A Beautiful Wreck: Book Review

“An Emotional Powerhouse”

Beautiful Wreck, secret, romance

Types of Reviews I Do: 

Once in awhile I agree to post a review in my blog. Sometimes my review focuses on a memoir written by a person who copes with blindness, especially when the writer has a strong, encouraging message. But it doesn’t have to be a memoir. Fictional books about characters facing blindness also touch me. Other novels and themes I enjoy focus on international settings,  travel and romance – the best, of course, come with plenty of humor.


We all like to get away, either physically or through fiction. Today’s book is a special delight to share, maybe because in the midst of all my busyness, this offered a great, engaging escape with imperfect characters, a secret, a romance and true-to-life lessons.

Summary of Plot:

Her love may heal him, but his secret may destroy her.
One terrifying, emotional mission to return a family heirloom sends Cassie on an unexpected search for the person she never knew she needed. This stand-alone romance finishes off the Second Chance Trilogy.

Stand-alone Romance

While I hadn’t read the first two books in Cee Cee James’ Second Chance Series, I was  quickly drawn into her third, “A Beautiful Wreck,” and the world of Cassie and Luke.

Writing Craft

I love how CeeCee James continuously weaves her fine writing craft throughout the story. She vividly captures both the physical and emotional scenery causing me to keep reading.

A scene just before the turnoff:
“The rusty mailboxes leaned against one another like a couple of drinking compadres staggering home from a late night at the bar.”

In a  cemetery scene:
“The sun slanted through, causing thousands of rectangular shadows to checkerboard the lawn.”

When Cassie tumbles into her emotions once again:
“The excitement ricocheted inside her like a couple of wild racquetballs.”

Her imagery throughout the book tugs on my heartstrings, making me root for the spunky Cassie and grief-immersed Luke.


Another thing, and this may sound funny, but the weather almost seems like a character in itself because it has its own idiosyncrasies. But really CeeCee James uses it as a literary tool to beautifully parallel the setbacks and breakthroughs of her characters, all which take place in Oregon–a state where I once lived and taught English for a couple of months.


It gets 5 stars from me

Final Words

Without giving any more of the plot away, I recommend A Beautiful Wreckage to my readers. If you are looking for strong characters who latch onto hope and stumble their way into romance, a bit of intrigue and some fast-paced danger along with a few great plot twists and strong pacing, I suggest you add this to your reading list.

What kind of books do you like to read? Is romance your genre? If so, what do you look for in a good romance? 

Links to Cee Cee James

Books by CeeCee James
Second Chance Series: A Beautiful Wreck , Out of the Wreckage , Wrecked and Yours
New Release: Audio book of Ghost No More
Paperback and Kindle: Ghost No More Series:
Ghost No More Lost No More , Fear No More
Amazon author profile: Cee Cee James

Other links for CeeCee James: Facebook

You have read: “A Beautiful Wreck: A Book Review” [book newly published by Cee Cee James]. Blog post by Amy L. Bovaird, Copyright March 21, 2016.

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