“She has no idea how beautiful she is, how perfect. She is every girl next door fantasy, except even better, because she really is the girl next door. Always has been.”
Wrecked by Kat Ransom is the second standalone in the Donington Racing Series. Set within the world of Formula 1 Racing, Wrecked is a friends to lovers romance about two childhood friends who always seem to gravitate towards each other regardless of whatever their lives throw at them.
If you’re a fan of the friends to lovers trope, then Wrecked is the book for you. I was immediately drawn in from that intriguing blurb, and because Kat Ransom is a new to me author, I went with fingers crossed, ready to gobble up a great story. I was not disappointed!
Both Jo and Logan were inseparable prior to Jo’s sudden move with her mother. I loved getting glimpses into their past while experiencing their present and I thought that way of storytelling was a really great insight into the depth of their emotions. It’s hard to navigate any kind of emotions as a teen, but when those feelings are as big as true love, that becomes even harder. Neither Logan nor Jo had confronted the other about their deeper than friendship feelings. Kat Ransom paints their relationship so vividly that I felt all the emotions Jo and Logan experienced. Their competitiveness had me laughing, and also had me frustrated at the sheer stubbornness that both the characters portrayed. The fact that Jo and Logan had used each other as a bandaid for their respective hurt makes for some impressively angsty turmoil but doesn’t take away from the overall story. I became even more invested with the last third of Wrecked because of how Kat Ransom addressed the respective mental health issues for both Jo and Logan.
“He tastes of whiskey and countless dreams, summer nights, and years of unspoken longing.”
I’ll admit that I don’t know a lot about the Formula 1 Racing world, but I found all the description really well done. Like any professional sport, the world of racing is all-consuming and comes with its own set of rules and training schedule. Seeing how Jo and Logan basically grew up in that world due to their parent’s respective professions, the racing world added a really unique take on a sports romance for me.
Wrecked combines characters that I could not get enough of and a story arc that I was completely addicted to and creates an overall amazing experience! Kat Ransom has earned herself a new reader. As soon as I finished Wrecked, I immediately ordered the first book in the series as well as both paperbacks. The next standalone book in the series will be releasing soon too and I cannot wait to read it! Congrats on a fabulous new release, Kat!