Series: Lost Stars #4
Release Date: June 9th, 2022
CW: mentions of drug use, mentions of rape, scenes of assault, domestic abuse and abandonment, toxic family situations, gun violence,
King of the junkyard. God of the gridiron. Cypress Springs’ beloved bad boy.
With just a wink and a smile, he has most girls at his beck and call. Good thing I’m immune to his (debatable) charms.
Don’t get me wrong, he is beautiful. With the body of a Greek god and the face of a fallen angel, who could resist?
Too bad he’s so… Ridge. Every time he opens his mouth, I want to punch him. Or kiss him.
No, I don’t want that. Not at all. Not even a little bit.
Yet here I am in a no-strings-attached summer fling with the guy I love to hate, and my traitorous heart is calling the shots.
The problem is he’s a wreck, and I’m ruined. And as anyone can tell you, when wrecked meets ruined things tend to get… messy.
Make no mistake about it.
We are going to destroy each other.
When it comes to Emery Rose and her Lost Stars series, I know that I’m going to be a sobbing mess, angry and feeling all the feels. Every book in this series has put me through all my emotions and I honestly don’t know how to handle all of it. So I went into When Wrecked Meets Ruined knowing that I would be wrecked and ruined. And this book did all of that and so much more.
While Brody and Shiloh from When The Storm Breaks are still my all time favourites, Evie and Ridge really pulled a number on me when I started this book. Because all of these stories happen parallelly, we’d been introduced to Ridge before and we’d seen his complicated relationship with Brody unravel and how he was with the other McCallister men as well. But to have his whole story, told through three parts and three different times in his life really made it so great.
To keep it simple, Evie and Ridge are complicated. He’s the new guy and a popular jock and she’s the girl who everyone likes to pick on. Everyone but Ridge. He’s drawn to her and can’t help himself, even when she keeps pushing him away. Their push and pull in the first few chapters was pretty entertaining. While I didn’t like the characters right away, I loved their chemistry. I knew they were going to be hard to like at first, because both of them come from such tragic and traumatic backgrounds—please go gently into this book and take all trigger and content warnings seriously—but as they grew up and their relationship evolved, they started to become slightly more interesting. Their friendship and enemyship (as it were) and relationship could only be defined as intense, chaotic, painful, loving and hot. They go through so much and it rips you apart, puts you back together and then rips you apart again.
“I don’t love you because it’s easy. I love you for all your complicated parts. I love all of you.”
Because Emery Rose is good at all of the angst, this book delivers that in spades. Part 1 covers their high school relationship and how they poke and prod at each other till the other gives in. Even though they’re enemies, you can see just how much Ridge feels for Evie and vice versa. Part 2 covers post graduation and into college and this was honestly my favourite part of the book. Seeing these two damaged souls come together and slowly fall in love was truly something so special. The characters evolved as well and once you got sucked into their world, it was hard to walk away. Part 3 was heart wrenching. I might have cried a few times, I definitely felt everything too deeply, but I have zero regrets about it.
At times, their relationship felt a little toxic, but there’s no cheating or lying, it’s just a little hard to read. But Emery does such a good job of immersing you in this story that you start to feel like one of their friends and suddenly all of that toxicity doesn’t matter.
I loved seeing all of the McCallister boys again, I liked seeing their relationships through Evie and Ridge’s eyes. I loved how they welcomed her into their world without a moment of hesitation. Knowing that there’s one more and knowing that we haven’t fully met Gideon yet has me all kinds of excited. I can’t wait to see what happens in that one!
Thanks to WordSmith Publicity for generously providing me with an advance copy. I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.