Review: Damaged Goods by J.C. Hannigan
by J.C. Hannigan
About the book:
Everly Daniels can’t seem to fall out of love with Grayson Dixon.
Five years after locking eyes with him, Everly is drawn to him like a moth to a flame. He has a pull on her that she can’t seem to break, even if she wanted to. Grayson may be the love of her life, but he doesn’t make it easy. He has built walls around himself that only Everly can breach. But Grayson knows he is not the good guy. He’s reckless and careless, and even if Everly brings a little color into his life, he worries he will destroy her, and cares too much to let that happen.
She has always been the shy wallflower who is afraid to participate. But senior year, all that is about to change.
This captivating new adult novel will take readers on a riveting journey of emotion and growth.
*Mature Young Adult. Not intended for those under the age of 16; discusses sexuality, mental health and features themes for mature audiences.
I was provided an early copy in exchange for an honest review and I will say that I honestly enjoy the author’s writing style. This story begins with Everly. She is a shy and innocent young girl who is oblivious to the population around her because she has found the one who she wants. She wants Grayson, he’s the one with those glacier blue eyes that can unhinge her perfect composure. When she learns of his desperate yearning for her, she doesn’t realize that he can be dangerous. This story unfolds with her desperation to find a relationship that just doesn’t seem to feel right. Everly is sure that he’s the only one that can consume her heart, but something keeps pushing him away.
I found myself constantly being torn between Grayson and Kyle. Grayson was the mysterious one that Everly fell head over heels for, but Kyle was the gentle and patient one who was always there to pick up the pieces. This story grew with each passing chapter and I felt my interest peak when Grayson let Everly in. I also felt sadness when Kyle showed his support for Everly but she strung him along like a dog following a bone, unintentionally. Her confusion really captivated me. In my opinion, the author really caught the feelings and drama that girls face during their high school years in trying to find who they are.
I recommend this book to primarily women because the story is told from Everly’s point of view. I really enjoyed reading about Everly’s progress with the new band and her friends Alicia and Lindsay caught my attention as well. I would personally like to read more into their situation because all forms of love are accepted by me as a person. You love who you love and your heart does not judge gender like the mind does. I felt compassion when the author wrote about Alicia and her struggles throughout this story; however, this story is primarily written to engulf Everly and Grayson’s life together. I felt like the ending was unpredictable…which I always love! Will it be a continuance with Grayson or with Kyle? I rate this story with four stars and I am very excited for Reckless Abandon which will be the next release by the wonderful author, J.C. Hannigan.
About the Author:
J.C. Hannigan’s love of reading was spawned from a very early age. She inhaled novels with an unquenchable thirst. Eventually, that love of reading turned into a love for writing. She started to pen stories at the tender age of nine while sitting at her white desk, pencil posed over lined paper, writing countless stories about a girl, her best friend, their horses and the adventures they’d have going on trail rides together. Born with a chronic pain bone disorder called Multiple Hereditary Exostoses, she didn’t get to play sports or run amuck like her siblings and peers. Writing kept her company amid a world of surgeries, bad pain days, and isolation.
She started a blog when she was fifteen-years-old, chronicling the challenges of high school, dating, and coping with her chronic pain bone disorder. That blog went on to win a Bloggie for Best Teen Weblog, and J.C.’s ego inflated quite a bit over it (enough to continuously mention it even today).
J.C. currently resides in a small town in Ontario with her husband, their two sons, and dog. When she isn’t trying to wrangle the kids and dog, she can be found writing. In addition to writing new adult romance and suspense novels, J.C. writes a blog for the MHE Coalition, discussing the struggles of living with Multiple Hereditary Exostoses. She also contributes to several other websites, including her personal blog, the OCH Literary Society, and she is the content manager for Stigma Fighters Canada. Through her writing, J.C. brings to light awareness of mental health and social challenges. Her writing has been described as edgy, bold, poignant, and raw.
Other hobbies of J.C.’s include hiking, camping, binge-watching shows like Outlander, Game of Thrones, The Vampire Diaries, and The Walking Dead, eating dill pickle chips and daydreaming of travelling around the world. J.C. adores interacting with readers, so don’t hesitate to reach out and say hi! She tries her best to respond to every message. To learn more, visit her on Facebook and follow her personal blog of random ramblings.