Saturday, 11 January 2014

Review: Wrecked - Shiloh Walker

In the nineties, Abigale Applegate and Zach Barnes were the most beloved sitcom child stars in the world. Then they grew up and left Hollywood behind…

Whatever happened to Abigale Applegate?

She’s been wondering the same thing.

With her Hollywood dreams long gone, Abigale now has a nice, neat, uncomplicated life—until the day her perfect fiancé needs to talk. Dumped, a little more than shattered, and totally confused, Abigale turns to Zach, her best friend since forever, to help her pick up the pieces. He does it with a gift—a copy of Wreck This Journal. She can vent her frustrations, and sketch out a new plan. Zach just hopes he’s part of it. Because he’s been in love with Abigale his entire life.

When the journal falls into Zach’s hands, he discovers Abigale wants a new man. And fast. Nothing more than a hot distraction. Zach has a strategy, too. He’s going to be that man. It’s his last chance. Abigale might be out to shake up her life, but Zach’s out to reinvent it. Now, all he has to do is convince Abigale that life can go as planned.

Barnes Brothers Series:
Razed (December 2014)

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Wrecked was my last read of 2013 and what a way to end the year on a reading high because I absolutely loved this book! I love a good friends to lovers story and this was a brilliant one with some of the most likeable characters I've come across in a long time.

Abby and Zach have been best friends since they were child stars on a TV show together but Abby never had the slightest clue that Zach was head over heels in love with her. Abby's childhood was a bit of a nightmare with a pushy mother who wanted her daughter to be a star and didn't care what it cost her to achieve those goals as long as Abby was making lots of money. After leaving home when she was just 17 Abby became very independent and has worked hard at building up her catering company, she lives her life by set routines and likes to plan everything well in advance after a childhood of chaos. Zach is the only person who has never let her down, no matter what else has happened in her life he is always there for her and they have an incredibly strong friendship. He knows her inside out and when she starts to question things in her life he is the one who knows exactly how to push her out of her comfort zone by buying her the Wreck This Journal and helping her set about shaking up her world.

I loved Abby, she is so down to earth and just a genuinely nice girl who deserved to find happiness. The friendship she has with Zach was just fabulous, they have such a strong bond and obviously care deeply for each other. Zach moved across the country to set up his home near to Abby, he is a successful tattoo artist (have I mentioned before how much I love guys with tattoos?) who loves his job and is happy with his life in general. The only thing missing is Abby's love but he has always felt it was better to have her in his life as a friend rather than not at all. When Abby starts showing signs that she might be interested in taking things further between them he jumps at the chance to show her how good things could be between them. If there was ever a fictional character that I want to bring to life and have step out of the page and into my life it is Zach, he is pretty much perfect and totally swoon worthy. Scenes with him and Abby were scorching hot - especially when he paints a temporary tattoo on her body, that one made me melt!

There is just so much to enjoy about Wrecked, the creative use of the diary, the fun banter and humour, the great bond of friendship that turns into red hot chemistry and everything in between. There was one moment when I worried that a certain event had been included just to create extra drama but Shiloh Walker turned that trope on it's head and the way Abby reacted was utterly perfect. I honestly don't think I could have enjoyed this story more and I can't tell you how excited I was when I read on the author's website that she will be writing at least 2 stories about Zach's brothers & possibly more if those do well. I know I'll be putting those books to the top of my wish list as soon as they're written and I can't wait to revisit Zach's family!

Source: Purchased

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