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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Damaged and the Beast by Bijou Hunter

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Heir to the local motorcycle club and crime syndicate, Cooper Johansson is accustomed to taking what he wants. His newest conquest is college freshman Farah Smith. When the tattooed bad boy reminds her of a rough childhood she desperately wishes to forget, Farah keeps him at arm's length. Yet, Cooper refuses to give up. He pushes her buttons, tears through her walls, and forces her to admit her feelings for him. What begins as lust soon builds into something more powerful than either expects. Can the beast heal the damage inside the girl of his dreams?

***Warning: This novel contains scenes of a sexual nature, violent themes, and coarse language. It is intended for mature readers.

How I saw Cooper in my head. 

First off, wow. If you decide to read this book, stick with it to the end. Yes, in the beginning there are a few small places you might think the book is going to go off the rails but don't leave! It is all part of the plan to paint the true picture of our damaged beauty. Boy is she ever damaged.  Cooper wants Farah. Farah wants Cooper but more than that she wants safe and average. Cooper is not average but he could keep you safe. Who messes with the prince of the local motorcycle club? No one that wants to live, that's for sure.

Farah is reluctant to have sex. She has serious trauma there. Cooper is patient but thinks she is just weird about sex. He has no idea the severity of Farah's issues. I wanted him to catch on quick. Men take anything with sex to be a direct reflection of themselves. If you love it they are the cock of the walk. (reference to roosters, watch your dirty mind!). If the sex goes bad, something is wrong with them. Wait, nothing can be wrong with them so it must be you. Cue the insecurity fight. 

Eventually Cooper catches on that Farah has suffered a sexual assault.  a freaking sexual nightmare. Not once or twice but a weeks worth at the hands of who know how many men. Even better, bikers. What is Cooper again? A biker. Yeah, Farah is allowed her hang ups, buddy. It was painful because I wanted to hug Farah and tell her she was special.  Victims of sexual crimes often feel shame. They think they did something wrong, they feel dirty, they do not want to talk about. They just want to forget it but it colors every part of their lives. 

Farah thinks all these things about herself. Instead of seeing herself as strong because she survived and made a better life, she feels shame. Once Cooper gets what is happening he can proceed like an intelligent human being once more. I knew he had it in him. The author, Bijou Hunter, did a terrific job with Farah's character. I can see people might be annoyed by her but she was a fairly accurate picture of a rape survivor. You spend the book in her head. If you cannot accept that, then you shouldn't read it. I promise you that it is worth the time, though. 

Forbidden Fruit Rating

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