Book Review: Wrecked by J.B. Salsbury

Title: Wrecked
Author: @JBSalsbury
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 352 pages
Rating: 4.25 Stars


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.

Grace Review

A story of two sheltered characters, stepping out of their comfort zone, learning to let go, trust one another, and find something special along the way.

It is shameful to say that this is the first book I’ve read from this author. Embarrassing, I know. But now that I’ve taken the plunge, and thoroughly enjoyed the story the author wove, I will definitely be reading more from her.

This isn’t the first PTSD book I’ve read, And this isn’t the first book where I’ve read of a character who needs a life overhaul. However, this is one of the first books where I felt the match between the two characters to be utterly perfect.

Since the death of his servicemen, Aden Colt has been living a life of relative solitude. He relies on three things, fishing, drinking, and the occasional woman to warm his bed. Anger and aggressive behavior have left him with only one friend, and old drunk by the name of Jenkins.

Sawyer Forrester is a loner in her own way. A series of unfortunate events throughout her life has made it hard for her to get close to people. Despite having a boyfriend, she’s built walls and set high expectations due to her OCD tenancies, that prevents that relationship from going anywhere. Sawyer would be content to continue to live her life on her own terms, but her twin sister, who is dying of cancer, has other plans. While having Sawyer pack up her belongings in San Diego, she wants her twin to assume her life as Celia. Given that the twins are night and day as far as personalities, this is a hard promise to keep. But nevertheless, Sawyer agrees to it. So when she first meets Aden, she does so as Celia.

“It’s living by chance. Let the fates decide.”

There isn’t instalove/instalust in this book, but it is close. While the two don’t immediately see eye to eye, once given the chance to move past initial perceptions, the attraction between them is evident. I loved how Sawyer stepped up to play the role of Celia and did things she never would personally do. Even though there is some deception on her part, it is harmless. But as she and Aden get closer together, sharing her white lie seems less likely, and from there the lie takes greater form.

What I liked most about this story is how the two fought against the things they feared because they wanted to be with the other. In-between the momemnts when they couldn’t keep their hands off one another, they were forgiving, understanding, and supportive.

“I refuse to bleed on the people I love.”

If you are looking for a sweet story about taking chances and living life to the fullest, I’d recommend you check this one out.

“Because life is beautiful and terrifying,” she whispers. “And we deserve to feel it down to our bones.”

Final note: loved the Jaws references. : )

– Grace

*An ARC was received via NetGalley for an honest review.

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