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    4.5 stars- A story worth reading

    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*
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    ***5 ‘You’re Branded Inside Me’ Stars***

    ***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 ~
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