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REVIEW: “Wrecked” by Deanna Wadsworth



Off the Key West coast, Rief Lawson works as a wrecker, salvaging ships and their cargo. Exiled to the outskirts of society because of his mysterious gift of sight, Rief’s only respite from his loneliness is painting an unknown blond man. When a merchant ship wrecks during a violent storm, Rief rescues a drowning victim and comes face-to-face with his destiny.

It is the man from his art!

Heir to an English barony, Mathew Weston entered the merchant trade with his greedy father and soon-to-be father-in-law. Dominated by his father and smothered by the people around him—including his sweet but tiresome fianceé—Mathew is terrified to follow his true desires. Marriage and obedience seem safer than a life of secrecy and possible prison.

After the daring rescue, a fire ignites between the two men. Powerless to resist his desire, Mathew learns what it means to be a man in Rief’s arms. With this newfound confidence, Mathew teaches Rief through gentle touch that he deserves the affection he’s long been denied. Yet their affair is doomed from the start. Two desperate men, wrecked in heart and mind, must find a way to salvage the chance at love fate has given them.


WreckedTitle: Wrecked
Author:  Deanna Wadsworth
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press LLC
Pages:  286
Release Date:  May 2015
Purchase Links:  DSP, Amazon, ARe.


Wrecked is the story of two men who long for the love of a man and yearn for lust infused rapture that only a man can give them. *sound of record scratching*  Did I just write that?  Did I actually describe a book with shameful purple prose?  Well, yes I did, because that’s the experience I had while reading this book.

So no, this book didn’t work for me, but it may work for you if:

  • You like historicals which are heavy on details
  • You’d enjoy men of different social standings getting it on
  • You enjoy vocabulary reminiscent of an era gone by
  • You like the idea of people being “rescued” (in many senses of the word)
  • You can forgive simple errors which should have been picked up by beta’s

Personally, Wrecked was too heavy on the floral prose for my liking. I felt distracted and frustrated by it.  Alongside that, I could barely draw a breath among the numerous long winded sentences.

Moving onto characterization, I felt like Mathew was portrayed as a ‘damsel in distress’.  Sure enough, he seemed to be making some progress on those grounds, but there was just something about his characterization that didn’t work for me.

Nor did I accept the insta-lust between the two.  As noted in the blurb, Rief has a gift which allows him to receive premonitions.  He’s been secretly drawing erotic illustrations of Mathew for many years – even before they’d met – so I can see that he’d get an instant hard-on the very moment their bodies collide… but… I just couldn’t accept Mathew’s experience.

I fear that writing more about Wrecked will ultimately wreck ;) anybody’s chance at giving this book a go.  So I’ll leave it at that.  DNF at 68%.

One comment on “REVIEW: “Wrecked” by Deanna Wadsworth

  1. Ana
    June 19, 2015

    I think that I am totally in the mood for this book. I know that this wasn’t the best review but this sounds like the opposite of the books I usually read (and am kinda bored with).


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