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Summary

Everything to lose.

Tyler’s worked hard to kick the dust of the Chicago suburbs off his heels and move on with his life as Hollywood’s newest up-and-comer, burying his demons and hiding his scars from the world. Just as everything seems to be going his way, a scandal from his past threatens everything he’s worked for. Now, he’s stuck back home, where his family of lawyers can maybe help sink the scandal and find out who’s behind it.

Afraid to love.

Josh doesn’t know what to think when his ex’s little brother falls into his arms, other than that Tyler is trouble with a capital T. But when Tyler’s publicist suggests that an adoring fake boyfriend might be just the ticket to saving Tyler’s acting career, Josh doesn’t mind playing along. It’s not like he has anything else going on, and faking a relationship with someone you’ve known your entire life can’t possibly be that difficult.

A second chance for two damaged hearts.

Now, they’re stuck together for the foreseeable future, and neither can deny their mounting attraction. Why should they? They’re supposed to be in love, at least out in public. But in private, when no one is watching, Tyler and Josh grow closer in a way that has nothing to do with their agreed upon arrangement. What do they do when make-believe becomes real, and how can two men with such different lives have a shared future?

Damage Control is a steamy, stand-alone gay romance with no cliffhanger and an HEA.

©2017 Lynn Van Dorn (P)2019 Lynn Van Dorn

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A long amazing listen

I had heard great things about this book when it first came out, and I promised myself that if it ever came out on audio, I would snag it. And I did. More than a month ago. I love long audios, but anything over ten hours requires a dedicated commitment. I’m happy to set aside the time, but I want to make sure I’m rewarded for my effort.

I was with this book.

From the beginning I was sucked in to the story. Tyler is a damaged soul. He’s also been in love with Josh since, like, forever. Josh has been in love with Tyler’s brother Ryan. Ryan is firmly in the closet. So, yeah, some pretty f-ed up crap is going on. Josh is thirty-five, and although he and Ryan broke up almost twenty years ago, he’s pined over his first love for all these years. He’s had many relationships, but none ever was as good as the memory of Ryan, and none has lasted very long. He comes up to a cabin in Wisconsin to get over Ryan for good. He kind of has to – Ryan’s brother Brad is marrying Josh’s sister Rachael. Their families are going to be connected forever.

What Josh doesn’t expect is to run into a different Chadwick. It’s not Ryan he finds, but Tyler. And their first meeting doesn’t go well. Like Tyler almost drowns. Josh also discovers quickly that Tyler isn’t as healthy as he might otherwise seem. The young man is an actor who is so petite he’s been taking teenage roles even though he’s twenty-six. He’s been shooting a fantasy film so he has blue hair – hair he’s promised his brother Brad that he’ll cut before the wedding. He’s embarrassed for Josh to find out his secret so soon after they meet, but there’s nothing to be done. Actually, several secrets although one has become very public. Tyler needs to come across as responsible and settled. In a family huddle, it is brought up that he needs a steady relationship. And who does everyone recommend? Josh.

Now, Josh’s motives didn’t necessarily make sense to me at first. Yes, he feels connected to Tyler, but being a pretend boyfriend to a movie star is a big ask. I love the fake boyfriend trope, but I feel both sides have to have strong motives for getting involved in such a high stakes game. In the end, though, the story worked. Josh and Tyler go through a lot, not the least is Tyler’s psychological issues. He went through hell as a teenager and he bears the scars – metaphorical and literal. His relationship with his father is problematic to say the least.

Josh’s family situation is more stable, but his father still holds out hope that Josh will find a nice suitable partner to settle down with and have children. He’d prefer Josh pick a woman, but as long as the person is successful, he’ll be happy. Some Hollywood actor with a reputation for trouble? Completely unacceptable. Except by now Tyler and Josh are truly entrenched in their fake relationship and those pesky feelings are becoming real.

There is a lot going on in this book – from marriages to stalkers to porn videos. At first I wondered if the story would drag at points, given it was nineteen hours. I never felt that way, and was never tempted to jump ahead. I enjoyed the deep dive into Tyler’s psyche, and found myself cheering for his healing. Now, another person can’t heal someone. Only that person can save themselves. Can those around them help? Hell yes. Josh was just such a person. There was also depth with his character as he faced the end of his obsession with Ryan.

The story was so strong, I was pulled into it completely. I followed, desperately hoping Tyler might resolve some of his issues and hoping Josh would get his head out of his ass. There were moments of humor, moments of sadness, and moments of enjoyment. I love Seth Meyers so that cameo was great. Time flew and I was almost disappointed to have the story end, but was pleased I was able to pick up the next audio – Ryan’s story – and dive back in right away.

Interestingly, there are other point of view characters. Yes, most of the chapters are told from Josh or Tyler’s point of view, but Purvi (Tyler’s assistant), Rachael (Josh’s sister) and Cynthia (Tyler’s mom) also get to share their insights. I enjoyed those snippets and it didn’t slow the pacing at all. Finally, there was Patrick. Poor Patrick. I really want him to get a happy ending.

Michael Ferraiuolo narrated this story and he was a brilliant choice. He brought the story to life seamlessly and I love his voice. I always enjoy his performances and this one was no exception. I’m so glad I made the commitment and am now only left asking why I waited so long? Ah well, off to read Ryan’s story, Daddy Issues.

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Wow.

Where do I even start? I was apprehensive when I saw this book is 19 hours. Will it hold my attention? Won’t I get bored?

I shouldn’t have worried. This book captivated my attention. It’s one heck of an emotional roller coaster ride.

Lynn Van Dorn didn’t sugarcoat the character flaws, she wrote detailed struggles with mental health with sensitivity. The trials weren’t sugarcoated either.

The evolution of the MCs relationship was something to look out for. They fit so well together, two broken pieces but somehow, they go together just right.

There are parts which were hard to listen, so take a break, but keep on keeping on. This story is rich. It’s full of drama, but also full of lessons to be learned.

Michael Ferraiuolo was brilliant in this book. He gave each characters life. He voiced each character distinctly and brought out the emotions into a different level.

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Great

This was a really great audiobook.
I really enjoyed listening to it.
I can’t wait to listen to more of this series.

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This was a good story, and the narration was excellent. The reason I didn't rate it five stars is that there was just too much smut. Smut scenes always take me out of the story. One or two are fine, but there was quite a few in this, and the story would probably be quite a bit shorter without them. I like longer stories, I just wish it was more focused on plot and less on smut.

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Bloody brilliant!

This was such a great story. I fell in love with Tyler, such a snarky, bright young thing. All the while a hurt, young man lay underneath. Josh, such a lovely man, with the patience of a saint and a glutton for punishment dealing with 2 Chadwick brothers and being roommates with a third one.
This is a poignant story of hurt, self doubt and some mental health issues. These may sound heavy, and they are, but the story is told with dignity, love and humour, helping to make this a lovely and ultimately, HEA story.
The narration was soooo good!!
Michael Ferraiuolo did a magnificent job - Tyler had the right snark, irreverence; Josh, solid and dependable; Ryan - a bit 'holier- than-thou'. I could go on. The point is that each character had a distinct voice - awesome listen!

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Much too long and honestly exhausting...

***Audio Review ***

I'm throwing in the towel at 56%. I have nothing at all against Michael Ferraiuolo as a narrator [in fact he's narrated some of my fave audios], but even he must be getting fed up of announcing that he's wherever he is at whatever time and date it is before every single chapter...it's exhausting!! 🤯...at least in the book you can ignore that part in every chapter. I said in my book review that the story was waay too long, and there's no better example of that fact than in this audio production. It's not Michael's fault, it's the story. Sorry Michael.

***Book Review ***

I picked this up after much touting on Facebook...an absolute whopper of a story. Much too long [but no skimming on my part], and I'm sure a decent editor would have chopped at least a couple of hundred pages from it, but for all that, it was very well written with minimal typos or niggles, and there were some really funny and touching lines…especially from Tyler. 4.25 stars from me.

The story has two of my fave tropes…fake boyfriend and friends to lovers, although I have to be honest here and say that in common with some other reviewers [whose names I'm actually familiar with obviously], I was sorely tempted to abandon the read as it seemed to be taking forever and I was getting nowhere fast e.g. 40% in, and we’d only gotten 2 weeks along in the fake relationship between Tyler and Josh...it was a pedestrian speed romantic read. There was a lot of filling in of details…too much for me actually, which let you know what one or other was thinking/doing while the chapter you were currently reading was devoted to the other MC. The whole thing between Josh and his former love Ryan [Tyler’s older brother] was annoying as hell, and someone seriously needed to give Ryan a good kick in the privates for his piss-poor treatment of Josh, and Josh needed to stop being a doormat for Ryan and finally stand up for himself.

Things I liked :

Brad [Tyler’s middle brother]
Purvi [Tyler’s PA and bestie] and the texting between her and her boss
The banter between the good Dr Rosen and his blue elf
Tyler's waspish tongue and snarky remarks
The whole ‘I had such a crush on you when I was a teenager’ thing…yes, there may have been a little insta-love in there too, but at least Tyler and Josh had a little history, and the fake relationship thing which clearly wasn’t…they were undoubtedly head over heels for each other after only a couple of weeks.

Things I disliked :

The jury’s still out on Ryan...he did some good things but he was still a pig sometimes
Tyler’s evasive mum and ‘dad’, and his abusive treatment towards Tyler
The conversion therapy centre and what happened there [let’s hope the ruddy place gets shut down]
Josh’s father, a complete cretin...ooh and the dreaded David of course
The fact that the story was 500+ pages long, when I’m sure it could’ve been condensed into a lot less.

I’m not going into full, frank and meaningfuls about the story…if *I* can read 500+ pages, so can you but I will say that there are trigger warnings about self-harming and abuse if you need to look out for those. As for me, I’ll definitely be reading further work from this new author, but some friendly advice...get some guidance about what to leave in and what to chop from an editor before your next epic tome....or you know, just employ that editor to sort it for you.

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AMAZING

Just plain fantastic
Great narration
Great characters
Great story
Great sex

I’m definitely going to finish the series

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Childhood Crush and the Falling Star - Fake Fiancé

This is an excellent story with complex characters and a fake romance that becomes more real the more that Tyler and Josh get to know each other as adults since Tyler was only a teenager the last time they saw each other at the Lake.
I only took off a star because I'm squeamish and this story involves cutting, which is fine, but there's one scene at the beginning from the book which involved too much blood for my liking, though once I got past that, the rest was captivating as I wanted to know more about why the guys are both so emotionally wounded. This is a slow burn, and there are ups and downs, but I was rooting for Tyler and Josh to make it in the end.
Michael Ferraiuolo is one of my top ten favourite narrators and he does an excellent job of bringing the story to life, which is why I was able to stay engaged with the story in spite of feeling slightly squeamish to start with when an accident happens involving Tyler, Josh and the dock of the family lake house.
Highly recommended for lovers of secret crush, fake relationship stories.

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Damaged and Dysfunctional

This is an incredible story. It is full of flawed, dysfunctional people, secrets, trauma, abuse, sexual tension, and love. Some moments are laugh out loud funny, others are heart-wrenchingly painful. Tyler's description of what happened to him at the gay conversion camp is particularly heinous. However, through it all, Tyler and Josh help each other heal from past wounds and prior lovers. It's a long road, but well worth the journey. I absolutely loved the ending!

Warning: This book/audiobook has all sorts of triggers, including self-harm, rape, child abuse, and domestic abuse.

The narration is fantastic, with distinct voices for each character and wonderful expression of emotion.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook through the author and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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WOW

wow! I was super eager to get my hands on this book and then pretty nervous to start it and it was just as intense as I imagined but also just as good! I loved how realistically flawed the characters were and how she didn't hesitate to smooth them out for the sake of the reader. It was raw and emotional and very impacting.

Michael Ferraiuolo is a narrator I don't get enough of in my life. He always is a joy to listen to and I felt like his narration really amp the emotional impact of this book up to a whole new level.

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  • Sharonica
  • 14-11-19

Tyler and Josh an Epic Romance! 💖👬💖



💗👬💗👬💗👬💗👬💗👬💗

MMy Thoughts and Review:

I typically run from edgy, angsty, dramatic tales. This is simply due to the fact that I am old, have lived my own drama and don't want to read about the same types of drama in my books...or movies...or TV series. I want the rest of my days filled with sMMexy men loving other sMMexy men, unicorns, rainbows, butterflies, and other fluffy things. 💖🌈💖

Something about Damage Control drew me in, however. I knew I could trust Van Dorn to take me on a crazy wild journey, but I was still apprehensive because of the trigger warnings hitting too close to home and again, I have lived my own drama.

What sets this book apart and above most in its genre is the character authenticity and transparency. Our MC, Tyler for example is seen by his family as spoiled, crass, attention seeking at the best of times, and attention seeking to the detriment of his health at the worst. However, these same family members protect, work for and with Tyler always striving to show they care. These characteristics are things many of us see in our own family dynamics. We might not like each other, and sometimes the dislike may even mimic hate. But, at our base level, there is always a piece no matter how small that still loves our family.

Underneath all the family push and pull are secrets. Secrets that are years in the making and within the Chadwick family these secrets effect everyone to some degree, but no one is more effected by all these secrets than Tyler.

After a chance meeting, turned into an almost drowning, Tyler and his long time crush who FYI used to secretly date his brother, Josh gets roped into pretending to be Tyler's doting boyfriend. Now, do not think for a second this is a typical "fake boyfriend" trope. Do that, and you will be sorely disappointed. It is just one of the MANY themes that are present in this spectacular story.

Now that Tyler has his fake BF, Josh to help combat the sex tape scandal (forgot to mention that, sorry) everything should be hunky dory. Alas, this is an epic family drama not some pretentious novella, so there is more...so much more. There are angry and homophobic parents who rage, then shame, then guilt, then rage some more. There are siblings who believe they know best and meddle any chance they get. Best friends who call or text at three a.m. just to make sure you are okay and haven't put anyone in a strangle hold, or jumped off the dock with rocks in your pockets.

If that weren't enough, there's paparazzi everywhere snapping photos, yelling absurd questions just to get a rise, and tabloids writing stories so far from the truth it sounds more appealing to believe it than what's actually happening. Nasty internet memes made from the sex tape, more homophobic slurs spread across the world wide web and the side of Tyler's house. Prank calls at two a.m. and a neurotic fake boyfriend who has cleaning frenzies when he is stressed. And a crazy ex who may still be stalking Tyler and upping the ante to things like slashed tires, and screaming at Josh that, "Tyler belongs to him!" Cray-cray... Right?!?!😂

Amidst all the crazy two broken and battered souls mesh together and find peace and comfort in each other. Josh and Tyler have the perfect blend of calm and frantic, messy and spotless that somehow brings balance to their chaotic world. Even when doubts rise, they push through, they don't run or show cowardice regarding who they are to each other in their moments together. They stick together and friendship turns to something more. Much more.

If you haven't been able to tell let me say plainly, I absolutely loved this audiobook! In my opinion an audio book wins or loses its audience solely based on the narration. If a narrator lacks spirit, and inflection it will show.

Michael Ferraiuolo was superb in his role as narrator. Each character had a voice unique to their personality (I loved Josh's mom's accent!). Even each thought was in the character's voice and not the narrator's actual voice. Bravo, Sir! Bravo! 👏

Even though I am one of those who needs to be mindful of triggers. (I am not ashamed to say, I am a survivor!) This book spoke to me on so many levels. So, be mindful of the triggers, and if you feel brave this is a journey you won't regret! 💖👬💖

Possible triggers: mentions underage rape, torture, branding (conversion therapy); suicide attempt; cutting

5+ jumping-off-the-cliff-together-stars ✨✨✨✨✨+

I received a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest and unbiased review. 💋

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  • Sadie G
  • 03-10-19

Major triggers

I really enjoyed this book. The sexy times were very hot. The relationship's evolution was very satisfying. There are some major trigger warnings so be sure to check that out first. Narration by Michael Ferraiuolo was perfect as usual.

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  • 💋 Serenepw
  • 16-02-20

What a GEM!

"Damage Control," is a really good intense story. I listened to the audible read and was blown away by the story and the narration. Tyler and Josh's love was taboo. After all, we do have a younger brother who felt in love with his older brother 's first love. I just had to know if this was fair to the older brother, "Ryan," and if the love between Josh and Tyler would work. And I have to say YES, to all of the above. I so highly recommend their story. You will not be disappointed. ENJOY! Now, I'm on to Ryan's story. Lawd knows he need love too.

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 10-09-21

An emotional opposites attract!❤️

Tyler and Josh gave me all the feels!!
They were perfect together


This book had angst, drama and so much going on. I couldn't for the life of me put this down.


Michael Ferraiuolo performed an amazing audio delivery and narration.

This was an amazing first book in the series.

I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-09-20

Should have a FEW trigger warnings

OCD, abuse, sexual assault, cutting, gasslighting and violence all are talked about AND happen in this story. Do not undertake this book lightly. Usually, a book this heavy either feels hollow or like glorification of abuse. Neither happened here. Even though a LOT of messed up shit happens, it is all handled with the proper weight and effect. Such a great book. Michael is perfection as usual - Lynn delivers a book I could NOT put down and characters I fell in love with.

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  • Michelle
  • 23-06-20

Ohmygod !

There isn’t a single thing about this book that isn’t wonderful ! Wow! I laughed and cried . There’s lots of drama and horrible things that are revisited but the author handled it so perfectly that you aren’t ripping your heart out or clenching your teeth . The angst is real but not overdone. I love how the MC’s self reflect in a way that’s realistic and not “instafix” like a lot of the novels in the genre tend to be (not a criticism just an observation) I also want to note how often times in books that have high impact events .. the sexy times tend to be over the top too. Like a person has to be crazed with lust and perform acts that are so unrealistic - but in this book the sexy tome are steamy AND sweet , mature AND fun.
Love love love love love
And THEN you add Michael to narrate .*air kiss* perfect ! The only other book I wanted to listen to again as soon as I finished it was HIm - now I have two “repeats” . Loved it.

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  • L. Young
  • 15-11-21

Unforgettable

So I was not sure about the length of this book but I was very pleasantly surprised. The book rolls at a good pace and the characters are so real I had to just take a minute at the end to simply feel the happiness.
This story is not your usual boy and his brothers best friend/ boyfriend. There is substance and character building and relationship building , you get to know everyone and their lives take on meaning too.
Of course the romance has plenty of heat but also snark and laughter. I really loved this book and highly recommend it especially if you enjoy two slightly broken men accepting and loving each other.

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  • Vicki
  • 27-04-20

Long but Michael F makes it go by in no time

I read most of this book a few years ago and as much as I enjoyed it, it was a really long book and I had attention span issues...and then I forgot I was reading it. And none of that was the fault of the book. Fortunately for me, I discovered an audible edition and, game on. I have to wonder if there is anyone in real-life who has had as much shit hit them in such a short time span as poor Tylor. If he hadn't been messed up before this time in his life, he would have been after. So really he was screwed regardless. Thank goodness for Josh, who even with his own hang-ups never lost his focus, once he figured it out. Michael Ferraiuolo did a fantastic job narrating this story. I can only imagine how difficult it is to pull off a woman's voice while she's crying. He could have taken Tylor so over the top, but he didn't and that was a good thing. And there was no doubt about Josh's feelings and, just his ability to get Tyler. You could hear it in every word.

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  • Trio
  • 09-02-20

Stunning & Thoroughly Spectacular!

To everyone who dnf'd this book, give it another chance! It's so worth it.

The scope is huge, and Van Dorn is building the series, so you've got to give her a chance to set everything in motion. It's huge cast, with a ton of juicy skeletons, and drama, and (of course) sex.

Michael Ferraiuolo does a spectacular job with the audio edition of Damage Control.

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  • The Book Wench
  • 26-12-19

Mixed reaction here

What does it say about my response that I find Tyler almost as annoying at the end as I do at the beginning of this book? Or that I find the relationship between him and Josh as befuddling-yet-endearing once it becomes clear they're more than sexually interested in each other? How do I explain why I wish I could rate it five stars but know with absolute clarity that I can't? The best thing about this was Michael Ferraiuolo's performance.

So, this is a story about three...no make that four...wait, never mind. This is a story about a bunch of fellas whose dysfunctionality causes them and the people they claim to care for a lot of pain. It's also about their families, in one case both parents and a sibling, and in the other a parent only, and how THEY cause unnecessary trauma for the main participants in this extensive drama. The story winds through every thought and feeling, every second of every day in the lives of Josh the dermatologist and Tyler the movie star whose lives become intertwined when they decide to play fake boyfriends to help Tyler's public image recover from a major blow. A blow which it turns out was dealt to it by someone no one would have suspected. because that just ups the drama quotient, dontcha know?

I think that above all is what I dislike the most about this story. It's just too drawn out. I appreciate that with all the twists and turns, it couldn't have been encapsulated in a 180-page novel. However, did we really need to have each character's take on the scene we just witnessed from the other character's perspective in the chapter before BEFORE we could move the narrative along? Was it strictly necessary to keep reiterating how insecure each man was about his developing feelings for the other? And did we really need to see Tyler's older brother Ryan's infidelity on display to know he was a jerk? There was just so MUCH happening, so many revelations that would inevitably catapult Tyler closer to an edge he was desperate not to fall over. I was NOT a fan of the repeated edging as he fought against his demons, nor did I especially like seeing them in action...I can't say more without major spoilers.

Sorry...I really like a lot about this story, but it was far too heavy on the dark side, and Tyler's over-the-top snark, as well as Josh's frustratingly unassertive behavior, did not allow me to enjoy those good parts nearly as much as I'd have liked to. I felt exhausted by the time I got to the end of the story, and not even the sex scenes redeemed it enough for me. And there were a LOT of those, which I think only trivialized the story of two very complicated men finding their HEA, since it made it seem like the only thing keeping them together was sex.