Wednesday, September 3, 2014

REVIEW: WRECKED BY PRISCILLA WEST

“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?

WRECKED
RESCUED (WRECKED BOOK TWO: Coming Early 2014

ebook, 286 pages
Published December 11th 2013 by Blackbird Publishing
Source: Netgalley
Purchase this book: Goodreads | Amazon

Our Review
Wrecked attracted us to it by the cover (wow) and the premise that this was a college style, new adult, novel about a underground fighter (see the blurb!) And it succeeded in all of those things, and the feels. I was pretty awed by the beginning of the book, and again by the end of it, but I am somewhat conflicted by the events of the middle. Yes, the beginning was unusual..a very good hook.

Lorrie and Hunter have a pretty incredible chance encounter in the beginning, and let us find out a lot about Lorrie and the demons that she is fighting. T+M (aka, tattoos and muscles) are how we are introduced to this guy, and we don't realize how he might come to be a crashing force in Lorrie's life...just when she thought she couldn't take any more surprises! Poor Lorrie, she has had a rough few years and the nightmarish existence would be overwhelming to anyone. Hunter is more of a mystery and it's only at the end that some of the pieces begin to come together. Even though I didn't know much about his back story, he was one sweet fighter.

I am somewhat conflicted by the middle of the book, because I wasn't feeling the dialogue. Some situations were a bit more melodramatic than the rest, so it made it seem less believable and root-for-worthy for me. I see a lot of ratings, and the rating for this is quite high, so I don't know that this will be a personal issue for anyone else, but I just...how should I say, had high hopes with such a strong start, and wasn't sure where the story was headed pace or plot wise. I agree with all of this...it was very rough around the edges in the middle..or maybe it just was in a style that didn't work for me.

The end. Oh my, the end. I was unaware that there would be a second book until wayyyy into the late stages of this one, but I can't say that I was mad about it. The events leading to the end are hard to take for our characters, but things will start making sense about what is going on with Hunter and why he has demons to fight. These young people are our classic case of miscommunicators, and that makes things tough for them as well. The ending was very surprising and it'll be interesting to see what in the heck happens next. 

I'm sure you can probably tell that I am still conflicted about how I feel about this book, but I would say I liked it. I have many questions still, that I hope will be answered in the next installment. 

Courtney: 3 stars
Shelley: 3 stars

About the Author
Priscilla West is the author of the Surrender Series and the USA TODAY Bestsellers, Wrecked, and Rescued.

Her next book, Reckless, will be released on August 4th, 2014.

She enjoys: cuddles, men in suits, eskimo kisses, life-sized teddy bears, and eggs over medium.

You can find her at priscillawest.com

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