Review: Damaged and the Beast (Damaged #1) by Bijou Hunter

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New Adult MC Romance

Heir to the local motorcycle club and crime syndicate, Cooper Johansson is accustomed to taking what he wants. His newest conquest is college freshman Farah Smith.

When the tattooed bad boy reminds her of a rough childhood she desperately wishes to forget, Farah keeps him at arm's length. Yet, Cooper refuses to give up. He pushes her buttons, tears through her walls, and forces her to admit her feelings for him. What begins as lust soon builds into something more powerful than either expects.

Can a beast like Cooper heal the damage inside the girl of his dreams?

***Warning: This novel contains scenes of a sexual nature, violent themes, and coarse language. It is intended for mature readers.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Farah is leaving her father and sister, Tawny, as she goes to start college.  She is moving in with her mother and working on fulfilling her dream of becoming a teacher.  She has her nest egg and her job at Denny’s.  She is determined to get enough money to get Tawny here as soon as she is eighteen.  Nothing is going to stop her.
Cooper is in her Spanish class.  He is scary and obviously used to getting what he wants.  He is not what she wants.  She wants nice and boring.  However she peaks Cooper’s curiosity when he sees her working at Denny’s.  He is overwhelming and intense.  He is determined to make her have fun.  She works too hard.  He is also drawn to her.
She is damaged and she refuses to explain why.  Cooper has to learn patience.  He questions if she is worth the battle he is constantly fighting.  When Farah’s mother crosses the line, Farah finally understands what she needs and wants.  She refuses to let the past win.

I really liked this story.  It was gritty and full of angst.  Farah was an understandable mess.  You want her to succeed.  I rooted for her from the beginning.  When Cooper enters the picture he was overbearing.  Farah fears him, which what the reader knows about her, is realistic.  I love how the author made him intense but multifaceted.  It was fascinating to watch how their relationship started and evolved.  I was shocked at some of the things they said to each other and what they did.  It was very realistic.  The frustration was an emotion you could almost feel as you read.  They struggled with each other which really made it relatable to the reader.  The author gave you two people that come together and major sparks flew and not always good ones.  It was an excellent read.  I give it a 4.5 out of 5.

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