Review: Wrecked (Axle Alley Vipers #3) by Sherilee Gray

Title: Wrecked
Author: Sherilee Gray
Series: Axle Alley Vipers #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
He’s driving her crazy…

Piper West is finally on her own, and it’s time to get crazy. Except that her overprotective big bro has enlisted his ex-cop best friend to keep an eye on his baby sister. With every move monitored and reported back, Piper’s life has gone from “going crazy” to “being driven crazy.” But a searing-hot kiss with her sexy and scarred watchdog is just the game-changer she needs…

Cole Black owes Piper’s brother big-time, but there’s nothing easy about his new assignment. Piper is all feisty sexiness and curves meant to tempt a man beyond reason, and Cole can’t stop himself. Now he’s caught up in a hunger like nothing he’s ever known, and he can’t get enough…

Even if Piper’s the one girl he’s not allowed to have.

My Review:
A fantastic friends to lovers romance full to the brim with love, laughter, angst, pain, longing, and heartfelt emotions.

Cole has shut himself off to all those closest to him in the aftermath of a tragedy. Blaming himself for the death of his partner, he believes he deserves to suffer and disregards all the plans he had made for his future. His biggest goal had been to return to his hometown and win the hand of the girl he has always loved, but he accepts that that will never be, as he feels he isn’t good enough or worthy enough of her anymore.

Pipe West has always been in love with her big brothers bestie, Cole. They had an easy going relationship until she came of age and realized her feelings ran deep. But he had a job and a life far away so she has been pining in silence. When he returns, he is a shell of his former self, and she is determined to help him in any way she can.

Characterization was superb in this book and I felt all of Cole’s devastation and grief and all of Pipe’s soul-deep longing for the one guy who has always seemed out of her reach. This was an angst-filled read that also had it’s fair share of sweet and sexy times.

I did feel like the inner monologue was very repetitive at times (especially Cole’s) and I did skim over parts that I felt were redundant. Sometimes, the plot got lost in all the sex, and the stalker plot line was a bit weak and cliche. This is the main reason why this is a 4-star, not 5-star read.

It was well written, and I loved the family-n-friends dynamic, and I’m intrigued about the other couples and will definitely pick up their books at some point.

All in all, this was a really great read, and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

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