REVIEW: Damaged Goods by Lainey Reese

***This book was originally reviewed for My Secret Romance.***


Homicide detective Brice Marshall’s current case has him stymied and frustrated. A serial killer is slaughtering young women. After a long, fruitless day poring over the most gruesome evidence he’s ever seen, he needs a break. Stepping into his cousin’s BDSM club is a reminder that there is another part of himself. A part that has been left empty in a life ruled by work. The fact is, he’s a Dom in search of a sub. When he bumps into Terryn, a slender redhead who’s new to the scene, her wide-eyed eagerness even in the face of her nerves attracts him like gravity. Terryn is the sub of his dreams, with the power to ease his soul. Without warning the murder case reaches ugly tentacles into the most private part of his world—the woman he wants to claim as his own. The woman whose stubborn search for the delicate balance between sub life and independence could put her directly in the path of the killer.


This is book two in the New York series by Lainey Reese and it’s every bit as good as the first! There’s plenty of steamy scenes that are scorching and contain plenty of kink. Brice is after all a Dom and Terryn a new sub.

The characters have great chemistry and strong development with fun interactions among the secondary characters. We get to revisit the trio from A Table for Three and we meet Gage who is slated to star in book 3.

The plot was more involved than the first and is all about a murder mystery. It’s fairly predictable, but it adds depth to the romance and helps draw you in and keep you glued to the page. It also brings out a secondary romance that’s endearing.

Now I will say that there are a couple things that weren’t awesome. The balance between the romance and the mystery could’ve been a little better and the ending felt a little bit rushed. I also don’t know how I felt about Brice sharing Terryn, as it just felt a little off despite the fact that that’s a pretty natural part of BDSM life. Finally, Gage’s speech bothered me a bit because it was a little overdone in the southern accent department.

Overall though, it was a really great read and I can’t wait for the third installment!