REVIEW: Damaged Like Us and Lovers Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie


“We’re like lightning and thunder, inherently different but alike enough to share the same sky.”


Don’t date your bodyguard.
It was the one rule he had to break.

Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible — the twenty-two-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. By noon, lunch can turn into a mob of screaming fans. By two, his face is all over the internet.

Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth.

He is certified American royalty.

When he’s assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who’s known for “going rogue” in the security team — and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff’s sexual fantasies.

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene has one job: protect Maximoff Hale. Flirting, dating, and hot sex falls far, far out of the boundary of his bodyguard duties and into “termination” territory. But when feelings surface, protecting the sexy-as-sin, stubborn celebrity becomes increasingly complicated.

Together, boundaries blur, and being exposed could mean catastrophic consequences for both.

The Like Us series is a true series, one continuous timeline, that follows a family of wealthy celebrities and the people that protect them. Damaged Like Us can be read and enjoyed without reading any of Krista & Becca’s other novels.

My Thoughts: 

I devoured these two books within two days; I loved them so much! It’s kind of funny because I was reading Damaged Like Us and I was thinking that the parents and their stories seemed so familiar. Lo and Behold…Like Us is centered around Lo and Lily’s firstborn, Maximoff, who we saw in Krista and Becca Ritchie’s series, Addicted. This made me so happy because I read those books years ago! Before you ask, no, you do not have to read the previous series to fully enjoy this series. I will review my thoughts on both books, but I will do my best to avoid spoilers at all costs!

The Story (ies). One of my favorite things to read about is large, close families, and this book has that in abundance. It was kind of like reading Keeping Up with the Kardashians but better. The books are centered around the oldest child, Maximoff, amongst three celebrity blood related families. Every person in this massive family has a 24/7 bodyguard who keeps the paparazzi and the fans at bay. When Maximoff’s bodyguard retires to spend time with his family, Maximoff is not prepared to have his childhood crush, Farrow, become his new bodyguard. Farrow is five years older to Moffy’s 22 year old self, and has stayed away from Farrow because of it. These two books are all about the family drama that comes with being family, friends, and celebrities. Not to mention resisting one sexy AF bodyguard who always seems to get under Moffy’s skin. This family is so damn strong and I love their openness with one another. It truly made for an entertaining read. There were so many great side characters that included not only the family, but the bodyguards too. It was fun to read how close the bodyguards get to their clients and the families. To the point where each bodyguard can predict what their client will do next.

Maximoff. This man. I seriously love him. Maximoff is the man that all of his siblings and cousins turn too because he always seems to know how to fix things, despite the pressure it puts on his shoulders. I admire Moffy so much because he put his family before everything while running a successful philanthropy. Moffy’s mom was a sex addict and his dad is a recovering alcoholic, and because of this, Moffy has some addictive tendencies like overthinking things and putting the weight of the world on his shoulders. Moffy decided long ago that he was never going to be in a relationship because he didn’t want to put his significant other in the public eye. He was content to stick with his one night stands, but Farrow threw a wrench in that plan.

Farrow. Farrow is the bad boy maverick who doesn’t play by the rules very well. He is a tattooed, pierced, man with ever changing hair colors. Farrow went to medical school before deciding he wanted to work security instead, much to his father’s disappointment. Farrow was Lily’s bodyguard before he was transferred to Maximoff, but knows better than to cross a line with a client. However, it was doomed from the start. Farrow is a give no fucks what anyone else thinks type of person who appears at ease even in the most stressful situations.

The Relationship. Farrow and Maximoff are so similar, yet so different. They perfectly balance each other out and know what the other needs, even if it is not what they want to do. They draw strength from each other and teach each other. They are there for not only physical support, but emotional support as well. Maximoff had never been in a relationship before Farrow so it was beautiful to watch how he adapted to this new thing of having someone in his corner always. I think what I love most about M/M romance is that there isn’t as much unnecessary drama. Yes, Farrow and Maximoff have a couple of fights, but, for the most part, these two guys are so comfortable with themselves that they don’t run scared. I love how calm, strong, and settled in themselves they are. I need more and more and more of these two because they might be one of my favorite M/M couples to date!

The series is not over! Alphas Like Us releases early 2018 and I can’t wait! I will have that book in my hands so fast it is not even funny. I highly recommend this story to those who love: M/M Romance, celebrities, big families, new adult, and two hot as hell main characters.

Overall Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★


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