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Dark cloud, meet seven-foot wall of sunshine. We’ve been friends for almost a year, we both volunteer at my brother-in-law’s gym for combat vets, and the chemistry between us is undeniable. So, getting together should be a no brainer, right? Yeah, not so much. Pairing up the joyful refugee NBA hero with me - the grumpy wanna-be artist who cracks jokes about being waterboarde Dark cloud, meet seven-foot wall of sunshine. We’ve been friends for almost a year, we both volunteer at my brother-in-law’s gym for combat vets, and the chemistry between us is undeniable. So, getting together should be a no brainer, right? Yeah, not so much. Pairing up the joyful refugee NBA hero with me - the grumpy wanna-be artist who cracks jokes about being waterboarded - has got to be the mother of all bad ideas. An even worse idea? Let’s add a splash of kink to the mix. Surrender is a post-military, hurt-comfort MM romance with gentle power exchange, a therapy office set next to a sex club, and a gym full of scorching hot head cases.


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Dark cloud, meet seven-foot wall of sunshine. We’ve been friends for almost a year, we both volunteer at my brother-in-law’s gym for combat vets, and the chemistry between us is undeniable. So, getting together should be a no brainer, right? Yeah, not so much. Pairing up the joyful refugee NBA hero with me - the grumpy wanna-be artist who cracks jokes about being waterboarde Dark cloud, meet seven-foot wall of sunshine. We’ve been friends for almost a year, we both volunteer at my brother-in-law’s gym for combat vets, and the chemistry between us is undeniable. So, getting together should be a no brainer, right? Yeah, not so much. Pairing up the joyful refugee NBA hero with me - the grumpy wanna-be artist who cracks jokes about being waterboarded - has got to be the mother of all bad ideas. An even worse idea? Let’s add a splash of kink to the mix. Surrender is a post-military, hurt-comfort MM romance with gentle power exchange, a therapy office set next to a sex club, and a gym full of scorching hot head cases.

30 review for Surrender

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kelsie ♡

    DNF @ 75% Nothing is happening and the Hallmark vibe is strong.

  2. 5 out of 5

    SoCalBookReviews

    This book was really good too. I really loved book one. In this one however, there were a few spots that I think could have used a little more development. I was a little confused at times because some parts just felt a little too rushed where I think more information would have been helpful rather than less. But, I still liked this book and will wait patiently for Roly's book to arrive...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anabela.M.

    I was already intrigued by Jean-Pierre and Jake reading the previous book in the series. They were so cute and obviously crushing on one another, the guys at Wrecked making bets on how long it would take them to admit their feelings. 𝗦𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 allowed me, of course, to know them better. The speculations on Jake's past were cleared and, in a way, his difficulties in dealing with the aftermath of what he's been through were just another way he could connect more with Jean-Pierre. And I liked that I was already intrigued by Jean-Pierre and Jake reading the previous book in the series. They were so cute and obviously crushing on one another, the guys at Wrecked making bets on how long it would take them to admit their feelings. 𝗦𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 allowed me, of course, to know them better. The speculations on Jake's past were cleared and, in a way, his difficulties in dealing with the aftermath of what he's been through were just another way he could connect more with Jean-Pierre. And I liked that neither of them denied wanting each other. Jake was waiting to be in the right mind set and Jean-Pierre for the perfect timing, but they undoubtedly were on the same page in wanting a relationship. So, this book was about them making their way towards clicking perfectly together. It was an emotional ride, both of them giving and taking comfort, slowly falling deeper and deeper in love. There was an unexpected amount of sweet talking involved, with sugary terms of endearment, which added to the cuteness. The amazing thing, though, was the surprising side of kink the author gave to their dynamic, turning their passionate moments into hot and intense experiences. What I liked most about 𝗦𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 was that Jean-Pierre and Jake were never alone. The author has written an amazing array of secondary characters: family members, friends and the Wrecked crew. And they were all meddling, giving advice or making bets, their interactions entertaining and showing how much they care about each other. Their participation and the development of Jake and Jean-Pierre's relationship made it so that the book was fun and touching, keeping me always captivated and engrossed. Recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Badh

    Jake and Jean Pierre are pretty much the perfect combo. They fit all the holes n each other, and in just the right way. I love that Jean Pierre gets called Pete sometimes. I like that they both have issues with PTSD, even though they come from different kinds of things, but it was something that they could help each other with. And JP is just lovely and patient with Jake and lets Jake take the time he needs.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dixiecowgirl

    Day by day living, growing and loving.  Just all the feels!  Beautifully broken and making it better day by day. I really liked both MC's and thought this story really picked up right where the first book ended.  It felt like a continuation of a great story with the focus on a new couple. Kinda perfect.  I really enjoyed seeing the guys from the gym and getting to know this amazing chosen family more.   Jake and Jean Pierre are wonderful, steamy, sweet and so creative.  I really love the strength Day by day living, growing and loving.  Just all the feels!  Beautifully broken and making it better day by day. I really liked both MC's and thought this story really picked up right where the first book ended.  It felt like a continuation of a great story with the focus on a new couple. Kinda perfect.  I really enjoyed seeing the guys from the gym and getting to know this amazing chosen family more.   Jake and Jean Pierre are wonderful, steamy, sweet and so creative.  I really love the strength of these MC's and how they communicated and supported each other. One of my favorite phases from the book is: 'It's not just because he is beautiful. It's the way he's beautiful.  I call him my raven because he is dark in spirit, yet iridescent.  People who have never been broken could never be this kind of beautiful.' This is book two of Wrecked series and can be read as a stand-alone.  i would however, recommend reading book one because it is so good!    I was gifted this book from Gay Romance Reviews and i freely give my honest opinion and review.  

  6. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Jake and Jean-Pierre have a memorable meet-cute only to find that there's a whole lot that could keep them from grasping every happiness together. When Jake's past and their individual mental and emotional health combine it could spell disaster for their budding relationship, but with determination, patience, a fantastic community, and a bit of bedroom spice, they just might find the key to everything they've ever hoped for. This dealt with a few heavy topics and quite a bit of attention was focu Jake and Jean-Pierre have a memorable meet-cute only to find that there's a whole lot that could keep them from grasping every happiness together. When Jake's past and their individual mental and emotional health combine it could spell disaster for their budding relationship, but with determination, patience, a fantastic community, and a bit of bedroom spice, they just might find the key to everything they've ever hoped for. This dealt with a few heavy topics and quite a bit of attention was focused on it. I definitely thought it was important to be thorough in discussing exactly what was going on mentally for Jake so we could understand just what stood between him and the world he could have with Jean-Pierre. That intention meant well, but the execution became long and drawn out and quite repetitive after a while. It dominated the entire story and rather than letting Jake become who he was supposed to be, there was a whole lot of telling and no evolution until nearly the end of the story. There was a bit of a subplot dealing with Jake's past and how he became the way he was and it was a big surprise confrontation at the end that wrapped that up. The villain was a surprise, but the whole scene was kind of a jumble that didn't work for me. A lot of build-up within the scene for both Jake and the situation itself and the actual action felt disjointed and unsatisfying for all the anticipation. In terms of the more intimate encounters, there wasn't a whole lot of that and what we got was a very loose application of their shared interests that wasn't given enough attention to feel right and grounded. This could likely have been solved by more objective streamlining. Having their needs mentioned in the synopsis and then to have so little attention given to it in the story itself was a bit of a miss for me. I think it just needed a better overall balance. A better balance between PTSD, romantic progress, and character evolution was definitely needed. The positives were the overall attitude of Jean-Pierre. His insistence that Jake is his heart's home was so incredibly sweet and I loved his determination to give Jake everything he needed. And combining that with his honesty about his own struggles gave him a genuineness that was a bright spot in the story. The other huge bonus of this story was the community of Wrecked. I'm crazy about all these men and the safe environment they've created for everyone. I liked the story as a whole, it just needs a bit more work to be great in my opinion. There are quite a few characters that I'm incredibly interested in and will likely be back for more, and I may even jump back to Sanctuary to dive in from the beginning. As a series I find this quite enjoyable, as an individual story, it likely isn't the best representation of either the author's work or the overall series' intentions.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

    Jake has leftover emotional baggage from his last mission. He went off the rails but his life is on track now. He's teaching yoga to veterans, paying down his medical bills, and he's ready to find a new man. That man is Jean-Pierre, former NBA player, genocide survivor with his own emotional baggage. The man he wants may be as damaged as he, but he's ready to claim him, ready to love him. I love it when the emotional component of any story is so deep and substantial, and I love it even mo Jake has leftover emotional baggage from his last mission. He went off the rails but his life is on track now. He's teaching yoga to veterans, paying down his medical bills, and he's ready to find a new man. That man is Jean-Pierre, former NBA player, genocide survivor with his own emotional baggage. The man he wants may be as damaged as he, but he's ready to claim him, ready to love him. I love it when the emotional component of any story is so deep and substantial, and I love it even more if that emotional aspect is intertwined seamlessly with hot physical intimacy, as it is here in Surrender. Their kinks and their demons align perfectly, but it's not easy for them to get past what's haunting them, as well it shouldn't be. Ridding yourself of demons is not easy in real life, and it's always nice when an author mirrors that in their writing. So, an intense, loving emotional connection coupled with an equally intense, scorching physical connection, with shades of kink, and I am so there. I loved this story with its beautiful couple, and I cannot wait for more of the Wrecked world. ARC via GRR ARC Team. Review: Live Through Books Blog. Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amy Dufera

    Kelly Fox's Surrender, the second book in the Wrecked series, is fabulous. If you haven't yet read Sanctuary, this series revolves around a gym that is for ex-military men. It can be read as a standalone, but is definitely more enjoyable if you've read the first book. We met Jean-Pierre and Jake in the first book, and are blessed with their story now. Both men have PTSD and a whole slew of painful memories. Their story is emotional, as they slowly get to know each other better, breaking down bar Kelly Fox's Surrender, the second book in the Wrecked series, is fabulous. If you haven't yet read Sanctuary, this series revolves around a gym that is for ex-military men. It can be read as a standalone, but is definitely more enjoyable if you've read the first book. We met Jean-Pierre and Jake in the first book, and are blessed with their story now. Both men have PTSD and a whole slew of painful memories. Their story is emotional, as they slowly get to know each other better, breaking down barriers. They are broken men whose broken pieces ultimately fit together perfectly. Jean-Pierre's a former NBA player who was married to stay closeted. Unlike many books, his ex wife is actually wonderful and lovable. Both men like kink, yet Jake can't allow himself to do a lot of his favorite things anymore, making for some intense scenes. There's some breathe play and more, adding a lot of emotion to their sex scenes. The moments of dealing with Jake's panic attacks are mesmerizing, and will bring a tear to your eyes. Luckily for the reader though, in addition to BDSM, there's also a hot docking scene. The flashbacks are often, the triggers are plenty, and all of it's written with care and understanding. My favorite thing though may just be the level of sweetness involved. Their endearments are adorable, making me smile often. I love this book. It's written with sensitivity, thoughtfulness, and understanding. As well, the danger is real and the fear is intense. But, best of all is the amazing group of friends and family that are part of this world. The author captures the readers heart with the love, support, and meddling involved. This is a group we'd all want to be a part of. Surrender is a beautiful comfort/hurt romance. Kelly Fox entertains in this gripping romance. It's an impressive multi-layered romantic read of two men who love hard. You won't regret spending time with these amazing men.

  9. 4 out of 5

    avid reader 1

    I read this book through Kindle Unlimited. ***Possible Spoilers*** I still like the premise of the series, and I particularly like the actions the members of the gym take near the end of the book. It gives them a moment to shine and adds more dimension to them. I like to see that in secondary and tertiary characters. It gives a book more color and vitality. I think I believe in this couple because of the many mentions the author makes for the time between them becoming aware of each other and thei I read this book through Kindle Unlimited. ***Possible Spoilers*** I still like the premise of the series, and I particularly like the actions the members of the gym take near the end of the book. It gives them a moment to shine and adds more dimension to them. I like to see that in secondary and tertiary characters. It gives a book more color and vitality. I think I believe in this couple because of the many mentions the author makes for the time between them becoming aware of each other and their actual meeting. That conveyed the weight of their strong interest to me. Jake and Jean-Pierre’s relationship is good on its face, but underneath I worried for their lack of presence in the real world. There is a lot of sweetness. A whole lot of sweetness. I worried for my teeth at times. But I do believe in their HEA. Jake’s character is kind of all over the place. It’s like he is several different people forced into this one character. I did not find his character to be very believable, but I did find him likeable. Jean-Pierre was more believable as a person in general, but his innocence regarding matters of a physical nature was hard to credit for a man his age and background. He is a sweetie though and that matters to me. There is the small amount of kink as mentioned in the blurb, but it does not mention the breath play, which I found a bit uncomfortable to read. I wish I had been warned. All that being said, whether I hated the book or loved the book, it would not change the way I feel about the following passage. It is absolutely beautiful and one that I will revisit in the future. Jean-Pierre on Jake: “It’s not just because he’s beautiful, it’s the way he’s beautiful. I call him my raven because he’s dark in spirit, yet iridescent. People who have never been broken could never be this kind of beautiful.” ― Kelly Fox, Surrender I look forward to the next book in this series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Xanthe

    What a wonderful second book in the Wrecked series. It's a story that is heart breaking and warming all in one swoop. I love ex military who are in need of love, care and understanding and Wrecked is full of them. Jake has worked so hard to get back to functional in real life and Jean-Pierre is eager to love him. They offer each other acceptance, love and care that they are both in need of with the traumas that each man has experienced in his past. Dealing with triggers and memories that may app What a wonderful second book in the Wrecked series. It's a story that is heart breaking and warming all in one swoop. I love ex military who are in need of love, care and understanding and Wrecked is full of them. Jake has worked so hard to get back to functional in real life and Jean-Pierre is eager to love him. They offer each other acceptance, love and care that they are both in need of with the traumas that each man has experienced in his past. Dealing with triggers and memories that may appear at any moment gives them a lot of hard work to make something work between them but it's obvious right from the start how much they care about each other. Their attraction jumps from the page from the first time they meet but it's their connection that builds over time as trust and love grows, allowing healing of the head and heart. We're treated to some hot scenes that even include light domination but the sweet and tenderness that they show each other, especially Jean-Pierre to Jake. Again, there is a great cast of secondary characters. Wrecked has an amazing family feel, they always look out for their military brothers and sisters whilst not being afraid to have fun at each others expense. Their actual family are also so supportive, wanting to be there for each other throughout anything and everything. Even without knowing details of Jake's past, it doesn't stop them from showing their love any way they can. Absolutely love the romance and relationship that develops between Jake and Jean-Pierre and highly recommend it. This is the second book of the series and whilst it can be read as a standalone, I think it might help you with the characters and relationships that are already established. I received an ARC and am happily giving a review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    J.L.

    It’s fun to meet two characters on a collision course in one book and then get to watch the dramatics right away in the sequel. While I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about Jean-Pierre as a romantic hero, I knew I would adore sexy, snarky Jake. (If I could be a client at Wrecked, I’d definitely be more into yoga with him as the teacher.) This pairing might be a match made in heaven, but both characters have gone through hell. Each man experiences post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) based on events in It’s fun to meet two characters on a collision course in one book and then get to watch the dramatics right away in the sequel. While I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about Jean-Pierre as a romantic hero, I knew I would adore sexy, snarky Jake. (If I could be a client at Wrecked, I’d definitely be more into yoga with him as the teacher.) This pairing might be a match made in heaven, but both characters have gone through hell. Each man experiences post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) based on events in their pasts, which means getting together in all the ways they’d prefer for their relationship is a metaphorical minefield of potential triggers. The road to their happily ever after is fraught in all the best ways because Jake and Jean-Pierre desperately want to do right by each other, but even when it’s sexy as hell, it’s not easy. (I’d probably also have stuck with talk therapy if I could visit Jake’s therapist.) Side note: Fox reveals in her author’s note at the end of the book that she also experiences PTSD and wanted to explore that in her characters. As an author who tortures my own fictional babies by inflicting my anxiety disorder on them, I am fully aware of the strength that can take. I appreciate all authors who share my efforts to de-stigmatize mental illness through their work. The exciting finale might come as a bit of a surprise to the type of series Wrecked is purported to be, but it more than fits with the full cast of characters Fox has created in her world. It also connects this book with her slightly more hardcore spin-off series—so much so that I powered through the rest of these books so that I could get to it! I look forward to seeing Jake in both series as they move forward.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    Jake and Jean-Pierre (who I’ll call J-P) was introduced in Scout and the Lavender girl, written under this author’s FF pen name K.C. Littleton (which I quite enjoyed). I have been eager for their story since then and it’s been a bit of an impatient wait on my part, but it was so worth it. This story is interesting and fun and sexy and romantic. I love love love that both Jake and J-P have their own pasts to overcome, which are similar yet so different, and they’re the perfect match for each othe Jake and Jean-Pierre (who I’ll call J-P) was introduced in Scout and the Lavender girl, written under this author’s FF pen name K.C. Littleton (which I quite enjoyed). I have been eager for their story since then and it’s been a bit of an impatient wait on my part, but it was so worth it. This story is interesting and fun and sexy and romantic. I love love love that both Jake and J-P have their own pasts to overcome, which are similar yet so different, and they’re the perfect match for each other. They never have to go into the full details of what happened to them and exactly how it’s affected them. They never just connect over their trauma. J-P feels so much affection towards Jake and Jake needs the unconditional, tender love that J-P has to offer. And dang, they are hot together! Also - thank you to Kelly for stressing the importance of, but hurdles associated with, seeking therapy. Deciding to pursue a therapist isn’t the true challenge (although acknowledging it can be hard); it’s finding a therapist you trust and who understands how best to help you. Jake’s therapist is pretty kick ass! This can be read as a stand-alone, but the MCs from the first book are an integral part of this overarching world and I highly recommend reading the series in order. You do not have to read Scout and the Lavender Girl, but it’s a great story. Welcome to the MM genre, Kelly. Your stories are interesting, your writing engaging and I so appreciate the accurate portrayal of Austin and Texas. Seriously, I usually cringe when a story is set in Texas because it’s usually full of poor stereotypes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    JustJen "Miss Conduct"

    We met both of these characters in the previous books. Jake is the resident Yoga instructor, and Jean-Pierre is the pro basketball player and friend/patron of the gym who helps out with other clients when needed. Each came to the table with their own baggage. Jean-Pierre was a genocide survivor who married to keep himself in the closet, although his now-ex-wife remains a friend. Jake has some issues of his own, but when panic attacks occur, Jean-Pierre is just the person to handle them. It took m We met both of these characters in the previous books. Jake is the resident Yoga instructor, and Jean-Pierre is the pro basketball player and friend/patron of the gym who helps out with other clients when needed. Each came to the table with their own baggage. Jean-Pierre was a genocide survivor who married to keep himself in the closet, although his now-ex-wife remains a friend. Jake has some issues of his own, but when panic attacks occur, Jean-Pierre is just the person to handle them. It took me some time warming up to Jake, and I had some trouble connecting with these guys on their own, but together, they made a good couple. These guys are both really sweet, almost too much so for my tastes. There is some mention of light kink in the blurb, i.e. Jake’s needs, but there isn’t very much attention on that in the actual story. They do engage in some light kink, including some breath play, that spices things up a little bit. I love the premise of this series – a gym that focuses on helping ex-military by giving them a place where their needs are understood, they can feel comfortable around others in similar situations that is run by guys who understand. While I haven’t been wowed by any of the books thus far, they are enough to keep me coming back for more. Likewise, there are some great characters and quite a few that I’m still hoping to see in their own stories. Review written for Love Bytes Reviews.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elle Kay

    Kelly Fox was a new-to-me author when I picked up the first book in the Wrecked series, and I was hooked. Book 2, Surrender, does not disappoint. Two richly complex, broken men trying their best to live despite the challenges that PTSD presents, won my heart immediately. Jean-Pierre is elegantly beautiful, nurturing and learning more every day about the person he is and who he wants to be. Jake is grumpy, reserved and clinging to his sobriety. One is ridiculously wealthy and one can barely keep h Kelly Fox was a new-to-me author when I picked up the first book in the Wrecked series, and I was hooked. Book 2, Surrender, does not disappoint. Two richly complex, broken men trying their best to live despite the challenges that PTSD presents, won my heart immediately. Jean-Pierre is elegantly beautiful, nurturing and learning more every day about the person he is and who he wants to be. Jake is grumpy, reserved and clinging to his sobriety. One is ridiculously wealthy and one can barely keep his old beater running. Yet, they fit; nestled together like the parts of the yin yang. Even their nicknames for each other complete this imagery. I love the entire premise of a gym specifically for combat vets. Fox delved even more deeply into this space, particularly the Corner of Heavy Things and I wound up wishing more of us had access to such an accepting, therapeutic, healing space. Roly, Nick and Elijah make appearances and you can still count on Roly to keep things light. Scout and Evie bring the female perspective, which helps balance out the admittedly heavily testosterone vibe of portions of the book. My favourite line was, “People who have never been broken could never be this kind of beautiful”. Ultimately, this appears to be the overwhelming arc of the series and the reason I adore this series and cannot wait for book #3.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tam

    3.5* This continues with Jake (BIL or some relative to Nick) who teaches yoga at the gym and despite claiming he "flunked out of military school", everyone suspects some bad shit happened and he ended up an alcoholic and is on the mend. Ever since Rwandan refugee and former NBA player Jean-Philippe meets him he's hooked, but he's got his own demons from escaping the massacre in Rwanda and he tip-toes around Jake for a year as he knows Jake has serious issues. Just when they finally start to move 3.5* This continues with Jake (BIL or some relative to Nick) who teaches yoga at the gym and despite claiming he "flunked out of military school", everyone suspects some bad shit happened and he ended up an alcoholic and is on the mend. Ever since Rwandan refugee and former NBA player Jean-Philippe meets him he's hooked, but he's got his own demons from escaping the massacre in Rwanda and he tip-toes around Jake for a year as he knows Jake has serious issues. Just when they finally start to move past them, the past crops up to try and fuck with Jake. There is a slight kink theme here. Jake used to like it and can't with the PTSD, but there's a D/s vibe they have in the bedroom. Also JP has never revealed he is gay and is a celeb so that is a factor. Most people in these books are nice, JP's ex wife is very nice and understanding, all the families are accepting, support of the gym guys. But if the physical hurt/comfort rings my bell, even more for the psychological hurt. Is the whole story realistic? Who knows. I read for entertainment and I was glad that Jake started to move past his history and liked his "don't fuck with me" therapist. So yeah, these were keeping me engaged over the weekend.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Lezár

    PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!! To my ratings: A 3,5* is clicked with a 4* but in review marked as 3,5*: 5* - very very good and rare (it would be a Blow-Away-book like ‘Jesse's Smile’ or ‘Joey’ from Angelique Jurd, ‘Save the the kids’ series from EM Leya, ‘Love’s Tethered Heart’ from C.L. Etta or ‘Liberty’ from Seth King), it's like an A+ 4* - very good and will be often reread and is a WOW-book with interesting plot and surprises (like most of Andrew Grey books and Davidson Kings 'Haven Hart'-series PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!! To my ratings: A 3,5* is clicked with a 4* but in review marked as 3,5*: 5* - very very good and rare (it would be a Blow-Away-book like ‘Jesse's Smile’ or ‘Joey’ from Angelique Jurd, ‘Save the the kids’ series from EM Leya, ‘Love’s Tethered Heart’ from C.L. Etta or ‘Liberty’ from Seth King), it's like an A+ 4* - very good and will be often reread and is a WOW-book with interesting plot and surprises (like most of Andrew Grey books and Davidson Kings 'Haven Hart'-series) it's like an A 3,5* - a really good book, which will be reread a few times (most romances where you can enjoy for relaxing and during waiting times in hospitals). I can recommend them definitively! It's like an B+ 3* - it could be more then a one-time-reader (2-3 times a year), it's like a B 2* - it was ok to read, but it's more a one-time-reader (I wouldn't recommend it heartily, but it was ok) It's like a C-, D 1* - sorry, but that isn't really a book for me (too many mistakes, not nice plot, illogical, so an absolute NO-GO). It's like failure in the whole line, dismissed, repeat the class

  17. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    I loved the story of Jake and Jean-Pierre. This story can be read as a stand-alone, however to best understand the dynamics and background characters it would be better to have read book 1 first (loved that one too BTW). Both men have PTSD from their past experiences, Jean-Pierre as a survivor of Rwandan genocide and Jake as a result of torture d/t his past as a secretive military covert op. Both have worked to overcome that. Both men are cracked but mended, but it is how their broken pieces fit I loved the story of Jake and Jean-Pierre. This story can be read as a stand-alone, however to best understand the dynamics and background characters it would be better to have read book 1 first (loved that one too BTW). Both men have PTSD from their past experiences, Jean-Pierre as a survivor of Rwandan genocide and Jake as a result of torture d/t his past as a secretive military covert op. Both have worked to overcome that. Both men are cracked but mended, but it is how their broken pieces fit together so well that make this an engaging story. I loved seeing them open up and fight for the relationship they both wanted, and truthfully had been dancing around for the better part of a year. But, when Jake’s past comes calling again will both men be able to withstand the danger? Or will their gym family come to the rescue just in time? Some scenes contain light elements of BDSM but just know, even if that is not your thing, the sexy times between these two are HOT 🔥. And I can’t wait to read the next book in this series ❤️!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarita Chapdelaine

    This is a great addition to the Wrecked series and I really enjoyed it. Jake and Jean-Pierre are perfect for each other and even though they are both still dealing with horrific events from their pasts they are both working on moving forward. Jean-Pierre knows the minute that he meets Jake that he has finally found the man that he has been waiting for his entire life. Jake feels their instant connection as well but he is sure that no one will ever want him for long because of his issues and secr This is a great addition to the Wrecked series and I really enjoyed it. Jake and Jean-Pierre are perfect for each other and even though they are both still dealing with horrific events from their pasts they are both working on moving forward. Jean-Pierre knows the minute that he meets Jake that he has finally found the man that he has been waiting for his entire life. Jake feels their instant connection as well but he is sure that no one will ever want him for long because of his issues and secrets. They have a lot of obstacles to deal with but they are exactly what the other needs. Because of their pasts they understand what the other is going through and both of them try to be patient and supportive of each other. Luckily they have the support of friends and family as well as Jake's awesome therapist as they figure out how to be together. I love the secondary characters, the ending is great and I can't wait to read Roly's story. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anna Torres

    It always pains me whenever I read about past trauma and the everlasting effect it has on the person. I know that there are a lot of ways of helping them nowadays but the fact remains that it happened to them and will now forever be a part of their being. As a group of Veterans trying to adapt to a life after service, the characters in this series have different ways of coping. Jake, as a result of what he experienced, became an alcoholic, but has now been sober for two years. He is trying to sta It always pains me whenever I read about past trauma and the everlasting effect it has on the person. I know that there are a lot of ways of helping them nowadays but the fact remains that it happened to them and will now forever be a part of their being. As a group of Veterans trying to adapt to a life after service, the characters in this series have different ways of coping. Jake, as a result of what he experienced, became an alcoholic, but has now been sober for two years. He is trying to start fresh with the help of family, friends and one very famous NBA legend! John-Pierre has his own trauma to overcome having come from war-torn Rwanda. He didn’t escaped unscathed with his parents. He has learned to cope with all of it but not without help from his parents, basketball and his new-found family. Two beautiful souls whose innocence and life have been overtaken by terror are slowly accepting their new selves and finding love with each other. An amazing addition to this beautiful series!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Faye K

    ♥️Another great book from the author i loved the first book and this is another. The has lots included that especially loved with a gym settings and ex-military persons who are disabled in some way. The sexy French speaking Jean-Pierre will have Jake swooning in no time or maybe that'll be Jean-Pierre. lol. This is a beautiful story for them both but its not without some bad scenes. The only thing I questioned in this was Jake's age for being only 18 he's been through a lot.. The author has writ ♥️Another great book from the author i loved the first book and this is another. The has lots included that especially loved with a gym settings and ex-military persons who are disabled in some way. The sexy French speaking Jean-Pierre will have Jake swooning in no time or maybe that'll be Jean-Pierre. lol. This is a beautiful story for them both but its not without some bad scenes. The only thing I questioned in this was Jake's age for being only 18 he's been through a lot.. The author has written who the characters are in this book at the front to help who is who which I thank her. 10 months ago these two meet and Now the sizzle is still runs hot. Includes retired basketball star, PTSD, sobriety, opening the closet for love, and much more. Jakes was a yoga instructor at Wrecked a gym for Vets and really had a hot simmer for Jean-Pierre. Jean-Pierre was a retired NBA Legend now working to make his other projects work including the gym.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Fran

    Jean-Pierre is the gentle giant. At the vet gym of Wrecked there are two men from different sufferings of PTSD who have been drawn to each other but Jake is the reluctant one to put his life, his love, and his soul into Jean-Pierre's hands. Now I refer to Jean-Pierre is a giant but that is only in the sense that he is 7ft tall and a retired basketball player and escapee/refugee from the Rwandan genocide who donates his fame and wealth to those young people suffering from LGBT slurs and cruelties. Jean-Pierre is the gentle giant. At the vet gym of Wrecked there are two men from different sufferings of PTSD who have been drawn to each other but Jake is the reluctant one to put his life, his love, and his soul into Jean-Pierre's hands. Now I refer to Jean-Pierre is a giant but that is only in the sense that he is 7ft tall and a retired basketball player and escapee/refugee from the Rwandan genocide who donates his fame and wealth to those young people suffering from LGBT slurs and cruelties. He has been in love with Jake but treats Jake with caution because of Jake's own PTSD traumas from treacherous enemy captivity. Jake has become a student of Buddhism and the yoga instructor at Wrecked. Together they each cautiously broach the other to find peace in their lives and souls. A very emotional read for me and one I appreciated reading. This is the 2nd book in the Wrecked series and a great add to the series. This is my honest review for the GRR ARC I received.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Reilley

    Yes I really read this book in one day. I could not put it down. We met Jake and Jean-Pierre in book 1 and I could not wait for this book. Although yes it is a stand-alone I think reading book 1 is worth the while to meet everyone that shows up in this book Join the challenge of posting a picture of some landscape from a place where you've been, where the main requirement is that you NOT appear in it. Just a picture, no description. The goal is to flood profiles with landscape photos to give a t Yes I really read this book in one day. I could not put it down. We met Jake and Jean-Pierre in book 1 and I could not wait for this book. Although yes it is a stand-alone I think reading book 1 is worth the while to meet everyone that shows up in this book Join the challenge of posting a picture of some landscape from a place where you've been, where the main requirement is that you NOT appear in it. Just a picture, no description. The goal is to flood profiles with landscape photos to give a twist on the situation we're going through. These men are suffering from PTSD and suffering in their own way but one doesn’t have the other can give. Their are two pieces that when fit together they are whole. They know what the other needs Their story is complex with an awesome chemistry , sad past, but a bright future Kelly has set up the next book of the series perfectly and left me wanting more.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bookworm

    Written in the first person for the two MCs and in present tense. The fact for stating this is that I normally stop reading rather fast. That I didn't and "made it" to the next one speaks volumes. Yes PTSD is a real bitch and same maybe most therapy sessions are softer - but if you need a different aproach? It should be and hopefully is possible: [“So, I guess what I needed to unsnarl the shit in my head was a snarky kink therapist.” ... “I have a lot to work through, and she is so not going to Written in the first person for the two MCs and in present tense. The fact for stating this is that I normally stop reading rather fast. That I didn't and "made it" to the next one speaks volumes. Yes PTSD is a real bitch and same maybe most therapy sessions are softer - but if you need a different aproach? It should be and hopefully is possible: [“So, I guess what I needed to unsnarl the shit in my head was a snarky kink therapist.” ... “I have a lot to work through, and she is so not going to let me take any shortcuts, but… I don’t think she thinks I’m that fucked-up. She said I was being dramatic.” “You sound weirdly happy about that.” “Dramatic is way better than irretrievably broken, you know what I’m saying?” ] Sorry for the spoiler, but to be realistic, it's a romance with a HEA - so he has to work through the past with help! It's ok to ask for it, accept it and not be "fine".

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rachwithheadinabook

    I have been anticipating this book since finishing the first book in the series, as the chemistry between Jake and Jean Pierre was very much in evidence, I was intrigued by the characters. What happened to Jake during his service and Jean Pierre’s past is all cleared up, I do have some questions but I am sure that they will be answered in other books. The fact that both characters have PTSD makes this quite a poignant read as they both have triggers that need to be navigated by the characters. A I have been anticipating this book since finishing the first book in the series, as the chemistry between Jake and Jean Pierre was very much in evidence, I was intrigued by the characters. What happened to Jake during his service and Jean Pierre’s past is all cleared up, I do have some questions but I am sure that they will be answered in other books. The fact that both characters have PTSD makes this quite a poignant read as they both have triggers that need to be navigated by the characters. As a reader it was easy to tell that the subject of PTSD is close to the author’s heart making this a very authentic read. For me this was a book I enjoyed as it is one that shows that what happens to each of us undoubtedly leaves its mark. I can’t wait to find out about ‘the bear killer’ in the next instalment.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

    The A gel and his Raven The overall arc of the story was beautiful...how Jake was suffering from major PTSD and through family, love and therapy was able to overcome it. However, the reader is made to think that Jean-Pierre has PTSD too...but for the one scene in the park that somehow ( I never really understood how ) triggered JP’s PTSD, we never really got a good picture of it. We got JP’s backstory but it didn’t really explain his PTSD like Jake’s backstory did. Also, the kink aspect seemed l The A gel and his Raven The overall arc of the story was beautiful...how Jake was suffering from major PTSD and through family, love and therapy was able to overcome it. However, the reader is made to think that Jean-Pierre has PTSD too...but for the one scene in the park that somehow ( I never really understood how ) triggered JP’s PTSD, we never really got a good picture of it. We got JP’s backstory but it didn’t really explain his PTSD like Jake’s backstory did. Also, the kink aspect seemed like it was just all of sudden thrown in there and then that was what the rest of the story was about. It didn’t make sense to me. Maybe it’s just me... Like I said, overall the story was beautiful in how Jake and JP came together and loved each other and was there for one another.

  26. 4 out of 5

    michaela ⚘

    I was a huge fan of the first book so I was really excited to get my hands on this one — and I have to say it was a pretty good addition to the series. The chemistry between Jake and Jean-Pierre is so good from the very beginning. It isn’t just easy go..there are things they have to work through but through it all I constantly found myself loving them together. This author’s writing makes it easy to like the characters and I am really looking forward to Roly’s. I love the world and characters th I was a huge fan of the first book so I was really excited to get my hands on this one — and I have to say it was a pretty good addition to the series. The chemistry between Jake and Jean-Pierre is so good from the very beginning. It isn’t just easy go..there are things they have to work through but through it all I constantly found myself loving them together. This author’s writing makes it easy to like the characters and I am really looking forward to Roly’s. I love the world and characters this author has created. This CAN be read as a stand-alone but I would recommend reading the first book to get more background and to better enjoy the characters and the appearances they make in this. But, if you’re looking for something that’ll both set you aflame and also make your heart melt...I recommend this one. 4 stars ♡ arc provided in exchange for an honest review ♡

  27. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    Beautiful friends to lovers romance. A very well crafted romance between Jean-Pierre, who is just full of sunshine and Jake who is beautifully dark grump. The ex NBA Star and the yoga instructor both volunteer at a gym for combat veterans. These wonderfully complex main characters have buckets of chemistry between them and once it sparks the heat level hits high. So many feels to this that I couldn’t put it down. It’s hurt/comfort with light kink, a dash of drama, a great cast of side characters Beautiful friends to lovers romance. A very well crafted romance between Jean-Pierre, who is just full of sunshine and Jake who is beautifully dark grump. The ex NBA Star and the yoga instructor both volunteer at a gym for combat veterans. These wonderfully complex main characters have buckets of chemistry between them and once it sparks the heat level hits high. So many feels to this that I couldn’t put it down. It’s hurt/comfort with light kink, a dash of drama, a great cast of side characters who provide some light relief and no angst. Roly, who provides the humour, is up next in the series and I can’t wait for his story. Highly recommended. This is a standalone but I feel it adds more to the experience if you read the first book also.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Celine

    Great story This was a great follow up to the first book in the series. I quite loved Jean-Pierre and Jake in the previous book, their back an forth was great to watch and I am so happy we got to read story. They are both broken men, Jake's just much more recent and raw. The relationship between them, that develops before and in this book was beautiful to read. The trust and heat in particular was great. What I loved here, is that, where other authors might skip through the recovery/therapy part of Great story This was a great follow up to the first book in the series. I quite loved Jean-Pierre and Jake in the previous book, their back an forth was great to watch and I am so happy we got to read story. They are both broken men, Jake's just much more recent and raw. The relationship between them, that develops before and in this book was beautiful to read. The trust and heat in particular was great. What I loved here, is that, where other authors might skip through the recovery/therapy part of things, they are a big part of this story and made it resonate with me even more. I really loved how it unfolded very seamlessly, and the love between felt very real and palpable. Really great book

  29. 4 out of 5

    P Leslie

    This is the second book in the Wrecked series and can be read as a standalone. I’ve been looking forward to reading Jake and Jean-Pierre’s story and it didn’t disappoint. Jake and Jean-Pierre were sweet and I loved how the latter used French words of endearment. These two had a beautiful emotional connection. Their journey to a HEA isn’t easy as they each have deal with their own baggage or trauma. The meddling, teasing secondary characters made my day and last but not least, the story wouldn’t This is the second book in the Wrecked series and can be read as a standalone. I’ve been looking forward to reading Jake and Jean-Pierre’s story and it didn’t disappoint. Jake and Jean-Pierre were sweet and I loved how the latter used French words of endearment. These two had a beautiful emotional connection. Their journey to a HEA isn’t easy as they each have deal with their own baggage or trauma. The meddling, teasing secondary characters made my day and last but not least, the story wouldn’t be complete without Mr Morris. I was cringing and gagging with the image that’s going to forever haunt me lol. *I voluntarily read this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else's*

  30. 5 out of 5

    Devoted❤️Reader

    Wings & feathers The snark is strong in this one and I loved it all. Also, whoever said doctors are dull obviously hasn’t read this book. I must say really, really like all the creative nicknames in this series. They are in turns hilarious and sweet. What an intense and amazing read. Jake and Jean-Pierre are perfect together and scorching. I loved watching them orbit each other. They have such a powerful connection and I admire them both for everything they are. This book will take you on an emot Wings & feathers The snark is strong in this one and I loved it all. Also, whoever said doctors are dull obviously hasn’t read this book. I must say really, really like all the creative nicknames in this series. They are in turns hilarious and sweet. What an intense and amazing read. Jake and Jean-Pierre are perfect together and scorching. I loved watching them orbit each other. They have such a powerful connection and I admire them both for everything they are. This book will take you on an emotional rollercoaster complete with twists and turns. It will leave you breathless and wanting more. My only question after reading this is, is it May yet? I need Roly’s story.

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