Title: Changing Course (Wrecked and Ruined #1)
Author: Aly Martinez
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 29, 2014
I met Sarah Kate Erickson when I was 21 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?
Excerpt"Shall we make a little bet?" I ask, twirling my thumbs like an evil madman. "Aren't you sick of losing yet?" She laughs so hard at her own joke, she almost rolls out of the chair. Her reaction alone is enough to make me laugh right along with her. This girl is drunk...and beautiful. And drunk. And sexy as hell. And drunk. And so very fuckable. Did I mention drunk? She isn't in the danger zone, where she is going to be hating her very existence tomorrow. She's in that loose-lipped-say-things-that-will-make-you-cringe-the-next-day stage. I would be lying if I said I wasn't enjoying the hell out of seeing her in this state. Jesse always seems to have a filter when she talks to me. It's as if, she analyzes every word in her mind twelve times before actually spitting out a sentence. Since she started drinking, she hasn't stopped talking. She has officially made the leap from best friend’s little sister, to woman I want to fuck. Jesus, what the hell am I saying? Am I drunk too? "So, is that a yes or no to the bet?" I smile, glancing down and catch a glimpse of her peaked chilled nipples. "You cold, Jess?" I ask, nodding down at her nipples noticeably showing thorough her skimpy excuse for a dress. I watch her eyes travel down her own body and her cheeks immediately redden. Oh shit! I really am drunk! Why the fuck would I say that to her? Better yet, when the hell did I lose my filter tonight? Oh God, what else have I said to her without thinking? I frantically try to think of a way to moonwalk out of this conversation. She's uncomfortable, and I'm mortified. We both know it too. It's written all over our faces, but in our drunken states, neither one of us can think of anything to say.
Changing Course by Aly Martinez was a fantastic debut novel and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. When I was already crying by the end of the prologue, I knew I was in for a wild, crazy ride, and this book did not disappoint.
Brett Erickson was a pretty damn lucky guy. He had beautiful wife who he loved more than life itself, a great job, and a couple of pretty awesome friends. From the moment Brett met Sarah, he knew she was the woman he was supposed to spend the rest of his life with.
Unfortunately, one day everything in Brett's world comes crashing down when Sarah and her best friend Manda are involved in a car crash. Manda is Caleb's fiancee, and Caleb just so happens to be Brett's best friend and detective partnet. One night the lives of these four people are changed forever.
Four years later, Brett's still reeling from the loss of Sarah. And through flashbacks, we see the aftermath of the crash and it's utterly heartbreaking. Admittedly, I cried my eyes out for Brett, and even for Sarah as those scenes unfolded. There some pretty heart-wrenching, breath-stopping sobs going on over here.
Since the accident, Brett's vowed to never move on. Too bad for him, because cute, sweet coffee shop barista, Jesse, has her eyes on him and when she asks him out, he's unable to say no.
As they spend more time together, Brett's walls begin to crack, but can Jesse be enough to finally allow Brett to let of of the past and finally move on?
This book tore me apart from the very first page, and I absolutely loved every single second of it. Aly Martinez does an incredible job conveying all kinds of emotions, and I felt every single heartbreaking emotion right along with Brett, Sarah, Jesse, and Caleb. I'd be laughing and swooning on one page, then bawling my eyes out a short while later. Martinez has created characters that you come to genuinely care about- yes, even the 'villain.'
This was a brilliant debut novel that left me breathless, happy, and still wanting so much more. I can't wait to read all about Caleb in book two! Pick up Changing Course now. It's a heart-wrenchingly beautiful read that will stay with you for a very long time.
My thoughts while reading in gif form:
|01/20||10.0%||"This is just as hard the second time around.|
|01/20||22.0%||"LOL I am loving Brett!!|
|01/20||26.0%||"I feel like a nine month old pregnant woman who was just told she still has months to go. The cries. The feels. Jesus. The way the flashbacks are woven into this story is perfect, and so damn heartbreaking.|
|01/21||52.0%||"Regardless of how effed up she is, I feel for Sarah. I want to give her a big old hug. :(|
|01/21||56.0%||"Don't mind me. I'm just over here. Getting all hot and bothered. Yum!|
|01/21||56.0%||"Feel free to wake me up that way, too, Brett.|
|01/21||56.0%||"Love Love Love Love!!!|
|01/21||56.0%||"Vegetable report?! And I'm dying!"|
About the AuthorI’m a 32 year old wife and stay at home mom to four kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. My life is crazy, which is probably why I drink entirely too much wine. Oh who am I kidding, I had a love affair with wine long before the kids came along. I was born and raised in Savannah Georgia, but we recently moved to Chicago. Let me tell you, this southern girl was not ready for the cold weather up here! I’m an avid reader, but I haven’t always been that way. A few years ago my sister loaned me her Nook Color, and it changed my life forever. In the span of about two years, I read over 500 books. My newfound love of reading led me to start a book blog with two of my best friends. (Insert shameless plug here: WhiteZinBookends.com). Through WZ Bookends, I've had the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing authors, bloggers, and readers out there. Now that I have taken the leap into writing my own book, they’ve all shown me endless amounts of encouragement and support. While driving home from Walmart one day in late October, a story embedded itself in my head and would not let go. It spiraled out of control until I finally opened my laptop and started writing. This journey has been a wild ride filled with tears, hand cramps, and tons of laughs. I love company, so follow me at one of the social links below and join me aboard this crazy train!
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