An Emotionally Captivating Novel | Wrecked by J.B. Salsbury
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Wrecked by J.B. Salsbury
Published by: Forever Romance on July 18th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Military
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About the Book:
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.
There’s no other way to put it other than Wrecked left me… well, wrecked. The new novel from J.B. Salsbury is absolutely heart-wrenching in the best possible way. It made me cry in multiple parts, and made me really stop to think about certain things. It is not a light read by any means, but oh so worth it.
Aden Colt is damaged. He left the army years ago, but the things that he witnessed still haunt him. He blames himself for the death of several of his men, and suffers from some really intense PTSD that he currently medicates with alcohol and women. My heart seriously went out to Aden. I can’t even imagine the things that he’s been through. I spent the entire novel wanting to give him a hug and take him to a therapist, because he clearly needs one. I really appreciated how Salsbury portrayed Aden’s PTSD. It was rough to read about, but man was it powerful. Aden wasn’t the only one with a rough life though.
Sawyer has just moved home after breaking up with her boyfriend only to find out that her twin sister, Celia, is not doing well. Celia has a tumor that is slowly ending her life. She recently had to move home to Arizona from her life she was living in San Diego. The only problem is, her stuff is all still in California. No problem, Sawyer can go pack it all up for her and hire movers to bring it to Phoenix. The only issue is that no one in San Diego knows that Celia is sick, and she wants it to stay that way. She’d rather them remember the fun, outgoing girl they all know and love than know the truth. And that’s how Sawyer ends up in San Diego, with no one knowing her real name. Even Aden, the man she is so clearly falling in love with.
I really don’t think I was emotionally prepared for this book. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great romance. The romance scenes between Aden and Sawyer were off the charts, and their chemistry was perfect. Watching Aden help Sawyer come out of her shell was a lot of fun, and as the book went on you could really see Sawyer becoming more and more like her sister, in a good way. The only part that I found really lacking in the book was some of the Sawyer stuff. She has her own issues that she should probably be going to therapy for, and I don’t feel like they ever really got resolved completely. And that still wasn’t enough to detract from how much I enjoyed reading this book.
Wrecked gets 4 out of 5 from me. If you’re up for something a little more difficult content-wise, I would highly suggest picking this one up. I would keep in mind that it gets much darker towards the end in regards to Aden’s PTSD. If you feel it’s something you’re in for, you will not regret giving it a try.
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