Wrecked

Wrecked

by JB Salsbury
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Wrecked by JB Salsbury

"A heartbreakingly beautiful story about loss and the power of second chances." Mia Sheridan, New York Times bestselling author

"Heartbreaking and heartwarming... one of the best friends-to-lovers romances that I've read this year." Corrine Michaels, New York Times bestselling author

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 tiny 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 laid-back 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455596386
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/18/2017
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 20,689
File size: 532 KB

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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Wrecked 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Natalie_The_Biblioholic 4 months ago
Sawyer was a beautiful woman trapped in a stagnant life of her own making. But life delivers her a twist when her sister makes a strange request framed as a dying wish. An obligation becomes Sawyer's wake-up call, offering her her first taste of freedom and adventure and Aden is there to experience it all with her. Aden was an honorable soldier dealing with PTSD and survivor's guilt. He's isolated himself from his family and has very few people in his life who mean anything to him. He finds some sort of peace at the bottom of a bottle or at sea. He's definitely not looking to make a lasting impression on anyone or have any sort of meaningful relationship. He's unworthy, at least in his eyes. But Sawyer is the first person who really resonates with him. As hard as they both try to convince themselves to keep it casual, the strength of their feelings just wouldn't quit and they were pulled closer together. "I may not need him. He may be the worst possible person for me. But I want him in a way I can't even begin to understand." This was such a sweetly beautiful story. Wrecked gripped me from the start and by the end, I found it hard to let go. It was raw and it was deep. It was a story about life, loss, grief, hope, love, and new beginnings. Ultimately it came down to two broken souls who thankfully found healing and solace and love within one another. Release Date: July 18, 2017 Genre: Contemporary Romance POV: Dual - 1st person Heat: 3 out of 5 Type: Standalone
ValerieStuckInBooks 5 months ago
This book. Oh my. It's emotional alright. And it's full of hope and love. Great read. I've been in a reading slump. Haven't wanted to read anything. And when I started this book, I was worried. I didn't like Sawyer. Never a good sign. But I kept reading and I'm so glad I did. I adore these characters. Aden is a mess. You learn why in the prologue and my heart hurt for him. I wanted to hug him, comfort him and just thank him. I know he's fictional but he felt real. And I know there are lots of guy out there struggling after coming back from war. I just want to thank them all for their service. I was so glad Freckles soothed him. I was so happy that she helped. But more than that I was so happy with the way things ended. No one person can be the reason someone survives something so awful but there was a change that happened, an improvement. And I can't explain more without giving away spoiler but it was just perfect. The set-up for this one made me a bit nervous. I do like pretending kinda stories but this one fell into the lying side and that made me nervous. Oh course it plays a big part in the story but even though I would normally yell at the book and tell them to fess up - I never did. I got it. It was so real. So painful. This book is emotional. It's also sexy and fun. And it's hopeful and happy. It filled with moving onward and forward with or without a plan. This story has heart and soul. Push it to the top of your TBR pile and devour it soon. Did it break my reading slump? I think it may have. I'll know for sure with the next book I start but this one is definitely a good one.
RHolub 5 months ago
WOW!!! This book was beautiful!!! I've read a few of JB Salsbury's books, and loved the all, but this one surpasses anything else I've read! It has the perfect blend of hot, sexy guy and a sweet, heart-wrenching story! The characters are well-developed, the story-line was different from anything I've read, and there were numerous times I was either in tears or quite literally laughing out loud. If this was the first book I had ever read by this author, I would definitely be coming back for more! I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley.com.
sweetpotato101 5 months ago
I loved this book! OMG! Every once in a while a book comes along that reminds me just why I love the romance genre. J.B. Salsbury’s Wrecked is one such book! It delivers a heart stopping emotion, hot animalistic lust, and good old-fashioned romance. Sawyer Forrester lives in an organized, germ-a-phobic bubble. She lives day-to-day in fear, making lists and never taking risks in her life. That changes when her twin sister makes a request of Sawyer, and Sawyer finds herself pretending to be her outgoing and fearless twin in sunny San Diego. It’s not long before she finds herself down by the docks and meeting gruff loner, Aden Colt. To say it’s not what Sawyer’s expecting is an understatement. She wants to clean him up, organize his boat, and get down-and-dirty with him all at the same time. Sawyer’s OCD to the max, and I loved getting into her head. She’s let her fears dictate her life and when she can’t do that anymore, it’s a challenge to open herself up to the world again. There are big issues standing in her way, and I rooted for her to the finish. Then there’s grumpy and distanced alpha, Aden Colt. He’s secluded himself on his fishing boat after a devastating time in the Army. He’s okay with his solitude—it’s necessary to who he is now—until an uptight bombshell makes her way on board his boat. Aden doesn’t have time for social niceties and him and Sawyer just spark like dry kindling. I think that’s one of the best things about this book. It’s such an emotionally driven romance. While they’re so different, they complement each other so well and both are so darn vulnerable. It was very raw and sexual in some parts, dark in others, while still giving these sigh-inducing moments too. I have to say that I loved this setting! A small resort town in San Diego, it felt very intimate and charming, and it’s such a different environment. This was my first book by J.B. Salsbury, but it’s not going to be my last. This was an epic romance that had me bawling like a baby and grinning in happiness. 5 Wreck-Me Stars!
etoile1996 5 months ago
when adam lost his entire unit in iraq it destroyed him. he'd trusted the wrong person and had been betrayed. and that betrayal compounds the guilt and the grief that he feels daily. in wrecked he meets sawyer, except he believes that she is her twin sister celia, and because sawyer is fulfulling her sister's dying wish, she doesn't correct the misconception. and this is the one thing that comes between our lovers. because from the moment sawyer and adam meet there is a clear connection. sawyer has spent her life feeling responsible for the terrible things that have happened around her. like her grandmother dying after catching the flu from her. or the time she accidentally ran over a dog. and now her identical twin is dying and there is nothing she can do. nothing except honor her wishes. even if this dooms her romance with adam. adam carries that same sense of guilt too. his wounds are deeper and more traumatic. he's got nightmares and anxieties and a drinking problem to boot. and all of these things are caught up in the fall out. because celia is dying. and sawyer knows that she can't tell adam the truth, it will only traumatize him further. so she has to disappear. and when celia dies, if adam ever finds out he will need that she is dead too. this is actually a pretty tangled net that salsbury weaves for our characters. and how she gets them out of it is quite satisfying. adam and sawyer are so well-suited to each other, and how they survive the loss and the guilt and build something worth treasuring is well worth the time. **wrecked will publish on july 18, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/grand central publishing (forever) in exchange for my honest review.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 5 months ago
WRECKED by J.B. Salsbury is a stand alone, contemporary adult, romance story line focusing on twenty four year old Sawyer Forrester , and former US soldier /fisherman Aden Colt. Told from dual first person points of view (Sawyer and Aden) WRECKED focuses on the building relationship between Sawyer Forrester and Aden Colt. Sawyer’s twin sister Celia is dying-a brain tumor is destroying her life-and she asks one thing of her sister before she dies. Sawyer must return to Celia’s home in San Diego to box up her life but in doing so must pretend to be Celia so as not to worry her neighbors and friends. Enter Aden Colt, the property’s new landlord, and the man with whom Sawyer will fall in love. What ensues is the building love between Sawyer and Aden, and Sawyer’s struggle to keep secret her sister’s dying wish in the face of too many secrets and lies. WRECKED is a story of secrets, lies, heartbreak and betrayal. Pretending to be her sister Celia, Sawyer finds herself struggling with the truth, and falling in love with a man who believes she is someone else, goes against everything Sawyer believes and observes. Sawyer is the quiet, uptight twin; the one who is afraid to try something new, and lying about her true identity is a struggle for our story line heroine. Aden Colt is a broken man; a soldier who lost everything on his last deployment overseas, and in the ensuing months battles the demons that continue to destroy his mind. Meeting Sawyer (aka Celia) finds our hero accepting what was and what will never be but his PTSD, inability to trust, and growing anxiety threaten his relationship with the woman with whom he is falling in love- a relationship with an end date as Sawyer prepares to pack up and move back home. The $ex scenes are intimate and seductive without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are introduced to Sawyer’s twin sister Celia, their parents Tom and Darlene Forrester, Colt’s uncle Calvin Hurtado, and neighbor/ Vietnam war veteran Jenkins, as well as an assortment of friends and acquaintances of Celia Forrester. WRECKED is an emotional and heartbreaking story line about one woman’s struggle to step out of her comfort zone as she embarks on her sister’s journey one last time, and one’s man battle with the ghosts from the past. The premise is energetic and moving; the characters are colorful, tragic and animated; the romance is fated and passionate. WRECKED is an intense and tearful story from the pen of author JB Salsbury.
mamalovestoread22 5 months ago
Aden Colt walked away from the Army after a devastating accident took the lives of soldiers in his unit and with each step he took the survivors guilt was right there alongside of him, constantly rattling him, and taunting him. He needs something to quiet the beast raging inside of him, so he moves onto his uncle's boat, and spends his days numbing his pain with alcohol, fishing, and his nights sharing a bed with nameless, faceless women. Drowning himself in booze numbs the pain, but the beast is still there lingering, reeking havoc on his soul, and it's turned him into a surly man. But then a beautiful breath of fresh air wanders into his life, and turns things upside down... and suddenly he feels like he has something to look forward to! To say that Sawyer Forrester is wound a little tight is a complete understatement, everything in her life is planned down to the letter on her schedule, and she doesn't do it if it isn't on the list. But then her terminally ill sister throws her for a loop when she asks to her to make an unplanned trip to San Diego to gather her belongings, and while she is there his sister wants her to throw caution to the wind and do something that isn't planned for once. So, Sawyer reluctantly heads to San Diego, and unexpectedly meets a man that rattles her carefully world, in the best possible way! After reading the first paragraph of this book I knew I had discovered something really special, it struck a cord with me right off, and started stirring the emotions. The touching story line grabbed a hold of me & my heart broke a little for these two characters, but little by little they gave me hope that they would be able to overcome their issues and find a little well deserved happiness. And without giving too much away I will say I was really pleased with how the story turned out, but it wasn't without lots of hard fought hurdles along the way. Once again I am left completely in awe of the writing talents of Ms. Salsbury, she completely blew me away with this one, her beautiful story tugged on my heartstrings and left me inspired!! Highly recommend this one, it's definitely one of the best reads I have settled down with this year!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
toniFMAMTC 5 months ago
This is a story about a romance between two people with issues. He's a veteran of war with PTSD. She has a bit of a social disorder and OCD. He's sort of hiding out from life and managing some property for his uncle. She's agreed to fill in as her wild and fun-loving identical twin sister who's dying of a terminal illness. Meeting in this unexpected way is a respite from life for them both. They have the possibility of love but many problems that must be addressed in order for it to work. If you like damaged characters searching for their HEA, you should check Wrecked out for yourself.
cordee 5 months ago
While Celia has always been fearless her twin sister Sawyer has a significant penchant to be cautious. She is the one who makes to-do lists and never takes risks and definitely doesn't leave things up to chance. Her sister wants nothing more than for Sawyer to let loose and live instead of locking herself up - and Celia knows what she is talking about. A tumor is wrecking her brain and she doesn't have much time left. Celia asks Sawyer to pack up her apartment in San Diego and tie up loose ends pretending she is Celia. The life Aden has chosen for himself after he left special forces three months ago is perfect. It's quiet, solitary, and he can escape when his past becomes overwhelming and the deaths of his brothers in arms make his chest tight. Today he lives on a boat and manages his uncles property in San Diego. When his uncle's favorite tenant walks up to him to get the key for her cottage he can't quite see the girl in his uncle's photos. This version of Celia is uptight, reserved and he finds it highly entertaining to be the cause for her to get her panties in a twist. Aden is a soldier, it is ingrained in his DNA to serve his country. This fateful night, when he trusted the enemy and was betrayed and ambushed, he lost most of his brothers-in-arms. He was honorably discharged and tried to find his footing in the world outside the army. Not so easy with an untreated PTSD. He looks for solitude, he doesn't like gatherings of people, and drinks way too much. Women help Aden to forget for a night but when the going get really tough he goes out on his boat to be alone. Despite his crippling nightmares and the guilt he is carrying he isn't a depressing character. Aden is such a smartass with an amazing sarcastic sense of humor who made me laugh a lot throughout the story. He is the sort of hero who is always in charge...until a slip of a woman shows him the light. I completely fell for Aden and he broke my heart when he felt so unworthy of love. He was pretty intense at times, complicated and bossy and not at all in control of his life. Sawyer is facing tragedy and she knows it. She wants to fulfill her sister's dying wish not realizing what a gift Celia is giving her. In the beginning you see this uptight a little reserved woman with some funny quirks, who, when she does as her sister asks, becomes increasingly relaxed. I loved her growth. How she became the perfect mix of Celia and Sawyer. She still had her inherent personality but when she loosened up she became happier, less fearful and that was thanks to Aden who challenged her and made her face her fears. When I read the blurb I thought I'd be in for a delicious angst fest. What I got was so much more lighthearted, but not less delicious. In the last 25-30% J.B. Salsbury cranks up the angst and I ended up clutching my chest because it became a bit tight. I appreciated that there wasn't any unnecessary drama. I also loved Sawyer's and Aden's connection - it was attraction, sexiness, adoration, friendship and respect wrapped up in a sweet package. This story is in parts full of raw emotion, and humor and sweetness in others. At no point I felt overwhelmed or depressed, it was perfectly balanced. The author totally took me by surprise with this book. Sawyer's and Aden's journey is wonderful and reminds me of things that are important - forgive yourself, face your fears and get over your hangups and start living. And always TRY. Yeah, I loved this hard.
amdase 5 months ago
A story that perfectly balances steamy sexual interludes with love, loss and a second chance at life. This is the first book I have ever read of JB Salsbury and I will be surely delving into more of her hot reads. ** waggles eyebrows ** certainly a read for a cold winters night!! JB Salsbury has woven a heartfelt yet sexy read into this new book. It’s filled with rich characters, characters I completely enjoyed, and a great storyline that progresses well from beginning to end. A female character in which I enjoyed reading about, Sawyer (Celia AKA Cece) was strong, independent and also quiet diffident. A great storyline fluently flowing from one chapter to the next explaining - telling us of the turmoil and heartaches from both points of view... I honestly can’t imagine how hard it must be for either of them but JB has put forth great descriptions within this storyline. Vivid descriptions throughout so if you’re after something steamy, sexy and tantalizing, that will not only melt your panties but make your toes curl yet be heartfelt, sweet and full of raw emotion then this read is for you! 4.5 Stars
kahea46 5 months ago
***5 ‘You’re Branded Inside Me’ Stars*** The description alone lets you know that you are going to be in for an emotional gut punch, but the intensity of it all just surprised me, not that this was a bad thing because of that initial hit mellowed out I couldn’t wait to dive into their journey and what a ride it was. Talk about an emotional rollercoaster of a ride (I actually got teary and sniffly at certain moments) and I swear my heart bled throughout the entire book even as it felt as if a smile was permanently fixed on my face due to all the sweet, fun, heartwarming and smexy moments that kept me turning the pages until the very end. Sawyer was a mix bag for me, not because I didn’t like her, I actually admired the h#$ out of her, but she did take a bit of time to get used to. One incident changed her entire future and made her fear instead of be fearless, but the funny thing about that is that the woman has a backbone made of titanium. Her strength and honesty coupled with a truly genuine heart made it easy to want to get to know and find out what made her tick. Aden’s been to h$%l and back and can’t seem to stop punishing himself for all that happened when he was there. Guilt weighs heavily on his shoulders, but his form of dealing is isolating himself as best he can so he can’t hurt those he loves. My heart hurt for the man and though I didn’t agree with his form of dealing, I understood it. He’s shattered and doesn’t want to take anyone else down with him and that knowledge made me love him. Underneath all of the walls he’s thrown up around himself is a good man with an amazing heart. So the why, way and Aden and Sawyer collide made for a very interesting, enjoyable and yet sitting at the edge of seat, biting my nails while waiting for the other shoe to drop situation. I’d go into it a lot more, but that would spoil the fun for everyone. So what I will say is that I loved how, despite their obvious differences, they were kindred souls who were open enough to recognize each other, even when their brains didn’t, that connection kept them coming back for more time and time again. I enjoyed how they got to know each other and loved how they helped to break the other out of the boxes they’d put themselves in. While I desperately wanted their journey to be smooth sailing because of all the other stuff they were dealing with, it wasn’t, but I gotta say I was pleasantly surprised at how it all got worked out. I thought it was well done and was true to who Aden and Sawyer had evolved into and that epilogue had me smiling and wanting more! There is a lot going on in this book, PTSD is just one of topics covered and it’s worth saying that there will be some out there that will had a difficult time with some scenes in the book. But I felt that they were handled with a lot of respect and that they were balanced out by the evolution of Aden and Sawyer’s relationship. There was just enough light to keep the darkness at bay while not skimping on the impact the dark had on the characters. The secondary characters were all well written and I loved the depth they brought to the story. I really wish their story didn’t end, but what was done beautifully and I can’t wait to see what Ms. Salsbury has up her sleeve for us next! ~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~
Bella_Nalla_Milaya 5 months ago
If Salsbury's SPLIT is the dark side of romance, then WRECKED is the light coming to wash it clean. Dealing with the declining health of her twin sister, Sawyer can't deny her last request: to go to Celia's home and pack up her things AS HER. Sawyer's never been the outlandish twin and pushing herself to make decisions based on the flip of a coin places her in the path of a man she never would've met as herself. Aden is home fresh from war and as with most soldiers, he's torn between nightmares of the past and the unknown of his future. But when he meets Celia, or Sawyer pretending to be her, he can't help but feel the pull. There's something off about her; but her innocent eyes and wonder at the world around her draws him in regardless. His need to protect her is just the thing to help him focus. I've had a few stories lately with veterans dealing with PTSD at different levels. Wrecked shows a man who is just that; wrecked by the loss of his men and the betrayal of his own trust. Aden cannot handle life back home and Celia seems to be a relief to him when he hasn't been able to find it in months. Watching these two pull one another out of their shells was a wonderful journey. I feared that Aden finding out the truth would truly shatter the remaining sense of hope he had in him. Salsbury reveals and concludes it in one of the most beautiful HEA I've ever read. You'll be laughing, you'll be crying, you'll be hoping, but in the end all you'll be is WRECKED!
JewelsBookPages 5 months ago
I loved so much about this book! The playfulness between Sawyer and her sister Celia. The friendship between Aden and Jenkins. However, the best part was Sawyer and Aden's romance. Their relationship was sexy, affectionate, tender, and so emotionally raw..just..wow! Wrecked turned out to be a surprising read for me. I wasn't expecting the raw vulnerability of the characters much less how far they'd grip my attention and suck me in to their story. I'll just say the heavy topics touched upon, combined with a solid romance, made for one heck of a gripping, emotional read!
amatate 5 months ago
4.5 stars--I often prefer going blind into books. As such I rarely read blurbs, especially when I know the author. Miss Salsbury is one of my reliable go-to authors to read and recommend, so I immediately signed up to read and review Wrecked without checking any details about the plot or characters. Sometimes that habit gets me in trouble. In this case, it was a really good thing. As a military spouse, I tend to avoid books that involve military members if I don’t trust the author will get it right. This is particularly true if PTSD plays a major role. Had I known Wrecked stars a former Special Forces soldier who struggles with the after effects of combat, I may have hesitated a bit. Happily, I didn’t know and wasn’t unnecessarily worried. As I’ve come to expect from this author, she examines difficult and painful subjects with grace and honesty, exposing the rawness of the experience and using those moments to build the strength of her characters. Wrecked is a prime example of just how powerful this author’s stories can be. The prologue was phenomenal, filled with action and an intensely emotional scene that captured my full attention. That intensity never slackened its hold on me throughout the book. The characters were both a bit scarred, Aden struggled with PTSD and Sawyer with OCD. While they were different sorts of lead characters who were a bit closed off from the outside world, and by extension the reader, it was easy to empathize with them. The characterizations of them and their interactions felt very honest to their personalities, and in that way I felt like I really understood their struggles. Wrecked is a romance about finding that person who gets you. Someone who can deal with your baggage or issues, look past the things that make you feel less than, and see that deserving soul inside. The characters aren’t perfect by a long shot, but together they are whole. While this story certainly deals in a good amount of heartbreak, Wrecked doesn’t get weighed down with a melancholy tone. Rather, the reader gets to see the characters embracing life and its battles, growing as people to move beyond the pain and make the most of your time together. Miss Salsbury is one of the few authors who can reduce me to tears, and she nearly got me a couple times during this book. The set-up to Aden and Sawyer’s meeting was very unique with a tragic set of circumstances that captured my interest as much as it pulled at my heart. This is definitely a story worth reading and a romance that will stick with you. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*