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  • Damaged and the Beast

  • By: Bijou Hunter
  • Narrated by: Rayna Whitney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
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Summary

As 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 a beast like Cooper heal the damage inside the girl of his dreams?

©2013 Bijou Hunter (P)2016 Bijou Hunter
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  • Categories: Romance

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  • Lia
  • 21-09-16

3.5 Mixed Feelings

First off, it harped a little too much on Farah's issues. Yes, she has them and because of her upbringing, she deserves to have them, but I feel like the author could have cut out 3 chapters of redundant explanations of them. Bc of these issues, Farah was a little too "I can't trust ANYONE-IN-THE-WHOLE-WIDE-WORLD." and it got a little annoying.

Also, the main secondary characters, Skye and Bailey were THE WORST HUMAN BEINGS ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH!! They did nothing but beat down Farah with bad advice, jealousy, and hate throughout the whole book~ but we're supposed to believe that they were her friends and really wanted what was best for her & Cooper in the end.

Add a 5 year old baby sister that uses words that would make me blush and I was a little put off. Kids swearing is not cute or funny. Seriously!! It's like authors turn into cliche machines when they wring about anyone under 10 years old. I can'[t stand it. Let the little ones be pure, not as messed up as the adults.

Cooper was definitely an Alpha male, surrounded by idiots that are his family. He is a little unstable with jealousy and he's violent. He has no less than 3 or 4 insane fist fights and a few other instances when someone he is mad at disappears. BUT, Farah is supposed to believe that he would never hurt her. Yeah, it is a little off the deep end.

In the end, I am not sure about this one. There are several follow up stories that build on this one but focus on other people. I MAY read about Tawny, Farah's sister, but I am not sure.

I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review

Rayna Whitney was good with the delivery of the story

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  • Believer50
  • 20-09-16

Too Much Cussing

I was given this book in exchange for an unbiased review. This was not a YA story. It was all adult content. The end came too fast but hopefully there is a book 2. Cooper was very protective and I could not believe that he really cared about Farah. But he let go of his mannish ways and invested time in getting to know her and to help her deal with some of her issues. There were a lot of issues in her life but she knew she wanted to be a teacher and did not let anything derail her plans. The narrator was good and made each voice it's own voice. You could tell she had done narration before. She helped make the story. The only part that was YA to me was the interaction between the siblings and the name calling between Cooper and Farah. There was just too much cussing for me. But I guess with the way they were raised you have to expect it. Although some of it did not help the story and could have been left out. Loved the brother's story and it was interwoven just right.

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  • Becky
  • 16-09-16

Really enjoyed this listen!

Bijou hunter wrote a great story. I think she captured the age of Farrah appropriately. Immature, indecisive and learning her way in a whole new world.
I also enjoyed the narration, voices seemed accurate for ages. Male voice was done well enough to not be obnoxious.
Well worth a credit!

This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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  • Jennifer Mulder
  • 15-09-16

Damaged and the Beast

What did you love best about Damaged and the Beast?

I loved how protective he is of her even from the beginning, although he is a bit too jealous too.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Damaged and the Beast?

When she told her mom she was moving out the the chaos that drove her to the decision and what happened afterwards

Have you listened to any of Rayna Whitney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I am not sure, but she did awesome on this one!!!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were moments where i wanted to cry, very few times made me want to laugh (the mom talking to her the first time they met i laughed a bit), but the end made me tear up a bit.

Any additional comments?

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

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  • sheryl beauchemin
  • 11-09-16

YA Romance At It's BEST.

OK. So some of the sex was a bit heavy for YA, but the characters were so in that scene that it's all I can categorize it as. I loved the way I was kept waiting until 3/4 through to verify what I expected as her reason for fear. Conner was every girls dream but I believed it. He screwed up enough to keep him real. The writing included peripheral imagery that heightened my visualization. A must for me as well as a HEA ending because the premise could be expanded with more angst and background ending with a cliffhanger and a sequel. The narrator's voice was easy to listen to. The only complaint was in Connor's portrayal. He was mono tonal with no emotion, all statements ending tone down. This book warrants dual narration with male and female narrators.
I was given this book free by the narrator, author, or publisher for an honest review through Audiobook Boom. Thank you! I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  • BarbaraY
  • 31-08-16

***** LOVED IT ******

What made the experience of listening to Damaged and the Beast the most enjoyable?

I loved the Book so i new i would love listening to the Story just as much ...

What other book might you compare Damaged and the Beast to and why?

Damaged & the Beast is its own Story so Comparing isnt necessary.. But im looking forward to the next Book in the Series..

Have you listened to any of Rayna Whitney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This Narrator always does a fantastic job... Has a great voice ... & an ease of telling the story.. Great job :-)

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reactions as i had read the book... There is a few Laughs ... No tissues needed since i new what was coming .. Fantastic .. :-)

Any additional comments?

Bring on the next Book in the Series .... Cant Wait :-)

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  • RubyG
  • 23-03-21

Love can fix Damage and tame Beasts

This book is a great introduction to Bijou Hunters damaged series. You get to meet Farrah and Cooper and are introduced to the rest of the Johansen family and the town of Ellisburg.

Farrah has experienced a lot of tragedy and bad in her young life. She's come to college to start fresh. Cooper is a rough around the edges biker. While a biker is the last person Farrah wants in her life Cooper is exactly what she needs.

Over all the story is great just know there is alot of cussing and that some of the events could be triggering.

The narrator was new to me but definitely someone I will be checking out. I can't wait to get the next book in this series!

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  • Anne
  • 03-02-21

Was a alright book

The story was great but when I followed it with the book there was parts missing! It would start one chapter then go to the next and miss over half the chapter!

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  • Katie
  • 26-04-20

This one is definitely a tear-jerker..............

Damaged and The Beast is an amazingly powerful story of a young woman so completely traumatized by her parent's neglect and abuse that I wasn't sure that I could handle finishing the book. I decided to listen to this book because I am a huge fan of Bijou Hunter's romantic comedies, and this is the farthest thing from a comedy. However, be reassured, as with her comedies, Bijou brings enough hidden humor and hope to this somewhat tragic story that I never actually felt sad or depressed. The story begins with Farah leaving her sister and father as she travels to live with her estranged mother and start her freshman year of college. I immediately felt an incredible desire to protect and shelter Farah as the author slowly revealed more and more of her troubled and frightening upbringing. When she meets Cooper, a strong, smart and privileged man in her college Spanish class, I believe that he felt this same desire but also a desire to just make her happy.

These are two incredibly strong characters, although in completely different ways. Cooper is brash and bold, completely assured in not only his family's love but his place in his world. Farah is fragile, hesitant and completely uncertain of her place in any world. However, she has an inner determination that shines through as she strives for the dream that kept her going during her darkest childhood moments. When Cooper finally breaks through her walls, I have never been so moved, and I wanted the story to go on forever, so I could watch Farah truly grow into a self-confident, loved woman. Luckily, the series continues, so I am every hopeful that I haven't seen the last of this wonderful couple.

The story is told from Farah's first person point of view, and Rayna Whitney's narration of her part is excellent. Her performance is flawless, and she handles Cooper's determined personality equally as well as Farah's much softer and gentler one. I would definitely listen to another of her performances in the future.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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  • CC
  • 22-12-19

Love this story!

So much more depth than expected. They are NA (new adults) so there is a lot of insecurity and immaturity. But I love Cooper and Farah so much! I wish the author had been able to put more if the series on audio.

The narrator was fabulous!