DAMAGE ME by Shana Vanterpool
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Ages: New Adult
Guest Post by Shana Vanterpool
Damage Me is book two, and though it is a complete stand-alone in the new-adult Crystal Gulf Series, I always knew that I would have to write it. I just didn't understand what it would come to mean to me. I knew that I would have to write Dylan's story, but I didn't understand the depth I would have to travel to portray his emotions, his loss, and his survivors guilt as he was overcome with PTSD. I knew that I would give him light, a woman who could withstand his darkness, but I didn't know that Hillary would have darkness of her own, and how far she would have to come after her sexual assault. I was inspired for this novel long before I wrote it, and completing it was a beautiful painful process.
I had to write a romance in the middle of pain. I had to create lust in the middle of distrust. And I had to find a way to give them forever when they didn't even know if they could withstand their present.
Damage Me is a heartbreaking beautiful look into healing, forgiveness, and second chances. I do recommend it for readers 18+ due to adult situations. Thank you so much for featuring my novel, and I hope Damage Me comes to mean as much to you as it does to me.
*** 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! ***
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 his best friend, Bach. And then he lied himself right into a U.S. Army uniform. When he went to war, he left Harley with his best friend in hopes that he’d look out for her while he was deployed. Not in his darkest nightmares did he think Bach and Harley would fall in love.
A fallen angel …
Hillary Hayes is an eighteen-year-old sophomore in college who understands the importance of rules. She’s followed them her entire life. She gets perfect grades, avoids dating, and won’t stray from the future her mother mapped out. On the outside, she’s perfect. Inside, she's drowning.
That carefully crafted future disappears when she downs a beer at a party. What’s left of that night is the wreckage of the girl she used to be.
Until she meets Dylan. Her brother’s best friend.
When Dylan returns from war, he can’t move past the betrayal. His daughter’s growing up without him. Flashbacks and PTSD from his time in Afghanistan consume him. He loses himself in a dark depression. There is no light in his darkness …until he meets Hillary. His best friend’s little sister is the only good thing among all the bad.
He’s her safe place.
She’s his light.
Can two damaged souls ever find peace, or is the damage too much to overcome?
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When I walk into a book store I feel at home. When I smell the pages of a brand new book things make sense. When I read I am who I always wanted to be. I read to escape and I write so others can as well. My family, my actress dog Bella, coffee, and a steamy love story are a few of my most precious things. My Sweet Demise is my debut new-adult contemporary romance novel. Keep up to date with future releases by following on
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