Review: Damaged Goods

Damaged Goods Damaged Goods by L.J. Shen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Final Score - 5 Stars!!!

This book is easily my top read of 2024 thus far! I need sometime to process/get my words together for this review.  BRB …

Okay.  I'm back.  I know that a lot of people are un-happy with how the whole Dean/Dixie drama went down.  But, here's my thoughts on the subject:  I didn't care about them enough for them to be the endgame of each other's story.  Love is messy, especially when it's one sided and you eventually realize it always will be.  At least they walked away from what could have been endless dram and are just, what now, friends? Brother/sister?  If you can call it that, especially when children are involved.  

Well, one thing you can say about the Todos Santos clan ... they sure do keep it entertaining!

With this book, I came for one purpose, one purpose only.  I came for #Bailev.  I got a messed up version of #Bailev, but it was always #Bailev. And #Bailev nearly destroyed me!!!  Addiction is such a powerful illness.  It kills relationships, families, careers, and the person itself.  Reading this book, I got a better understanding of the struggle we all as humans go thru and how some people can solider thru, unscathed. And then there are the one's who we think can. Those who wear the mask of being able and capable. Only for them to fall low and hard; which is when we realize that they are  just as human as the rest of us.  

This story was powerful, and messy, and beautiful. #Bailev came out stronger, both separate and together, but their struggle will be a daily occurrence. And that brings me to my tiny issue I had.  I did not enjoy Payden and Thaila, at all.  The damaged they inflicted and the end result just doesn't sit right with me.

Hang on to your tissue box, cause this one is gonna bring the tears of frustration, the tears of sorrow, and maybe even the tears of unrequited love.  But in the end, it will all be worth it.

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