Review: Damaged Goods by Lainey Reese

Damaged Goods by Lainey Reese
Series: New York (# 2)
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
Pages: 200
Source:  book provided by the author for review

Dominance. Submission. Murder. And that’s just before lunch.

Homicide detective Brice Marshall’s current case has him stymied and frustrated. A serial killer is slaughtering young women. After a long, fruitless day poring over the most gruesome evidence he’s ever seen, he needs a break.

Stepping into his cousin’s BDSM club is a reminder that there is another part of himself. A part that has been left empty in a life ruled by work. The fact is, he’s a Dom in search of a sub. When he bumps into Terryn, a slender redhead who’s new to the scene, her wide-eyed eagerness even in the face of her nerves attracts him like gravity.

Terryn is the sub of his dreams, with the power to ease his soul. Without warning the murder case reaches ugly tentacles into the most private part of his world—the woman he wants to claim as his own. The woman whose stubborn search for the delicate balance between sub life and independence could put her directly in the path of the killer.


Review: First off the bat, I love that this book incorporates a mystery as a major part of its storyline. It gives the book more meat, a substantial reason for being other than just the sex. The sex, however, is the actual meat of the story, and I loved every spanking and hand-cuffed moment of it.

Terryn is very believable as the small town girl who moved to the city but still retains some of her small town charm. Even though she’s been in New York for a few years, she’s just now beginning to explore her “wild” side with a membership to a BDSM club. This is what makes her a believable character. She’s not a fresh-off-the-bus naïve, young thing. She has moxie and just enough attitude to make it plausible that she would be exploring her “wild” side. And as the story begins, she is exploring and is open to the world of BDSM. She doesn’t tumble into it unexpectedly or try to hold it at bay after discovering that she enjoys being tied up and spanked. This is what I truly liked about this character.

Brice is the typical Dominant hero – a cop who likes to be in control of all around him, including his woman. Again, he is too perfect. I don’t find any flaws in him. No scars. No fears. Nothing. I like flawed heroes so I had a harder time accepting him than I would if he were scared of bees or something. However, for a flawed hero, he is one sexy man and his Dom side is very appealing.

While this story is number two in the series, you don’t necessarily have to have read the first book. The characters from A Table for Three do show up but Damaged Goods takes place two years later. The relationship between all of the characters is fully explained – not glossed over or ignored.

I have to say that I enjoyed this book so much more than the first book, mostly due to the fact of the murders and the mystery. (I’m a diehard mystery/thriller fan.) But I also loved the development of the characters. Not to mention the sex. Lots of sex. Hot BDSM sex.

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