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Book Review: Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert

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DAY 20

Cover of "Damaged Goods" by Talia Hibbert.
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Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Ravenswood #1.5
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: Second chances shouldn’t be this sinful.

Laura Burne‘s husband is a monster, her diamond ring is a trap, and her pregnancy is the push she needs to finally escape. She runs away seeking safety… and finds Samir Bianchi, her long-lost teenage sweetheart.

With his kind eyes and dirty smile, Samir’s still hot as hell—and he still treats Laura like a goddess, baby bump and all. The wild boy she spent one magical summer with is every inch a man, and he’s more than ready to care for her tiny family.

But Laura’s been keeping a secret Samir might never forgive. When she finally confesses, will he remain by her side? Or is this fairytale ending too good to be true?


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This is a heavy story indeed but the mood is balanced well with lighter and steamy moments. You should definitely read the trigger warnings before the story begins (see 24/7 resources below).

Some parts were slower paced than others, but I was still interested. When Laura and Samir reunite it’s like they nearly fall back into place where they left off well decades ago and they clearly still have strong feelings for one another.

So it was just a matter of when Laura would tell Samir about the abusive marriage she escaped and watching as she slowly rebuilds herself after all she’s been through. Samir’s character felt more like the rock of the story to anchor Laura and the reader.

I like how stalwart and patient Samir is with Laura, and enjoyed his happy-go-lucky demeanor. I loved the part where Laura was brainstorming baby names.

The story was alright to me. I like Laura and Samir as a couple and the easy way they interact with each other. Some parts were hard to read and it broke my heart learning about what Laura went through. The ending and epilogue were very sweet though.

I would read the other books in this series because of how well the author writes characters and romance.

CW: descriptions of domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, child abuse, gaslighting

24/7 Support That’s Here For You

Women’s Aid
0808 2000 247 (24/7 helpline)

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Crisis Text Line
US and Canada – Text HOME to 741741
United Kingdom – Text HOME to 85258
Ireland – Text HOME to 50808

To Write Love On Her Arms

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