21 year old Jacinta decides to move with her step-brother Connor to Sydney. It has been years since she’s been there, but time has not healed her wounds. Years of enduring physical abuse at the hands of her father have left her damaged. She suffers from terrible nightmares and finds most men to be untrustworthy.
Mason has quite the reputation of being a playboy. He doesn’t fall in love. He doesn’t believe in getting into a relationship. He much prefers having sex with different women where there will be no expectations or commitments. This method keeps matters from becoming complicated. Or so he thought…
A one-night stand with a woman he doesn’t even remember brings about a major change in his life and he finds himself no longer wanting to continue that lifestyle. His previous sexual escapades don’t hold the same appeal as they used to.
Jacinta doesn’t want a relationship. Her horrifying childhood has made sure to instill a deep fear of allowing any man from getting too close, but she’s also tired of being a virgin. Her best friend Cassie convinces her to find a random man and lose her virginity to him. A chance encounter brings Mason and Jacinta together, but they expected it to be nothing more than a few hours in bed together.
What should have been a one-night stand with a sexy stranger turns out to be much more. Jacinta and Mason had no idea just how intertwined their lives would be.
Damaged is part 3 of the Destiny series. However, it can be read as a standalone. I have not read the other books in this series just yet so I wasn’t too sure what to expect.
This story captivated me from the very beginning. It is a deeply emotional narrative of a young woman’s struggle to defeat her personal demon’s and a young man’s fight to capture her heart. Neither of them want a relationship, but they cannot deny the attraction they feel towards one another. An attraction that is more than just physical.
J.L Perry has a beautiful way with words. This novel will make you experience a roller coaster of emotions. The flashbacks that Jacinta has were difficult to read because of how heartbreaking and tragic they were. However, you will have a reprieve from the sadness when you see the close bond that Jacinta and Connor have. He loves and cares for his step-sister and it shows in his words.
I laughed so much at the hilarious banter between Jacinta and Cassie because it reminds me of the way my friends and I joke around with each other. It also had a secondary effect of feeling so realistic. The abuse that she endured is all too real and makes this book feel less like fiction and more like a true story.
I fell in love with Mason and I admired Jacinta’s bravery.
“Mason has the power to heal me, but he also has the power to destroy me.”
This story will break your heart and piece you back together again. 5 STARS!!