Note: This ARC was provided by the author via WordSmith Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
“You make me lose my fucking mind,” I whisper.Her fingers dance along my back. “You make me forget the world around us.”I’m not sure if I should take that as a compliment or not, but when she snuggles even closer, I realize, whatever it means, it doesn’t matter. At this moment right here, I’m happy. We’re happy.
This. This is my new Meghan Quinn favorite read. Co-Wrecker has romance and comedy, but I daresay that calling it a romantic comedy would be limiting it because it's so much more than "just" that. This was the story of a hot nerd named Andrew and and his ice-cold, far-from-friendly Friendly's co-worker, Sadie. He's moved from Maine to New York and transferred colleges in hopes of moving on from what his family calls "the ordeal". He just wants to focus on getting his degree and earning some extra cash scooping ice cream at the fountain over the summer. But being around Sadie more than piques his interest. They're an equation that shouldn't add up, but Andrew gets a kick out of making the usually surly Sadie laugh, and soon, he wants to know more about her. But there's a reason why Sadie has no vacancies in her select circle of people she wants in her life, and while she can't deny that Andrew is the first guy to make her actually feel again and have a need to be around him, she doesn't want the reality of her past to burst the happy bubble they're both in now. There's a reason why people tell you not to fall for a co-worker.
I have a thing for hot nerds. It's that combination of geeky and gorgeous with the glasses like an ironic precursor that what's behind it isn't just limited to some brainy guy who can formulate theories and equations and begin a discourse on whatever floats his boat. Andrew is exactly that. Behind those thick-rimmed glasses of his is a guy with a body that's as lickable as the ice cream he whips together, but he's more than the abs he rocks. He's a really great guy who clearly cares about Sadie and he's interested in more than the fact that she's beautiful. I love how protective he is of her while also wanting to push her to meet her potential. He can be shy and sensitive but also be cocky and a tad douche-y. He's frickin' irresistible and it's a good thing Sadie didn't hold out longer than necessary, or else she would have regretted it. I loved Sadie and Andrew together. They were fun and funny and made me smile when they were being all silly and swoony, but they also made my heart squeeze in my chest when things were rocky and they were forced to confront those ghosts of Sadie's past. Totally one of my favorite couples.
As is the case with all of the Meghan Quinn books that I've read, this latest release has a fab cast of supporting characters. From Sadie's quirky group of friends--I mean, come on, who wouldn't want friends with nicknames like Smilly and Saddlemire?--to Andrew's five female roomies and his nosy family. Then there's Sadie's ex, Tucker, who I became way more attached to than I was expecting. His bittersweet past with Sadie broke my heart, and he's clearly not some jerky ex who deserves to have his manly bits served on a tarnished platter. I certainly wouldn't say "no" should the author decide that the guy deserves to have his own happily-ever-after. Hint, hint. There was one point in the story where he and Sadie were discussing something important to both of them and I seriously wanted to give the guy a hug. Damn you, Meghan Quinn for your freaky ability to combine angst and humor. Argh! But seriously, people, if there's one book that I demand you read this weekend, it's this one. Co-Wrecker is Quinn at her story-weaving best, and there's no stopping her as she reigns over the rom-com genre. This gets five-plus stars. ♥
Date Read: 25 March 2017
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