Damage by Natasha Knight Release Blitz with Rachel's Review

DAMAGE (Collateral Damage #2) 
by Natasha Knight 
Release Date: October 15th
Blurb: We’re a match made in hell, Stefan and I.
He took me to exact his revenge. I went from being a pawn to my father to being a pawn to Stefan. The only difference is I have a ring the size of a boulder on my finger and a husband I don’t want.
And the hardest part is I thought he was different. I thought I was falling in love.
I guess my father was right. I’m not a very smart girl.
Stefan is a powerful man. He doesn’t play nice, not if you’re his enemy. But I’ve learned one thing about my husband.
He takes care of what’s his.
And I am his.
His enemies have become my enemies, but he’ll never let anyone hurt me. He’s fiercely protective. It’s the predator inside that scares me.
Excerpt: It’s midnight when we’re back at the house and I carry her to my room. She doesn’t resist when I strip off her clothes, her underthings still damp, and put her in the shower under a flow of hot water. I strip too and step in beside her and there’s no resistance when I kiss her. When I take her in my arms and kiss her as the water washes sea salt from us.
She opens to me and I cup the back of her head. I don’t ever want to stop kissing her. Don’t ever want to stop holding her like this.
When the water begins to cool, I switch off the shower and dry her then myself before lifting her up and carrying her to my bed. I lay her down and lie down beside her, shifting so I’m on top of her but keeping most of my weight on my forearms so I don’t crush her.
I slide one hand down and cup the mound of her breast. I run my fingernail over her nipple, and she moans into my mouth. When I pull away, it’s to look at her.
She licks her lips, reaches up to touch my cheek, slides her hand down to my chest and sets it against my heart.
We don’t talk. We don’t say a single word. Not for a long while. We just kiss and kiss and look at each other. And I can’t get enough of touching her. Tasting her. Can’t get close enough to her.
“Christ, Gabriela,” I start. “I want you.” I roll off her and onto my side to slide my hand down over her belly.
She cups my cheek, touches her mouth to mine. “Kiss me again.”
I do.
Caution... If you have NOT read Collateral, book 1, (why not?) please do NOT read this review.  May contain spoilers.
Damage was just as good as Collateral. What a fabulous duet.
You MUST read book 1 as book 2 picks up right where 1 leaves off, with Gabriella stolen right out from under Stefan's thumb by persons as to yet unknown.
Natasha Knight has long been a favorite of mine. Her writing is so engaging, time flies unbeknownst to the reader. Her characters are full. Her storylines are well thought out and executed. Her prose keeps you devouring each and every book.
Stefan is enemy numero uno to Gabreilla's family and in book 1 he twists her fathers arm to get to 18 yo Gabriella. I have to keep reminding myself that she IS an 18 year old girl with an awful sense of familial love. Her mother dying early, her brother in a home, and her father a piece of trash wanna be mafioso. Natasha writes her character perfectly! She acts like a brat in the truest sense of the word. I have an 18 year old daughter and I can say, while she's not as much of an ass as Gabriella, there are days I'd love to throttle her. The drama flows like hot lava from an erupting volcano. a
Stefan and Gabriella have a contentious relationship to say the least, although it is hot af when they allow themselves time to just be a man and a woman.
Gabriella is really just contrary to be contrary. She naysays every single thing that Stefan utters.  She doesn't listen and she's a grade A bitch. Snotty, bratty, obstinant. I really don't care for her as a "person" and if I was her parent (or spouse) I'd probs lock her in her room too!
Stefan is trying to be a good husband. He gives her everything she needs. From orgasms to huge diamond rings, trips to her first cell phone. He is boss, make no mistake about that, but he really does care for her and you can see it in his actions. Gabriella would too, if she'd open her eyes.  
I know I'm beating up on her. But that's because Natasha has done such a wonderful job of making her into the witch she is, which drives the story along.  If she were simply a petulant teenage wife sulking in the way teenage girls do, there would be no story, no angst, no hot af sexy times.  
The twists and turns keep you flipping pages, the fabulous writing keeps you engaged.
Well done!

4.5 Stars!

About the Author: 
USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance, Natasha Knight specializes in dark, tortured heroes. Happily-Ever-Afters are guaranteed, but she likes to put her characters through hell to get them there. She’s evil like that.
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