Damaged Like Us by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie

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5stars

“He’s my bodyguard – that’s not changing.
It’s not.
But I can’t even think about anyone else. He hasn’t just pitched a tent in my brain and dick. He’s built a fucking stone castle.”

Title: Damaged Like Us
Author: Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us #1
Number of pages: 352 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: I loved the different POVs.
Bad things about this book: It has sequels and bad things can still happen.
Do I recommend it? Yes, do read it.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

This was just perfect. No real drama at all. Two wonderful main characters and super interesting side characters. There are so many names to remember but at the beginning of the book there is a very useful characters list. Thank you for that! This is my first book by the Ritchie sisters so I don’t know the background stories of Maximoff’s parents, uncles and aunts but it is still a very enjoyable book to read as a stand-alone of a brand new series. I don’t know if I’m going to read the other series introducing the parents. We’ll see.

There’s only one thing that scares the hell out of me, though. There’s going to be sequels, at least two, so there’s still room for drama and for things to go unnecessarily wrong. I don’t want it, ok? People can be lucky and have a drama free love life! It happens and I wish for it!

Maximoff Hale, aka Moffy, is a handsome bisexual cinnamon roll, named after Quicksilver from the X-Men, super rich with a heart of gold and eyes so green they were described at every possible occasion. I get he has wonderful forest green eyes but I don’t need to be reminded of them constantly. In real life I don’t think people goes all “He turned those forest green at me etc”; it just doesn’t sound right. It was funny, though, because of its cheesiness. I love improbable cheesy lines; they are my number one source of entertainment in romance novels.

Farrow Keene is the handsome tattooed and pierced bodyguard of Moffy, who changes hair color frequently, and has been Maximoff’s crush since he was sixteen years old. Farrow finds Moffy very attractive and he now sees him as a man, even with the 5 years age gap. Five years isn’t much; Moffy is 22 so Farrow being 27 isn’t scandalous or illegal. They’re both grown up men and they are everyday fighting the sexual tension, the very palpable sexual tension between them. The flirting was off the charts! I also find Farrow hilarious and I loved their scenes together.

I would choose the words: sexually frustrated and fucking complicated. But let’s go with excited. It’ll cause the least amount of friction right now.

Since Moffy can’t have friends (I repeat, people are disgusting), he spends his non-working hours with his cousin and roommate Jane and her many cats. Jane is a cat lady and I love her: eccentric and adventurous, she has too many haters because of her body, because of what she wears and what her parents did when they were younger. She is a strong girl but she needs protection so I will fight anyone who wants to do her harm! Those brats and their filthy hater mouths need to learn a lesson and I hope someone is willing to slap the stupidity out of them. I volunteer myself!

“I’ve heard you call Walrus a little bastard about thirty times.”
“With affection,” I say.

The hate towards Moffy and his siblings is over the top, infuriating and unfair and is often what sets him off and takes him to be violent against people (read: sucky people) in public places. He loves his family and is willing to do anything in his power to make their lives easier. Moffy lives to protect his family and Farrow is paid to protect Moffy. What are they going to do now that they have more to fight for? It’s a story worth waiting for. The love story of the century!

“We’re in this shit together, and we’re going to get out together. No matter what.”

I hope we’ll see more of the siblings and the cousins in the next book. I know I want to know more about the ballet rebel with his tattoo and the rainbow brigade. Tom sounds like a very interesting guy! Things are going to get messy, and even if I’m pretty sure of that, I’m not one bit ready to see it happening! Please, gods of Asgard grant my wish, let them have the happy ending they truly deserve!

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