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Damage Me

(Crystal Gulf #2)

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*** AUTHOR’S NOTE and CONTENT WARNING: This story contains triggers for rape victims and soldiers. I did my best to remain respectful to the healing process for both. Hillary’s feelings are hers alone and ONLY represent how she feels about her attack. Dylan’s emotions about his time at war are his ALONE. You are all strong and beautiful, and you will soar again! ***

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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by Macmillan/Swoon Romance
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Diana
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dylan Meyer is waiting to be released from the hospital after being wounded in Afghanistan. He is a broken man, both emotionally and physically. When his ex-best friend, Bach, shows up to take him home, his anger and self-hatred escalate. Dylan asked Bach to take care of Dylan’s girlfriend, Harley, while Dylan was overseas. Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out the way Dylan expected, and now Dylan is alone. He thinks he deserves everything that has happened to him and just wants to go home and ...more
Paige
5 "Put Back Together" Stars

Perfection. Dylan and Hillary were like to missing puzzle pieces that once put together make perfect sense and you can only wonder how you didn't see it before.

Damage Me is a standalone novel in the Crystal Gulf series. Both Dylan and Hillary play pivotal roles in book one but this dual pov story can be read on it's own. This powerful story about redemption, overcoming tragic pasts and righting wrongs was both heavy and lovely at the same time. Neither Dylan or
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Rebecca Woodward
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
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Sybil aka Lala
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing


Damage me is not an easy read.

It is not fluffy.

It is not cute.

It is not even romance from start to finish.

It is sad and depressing at times.

It is frustrating at other times.



It’s about a character I’ve grown to dislike.

It’s about a seemingly unapologetic liar.

It’s about a guy who is caught up in his own self-loathing.

It’s about a guy caught up in his own sense of entitlement.

It’s about someone I didn’t think would survive himself.



It’s about another character I didn’t always understand.

It’s about
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Shana Vanterpool

A story that is so much more than a romance.
It's about healing, dealing with and accepting your broken parts, and finding your own way out of the darkness.

A broken solider.
A fallen angel.
A journey to heal them both.

Info coming soon!
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Dylan is bitter, angry, and kinda jaded

'It was just me, what I'd lost and what would never be"

Hilary is funny, quirky, and a total rule follower

" Danger! they screamed. In danger of rule breaking. Back away while morals are still intact"

When we first met Dylan in the previous book ill admit....I hated the guy. Respected him but honestly just ddint seem like id like him. He proved me wrong in this one. His attraction to Hialry is instant...in the midst of his anger and bitterness and on a path of
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Melissa Mendoza
Title: Damage Me
Author: Shana Vanterpool
Series: Crystal Gulf Series, Book 2
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Reviewer: Melissa
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Genre(s): Military Romance
Page Count: 315
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Blurb:

A broken soldier …

Dylan Meyer lived his life fast and hard, doing anything to keep his emotions masked. In Crystal Gulf, Texas, women, drugs, and alcohol are in abundance. After all, it’s a college town. But eventually, his lifestyle caught up to him. The
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Michelle Krystel
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Arc provided by author for honest opinion. I will start off my saying Dylan was not in my good books from desroy me. Now that I gave gotten to him inside out, my heart has done 180. This man is a war hero. Went to war to give his daughter I better life. I respect him more than anything for that. No i don't agree with his lies, but really I felt like he had no other choice. I believe he was going to lose Harley no matter. Cause Harley and Bach were made for each other. So Dylan had redeem ...more
Sierra Clothier
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was Dylan redemption story, and after returning from Afghanistan wounded, he finds nothing is how he left it or hoped it would be. PTSD haunts him, as well as anger from losing the love of his life to his best friend. It took a catalyst to jump start his life. Within a terrifying event comes love in the most unexpected way.

Dylan's monologues were very stream of consciousness, which makes sense as he struggles with guilt, anger and pride. I have never had PTSD, but the writing made sense to
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Sandra Shipman ~ Two Book Pushers
Damage Me is the second book in the Crystal Gulf Series. It can be read as a standalone but I do suggest reading Destroy Me if you want the full story of the secondary characters and how they intertwine with the story. They might be supporting characters but they are very much important to the main characters. They are family. Now that I got that out of the way, I wanted to say that Shana has become one of my favorite authors. I know when I open one of her books, I will be taking a unique and ...more
Inked Belle’s Book Blog
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Synopsis:
"A broken soldier …

Dylan Meyer lived his life fast and hard, doing anything to keep his emotions masked. In Crystal Gulf, Texas, women, drugs, and alcohol are in abundance. After all, it’s a college town. But eventually, his lifestyle caught up to him. The birth of his daughter, Aubrey, forced him to grow up and take responsibility for his actions. He let his vices go, cleaned up his act, and allowed himself to fall for Harley Evans.

But Dylan is a liar.

He lied to himself. To Harley. To
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Kayla
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review

This is the first book i have read by Shana Vanterpool and from the Crystal Gulf series ( this book can be read as a stand alone). So because i didn’t read the first book of the series, i found i went in with a different opinion of Dylan and of Bach (as well as Harley lol) I went in pissed of right along with Dylan. The scenes at the beginning of the book between Dylan and Bach made me so angry for Dylan. I just wanted to scream and punch Bach
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Mignon Mykel
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
We met Dylan in the previous Crystal Gulf book. We saw his sweet side, but then we saw when all his lies came out and quite frankly, we saw the mean man he had the ability to be -- something that Harley didn't realize he had, something she scoffed at Bach for telling her.

Bach was redeemed when Harley fell for him. It's Dylan's turn.

Pairing Dylan with equally broken Hillary, the half-sister Bach only learned about in the last book, made for some tense moments. Both were incredibly broken but
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Dita
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 amazing stars for my broken soldier

This is a heartbreaking book.

This book is packed with emotions, full of struggles and pains.
The story of broken soldier and traumatized girl, trying to heal, to forget, to move on, to have their lights back.

At first Dylan is not my fav character, I kinda hate him in the first book, he needs a lot of groveling to do. And damn in this book he's crawling into my heart. He's my hot broken soldier. He's so lost, he lives in darkness and nightmares, he always
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Erica
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dylan wasn't someone I initially liked in Destroy Me especially at the end of the book. It was much the same in the beginning of Damage Me. He was bitter and angry over everything that happened to him and wasn't easy to like at all. However, weird as it seems, it was actually his desperation that got me. I think I even like him more than Bach now! His imperfections were what made him beautiful because you could see how much he struggled yet tried so desperately to break free from all the hurt he ...more
Martha Ramadita
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Survived.

yes, I'm survived..
I'm so broken when I read Damage Me, you know.. it feel like Dylan's emotion crawling into my skin and make a deep wound into my heart.

at first, I can't stand with Dylan's anger, sometime I thought Dylan has anger management issue. but the more I read it, the more I know why Dylan becoming Dylan right now. He's suffer too much, from Afghanistan, from his love story, his daughter issue.. Idk so much problem to a man.

The best thing is Hillary, I love how Shana made
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BettyBlueReads
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Fall and rise again.
Believe in love in the middle of the adversity.

A fallen soldier.
An angel with broken wings.

Dylan, a bad boy.
Hillary, a good girl.

Hillary and Dylan met at the worst time of their lives, and inadvertently they found "a safer place" on each other.

This is a really good story!
Honestly, I enjoyed reading this book. I want to say so much more than this but I can't find words to say how much I liked it.
Danielle Robbins
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Damage Me is book two in the Crystal Gulf series. This was about Dylan and Hillary. I can honestly say that I didn't really like Dylan in the previous book but after reading this I loved him! I loved how Hillary only felt safe with Dylan after the trauma she had. I really enjoyed this book and I didn't want it to put it down!
ARC received
wendy Shelton(obsessedbybooks)
Dylan and Hillary have a past that's not easy. Dylan got hurt in Afghanistan and it changed him drastically til he lost everything that was important til Hilary his best friend sister shows up on his doorstep needing saving. They both need saving but can they depend on each other can they get over their past? Copy received in exchange for an honest and Unbiased review
thebooksmicaelareads
Apr 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
After I didn’t really enjoy the first book in this series I have no idea why I decided to carry on with the series because this was TERRIBLE.

The blurb makes it sound better than it actually is, Hillary is sooo whiney and childish, I know she was a victim but the whole book she whines about how overbearing her mom is, no you ungrateful kid your mom works her ass off to provide you a good life!

Every time her dad was brought up I thought I was watching a bad episode of Paternity Court, her dad
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Vicky Ott
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just can't get enough of this author! I'm so glad I was able to find out what happened with Dylan. Even though at times I just wanted to beat Dylan over the head, I found this to be a good read.
I liked the character profiles and I loved how the characters from the previous book bled over into this one. It really helped the story have more substance and define the background of the current one.

Can't wait to find out what happens with Jona and Justine... Should be another interesting read.
Janet Hammons
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Beautiful Stars

I love love love this book. I love Dylan even though in the first book I wanted to strangle him. And Hillary is an amazing young woman. The dark to the light. I also am so happy that Bach and Harley finally got their ending.
Celeste

4stars
I loved this. And you will tooif you loved book 1. Yes, it was a very similar story to Bach & Harley's but this timeDylan and Hillary hadthe spotlight. However, Bach still played a role (YAY!) but wait... I have to say that was weird because he wasn't the Bach I knew from the first book. Yes, I know he changed, but he wasn't the same Bach at all to me. It was Dylan from the first chapter of book 1. I took it with a grain of salt and enjoyed Dylan's story, and it was so very good.

Dylan

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BookHookup
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it

4stars
I loved this. And you will tooif you loved book 1. Yes, it was a very similar story to Bach & Harley's but this timeDylan and Hillary hadthe spotlight. However, Bach still played a role (YAY!) but wait... I have to say that was weird because he wasn't the Bach I knew from the first book. Yes, I know he changed, but he wasn't the same Bach at all to me. It was Dylan from the first chapter of book 1. I took it with a grain of salt and enjoyed Dylan's story, and it was so very good.

Dylan

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Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I loved Damage Me. Hillary and Dylan's relationship is a roller coaster of emotions. I got so into their story that I felt as if I experienced all their emotions with them. Dylan is a soldier finally back home from Afghanistan, but he's badly injured and feeling depressed for more than one reason. He lost his girl when he was in Afghanistan. His best friend Bach, whom he had asked to watch over his girl while he was gone, did more than watch over his girl, he stole her right out from underneath ...more
Liz Gavin
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5**** Gritty, realistic, and brilliant

***I received a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review***

It took me a while to connect with Hillary and Dylan; but not for lack of talent on the writer’s part. On the contrary. Her fair warning that the book contains triggers and sensitive issues must not be taken lightly. For the first third of the book, I cringed and even skipped a few paragraphs because the emotions were too raw for me to process. I wasn’t embarrassed at all. The reason wasn’
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Jamie  Zishka
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Damage Me was the second book in The Crystal Gulf Series, although this is a second book it can be read as a standalone but I would highly recommend reading Destroy Me first because it will set the picture and pretense for this book. I was really skeptical about reading this story because honestly I truly didn't like Dylan in Destroy Me, but she completely redeemed him in my eyes and made me see him in a different light. I would give this book a 4 stars and highly recommend to others.

Dylan was
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Jo
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you come to this book expecting a hearts and flowers romance, then you will be disappointed. It is not that story. This is a tale of two people, each broken in different ways, but with an element of commonality. Both are struggling.

Hillary is beyond naive, young and sheltered. Dylan is more mature, but weary. I have to say that her behaviour at times is difficult to understand, her motives difficult to fathom. And their actions whilst together are occasionally jarring.

That said, this is a
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Maria Vickers
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Damage Me by Shana Vanterpool is book two of the Crystal Gulf series and I had a hard time putting this one down. After book one, I didn’t have much hope for Dylan, but he completely redeemed himself in this installment.
Dylan Meyers came back from war wounded only to find his best friend and girlfriend had fallen in love with each other. He is broken and angry.

Hillary Hayes follows the rules, but that doesn’t mean she completely agrees with all of her mother’s rules. She wants more and
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Cinthia
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I highly recommend this amazing and heartbreaking romance story. I am so glad that I stumbled upon this series because Shana Vanterpool has become one of my new favorite authors. Damage Me is the second book in the Crystal Gulf series. Even though this book can be read as a standalone, I would recommend that you read the first book (Destroy Me) to get a better understanding of the story and characters. Even though I didn't like Dylan in the first book, he definitely redeemed himself in the ...more
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