Wrecked (Wrecked #1) by Priscilla West

Wrecked“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?

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Have you ever finished a book and let it sit for a while before you wrote the review and waited… and after waiting some more you still didn’t know quite how you felt about it? That’s kind of where I am with Wrecked. It’s not that I didn’t like it, it’s just that I just don’t know… *sigh*

I guess that I should start with the fact that I don’t think I have read a more appropriately titled book. Wrecked certainly fits. Lorrie is an emotional wreck, and she deserves to be. That doesn’t mean that I wasn’t totally frustrated with her actions at times.

Hunter was just as wrecked, only readers didn’t find out exactly why until the book was almost over. Once his secret was revealed, I understood him a little more, but I also felt even more sorry for Lorrie. Regardless of why Hunter kept his secret (he had some good reasons) he should have filled Lorrie in because she deserved to know.

This is one of those books where no one wins. No one ends up happy and even though it’s part of a series and there is more to come I really don’t see how things can turn around much for either of them. I really don’t like feeling like that at the end of a book, which is probably why I’m still not sure exactly how I feel about it at all.

Will I continue with the series? Probably. Regardless of how this book made me feel, well… it made me feel. Sometimes the feelings are good and sometimes they aren’t. I like to be left with some hope at the end regardless of the outcome, but that doesn’t always happen. It’s one of the dangers of reading contemporary romance – especially in the NA or YA genre. (As strange as it may seem, reading this genre is stepping outside of my comfort zone.) So yes, I’ll continue the series and hope for the best. I really liked Hunter and Lorrie and as heartbreaking as their story is and as hopeless as things seem, I want them to find some way to be happy. *sigh*