December 18, 2013

Review: Wrecked by Priscilla West

Title: Wrecked
Author: Priscilla West
Genre: New Adult contemporary romance
Series: Wrecked #1
Publication date: December 11, 2013, 286 pages

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“There would be no happy ending for us. He was too damaged. I was too broken.”

Two years ago, Lorrie’s mother was murdered. But that wasn’t the end of it. Reeling from the tragedy, Lorrie’s father spiraled into alcohol, depression, and finally suicide.

The two most important people in Lorrie’s life are both gone but she’s still alive.

Trying to recover from the tragedy, Lorrie returns to campus, ready to pick up the pieces of her life. All Lorrie wants is to get back to “normal.”

Then she meets Hunter. The man, the legend, “the Hammer.”

Hunter is a cage fighter who takes on every fight like he’s got nothing to lose. His life is a tangled mess of girls, booze, and fist fights. And while it may seem like he’s got a devil-may-care attitude, he’s fighting a private cage-match with a monster he can’t defeat.

Lorrie knows that Hunter is the exact type of guy she should stay away from, especially in her fragile state, but Hunter has other ideas.

As Hunter and Lorrie grow closer together, will they be able to overcome their pain and heal each other? Or will they both end up wrecked?

Lorrie has just returned to college after taking a semester off. She is trying to get back to living a normal 20 year old life after tragedy has struck her and her family. Hunter is a cage fighting senior, tattooed and built like a dream. They meet when Lorrie accidentally falls into a frozen lake, and nearly drowns. Hunter saves her life, he wants her, but he is willing to accept friendship if Lorrie is willing to give it. They both have secrets, and while Hunter is clear about his attraction to Lorrie, she is having a harder time taking things as they come.

I did enjoy this book. It has kind of a dark story line. Both Lorrie and Hunter have secrets, and they're both broken in some way. They're in college, everything is supposed to be a party and good times in college, right? Apparently not. I loved Hunter, he's a bad ass, but he is also a super, super sweet guy. That is the kind of guy I love to read about. Tattooed, built, a bad ass, and sweet as pie. He is very respectful of Lorrie's feelings, even though he doesn't understand why she is fighting him so hard. Lorrie, well, she's just sad. I can't blame her though, with everything that she has been through. All she wants is normalcy back in her life. I generally have issue with women characters like Lorrie, but I just felt myself wishing for her to be....whole again, I guess. I was really, really rooting for these two to make it work. I felt like if they could just talk to each other instead of trying to hide things, their relationship would have been wonderful. They were kind of perfect for each other.

The only real issue I had with this book is the MAJOR cliffhanger. I wanted more. I wanted to see that everything was going to work out eventually and these two were going to make it happen. I always feel like if I would read a book more than once, it is worth a good rating, and I would definitely read Wrecked again. I'm may be disappointed with the ending, but that doesn't keep me from waiting semi-patiently for the next installment. I would definitely recommend this one if you don't mind a darker story.

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