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Wrecked is the new standalone novel of deliciously dark, deeply emotional contemporary romance from J.B. Salsbury, the New York Times bestselling author of Split and The Fighting Series.
When you can’t trust yourself, how can you ask anyone else to?
It’s been months since Aden Colt left the Army, and still the memories haunt him. When he moved into a boat off the California coast, he thought he’d found the perfect place to escape life.
Then Sawyer shows up, and turns his simple life upside down.
Beautiful and sophisticated, she seems out of place in this laidback beach town. Something is pushing her to experience everything she can—including Aden. But as much as he wants her, starting a relationship with Sawyer puts them both at risk.
For Aden, the past doesn’t stay there; it shows up unexpectedly, uncontrollably, and doesn’t care whose life it wrecks.
Loved, loved, loved this story of two broken souls that found peace when they were together. Aden had massive guilt and nightmares from his time in the army. Sawyer had OCD and social issues. However, as soon as these two met, their worlds became calm, even though the fireworks were off the charts. Nothing could be that simple though, and they didn’t get their HEA without a lot of heartache, and you all know that heartache is my favorite part (besides the kissing!).
So Aden is the type of hero I love. He was so very broken, and who could blame him? I could not even wrap my head around what he must have felt. But then Sawyer showed up in his life, and their attraction was undeniable. Aden had massive PTSD and could be violent. While Sawyer trusted him, it was also clear he was still a danger. I liked that Ms. Salsbury wrote him in a realistic way; I really didn’t know when his unpredictable violence would bubble to the surface and I was definitely kept on edge. While Aden tried his best to keep all of that at bay, it was not possible. I grieved for him as he tried to make it through every day. When he had his good moments he was funny, snarky and of course a very red blooded man and didn’t hide it.
Sawyer was lovely. I think her “old self” would have grated on me, but the person she became when we met her… I loved her. She was nervous, yet brave enough to keep forging ahead. Her inner dialogue was fantastic, and she too was funny and snarky. I loved her!
The romance was great from the very beginning. There was chemistry and most of the time there was no game playing, just pure honesty which I loved. But there was one part, one kind of huge part that wasn’t honest and it drove me insane. So on that note, let me segway into the next paragraph.
Do I have any regrets with this book? Only a baby one. Really. But it was real. The conflict was terribly predictable. I cringed, cringed, cringed when it played out. I smelled it coming from the beginning. I have to knock off half a star for that, otherwise this story was pretty much perfection. The writing style overrode the rest of the twin storyline.
The ending was fine, that was the predictable part. However, beyond that we got a great epilogue and I felt that I really got to enjoy the happily ever after.
Rec it? YES, YES, YES! If you love men that have broken hearts after their time in the military, this is an absolute must for your TBR. Loved it!
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