Book Hangover – Wrecked by Shiloh Walker

Posted Apr 17 2013, 8:00 am in , , , , , ,

51e4DrwXSdL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-70,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_I meant to write this post last week when the hangover was fresh in my mind, but then I got hit with a migraine followed by some sinus headache thing…well, you know. Anyway, I’d been looking at Wrecked long before it released. It sounded like a story that I’d love — friends to lovers is one of my all-time favorite tropes. But, the ebook is like $8 and although I love ebooks, and I know I’d spend $8 on a paperback, I’m bugged by the same price point for an ebook. Mostly I think that boils down to the lendability factor. I know if I spend money on a paperback, I can hand it off to as many people as I want. Anyway, so I wanted the book, but I’d never read Shiloh’s work before. I know her on Twitter, and she’d tweeted some lines and I was just about to buy, when someone else I follow on Twitter (thank you, Stephanie Collins) decided to give away a few copies of the book. I won.

You probably didn’t need to know that whole story, but I wanted you to know that although I didn’t spend the $8, it would’ve been worth it. The book is not perfect, but it had just the right mix of everything to make me keep reading instead of doing other important things (like sleep). Here’s the blurb:

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.

 

Like I said, the book is not perfect. There were times that I thought Abigale was a little dense. I don’t understand how she could be so clueless about Zach loving her for all those years, especially since they were so close. I can see choosing not to acknowledge it, but to really not know? I don’t know if I buy that. Before reading the book, I read the review over at Smart Bitches. Sarah made some good points. Although she thought the word DAMN was overused, I didn’t notice it at all, and I was aware of Sarah noticing it. Sarah talks about other characters being mad about Zach being in love with Abigale but doing nothing about it and mad with Abigale for not being aware of Zach’s feelings. Some of those reactions from others felt overdone to me. If they were that bothered by it, why not just tell Abigale and get it over with?

Sarah mentions that she would’ve liked Abigale to spend more time with Zach’s tattoos and I think that’s an excellent idea (hint, hint, Shiloh — we want bonus material). His tattoos are so much a part of who he is, I want to know his stories. 

Those are the nitpicky things in the book, but when it came right down to it, I didn’t care. I loved Zach. I was rooting for the two of them from page one and I didn’t want to stop reading. Abigale never frustrated me so much that I wanted to put my kindle down. In fact, on Saturday afternoon, my kindle was charging while I was working. Well, I was trying to work, but all I kept thinking was “I can read while it charges, and it’s right here next to me.” So, although I managed to finish my work before going back to read, I did stay up much too late to finish reading. Which, of course, resulted in the book hangover.

I have to say though, that the hangover was really worth it. Zach is on my list of top heroes. Yeah, he’s that good. 🙂

What was the last book that gave you a hangover? 

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