffy when he told them that what Media said wasn’t true. Moffy and Farrow were a great match and I shouldn’t have been so afraid to read it just because it’s bodyguard romance.

4.5 stars

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