Title: Damaged Like Us (Like Us #1)
Author: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Genres: Romance, New Adult, M/M
Release Day: June 27th 2017

Don’t date your bodyguard.  It was the one rule he had to break.
Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible — the twenty-two-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. By noon, lunch can turn into a mob of screaming fans. By two, his face is all over the internet. Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth. He is certified American royalty.
When he’s assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who’s known for “going rogue” in the security team — and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff’s sexual fantasies.
Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene has one job: protect Maximoff Hale. Flirting, dating, and hot sex falls far, far out of the boundary of his bodyguard duties and into “termination” territory. But when feelings surface, protecting the sexy-as-sin, stubborn celebrity becomes increasingly complicated.

*screams* I read a new book, people!

3 stars! 

“We’re like lightning and thunder, inherently different but alike enough to share the same sky.”

I am so confused. Maybe I’m partially to be blamed for not fully enjoying this, but I saw an edit on instagram and ever since that happened, I couldn’t get this book out of my head. The problem is that Damaged Like Us is the first book in the series but like, the 100th in an interconnected timeline of two different series, Addicted and Calloway Sisters by the authors. I am not about to go read a whole series just to get the references on this one, that’s on me. Before I begin my review I have a few things to say if you want read the series and not get spoiled in any way:

  1. I loved Maximoff and Farrow but I needed more of them and a better storyline
  3. This family and the unbelievable plot obstacles overshadowed anything Maximoff and Farrow had going on for me, this didn’t even feel like their book
  4. The security team is creepy and should get fired
  5. I came for the gay storyline but I stayed for Ryke Meaddows

Now that that‘s out of the way.. Maximoff Hale – named after Pietro Maximoff, the Quicksilver of Marvel’s cinematic universe *eye roll insert here because Pietro deserves better* – is Lilly and Loren’s oldest son. He talks like this:

“I have forest-green eyes that dagger the souls of those who fuck with my family. Sharp cheekbones that look like knives, and a lean-cut swimmer’s build from my competitive swimming days.”

Shut the fuck up dude, who talks like that?! He gives the same type of descriptions for every character in the book. The Hales, Colbarts, Calloways and Meadows are one huge fucking family of excellence (in sports, in business, in music, in finance, everything) that bored me to tears. TO. TEARS. This whole book was one gigantic #RichPeopleProblems and I could not connect with anyone. Not a single character.

“I’m a CEO of a charity organization that raises millions annually. And I set a goal to raise $300 million for H.M.C. Philanthropies by December. We’re not even halfway yet.”

The logistics of this book are so bad that I couldn’t ignore them and focus on the characters. And that pissed me off. The problem I have with reading characters who are wealthy and famous is to not have that extend logical levels. Bill fucking Gates, Beyonce, Oprah, and the freaking Kardashians live simpler and private lives compared to these guys.

The plot is conveniently crafted around the idea that Farrow and Maximoff can’t be together because of the paps and his mom’s history which Maximoff doesn’t want anyone to think it’s hereditary (that he might be a sex addict too) but every member of this family has an endless list of scandals and somehow that’s not stopping them from being very public with their lives.

Which brings me to something I am tired of seeing in YA and NA: Maximoff lives with his cousin, Jane. In the same house. In their twenties. Because they’re like twins. And sometimes they sleep in the same bed. Platonically. Because they’re like twins. But somehow the media only gets obsessed with that relationship as an incest when Farrow and Maximoff happen. They’ve been living together for years but it only comes up now. Stop using incest as a plot device, OMFG! I could go on and on and on but I have to say that I liked it despite its many flaws and I can see why fans love it, these people are so interesting to read but they can be too much at times especially since the family’s background comes up in every freaking chapter. Farrow and Maximoff didn’t get nearly as much time to develop. Preexisting feelings and preexisting history that only got mentioned once isn’t nearly enough to build up to the romance I wanted to read. They got paired together and BAM, sex.

The dialogue and the writing style made the parents and the kids sound the same. I have a few secondary characters I really want to get a book for, they seemed interesting and stole the scene each time. I have no intention of going back and reading the previous books to be honest but lord Ryke Meadows, I gotta read his book, I JUST HAVE TO!

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