Sunday, March 9, 2014

Damaged by Nina D'Angelo with Playlist, Excerpt, Character Bios & Review

Book Info-
Title- Damaged
Series- Outlaws Series # 1
By- Nina D’Angelo
Expected Publication Date- February 28th, 2014

Before Stephanie Carovella had nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, she was damaged.

Stephanie Carovella has been running from her past all her life. The survivor of a brutal attack which left her best friend dead, she has carefully built a protective wall around herself, but she knows sooner or later her past is going to catch up with her.

It’s why she doesn’t want to fall in love. It’s why she doesn’t want to let anyone get too close.
Dominic Delaney works hard and plays just as hard. He’s a love ‘em and leave ‘em guy who doesn’t believe in forever until Stephanie walks into Outlaws. She is wild, unpredictable and dangerous as hell, yet, he’s drawn to her.

He needs to know the secrets behind her eyes. He can’t walk away.

A sexy, tattooed womanizer, Dominic Delaney’s everything Stephanie wants to avoid. She knows she should stay the hell away from him, but he makes her want to stop running.

Sometimes, even the Damaged deserve to fall in love.


Stephanie took in his nauseous expression, feeling guilty that she hadn’t noticed how tense he was. Shifting in her chair, she grinned when he gripped the bar again, the whitening of his knuckles revealing his fear.

Taking a deep breath, she cupped his face in her hands, bringing his mouth down onto hers for what was supposed be a gentle kiss; a kiss to make him forget his fear of heights and to thank him for sharing this moment with her. Instead, as soon as his lips touched hers, her whole body ignited into flames and she forgot about everything except the feel of his mouth on hers. When their mouths briefly parted, she impulsively delved her hands into his hair and held his lips to hers. Their kiss wasn’t gentle or sweet. It was hot and passionate, and promised so much more.

Stephanie moaned softly against his mouth. Caught up in his touch, she slid her hands from his hair to his broad shoulders. She pressed her chest tightly against his, twisting until she was in his lap.

Dominic stroked her tongue with his. Hearing her soft whimpers of pleasure, he closed his eyes, and a shudder rippled through him as she slid her hands under the back of his T-shirt and stroked his back.

He regretfully broke the kiss when he realized the ride had finished. Lifting his mouth from hers, he grinned at her flushed expression and felt a smug satisfaction as he looked into her eyes, unfocused with passion.

“We should get off,” he murmured softly, chuckling when she muttered underneath her breath, “I think we just did.”

Taking her hand, he led her off the Ferris wheel, guiding her through the crowds, and she let him. She was shaken by their kiss. She told herself she’d only kissed him to make him forget about his fears. She hadn’t expected him to take the kiss further; she hadn’t expected herself to let him, and she certainly hadn’t expected to find herself wanting so much more.

A short history/bio on each of the main characters
Stephanie Carovella
Stephanie been running from her past all her life. The survivor of a brutal attack which left her best friend dead, she’s carefully built a protective wall around herself. She knows sooner or later her past is going to catch up with her. That’s why she doesn’t want to fall in love. It’s why she doesn’t want to let anyone get too close.

So, she dates a boy she will never love and waits for the day when she has to walk away.

She’s been hell and back and she’s still standing. She has scars on the inside and the outside and she’s determined to kick the world in the ass.

She never lets anyone get close and doesn’t want to need anyone.

She just never counted on meeting Dominic Delaney.

Dominic Delaney
A sexy tattooed womanizer, Dominic works hard and plays just as hard. He’s more of a love em and leave em guy rather than a forever kind of guy.

Dominic is loyal to his family friends. He’d rather break his own heart than hurt any of them. He’s never given much to falling in love until recently. Lately he’s been restless and he can’t work out why. It’s almost like he’s searching for someone - that one girl who will capture his heart forever.

Then Stephanie walks into Outlaws.

In one single moment everything changes.

He knows Stephanie’s damaged. She’d wild, unpredictable and dangerous as hell not just to his sanity but to his health. Yet, he’s drawn to her.

He knows his life’s never going to be the same again but he can’t walk away.

Can you share the playlist you listened to while writing ‘Damaged’ with us?
I listened to a lot of different genres while writing Damaged. I actually made a playlist of the most common songs so this is kind of easy to write. Some of these will look familiar, as they made it to the Damaged Playlist.

Dixie Chicks - Wide Open Spaces
Tim McGraw - Southern Voice
Katy Perry -Roar
Aaron Lines - I love New York
Adam Gregory - She’s so California
Alice Peacock - City of Angels
Bret Michaels Feat Miley Cyrus - Nothing to Lose
The Beach Boys - Don’t Worry Baby
Rolling Stones - You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
Meat Loaf - Two Out of Three Ain’t Too Bad
Heart - I didn’t want to need you
Roxette - spending my time
Abi Tapia - Another Stateline
Beth Hart - L.A Song
Black Stone Cherry - Devil’s Queen
Britney Spears - Piece of Me
Gary Allan - Learning to Live With Me
Pink - True Love
Train - Save Me San Francisco
Blake Sheton - Home
Ronnie Dunn - Bleed Red
The Animals - Little Red Riding Hood
Eminem feat Rihanna - Love the Way You Lie

My Review: 5 stars
Man, this book was good! I loved Stephanie, and completely understand why she is the way she is. I thought she was so kick ass and in control of pretty much every situation. I really liked that. Stephanie is damaged, she's got plenty of reasons to be broken. However, she's still kicking ass and taking names. I could see why she felt the way she did with Dominic. What's not to like? Although, the same could be said for Stephanie. They've both got plenty of brains, good looks and cash. I was very glad that Stephanie had her friends, even if she only opened up to them a little. It was more than anyone else, until Dominic. This was such a complex story, and it kept referencing what Stephanie had been through previously. I kept wanting to stop and go back to read the first two books about Stephanie, and I will at some point, because I know they'll be just as good as this one. Like this one, it will keep me on my toes. There were so many plot twists in this, that just broke my heart, scared me or made me want to punch someone in the face. I will say that there were so many things in this book I didn't see coming. Can't really say what they were, but damn. Impressed the hell out of me. I cannot wait to find out what happens next, because I know it will be one hell of a ride! This was an excellent story that there was no way I could predict what was going to happen next, I really love that in a book. Way to go, Nina. Your work will always be on my reading list, I know it will be awesome!

About the Author-

Nina D’Angelo is the best-selling author of the Stephanie Carovella series. Her first novel, Nowhere to Run was released in February 2013 and reached #86 on the Amazon Top 100. Her second novel, Nowhere to Hide was released in August 2013.
They are both available in Paperback and ebook format.
Damaged is the prequel to the Stephanie Carovella series and the first in the Outlaws series. Nina has already started working on Deadly Secrets, the third in the Stephanie Carovella series and Shattered, the second in the Outlaws series. Both are slated for a 2014 release.


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