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 . . .
Liv Bennett’s life isn’t the one she has dreamed about for the entirety of her life but it is for damn sure a better life that what she had when she lived at home with her mother. Between the craptastic living conditions, the parade of men and, the consistent drug use, Liv blew out of town the instant she was able and has never looked back. Her only regret is that her two younger sisters, Paige and Reese are still living with their mother and will be until they can graduate from high school. With only a year and a few finals left to her own graduation, Liv is in no way prepared for the late night phone call from her little sister that causes Liv to abandon the life she has built for herself and return to her own personal Hell. Little does she know . . . .
Life back home is even worse than Liv could have ever imagined and how her little sisters have survived is a bloody miracle. Their mother has literally been gone for weeks, Paige is in the hospital and Reese is out of excuses to give the school. Instantly knowing she’s going to be in town for a while, Liv begins to look for a job and right the wrongs perpetrated by the girls’ mother. Right behind finding a job is making things right with the school and getting the broken down car up and running. Luckily for Liv her newly-discharged-from-the-Army neighbor Will Goods is a top notch mechanic and willing to help. If only the job search were going so well.
After having spent the bulk of her life defying the odds, Liv Bennett never thought she would become a cliché. But a cliché she has become as she begins her career as a stripper at the Body Shop. Though Liv wants no one to know what she does for a living, she does want to be on the up and up and provide for her sisters in the best way possible. With the money rolling in, the bills are getting paid, the girls are being fed well and, though the situation isn’t ideal, it is getting everyone by. Desperate to keep her work and personal life totally separate, Liv is unprepared for her stunningly beautiful neighbor Will Goods showing up at the Body Shop and having to dance privately for him. Even more surprising is the reaction she gets from herself and Will. WOW!! That is one hell of a lap dance Liv performs and the sparks continue to fly outside of the Body Shop as well.
Will Goods is just that, a very good man. His military career has been cut short and his mother is in a bad way but Will doesn’t let any of it get him down. He spends his days caring for his mother and his nights working on cars. Since Liv Bennett showed up in town, he has begun to spend his Friday night with Liv at the Body Shop. Will is undeniably drawn to Liv and when the circumstances allow for it, he is by her side. The relationship outside the Body Shop is comfortable and certainly welcome and Will makes it clear he wants more than just a few stolen moments here and there. Liv happens to be dumb as a rock when it comes to men and her determination to be the exact opposite of her mother only increases her stupidity where Will is concerned.
The Bottom Line: Hands down and without doubt, this read was all about Will Goods for me! Will is just a beautiful man with a kind and generous spirit. Throughout this read he proves his goodness again and again through both his actions and his words. Reese and Paige are both completely delightful and are really very good personality balances to their older sister, Liv. Liv is frustrating as all Hell and if it weren’t for every character in the book telling her exactly what I was thinking, I may have given up on her. Liv’s determination is admirable but it also creates a sort of tunnel vision that makes her almost stupid. Thankfully, Will is a very patient man and her sisters aren’t afraid to speak their mind which allows Liv to eventually pull her head out of her ass. Also of note is the crazy plot twist Williams decides to throw at you toward the end of the read. Seriously, all the clues are there and I shouldn’t have been surprised by the bombshell but yet there I was with my mouth hanging open in surprise. In all, I am once again completely satisfied with Nicole Williams’s Outsider Chronicles. Damaged Goods is complete story from beginning to end with lots of drama, some sexy moments and, an HEA that is not just mentioned in passing but fully explained in a lovely epilogue.
I’m the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that’s one tiny way I can make it so. I’m one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground.
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