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Posted June 26, 2013
I really didn't like this story very much - I haven't even finished it yet because I became tired of the lack of character development and the over reliance upon sex to fill in the story gaps. I never really saw the connection between the main characters other than sex. The book talked about how they were best friends and Zach loved Abigale so much, yet the only aspect oft he relationship that was explored was the sexual connection. It was hard for me to relate to the characters when I couldn't see why Zach loved her so much. Abigale's character came across as weak to me. I thought the story would examine her growth as an individual, but really the only thing I learned about was her constant desire to have sex with Zach and get a tattoo. I also felt the repeated use of offensive language was unneeded and added absolutely nothing to the storyline.
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Posted April 14, 2013
Posted August 25, 2013
Wrecked by Shiloh Walker is wickedly sexy and emotional read.
Abigale Applegate left Hollywood behind many years ago. Her days as a child actor took an emotional toll on Abigale and she wanted more out of life then the glitz and glamour. Everything with her new life was running smoothly until her fiancé dumped her. Abigale turns to the one man who has stayed by her side since those acting days. Former child star Zach Barnes.
Zach Barnes has been best friends with Abigale since they starred in a series together. What she doesn’t know is he has been in love with her since the beginning. Zach offers his friendship to Abigale to help her recover from being dumped. He gives her a journal to help redefine her life. Zach also hopes this will be his chance to get Abigale to see him as more then a friend.
Abigale soon realizes the man she has been looking for has been by her side all along. But she doesn’t know that Zach has suppressed his feelings for years. Will this change how she views their new romance?
Wrecked is jammed packed with snap and sizzle. The chemistry between friends turned to lovers is off the charts. I loved Zach’s family and I hope his siblings get their own stories. Shiloh Walker always delivers a great read.
Posted May 23, 2013
Posted April 27, 2013
This was a book that took me a bit by surprised. I didn't expect it to have the level of emotional angst it had or to find myself needing Zach to finally get this feelings all out on the table.
Abigale Applegate and Zach Barnes were child stars on one of America's favorite family sitcoms. Both us them gave up the glitz and pitfalls of Hollywood to live a somewhat quiet and normal life in Arizona. But when Abigale's engagement ends, Zach decides it's finally time to show Abby just who she is meant to be with. But Abby is a woman that never does anything without a plan and it's up to Zach to show Abby that you can live and love without having it written down.
What I loved about this story was Zach. He made this book for me. He was one of those guys that you'd never expect to wear his heart on his sleeve. And despite how he felt, he was always exactly what Abby needed...even when it broke his heart. He was a special man and I was on the edge of my seat hoping, praying, needing him to get this HEA (he really deserved it).
I wasn't sure about Abby, because I couldn't believe she could be that clueless about Zach. But she grew on me. She was determined to live life on her terms after what she went through with her horrible stage mother. Unfortunately that meant she lived by her journal and her written plans and didn't see much outside of her plan. That's the only reason I can think she never realized what she had right in front of her with Zach. But when she's forced outside of her comfort zone, she does finally manage to open her eyes.
It was a great read and one that had me rooting for Abby to finally open to eyes to just what was out there for her.
Posted April 24, 2013
Posted April 18, 2013
## Oh how I loved this book. It was SUPERB. Normally I don't really care for the 'friends to lovers' angle because in my mind the hero and heroine get stuck in the 'friend zone' and the sexual chemistry is lacking. However, these two had amazing chemistry. I loved both characters for sure but the hero especially was tremendous. I love how the author didn't write Zach as a man-slut as most authors do these days, contantly reiterating how many women they've bedded over and over. I love how he stood up to his friends and family who were trying to ruin things for them. I love how she was everything to him and how fiercely he loved her. I just plain loved him. He was euphoria personified. One of my favorite heroes ever! And it doesn't hurt that the sex was hot, hot, hot. I hope there will be a story for Zane but please please not with Keelie (she was so awful in this book I could never see her as a heroine). What a fun & sexy read. Nice job Ms. Walker.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 17, 2013
My fourth book by this author; my least favorite. Two shallow characters that have spent 17 unable to communicate, spend another 200 pages not communicating. Does this really happen? The supporting characters were soooo much more interesting that the RLs! Well written, not a waste of my time, but not my favorite.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 15, 2013
Posted April 11, 2013
As my first book from Shiloh Walker I didn't really know what to expect. I wasn't sure if it would be really hot or really sweet or somewhere in between. It was both and I loved it. I loved the hot, hot scenes that were wonderfully done. I loved the sweet, romantic scenes that made me melt. The writing was easy to follow and the characters were well developed and made you feel their emotions as if you were in the story. Zach and Abby have been friends forever. They have always been there for one another through ups and downs. There are no judgments between them. Just pure, loving friendship. We get to see what happens when they take things a little further than friendship in this story.
When I picked up Wrecked, I was trying to figure out how a whole book that people are raving over could be based on the friends to lovers plot without sounding like a lot of other friends to lovers stories out there. Well, it worked. It wasn't like other books with a similar plot. It was different. It was really, really good and I honestly could not put it down. I read it in about a day even though I did have to sneak peeks at my phone throughout the day while I was at work or waiting for an appointment to read a few pages here and there.
There are so many things I liked about this story but I don't want to spoil it for those yet to read it so I am trying to share enough but not too much in this review. I had some absolute favorite parts that have affected my personal life. There were times I was reading this book when I laughed, cried, and yelled in my head at the characters. The intimate scenes were very well written for the characters and the story. They were hot and romantic and I think they truly spoke to the love and respect that Zach and Abby had for one another. I am picky about the love scenes I read - I don't like too many in a contemporary romance and I like them to have meaning, and these were good.
The secondary characters were enjoyable to read about as well. I loved Marin's friendship with Zach and Abby and her ability to tell them both the truth no matter what they wanted to hear. I really liked Zach's brother Zane's role in the story. He was put in a tough position with Abby and it turned out so good. I really hope that there will be more books with these characters because I am not ready to let them go. Bottom line - if you are looking for a contemporary romance that is both sweet and hot at the same time, I highly recommend you try Wrecked by Shiloh Walker. You will not regret it.
Posted April 10, 2013
Loved this book! Zach is one of the best heroes I've read lately. I would love to know the stories of the other brothers!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 9, 2013
Sweet, sexy, friends to lovers contemporary romance.
Child stars Zach Barnes & Abigale Applegate have left the Hollywood life behind but not each other. Zach has been Abby’s best friend for 20 years so when she gets dumped two months before her wedding she calls Zach. The problem is that Zach has no problem with the impending marriage falling through because he has loved Abby his whole life. Everybody sees it but her. So when Abby wants to celebrate her new found freedom with a torrid affair Zach sees a way to make her see him. He figures if he can get her into bed maybe she will let him into her heart as well.
Check your brain at the door and enjoy the ride. This was a fun read. I loved that this time it was the guy holding the torch for the girl and the girl being totally oblivious.
Posted April 8, 2013
Adorable couple and great read!
I very much enjoyed Zach and Abby's story a great deal. It was a very different book than I am used to from Shiloh Walker as it is not a paranormal or a romantic suspense, but the characters and the story is wonderful. I want to know more about the Barnes brothers, so I'm hoping for more installments of this series.
Posted April 8, 2013
Love that it's the man waiting and longing for the woman. They're both strong characters, not wimpy and whiny. Can see several storylines coming from this book. So want more from mom. She's cool!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 7, 2013
~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
“This story has a small town, sweet and sexy romance feel with just an edge of emotion.” ~Under the Covers
WRECKED started off with a surprise. First of all, because it’s really the first time I read this author with this type of book. I’ve Shiloh’s contemporary romance before, but this one is very much so a sweet and sexy type. So needless to say a surprise for me.
Zach and Abby were very popular child stars and had a successful show together. Now adults, they’ve both stayed away from Hollywood. Abby is a planner and had her life mapped out. She’s checked every item off her list ahead of time, except the wedding. Her fiance thought she was really meant to go back to her life of glitz and glamour and dumps her before the wedding claiming she’s not being herself. Zach, who is and has always been her best friend, is left to try and pick up the broken pieces.
But I have to tell you about Zach, because this man is hot. First of all, from child star to sort of bad boy…. Zach now owns a tattoo shop and yes, he’s a tattoo artist. Not your typical career choice considering where he came from. And then there’s the fact that yes, he has tats. I admit I’m a goner for that. But he’s also solid, and I don’t mean physically only. He’s the best friend, reliable Zach, who you can always count on. A shoulder to cry on. He’s revolved his life around Abby because he’s always been in love with her. Life is now giving him another chance and he’s risking it all to go after what he wants.
So he gives Abby a book called WRECK THIS JOURNAL. And this book turns her planned life upside down and gives her that freedom to explore things and let life happen. One of the things she wants to accomplish is to have an affair and Zach of course volunteers with the intention of making her see they are perfect for each other.
Abby’s planning nature is not something I personally understand because, well I just don’t operate that way. So she got a little on my nerves at times. But I have to give it to the girl, she threw her own caution to the wind and went for what she wanted! And ended up with very sexy and sweet, caring and attentive, Zach in her bed and in her life. I think you get the point that I may have a crush on him.
This story has a small town, sweet and sexy romance feel with just an edge of emotion that made this read a quick and enjoyable for me. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of this side of Ms. Walker. If you like your heroes hot and sweet you have to read this one!
*ARC provided by publisher
Posted April 6, 2013
Posted April 6, 2013
I purchased Wrecked after reading several raving reviews online. I was not disappointed. This friends to lovers story is different from any other story I've read. Highly recommended!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 6, 2013
Excellent storyline from Shiloh Walker: REVIEW: Wrecked is a storyline about two friends-Abigale and Zach-who have known each other-forever. Brought together as child stars headlining the sitcom KATE and NATE Abigale and Zach each left the Hollywood lifestyle behind when the show was cancelled. Zach went on to do bit parts but finally went back to school and pursued a successful career as a tattoo artist. Abigale filed for emancipation from her overbearing, money-hungry mother at seventeen and fled.
Abigale is one of those people who made lists- a bucket list-of sorts where she would list what she wanted to accomplish before she reached the age of thirty-marriage, children, love: and Abby thought she found the perfect man until the day he revealed he wanted KATE-the star-and not Abby-the caterer.
Throughout the story, Shiloh reveals a lifelong friendship that developed between Zach and Abby-a friendship that was more for Zach. And like many storylines, Abby was oblivious to Zach’s feelings. Zach was always there for Abby and when her fiancé dropped the bomb, Zach was there to pick up the pieces. He offered Abby a personal journal to write about her feelings, her needs and, her wants-Wreck This Journal-and Zach soon discovered that Abby wanted a torrid affair. Zach was going to make sure-he-was part of that affair.
The storyline is about two people who love each other and the realization that there is more. Everyone knows that Zach has loved and has been in love with Abby since they were children but Abby has worn ‘virtual blinders’ to Zach’s affections and feelings. Not wanting to push Abby away Zach has waited on the sidelines –forever-hoping one day that Abby would open her eyes and see the man who will promise her the world.
The secondary characters are colorful and in many ways an integral part of the storyline. From Abby’a overbearing and controlling mother to Zach’s extended family of loving brothers and co-workers at ‘Steel Ink’. There are several potential future storylines, especially as it concerns Zach’s brother and I hope Shiloh has many ideas flowing through her pen.
WRECKED is a wonderful, sometimes heartbreaking, head-nodding look at two people who belong together and the eye opening realization that everything you have always wanted may be sitting next to you, watching the late night movie, sharing tears and buttered popcorn. Congratulations to Shiloh Walker and WRECKED.
Posted April 4, 2013
Posted August 6, 2013
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