Thursday, May 21, 2015

Swoon Thursday #139 ~ Damaged Goods (The Outsider Chronicles #2) by Nicole Williams

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My Swoon for this week comes from:

Damaged Goods
(The Outsider Chronicles #2)
Nicole Williams 

First - The Blurb:

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.

Second - The Swoon:

As I watched those words slip from his mouth, I remembered how his mouth had felt against mine.  Remembering that made me glance at his hands, which made me remember how they'd touched me.  Remembering the way they'd touched me had me remembering the way his touch had made me feel, and that was all the reminder I needed to remember...

Damaged Goods, although the second book in The Outsider Chronicles, is a stand-a-lone novel. As with Hard Knox, I was immediately sucked into the story. Liv is an amazing character. She has a huge kind heart, and when it comes to her two half sisters, there is pretty much nothing she won't do for them. The sacrifices she makes and the strength she shows as she tries to keep her little family safe and free from harm it truly amazing.

Will used to be a wild child. Then he went away to join the military, and when he came back,  he was a different man. Taking care of his mentally ill mother by day and working on cars at night, he keeps pretty much to himself, that is, until he meets Liv.

Both struggling to cope with life a dealt to them, Liv and Will form a friendship which quickly develops into something more. I liked the chemistry between these two characters and I enjoyed watching their story unfold. Another great book by Nicole.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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  1. Hmm... those must have been some pretty darn good memories!

    My Swoon

  2. Hot swoon Marilyn! Glad you enjoyed this one!!!

  3. Ahhhh! The subtle reminder of what was (and hopefully what will come). Love!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  4. *Sigh* I remember too. I remember loving this book.

  5. I adored this book and I am so glad you did too. Nicole Williams is just amazing!

  6. I loved this book, and the little twist that I did not see... sooooo good!
    Great swoon pick too!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace