Two years ago, Lorrie’s mother was murdered. But that wasn’t the end of it. Reeling from the tragedy, Lorrie’s father spiraled into alcohol, depression, and finally suicide.
The two most important people in Lorrie’s life are both gone but she’s still alive.
Trying to recover from the tragedy, Lorrie returns to campus, ready to pick up the pieces of her life. All Lorrie wants is to get back to “normal.”
Then she meets Hunter. The man, the legend, “the Hammer.”
Hunter is a cage fighter who takes on every fight like he’s got nothing to lose. His life is a tangled mess of girls, booze, and fist fights. And while it may seem like he’s got a devil-may-care attitude, he’s fighting a private cage-match with a monster he can’t defeat.
Lorrie knows that Hunter is the exact type of guy she should stay away from, especially in her fragile state, but Hunter has other ideas.
As Hunter and Lorrie grow closer together, will they be able to overcome their pain and heal each other? Or will they both end up wrecked?
RESCUED (WRECKED BOOK TWO: Coming Early 2014)
In all honesty, I went back and forth on how I wanted to rate this book. I was really torn because by about 50% into this book, I started REALLY disliking the heroine. However, I don’t feel I can completely judge a book just for my dislike of one character, especially if there is so much more to it than what’s going on with that particular character. The story is not necessarily a happy one. Are there happy parts? Of course! But most of the story is angst and drama, drama, drama.
Lorrie, our heroine, is trying to move forward from her tragic past and attempt some normalcy. In order to do this, she decides to go back to Arrowheart college where she wants to focus on school and getting past her parents horrible deaths. What she doesn’t plan on is meeting womanizer, bad boy, MMA fighter Hunter. There are sparks from the start between these two, however Lorrie knows that she is not mentally and emotionally ready for a relationship, so they agree to be friends. Which of course means she is stringing him along for the majority of the book and acts like a cray cray jealous “girlfriend” when he pays attention to other girls. Thankfully, as they grow closer, their feelings for one another become stronger and they eventually become a couple. That was pretty predictable. On the contrary, I was not expecting all the secrets between these two to remain for so long! There is no real communication between the couple, which leads us to a heart-wrenching cliffhanger at the end.
So, you get the gist of the plot. Like other reviews have said, it kind of has a Beautiful Disaster feel to it, but it is way more tragic. BOTH main characters have some serious problems. From the beginning, we know what Lorrie’s problems are, but we don’t find out about Hunter’s until the very end. And man, is it a big one.
Now, on to my big issue with this story. Lorrie. At first, I liked her. I understood her pain. I understood why she didn’t want to get involved with Hunter. What I didn’t like was that she would freak out every two seconds if they did something that she didn’t feel was “friendly” and how she got jealous of other girls when they weren’t even together (by her own accord). I personally thought Lorrie rejected him for too long that it just got annoying. I honestly don’t know what Hunter saw in her to stay strung along for so long. Then, by the end, it got to the point when all I hear is “poor me, poor me” and my life sucks so much more than anyone else’s. To top it off, she was the most selfish person imaginable. In her defense, I get that she didn’t know what was going on with Hunter, but I still don’t fully understand her reasoning for leaving. I mean, I know why she did, but she had more reason to stay than go in my opinion. It seemed like a total cop-out and the typical running away from your problems.
Hunter was a different story. Yes, he was a bit of a playboy, but that was before he and Lorrie became an item. He only wanted to make her happy and even when they weren’t a couple, he still felt remorse for “hooking up” with other girls. He was caring, sweet, loveable, with just enough roughness to not make him a pansy. The only negative I’d have to say about Hunter was the fact that he didn’t tell Lorrie his secret. I felt a lot of problems could have been avoided if he’d just been upfront with her from the beginning.
Now, onto more important stuff. SEX. The scenes were creative and HOT! So hot that I was actually blushing! Seriously, it’s been a while since I’ve read such creative sex scenes (in particular the bathroom/breakfast scene). I loved that the author didn’t overload on sex scenes, but had plenty to make it interesting.
Did I love this book? Not really. Did I like it? Absolutely. I really did enjoy the plot and most of the characters were fantastic. Like I said earlier, I only had a real issue with Lorrie, and even that wasn’t until halfway through. I would like to point out again that there is a cliffhanger…actually, a major cliffhanger, so if you don’t like that, you might want to wait until the sequel comes out to read this. I am looking forward to reading the next book to find out if Lorrie and Hunter get their HEA.