Wednesday, May 25, 2016

WRECKED by Anne Conley


Series:  Stories of Serendipity #8

Author:  Anne Conley

Publish Date:   06.10.14

Publisher:  Anne Conley

Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content

Grammar/editing:  book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused

Received from:  Anne Conley (in exchange for an honest review)

Tour by:  My Family's Heart Book Tours

Date completed:  07.14.14

Goodreads link: Wrecked  


Description from the publisher:

Welcome to Serendipity, Texas, where the days are hot and the nights are steamy. Meet real people with real problems, as they live life and find love in a small town.


One moment of distraction, and Renae causes Jason to wreck his motorcycle, setting into motion a love affair that could be her undoing.


She has big plans for her empty nest, but one night of passion changes everything. He's perfect. Too perfect, but her own stupidity entwines their lives together forever. What if she finds out he's gassy, doesn’t like kittens, has a terminal illness, or…hates babies?


Jason is just visiting his dad in Serendipity, not staying. But his plans change when things with his dad are worse than he thought. Renae is a pleasant distraction, and the more he gets to know her, the more she becomes another reason to stay.


When their lives entwine, they both have choices to make, hurts to get over, and ideals to let go of. Is it possible for them to do it, in order to get their happily ever after? Or will things be wrecked?


She started out watching the movie on the opposite end of the couch, but pretty soon she found herself flush against him, needing to feel human contact.  They shared her blanket, but it wasn’t a sexual thing.  It was comforting to feel his warmth pressed against her body.  To her delight, he jumped when she did, but when she looked at his face to see if he looked scared, he showed very little emotion.  Only his eyes held the fear that she knew her entire face was projecting.


At some point, one of his arms crawled around her shoulders and he pulled her close to him. At another point, she reached for his other hand, holding it to her chest and squeezing it when she closed her eyes against the soggy girl in the movie.  His warmth and comfort was something she had never experienced, though had often wished for.  She tried not to dwell on that thought too much.  In Renae’s experience, dwelling on the positive was inevitably a mistake.  It always set her up for a let-down. 


After it was over, Jason let out a pent up breath.  “I forgot how freaky that damn movie was.”


“Not me, I remembered.  I won’t be sleeping tonight.”  She laughed nervously and unfolded herself from the ball she’d curled up into on the couch, standing and stretching.


Jason stood too.  “I guess I should go.  As much as I would like to stay… I don’t think you want a repeat performance.”


He sounded hurt, and she wanted to reassure him.  He’d been so agreeable all night, and they’d gotten along so well.  Renae touched his arm.  “It’s not that I don’t want that, Jason, I do.  As long as we’re talking about that amazing night we shared.”  She watched as he nodded.  “But I was really drunk that night, and I want a real relationship with you.  Not like a marriage or anything, but I don’t want something based on great sex.  Does that make sense?”


He nodded soberly, waited a beat, then his face cracked into that grin that made Renae willing to do anything.  “Great, huh?”


She laughed.  “Stud-muffin caliber sex.”


He stilled, a perplexed expression on his face.  “I don’t know what that means.”  She answered with a shrug, secretly amused by his confusion.  “But sex in the future is still on the table, right?”

Renae nodded.  “Yes, I think so.”  It was something she’d considered, repeatedly.  Especially at night when she was supposed to be sleeping.


“Good.”  He lowered his head to hers and kissed her.  It was such a sweet and tender kiss, considering they’d just been talking about how great the sex between them was, that Renae was caught off guard.  She’d been preparing for a conquering kiss of triumph, since she’d just agreed they might have sex someday.  But this kiss was a consuming kiss, his warm lips softly nibbled on her lips and when she opened, he slowly swept his tongue inside, softly overwhelming her senses, until yet again she was a trembling mass of nerves.  He seemed to sense it, and his hand came to her lower back where he supported her.  He didn’t pull her closer, or press himself against her, he just held her, kissing her softly.  When his other hand reached for her face, she couldn’t stop herself from melting into him.


Her own hands tugged on his hair, adjusting the position of his face so she could deepen the kiss.  As much as she loved the tender kiss, Renae wanted more.  She whimpered into his mouth as she pulled his hair, and something seemed to snap inside Jason.  He hauled her against his body and a primal sound came from the back of his throat.  He trailed kisses across her cheek and down her neck, whispering about her smell and the things she did to him.


“No control around you… so fucking perfect… want more.”


She pulled his head back up to her face to keep kissing him and wrapped one arm around his neck while her other hand snaked down his chest.  She felt like a volcano had erupted inside her and her veins were filling with molten lava.  The only thing to quench it was Jason.


This is book eight in the Stories of Serendipity series.  Each does stand on its own, so they do not need to be read in order.


Renae has lived the last eighteen years for her daughter.  She has protected her from the small town gossip of what her father was really like, sacrificed to provide as all mothers do, especially single mothers.  Now that she has an empty nest, Renae is at a loss.  What should she do with her new, largely unwanted, freedom?  After several hobby attempts, her friends convince her to go out for the night.  There she sees the man she nearly killed while wool-gathering during the drive back from dropping her daughter off at college.  What is supposed to be a one-night stand becomes so much more as their lives seem to be fated to come together again and again.


I kept wanting to holler at Renae to get out of her own way!  I understand the feeling that you need to control or be controlled.  She chooses to control, in all things, because she has never before had someone on whom she could depend… until she meets Jason.  Jason has seen the happy life of his brother and wants the same. All he has to do is convince Renae to take a leap of faith when she has trouble with the baby steps of faith (baby steps, hehehe).


I love the realism of the characters.  I especially loved that this time our main characters are in their mid-forties and portrayed as vital, sexually available, active, and desirable people.  I have loved my visits to Serendipity, TX and will continue to visit as often as we are all invited. 


A huge thank you to Ms. Conley for another terrific escape from our busy lives to her small town!


Stories of Serendipity Series:

  1. Neighborly Complications
  2. Dream On
  3. Chef's Delight
  4. Hot Mess
  5. Falling for Him
  6. Gambling on Love
  7. My Mistake
  8. Wrecked

The Four Winds series:

  1. Falling for Heaven
  2. Falling for Grace
  3. Falling for Hope
  4. Falling for Faith (coming soon)
  5. Falling for Sin (coming soon)





  • 2 kindle copies of Wrecked
  • 3 autographed postcards from Anne Conley
  • 1 kindle copy of Boy in The Band by NJ Frost
  • 1 kindle ebook up to $2.99
  • 1 kindle copy of Arora Love’s Under My Skin – Complete Serial (or something else up to $2.99)
  • 1 Kindle copy of Bound to You, Part One, by Vanessa Booke



Thank you [My Family's Heart Book Tours] for hosting this tour.


originally posted 07.19.2014 on my previous website closed that site because I promoted authors and their books

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