Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Damaged (Outlaws #1) by Nina D'Angelo Blog Tour, Character Bio, Playlist & Review

Before Stephanie Carovella had nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, she was damaged.

Stephanie Carovella has been running from her past all her life. The survivor of a brutal attack which left her best friend dead, she has carefully built a protective wall around herself, but she knows sooner or later her past is going to catch up with her.

It’s why she doesn’t want to fall in love. It’s why she doesn’t want to let anyone get too close.

Dominic Delaney works hard and plays just as hard. He’s a love ‘em and leave ‘em guy who doesn’t believe in forever until Stephanie walks into Outlaws. She is wild, unpredictable and dangerous as hell, yet, he’s drawn to her.

He needs to know the secrets behind her eyes. He can’t walk away.

A sexy, tattooed womanizer, Dominic Delaney’s everything Stephanie wants to avoid. She knows she should stay the hell away from him, but he makes her want to stop running.

Sometimes, even the Damaged deserve to fall in love.

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About the Author

Nina D’Angelo is the best-selling author of the Stephanie Carovella series. Her first novel, Nowhere to Run was released in February 2013 and reached #86 on the Amazon Top 100. Her second novel, Nowhere to Hide was released in August 2013.
They are both available in Paperback and ebook format.
Damaged is the prequel to the Stephanie Carovella series and the first in the Outlaws series. Nina has already started working on Deadly Secrets, the third in the Stephanie Carovella series and Shattered, the second in the Outlaws series. Both are slated for a 2014 release.


Character Bios

Dominic Delaney

A sexy tattooed womanizer, Dominic works hard and plays just as hard. He’s more of a love em and leave em guy rather than a forever kind of guy.
Dominic is loyal to his family friends. He’d rather break his own heart than hurt any of them. He’s never given much to falling in love until recently. Lately he’s been restless and he can’t work out why. It’s almost like he’s searching for someone - that one girl who will capture his heart forever.
Then Stephanie walks into Outlaws.
In one single moment everything changes.
He knows Stephanie’s damaged. She’d wild, unpredictable and dangerous as hell not just to his sanity but to his health. Yet, he’s drawn to her.
He knows his life’s never going to be the same again but he can’t walk away.

Stephanie Carovella

Stephanie been running from her past all her life. The survivor of a brutal attack which left her best fiend dead, she’s carefully built a protective wall around herself. She knows sooner or later her past is going to catch up with her. That’s why she doesn’t want to fall in love. It’s why she doesn’t want to let anyone get too close.
So, she dates a boy she will never love and waits for the day when she has to walk away.

She’s been hell and back and she’s still standing. She has scars on the inside and the outside and she’s determined to kick the world in the ass.
She never lets anyone get close and doesn’t want to need anyone.

She just never counted on meeting Dominic Delaney.


Can you share the playlist you listened to while writing ‘Damaged’ with us?

I listened to a lot of different genres while writing Damaged. I actually made a playlist of the most common songs so this is kind of easy to write. Some of these will look familiar, as they made it to the Damaged Playlist.

Dixie Chicks - Wide Open Spaces
Tim McGraw - Southern Voice
Katy Perry -Roar
Aaron Lines - I love New York
Adam Gregory - She’s so California
Alice Peacock - City of Angels
Bret Michaels Feat Miley Cyrus - Nothing to Lose
The Beach Boys - Don’t Worry Baby
Rolling Stones - You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
Meat Loaf - Two Out of Three Ain’t Too Bad
Heart - I didn’t want to need you
Roxette - spending my time
Abi Tapia - Another Stateline
Beth Hart - L.A Song
Black Stone Cherry - Devil’s Queen
Britney Spears - Piece of Me
Gary Allan - Learning to Live With Me
Pink - True Love
Train - Save Me San Francisco
Blake Sheton - Home
Ronnie Dunn - Bleed Red
The Animals - Little Red Riding Hood
Eminem feat Rihanna - Love the Way You Lie


Stephanie took in his nauseous expression, feeling guilty that she hadn’t noticed how tense he was. Shifting in her chair, she grinned when he gripped the bar again, the whitening of his knuckles revealing his fear.
Taking a deep breath, she cupped his face in her hands, bringing his mouth down onto hers for what was supposed be a gentle kiss; a kiss to make him forget his fear of heights and to thank him for sharing this moment with her. Instead, as soon as his lips touched hers, her whole body ignited into flames and she forgot about everything except the feel of his mouth on hers. When their mouths briefly parted, she impulsively delved her hands into his hair and held his lips to hers. Their kiss wasn’t gentle or sweet. It was hot and passionate, and promised so much more.
Stephanie moaned softly against his mouth. Caught up in his touch, she slid her hands from his hair to his broad shoulders. She pressed her chest tightly against his, twisting until she was in his lap.
Dominic stroked her tongue with his. Hearing her soft whimpers of pleasure, he closed his eyes, and a shudder rippled through him as she slid her hands under the back of his T-shirt and stroked his back.
He regretfully broke the kiss when he realized the ride had finished. Lifting his mouth from hers, he grinned at her flushed expression and felt a smug satisfaction as he looked into her eyes, unfocused with passion.
“We should get off,” he murmured softly, chuckling when she muttered underneath her breath, “I think we just did.”
Taking her hand, he led her off the Ferris wheel, guiding her through the crowds, and she let him. She was shaken by their kiss. She told herself she’d only kissed him to make him forget about his fears. She hadn’t expected him to take the kiss further; she hadn’t expected herself to let him, and she certainly hadn’t expected to find herself wanting so much more.


Damaged (Outlaws #1) by Nina D'Angelo
Review by Theresa Esterline
Stars: 5 

Would anyone ever love someone as Damaged as she? 

Wow I loved this story! There are tears, laughs, fights, and fires! We even go face to face with the serial killers. It can be read standalone, however it tells you how Stephanie and Dominic (from the Stephanie Carovella series - Nowhere to Run and Nowhere to Hide) first met. Nina continues to draw you in deeper to this story line as we learn more and more about Stephanie. Amazing some of the "predictions" the characters make which having read both Carovella novels I know will or will not come true... No spoilers from me though, you'll have to read the books to know for sure! And now a bit about this story...

Stephanie has finally started to pull herself together, it has been 6 months since the second most horrible night of her life... Ben has helped her pull herself out of the hell she was living in, but she still can't sleep thru the night. Maybe if she would open up to someone, but she never has and never will - no one knows the real Stephanie. In an effort to stop from waking up the whole house screaming each night during her nightmares, she starts leaving the house after short cat naps and ends up at Outlaws, a local bar in the area. She is attracted to one of the bartenders, but takes no action - they both take turns staring at the other for a month, until finally Dominic slides into her booth. The desire is instant and terrifying for Stephanie. As she escapes from the bar she finds on the many men who've tried to pick her up night after night following her. After telling him to get lost didn't work she stomped his foot with her stiletto and pulled her Glock out aiming for his chest. This is how Dominic finds her, not with fear in her eyes as she aims the gun, but fury - Dominic quickly intervenes before Stephanie can kill jock who can't take a hint. Will Stephanie and Glock scare Dominic off? Will she go back to Ben? And just who are these serial killers? Only one was to know, check out these awesome stories by Nina!

Favorite passages:

  • She was trouble with a capital T. He could see it in her eyes.
  • "Stephanie has walls around her that could rival Fort Knox. She’s determined not to let me in, but I’m going to do my damnedest to get inside."
  • He’d never had to chase a woman before, or work so hard to try and convince one to date him.
  • He was everything she could ever want and everything she knew she could no longer do without.
  • He had the power to rip her heart out and to make her bleed.
  • “We’re falling in love, one mistake at a time.”
  • “You’re delusional to think that I could ever love someone as damaged as you. Hell, no one could.”

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