January 08, 2014

Review: Damian by Jessica Wood

Title: Damian
Author: Jessica Wood
Genre: New Adult contemporary
SeriesThe Heartbreaker #1
Publication: December 21, 2013; 198 pages

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Meet Damian Castillo. The man, the legend, the heartbreaker. As a self-proclaimed man-whore, Damian doesn’t believe in love or commitment. In fact, he can’t remember the last time he’s had feeling for a woman that went beyond hot, no-strings-attached sex. The only things he cares about are his bar, his appearance, and his needs.

But then he meets Alexis.

Meet Alexis Blythe. A small town girl that has lost a lot of love in her life. Wanting to leave her past behind her, she moves to San Francisco looking for a big change. Yet, despite everything she’s gone through, she still believes in true love.

But then she meets Damian.

When Alexis shows up at his bar, Damian’s caught by surprise. She’s different. She’s sweet, innocent, and feisty. But above all, this woman didn’t respond to his charm and piercing-blue eyes the way every other woman did. To Damian, she’s his ultimate challenge.

Could Alexis be the girl that will break through Damian’s wall of perpetual bachelorhood without getting hurt? Or will Damian remain true his ways and break Alexis’s heart and her hopes of true love?

Damian is a night club owner in San Francisco, he never, under any circumstances, forms emotional attachments to the hordes and hordes of women he takes home for a quick lay. Alexis is an Iowa transplant trying to find herself in a new city, far away from home.

Damian was hot to be sure, but he was also super egotistical. I suppose he has reason to be, considering he's never had a woman tell him no. I guess I could say I wasn't a big fan of his. I think maybe he was just too cocky for me. Most of his dialogue was eye roll worthy as far as I was concerned. I do understand that that was indeed how he was supposed to come across to the reader though, mission accomplished there. Alexis seemed to hold her own with Damian. She was a touch innocent, but also witty and could either keep up with his flirtatious comments, or shut him down with her indifferent act. She was a bit of an actress, considering she wasn't indifferent at all.

All in all, this book was decent. I read it in one session, like I generally do. Maybe it's because I've overstuffed myself on the romance genre here lately, but the book just felt...typical, to me. I should probably state that I am not the easiest person in the world to impress, and I understand that about myself. I think that if you really just enjoy this genre, and love stories and all that, I would recommend this book. If you are a little more picky, like me, I'd still give it a shot, because I very well may have enjoyed it more if I hadn't been in romantic overkill mode.

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