Format: e-book, paperback
Format read: e-book arc from Netgalley
Rating: 18+ sexual content, language
Genre: Contempory Romance
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32941294-wrecked
Oh boy, I don’t know how she does it, but JB Salsbury is able to hook you from page one and not let you go until the end of the book. Her characters have broken pieces but not so far broken that they can’t be healed by a little bit of love.
It’s going to be hard to have this review remain spoiler-less so if you don’t want any inkling, then I might hold off on reading the rest.
Most books really have one place for conflict, but this one has so many it’s close to emotional overload. There is this family thing that Sawyer needs to come to terms with, then Aden’s got his stuff with his PTSD (this is not so much a spoiler as it’s hinted at in the blurb), while the big twist wraps it all up. You know that things are going to end badly. I mean you can’t have this much going on without something bad happening. But while there is a lot of sadness, the story does have a HEA. So keep that in mind.
While there are many books that make me sad, there aren’t many that have actually made me cry (outside of the ones I’ve read during a certain time of the month). This is one of those stories. I ugly cried about at the 90% mark and it didn’t really end until the end of the book. The story touches on the fact that no matter how dark things in life can get (and they get pretty darn dark for Sawyer), there is always light to be found if you are willing to look for it.
Aden’s got some bits and pieces going on. He’s swallowed up in the guilt of a mistake that haunts him every day since he’s left the war. PTSD is something that we as people can’t really understand unless you’ve lived through it yourself. JB Salsbury’s writing is so realistic that you get a taste of what it’s like for these people who suffer and it makes you really appreciate how hard life is for these soldiers when they return back from war. For him, he is trying so hard to move past what happened and the way he is with Sawyer is so adorably romantic, you just feel bad for him when he can’t move past the demons. He always puts Sawyer first and does what he can to help her live life to the fullest.
Sawyer is too afraid to live life, thinking that the worst will happen every time that she does (considering some of the stuff that’s happened, it’s easy to see why she thinks that). I related to her on so many levels because my OCD is legit and I need to plan every single detail out from start to finish. It’s like that with Sawyer and it’s stopped her from living life. That is until she takes a step in someone else’s shoes and let’s Aden in. But that struggle of wanting to live and going against our nature is ever present.
This story is grade A top notch. While I know it is a stand-alone a part of me would be ok if there is a sequel because I would love to see more of Sawyer and Aden. They complete each other and give the other what they need. I love these stories that Salsbury has written and I can’t wait to see where she takes us next.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
New York Times bestselling author JB Salsbury spends her days lost in a world of budding romance and impossible obstacles. Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. Since 2013 she has published six bestselling novels in The Fighting Series and won a RONE Award. JB Salsbury lives with her husband and two kids in Phoenix, Arizona.
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