White Trash Damaged by Teresa Mummert is the second book in her White Trash Trilogy. Described as a contemporary romance, this is the continuation of Cass and Tucker's romance whom we read about in the first book White Trash Beautiful. Again Teresa writes a believable story that lifts you heart and makes you believe in love against all odds.
Cass was rescued by Tucker in the first book from a life of tragedy. Raised in a trailer park and living with her mentally ill mother and drug addicted abusive boyfriend, Cass had conceded to her life of misery until Tucker strolled into the diner she worked at, swept her off her feet, fell madly in love with her and stood up to those abusive people in her life. After the drama in book one (you absolutely must read that book before this one), we are now left hopeful that this romance will grow the wings it need to take flight.
Tucker is currently on tour with his rock band and refuses to continue this tour without Cass by his side. After the loss they both have endured, Cass agrees to tour with band and adopt the rocker lifestyle. Immediately, conflict is felt among the band members and Cass is constantly worried she is the cause. Tucker is always assuring her that he will chose her over the band and this leaves Cass feeling guilty and with the "suck it up" frame of mind.
As a friendship blooms with another female who heads the opening act of the tour, Cass finds herself questioning what it is she wants to do with her life. What is her contribution to this world? When she buys a journal and starts to pen the pain of her life little does she know she has found her calling. Believing in herself for the first time in her life, Cass soars and begins to really find herself. Of course, all would be perfect if she could just kick the jealousy she feels when she sees her man (who has to keep this relationship under wraps so he doesn't lose his female fan base) dripping with groupies and models in video shoots. As much as Tucker hates that aspect of his career, it is necessary.
Tucker is fearful of losing Cass the way he did in the first book and is extremely insecure. When Cass begins to grow into her own, Tucker is not keen on the attention she begins to receive by other men. When a new manager is hired and states that no girlfriends or groupies will be part of the tour, Tucker sees red and the conflict among the band that Cass was worried about starting ... starts. Throw in a father who never made an appearance in Cass's life until her picture if printed in a local magazine (she is found out to be Tucker's fave lady friend) and the drama is packed on.
I really enjoy these two and their troubled romance. They truely love each other and I am praying they beat the odds. This book left off quite happy, so I am interested in seeing where the final book will take us with these two. I have a few suspicions, but know regardless, Teresa Mummert will do them justice. If you like to read a good contemporary romance with hot rock stars then chances are you will appreciate this read. While this book is not drenched in sex (actually it is quite tame) I found I didn't miss the sex scenes as the love story really took front row. Looking forward to book 3! :)