Title: Damaged Goods
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Series: Men of London #7
Release Date: April 28th 2016
Genre: New Adult MM Contemporary Romance
Touched by tragedy, love is an elusive dream never to be realised by eighteen-year-old Jax Grady–until he discovers his secret admirer and receives the sweetest gift he could ever desire.
THE SWEETEST GIFT
Tragedy and horror shaped Jackson Grady’s life, leaving him orphaned and scarred. At eighteen he’s ready to claim his future, but who could love his disfigured face and damaged soul? Definitely not a big, burly, beautiful Irish Traveller who is entirely the stuff of dreams.
Dare Rowan didn’t mean to become obsessed with the blue-eyed man he first saw across a field, but that porcelain skin and innocent air demanded another meeting. Jax has the face of a wounded angel, and the rest of the young man is as heart-breakingly perfect. Jax is beautiful in every way and teaching him about love and life will be something Dare will embrace. Like unwrapping and savouring the candy at the shop where he works, Dare will show this young man everything Jax desired but never thought he’d have, and take Jax to new highs while he holds him through the lows. Between them, they’ll find out just how sweet life can be.
He wasn’t stalking his fantasy. He wasn’t.
Dare clamped his lips together mutinously as he hunkered down behind a towering oak. The tree lay on the outskirts, in the garden of a large Georgian house. From a distance, Dare watched as the beautiful blond man he’d been observing, thank you very much, tenderly placed what looked like flower bulbs in the rich soil. The man—whom Dare had first called Angel, though he now knew his name was Jax thanks to the younger kids playing in the garden yelling to him—leaned over. His pert jean-encased backside pushed out into the air and Dare swallowed, mesmerised by the enticing sight. A pang of guilt washed over his skin at the sneaking knowledge that yes, he could actually be deemed a stalker.
“I’ve only watched him a few times,” Dare murmured under his breath. “It’s not like I’m some pervert checking through the windows. I mean, the guy is in plain sight and there’s no boundary fence, so why shouldn’t I look? Anyone would. God, he’s gorgeous. A flawed angel with those blond curls and blue eyes.”
His wistful voice echoed in the quiet of the forest surrounding the large house called Castaways. It was some sort of place for homeless kids, Dare thought. He’d found this vantage point by accident one day when he’d been out gathering bits of greenery for his boss, Sally, an eccentric seventy-year-old woman who owned the sweet shop he’d managed for the past three years.
Some weeks ago, Sally had decided she wanted to display certain wildflowers in their place of work. She was also heavily into aromatherapy at the moment, so she sent Dare out each week to pick new blossoms and plants to further her ambitions to be a “flower child,” as Dare teasingly called it. He hadn’t minded. It had become a pleasant routine to take the short tube ride to Camden to perform what Sally loftily called his “ecological duties.” This secluded part of the woods around the area was the best place she knew of to find the flowers. Dare had caught sight of the beautiful man in the garden tending to a bunch of what looked like unruly kids, and now, having seen his Angel, Sally could send him out every day and Dare wouldn’t mind.
“But that would make me a stalker,” he said to himself. “So I’m not one now—yet.” He huffed and ducked back behind a bush as Jax turned to stare fixedly in his direction from underneath his wide-brimmed straw hat, an item Dare found rather endearing.
By Joanne Swinney
Another inspiring read. Such a heart warming story. This Author has not only given me pleasure from reading her books but has also taught me many things along the way. I wouldn’t say I was small minded, maybe a little naive. Topics such as a person’s sexuality which to me means their sexual feelings, whether they are from opposite or same sex. I am 100% believer in the saying ‘Love is love’ but what I believed as a preference does not always mean they are interested in participating in all different types of sexual activities. Do you get what I am saying? God I hope so because reviewing is not easy for anyone and as much as I want to tell you about the story, I like to express what I have experienced along the way.
If you have read Feat of Clay book four in The Men of London Series, you would have been introduced to Jax. He’s a young man who has suffered greatly at the hands of his step brother, essentially leaving him with very little sight but this has not prevented him from living the life he has chosen for himself. He studies hard to achieve his goals. He has a wonderful personality, very loving and giving. The only thing Jax has never experienced is the love of another man.
Kildare aka Dare is a gorgeous man, well toned, sexy and has a heart of gold. There aren’t many of these guys left in the world. He has watched Jax from afar and has become attracted to him, he has seen how kind he is to the children, watched how Jax goes about daily life. Okay so that may sound like stalking but I assure you he is harmless.
Dare has an opportunity to ask Jax for coffee wanting to know more about him but obviously Jax is reluctant. He is constantly doubting himself, asking why anyone would be interested in him. It breaks my heart that such a loving man thinks he will be forever on his own.
Jax has several challenges to overcome in this story. What is scary for most people is petrifying for Jax, having very little sight has many disadvantages that many of us would take for granted. Jax is loved by so many people in his life because of the person he is. The young man he has become.
Clay and Tate love Jax and whether he likes it or not these men will always look out for him. It’s the most wonderful kind of friendship to have. Jax doesn’t have any blood relatives to speak of but it doesn’t have to be blood that makes a family.
This is a beautiful story and reminds me that there is always somebody out there for everyone.
Read the Men of London series:
COMING SOON ~ HARD CLIMATE (MEN OF LONDON #8)
About the Author
Susan Mac Nicol is a self- confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, geek, nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…
She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason. She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.
Lover of walks in the forest, theatre productions, dabbling her toes in the cold North Sea and the vibrant city of London where you can experience all four seasons in a day , she is a hater of pantomime (so please don’t tar and feather her), duplicitous people, bigotry and self-righteous idiots.
In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.
Sue is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America and is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association in the UK.