Best friends to lovers is one of my favorite romance tropes. Normally it is the girl falling for the guy and hiding it for so long but in Wrecked by Shiloh Walker the opposite happens and I adored our hero Zach for it.
Abigale Applegate and Zach Barnes have been best friends for what seems like ever. As children they were co-stars on a successful sitcom. The glamorous life is not what either one of them wanted and they both moved on as soon as the could. Abby moved on from more than Hollywood though as she left “the woman shall not be named” or her mother, behind also. After living through many years of her mother controlling her life Abby finally grabs the reins. She has clear goals set and nothing is going to stop her from accomplishing them.
At least that is what she thinks up until the moment her fiancée dumps her because he doesn’t think she is being true to herself. Abby is devastated. I got the feeling she more upset about the fact that she might not complete her well set out goals than she was about her fiancée leaving. But when he leaves she turns to the one person who is always there for her. Zach.
Zach has been in love with Abby since they were kids and has become an expert at hiding it from her.
He could wait until she was ready
He’d been waiting for Abby for a long, long time.
Everyone else knows but somehow Abby has never seen him like that. When Zach finds out that she is no longer getting married he allows himself to feel hope again. Maybe this will be the time she notices him as more than a friend. He encourages her to make new life goals and then is floored when he finds out one of those goals is to have a torrid affair. He needs to convince Abby that he is the one to have that affair with and then also convince her that they could be so much more.
Zach, oh Zach. What to say about a yummy, amazing hero. How can you not adore a man who has been in love with a woman pretty much his whole life? He even moved to another state for her, though he disguised it as just being a good location to open up his business. I liked Zach so much that I found myself angry at Abby for not seeing what he felt. How could she not see the awesomeness that had been in front of her for so long? And let’s not even mention the tattooed goodness that he is. Hello??
Fortunately, Abby doesn’t need too much convincing to take Zach up on his torrid affair offer. The chemistry between Zach and Abby is off the charts and the emotion in each scene is heartbreakingly poignant. I was so rooting for their HEA. The balance Zach has to maintain to not push Abby too hard, too fast is very well done. Everyone else in his life was harping at him to tell her but he stayed true to what he has always been.
Ah, the last 10% of this book about made my heart beat out of my chest. It was so perfect. For so many years, Zach has been the one to hide his feelings and I wanted his devotion to be repaid in kind. I was so happy with the way Abby declared her love for Zach. If it had just been a simple I love you, I probably would have gotten cranky. But it wasn’t. Everything that happened was sigh worthy.
As with all reviews we pick a favorite quote and the quote I chose absolutely made me melt. I did a serious happy sigh with a little teary hiccup. I am a sappy dork. I know. Final grade- B+
“Abby,” he murmured, lifting a hand to curve around her neck. “I love you.”
A sob slipped free and she wrapped her arms around his waist. One of his hands cupped the back of her neck and cuddled her in close.
As he bent around her, he whispered, “I’ve loved you so long, I can’t remember what it’s like to not love you. And I’ll go to my grave loving you. You’re my everything.”