Book Review: Ship Wrecked by Olivia Dade

Ship Wrecked

Author: Olivia Dade
Series: Spoiler Alert, book 3
Publisher: Avon (November 15, 2022)
Paperback, 416 pages
Romance, Contemporary adult romance
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Summary

After All the Feels and Spoiler Alert, Olivia Dade once again delivers a warm and wonderful romantic comedy about two co-stars who once had an incredible one-night stand—and after years of filming on the same remote island, are finally ready to yield to temptation again…

Maria’s one-night-stand—the thick-thighed, sexy Viking of a man she left without a word or a note—just reappeared. Apparently, Peter’s her surly Gods of the Gates co-star, and they’re about to spend the next six years filming on a desolate Irish island together. She still wants him…but he now wants nothing to do with her.

Peter knows this role could finally transform him from a forgettable character actor into a leading man. He also knows a failed relationship with Maria could poison the set, and he won’t sabotage his career for a woman who’s already walked away from him once. Given time, maybe they can be cooperative colleagues or friends—possibly even best friends—but not lovers again. No matter how much he aches for her.

For years, they don’t touch off-camera. But on their last night of filming, their mutual restraint finally shatters, and all their pent-up desire explodes into renewed passion. Too bad they still don’t have a future together, since Peter’s going back to Hollywood, while Maria’s returning to her native Sweden. She thinks she needs more than he can give her, but he’s determined to change her mind, and he’s spent the last six years waiting. Watching. Wanting.

His shipwrecked Swede doesn’t stand a chance.

Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This. Freaking. Book. 😍

I don’t remember Peter and Maria from the various cast chat blurbs from the first two books (sorry Peter and Maria!). They all sort of blur together (except for Ian, the King of Dickweeds, obvs). Still, when I read the blurb for this book I was so pumped! TWO fat leads! I feel like we’re seeing more books with plus-sized heroines, but there’s still a death of plus-sized male leads (which is really Peter’s issue with his career in a nutshell, isn’t it?). And while there is a bit of the plotline that revolves around their weight, that’s not the main focus of the book (and Maria is SO badass, she basically kicks that plotline right in the teeth). More fat romances, please!! 🙂

The chemistry between Maria and Peter is AH-MAZING. I didn’t care for Peter at first because he was kind of an a-hole, and I was like “oh boy, he’s going to have to go through some major character growth to redeem himself.” And you know what, dear reader? He sure did. Maria also goes through a lot of personal growth throughout the book – she is such a strong, confident, bad-ass beam of light, but she’s got her own internal broken edges she needs to work through as well.

Ship Wrecked takes place concurrently with the first two books in the Spoiler Alert series, especially considering it spans several years (though the middle years area sort of fade to black, time skip deal). Some of the dramatic events in the second half of the book take place in the same time and space as dramatic events in the first two books in the series, Spoiler Alert and All the Feels. Since the first two books are also incredibly amazing, while this technically could be read as a standalone, I recommend reading the series in order to avoid spoilers for the first two books that are in this one.

Ship Wrecked wraps up some other subplots among the other cast relationships, so it seems this will likely be the last book in the Spoiler Alert universe. I do, however, hear some twitterings about a short story featuring two of the other cast mates… 🙂

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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