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Review: Ship Wrecked by Olivia Dade

So Ship Wrecked took my tired little burnt out heart and just made it smile. I enjoyed this book so much! Not only is this series one of my recent faves, but this has to be my favorite! Keep reading this book review for my full thought.


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.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Before I even began Ship Wrecked not only was I predicting it would be a five star read for me, but I was expecting to love it. Part of what I loved about All the Feels was the character dynamics and development. And what I’ve learned is that often when an author excels at that particular aspect – making characters which scoop our hearts out – they can do it all over again. And it’s true! I adored Peter and Maria so much. They form the heart and back bone of Ship Wrecked.

The ways in which they not only banter – look the banter is immaculate in Ship Wrecked – but also the ways in which they tease out each other’s vulnerabilities. How you can communicate without words, in gestures, and actions. All the ways it can change our life to find anyone who can truly see us – friends, family, partners. And within Ship Wrecked, Dade examines how we can run when we are afraid and how we can be so sure happiness will be ours if we have XYZ, that we miss what happy could be.


I couldn’t pick which character I loved most. I adored how determined and loyal Maria is. How she knows that no one should make her feel ashamed and that she is worth it – but also her own insecurities. And at the same time Peter and the way he is so focused on this image of his life, on what stability means to him. Do we chase fame or something that might make the nights of work worth it? How do we define what it means to make it or be happy?

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Ship Wrecked is an amazing installment in this series and I love the ways they are connected and this little family they are all becoming. I need stories for each of them. I could write for hours about how much I loved certain scenes and how much I shipped them together from the beginning. So suffice it to say, if you like this series, this is an instant addition to the TBR and if you like spicy romance stories full of character and heart, this is for you. Find Ship Wrecked on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, & The Book Depository.


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