Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Book Review: Damaged Goods by Lauren Gallagher **WARNING: 18 Yrs Above Only**

Damaged Goods
By Lauren Gallagher
Release Date: June 14th, 2011
Number of Pages: 166
Format: ebook
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Blurb from Goodreads:
Jocelyn Rhodes is a single mother with a demanding career and a long-neglected libido. Frustrated with the dating scene and way overdue for some satisfying sex, she takes a friend’s advice and hires Sabian, a deliciously sexy escort. He’s well worth the money, and the sheets haven’t even cooled off before she’s ready to call him again.

The more time she spends with him, the more she realizes she and Sabian have more in common than she thought. She’s a single mom, he’s a prostitute, and when it comes to dating, they’re both damaged goods. To most potential mates, Jocelyn and Sabian are in a category akin to dented soup cans, but if the two of them can look past each other’s respective dents, they just might find something they’ve both been missing.

But even if they do find that something, how on earth can she make a relationship work with a man who sleeps with other women for a living?

My Review:
I've never been a fan or reader of the Erotica genre because of the few times that I've come across them, basically they were just full of sex scenes with bad storylines, plots and characterisations. Thus, I've never wanted to read them again as they left a bad taste in my mouth. But, I was really cajoled and persuaded by my GR and book buddy Maria Mentzelidi to try it as it has surprised her too.

And I have to agree with her on this. It really surprised me too. Although the sex scenes were hot and all things yummy, what I appreciated most was the way the author wrote it. She made them flowed naturally as the story progressed. She made them beautiful and clean.

The story was written in Jocelyn's POV and you can see that she is a really nice and great character. The author also managed to capture and flashed out Austin's thoughts and feelings very clearly and he is such a sweet, sweet guy. The preconceived notions society has on sex workers and single mothers were brilliantly executed. It was a thought provoking read and made me rethink my perceptions regarding this issue.

All in all, Damaged Goods is a beautiful story with a solid storyline, plot and characterisations. This is what I call a good book.

P/S: I know others have mentioned it already but I just have to get it out of my system. My only gripe regarding this book is the cover. This book deserves a better cover. Seriously.

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