4 Stars for Changing Course (Wrecked and Ruined #1) by Aly Martinez

Posted June 1, 2014 by FMA in 4 Stars - It quenched my addiction!

4 Stars for Changing Course (Wrecked and Ruined #1) by Aly MartinezChanging Course by Aly Martinez
Series: Wrecked and Ruined #1
Also in this series: Stolen Course, Broken Course
on January 26th 2014
Pages: 251


I met Sarah Kate Erickson when I was twenty-one years old. I was lucky enough to keep her for seven years before a tragic accident stole her from me. She didn’t die, but sometimes I think it would have been easier if she had.

I lived in a haze for those four years after the accident. Catering to her every need, even though she hated the very sight of my face. I tried to hold on to her and the future that we were supposed to build together. But you can’t hold on to someone that doesn’t exist anymore.

It wasn’t until I met Jesse Addison, a barista at the local coffee shop, that I realized I didn’t just lose Sarah that tragic night, I lost myself as well. Jesse taught me how to let go of the past and learn to love again. But what happens when your past haunts your present and the woman you used to love refuses to accept the woman you can’t live without?

**Intended for readers 18+. Each book in this series can be read as a standalone.**


Suffering from a major book hangover, I had started and stopped several books before settling into this one. It’s not that they were bad, they just weren’t capable of filling the huge gap left in my heart the last book I had finished created. Once I settled into this book (which was fairly quickly), I knew it was a winner.

There is quite a bit of angst in the beginning. And, while there is a sad undertone through out most of the book, (except the end of course 🙂 ) things do lighten up. The writing was good, and engaging. The characters were as solid as the plot.

The book is told in dual POV and starts with that of our hero, Brett Sharp. He tells the heart wrenching tale of the tragedy that took his wife, Sarah.

“She was more than my everything, Sarah was my forever.”

Four years later, we meet Jesse, a sweet, sassy, shy “girl next door”. She also happens to have a HUGE crush on Brett. However, he is unable to move on from his past. He is riddled with guilt, and has such a strong sense of responsibility for those involved, that he can’t let go and move on.

“I think he might feel guilty for not sharing my feelings. Just what Brett needs, more guilt. He and I live in a perfect little world of denial. We don’t talk about Sarah or our feelings. We definitely don’t talk about a future together. We just exist.”

As the story evolves we see that Jesse has the patience and understanding of a Saint! She helps Brett work through his demons and re-figure his new future.
She was his silence, he was her future.

“But for me, these last few days have been an awakening. I now see the sun behind the fog, and it’s a damn good feeling.”

“When I’m with you, Jesse, everything else is silent. It’s magical.”

I loved Caleb, Brett’s friend and partner, and I can’t wait to read more about him. Talk about a sad, tormented soul, this poor man needs to be rescued.

Onto the next one!!! Stolen Course (Wrecked and Ruined, #2) by Aly Martinez


About Aly Martinez

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

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