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Damaged Goods (The Outsider Chronicles #2)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  1,634 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews
When Liv Bennett said good-bye to her sinkhole of a hometown, she planned to leave that chapter of her life behind forever. But forever turned out to only be three years.

After her addict of a mother up and disappears, Liv returns to what she considers her own personal hell smack in the middle of nowhere Nevada to take care of her two younger sisters, and she promptly reins
Kindle Edition, 410 pages
Published September 9th 2014
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Sep 09, 2014 Beverly rated it really liked it

4-4.5 Stars

Damaged Goods is the second book in The Outsider Chronicles, but is a stand alone - the characters do not overlap.

Liv Bennett’s primary focus in life has been to get away from the black hole of a town she was raised in and make something of herself. At the age of 22 she decides enough is enough and quits her job as a waitress and moves to California to attend college. Everything is on track for Liv and she is just finishing up her Junior y
Sep 15, 2014 Jenn rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jenn by: Bethany
4 GoodWill Stars

This book honestly was NOT what I was expecting AT. ALL. I really enjoyed the twist that was the driving force of this story line and my heart went out to the cast of this book. They all had some hard knocks from the school of life they had to work through. Liv definitely had to take one for the team. She did what she had to, to survive, and that's what ended up surprising me the most. At times I did feel there was a bit too much in the inner dialogue department from Liv, but ov
Hannah *BeneaththeInk*
"Love who you want to love. Love who you need to love. And love those you do without abandon or fear."

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Mar 03, 2016 Deborah rated it really liked it

Interesting read

This book wasn't what I expected but now that I've read it I couldn't tell you exactly what it was I expected.
Liv Bennett couldn't get away from her small hometown fast enough and she's working hard to try and make something of herself. She left behind her 'mother' if you can call her that and her two younger sisters Reese and Paige but her sister's are never far from her thoughts and she sends money back for them whenever she can.
Liv is having a bad night and it's about to get w
Aug 05, 2015 Iva rated it did not like it
Liv Bennet is the stupidest, most self-absorbed, ignorant, unfeeling character of all time. I want to slap her over the head to try to get only one reasonable thought out of her. And Will Goods is a saint and the most understanding and forgiving person. Sorry for the rant but I just had to. That is all.
Feb 01, 2015 Ashleyjo rated it did not like it
This book didn't work for me on multiple levels. Sad, because I loved "Hard Knox," and, if I would've read this one first, it's highly likely I wouldn't have ever given anything else this author wrote another chance! Yep, this was that bad and Knox was that good. I couldn't find a single thing that I liked about this book.


And the award for most annoying female MC in history goes to.... Liv!

Anyhoo, I'm instantly turned off by the female MC - from her disassociated, convoluted way o
Feb 01, 2015 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: e-rom
Early warning: This book is in no way related to Hard Knox. Didn't impact the rating at all, just a forewarning to those who were hoping for a Knox/Charlie sequel (or at least a smidge of a cross over). The books are completely unrelated and I'm honestly not sure whey they're not just advertised as two stand alone books.

Alright, quick plot review: (view spoiler)
Sep 22, 2014 Meagan rated it liked it
3.75 Stars

While I really enjoyed Hard Knox, the first book in The Outsider Chronicles, it was a little harder for me to get into Damaged Goods. The main character, Liv Bennet, came off as a bit of a man hater. I know she didn’t hate all guys, she did have a steady boyfriend for two years, she just really disliked men. Actually it was more like men and women from her hometown in Nevada.

For about half the book I found Liv to be a hard character to like. Even though she dropped everything in her li

beth myrick
Sep 24, 2014 beth myrick rated it did not like it
Definitely not Knox

this one didn't do any thing for me. really would have been better if we read about this chick getting a lobotomy and then a TEAM of psychiatrist. she had ISSUES. love the H.....Will....he was totally swoon worthy. I even liked Jake. Looney liv, uh, not at all. I was so looking forward to this because I loved Knox. now I wanna cry cause I didn't get the caliber of Knox in this book.
Sep 22, 2014 nick rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

I've been going through a harsh book slump in the past few weeks. I, who normally reads a book within 2 days, was taking a week to finish a book. You can imagine how that was making me feel. Until, I picked up Damaged Goods. I could not stop reading this book and I'm really grateful to the book for getting me out of my slump.

Nicole Williams has the knack for writing beautiful, well-fleshed out characters who you get to know throughout the book as though they were new friends you made in real lif
Kendall {Book Crazy}
Oct 28, 2014 Kendall {Book Crazy} rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"Love who you want to love. Love who you need to love. And love those you do without abandon or fear."

I was really excited about reading this book! I completely fell in love with the first book in this series, and even though I knew that this book was going to be about two completely different characters, I still couldn't wait to get my hands on it! I freaking loved this book! I loved everything about it from the characters to the plot! It was really different to the first book too, but I was ex
Autumn Review
Sep 25, 2014 Autumn Review rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours, arc, review
It's been while since I've read a Williams book and Hard Knox and Damaged Goods reminded me why I became a fan. In Damaged Goods, we have two characters who come from a similar background, or at least from the same kind of home...who both wanted something more, something better. But, as life goes, both are forced to return home to pick up some shattered pieces of their pasts.

What worked for me:
~I admired Liv's drive. She's focused on making her life better and she's worked hard to move forward.
Oct 17, 2014 Emma rated it really liked it
wow just wow

I have to start by saying that I adore Nicole Williams, her ability to feed my love of word play only makes me worship her more. The clever use of the title within the narrative was used to stunning effect *happy sigh*

Told in first person narrative from Liv’s perspective. At 25 she is hardened by life. She considers herself white trailer trash although she has fought long and hard to escape the confines of the small town and redneck mentality associated with it. She is very much a p
Magen Corrie
4.5 stars

My Review:

This is the kind of New Adult reads that I want, that I crave, that I just can’t get enough of. Truly a book that took my heart made it happy dance, cry, break, and flail about. I adored the characters, the world that Williams created, and the story that really pulled at my heartstrings.

Will Goods totally melted my heart. I seriously couldn’t get enough of his character. I loved that he isn’t the typical guy you read about in NA, which I loved. He definitely has that quiet dem
★ Belle The Bibliophile ★
Dec 16, 2014 ★ Belle The Bibliophile ★ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: unputdownable

"Love who you want to love. Love who you need to love. And love those you do without abandon or fear."

Damaged goods is the second installment in the 'The Outsider Chronicles' series. I read the first book a few months ago and I was blown away by the beautifully written book so I first found out the second book was released, I was like, "why the hell not?" As much as I liked the first book, it can't compare to how much I loved this book. This book isn't what I

Sep 14, 2014 Valerie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-reads, romance

The dynamics of being a new adult can be complicated at best and down right overwhelming at worst. That time period of life makes some of the best stories and this author knows how to bring them to life.

The characters in this story have real problems that I wish I could say are only found in books. But as a teacher, I'm often show just how hard young peoples life's can be. When those circumstances become overpowering, true character emerges. That what happens in this story. Put in the worst o
Sep 06, 2016 Christine rated it really liked it
After reading the first book in this series I did not want to read this one, but after reading the blurb and realizing it was a different setting and characters (thank god) I decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did, because this one was so, so much better. I won't spoil anything but Will's disability took me by surprise. In retrospect it makes sense but I honestly thought it was something else and didn't understand how Liv could be so dumb. I still don't, but since I was thrown off too I'll ...more
Sep 29, 2016 Serena rated it it was amazing
Oh.. another good one by Nicole Williams.

Liv is a woman trying to make ends meet, but when she has to go back to take care of her two sisters because their deadbeat mom left them, she gets a surprise with one of the neighbors... Will Goods. Oh Will... Will... when she starts to fall in love with him... she finds out a secret that blows her mind! AND MINE!

She also gets a job as a "dancer" soooo that adds some spice to it... HAHAHA!

OH the secret! It was... I was like... WHAAAT?! Then I had to re-
Kristen Anderson
Feb 22, 2016 Kristen Anderson rated it it was ok
I just couldn't get into this. I kept trying and trying, but all that did was make skim and skim just to get through it. I really love this author so I feel bad giving a low rating but I just feel so meh about this. The heroine is your typical self sacrificing, self punishing NA heroine. The guy was a saint. Nothing about it drew me in. Just not for me :(
Julia  Grey
Jan 26, 2015 Julia Grey rated it it was amazing
this book was amazing ! loved Will !
FMR Book Grind
Dec 27, 2014 FMR Book Grind rated it it was amazing
Review By Leeann

This is the story of Liv Bennett. She is a young girl working part time to support her way through college. She has escaped her past & is determined to fight for the future she desperately wants.. and deserves.

She has a mediocre boyfriend & is not surprised when she catches him out with another woman.

Then the day she has been working towards comes & she gets a phone call that changes everything. Her little sister calls to tell her their mother has left & she has t
Nov 27, 2016 GingerOrange rated it liked it

This was just an okay read for me.

The main hero, Will, was a good guy and I guess that's just not my thing. I'm more interested in the anti hero. So from the start he didn't woo me. Liv was funny and sarcastic so in that sense I liked her. But my overall picture of her is really just painted in annoyance and that really stems from the plot line.

Without giving anything away, the storyline is loosely based on the misunderstanding plot line. And I
Southern Belle Book Blog
Oct 23, 2014 Southern Belle Book Blog rated it really liked it
I’m very torn on how I feel about this book. I’m not even totally sure how to write my review for it, because my opinions are so opposite and changed throughout the book. I despise writing not glowingly positive reviews, but luckily, only half of the book wasn’t a 5 star read for me. It’s no secret that I adore Nicole Williams. As in, nearly cried when I met her this summer, couldn’t stop shaking, I love every word she has ever written, etc. I love her. So it hurts to have to say this, but ...more
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *

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~~ 5 "Life is full of choices" Stars ~~

If you are looking for a New Adult book that has an interesting storyline, an excellent cast of characters and steamy sexy scenes that are off the charts HOT….then look no further….Damaged Goods is the book to read. If you only read one New Adult book this year, I truly believe this should be the book. This was so much more then
Sep 07, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-stars
4 to 4.5 stars

Some people let the world define them, and some people define their world. I'm still trying to figure out what kind of person I am.

Liv Stewart escaped the dead end Nevada town and trailer park and is working her way through college and trying to move ahead. But one day her new safe life implodes. Her dreams get put on hold when she has to return back to the place she could not wait to get away from in order to step in as guardian for her two younger sisters, Reese and Paige. Everyt
Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
Originally posted at Booklovers For Life


I wasn’t the biggest fan of Hard Knox, but Damaged Goods… Damaged Goods reminded me of all the reasons why I fell in love with Nicole Williams’s books. It’s sweet, romantic, heartfelt, and the characters are written flawlessly. I had a huge smile when I finished Damaged Goods–it’s a story that will speak to your heart and make you smile and laugh and fall in love.

Some people let the world define them, and some people define their world. I’m still
Source: Author
My Rating: 4/5 stars
My Review:

Liv Bennett’s life isn’t the one she has dreamed about for the entirety of her life but it is for damn sure a better life that what she had when she lived at home with her mother. Between the craptastic living conditions, the parade of men and, the consistent drug use, Liv blew out of town the instant she was able and has never looked back. Her only regret is that her two younger sisters, Paige and Reese are still living with their mother and will be u
Leticia Guzmán
Oct 15, 2016 Leticia Guzmán rated it really liked it
to Liv's defense, i didn't know either. I actually entertained the thought that he was like his mom. Well done, Nicole Williams, well done.
Jan 30, 2015 Derna rated it it was amazing
**** I received an copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***

Damaged Goods is the second book in The Outsider Chronicles series by Nicole Williams, having loved book one in the series Hard Knox I was looking forward to reading this one, and I have to say this one was just as good as the first if not slightly better for me.

“Love who you want to love. Love who you need to love. And Love those you do without abandon or fear”

Liv Bennett does not to follow the same path as her worthless
Michelle Tikal
Sep 24, 2014 Michelle Tikal rated it it was amazing
As a big fan of Nicole Williams I have been eagerly anticipating the Outsider Chronicles for quite some time. As an even bigger fan of beautifully broken bad boys, I simply could not wait to get my hands on Damaged Goods. As with Crash, the series that made me fall in love with Nicole Williams' characters and stories, Damaged Goods is a story that is hard to walk away from, it's characters are completely captivating, it has sizzling, off the charts chemistry, and a hero that you would be insane ...more
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