Author Catherine Cowles brings you an addictive small-town romance series full of protective heroes and suspenseful twists and turns. Wrecked Beginnings contains the first three standalone novels in the Wrecked series.
I loved him before I knew what the word meant.
From skinned knees to first dates and everything in between.
But he was never mine to love.
I settled for friendship, even though I always wanted more.
That was before.
Before he ripped my world apart and didn’t bother sticking around to help me pick up the pieces.
I knit every last shred back together all on my own.
And I’ve all but forgotten his name.
Now, he’s back, and everything is torn apart once more.
But he’s not the only one doing the tearing this time.
And there might be no stopping the person who has it out for us both.
My past taught me to play it safe.
To stay far away from handsome men who promised it all.
My life was good without them. Stable, secure, predictable.
But one kiss showed me that I’d been playing it safe for far too long.
One night and all I wanted was more of his wildfire.
One challenge and my carefully constructed walls tumbled down.
Amidst the rubble, I realized there was more to this man than I ever dreamed.
When everything fell apart, he showed me what it meant to stay.
How to truly live.
But some demons don’t stay buried.
The past can come knocking when you least expect.
And the life he’s showing me might be shorter than either of us expected…
One night was all it took for everything to change.
From college student to guardian in a single breath.
My siblings became my world.
No time for date nights or romantic dreams.
I traded quiet weekends for sleepless nights.
Giving my all to make sure they were cared for.
But Griffin had a brokenness that called to me—one that mirrored my own.
Gruff and just a little bit reckless.
He was the last thing I needed. But everything I wanted.
Only someone isn’t happy about this new life I’m building.
Deciding to set fire to everything I hold close.
And when the smoke clears, there might be only ashes left behind…
There really aren’t words to describe this book and Ms. Cowles’s words. Each book I read I love more and more and this book is no different. I have to admit I was sad to leave Sutter Lake but man, now I want to move to Anchor Island and I’m ok being in a new place with new characters. And boy these characters. Bell and Ford, yes Ford. I remember him from the beginning and I love that we got his story! Anyways, their life. From the very beginning of this book I was hooked and my heart was pretty much bleeding. But what Ms. Cowles’ does best is putting your heart back together when reading. And she did that and then some. I adore the crap out of these two and their friends. And I can’t wait for more. Maybe they’ll be a little easier on the heart. But then again, a book where I can cry and laugh at the same time is one I’ll never regret reading. It means it’s one of the good ones. One that can get multiple emotions from me is one I will never forget. Ford and Bell are stuck in my heart and I will love them and this book always! And I really want to take a trip to Anchor Island!!!
Every time I finish one of Ms. Cowles books I think I’ve read my favorite one. And then I read the next one and I’m just blown out of the water! Kenna and Crosby are EVERYTHING! I couldn’t put this book down. There’s some emotion, there’s laughter and tears, and there’s one big douche bag. But all together it’s just omg amazing!! And I really love Anchor Island. Plus we see appearances from our other favorite characters too! I can’t wait for our next adventure on this island!
I have no words. No words that will do this book any justice at all. This is without a doubt my most favorite book by Ms. Cowles. And yes it’s the first day of 2021 but I know without a doubt it will be one of my top reads this year. I have been waiting for Caelyn and Griffin’s story. I love this entire series but I’ve been intrigued by Caelyn from the beginning. I was sucked right in and I couldn’t put this book down. Mia stole my heart right along with Griffin and of course, Caelyn, Will, and Ava. I mean they all really did but Mia, man she’s a little spitfire and the best. I just don’t have the words to describe my love for this story. I was hooked and just so much love! Ms. Cowles has the best right here! My favorite book of hers and her best one yet!
Three fab books wrapped into on amazing box set
Beautiful story about moving beyond unimaginable hurts to take a chance on love.
It’s the first book in the series, but (*bonus*) has tie-ins to her previous books (if you haven’t read them, bump them up on your TBR).
Thank goodness I started to read this on a weekend. I don’t know how I would have imagined putting it down to work! I was drawn in immediately and found myself rooting for Bell and Ford from the start. Ms. Cowles knocked it out of the park with this one!
She artfully and creatively created realistic characters that immediately found a way in my heart. Ford is a man living with the guilt of a teen, needing redemption, but afraid to hope. Bell is living half a life, avoiding anything that might bring painful memories to life. She’s spent her adult life trying to avoid her hypercritical mother and distant father while letting Ford’s parents pull her in as an adoptive member of her family.
Reckless Memories is a beautiful story about moving beyond unimaginable heart wrecking pains of the past to take a chance on love. It’s got family, healing, revenge, second chance, and true-blue friends … with suspense, romance, and sigh-worthy witty dialogue and declarations of love that are heart stopping in their honesty.
Holey Moley! Perfect Wreckage, Catherine Cowles’ second book in the Wrecked series, is amazing .. as in AMAZING!!!
... insta re-read of multiple scenes that I can only describe to be raw, honest, and romantic beyond belief.
Realistic characters, storyline that moves the series forward while simultaneously being a standalone, and a plot and subplot that is incredibly well written and tightly woven.
If you read the first book in the series, you’ve been introduced to Bell, Carolyn, Kenna and Ford ... they are all in Perfect Wreckage in all their glory!
Kenna and Crosby have a slow burn that turns into sizzling romance. Crosby pushes Kenna and her friends to drop her shields and let in those that she trusts ... all while he remains steadfast in his own world. She’s relying on Crosby’s legal skills to help her defend her recent inheritance from Harriet, whose loss has dealt Kenna a breathtaking blow ... only to be increased by the legal challenge by her former boyfriend Grant and his family.
Perfect Wreckage is a friends to lovers, HEA, suspenseful romance story that is one you’ll want to download immediately ... and clear your calendar because you’ll want to immerse yourself in Anchor Island and Kenna’s story.
Sometimes when things seem hopeless & there is no way one, the path clears and one realizes that riches and beauty you dared not dream of are in reach.
This is the story of Wrecked Palace, Catherine Cowels’ third book in the Wrecked series. It’s Caelyn and Griffin’s story, characters from her other books. Each of them thought they were saving the other ... but really they were saving themselves. The one thing they could agree on is the kids ... Caelyn’s young sisters and teenaged brother. The story is set on Anchor Island, a place I desperately hope is real (but am afraid to look up for fear that it is not!)
Wrecked Palace is a HEA part of a series that is so well written you can read it as a standalone. I loved the book from the start and didn’t want it to end.
Ms. Cowels has written another home run with well developed, realistic characters that will wrap around your heart from the start. The storyline is continual and robust with subplots of unimaginable loss, of picking yourself up by the bootstraps, of taking chances, of bravery, fidelity, passion, and trust.
I generously received an ARC from the author and am pleased to leave my honest review
I received an ARC. This is my honest review
Three books in one bundle!
Welcome to the first three books in Catherine Cowles’s Wrecked series, all in one place!
My sleep deprivation was well worth it with this book. Bell and Ford grabbed me from the very first pages of their story and they didn’t let me go until the very end. They’ve both got a lot of guilt and misery and anger that has built and festered for over a decade, so when they meet again, it’s only a matter of time before they either destroy each other or move forward together. The only problem is that someone doesn’t want them to forget or heal. Someone wants something so much worse for both of them. But who?
I spent most of the book guessing, wondering, picking up and tossing aside suspects, and breaking over the pain of survivor’s guilt that surrounds Bell and Ford that I’m surprised I made it out in one piece. This story was amazing and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. And when the bitter party is revealed? My jaw dropped at the history and secrets that trotted into the light. But the good part about dragging secrets out of the dark is that freedom is just around the corner. And thanks to these secrets coming out, Bell and Ford can finally live a life full of so much more than guilt and regret. And they can do that together.
This series just continues to deliver. The angst, the emotion, the very real feeling I get when joining the characters on their journeys it happy...and Crosby and Kenna made me feel all of it SO strongly. They’re both used to people abandoning them or leaving in an untimely fashion, so when Kenna’s only mother figure passes on, it’s up to Crosby to help her fight for what Harriet truly wanted. It’s a good thing both Kenna and Crosby are strong and have a strong circle of friends, too, because this fight gets dirty. And during that fight, Crosby has to face old, seemingly unrelated demons that threaten everything he never thought he wanted now while Kenna fights yet again to be left alone by a family that has already wronged her in some of the worst ways possible.
This author excels at writing thoroughly engaging stories, and Griffin’s and Caelyn’s is SO much that. They’ve both got painful pasts, they both had to forge their way before they were truly ready, and they’ve both been trying to live a life regardless. Caelyn is doing better at that last part than Griffin because she’s got such a great support system in her family and family-by-choice, but Griffin is more than ready to leave his solitary ways behind if it means he gets some of Caelyn’s sunshine in his days. While they both find their way, their friendship blossoms into what could easily be a beautiful forever together, but they have to figure out who means to do them harm first. And figuring that out is much easier said than done. Does a friend or foe or stranger wish to do them harm? There are a few possibilities and I wondered about each one. So when it all comes to a head, I was halfway shocked and all the way stunned by how it went down. But nothing can stand in the way of richly deserved happiness for Griffin and Caelyn, right? Or so we hope.
I especially admire how Catherine manages to keep each plot wholly unique and gripping. I never want to put her books down and I always want more, like the selfish reader I am. She never fails to impress, nor does she ever let me down. I can’t wait to keep moving on with this series because every story manages to top the one before it.