Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Review: Wrecked by Priscilla West

Title: Wrecked
Author: Priscilla West
Publisher: Blackbird Publishing
Published: December 11, 2013

Purchase: Amazon  |  B&N

From Goodreads:

“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?



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

College student Lorrie lost both her mother and father in separate and undeniably devastating circumstances.  Trying to put the pieces of her life back together, she decides to go back to school and ignore the gossip and stares that surround her.  When she meets cage fighter Hunter, handsome but rumored player, she insists their relationship never go beyond friendship territory.  Realizing that Hunter has monsters of his own and that they are both victims of exaggerated rumors, Lorrie finds herself falling for Hunter and crossing the boundaries she set for them both.

Wrecked has a lot of five-star reviews, and I found the synopsis interesting; but for me, Wrecked is the perfect example of a good premise but not a great execution.  I thought I’d really enjoy reading about the life of a cage fighter, but that part of the story was underdeveloped and put on the backburner for the romance… which unfortunately didn’t sweep me off my feet, either.  I had no issues with the writing of the story itself, but the conversations between the main characters were awkward and came across much younger than that of two college students.  There were some sweet moments, and it kept me interested enough to finish the story… but when that story abruptly ended and I was left with a note to stay tuned for the rest of their story coming 2014??  I was done.  There is a difference between an exciting cliffhanger and a story that just stops – especially if the stopping point makes absolutely no sense to me.  The tagline hints that there will be no happy ending, but to end like this?  It just comes across as a ploy to sell more books… and I’m simply not buying.

My Rating: 1/2

I received a copy of this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.


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