This was kind of a disappointment. When I read the description for ‘Wrecked’ I was excited to read it. I am not averse to the new adult genre as a whole or steamy college sex with a Mary Sue kind of girl and tattooed bad boy. I am a sucker for books featuring tall, muscled and tattooed guys practicing martial arts or sports like ice hockey, football etc (an equivalent for the tall, heavily muscled Viking / Indian / Earl or even the occasional Gypsy). I’ve read a few other new adult novels and sometimes it's fun. They are my guilty pleasures, just like the bodice-rippers from the 90es.
I was sure I would like this one, too. What a letdown. This book reminded me so much of Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, it felt partly as reading bad fan fiction.
So the college. There is not much to tell about that college, apparently it is super small, but it has a few coffee bars and of course a Starbucks. By the way, does Starbucks pay new adult authors for the in-book-advertisement? Almost every NA romance has a Starbucks in it. And I hate the Cappuccino from Starbucks. It has absolutely no flavor. Exactly like this book. Back to the college! I would have appreciated if we got a bit more college life experience into the book: funny / quirky teachers and students, frat life experience, hilarious stories about dorms, even the city you are living in, the problems with money and your next job. All this would have been nice, would have provided background noise to this bare stripped story. Come on there is this new girl in college who supposedly likes art and she doesn’t even go to a vernissage or visits a nearby art collection? My friends and I were all over the place going to the newest, most scandalous theater production during my time at the university studying dramaturgy and theater in Munich. And let me tell you that those sounds coming from my friend’s mouth when I took him to a modern dance production without his consent would have been frightening if they weren’t so hilarious.
I tried to overlook this missing background to the story (and character) hoping it would get better in time. No such luck because Lorrie is easily one of the most annoying female lead characters right along with Abby from Beautiful Disaster, Brooke from Real and Julia from Gabriel’s Inferno. They are all equally stupid. Lorrie was such a drama queen, like when she fell asleep on Hunter’s couch during a video night. Now you listen to me girl: I fell asleep on the shoulder of someone sitting next to me during a conference. It was the 3rd day of this mega conference, I was sleep deprived due to way too many parties and it was 10 o’clock in the morning. And the guy next to me was big and fat and his shoulder looked simply comfy. When he woke me up after the talk, I was terribly sorry to have drooled on his suit, and he was very happy to get a coffee for free.
Where is the drama in sleeping on someone’s couch? This whole friendship between Lorrie and Hunter is weird. Friendship is about trust, but Lorrie doesn’t even trust him with her last name. Even though half of the campus knows about her tragic past, she believes that not telling him her last name will prevent him finding out. LOL, stupid much, girl? This girl is neither funny, nor very bright and, to be honest, she isn’t the most likable person. I just couldn’t relate to her at all and that really ruined it for me.
*I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*