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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: WRECKED

Author: JB Salsbury

On Sale:  July 18, 2017

Publisher: Forever

Trade Paperback: $13.99 USD

eBook: $3.99 USD

Audio: $24.98 USD

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When Sawyer’s sister died, she had one wish: that Sawyer live life to the fullest. Now Sawyer is giving into her fate with the flip of a coin – heads or tails? Searching for her flight at the airport, Sawyer bumps into a handsome stranger…and suddenly fate doesn’t seem so scary.

Aden Colt is ticking time bomb. After leaving the Marines, unpredictable flashbacks, a hair-trigger temper, and paranoia make adjusting to civilian life hell. But he can’t seem to keep his distance from Sawyer. Even the best intentions can’t rid a soul of its scars, and between the two of them, Sawyer and Aden have more than their share of wounds…

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My Review

“Life is beautiful and terrifying.”

“His other hand comes up to cup my jaw and the touch is so innocent yet conveys a feeling of being cherished. Protected. Like I”m something valuable and breakable.”

“I’m drowning in her. In her touch, her effect, the way she looks at me as if she sees past the darkness in my soul to the man that I was meant to be. The honorable man I was before. God, how I want to be that man again.”

“I’ve let one too many suns set on my feelings for Celia without telling her what she mans to me, how she calms the war in my soul and silences the screams.”

Fate. Love. Family. Heartbreak. Just how far would you go in the name of love? Sawyer and Celia are twins, but couldn’t be more opposite. Fate can sometimes be a cruel bitch and Sawyer is about to learn just how cruel she can be. With Celia on her deathbed, she has only one wish; she wants Sawyer to pack up her things and give her friends the illusion that all is well with Celia, that Celia is just embarking on another adventure. Sounds easy enough. But for Sawyer, the task is harder than she ever imagined. How can she pretend to be her fearless sister? With Celia’s coin in her hand, Sawyer must allow fate to decide her actions and maybe just maybe she’ll find a little bit of peace and happiness….Aden hasn’t been quite right since the war. His PTSD has taken over his life leaving him to drown his sorrows in alcohol and women. He never saw Sawyer coming. She makes him want to be the man that he used to be. She makes him want to be so much more. Aden tries to stay away, but the pull is just too hard to ignore. Will Sawyer finally get out and enjoy life? Will Sawyer and Aden find their happily ever after? Will Sawyer’s truth destroy everything with Aden?? You’re just going to have to pick up this book and find out for yourself….

Overall, I really enjoyed Wrecked. I found Sawyer and Aden’s story to be compelling and wasn’t able to put it down. Their story is one that just pulls you in from the very beginning and has you devouring each page to see what will happen next. I really liked the idea of this story; honoring a dying woman’s last wish. You knew that nothing good was going to come from Sawyer pretending to be her sister, but how could she not do what her sister asked of her. There was so much good in Sawyer. She was patient and kind. She had so many fears, but overcame them in the name of her sister. Aden was a wonderful surprise. He was dark, moody and mysterious. He was broken and damaged from the cruel ways of war. He had so many demons of his own to battle and it was a joy watching him overcome those demons.

Wrecked is a complex and beautiful story. It is heartbreaking in the best possible way. This is a story of family and the love of sisters. It is a story of taking risks and chances. It is a story of finding yourself and heartache. It is a story of second chances–not just in love, but with life. This is a story of loss and finding love in the most unexpected places.

I will warn you that Wrecked does deal with some pretty serious and intense subject matter. I applaud the author for the way she handled these situations and how she stayed true to these damaged characters.

Wrecked took me by surprise in the best possible way. It was an emotional and beautiful journey. And I just enjoyed every single moment.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

EXCERPT

Oh no, fuck no!

I thought he was kidding. I should’ve known better. Aden’s intentions with me since I stupidly boarded this boat have been my torment for his enjoyment. He loved watching me squirm over the bait tank and when I proved I wouldn’t shy away from a challenge, he pulled out the big guns. From his flirty smiles to his teasing touches, he’s discovered my weaknesses and is exploiting them for his own entertainment.

Now this? Raw fish probably still warm from fighting for its life.

And now I’m God knows how many feet above water sitting on a two-seater bench held up by rusty ladders and staring down a piece of glistening pink meat.

“You have to eat it, it’s a rite of passage.” He offers the meat to my lips and I quickly turn my face away.

“I’m really not hungry.” As if the idea isn’t enough to turn my stomach, watching him clean the fish before sectioning off enough for lunch wasn’t much of an appetite builder.

“Of course you are.” He brings the piece to his own mouth and takes a bite, closing his eyes with a moan as he chews.

I feel a rush of bile hit my throat, or maybe it’s beer, either way it’s warm and it burns. “That’s disgusting.”

“You’re telling me you don’t like sushi?”

My eyes widen. Sawyer would say she’s never had sushi. But Celia’s a different story. She ate a live cricket in the eighth grade on a dare. She didn’t even flinch. “I like sushi, just not directly from the…um…source.”

“Doesn’t get fresher than this.” He takes another bite and I can’t deny that his response to eating it does give it some appeal.

“I think I need soy sauce or that green stuff.” What’s it called?

“Just try it.”

“I really don’t want to.”

“Oh come on.” He smiles in that cute crooked way that makes my heart dip and dive. “Live a little.”

I chew the inside of my mouth debating the cost/benefit of taking a bite of this fresh-out-of-the-ocean fish. On one hand, I’ll impress Aden. That in and of itself is worth the ick factor. But what if I throw up all over his boat? Is the chance of impressing him worth totally humiliating myself? I groan when I realize what I’m doing, exactly what I swore I wouldn’t do. I’m making an internal pros and cons list. I close my eyes and steel my resolve and my spine. Don’t think, just decide. I pop open my eyes followed by my mouth.

“Yeah?” He stares at my parted lips.

I nod, hoping he’ll hurry before I change my mind.

Lifting the rose-colored flesh forward, he places it between my teeth. It’s a small bite so I close my lips around his fingers expecting him to pull away…but he doesn’t. For a moment I’m suspended in his gaze, totally stuck while his hot fingers rest between my lips. This should be grossing me out; after all, I watched him gut this fish with his bare hands and to wash off all the blood he merely dipped them into the ocean. But all the thoughts of raw fish and a stranger’s finger do nothing to stave off the warmth blooming in my belly. My tongue pulls the meat deeper into my mouth, brushing against the rough pad of his forefinger. He bites his lip but finally drops his hand.

He watches intently while I chew and swallow.

“How was it?” His voice is low and gruff.

Lost in the heated moment, I barely tasted it. “Good.”

His hand cups the back of my head and he pulls me toward him, stopping just short of our lips touching. “I can’t fucking take this anymore.” His breath is sawing in and out, bursting against my mouth with impatience. “Let me.” It’s a demand, not a question.

A kiss. I don’t need to channel Celia or flip a coin…I know what I want.

I lick my lips and close the slight distance between us.

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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