How can you continue living when you’re living a lie? How can you convince your body to stop feeling, your soul to stop caring, and your heart to stop beating?
Haunted by her past, Olivia Adler flees Boston for a beach in Florida, leaving everyone behind, trying to shut the world out. Remaining a relative recluse in her self-imposed prison, she tries to turn everything off, wanting to feel nothing. But a new acquaintance won’t let that happen. After being away from Alexander for a month, his voice constantly ringing in her head, reminding her that her inability to confront her demons will not only destroy her, but also him, can she really be expected to want to feel again when it brings nothing but pain?
Back in Boston, everywhere he turns, Alexander Burnham is reminded of Olivia… His Olivia… He tries to dull the ache left in his heart the only way he knows how… in the bed of a beautiful woman. But Alexander isn’t about to lose his Olivia. After a clue comes to light regarding Olivia’s whereabouts, can he convince her to return to Boston with him? When a force that has laid dormant for months resurfaces, can Alexander still protect her from the unknown danger? And when Alexander comes face to face with a shadow of both his and Olivia’s past, will he be able to tell her the secret that is threatening to tear them apart?
“It’s not the bad memories that hurt,” she quivered. “It’s the good ones that cause the most pain. Those are the memories that stay with you, making you smile. Then you realize that the source of those memories is gone and you’ll never have that feeling again.” She took a deep breath, her voice barely a whisper. “And that is what is most painful.”
While reading A Beautiful Mess, I was all about Mr. B, but in my opinion this book was all about Olivia. Her pain and sadness was front and center in A Tragic Wreck. It is hard for me to even put into words the almost eerie connection I felt to her character especially with the above quote.
She is heartbroken and now trying to deal with it by running away from Boston and Mr. B. She gets to the point where she has begun to find her smile again and then guess who shows up? It is a bit of cat and mouse from this point forward but I won’t say too much because it is worth the read to see how both Olivia and Alexander aka Mr. B deal with it.
T.K. Leigh wrote something special with A Beautiful Mess and she has done it again with A Tragic Wreck. Of course, this book is full of romance but it is the suspense, mystery, and action that captivated me. The emotions, the choice between Cam and Alexander, the journey of Olivia from her lowest point back to her discovering and embracing her happy, and the skillfully crafted wordplay from T.K. are the reasons why I absolutely loved, loved, loved this book!!! There is absolutely no sophomore slump here!