Published by Montlake Romance on September 8, 2020
Genres: New Adult
Tropes: Small Town Romance, Rockstar Romance
Buy on Amazon, Buy on Audible
Narrator: Rock Engle, Stella Bloom
Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
Never in a million years did I think it would be Ian Parker who saved me...
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.
Confession time: Before The Wreckage of Us I’ve never read a book by Brittainy Cherry (although I do have many of them sitting patiently on my Kindle). I’m so glad I squeezed this one into my schedule – it was so worth it. This book was a kick in the feels and had so many beautiful lines, I wish I could quote them all.
When Hazel Stone starts working at the biggest farm of a small town in Nebraska the person instructing her is no other than the town’s golden boy/aspiring rock star/bad boy Ian Parker. They rub each other the wrong way from the start. Ian resents Haze because of her connection to the local drug overlord who is her stepdad and responsible for Ian’s parents’ addiction and thus leaving him when he was a kid. Haze dislikes Ian because of his shitty attitude, manwhoring and grumpiness. Forced to shack up together by Ian’s granddad Big Paw, they find common ground and soon become best friends.
If heaven was a kiss, it lived against Hazel’s lips.
Haze helps Ian with the lyrics for his songs that lack heart and soul, because Ian has his walls up. She doesn’t let that stop her though, her kindness and goodness, her understanding of who Ian is, it gets under his skin and it was so touching to see him lighten up and open his heart to the people around him. Her sass and her heart of gold quickly captures his and not even his growing success as a musician can stop their love from growing. I loved how all in he was, how nothing could distract him from Haze.
Hazel Stone was my best friend, my darling, my melody, my song. And damn . . . She sounded so good.
Haze was a wonderful young woman, who carried the weight of the world on her shoulders but never lost her optimism and faith, even when things looked really dire. Her sense of responsibility, her maturity for her young age made me admire her so much.
Truth was, he’d always been mine. I’d just been waiting for the day when I was his too.
Some parts are a punch to the heart and I really hurt for them both but Brittainy Cherry really does these characters justice and by the end you’ll be happy for Haze and Ian. They have some awesome sidekicks and I hope that the author decides to write their stories too. They have so much to give, the whole bunch of them. I also adored Ian’s grandparents. Big Paw was a grumpy bear but behind his grouchiness was a big heart.
This was such a big, unforgettable winner for me. I wish all books had this quality and depth but that’s why we have our favorites, don’t we? Ms. Cherry is well on her way to the top of that list and I’ll make sure to catch up on her backlist soon!
My chest tightened as realization set in. I was in love with a girl who loved me back. What could’ve been greater than that? No fame, no fortune, nothing. We were lucky to have found one another, lucky enough to not have given up when things got heavy. Hazel Stone had changed me. She’d showed me what ultimate strength looked like. She’d showed me unconditional love, and I hoped to do the same for her for the rest of our lives.