I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Stolen Course by Aly Martinez
Series: Wrecked and Ruined #2
Published by Self Published on May 21, 2014
Source: the Author
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I fell in love with Manda Baker eight years ago, and I loved her to the core of her soul. We were supposed to have that elusive happily ever after and spend a lifetime together. But that was all before she was STOLEN from me.
Her best friend, Sarah Erickson, killed her. It wasn’t intentional. It was far worse. Everyone claims it was just an accident, but I can see through the lies. Even if it’s with my dying breath, I will make her pay for what she did.
Fate hates me. It robbed me of my first love and left me to navigate through this world emotionless and numb. Then, one day, spiteful fate gave me a woman to fill my shattered soul and make me feel again. It gave me Emma Jane Erickson. Now I spend my days searching for the answers that will ruin Sarah and my nights falling in love with her sister—the one person who is bound and determined to save her.
But what happens when everything you know to be true explodes around you? Who will be left to pick up the pieces, and who will need to be saved from the wreckage?
Wow! I loved this book. It definitely lived up to my expectations. I loved the direction the author took the story in. There were surprises along the way that kept things really interesting. Once I started reading it I had a hard time putting it down.
Caleb was a really interesting guy in book one. He lost his fiancé and blamed Sarah Erickson for her death. He has a lot of hatred within him. So much so that he’s stuck and can’t seem to move forward with his life. Even five years later he hasn’t moved on.
When he meets Sarah’s sister, Emma, he’s immediately conflicted about his feelings for her. He’s majorly attracted to her and doesn’t want to be considering she’s Sarah’s sister. But there is just something about her that calls to him. The attraction is off the charts.
I’ll admit at first I thought their attraction / actions felt a little rushed to me. It seemed that Caleb’s feelings were a little stronger then they would be upon just meeting her. After a few chapters though everything seemed to balance out and I was on board with the direction and pace things were going between them.
Together these two had to skirt around anything pertaining to Sarah. As I said Caleb hates Sarah, but naturally Emma loves her. There was a fine line there they were walking. I think this aspect made the story that much more intense. I found myself turning page after page to see how things were going to play out.
There is a huge twist within the pages of this one that I did not see coming. I was left shaking my head because I so did not see that. It was wow!
The smexy times are comparable to adult mainstream. Maybe a tad bit hotter. They’re plentiful and well written.
Overall, I loved this book and I’m very excited to read book three. This is turning out to be a great series.Changing Course by Aly Martinez
Series: Wrecked and Ruined #1
Published by Self Published on January 29, 2014
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I met Sarah Kate Erickson when I was twenty-one years old. I was lucky enough to keep her for seven years before a tragic accident stole her from me. She didn’t die, but sometimes I think it would have been easier if she had.
I lived in a haze for those four years after the accident. Catering to her every need, even though she hated the very sight of my face. I tried to hold on to her and the future that we were supposed to build together. But you can’t hold on to someone that doesn’t exist anymore.
It wasn’t until I met Jesse Addison, a barista at the local coffee shop, that I realized I didn’t just lose Sarah that tragic night, I lost myself as well. Jesse taught me how to let go of the past and learn to love again. But what happens when your past haunts your present and the woman you used to love refuses to accept the woman you can’t live without?
I really liked this book. The storyline is unique and I was sucked in from the very first page. This is a debut novel so I really didn’t know what to expect. The reviews were good so I decided to give it a chance. I’m happy to say that I’m glad I did. I fell in love with the characters right away.
Changing Course starts off with Brett & Sarah’s story. You’ll learn how they met, how they fell in love, and also how things fell apart between them after a tragic accident. The relationship they shared was that of first love. And they were deeply in love. The playful banter between them cracked me up, but as I said before, a tragedy changed things for them.
Four years later Brett meets someone new. He’s reluctant to start anything and understandably so after all he’s been through in the past. But there is just something about Jesse that draws him to her. Even when he’s not even remotely interested in starting something.
I loved these two. The attraction was so strong between them. And given Brett’s past I wanted so badly for them to become a couple. Whereas Brett & Sarah shared that first love. I think Brett & Jesse loved on whole other level.
There’s a great twist towards the end that is set up in a way that took me by surprise. I thought I had it figured out, but like I said… I was surprised. I love it when authors write books this way. I’m a very analytical person. Normally I can figure things out before all is revealed so having this little twist added to the story and made it all the more enjoyable.
Overall, Changing Course is a fantastic read and I’m looking forward to reading book two which is due out late May.