Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Review: Damaged Goods by Lauren Gallagher

Damaged Goods by Lauren Gallagher

Jocelyn Rhodes is a single mother with a demanding career and a long-neglected libido. Frustrated with the dating scene and way overdue for some satisfying sex, she takes a friend’s advice and hires Sabian, a deliciously sexy escort. He’s well worth the money, and the sheets haven’t even cooled off before she’s ready to call him again.

The more time she spends with him, the more she realizes she and Sabian have more in common than she thought. She’s a single mom, he’s a prostitute, and when it comes to dating, they’re both damaged goods. To most potential mates, Jocelyn and Sabian are in a category akin to dented soup cans, but if the two of them can look past each other’s respective dents, they just might find something they’ve both been missing.

But even if they do find that something, how on earth can she make a relationship work with a man who sleeps with other women for a living?




A male escort story with a different take. 

The story started off with Jocelyn, a single mom who decided to hire a male prostitute after having enough disappointment in the dating world. She wanted to skip all the bullshit and emotional stress and get straight to the sex. I hear you, woman. The fact that I picked up this short erotic read was exactly the same reason.

Sabian, whose real name Austin was the male prostitute she hired and after a wonderful first time, Jocelyn can't seems to get enough. I guess his sexual prowess spoil her for all future sex with other human being. Just get ready for a lot of smuttiness. 

"Do you want the gentleman or the caveman right now?"
"That depends which one will get his cock into me faster."

After several encounters, they get to know each other better. The way Jocelyn seemed to have so many questions regarding his chosen profession make it felt like 'An Interview with a Prostitute'. I like the fact that the author was trying to break the stereotyping of prostitution. Austin was just a normal guy from a normal loving family, nothing dark or abusive unlike how it tends to portray in many other books. 

"You're one of the few who'll actually take the time to see me as something other than a whore."
"And you're one of the few who doesn't keep me at arm's length because I'm a single mom."

When they both got into a relationship in the middle of the book, we start to watch them struggle through some challenges that they faced due to Austin's profession. People can be so judgmental sometimes. Mind you, he still worked as a prostitute after they were together and I don't really buy his excuse. I did felt a little weirded out, but thank God there wasn't any details into his work. But anyway, due to this being a short read, we were quickly treated to a nice HEA and I'm glad with Austin decision in the end.

"What we had wasn't easy, it wasn't something outsiders could or would easily understand, but it was right.

Rating 4/5