Xanthe's love of over-the-top angst was a little too much for me here. I didn't mind it in The First Collar
but in Damage I was antsy for the book to come to an end.
Damage deals with Tony's childhood sexual abuse and his Daddy issues. I don't know if the former is alluded to in the actual tv series but I've read enough of the fanfic summaries to conclude the tv series version does have him with a troubled relationship with his father. I've collected a lot
of this fanfic but have bypassed the Daddy-issue ones if that's the main theme and after Damage, I can see that was the right decision. But then, with Tony as the MC and Gibbs being Gibbs, 'Daddy' is never far away. A bit icky for some (like FW2) but it doesn't bother me at all. I like May-December romances in the first place and these DiNozzo/Gibbs romances are even better than what I've already read.
The story, briefly - a teen, Justin, is caught stealing an Admiral's laptop and the housekeeper calls NCIS. She explains why she did this to Gibbs cos he, too, wants to know. Long story short, Justin has pics of him on the Addy's laptop and no guesses allowed as to what type of pics they are. So now
, Gibbs is interested because it looks much bigger than just a few dirty pics.
It gets even bigger than this. In fact, it explodes, sending Gibbs and his entire team into a daze, wondering if anything will ever be the same again. Because not only does it involve under-aged boys raped over several years by the Admiral and his pedophile buddies; not just because Justin is Boy # 1 out of at least 50, but because DiNozzo, one of Gibbs' own, is Boy #43. If you've read any of this fanfic, you'd know Gibbs is usually portrayed as having been in love with DiNozzo since the latter joined the team. If you watch this series regularly, you'd know Gibbs isn't a man who does anything in half-measures.
So Gibbs and his team, minus Tony, swings into action and this is the part that has made this fanfic so addictive for me - most stories have some action/suspense balanced well with the developing romance and now I've got a load of these with the hottest pairing I could find, all for free. Still, my Gibbs/DiNozzo obsession wasn't enough to enable me to go through 454 reader pages without feeling surfeited. If the author had trimmed this down by a hundred pages, this would have been a 5-star story. As it is, I don't think I could survive Two Wolves
because Kate warned that it's very violent.
Now, off for some fluff...