Adult Fiction book review

The Wreckage of Us by Brittainy Cherry

About the Book

I know I should stay away from Ian Parker. But when my drug-dealing stepdad kicks me out, I have nowhere to go. Squatting in an abandoned shed on Ian’s grandpa’s farm seems like as good a plan as any.

Ian finds me there, of course, and he insists on me moving into his spare room. I should say no, but the appeal of a roof and a warm bed is too much. Not to mention Ian’s brown eyes and strong arms.

We’re nothing alike, but the spark between us is undeniable. My life is finally looking up. Until I call the cops on my stepdad and unintentionally get my pregnant mom arrested.

Now I have to sacrifice my dreams to take care of my mom’s baby. She’s the only family I have left. Meanwhile, Ian’s band is taking off; his dreams are coming true. Ian is my one chance at love. I just hope he doesn’t become the one chance that got away.

About the Author

Brittainy Cherry has been in love with words since she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a bachelor’s degree in theater arts and a minor in creative writing. She loves to take part in writing screenplays, acting, and dancing—poorly, of course. Coffee, chai tea, and wine are three things that she thinks every person should partake in. Cherry lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her family. When she’s not running a million errands and crafting stories, she’s probably playing with her adorable pets.

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Librarian Laura’s Review of The Wreckage of Us

In the small town of Eres, Nebraska, Eres Ranch is one of the biggest employers, featuring both a successful ranch and a Farmhouse restaurant. The ranch has been run by Big Paw and Holly Parker for over sixty years, a couple now in their eighties and still in love like teenagers. Eighteen year old Hazel Stone surprises grumpy Big Paw when she asks for a job at the ranch, knowing fully that ranch workers make double the money as the restaurant workers. Hazel needs money fast if she has any hope of getting her drug-addicted mother away from her abusive, dangerous drug dealing step-father, Charlie Riley. To make matters worse, her mother is pregnant, causing Hazel to feel even more responsible for taking care of her and keeping her safe, even when she treats Hazel with contempt, encouraged by Charlie to do so.

Hazel is thankful for a job and the ability to focus on working hard, in hopes that the sadness and loneliness she feels doesn’t overtake her. What she didn’t expect, however, was to have to learn the job from Big Paw’s grandson, Ian Parker, who is as handsome as he is cocky. Hazel remembers Ian from school, changing girls as fast as he did his socks, and who never gave her the time of day. The real Hazel was always hiding behind layers of black clothing and heavy makeup. Though Ian is brash and treats her like the enemy, Hazel intends to prove him wrong and make it through the grueling hours of grunt work he assigns to her. Ian and his three best friends have a successful band called Wreckage, and Hazel enjoys hearing them practice at the ranch, even if she wants to scream at him. Ian is ridiculously hot and with a voice that makes all the ladies swoon, so why is he so closed off and unhappy. Though Hazel assumes Ian has had an easy life, he struggles with some of the same things she does. Will she be able to break through his tough exterior before he pushes her away for good?

I would highly recommend this steamy, small town enemies-to-lovers romance. It’s set on a beautiful ranch in Nebraska featuring a gorgeous, broody lead vocals singer in an internet-famous rock band and a headstrong, beautiful girl bursting with love and kindness. When they are in forced proximity, both tension and sparks will fly, and you won’t want to miss it!

Thank you to Montlake Romance for providing me with a review copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.


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