Author: JB Salsbury
Publication: July 18th 2017
Pages: 352 pages
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.
MY RATING: 4/5 STARS
I was provided an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
To start off, I just want to say that when I requested for this book and when I actually received it, I kind of put it off. I just didn’t like how heavy it looked and the synopsis made it sound like there was going to be a lot of thick drama that I wasn’t sure I would be able to handle. I like my light contemporaries, thank you.
However, while Wrecked does have its moments, for the most part, the book was as light as a contemporary romantic comedy. Our war veteran and resident hero, Aden Colt, is a charming character that brought that light touch. He’s funny, flirty, and fierce. But we’ll talk more about him later. The romance inside this novel was light and free until it developed more over time so if you’re like me, don’t worry too much about “drama.”
Okay, let’s start with the plot. Sawyer, an uptight accountant that wants nothing to do with living life recklessly like her identical twin sister, Celia, is in trouble. I’m not going to give away the spoiler because it was a nice twist to the story in the very beginning but Sawyer basically does the whole I’m-going-to-pretend-to-be-my-twin-sister-and-take-her-place kind of plot and stumbles onto the California coast to pack up all the things Celia left behind. Sawyer is as rigid as she sounds. She literally doesn’t like taking chances with anything, aiming for stable relationships that are snore worthy and calculating every decision she makes to ensure the end result will be always what she predicted. And this stems from a past where she inflicted guilt upon herself for things that were never controllable. I feel for her because you see how vulnerable she is and how scared she is of living her life without rules like Celia. And as the story progresses, I’m glad JB Salsbury allows Sawyer to slowly lessen her tight grip on the reigns of her life and just live a little.
Moving on to our hero, Aden. Man. Aden is such a powerful character. After coming from the war, he claims to be wrecked. And we really do see it as he suffers nightmares, anxiety attacks, illusions caused by war flashbacks, and ultimately, post-traumatic stress disorder. JB Salsbury did not save us on how raw every emotion Aden went through. She did not allow Aden to magically healed by his ‘saving grace’ Sawyer but allowed him to still make mistakes, to still have flaws, and to still suffer from trauma because that’s what happens in real life. Loved ones can’t save you completely but only make you feel less alone. And that’s what Sawyer was to Aden. She was his one person that made him forget what happened even for just a minute. It was touching to see it.
However, this book was not a 5/5 stars for me because towards the ending…it was just a event after event and mess after mess. It didn’t feel logical for things to happen like that but it also makes sense in a way. In my opinion, I would have liked the ending to be cleaner and to have more closure. It felt kind of rushed and that’s why I wasn’t too generous with the stars.
Regardless, I read this in one sitting.
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