Damaged and the Dragon by Bijou Hunter
Series: Damaged #5
Also in this series: Damaged and the Bulldog
Published by Self-published on May 20, 2014
Genres: Biker / MC
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Bailey Johansson is the redneck princess of the Reapers Motorcycle Club. Desperate to fall in love, she won’t settle for just any guy. Bailey wants Nick, but he isn’t making it easy for her.
Nick Davies grew up in a life of violence. Cage fighting as Dragon provides money and willing girls, but he only craves the sister of his nemesis. Love might come easily, but trust proves to be a struggle.
Can the spoiled princess find a way to heal the hurt boy inside the man she loves?
Sometimes characters surprise you!
Although I enjoyed Bijou Hunters Damaged series, it’s taken me a long time to get around to reading Damaged and the Dragon. Bailey Johansson is probably one of the most immature, self-centered and annoying characters I have ever read. A little bit of her goes a long way so I had a hard time imagining myself enjoying a book with her as the heroine. After a Damaged reread binge, I decided to bite the bullet, started Bailey’s book and ended up actually liking it.
With Nick and Cooper’s past issues surrounding Farah, plus the way Bailey treated everyone, including Nick, in the beginning I had a hard time seeing the attraction and the subsequent connection. As the book progressed and the relationship started getting on more solid ground, it was easier to believe in them as a couple.
This series has always been about a heroine who has been damaged and the serious alphaholes who make it their goal in life to heal their women. Although Bailey is needy, annoying, and has self-esteem issues, here it’s Nick who has suffered the damage and it falls on Bailey to get her head out of her ass enough to fix him. I would have never imagined she could find it in herself to do this, but she stepped up… well in her own way. I can’t say she’ll ever make it anywhere near one of my top ten lists as far as heroines go, but she did redeem herself.
As for Nick, his history broke my heart. Because of his past no matter how badass in the fighting ring he was or how his actions with others spoke to him being a good person down to his soul, in his mind he was trash and irreparably damaged.
In previous books, the Johansson family has always had this goofy relationship going on. Although endlessly picking at each other and squabbling, underneath they are unbelievably tight and loyal to each other. It was especially heartwarming how they saw through Nick’s outward appearance to the goodness that was underneath it. Every single one of them wanted that for Bailey, and they each in their own way went about getting it for her, in the end not just because they loved their crazy-assed sister, but because they wanted it for Nick too.
Was this my favorite Damaged book… No, but it is one I ended up enjoying and can see myself re-reading when I feel another Damaged binge coming on. The loyalty and the love between the Johansson family and crew are showcased here and worthy of a re-read or two down the road.
Rating: 3.5 It’s all about the family Stars
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