Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert

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Synopsis:

When Laura Burne escapes to the small seaside town of Beesly she never expected to find peace, not on it’s beautiful beaches and definitely not in the hands of a teenage summer fling.

Samir Bianchi has been quietly biding his time in the small town outside of Ravenswood making his keep as the owner of a popular diner; so when Laura literally falls into his lap his life becomes anything but boring.

With years in between them, a baby bump, and Laura’s past threatening to come knocking at any moment, the two retrace their steps back to the love they had as teenagers and start to rebuild a romance that burns hotter than the beach on a summer day in Beesly.

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My thoughts:

Let me just start off by saying TALIA YOU HAVE DONE IT AGAIN. My first encounter with this particular author was the first book in The Ravenswood Anthology, A Girl Like Her. I’ve read quite a few of her books and each one keeps getting better, and better and better. I didn’t know what this novella was about when I picked it up I just knew I had to have it, Laura and Samir completely melted through every fiber of my being with this story. They were separated after an intense summer romance at 15 and they reconnect years later only to realize that every single bond down to the trust and attraction are still there.

“It wasn’t that she’d come here looking for him–she really hadn’t. She’d never thought she’d see him again. But that was a whole different story.”

You see, this book isn’t like a normal romance story, Laura is pregnant and on the run from an abusive relationship with her soon to be ex husband. (Shoutout to Talia for in-depth trigger warnings when needed) and being a woman that was prepared to take on motherhood alone you know Laura keeps her heart close and people far, far, away. That doesn’t stop Samir from being her peace, her rock, and teaching her how to love in ways she thought she never would again.

“It was a relief when he combed his fingers into her hair, just to hold her, and grasped her hips, just to touch her. Not dragging her down like an anchor, but helping her stay afloat.”

This novella was a refreshing story that really highlighted intimacy and friendship as a focal point in their relationship which only helped to strengthen it. The banter was delightful and really helped to bring forth the personality of the characters, and it really showcased the author’s talents and humor as well. It totally warmed my heart to see Samir really step up and take the role of looking out for Laura without even being asked, his love really guided his mind and heart but Laura was always the one, even if Samir denied it to himself for years.

“You’re like magnets. Even when you’re not connected, anyone can see that something’s pulling you together.”

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Wrap-Up:

Overall I thought this novella was a wonderful addition to The Ravenswood Books. If anyone were looking to start any of Talia’s books I would start with A Girl Like Her and let your heart take you from there. I rated Damaged Goods 4.8/5 🌟

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“Laura couldn’t worry about a damn thing…Not when she’d stumbled headfirst into a happiness she’d once thought she’d never deserve.”

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Thank you for readingπŸ’«

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