When Priscilla West had contacted me to ask if I had wanted to read her book, I jumped on it right away!! Being the MMA junkie that I am though, I was a bit skeptical about how it was going to turn out since often at times I see the same habits and set ups played in a lot of these reads.
“Wrecked” did have some typical elements I see in NA romances:
1) a broken heroine && a bad boy
2) girl heroine is reluctant to start anything with guy but he relentlessly pursues her for a “real” relationship
3) crap happens; characters’ secrets and baggage are revealed
4) some push and pull action ensues
5) and then a cliffhanger happens!!
HOWEVER, despite the clichéd story set up... content-wise, I really loved the plot and characters. It was interesting in the beginning, snagged in the middle, but man did it pick up in the end! I really dug the whole bad boy meets good girl vibe and how they start off as friends but end up developing into more. It’s more plausible and believable and over all makes the story even more memorable.
I swear, I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster of highs and lows with this book!! Lorrie was quite an unstable, psychotic bitch to Hunter and yet he still wanted her!! I get that she lost both her parents due to horrible circumstances but she treats Hunter terribly for her own issues in her head!! I was like, “oh, come on, Lorrie!!" Hunter’s perfect for you and can actually put up with your crap! What the heck is your problem?!
He’s sweet, tattooed, an alpha male MMA cage fighter, and genuinely likes Lorrie good and bad. Hunter always tries to make things work with her but in the end, Lorrie’s problems and insecurities get in the way and she ultimately makes a stupid and selfish decision. I was screaming, “why!! Did the book have to end like that?!?!”
Oh, Priscilla West, you tease!! I want more Hunter!! And I want Lorrie to get over herself and see the bigger picture. I get that she is lost and needs to find herself; I also get that she needs to heal. But, in the end, what she basically needs to do is to let go of her past and just LIVE.
Gosh darn it, Lorrie!! I want a guy like Hunter pursuing me!
So, my verdict: A definite read that you MMA lovers can’t pass up! Despite my frugal feelings and rantings towards Lorrie, when it comes down to it, I can see deep down what makes her thrive and tick. I really hope that in book two, Lorrie buckles down on all of her demons and will finally give into Hunter’s loving once and for all.
But then again, I don't know if this book series is going to be like a two book series or even a trilogy perhaps. I guess only time will tell!!
*Thank you Priscilla West for contacting me and offering me a free complimentary ARC of your book for an honest review!! I really appreciate it.*
-Overall : 8.5
-Plot : 8.5
-Writing : 8.5
-Characters : 8.5
-Cover : 8.5-9
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