Review: Wrecked by A. K. MacBride

wreckedTitle: Wrecked

Author: A. K. MacBride

Year of publication: Just released! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Family company executive Kenzie Michaels

The hero: Mechanic/glassblower Brett Carter

The blurb: What would you do for the one you love?

Me? I traded my freedom for hers.

But then she betrayed me and left me to rot without so much as a goodbye. You know how they say you need to forgive and forget?
Well, I can’t. I won’t. In fact, I’m good with never laying eyes on Kenzie Michaels again.

Unfortunately for me, life has other plans. So when the woman who ripped my heart out of my chest – and stomped on it for good measure – shows up in my town, I’m left dealing with feelings both old and new.

And a single question that rules my every thought: Do I give in and fight for the future we were supposed to have?

Standalone or series: This is book two in the Willow Creek series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: This was a very nicely done second chance romance. Brett Carter and Kenzie Michaels had planned forever, until getting stopped by the police one night tore them apart. Brett took the fall for Kenzie, and his life was never the same.

Kenzie has moved on. She works for her parents, has a boyfriend they approve of, and thinks she has a great life… until her car breaks down on the way to visit a client and the nearest town is the one avoided for the last twelve years. She’s stuck in Willow Creek, and it doesn’t take long before she runs into the one man she knew she wouldn’t be able to avoid.

There’s a lot of hurt on both sides, due to miscommunication and interference. When they finally sat down and really talk, they realise not all was as it seemed.

This is a slow burn romance, so the impatient part of me wanted them to just kiss, but the author does a nice job of building up the tension. When they finally realise the love they had never truly went away, they know nothing will keep them apart this time. I adored Brett; he was a wonderful man who was heartbroken for a long time. He’s also a glassblower and makes butterflies, and it seemed like such a beautiful craft that suited him. I adored this book and was cheering Brett and Kenzie on to have their happy ending.