“My name is Maura McCafferty. I take men who love me and I destroy them. If there was a scarlet letter I could wear to keep the men at bay, it would be a W. I would wear it proudly, to let them know I am a wrecker. If you love me, I will wreck you.”
Raised within the Devil’s Crusader’s, Maura has been exposed to many of life’s uglies and sheltered from any real relationships. She has all but given up on the idea of love.
Until she meets Corbin Marx, a sexy beast of a Marine who refuses to back down from any challenge. He is the type of man Maura has craved, the type who might just be strong enough…
This journey will be brutal, littered with violence, deceit and heartache. Maura must learn to navigate through the bumpy roads that life has paved and hope that at the end she will find her happiness.
Warning: Due to Violence, language, drug use and sexual content this book is not suited for anyone under 17. If those things offend you, this might too
Nicole’s Review 5 Stars
This may be one of the most difficult reviews that I ever write. Wanna know why? I have read this book more times than I can count and every time I do, I see something new that I love. I’m talking about Wreck You by Abby McCarthy. It’s her debut novel, and it is hilarious, sweet, honest and sexy.
Maura McCafferty has lived her whole life within the world of the Devil’s Crusader’s Motorcycle Club. As the daughter of one of the members, she has seen her share of craziness, but all within the confines of the club’s walls. Between her father and all of the male members in the club, Maura has had very little opportunity to really get out there and live her life. All of that changes when a sexy stranger comes to stay at the lake cottage next to hers.
Corbin Marx isn’t just a stranger…he’s a rock hard, Harley riding Marine! (Heck yeah!!) Though he is on leave from the Corp, his visit to Maura’s hometown is more business than pleasure; that is until he lays eyes on Maura. Maura grabs Corbin’s attention, not just because she is gorgeous. Maura is both tough as nails and vulnerable all at the same time. That juxtaposition intrigues Corbin just as much as his physical attraction to her. Maura’s inexperience with men other than club members is both sweet and funny to watch. Through a story full of action, deception and passion, we get to see how their relationship develops. We also get to see Maura finally get the chance to get out on her own and find out who she really is.
There are so many things I love about this book. First, I love that Wreck You isn’t a motorcycle club novel, OR a military novel. Those are just two details in the book, not the basis of it. It’s really a story about a young woman coming into her own and finding love when she least expected it. Second, I love Abby’s writing style. Maura’s voice is sassy and smart. It’s full of honesty and passion. Corbin’s intensity and passion are palpable. He oozes sex appeal. Quite frankly, he can defend my freedom anytime!! The characters are written in much the same way as their personalities come through. The third thing I love about this book are the characters. From Maura’s best friend, Jenny, to her hot, Irish dad (Mickey is a total FILF!), the reader is entertained, moved and maybe even a little inspired. There is no shortage of snort out loud, funny moments, or parts where you try to read through the tears. There are also quite a few moments where you may find yourself a little hot and bothered! (Have I mentioned that Corbin is all KINDS of yummy delish?)
Wreck You gets 5 stars from me. Plain and simple…it’s a great book and you need to read it!
Dawn’s Review 5 Stars
Confession: I’ve read Wreck You a few times…and I love Abby’s debut novel!! Maura is a badass chick with a completely soft side and tons of vulnerabilities. Have you ever read a book and thought about the main character ‘Man, I wish that girl was my best friend because she’s so damn cool?’ Yeah, that was me when reading Maura’s story!
Maura grew up in an MC – Motorcycle Club – and has been overprotected her whole life by the guys in the club and her dad, Mickey (who by the way is totally alpha hot and I would want him to slap me on the arse!). She’s ready to break out of the MC life and this is her story.
She meets Corbin, a Marine, which allows for a perfect mix of military romance and MC romance. I will share that I’ve read a few MC romances, but they’re not my go-to. I loved the way Abby was able to blend the MC with the military aspect and create the perfect mix of both within the story. Corbin is one hot Marine with just enough of a dirty mouth to make a girl need a change of panties! He’s on leave and when he meets Maura, the sparks fly! It actually reminded me of how quickly I connected with my hubby who I met when on leave one weekend. I loved the way Corbin can be both strong and resilient while completely vulnerable with Maura.
One of the things I truly love about Abby’s writing is the sassy, smart-talking personality of Maura. She’s facing quite a few changes in her life and handles them with grace and the occasional bottle of Jack. See why I like her??? There’s a ton of things that happen (no spoilers here!): misunderstandings, action, pain, heartbreak, love, friendship (go Jenny!!), and decisions that have a way of changing the course of people’s lives. I loved the journey that Maura takes as she learns more about who she is, what she wants in this life, and how to be strong enough to go for what she wants and needs.
This is not your typical MC book, nor the typical military romance. It’s Maura’s journey mixed with all of those people surrounding her who impact her life in a way that helps her become the woman she is. Grab this book and dive in! Abby McCarthy writes a story filled with heart and passion and love that kept me turning pages long into the night!
P.s. I’m waiting impatiently for Dawson’s story…because I know there’s some naughty, alpha sides to him that are yet to be explored!!
Kristine’s review 5 stars
“I grew up unconventionally in a motorcycle club with my dad and his friends. life in the club is well, different. I’m sure you can imagine that it isn’t always on the up and up, if you know what I mean. ~ Maura
“As a Marine, we are taught to assess the situation and determine if the risk is worth taking. You are a risk worth taking.”~ Corbin
“I love how you saved me, I was alone in more ways that I ever knew and the day you showed up next door rocked my entire world. I want forever with you. I love you completely. ~ Maura
I am a reader and a lover of words. I am a blogger turned author releasing my first novel in May 2014. I am a mother of three, a wife and a dog person. I have always wrote, sometimes poetry, sometimes just to vent about failed relationships, however in parenthood I have found my voice to help keep my sanity. Words have flowed from me, to review and with the support of amazing friends in the Indie community I have decided to pursue my dream of writing! I love to write and read romance, because isn’t that something we all yearn for? Whether it be flowers and hand holding or just the right tug on your hair. Isn’t that what life is about? The human connection?