I'm happy to share my review of Damaged - Jacinta's Story (Destiny Series)
by J L Perry with you all today.
Damaged – Jacinta’s Story
Jacinta’s story takes place seven years after the day Brooke and Logan Cavanagh saved her from the violent clutches of her father. Her mother has now remarried and Jacinta has a new step-brother, Connor, whom she is adores.
After Jacinta’s step-brother Connor moves to Sydney, she decides to move back there to live with him.
She is still so damaged from her violent past that, at twenty years of age, she has never had a serious boyfriend, and is still a virgin. So her best friend, Cassie, convinces her to have a one-night-stand with a stranger before her 21st birthday.
The next day, Jacinta is surprised to find she is actually upset that she will never see him again, but would not take back the memories of that night for anything. She also feels that she is way too damaged to ever have a serious relationship anyway.
Unbeknownst to her, their paths will cross again. Will the attraction she felt that night still be there? Or will she regret it ever happened?
Mason doesn’t do relationships…ever. He has sex with random women, often. When he meets Jacinta though, things change. He finds there is a deep connection between them that he just can’t explain.
When she does something that not only leaves him feeling crushed, but extremely pissed, he is left feeling lost. He doesn’t even know her real name and has no way of finding her.
But when fate brings them together again, will he be able to forgive her for what she did? Or will he forget about that one night they spent together and go back to his playboy ways?
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I've never read anything by J.L. Perry before this book so I was little apprehensive knowing it was not the first book in a series. I shouldn't have been worried, because it was a true stand alone. I felt such a range of emotions while I read this book. I have some personal experience with domestic abuse so this book was really close to home.
There were some moments that were tough for me to read, especially the prologue. I like how this book focused more on the lasting affects of physical abuse. They are very real and shouldn't be overlooked. I liked how Jacinta was honest about her fears and feelings. The chemistry she and Mason had was really hot. I liked how kind Jacinta was to Blake, Mason's son. He was just adorable. I especially loved how Connor was with Jacinta. Everyone needs a sibling or someone to love them like that.
I liked how I wasn't able to put this book down. It deals with a very real topic that is both hard to write about and read. I think J.L. Perry did a great job with it. I'm going to be looking into her back list very soon, so I can read her books and get current with the series.
*Thank you to the author for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*
US Link: http://amzn.com/B00NPMPMKS
CA Link: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00NPMPMKS
iBooks link: https://itun.es/au/Fgd82.l
Destiny Series Box Set: My Destiny, My Forever and Damaged - Jacinta's Story
US Link: http://amzn.com/B00OUGLN4C
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J L Perry is a mother and a wife. She was born in Sydney, Australia in 1972, and has lived there her whole life. Her love of reading, from a young age, gave her the passion to write. My Destiny was originally written for her sister, in 2013. It was never intended to be published. However, after finishing this book, she felt there was still a lot of Brooke and Logan's story left to tell. This inspired her to write My Forever. With the encouragement of her family and friends, she decided to follow her dream and become a published Author.
That dream was realised on the 6th of June, 2014.
My Destiny is her debut novel in the Destiny Series. My Forever is the conclusion to this book. Her third book Damaged - Jacinta's Story was released on October 15th, 2014. This is a stand alone book, but is based on a character in My Forever. Her fourth book Against All Odds, is also a stand alone book. It will be released early 2015. She is also currently writing a fifth book, Loving you. It will be available mid 2015.
J L's love of romance and happy endings makes a perfect combination when it comes to writing her beautiful love stories.
Her hobbies include reading, writing, drinking wine, shopping, listening to music, cake decorating and anything artistic or creative. She loves spending time with her family, friends and pets when she isn't writing. She also loves being outdoors and travelling and exploring the world.
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