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Two things I know for sure: 1. Cheerleading absolutely prepared me to become a US Navy SEAL 2. Heath Treadway hates my guts Let’s just say that this beautiful bear’s hatred for me involves a high school nickname and possibly a limerick. #badtwink Now, he's back in my life. And all I wanna do is show him that I’ve changed. My attempts so far have ended in hospitalization, secon Two things I know for sure: 1. Cheerleading absolutely prepared me to become a US Navy SEAL 2. Heath Treadway hates my guts Let’s just say that this beautiful bear’s hatred for me involves a high school nickname and possibly a limerick. #badtwink Now, he's back in my life. And all I wanna do is show him that I’ve changed. My attempts so far have ended in hospitalization, second-degree burns, and a destroyed towel rack. To be fair, I blame that last one on the hate sex. Worse than all of that? I’ve started to catch feelings, and if he finds out about the military op that forever changed me, it might be game over. I mean… can he forgive me if I can’t even forgive myself? Shameless is post-military enemies-to-lovers MM romance set in a gym for combat vets. It features muscled twinks, beautifully-bellied bears, and a four-year-old with a lisp. Note: This book depicts military violence, but the HEA is guaranteed.


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Two things I know for sure: 1. Cheerleading absolutely prepared me to become a US Navy SEAL 2. Heath Treadway hates my guts Let’s just say that this beautiful bear’s hatred for me involves a high school nickname and possibly a limerick. #badtwink Now, he's back in my life. And all I wanna do is show him that I’ve changed. My attempts so far have ended in hospitalization, secon Two things I know for sure: 1. Cheerleading absolutely prepared me to become a US Navy SEAL 2. Heath Treadway hates my guts Let’s just say that this beautiful bear’s hatred for me involves a high school nickname and possibly a limerick. #badtwink Now, he's back in my life. And all I wanna do is show him that I’ve changed. My attempts so far have ended in hospitalization, second-degree burns, and a destroyed towel rack. To be fair, I blame that last one on the hate sex. Worse than all of that? I’ve started to catch feelings, and if he finds out about the military op that forever changed me, it might be game over. I mean… can he forgive me if I can’t even forgive myself? Shameless is post-military enemies-to-lovers MM romance set in a gym for combat vets. It features muscled twinks, beautifully-bellied bears, and a four-year-old with a lisp. Note: This book depicts military violence, but the HEA is guaranteed.

30 review for Shameless

  1. 5 out of 5

    Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

    Amazon Roly is a changed person since he came back from Iraq. Something happened over there while he was deployed that forever altered his course in life, altered his entire being. And when he runs into the man he had a crush on in high school, but was horrible to, he wants to make amends, and maybe even more, if Heath will let him in. Unfortunately for Roly, Heath does not seem so inclined to forgive and/or forget how Roly treated him in high school. He's having none of Roly's attempts at ap Amazon Roly is a changed person since he came back from Iraq. Something happened over there while he was deployed that forever altered his course in life, altered his entire being. And when he runs into the man he had a crush on in high school, but was horrible to, he wants to make amends, and maybe even more, if Heath will let him in. Unfortunately for Roly, Heath does not seem so inclined to forgive and/or forget how Roly treated him in high school. He's having none of Roly's attempts at apologizing, or even just being around him. But Roly wasn't a Navy SEAL for nothing - he's determined and wants to atone. So his cheerful, energetic personality will make a difference to Heath if it's the last thing Roly does. Or perhaps a little bit of hate fucking between two men just might help them get the other out of their minds. Or not. Because does that ever work? When Roly's adorable personality makes Heath's kids fall in love with him. When every time they're together implants Heath deeper into Roly's heart. Can Heath learn to forgive? Can Roly learn to let go of his guilt and realize he's deserving of forgiveness and love? This story was a kick to the heart and soul I tell ya. What Roly went through in Iraq, combined with what he put Heath through in high school - it's a double whammy, and I could see both men's sides and felt so for both of them. The emotional impact this story had on me was unusually high, and I still loved every page of Roly and Heath's journey. Not only are they beyond hot together, they are so perfect for each other once they let go of their individual baggage. It was good being back in the Wrecked world. I relished it and want to be back there again soon. ARC via Gay Romance Reviews for an honest review. Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

  2. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    When I read the first book in this series, I knew the author was onto something good. I really liked the story, but all the little mistakes that weren't picked up in the editing/proofing coupled with the sometimes awkward writing style caused me to give the second book a miss. When I saw this book come up for grabs, though, I got it right away. I knew I wanted to read Roly's story because he was very likeable in the first book and I also kind of forgot about the writing style in the meantime, so When I read the first book in this series, I knew the author was onto something good. I really liked the story, but all the little mistakes that weren't picked up in the editing/proofing coupled with the sometimes awkward writing style caused me to give the second book a miss. When I saw this book come up for grabs, though, I got it right away. I knew I wanted to read Roly's story because he was very likeable in the first book and I also kind of forgot about the writing style in the meantime, so I went back and read the second and then this one...and there's still the same problem: good story, clunky execution. The story is told from the first-person (dual) perspective, which is fine, but instead of having the action unfold in real-time with showing instead of telling, the author sometimes decides to break the fourth wall and have the character speak directly to the readers himself with a recap of recent action instead of just showing him in a scene experiencing it in real time. The first time the author does it, she's having Roly tell us what happened when Roly tries to help the other MC (Heath) move houses. It has JUST happened to him as he tells it, so why not just avoid that awkward break in the fourth wall and SHOW the scene to us as it's happening? Why write it as a recap at all? Why have your character speak to the readers 10% of the time and give us real time action with no narrator the other 90% of the time? It's such a strange approach to novel-writing and gives the book a ragged, uneven, unpolished feel. Just a few short chapters later the author shows us Roly in a scene with Heath trying to cook him dinner. It's a funny scene as the house-moving scene is meant to be, but it's so much better than the first for being portrayed on page rather than recapped in narration. So it's clear that the author knows how to show us what's happening rather than telling us what's happened, but she just doesn't do it all the time. I think having the character speak directly to the readers is a very amateur technique, I didn't like it, it's very jarring, and it pulled me right out of the story. It's also the thing that happened in the first book that put me off reading the second (where it also happened). In the end, I don't know how to rate this book because I do really love the stories in this series and the author makes me feel legitimate emotion. I ugly cried a couple of times during this one, and that's a true talent on the author's part. On the other hand, the way these books are written sometimes drives me right up the wall and my little editor's brain won't let me enjoy them properly. So I guess here's where it's at: For romance and emotion: all the stars. For writing technique: medium stars. For editing: not so much with the stars. Bottom line: If you are in it for the romance, go forth with no fear. If one of your favorite websites is Grammarly, proceed with caution.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bree Rock N Read

    Oh my Roly!!!!! Roly has been my favorite character in this series and I was so excited to read his book. Roly is the little comedian, ray of sunshine, totally likeable, Bear Killer - save for one person - who Roly will do "anything" to make it up to... including accidently almost killing him... whoops! Heath has been tormented his entire life, and this is all thanks to Roly's charming high school persona, so running into him as an adult brings up some not so latent aggression, anger, and outright Oh my Roly!!!!! Roly has been my favorite character in this series and I was so excited to read his book. Roly is the little comedian, ray of sunshine, totally likeable, Bear Killer - save for one person - who Roly will do "anything" to make it up to... including accidently almost killing him... whoops! Heath has been tormented his entire life, and this is all thanks to Roly's charming high school persona, so running into him as an adult brings up some not so latent aggression, anger, and outright hate. So why does that confuse things down south? Roly and Heath are the ultimate enemies-to-lovers trope... so much passion that turns into steamy moments that completely melted my kindle. They both need to confront their own demons before an HEA can even be considered. Enter meddling family and friends, some painful memories and ugly emotions here. Five stars -- Kelly Fox not only delivered but far exceeded my expectations for Roly and Heath. I loved every single thing about this book and I cannot wait for even more from this series and this author!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Xanthe

    This is a book to make you laugh and cry, really bringing to the front mental health. It's not just the physical injuries that can affect a person home from combat and Kelly Fox has done an amazing job in showing that with Roly's character. Even without knowing the whys and hows until later on in the book, my heart was breaking for Roly with how much he is trying to atone for past actions and work towards being a better man as promised to someone important to him that he met whilst serving as a N This is a book to make you laugh and cry, really bringing to the front mental health. It's not just the physical injuries that can affect a person home from combat and Kelly Fox has done an amazing job in showing that with Roly's character. Even without knowing the whys and hows until later on in the book, my heart was breaking for Roly with how much he is trying to atone for past actions and work towards being a better man as promised to someone important to him that he met whilst serving as a Navy SEAL. He does his best to show Heath how he's changed and to make up for how he bullied him during high school but more often than not it just ends in disaster. Heath is fully justified in his feelings towards Roly and how he hurt him in the past but that changes as a purely physical relationship starts up between them. Of course, Roly's nature sneaks beneath Heath's defences and he starts to notice how different the other man is in his behaviours and attitudes. He especially notices this when Roly interacts with his daughters, full of positivity, encouragement and friendship towards them. There's a lot of strong emotion to take on throughout the whole of this book but especially the second half as things spiral for Roly and then have the possibility of more between the two men. I love this series and I think this may be my favourite as we deal with hard issues, especially about when it comes to forgiving yourself. I just adore Heath's daughters, they are the real heart of his family. The Wrecked family really come through for their brother, showing how much he means and is worth to them but also to himself. It's also a great story in showing love for a larger body. Heath's bear body is such a turn on for Roly, you can really tell in his actions with how much it turns him on and comforts him. I cannot recommend this series enough and this book brings out another tough subject when is comes to recovery from serving your country. I received an ARC and am happily giving a review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sali

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  6. 4 out of 5

    P Leslie

    I’ve been looking forward to Roly’s story and suffice to say, that it was everything I imagined it to be and so much more. Heath’s past and the impact it had on him emotionally, hit home on so many levels. What he went through cut deep because the damage it caused stayed with him. His hurt, anger and pain at being ridiculed, laughed at because of his weight resurfaced quickly when he bumped into Roly and who could blame him. Roly was a talking, walking, accident prone disaster around Heath and i I’ve been looking forward to Roly’s story and suffice to say, that it was everything I imagined it to be and so much more. Heath’s past and the impact it had on him emotionally, hit home on so many levels. What he went through cut deep because the damage it caused stayed with him. His hurt, anger and pain at being ridiculed, laughed at because of his weight resurfaced quickly when he bumped into Roly and who could blame him. Roly was a talking, walking, accident prone disaster around Heath and it was both amusing and painful to watch. Roly went to great lengths to earn forgiveness and he was genuinely remorseful. His heart was in the right place every time he made at attempt to make things right. Heath made him work for it but in the end, he ended up regretting it with the disastrous turn of events. Heath was mean and he definitely achieved what he wanted to: putting Rolly down a few pegs but sadly, it didn’t bring him satisfaction when he saw, poor Roly breaking down. I wanted to hug Roly so badly; he needed to be loved properly not hate banged. Rolly and Heath had great chemistry when their differences were put aside. Meany Heath wasn’t very nice but sweet, affectionate Heath was perfect for Roly. I had a massive smile on my face when a very peeved off Heath started banging on Roly’s door because he snuck out after Heath went to sleep. This was a fantastic enemies to lovers story and I really enjoyed it. Definitely my favourite book in the series! *I voluntarily read this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else's*

  7. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    As with the first two books in this series, I loved it! The series is definitely best read in order b/c the characters all intertwine, but the focus of the story itself stands on its own. This is Roly and Heath’s story and to get where they are today you need to understand that they knew each other in high school. And it was not a pleasant experience, especially for Heath who has always been a bear with a bit of a belly. Roly on the other hand was a twink-sized cheerleader with a cutting attitud As with the first two books in this series, I loved it! The series is definitely best read in order b/c the characters all intertwine, but the focus of the story itself stands on its own. This is Roly and Heath’s story and to get where they are today you need to understand that they knew each other in high school. And it was not a pleasant experience, especially for Heath who has always been a bear with a bit of a belly. Roly on the other hand was a twink-sized cheerleader with a cutting attitude. Present time Heath is a recently divorced father of 3 who is just feeling comfortable with his bisexuality. Roly is an out and proud former Navy Seal who co-owns Wrecked, a gym catering to combat vets, who spreads himself too thin trying to make everyone happy to escape his self-imposed shame. The shame he feels from the time he was held captive in Iraq and has kept hidden from all who know and love him. While Roly feels this is his chance to make up with Heath, the man he has always had a crush on, Heath can’t stand the sight of him and just wants him to go away. Enemies to lovers, well-meaning mishaps that end in hospitalizations, hate sex galore and finally a forgiveness of self that leads to understanding and true acceptance. I loved the dynamic between these two men and my heart hurt for the misunderstandings between them. In the end though, through the meddling of family and one grumpy old man, they get their hard won HEA. I hope the series continues because there are definitely others I want to see get their HEA too ❤️

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    Ghaa, I really wanted to enjoy this book because I really liked the others in the series but there were just so much about how Heath acted that made me dislike him and continue to dislike even when he let go of things from the past. I felt for Roly and his struggle but had trouble when he would revert to childish name-calling at times.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Violet

    DNF at 47% I try really hard to finish books because I absolutely hate quitting at anything and I try to give all books a real chance to improve later on, but something about the way this was written just got in the way. It felt like I was dropped into the middle of a story with no way of understanding the context. To be fair, I only realized afterwards that this was the third book in the series, but it also didn't seem to be advertised as not being a stand-alone. Nevertheless, there was an insan DNF at 47% I try really hard to finish books because I absolutely hate quitting at anything and I try to give all books a real chance to improve later on, but something about the way this was written just got in the way. It felt like I was dropped into the middle of a story with no way of understanding the context. To be fair, I only realized afterwards that this was the third book in the series, but it also didn't seem to be advertised as not being a stand-alone. Nevertheless, there was an insanely large cast of secondary characters who were impossible to keep straight for me. Sometimes, this works, but here it felt like I couldn't connect to anyone. (While I will say that part of the problem was me starting in the middle of the series, a whole lot of characters were external to the whole series, so it's not all on me I think.) Also, for whatever reason, I really disliked Roly. I'm not entirely sure why, but something about him just got to me in a bad way, and it was hard to recover from that. The writing was also really choppy, and I found it difficult to stay engaged as I read. I started skimming about 30% of the way in and then eventually skipped to the end before putting it down. All in all, this book just wasn't for me, though others have clearly felt differently.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I really enjoyed this third book in the Wrecked series. It has all the feels and I spent a good deal of the time either with a heartache or with tears flowing. Fox knows just how to write to get you wrapped up completely in her characters’ emotions. The MCs this time around are Roly, the co-owner of the gym Wrecked and Heath, a man who despises Roly for the way he treated him when they were all in high school. Of course, Roly has always had a crush on Heath and now Heath fits the perfect mold of I really enjoyed this third book in the Wrecked series. It has all the feels and I spent a good deal of the time either with a heartache or with tears flowing. Fox knows just how to write to get you wrapped up completely in her characters’ emotions. The MCs this time around are Roly, the co-owner of the gym Wrecked and Heath, a man who despises Roly for the way he treated him when they were all in high school. Of course, Roly has always had a crush on Heath and now Heath fits the perfect mold of the men (bears) that Roly is interested in. Roly has made significant changes in his life as a result of an awful incident suffered while he was a Navy SEAL in Iraq. He has tried to be a better person and it kills him that Heath doesn’t like him. He tries a number of times to make things up to him, with awful results. As the story progresses, we learn much more about the backgrounds of the MCs and while Roly’s high school behavior isn’t excused it is explained as are the incidents that led to his reformation. I’m not sure I quite get the connect between his actions at a party in Iraq and the subsequent horrendous event and I don’t see why Roly is punishing himself the way he is but I do get that Roly feels it and that is what is most important. The crisis moments are raw and emotionally gutting. The issue that comes to a head related to Roly’s war experience is a bit harder for me to wrap my head around. Maybe it needed more background from the other character’s perspective as it seems to undercut the previous versions of the story that we’ve heard. (Why would that character have that opinion or information if the other person involved did not hold a grudge?) Those are minor issues and possibly just my own brain cells not connecting the dots as well as someone else’s might. There are also several editing issues and proofreading issues which I always find bothersome but even more so when there are specific author notes thanking someone for their editing and proofreading services. None of those things are enough to take away the emotional impact of this story and the important message it sends, like the previous books in the series, about the plight of so many veterans. I was completely sucked in by the story, staying up all night to finish it as I didn’t want to put it down. These kinds of next-day book hangovers are the best kind. I highly recommend this book, in fact the whole series. I’d recommend reading the books in order in order to fully appreciate the role of the other characters in this book’s storyline. **I voluntarily read an ARC and this is my objective review.**

  11. 4 out of 5

    J.L.

    Most of the time, relationships aren’t easy. They wouldn’t be nearly as much fun to read about if they were. In this book, Roly and Heath have the added baggage of a contentious and adversarial relationship in high school. Roly’s efforts to befriend Heath as an adult would be adorable if it weren’t also poignant and incredibly flawed. However, the resulting shenanigans (especially the inevitable hate sex) are hilarious and embarrassing for everyone involved. Both protagonists of this book have a Most of the time, relationships aren’t easy. They wouldn’t be nearly as much fun to read about if they were. In this book, Roly and Heath have the added baggage of a contentious and adversarial relationship in high school. Roly’s efforts to befriend Heath as an adult would be adorable if it weren’t also poignant and incredibly flawed. However, the resulting shenanigans (especially the inevitable hate sex) are hilarious and embarrassing for everyone involved. Both protagonists of this book have a steep learning curve for accepting each other into their lives. Heath must learn to see past the harm Roly did to him as a teenager and get that Roly has changed—for the better. However, “better” is always a work in progress, and Roly is not the shining paragon of virtue he could be. He continues to run from his past through vaguely self-destructive methods, despite how much his found family encourages him to take care of himself first. When Roly’s past suddenly arrives to beat some sense into him (literally), Fox once again shows the worst of military service’s aftereffects with care and sensitivity. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often go hand-in-hand. Fox also does not shy away from depicting Roly’s past rather than merely telling the reader what he experienced. That level of visceral storytelling makes the happily ever after for both men so much more worth it. Side note: I’ve been reading M/M romance fairly regularly for close to 4 years. Shameless is only the second contemporary romance in all that time to feature characters on PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) to prevent HIV. I’m passionate about this topic due to my day job, and I encourage all authors and readers of this genre to learn more about PrEP at https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prep.html.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amy Dufera

    Kelly Fox's Shameless, the third book in the Wrecked series, is fabulous. All the emotions come out in this story of second chances and redemption. This is a story of attraction and hate sex. It's a story of not being able to admit one's feelings. It starts with some animosity, as these men where enemies in high school. In the beginning, it's tough to figure out who was the bad guy. Of course, it ends up neither is. Roly was a jerk in high school and his mocking of the large sized Heath came wit Kelly Fox's Shameless, the third book in the Wrecked series, is fabulous. All the emotions come out in this story of second chances and redemption. This is a story of attraction and hate sex. It's a story of not being able to admit one's feelings. It starts with some animosity, as these men where enemies in high school. In the beginning, it's tough to figure out who was the bad guy. Of course, it ends up neither is. Roly was a jerk in high school and his mocking of the large sized Heath came with lasting effects. Heath is a bear who has always been heavy, and Roly made his life hell. I love Roly, especially his reason for being attracted to bears now. It's so damn touching. Their story is one of a whole lot of hate sex. At first. This story includes PTSD, guilt, and more, all of which is well developed. There are self esteem and self worth issues. As with the previous books in the series, the author includes a wonderful, large group of friends in this story. They are all lovable and add immensely to the fun. Basically, if you're a fan of series with returning friends, you'll enjoy this one a lot. In a touching subplot to the tale, Heath's daughter faces many challenges, and her story will break your heart. And in the end, the author explores the power of words, as they have been used against people and capable of scarring people for years. It's poignant and an important thing to remember. Shameless is a stellar tale that reinforced that people grow and change. If you enjoy seeing character growth, you will love Shameless.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elle Kay

    I was a bit trepidatious about this book, truth be told. Roly’s moniker of “Bear Killer” made me nervous that there would be a lot of shallow and stereotypical interactions. I needn’t have worried. Fox crafts a story that is rich and pure and true. Roly is legitimately attracted to larger men, and goes out of his way to ensure they know he finds them sexy. This story is layered and intense and beautiful. Heath is insecure about his build and follicle-abundance; he’s unfortunately experienced love I was a bit trepidatious about this book, truth be told. Roly’s moniker of “Bear Killer” made me nervous that there would be a lot of shallow and stereotypical interactions. I needn’t have worried. Fox crafts a story that is rich and pure and true. Roly is legitimately attracted to larger men, and goes out of his way to ensure they know he finds them sexy. This story is layered and intense and beautiful. Heath is insecure about his build and follicle-abundance; he’s unfortunately experienced lovers who liked him “anyway”. It’s a long road for him to believe that another experience could occur. There’s a lot of hurt in the history of these two people, both as individuals and as former acquaintances. At times, some of this baggage seems insurmountable. Once again, the Corner of Heavy Things comes to the rescue. Even as Roly breaks (breaking me just a little bit), the most amazing hope shines. Heath’s children are lovingly crafted and realistically portrayed. The dogs are a perfect touch. With a lot of commentary on trauma, I loved the author’s approach that these vets “deserve” the very best — a mindset that we often fall short on in modern society. This book also offers appearances by many beloved (& tolerated) characters from the first two stories in the series. Their personalities, motivations and patterns of speech remain soothingly consistent (failure to achieve this in a series may be a pet peeve).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy Stauffer

    I don’t even know where to begin. This book ran the gamut of emotions for me. It was sweet, heartbreaking, funny, enlightening, romantic, and everything in between. Between the way the story unfolded, and the depth of emotions you can literally feel from the characters, this book was enjoyable from the moment I picked it up to the moment I finished it. This book has everything I want in a book: consistent writing throughout, a storyline that is captivating, characters that I genuinely like, and I don’t even know where to begin. This book ran the gamut of emotions for me. It was sweet, heartbreaking, funny, enlightening, romantic, and everything in between. Between the way the story unfolded, and the depth of emotions you can literally feel from the characters, this book was enjoyable from the moment I picked it up to the moment I finished it. This book has everything I want in a book: consistent writing throughout, a storyline that is captivating, characters that I genuinely like, and some steamy moments as a nice bonus. (This has some really good steamy moments, too; including some rather heated hate s e x. This is book 3 in the series, and is actually the first one I’ve read as well. It can be read as a standalone. After getting to know the side characters a decent amount, I am curious to know their full stories, so I plan to start at the beginning, in order to experience it myself. This story fulfills so many tropes: hurt/comfort, enemies to lovers, bear and twink, military men, a recently out bisexual with very little experience and probably more that just aren’t popping in my head at the moment. All around it’s just a really good book, and I’d recommend it to anyone...even if the one, really, heavy scene made me tear up. That scene was important, so I forgive the author for doing that to me. ***I voluntarily accepted an ARC from Gay Romance Reviews. My review reflects my own thoughts and opinions***

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarita Chapdelaine

    There is so much to love about this story but unfortunately it was only an okay read for me. The first two books in the Wrecked series were very good and I was surprised that Shameless was not quite as well written as the others. What I found so disconcerting was the odd writing style and the lack of follow through on several of the side stories. There is a lot going on and at times I found it difficult to follow what was happening as well as understanding why the characters were reacting the wa There is so much to love about this story but unfortunately it was only an okay read for me. The first two books in the Wrecked series were very good and I was surprised that Shameless was not quite as well written as the others. What I found so disconcerting was the odd writing style and the lack of follow through on several of the side stories. There is a lot going on and at times I found it difficult to follow what was happening as well as understanding why the characters were reacting the way they did to different situations. The best parts for me were the amazing characters and learning more about Roly's background as he has intrigued me since the start of this series. Heath is wonderful and I love the relationship he has with his girls and his ex-wife. Roly is battling some pretty fierce demons from his past and hiding behind the outgoing and helpful front he shows to the world. They both have misconceptions about each other and their lack of communication leads to some pretty hilarious situations. I like how supportive and caring the secondary characters are and I love seeing how well the couples from the previous books are doing. Overall this just didn't come together as a cohesive story for me but I am looking forward to reading the next book as I really enjoyed the first two. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Fran

    Comes with an emotionally filled wallop. This is #3 of the Wrecked series that I was given the advantage to read and it comes with an emotionally filled wallop. Each book deals with the trauma of PTSD, the familial and closeness of friends needed, and the therapeutic sessions required for each individual to enable each to return to as normal a life as possible and this third book is no exception. Roly has been in the previous stories and now we learn more about his raunchy mouth, quirky actions, Comes with an emotionally filled wallop. This is #3 of the Wrecked series that I was given the advantage to read and it comes with an emotionally filled wallop. Each book deals with the trauma of PTSD, the familial and closeness of friends needed, and the therapeutic sessions required for each individual to enable each to return to as normal a life as possible and this third book is no exception. Roly has been in the previous stories and now we learn more about his raunchy mouth, quirky actions, and his draw to those Bear men who come to Wrecked. This allure isn't a fascination for Roly but a promise to "to be kind with words, and to be of service to people." This pledge was first made to his fellow prisoner Asadi when both were held captive for 3 days as prisoners in Afghanistan. Roly's first act of asking for forgiveness comes when he meets former school acquaintance Heath. His attempts aren't very successful as Heath holds a well-deserved grudge against Roly that's lingered with Heath up into his adult life. Words can carry a heavy burden both for the giver and the receiver as this story tells. All in all, a great story that I was privileged to read as an ARC from the GRR ARC review team.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    This was beautiful! I enjoyed this story so much. I actually haven’t read the first two books in this series but it works well enough as a standalone. Roly and Heath are both incredibly strong characters who are each vulnerable in their own ways, some more obvious than others. I loved seeing their relationship grow from hate to love! This story had such a great message about forgiveness and personal growth. Just because someone is an adult doesn’t mean they can’t grow and mature as a person, and This was beautiful! I enjoyed this story so much. I actually haven’t read the first two books in this series but it works well enough as a standalone. Roly and Heath are both incredibly strong characters who are each vulnerable in their own ways, some more obvious than others. I loved seeing their relationship grow from hate to love! This story had such a great message about forgiveness and personal growth. Just because someone is an adult doesn’t mean they can’t grow and mature as a person, and even bullies can be redeemed (to an extent) if they’re sincere in changing their ways. It’s unfortunate that Roly had to endure such a traumatic situation in order for him to better himself, but the results were lovely to see. And Heath’s compassion and willingness to forgive was so sweet and admirable. I also loved seeing the support shown by their family and friends. The whole cast of characters was fabulous and so diverse! This was my first time reading a Kelly Fox book but it certainly won’t be my last. 4.5 Stars

  18. 5 out of 5

    Phoenix13

    Great book in a great setting and series. I’ve really enjoyed this series. I like the overall premise of found family/friends a lot and the setting. However it’s the characters that I like the most. They are well written and each have some uniqueness about them even if each also fits a bit of the typical hurt/comfort trope typical character as well. Which is not a negative as hurt/comfort and finding the perfect pairing of strengths and struggles is a favorite of mine. Secondary characters and dr Great book in a great setting and series. I’ve really enjoyed this series. I like the overall premise of found family/friends a lot and the setting. However it’s the characters that I like the most. They are well written and each have some uniqueness about them even if each also fits a bit of the typical hurt/comfort trope typical character as well. Which is not a negative as hurt/comfort and finding the perfect pairing of strengths and struggles is a favorite of mine. Secondary characters and drop in’s are nicely introduced as well, even if we don’t see much of someone they felt like they were there for a reason. I am glad to get Roly’s story. He had unexpected depth that I was not predicting based upon his secondary character appearances in the previous two books in the series! Surprising in all the best ways. Heath is also a perfectly appealing bear that ends up just right for Roly. Together in “hate” moments or otherwise I really enjoyed them. I recommend this and the first two books in the series too!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    4.5 stars. Great read with lots of feels. This is a wonderfully written enemies to lovers story with two really likeable MCs. Roly and Heath knew each other in High School and they were far from friends. So much so that Heath still carries a grudge against Roly all these years later. Roly is a ex Navy SEAL who suffered a life altering incident and is haunted by how his words have hurt people in the past. There’s definitely chemistry between them but Heath really doesn’t want there to be. The spa 4.5 stars. Great read with lots of feels. This is a wonderfully written enemies to lovers story with two really likeable MCs. Roly and Heath knew each other in High School and they were far from friends. So much so that Heath still carries a grudge against Roly all these years later. Roly is a ex Navy SEAL who suffered a life altering incident and is haunted by how his words have hurt people in the past. There’s definitely chemistry between them but Heath really doesn’t want there to be. The spark is fuelled by hate and when it ignites the heat definitely rises. When you include the comedy of errors when Roly attempts to make things right between them, the supportive but meddlesome friends, lots of feels and Heath finally seeing the real Roly, you are left with a romantic HEA and a very enjoyable read. The cast of side characters keep things interesting and I can’t wait to see whose story gets told next. This is book 3 in the series and it can be read as a standalone. The characters in previous books do feature in this.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Annie Elm

    Unexpectedly emotional With how we have seen Roly in the other books I didn't expect that I was going to cry so many times that I did while reading this one. Roly (also known as Bear Killer) is known for his love for bigger men, his happy personality and one night stands. But when Heath reappears in his life we get to see the Roly behind the mask, someone who can't stand when someone doesn't like him and who carries a guilt that has him working himself to exhaustion. We are also getting a look at Unexpectedly emotional With how we have seen Roly in the other books I didn't expect that I was going to cry so many times that I did while reading this one. Roly (also known as Bear Killer) is known for his love for bigger men, his happy personality and one night stands. But when Heath reappears in his life we get to see the Roly behind the mask, someone who can't stand when someone doesn't like him and who carries a guilt that has him working himself to exhaustion. We are also getting a look at how words can truly hurt someone for a very long time and that it affects us years after. I love that Rolys experience and his promise made him change and that he was willing to make up for how he hurt Heath. And I just love everything about Heath and his girls. Such a great book and I love how the stories of the others in this and the previous books weaves in and out of each other.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ana Nimity

    As good as the first two books in the Wrecked series are, this one is better. I recall vividly reading those first few chapters of Sanctuary, thinking oh HECK YEAH, I have found a new author who writes with rhythm and wit and heat, an author whose work I know from the first sentence I'm going to love. This book, this funny, smoking hot, poignant, entertaining book, made me laugh and cry and laugh while I was crying. Heath and Roly made their appearances in the first two books but you could read As good as the first two books in the Wrecked series are, this one is better. I recall vividly reading those first few chapters of Sanctuary, thinking oh HECK YEAH, I have found a new author who writes with rhythm and wit and heat, an author whose work I know from the first sentence I'm going to love. This book, this funny, smoking hot, poignant, entertaining book, made me laugh and cry and laugh while I was crying. Heath and Roly made their appearances in the first two books but you could read this without having taken those journeys - you shouldn't, but you could. As a Texan, I appreciate the accurate portrayal of our state capital. As a reader, I appreciate the attention to detail, the easy tone, the honesty and the realness of the characters. I'm putting this on my re-read shelf.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anabela.M.

    This book has some of the most explosive hate sex I've ever read! The pain and resentment that has been penting up for years between Heath and Roly fueled their chemistry in an incendiary way, and for some time angry sex seemed to be the only way these men could connect. And while I could understand why Heath would hate Roly , I wished he hadn't clung to it for so darn long. Some things could have been so easily averted, so much unnecessary hurt avoided. Heath and Roly had to go through a whole This book has some of the most explosive hate sex I've ever read! The pain and resentment that has been penting up for years between Heath and Roly fueled their chemistry in an incendiary way, and for some time angry sex seemed to be the only way these men could connect. And while I could understand why Heath would hate Roly , I wished he hadn't clung to it for so darn long. Some things could have been so easily averted, so much unnecessary hurt avoided. Heath and Roly had to go through a whole process of mending past damage, although at times it looked like they were only harming each other more. It was an emotional ride for them and for me, until they managed to put their pasts behind them and started to work together for a future filled with happiness. So, if you're looking for an incredible enemies to lovers romance, pick up Shameless. You won't regret it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dixiecowgirl

    A second chance at forgiveness, love and family.   Wow, what an impact-full story-line filled with complex emotion and the possibility of healing.   I really liked both of the MC's, we had met them before in the previous books and they are likable and amazing characters.   The writing was great and the pacing and story really flowed well.   I have enjoyed this series and i think this one is amazing addition to this well done series.   Heath and Roly have enough chemistry and connection to light u A second chance at forgiveness, love and family.   Wow, what an impact-full story-line filled with complex emotion and the possibility of healing.   I really liked both of the MC's, we had met them before in the previous books and they are likable and amazing characters.   The writing was great and the pacing and story really flowed well.   I have enjoyed this series and i think this one is amazing addition to this well done series.   Heath and Roly have enough chemistry and connection to light up a city.   There encounters will break your heart and mend it too.   This is book three of the Wrecked series and can be read as a stand-alone.  I do however recommend reading the previous books because they are really good.  I was gifted this book from Gay Romance Reviews and i freely give my honest opinion and review.  

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

    I loved this book and I adored Roly and Heath! Let me start by saying that I don't read books where one MC was a former bully of the other MC. I usually can't get over their mean behavior to learn to love them. BUT, already knowing and loving Roly from the previous books, I gave this one a chance--and I am so glad I did! What a gorgeous story of redemption and growth. I loved finally learning about what happened with Roly and seeing him live through that trauma and use it to evolve as a person. I loved this book and I adored Roly and Heath! Let me start by saying that I don't read books where one MC was a former bully of the other MC. I usually can't get over their mean behavior to learn to love them. BUT, already knowing and loving Roly from the previous books, I gave this one a chance--and I am so glad I did! What a gorgeous story of redemption and growth. I loved finally learning about what happened with Roly and seeing him live through that trauma and use it to evolve as a person. And Heath--oh man, Heath! He is one of the most lovable, loyal, and compassionate characters I've read in a while. His vulnerability, integrity, and capacity for forgiveness was enough to put him at the tippity-top of my book boyfriend list. I'm not sure I could like and respect a character any more than this bear of a man. This was a fantastic installment to the series!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lex Buchanan

    Shameless blew me away. I won't go into details, nothin you can't figure out from the summary 😉 From the first chapter Roly and Heaths story had me laughing my butt off. The series of unfortunate events that is their coming together story was hilarious, adorable, sexy and so damn endearing. Roly is just my spirit brother. He is so sweet and real. Nothing more RAW than a person who goes from being a total shit to being a sweetheart for all the right reasons. I think what I like most about him is a Shameless blew me away. I won't go into details, nothin you can't figure out from the summary 😉 From the first chapter Roly and Heaths story had me laughing my butt off. The series of unfortunate events that is their coming together story was hilarious, adorable, sexy and so damn endearing. Roly is just my spirit brother. He is so sweet and real. Nothing more RAW than a person who goes from being a total shit to being a sweetheart for all the right reasons. I think what I like most about him is all the effort he puts in. How honest and so darn sincere he is. And his love for bearz? hello papi, you n me both. Heath is like so adorable sweet and savory. I just wanna snuggle him. Over all the story was fantastic and heartfelt and spicy and hot and everything I was hoping for! Really hoping this will go to audio because I truly want to hear Rolys POV in the accent 😍

  26. 5 out of 5

    avid reader 1

    Shameless is my favorite of the Wrecked series. The underlying issues caused by the prior acts are expressed in such a way by the author that I could feel their hurt, anger, and confusion as if I were there, in their minds and their pasts. It was hard to watch as past and present collide. I had all the feels reading this one. These guys are flawed and beautiful. Their journey through life and to the HEA at the end of this book is a hard-fought trip that took all of their strength and love to make Shameless is my favorite of the Wrecked series. The underlying issues caused by the prior acts are expressed in such a way by the author that I could feel their hurt, anger, and confusion as if I were there, in their minds and their pasts. It was hard to watch as past and present collide. I had all the feels reading this one. These guys are flawed and beautiful. Their journey through life and to the HEA at the end of this book is a hard-fought trip that took all of their strength and love to make it out to the happy, forgiving, and accepting point where they end up. I laughed, cried, argued, and threw my hands up in disgust. But then I cheered when they got out of their way long enough to grab onto that which would finally fill the empty place inside and would make them whole. I look forward to more from this author.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amos24601

    Whew. Roly simultaneously frustrated me and broke my heart. For the first half of this book I was screaming at him to leave Heath alone! How many times did Heath have to tell him to leave him alone before Roly got the idea? I mean, I get it, it wouldn’t have made for a good book if Roly had walked away. But, Jesus, in the real world, most would have left the prickly Heath to his own devices. I get Heath’s attitude and it was very justified; Roly just wasn’t taking the hint. With that being said, Whew. Roly simultaneously frustrated me and broke my heart. For the first half of this book I was screaming at him to leave Heath alone! How many times did Heath have to tell him to leave him alone before Roly got the idea? I mean, I get it, it wouldn’t have made for a good book if Roly had walked away. But, Jesus, in the real world, most would have left the prickly Heath to his own devices. I get Heath’s attitude and it was very justified; Roly just wasn’t taking the hint. With that being said, once we started digging onto the real man Roly was and learning his story, oh man, I wanted to cuddle Roly up and never let him go. Those three lost days in Iraq...that poor man. Once Roly really started working on himself and realized he did deserve love, well, that’s what made the story. Roly was definitely the heart of this story. I’m so glad he finally got his Sexy Papa Bear.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Janet Hunt

    I loved Roly and Heath so much!! Roly is a Navy SEAL with PTSD. He is out and proud. Heath is an investor in several business that help disabled veterans. They went to high school together. Roly was a mean cheerleader and Heath was a “heavy” football player that Roly tormented. Problem was Roly secretly liked Heath. They meet again several years later and Roly is still crushing on Heath, problem is Heath hates Roly… This was such a good story!! Learning all the horrible things that made Roly int I loved Roly and Heath so much!! Roly is a Navy SEAL with PTSD. He is out and proud. Heath is an investor in several business that help disabled veterans. They went to high school together. Roly was a mean cheerleader and Heath was a “heavy” football player that Roly tormented. Problem was Roly secretly liked Heath. They meet again several years later and Roly is still crushing on Heath, problem is Heath hates Roly… This was such a good story!! Learning all the horrible things that made Roly into who he was now was heart breaking. But Heath was a soft-hearted man and was compassionate with Roly. I highly recommend this story… so good! I am voluntarily leaving a review form an ARC that I received from Gay Romance Reviews. My reviews are solely based on my thoughts and opinions.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Badh

    Roly really is just a sweet and charming man, who hurts badly a lot of the time. He just doesn't want people to know, and is dancing as hard as he can in order to keep people from knowing that, which made me really sad for him. He really needed someone who could see through his BS, call him on it, and help him be a better him before he could even start to have a good relationship with anyone. I like Heath. He'ss worked so hard to be who he is, and he mostly likes who he is. He has friends and fa Roly really is just a sweet and charming man, who hurts badly a lot of the time. He just doesn't want people to know, and is dancing as hard as he can in order to keep people from knowing that, which made me really sad for him. He really needed someone who could see through his BS, call him on it, and help him be a better him before he could even start to have a good relationship with anyone. I like Heath. He'ss worked so hard to be who he is, and he mostly likes who he is. He has friends and family who love him. Then there's Roly. I think the two of them together work really well, but it isn't an easy thing for either of them to get through. There was so much history there, and it hurt both of them so much. That's hard to have to get around, especially to try to have any kind of relationship with anyone.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Devoted❤️Reader

    Port in the storm I have been wanting Roly’s story since I first met him and he was worth waiting for. Roly has so many hidden depths and such a good heart. It’s one of the many reasons I love him but he really embodies his nickname. I alternated between gasping and laughing as he tried to befriend Heath. Speaking of, Heath/SPB is amazing. I adore him so much. He’s someone I want to cuddle all day and I love how he is with his girls. Watching him and Roly fall in love was eye-opening, amusing, be Port in the storm I have been wanting Roly’s story since I first met him and he was worth waiting for. Roly has so many hidden depths and such a good heart. It’s one of the many reasons I love him but he really embodies his nickname. I alternated between gasping and laughing as he tried to befriend Heath. Speaking of, Heath/SPB is amazing. I adore him so much. He’s someone I want to cuddle all day and I love how he is with his girls. Watching him and Roly fall in love was eye-opening, amusing, beautiful and fulfilling, like their kisses. My favorite part though was Roly becoming himself. His journey made me cry, hope, smile and believe. I love this series and am excited to see who becomes part of the Wrecked family next.

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