Damaged Goods by Susan MacNicol ~ Book Review by Caroline

29616981Title: Damaged Goods

Author: Susan MacNicol

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 04/28/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Gay Romance


Touched by tragedy, love is an elusive dream never to be realised by eighteen-year-old Jax Grady–until he discovers his secret admirer and receives the sweetest gift he could ever desire.


Tragedy and horror shaped Jackson Grady’s life, leaving him orphaned and scarred. At eighteen he’s ready to claim his future, but who could love his disfigured face and damaged soul? Definitely not a big, burly, beautiful Irish Traveller who is entirely the stuff of dreams.

Dare Rowan didn’t mean to become obsessed with the blue-eyed man he first saw across a field, but that porcelain skin and innocent air demanded another meeting. Jax has the face of a wounded angel, and the rest of the young man is as heart-breakingly perfect. Jax is beautiful in every way and teaching him about love and life will be something Dare will embrace. Like unwrapping and savouring the candy at the shop where he works, Dare will show this young man everything Jax desired but never thought he’d have, and take Jax to new highs while he holds him through the lows. Between them, they’ll find out just how sweet life can be.

My View:

Book seven in the Men of London series sees the list of characters growing as we delve into the lives of Jackson and Dare.

Jackson lives at Castaways, a halfway house for teens, after his life imploded when he was just fifteen. Family jealousy left Jackson scarred and with a disability that impacts on his everyday life and that has also taken most of his self-confidence from him in the last three years. No longer required to stay at the half way house he chooses to stay as he feels safe and loved – he’s pretty sure any other kind of love is off the books for him with the way he now looks.

Dare struck me as a bit of a gentle giant. A few years older than Jackson with more experience he is nursing a delicate heart from his last relationship but he finds himself drawn to Jackson almost to the point of stalking. He comes from a travelling family but he has struck out on his own in a bid for independence although his family connections remain vitally important to him as evidenced with the gentle guidance he offers his younger brother.

Damaged Goods is a much gentler story than we usually see in this series. Jackson is only eighteen and he has zero experience of relationships or intimacy with another person. Once he’s had his first kiss all bets are off but he has limits which he could easily have been bullied to ignore but Dare was always so gentle and considerate with him that you knew from the start this wouldn’t happen.

Dare’s family were brilliant although their first visit doesn’t go quite as planned. There is not a huge amount of angst in this story but there are misunderstandings to be dealt with before these two men can have any sort of future.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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