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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  30,728 ratings  ·  1,876 reviews
Life sucks. And, as soon as Sidney picks up the pieces something always knocks her back onto her butt. It's never pretty, but this time is different. This time pretty isn't even the right word.

Peter is the personification of perfection. It's like he fell off his angel perch in purgatory, because let's face it--any guy that hot has got to be naughty. He was probably sent he
Paperback, 341 pages
Published April 7th 2013 by Laree Bailey Press (first published April 1st 2013)
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Sam and Dean are walking towards us.

Stacia thinks : yay!
What really happened : noooo!

That was wrong. It was a bad, bad tease. I'll never be able to look at Sam and Dean the same way again. Bad, bad book!

2.5 stars. Actually, the book itself wasn't all bad. I found it to be an easy read and decent enough to pass the time.

That said, the book itself wasn't great either. I'm a sucker for student-teacher stories. This was not one of the stronger ones I've read. There was a lot of the dread
Alex is The Romance Fox
This is the first book I read by this author and after reading some many rave reviews about Damaged, I was really looking forward to opening Page 1 – naturally having ogled the cover!!!!!! – seriously, it’s a great cover, which makes it even more exciting as you think about the story you are going to lose yourself into….the lives of Peter and Sydney..or is it Sidney!!!!!

I tried to find something in this story that I could love – like so many readers have - but I have to be honest and say that I
Buddy read with Zemira<3
Review posted on Way Too Hot Books

Damn you sexy cover... I've made the same mistake. Again.

Damaged is first book by H.M. Ward I've read, but I thought about reading her novels for a while now. Then something perfect happened - my girl Zemira from YA Fanatic asked me to buddy read Damaged with her. I was all: "You want to read with me? Hot cover? Forbidden romance? Smexy scenes? Hell, yes!!!"
And than I started reading...

Usually in our group Zemira is the one with no p
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
YES!!! According to H.M. Ward, this book will come out all at once!! No novellas, no cutting the story in pieces. FULL LENGTH NOVEL!!!

Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 Damaged Stars.

Holy shit did I love this book. I want to marry this book and have it's fictional babies. I laughed my ass off at most of it, got tense, completely stilled with sexual tension and I got angry. Like stab you in the eye angry.

There is one particular scene at 68% to 74% that was just brilliantly written.

At first

Then shit got real.

To take you from a fit of laughter, like crazy - my husband is looking at me like I need a nice new white jacket with lots of straps - crazy; to dead qui
Oh no!! The guy I almost had sex yesterday is my new teacher because the old teacher DIEEEEEEED... so convenient! Must to be the heat!


Oh, no! We can't be together, and now, we have to pretend we never met before for keep the appearances!!


Aww! He is so damaged pun with the title!! So am I! And we want so much to be in the each other pants because is the best way to forget about our dark problems!

Such a unresolved and angsty situation!

He will lose his job and I my position in


Beautiful, angsty romance between a professor and his TA! I LOVE IT!! What is it about the forbidden professor that makes my toes curl??!! If you are into that as much as I am, then this is right up your ally!

As anyone familiar with H.M Ward's books knows, she can write angst like no other. Every nuance of emotion is captured and wrung till all you tears are drained. She lets us feel
Apr 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf-award
When the author misspells the heroine's name not once, but twice in the first 5 pages, that's a WTF right here. We have it as Sydney twice off the bat and then it goes to Sidney.

H.M. Ward, you are better than this. Very sad.
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
OMG OMG OMG!!! I thought I new how this book was going to play out and boy was I wrong!!! I am so in love with Peter, he is like the best book boyfriend ever. Peter and Sidney are two tortured souls with a difficult past. The stuff Sidney had to go through and the reaction from the people closest to her was just heartbreaking. And Peter story is just as horrible, but he manages to stay sweet and caring which is just amazing. He was so patient and just plain there for Sidney through everything. I ...more
Anne OK
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
2.5 to 3.0 "Just So-So" Stars

Another of those forbidden love between teacher and student scandal tropes set on a college campus. You know the ones where there’s a young college coed who has run away from a horrible past and a gorgeous well-built man is waiting to sweep her off her feet and solve all her problems. Both are “damaged” and carry bad baggage along for the ride. Well, this story carries on in that same tradition. A little more rerun action with a few of its own unique qualities using
May 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book is such a tease, and not a good one at that. If you're into the cover, feast your eyes and be done with it. Damaged doesn't undress its would-be hot professor any farther throughout the story and unfortunately, the characters and the novel as a whole are far less developed than those gorgeous abs on the cover. At least it was short.

Also, as someone who spends most of her time partner dancing.... I suspect the author put very little (if any) effort into researching swing dance, rather
L.J. Anderson
Holy Squirrel Attack, Batman!
I really did not like this book very much. The characters and their reactions and dialogue felt unrealistic and childish. Peter wasn't too bad, but Sydney's story was hard to read. I'm no angstwuss, it was just that her story was so over the top.
It was like the author read all the most popular new adult books and borrowed plot points from each of them.
I really didn't want to read this whole book, but I kept expecting it to get better and it just didn't.
╰☆╮ LovesToRead ╰☆╮
As an avid reader, I have specific things I look for in a book that make it a good or solid read for me.

First, I need to have strong characters that all bring something to the table, whether negative or positive. A great backstory is a must for me because I feel that it helps the characters evolve along their journey and allow us to either like or dislike the pair or a specific character.

Secondly, it must not be drenched with contradiction and inconsistencies. That makes a book unbelievable an
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
I'd say this was more *3.5 stars* but I'll round it up to 4.

This book was good enough and I did enjoy it but there was nothing about it that blew me away. It is a book about forbidden love - teacher/student romance. I've read a few books in this category that have been great and yes, this one was good, but nothing about it stood out from the rest. I wanted more.

Sidney's life sucks. She moved away from Texas to start a new life where she didn't know anyone and nobody knew her. She's had a horribl
Sláinte Wanderlust
Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Cover & title - 4 out of 5
Favorite Quote - “Being normal is overrated. Normal gets you what—the dolt husband with the 2.5 kids and the house with the dog? You seriously want that? I mean, one of those kids is going to be really funny looking, by the way, all cut in half like that. Who wants half a kid?”
Favorite character - Sydney

Okay, first thing.. i do not think the ending is a cliff hanger..
An ending to an episode of a serial drama that leaves the audience in
Meh. I am kind of getting tired of all these series that drag the same relationship through numerous books. I really prefer to read a series that each book is about a different character. I bought this book because it popped up as a recommendation based on what I bought previously. Got to say I was kind of disappointed. Since we were reading from the heroine's POV we weren't able to know much about what the hero was thinking and/or feeling. It was frustrating at times.

At first I couldn't put th
Jessica Viteri
It has a mini cliffhanger but I won't bitch about it this time because Sidney and Peter were great together. You'll see what I mean.

Sidenote: this book has a scene in it where it plays out one of my biggest fears--falling off the treadmill.

P.S. I hope we get to see more of Mark as well.
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Damaged is a book that is going to stay with me for years to come. I say that because it was so heart and gut wrenching and had situations in it that could happen to anyone. Being violated and losing someone is very hard for most people but put in the mix that you are running from the past and the past have finally caught up with you you have this amazing story called Damaged. I know most people did not like the cliff hanger at the end but I will say this it is a mild cliff hanger compared to wh ...more
Dnf at 70%

Not my thing, I struggled to get that far, but the high ratings persuaded me to keep going. Endless descriptions of her inner despair (where there would be ice in her belly and going through her veins every frickin time) and misery that irritated me with the constant repetition, plus I felt zero chemistry and there was no sex whatsoever. None. Pah.

The beginning was promising (until the self pity took over), and usually student-teacher stories have that whole forbidden vibe giving that
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sydney is in a constant battle with her past & it is a trauma she believes she will never get over. But when she crosses paths with Dr. Peter Granz she is in for challenges she could have never imagined. Peter also suffers from past trauma & the two of them try to navigate their way through falling in love. This story is both funny & sad. You will find yourself smiling & giggling at the antics these characters get involved in & sadden on the next page as they both relive their past horrors. Be m ...more
Jul 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
I have to admit I couldn't finish the book. It's something that barely ever happens since no matter how terrible I try to finish any book I start but this one was unbearable. The writing itself is a catastrophe. The choice of words and repetitiveness of phrases that are borderline slang are making it very hard to focus on the story itself. In a way it reminds me of a thirteen year old writing an essay, realising that using the same word every sentence might not be the best idea and the childish ...more
S.E. Bolles
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series
I don't want to give this 5 stars.... Nope not at all... I want to give it 5 shiny platinum stars!! Yes you heard me right... I bought this book based off the fact I love h.m ward and her writing style. However based on the synopse I didn't read it for a week because I knew it would have a cliff hanger. Now it's not a terrible one and other than unanswered questions its worth reading and than anticipating damaged 2.

So lets discuss people places and things lol

Peter: yummy dream worthy guy, very s
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge
This story really surprised me. As I began to read it I wasn't really sure I was going to get into the story and like the characters. Sidney and Peter were both a bit annoying with the back and forth friendship/ more than friendship feelings and innuendos. Peter sent tons of mixed signals and that isn't cool, but that is typical male behavior. As the story progressed, I liked how Sidney was more open and revealed parts of herself to Peter as friends. It also made sense that both characters form ...more
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the start to this series.

Sidney's first meeting with Peter is one of a misunderstanding, but without this knowledge, she flirts relentlessly with him.

Following an unexpected end to her blind date, she finds herself questioning her ability to ever have a normal relationship again. This is then heightened by the reveal that her blue eyed angel from last night is her new teacher.

Lines blur and baggage gets unloaded...and these guys sure have some!

Looking forward to the next chapter in Pet
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am only giving this book 3 stars because I'm a little angry! I really did like the story, a lot! But, for some reason I was under the impression that his was a full length stand alone book. IT'S NOT~IT STOPS RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE EFFING STORY!! Which I should have expected based on the other books I have read by this author but silly me!!

That said, I know I will get the next book because I really enjoyed the story but I am beginning to HATE cliffhangers!!! I was just REALLY disappointed!
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
I just did not see what everyone was raving about. It was okay. Not a bad premise with Peter (not new, but worth a try, right?)

But the heat was all telling. And honestly, insta-lust-then-makes-a-move from a girl who doesn't want to be touched or anything?

Also, if you're writing a cliffhanger or a serial, you darn well better tell me. Getting to "the end" of the book and being like WTH where's the end will never win me over. Ever.

Warn your readers.
Nov 29, 2013 marked it as own-tbr
Shelves: paid-for-to-read
Trying to figure out the reading order of H.W Ward books and the innerconnecting story lines is ridiculous! Finally someone has listed the reading order of all the books in Ward's series (LINK BELOW). Now that I have the order and several of the books are available through Kindle Unlimited, I'm "thinking" of diving in.
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love a good forbidden romance and this was a great one!

The only issue I had with this book was how Peter was constantly referred to as a teacher when he was a professor. You would never call a professor a teacher in RL....minor detail.

Other than that, I loved the story and can't wait for book 2!
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This read left me with a bittersweet taste. I both liked and disliked it. It reminded me of Gabriel’s Inferno in that there was a budding teacher/student forbidden relationship but it lacked the complexity and emotional angst of GI.

The story itself was good but it had some serious plot holes in it and though both hero and heroine’s unfortunate pasts were heartbreaking and painful, the conflict with Sidney’
May 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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