Damaged and the Bulldog by Bijou Hunter
Series: Damaged #6
Also in this series: Damaged and the Dragon
Published by Self-published on July 22, 2014
Genres: Biker / MC
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Dylan Campbell took a bullet to save the girl of his dreams. This fateful day changed everything. Now Dylan struggles to claim Winnie as his own while making his bones with the Reapers MC.
Winona Todds was broken by life. Hiding from the world, she remains consumed with fear until her heart craves Dylan. She´ll need to face her past to build a future with the man with the bulldog tattoo.
I don’t know what I was expecting from Damaged and the Bulldog but I know it wasn’t the sweet love story I got. Dylan and Winnie’s story was heartbreaking but also uplifting with the sheer number of “wow, that’s sweet” moments.
Years ago, when Winnie was a child, the Reapers MC found Winnie amid a nightmare, not just damaged but completely and utterly broken. Even knowing that she had wounds that were so deep they would never heal, they took her in, gave her a family, and decided to do everything they possibly could to give her the tools to heal as much as she possibly could.
I was leery of Dylan when we were first introduced to him in Lark and Aaron’s book. He was a jerk towards Lark, his step-sister, as he tried to please his complete asshole of a father. He redeemed himself when he protected her after his father and uncle viciously attacked her. Finding a new family and friends within the Reapers crew was all well and good, but what he wanted most of all was Winnie. He knew, especially after she had some setbacks, that he would have to wait until she was ready. He also needed to convince an entire uber-protective MC that he was worthy of her.
This wasn’t a hot and steamy romance, but a slow and steady love story about a man in love with a woman who had some serious issues. Dylan completely won me over with the hoops he was willing to jump through for Winnie. He knew she would never be “cured” and he would always have to tread carefully in some things. He knew to treat her with care and that he would be battling with her demons for the rest of his life if he went the distance with her.
As for Winnie, she was the most damaged yet of all the heroines of the series. As her history unfolded and the extent of her damage was made evident my heart just broke for her. I’m all about heroines who are badass and can take care of themselves yet Winnie was the complete opposite, but I loved her anyway. By herself she was not strong and never would be, but with her family and the MC behind her, she found what she needed to be able to battle her demons and to go after Dylan, the only man she ever could imagining touching her.
I thoroughly enjoyed Dylan and Winnie’s slow and sweet romance. I also loved the unexpectedness of the love and care that the usually rude, crude, and socially unacceptable MC showed towards a completely broken little girl who they saved from a nightmare.
Rating: 4 Unexpected Stars
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