May 29, 2014

Title: Changing Course
Author: Aly Martinez
Series: Wrecked and Ruined
Publisher: self-published
Published: January 29, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Synopsis: I met Sarah Kate Erickson when I was twenty-one years old. I was lucky enough to keep her for seven years before a tragic accident stole her from me. She didn’t die, but sometimes I think it would have been easier if she had.

I lived in a haze for those four years after the accident. Catering to her every need, even though she hated the very sight of my face. I tried to hold on to her and the future that we were supposed to build together. But you can’t hold on to someone that doesn’t exist anymore.

It wasn’t until I met Jesse Addison, a barista at the local coffee shop, that I realized I didn’t just lose Sarah that tragic night, I lost myself as well. Jesse taught me how to let go of the past and learn to love again. But what happens when your past haunts your present and the woman you used to love refuses to accept the woman you can’t live without?

*I received a copy of this book but I swear on all the vegetables
(I’m a vegetarian) that it did not influence the review**

5 Huge Ginormous Eggplant Shaped Stars Oh man did I love this book, and was up until 1:30 in the morning reading it. I ended up so invested in these characters and every emotion they felt. I also laughed my head off on multiple occasions.

The story: So yeah, I’m laughing right now just thinking about this story. But I must channel serious, because I want you to read this book too. It’s Brett’s story that starts with a tragic night that changed so many lives forever. It ripped so many people apart, and even though 4 years have gone by no one’s heart has healed, and some wounds are still really raw.

But then Jesse comes into the story ready to see if Brett is ready to go from acquaintances to more. We watch Brett start to heal, but at the same time Jesse gets entangled into the awfulness that has consumed Brett for so long. This story is their journey of finding love…and it is epic!

The MCs: Let’s now talk about Brett in more delicious detail. He was honest and so f*ckhawt. le sigh. He was also a good, and I mean really good person. He was so good that he did the right thing by his wife when everyone else in the world would have walked away. While this was the trait that made him such a good man, it was also the one that held him back too. I loved everything about him, and how he worked through his emotions to come out the other side to find happiness.

Unlike brave and open Brett, Jesse was shy and nervous, but in a real way. I never felt frustrated with her. She was shy, but still pretty upfront and willing to put her heart on the line. I had to admire her for that. She waited for Brett to be ready, but never lost her self respect. I loved her thought process, and was able to totally get in her head thanks to Ms. Martinez’s awesome writing style.

The Romance: The romance was crazy hot. Holy guacamole. Jesse went from kind of shy to a sex kitten. Brett and Jessie had a chemistry that worked as just friends as well as smexy time lovers, which is why it came across so well. WARNING: You will need a fan to cool yourself down while reading this.

Other Characters: I hate Sarah. H A T E. She is a mean and awful person. I hated her before the accident too. She was full of herself. Ick. I didn’t feel sorry for her at all. I agree with Caleb and that she was responsible.

Not only did we get a great set of main characters, but the best friends were pretty awesome too. Kara, Jesse’s friend and roommate was HILARIOUS (The Vegetable Report). I want to hang out with them. But let’s not forget about Brett’s best friend, Caleb. Hold me back because I want to put my arms in the air and declare my love. *sings* I love Caleb. Oh man, he is F.I.N.E. and I pray that book 2 will be filled with filthy naughty talk by him. Please and thank you, Ms. Martinez. Yes, I am totally shameless about this.

The Ending: The epilogue warmed my soul. It was perfection. I went into the story expecting to be crying throughout since the book centered around a tragedy, but it never pulled at my heartstrings like that. Not that it’s a bad thing, just an FYI. I do have a feeling that book 2 will be bringing on the waterworks though. I cannot wait to start it. Can. Not. Wait.

Would I rec this? YES YES YES YES YES. Buy it today!! Aly Martinez is wicked talented!!

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