Book Review: Damaged by H.M. Ward

Author: H.M. Ward
Published: April 2, 2013
Pages: 342
Language: English

SYNOPSIS: A New Adult Romance Novel by New York Times Bestselling Author

Life sucks. And, as soon as Sidney picks up the pieces, something always knocks her back onto her butt. It's never pretty, but this time is different. This time 'pretty' isn't even the right word. Peter is the personification of perfection. It's like he fell off his angel perch in purgatory, because let's face it--any guy that hot has got to be naughty. He was probably sent here to ruin her life. Peter is beyond beautiful with his sexy blue eyes, dark hair, and toned body. Add in his charming wit and Peter is everything Sidney ever wanted in a man, but when things get hot and heavy, Peter shows her the door. Sidney takes the walk of shame and leaves. It's the end of the worst blind date ever. Her life couldn't possibly reach higher levels of suckage, but it does. The next morning everything comes crashing down. The insanely hot guy from last night, the one that saw her half naked, is teaching at the front of the class room.

MY REVIEW: I enjoyed the characters in this book. They worked well together and their chemistry was palpable and full of delicious, zappy sparks. The damage for Peter and Sidney is woven in seamlessly, and I liked the pace at which it spilled out.

Their interactions ranged from playful to steamy to tense, which was fun to watch as their friendship and romantic attachment grew over time, all the while not leading to sex by the end. Their attraction is complicated by the fact that's he's a professor at her college and she's his TA. Oops. If only they had known that BEFORE he peeled off her bra and familiarized himself with the contours of her mouth.

I am a fast reader and swallowed this in an hour and a half. I was not a big fan of the end. I thought the cops should have been brought in, but then there'd be no sequel. Minor blip: the spelling of the main character's name constantly changed throughout. By the guy on the cover, I was also expecting a male POV. Not a big deal, I liked Sidney's voice and the writing style, I was just a bit taken back when I first tore in.

MY RATING: 5 Stilettos 


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