August 6, 2018

Title: Wrecked
Series: Charming Knights #1
(Stand-alone series)
Author: Shana Vanterpool
Genre: Upper YA
Release Date: August 2, 2018

Welcome to Charming High.
Sorry, we’re fresh out of charm …
Hallie:
I am a star.
I’m not famous, before you make that mistake.
Although, I guess I kind of am. Or I will be anyway. My future was planned long before I was born.
The definition of a star is a fixed luminous point in the night sky that is an incandescent body like the sun.
I am a star. I am fixed. I am luminous only when no one is looking. I was stuck to repeat the same night every single day.
Until I met Wreck. And he showed me how alive I could feel within my cage.
Wreck:
I am a knight.
I’m not a knight in shining armor, before you start thinking I’ll save you.
I am a knight in raging darkness.
Until I met Hallie. And she showed me how to break free of my battle-torn armor.
Wrecked is the first book in the Charming Knights series by Shana Vanterpool. An exhilarating upper YA contemporary romance series set deep in the lives of Charming High’s most beloved football team. Where the limits of good and evil are pushed, desires and dreams are twisted, and readers are immersed into the lives of people who have it all. Except their freedom…

Wrecked is the first book in the Charming Nights series by one of my favorite authors, Shana Vanterpool. I love her words so much that I didn’t read the synopsis before I jumped in. She writes it, I read it. This one is actually upper YA! I don’t read many YA but when I do, I want more.

Hallie feels like she lives in cage. Surrounded by gold bars, and the privileged. She wore her mask but she wasn’t like the rest of them. She wanted out when others wanted in. Her peers wanted what she had but all she wanted was to be loved. Her parents saw her as an investment. The lone heir to the Goodford Financial throne. She hated that her life was planned out before she was even born. She didn’t get to make her own choices. Who she was friends with. What car she drove. Who she loved. What she wore. And if she didn’t obey, there were consequences. She never felt she could feel free until Wreck set his eyes on her.

Wreck accepted his fate. He was getting out of here. He would survive for two reasons. One, he knew how to put up his walls and not let them in. And two, Hallie Goodford. His dark obsession. He knew he would always have her. That was the plan but he resisted until now. He couldn’t ignore the way he felt about her any longer. It had to be now or never. He had been watching her from afar and now it is time to get closer to her than ever before. Will she end up fighting him off or fighting for him in the end?

Wreck and Hallie’s relationship is complicated. Charming High, the town surrounding it, and the people who own it are not your average Joe’s. They are some of the wealthiest people in the world. The ones with power and influence. So imagine growing up in that world. You have to grow up fast. So, Wreck and Hallie may be eighteen but they have seen things that others never will. It’s like living in a bad soap opera. The family dramas. The greedy assholes. The crude businessmen and women. They don’t want to be like them. They want to be free, alive, and not their parents. But, can they do that if they fall in love with each other? Two heirs of two thrones.

I was addicted to this story from the very beginning. I might be thirty-seven but I am a fan of teen drama. Yes, I watched Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and Riverdale and loved it. Teen drama is full of angst but then add in the wealth and privilege and it’s extra. Everything. It’s always intrigued me. So, this story. It got me. The way Wreck could go from star football player/king of the school to openly romantic on a dime was fascinating and oh so fucking hot. He definitely wasn’t perfect and I loved that about him. He had his weaknesses and Hallie had hers. They also had their strengths. They are both strong characters. Protective characters.

Overall…it’s a story full of secrets, angst, love, heat, and laughter. I am very excited about the next book. These Charming Knights are something else.

P.S. I know not all wealthy teens and adults are this way.

Quotes:

This city would never see me sweat.
I was trapped, but I was still me inside of my gold bars.

Drunk Wreck was a pissy PMS’ing tween dignitary. “I’m going to change into something more comfortable. When you change your tampon, and take a Midol, come find me.”

“Secret for a secret?”

Romance author, coffee drinker, and bad boy aficionado. Every second not spent breathing is an opportunity to write and read. I live in Northern California with my family and actress dog, Halle Bella. (Just Bella when she decides to cut the crap.) Escaping with a good book is something I live for and I write so others can do the same.

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