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Summary

Don't date your bodyguard.

It was the one rule he had to break.

Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible - the 22-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. By noon, lunch can turn into a mob of screaming fans. By two, his face is all over the Internet. Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth. He is certified American royalty.

When he's assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained Yale graduate who's known for "going rogue" in the security team - and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff's sexual fantasies.

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene has one job: protect Maximoff Hale. Flirting, dating, and hot sex falls far, far out of the boundary of his bodyguard duties and into "termination" territory. But when feelings surface, protecting the sexy-as-sin, stubborn celebrity becomes increasingly complicated. Together, boundaries blur, and being exposed could mean catastrophic consequences for both.

Damaged Like Us can be listened to and enjoyed without listening to any of Krista and Becca's other novels.

©2017 K. B. Ritchie (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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I love this story so much

What made the experience of listening to Damaged Like Us the most enjoyable?

I just love the flow of the story Krista and Becca pull the reader/listener in and take you on one hell of a ride.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Both Maximoff and Farrow they are great together and are both Alpha so they don't give in to each other which makes for a fantastic story. I love all the other characters and they all add something to the story.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I love when Maximoff is asking his dad and uncles for advise on lube and Farrow walks in. Poor Maximoff is mortified but it's so funny.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

when they came out to everyone I found very touching.

Any additional comments?

Another great book by the Ritchie sisters. I can't wait to see how the story unfolds.

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Unbelievably Great

I’m actually kind of shook. This story is just... impeccable. Truly amazing. Everything anyone could ever want from a romance! I’m so glad I stumbled across this. I need a 15 book series or something because I have SO MANY FEELINGS about this world and the people in it!!! Likeee... wow

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I'm hooked

Holy potatoes I wonder why I didn't pick this up quickly. I am fully invested in this story and in this family.

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Enjoyable, but....

I liked listening but was annoyed that every woman in this book talks like a toddler and has a lisp.

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Absolutely Amazing.

What made the experience of listening to Damaged Like Us the most enjoyable?

Seeing the original characters make appearances and catching up with the gang as a whole was a balm to my soul. I truly missed them.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Moffy off course and the appearances of the original characters of the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series.

I love Moffy because I saw him grow up from a blip in Lilly's womb to the man he has become so I felt connected to him more than Farrow and he reminded me of Lo too.

What does Alexander Cendese and Jeremy Arthur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Honestly these weren't my favourite narrators but I didn't hate them either. I prefer the narrators on the other Addicted/Calloway Sisters series.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Love and Loyalty held tight through media scandals.
Or something like that lol.

Any additional comments?

So.... I just finished DLU audio and omg it was amazing. I don't want to say my favourite parts in case of spoilers but chapter 40, wow. I seriously cannot wait for LLU. For some reason I thought each book was about different characters but I know now that book 2 is still Moffy and Farrow's story. Is this series going to be similar in length of books as the other series like 9 books or shorter? I can see it being much longer seeing as there's so many kids to give they stories and if there's multiple books for each character aswel. Either way I'm so happy for this spin off I don't care lol. I feel like this series is going to be sort of based on the bodyguards falling for the clients since I picked up on certain chemistry between a few of them. I also however saw Sullivan have chemistry with someone not a bodyguard so maybe not or perhaps a mix of the two?

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  • Christy Baldwin BBU
  • 30-09-17

The narration really did the story justice!

Reading another book with my favorite fictional family in it feels like coming home. Loren and Lily Hale are probably my #1 favorite book couple ever. Damaged Like Us is their son, Maximoff Hale’s, book. This can be read as a stand-alone, but I think for those of us that are huge Addicted fans, it will be even more special!

Moffy was born into fame. Privacy is something he’s used to not having. A body guard is something he’s had his entire life, so it’s nothing new to him. When Moffy’s bodyguard he’s had for the longest time retires, he’s a bit anxious to get a new one. You spend a lot of time with this person and he was used to who he had. He was comfortable. Farrow Keene, his teenage crush who used to be his mother’s bodyguard, is not someone he wants protecting him. But that’s who he ends up with.

The chemistry between these two was hot from the start. You could feel the sexual tension between Farrow and Moffy from the beginning. I loved their banter and connection. I loved that Farrow really saw Moffy, who he was, not just as a famous person. Being with Farrow changed Moffy. The sparks between them flew. I didn’t know how the twins would do writing a m/m romance, but I thought they did a fantastic job.



Moffy is the oldest of the Hale kids and since he’s the oldest, he’s always been the one his siblings and cousins turn to. I love the family dynamic in this book. Getting to see the old Addicted gang, and the new generation made my heart so happy. I loved the relationship between Moffy and his cousin, Jane. I can’t wait to get her book as well! I was a little anxious about Farrow at first, but I was so glad I ended up loving him as much as Moffy.

Damaged Like Us is a book I would recommend to all fans of the Addicted series, m/m lovers, and lovers of romance alike. It was a great start to this next generation series and I can’t wait to read more!!!

I thought the audio version of this book was FANTASTIC! The narration really did the story justice. Highly recommended!

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  • wdelg4
  • 27-09-17

Loved everything about this!!!!

Oh man, the audiobook was even better than the book! They totally nailed it with the voices!

This book is absolute Perfection! I’m so in love with this book. I know I normally say that when I absolutely love a book I just read but it’s the honest truth! All the love! It’s not a secret I’m a huge fan of the Addicted Series, huge. It’s one of my top series ever. It’s also not a secret, if you read my reviews, that this series snuck up on me and took over my heart. I wasn’t an insta-fan. I wasn’t a fan of the first 2 books, they were difficult and hard. But there was still something about them that kept me coming back, something about these characters, they just felt so real. And boy was it worth it, once I got deeper into the story I fell in love with these characters and I knew they would hold a place in my heart forever.

Where do I begin describing all my feelings while reading this book? The one constant in my mind while reading the book was HAPPY. I was so happy the entire time! Had this huge grin on my face. While this was a little angsty at times, this was overall such a light, beautiful book. If you’ve read the Addicted books, you’ve met the child version of Maximoff (Moffy) Hale, he is Loren and Lily’s son. Let me tell you, Maximoff was everything I was hoping for: beautiful, strong, self-assured, smart, dorky (he’s a Hale!) and caring. Oh, so caring. He is truly Lily and Lo’s son. His love for his family, for his parents, siblings, cousins is everything. My heart was full reading about it. It was also a testament to the great writing of Krista & Becca, and the fact that these characters are so well developed you can’t help but being fully invested in their lives.

And the romance, oh man the romance part was all sorts of awesome! You see Moffy has grown up in the spotlight. His family has always been in the limelight and now is stronger than ever. He lives no ordinary life and so he requires 24/7 security, as many other high-profile celebrities do. When his teenage crush, Farrow Keene, gets assigned as his bodyguards, it completely changes his life. I guess you need to read to understand why, what type of person Moffy is, what type of family he comes from and why he’s chosen to be so morally correct.


Anyway, Farrow and Moffy are at odds since the beginning. For one, they’re both super alpha. For two, they’re both trying to hide their attraction to each other. I loved the angst and the anticipation and all the sexual tension! The banter between them was also priceless!


I’m completely in love with Farrow! I thought he was definitely the right fit for Moffy. The only one that could tame him, and the one who could keep up. They’re equals and opposites all at the same time. A perfect match!

Anyway, the book explores romance from a different perspective. Maximoff’s fame is a real issue and it plays a central part in how he’s chosen to live his life. Because of this Moffy has chosen a life of one-night stands, instead of pursuing a relationship.That is, until Farrow comes along. Because Farrow is his bodyguard, and because he’s in such proximity to him 24/7. He feels like he finally can explore those feelings. And when he realizes what he could have in his life, it’s simply amazing!


This book is beautiful, hot and extremely romantic. It also explores things like fame, family and privacy. I also love how gutsy Krista and Becca were when exploring some themes in here, I definitely didn’t find anything out of character or was surprised by anything. I also think that this was amazingly written MM. I’m no-nonsense when it comes to these things. I read lots of books every year, a lot of them are MM. I’ve read MM by established MM authors and there are some I haven’t liked. Similarly, I’ve read MM by established MF authors and I’ve loved them. So I make no distinction when it comes to a good writer. A good writer is a good writer and a good book is a good book. I don’t immediately discard a book because the writer “typically” writes a different genre and so on. This was just perfect. The more I read Krista & Becca Ritchie, the more I fall in love with their books, their impeccable writing and their attention to detail.

Damaged Like Us ends on a happy note, but it's still Book 1 on a series, there will be more than one book. This can be read as a separate series from the Addicted Series although it's a spin-off. The authors have gone above and beyond to explain everything where the new reader won’t feel so lost. However, I think that your experience with this story would be so much better if you’ve read the Addicted Series. Or maybe, I just selfishly want everyone to read those awesome books! Absolutely recommend!!

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  • Jeff
  • 27-09-17

This one was a head-scratcher for me.

I kept hanging on until the bitter end of this book thinking something would actually happen. The climax of the book was a baseball thrown through a window and cats getting out of the house. I mean, seriously? This book was nothing but rich people being rich and bitching about how hard it was to be famous. And all these dag on body guards... I mean the story line was completely absurd and unbelievable. The best thing about this book was the narration. And that. was. it.

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  • kirsten
  • 30-10-17

They did it again!

I loved reading about their parents & now I love reading about the kids.
The Ritchie sisters writing automatically draws you to the characters. You start to believe the characters are real.
Moffy is a 22 year old man with a big heart. Being the 1st born out of all the cousins he feels the need to protect them.
Moffy's siblings & cousins love him & want to protect him too. When a situation with Farrow gets messy his cousins step up to help.

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  • kgagnon
  • 29-09-17

Great start to a beautiful Love story!

This forbidden romance is fun, emotional and so sweet and sexy! I fell for both Maximoff and Farrow right from the start. Maximoff is so smart, loving and caring but also all alpha male. He wants to take responsibility for everyone, making sure they are safe and cared for. He has grown to accept his life of bodyguards, paparazzi, and being alone. Now his teenage crush is his new bodyguard. Farrow is older and opposite of Maximoff in so many ways, making them great together. He and Maximoff have the best banter as they try to one up each other. The more time they spend together, the more their mutual admiration and attraction grows. They can't deny how much they want each other and are helpless to not act on their desires. The growth of their relationship is so beautiful, and their passion is explosive. I really enjoyed their story and the connection Maximoff has with his cousin, Jane as well as the rest of his family. Altho it says that you can read this without reading previous books, I found myself distracted and a bit overwhelmed by all the extended family involved. I'm sure if I read previous books it would have been more fun catching up with them all. That said, there was so much to love about this story. That is in large part due to the awesome narration of both Alexander Cendese and Jeremy Arthur. I loved both of their voices, their inflections and voice changes were spot on and engaging. They really brought this story to life and made me feel all the love, passion, fun and emotion. Whether you are a longtime fan of this series or just discovering this new series, you will definitely enjoy this book and crave more of Maximoff and Farrow!

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  • Linda
  • 22-09-17

Most anticipated audiobook of 2017

This was hands down my most anticipated audiobook of 2017, and it did not disappoint! Both narrators did a great job bringing the characters to life, and I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel! I hope the narrators will stay on this project and continue to tell Maximoff and Farrow's story.

I couldn't be happier to get to listen to the book that is both a continuation and new beginning of a story that is so very close to my heart. Like it's origin series, I will be listening to it again, and again, and again... <3

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  • Edz
  • 06-08-18

DNF

DNF halfway through... I wanted to finish this book, I really did but it was exhausting. Too many secondary characters (I understand the parents had their own series too), not to mention Jane (Im not 100% sure if that’s her name lol) has too many cats to remember. I understand that it’s setting up the entire series hence the introduction of all the main and secondary characters. Still, it was exhausting and it took away the focus on the main characters and their story. I get it that they’re celebs and super popular but some things were incredulous, had my eyes rolling.

I wasnt fond of the writing style either. It starts on one thing and then veers off to another and then goes back to the original focus. I didnt like that.

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  • mpmayer
  • 02-08-18

This could be the worst gay romance novel ever

For the first time ever I've almost NOT finished a book because this story is so bad and so poorly written. The story line is seriously lacking in any kind of antagonist and the characters are all a little too "perfect" to even remotely be relatable. The two main characters are entirely egotistical and more than half of their interactions are them trying to out-do each other in some horrid machismo banter that almost had me straining an optic muscle due to constant eye rolling. When reading the title of the book and studying the description I genuinely thought this was going to be a story of confronting real life struggles and past demons and learning to overcome them with someone who gets you and loves you for exactly who you are (all-the-while having fun with some steamy romantic scenes - which are also seriously lacking in this book). Instead I'm listening to two characters describe how amazing they think they are and how incredible the object of their affection is, all-the-while being around their so-called amazing over-projected over-privileged families who are all unrealistically perfect and "complex". If you want a book with remotely relatable characters or at least believable romance...PLEASE chose something else...ANYTHING else.

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  • PattyH
  • 21-07-18

I liked it

Pretty good story, I didn't have the time to devote to this audible as I've had with others. But still I enjoyed it

The narrators did good on this audible. They worked good together

I received this audible free at my request and am happy to leave my review.

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  • swordboy
  • 01-06-18

really not my style

I really just didn't like the overall story consept, its just over played, and boring, "oh I'm rich, and have everything, but here comes the handsome brute to change my life, and I love him" it has been written, and rewritten, and ishould to have gotten it

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