Read on for my review and a giveaway to win an ecopy of Wreck Me!
AUTHOR: J.L. Mac
GENRE: Adult Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHED: 20th February 2013
SOURCE: Review copy received from author for blog tour
Life can be cruel. People can be ruthless and evil. The world can be cold and uninviting. No one knows these things better than Josephine Geroux. By her own definition, she is a twenty-five year old “nobody with nothing,” and she is content to stay that way. Growing up an orphan has made her tough and indifferent to the people around her until she meets a strangely familiar man with a face that haunts her for reasons she can’t understand.
Despite the pain that will inevitably ensue, she makes it her mission to discover what parts of her tragic puzzle she is missing. On her journey to discovering why the she feels an alarming connection to an absolute stranger, her greatest fear is reawakening the demons and darkness from the past that will surely overtake her if she lets her guard down.
Little does Josephine know that the past should be the least of her worries. She is toying with a man who has already broken her heart once. She just doesn’t realize it.
Although she makes it a point to avoid interactions with others, Josephine’s life becomes entangled with the enigmatic stranger. Before she realizes it, she has given herself over to the one person who is close enough to wreck her.
YIKES! I loved Wreck Me! It was heartbreaking, thought-provoking, tear-jerking, romantic, hot, and sexy and all at once. It just could not put it down once I started reading and cursed when my life, like taking care of my house and kids, got in the way!
Josephine has had a hard life, to put it mildly. Within the opening pages of the book we read about her parents dying in a car crash when she was just 9 years old. From the on she was pretty much alone in the world. She was sent to a million different places to be cared for and after running away she ended up on the street fighting for her existence. Her saving grace came from a man named Mr Sutton, although she calls him Captain, who gave her a job at his book shop when she walked in and demanded one at the age of 17. Her job gave her the income she needed to get herself a home, food, some semblance of a life, and back on her feet. Things are still tough for her though.
I’m hurting and I can’t stop it. I miss them so damn bad some days it takes every ounce of strength to even exist. Some days the despair I feel threatens to drown me and that is a very dangerous kind of despair for a person to muddle through. It’s that kind of despair that makes people do stupid things just to gain a measure of relief from their suffering.
Wreck Me- Locs 211-214 – Kindle Edition
Then she meets Damon, a sexy stranger who comes to help her after an incident in the book shop. She’s instantly attracted to him and feels a sense of familiarity with him, Has she meet him before? She’s sure she has, she just can’t work it out.
His voice. Now that I think about it, it seems familiar for some reason. I’m sure I don’t know this guy. It isn’t possible. I don’t have any friends whatsoever … His face seems familiar. Who the hell is this guy?
Wreck Me – Locations 127-132 – Kindle Edition
Jo and Damon soon start a relationship. Jo finds this hard because she is used to living a solitary life. She works, sometimes talks to Sutton, goes home and then does it all again the next day. Their relationship progresses quickly, it’s passionate, it’s intense, and all the while Jo is trying to figure out who this familiar guy is and how she knows him …
Now on to how I felt about Wreck Me …
Well, I’ve already said I loved it but I should elaborate a little! Wreck Me was an emotional read. Who likes reading about a little child losing both their parents and being shuffled around different carers before ending up on the street? Not me! I cried as I read these pages and about Jo’s thoughts of ending it all. It sounds morbid but I pictured my son, who’s 8 this year, being in that position and my heart broke even more for Jo. What I absolutely adored about Jo was how she handled the shitty situation she was dealt. She was strong, hard-working, never gave up, and had a lot of balls to go out there and make things better, after all, she was the only one who could do anything to sort it.
I loved Damon. He had a dominant personality and always got what he wanted but he was also incredibly sweet and romantic. He too sensed a familiarity with Jo on their first meeting and was keen to spend more time together to work it out. He was like a knight in shining armour for Jo. He had a very good lifestyle due to his success in business and he generously shared that with Jo, allowing her some of the luxuries in life she’d never been in a position to experience. He, however, has the upper hand in the new relationship.
I was literally on the edge of my seat reading Wreck Me. It soon becomes clear to the reader how Jo knows Damon but Jo herself is not so quick to work it out. While their relationship may have been one hot sexy ride I was anxious knowing what I knew! But oh, it was such a delight to read. There’s a letter written in Wreck Me, from one character to another, that had tears rolling down my face. My heart ached for the character that had written it. And the ending, and that cliffhanger? Gah! I need it to be time for Restore Me already!
Wreck Me was a hot, passionate, dramatic read and one that I can definitely recommend. It has adult sex scenes and language use. If you don’t mind that in your books then I really think you might like this book!
J.L. Mac is twenty-six years old and currently resides in El Paso, Texas, where she enjoys living near her parents and siblings. She was born and raised in Galveston, Texas, until she married her husband in July of 2005. She has two young children and is married to a soldier in the United States Army. J.L. and her family have lived all over the United States and have enjoyed each new experience in each new place. J.L. admittedly has had a long and sordid love affair with the written word and has loved every minute of it. She drinks too many glasses of wine on occasion, and says way too many swear words to be considered “lady-like.” J.L. spends her free time reading, writing, and playing with her children.
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