Title: Damaged Goods
Author: Cooper West
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Maria Fanning
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Professor Jesse Ford feels like a failure in both love and life. He’s moved home to live over his mother’s garage after his previous relationship ended in heartbreak and a minor academic scandal, derailing his career. Tired and disappointed, he holes up to lick his wounds and concentrate on his next book, determined to avoid anything having to do with love or romance.
Jesse starts to change his mind when he meets Templeton, the beautiful and engaging punk rocker working as a short order cook at their small town’s popular diner. Templeton, a talented musician, is back in town after escaping from his abusive boyfriend back in Seattle where they had tried to start a band. Encouraged by friends and family, Jesse and Templeton realize they can’t fight their mutual attraction.
The two men from very different worlds decide they might have a chance, but they find their tentative romance threatened by the many secrets Templeton is keeping, and Jesse’s own bruised heart. When Templeton’s dangerous ex shows up, both Templeton and Jesse have to decide whether their fledgling relationship can withstand facing the demons of their pasts.
Jesse and Templeton are an odd matchup, but I guess that is the point. In Damaged Goods, two damaged individuals from diametrically opposed backgrounds come together to fight for what is right. The both have had a bad time in the world of love and as such make stupid mistakes to protect themselves from further hurt rather than talking to each other. That being said; I was not overly shocked by this and expected it. To be honest, I expected pretty much everything that happened in this story, except maybe Mr. Currie.
There is nothing glaringly wrong with Damaged Goods; it just didn’t wow me. Competent writing and one decent character saved Damaged Goods from the DNF pile for me. I guess you could say I have a soft spot for tortured souls like Templeton. Jesse, on the other hand, I found to be an entitled jerk not worthy of Templeton. However, I couldn’t garner enough emotion to really care about these two as a couple or individuals.
If you want a comfortable read where a tortured soul gets his happily ever after and the baddy gets a realistic result, you might just be the right reader for this one.
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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