Sunday, February 23, 2014

Review: 'Rescued' by Priscilla West

Rescued by Priscilla West
(Wrecked #2)
Publication Date: February 24, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Reviewed By: Christina Mock
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Buy Book 1, Wrecked, for $0.99: Amazon


“There would be no happy ending for us. He was too damaged. I was too broken.”

The conclusion to USA Today bestselling author Priscilla West’s New Adult Novel Wrecked.

Wrecked should be read before this book.

Lorrie’s semester started off hopeful but ended in disaster. Now, she’s even more lost and confused than she was at the beginning of the year. As Lorrie flees to the only family she has left, she has to come to terms with how things ended with Hunter.

Hunter has fought for so long to keep the truth from Lorrie in an effort to protect her, but that has only caused more heartache and pain.

Realizing his mistake, Hunter has made a vow to get Lorrie back, but is it too late?

Will Hunter be able to overcome his own demons and help Lorrie through her pain, or are they destined to keep hurting each other?

WRECKED (WRECKED Book One: Available Now)
RESCUED (WRECKED Book Two: Available February 24th, 2014)


Rescued picks up right where Wrecked left off. Lorrie has fled Arrowheart and has moved back in with her aunt and uncle. Hunter has nearly recovered from the big fight that nearly took his life and he has now followed Lorrie back to Indiana, ready to fight for their relationship. 

Sometimes, things happen to us that we never understand and we worry we’ll never get back to normal. But there is no normal, Lorrie. All we can do is move past the pain and hope that we have someone to stand next to us. 

Rescued is a very different book than Wrecked. WhileWrecked was about the burgeoning romance between Hunter and Lorrie, Rescued seemed far darker and explored just what Hunter and Lorrie were up against in order to make their relationship work. They were facing obstacles left and right. From Lorrie’s demons of the past to Hunter’s medical condition, it just seemed as though the stars were aligned against them. This book didn’t have nearly the amount of heat that the first possessed, but you could sense that their relationship was becoming deeper and more meaningful. Like there was definitely more at stake than simply losing a boyfriend or girlfriend, we’re talking soul mate status. 

I’m never gonna understand why I have this disease and I’m never gonna know what the future holds for me. For a long time I was scared of that. But I’m not scared anymore. 

I love the banter between Hunter and Lorrie. Little things, like Hunter calling Lorrie “Snorrie” when she’d been sleeping just made him a very endearing character to me. It is little touches like that that really gave the characters life. I appreciated that Ms. West allowed Hunter’s maturity of his situation shine. Having been given a life-changing diagnosis myself, I am far too familiar with working with the reality of a “new normal”. Thankfully I’m older and in a far more established relationship, but Hunter’s reaction to everything really puts everything into perspective.

In summary, I give Rescued 4 ½ stars. The pacing seemed to be a bit slower than the first book and I found myself not quite as emotionally invested as I was in the first. That’s not to say it wasn’t a good book, it absolutely was, but it just didn’t give me the butterflies in the stomach like Wrecked did. I have to admit too that it was really starting to look like Hunter and Lorrie weren’t going to get their HEA, but in the Epilogue to end all Epilogues, everything was right with the world. I was truly happy to see these two characters, whom I have come to care about, finally get what they deserved, not just for themselves, but also from each other.

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