Title: Broken Course (Wrecked and Ruined, #3)
Author: Aly Martinez
Release Date: November 10, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
**Each book in this series can be read as a stand alone.**
Wrecked and Ruined
Changing Course (Wrecked and Ruined, #1)
Stolen Course (Wrecked and Ruined, #2)
Broken Course (Wrecked and Ruined, #3)
Nikki, I need to start with a confession...
Uh Oh... That never seems to be good
LOL. Well...it's not entirely bad. I just have to admit that while I love Aly Martinez and always look forward to her next book, going into this one, I was scared. I didn't like Sarah in the previous books so I really didn't see how I was going to make it through this one when it's all about her.
Ahhh. Yes, I understand. I felt the same way. Especially in Stolen Course. I wasn't a fan of hers and I wasn't sure how Aly was going to pull off the transition from antihero to heroine. But, lucky for us (and her other readers) she did a fantastic job with Sarah!
I completely agree. I didn't expect to like her but she ended up being the best part of the book. She still had her moments but you could tell that she wasn't the same person we'd met in the previous books. She had pulled herself together and started a new life.
Exactly. It was a great transition and I loved how you could still see her struggle, which I would see as a normal occurance with everything she'd been through. The wreck changed her, but she was no longer solely in that dark place. Yes, she had times when it tried to pull her in, but you could see her fight to regain herself from it. It was awesome to see.
It really was. It was also heartbreaking to see the flashbacks and just how lost she was. In Broken Course, all you saw was her brand of crazy...and it wasn't pretty. It was actually really horrible. But with the flash backs, you saw the evens from her POV and it really did make me feel for her. Don't get me wrong, her actions were deplorable but you could see just how broken she was and just how dark of a place she was at. Aly Martinez is seriously amazing with what she pulled off.
I agree! Aly Martinez did a fantastic job with Sarah. I felt so bad for her in the flashbacks and could feel her pain. It was a dark place to be and, while I agree that her actions were deplorable, you could just understand that she really wasn't in the right frame of mind.
Exactly. And because we saw just how dark she was and just how much she changed, I couldn't help but root for her and for her to get her HEA. Speaking of that HEA....let's discuss Leo.
Oh boy. Yes, Let's discuss Leo.
Leo...I really loved him in Among the Echoes. Erica and Slate were good but Leo was amazing. He was, by far, my favorite part of the book. You know how some secondary characters jump off the page and totally steal the show? Well...that was Leo for me. So when I found out he was going to be Sarah's hero, I was excited...and scared. Excited because MORE LEO!!! but scared because I didn't like Sarah and wanted better for him.
Ahhh yes. In AtE, I loved Leo as well. He really did stand out as a secondary character stealing the show. And I was excited he was going to get his own book which would lead to him getting a HEA as well.
However, all was not to be. (Don't misunderstand me, there IS a HEA)...but Leo...changed. I realize that AtE wasn't his book, so it didn't delve into his head and motives, but the guy that I loved in AtE was different. In the beginning of Broken Course, you could clearly see the Leo of yesterbook. But as soon as he hooked up with Sarah, his personality seemed to change for me. He went from being a hot alpha to more of a domineering alpha, and that didn't work for me.
Yesterbook... But I agree. While I knew he had his own dark issues to deal with (more on that in a sec) his personality did a complete makeover. I didn't like it too much. He did start out funny and sweet while still being the hot alpha we knew and loved, but then when he started to act more like a dictator than a lover, I was not happy either. There were times periodically throughout after the change that we'd get the funny and sweet Leo of 'yesterbook' and those parts I loved. But I agree with you, I didn't like the seemingly new Leo all too much.
I feel bad for saying I didn't like him because I loved him during the sweet funny moments, but the domineering parts of his personality didn't work for me. And like you said, he had his own dark issues to deal with. And speaking of those issues, I thought they were handled well by the author. She made them real and believable and I can totally see an alpha guy reacting the way he did and having problems dealing. HOWEVER, I really didn't like that he acted like a martyr, willing to fall on his sword because he refused to accept help. It was ok for Sarah to deal with issues from her past and move forward with her life, but god forbid that he should do the same.
Ok, you stole those words right out of my mouth! I don't even have a reply, because you said it so well!
There was one more aspect that I didn't like. I didn't like the way Leo constantly kept things from Sarah. She told him time and again that she hated surprises and didn't handle them well. But he never seemed to learn. There was always something he was hiding or neglecting to tell her. And it never went well for him when she found out. I won't go into the actual events/info since they're spoilers (and pretty big ones at that), but he handled everything wrong. I know he had issues and he was avoiding dealing with them, and that was part of him keeping secrets, but I just kept wondering how they could ever have a successful relationship when he wasn't willing to even try dealing with his issues and get better. I hate to say it, but at one point, after his millionth secret came out, I wanted Sarah to walk away and find someone else for her HEA. And I hated the implication that she was being selfish and jealous in how she reacted to this particular secret. I didn't blame her in her reaction one bit. It wasn't the information itself that upset her so much as that Leo kept it a secret. And I think she had every right to be mad and walk away and reevaluate their relationship when he refused to share his life with her.
LOL. That was a very succinct response.
Well, seeing as you pretty much jumped in my head and said all I would have, there wasn't much left
LOL. I'm a ninja like that.
LOL. Ok, as for our supporting characters, as ever, Caleb was fabulous! ❤ Emma and Jesse were great too. Brett was kind of a jerk, but it was to be expected. Not much else to be when faced with that awkward situation. However, I will agree with Leo when I say I don't understand how Sarah could continue to be friends with Casey. I know she explained herself, and to a point I get it, I'm just not sure I could go there myself.
OMG! I totally spaced on Casey and Eli. I have to say, I hope they don't get a book because I want nothing to do with them. That was one part I did agree with Leo on...Sarah should NOT have stayed friends with them. I'm sorry, but there's no redeeming them for me. As for Caleb, he was by far my favorite part. I live for Caleb moments. *happy sigh* I could read more books about his life with Emma.
Lol. Overall, I liked the book a lot. While there were parts that got to me, such as when Leo blurted out a certain something and I screamed 'OMG' and accidentally threw my poor kindle in the air , there were also a lot of good parts. Aly Martinez is definitely a great writer and she knows how to draw an array of emotions from her readers.
I can't believe I forgot about that moment! (you throwing your kindle in the air, not the revelation) That was one moment I was glad to be eating dust. You got there first and warned me something HUGE was coming and I held tight to my beloved kindle. But I agree with you, Aly Martinez is a master at her craft. She had me pacing the floors at another 'OMG' moment because it was so shocking. And overall, I did like the book. I would give it a solid 4 stars.
I gave it 4 stars as well!
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