Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Blog Tour: Damaged Goods by Nicole Williams

The Outsider Chronicles, #2
New Adult/Adult Contemporary
Release: September 9, 2014
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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 . . .
Damaged Goods.

4.5 Star Review by Nicole Lorenzo

“A person’s life story could literally be written by the choices they’d made and the consequences that had followed. I couldn’t be certain that I’d be able to put aside my fear of making mistakes, but I knew I wanted to. I wanted to stop living in fear and just live, and knowing that was better than not knowing.”

Liv Bennett escaped her hometown the second she could get away. For three years she has been working hard, reinventing her life. But a frantic call from her teenage sisters changes all her plans in an instant. Their deadbeat mom just up and left leaving the girls completely on their own. Going home again is the last thing that Liv wants to do but she knows she really doesn’t have a choice. Taking care of two teenagers is not as easy as it seems, and within a few days the money runs out and Liv can’t find a job anywhere in her small dilapidated town. The only upside to her situation is her neighbor. Will Goods lives in the trailer next door. He was in the military but is home now taking care of his mentally ill mother. He’s quiet and keeps to himself spending his free time fixing cars in the garage. The second they meet there is an instant connection and that terrifies Liv more than anything else she is dealing with. Liv swore to herself that she would never get involved with anyone in this town, she would not get stuck here.

“Will Goods may very well have been the best man to have walked the planet, but I wouldn’t be the woman to find out.”

When desperation sets in Liv is forced to take a job she never in her life thought she would. Being a stripper is the last thing Liv wants to do, but it’s a job that pays well so beggars can’t be choosers. Liv isn’t proud to be a stripper but when she gets her first paycheck she knows she is doing the right thing. Still she won’t admit to the girls or Will that she is stripping to put food on the table.
 Liv’s interactions with Will are more frequent, and even though she is determined to stick to her guns and not get involved, Liv feels her resolve slipping. There is something so honest about Will. He is quiet and reserved and seems to sense what she’s thinking before she even opens her mouth.

“Two weeks ago, my knees had been about to buckle out at the thought of men touching my body. I’d been so busy watching out for them that I’d missed the one who had slipped by and touched my heart.”

When Liv finally decides to let her walls down and let Will in she realizes that she can be truly happy with him. But then she finds out something about him that changes everything. Feeling hurt and betrayed by what he has kept from her, Liv no longer feels like she can trust Will.

“You didn’t ruin me, Liv. Remember? I already came damaged.”
“I’m damaged goods.”

Nicole Williams outdid herself with this book. I was sucked into the storyline immediately and couldn’t put the book down until I finished. There is a pretty cool twist to this story. I had it figured out early on, but I was still wavering a bit until I was sure if I was correct or not. Damaged Goods is about two people who are being held back by their pasts. Liv refuses to let Will in, refuses to be stuck in her hometown because she’s scared she’s going to turn out like her mother. Will doesn’t believe he deserves Liv, he keeps things from her because he doesn’t want to be defined by them. I loved the connection that Will and Liv shared. It proves that love holds no bounds. This is a story about, family, love, trust fate and fighting for happiness. I loved every bit of this story and I hope you do too!!

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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