Train Wreck by Elise Faber

Title: Train Wreck (A Life Sucks Novel)

Author: Elise Faber

Date of Publication: May 31, 2017


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train wreck

1. A chaotic or disastrous situation.
2. An utter catastrophe or mess.
3. A devastating calamity or source of trouble.
4. Pepper O’Brien.

As the daughter of a famed film producer, Pepper O’Brien is Hollywood royalty.

Also, her life sucks.

Because, unfortunately for her, the old adage is true: money can’t buy everything—including grace, true love, or the ability to not screw up every single opportunity her life has brought her.

After her latest disaster, Pepper moves across the country to start over but, as usual, her life has other plans, namely in the form of Derek Cashette, her former teenage crush and now ridiculously handsome friend of her older brother.

Derek is determined to salvage the train wreck of her life and Pepper’s determined not to let him. Her life is her problem and, dammit, why can’t she be her own hero?

But sometimes fate has other plans. Or maybe it’s hormones. Especially when her rescuer comes with a killer smile, a chest Thor would be jealous of, and a butt that any girl just wants to—

Christina’s Four Star Review

Pepper is a disaster. We’re not talking about her personal life; we’re talking an actual agent of entropy; nearly everything she touches. Her controlling father has finally hidden her away from the public eye in the small, seaside town of Stoneybrook. She’s trying to set out on her own, working a regular job, trying to cut herself off from her father’s rule. Problem is, her reputation precedes her, not only do employers want to steer clear of the bumbling Pepper, they want to avoid the wrath of her famous director father, Peter. So when she comes across her brother’s best friend and crush from the past Derek, she finds a friend that tries to help her navigate her new life. But Derek has been sent to watch over Derek, and the funding for his indie movie (backed by Peter) hinges on how well he keeps Pepper out of trouble. Sexual tension runs high between the two, but can Pepper get over the fact that Derek is her glorified babysitter? Or are Derek’s intentions genuine, is he really interested in her and not her family’s money?

From the very first page I was hooked. Pepper is a flawed character, but in a way that we the readers might be able to relate to more than your average heroine. She anxious around others and as such is a bit of a klutz and will babble incessantly to get her out of the situations she finds herself in. Derek understands, especially given the history he has with Pepper. He recollects how Pepper has been treated over time and begins to understand that a lot of her problems might be caused by her family, not Pepper herself.

Train Wreck is a quick, quirky, laugh out loud read. I loved the characters from the very beginning (though I could have used a little less of the over the top, slap stick kind of comedy that Pepper started with), Pepper just wanted to be taken seriously, and Derek was swoon-worthy between his physical looks and his heart of gold when it came to Pepper. Watching Pepper evolve is one of the highlights of the book and it is refreshing to see a heroine find herself as the book goes on. It is a very fast read, easily done in one sitting and would be perfect for the beach or pool. Faber is quickly becoming a one-click author for me because I know that when I pick up one of her books, I know I’m going to get great writing that will suck me in from the get go. Fans of romcoms as well as contemporary romance will love this one!

About the Author

Aside from writing bestselling romances, Elise’s passions are chocolate, Star Wars, and hockey (the order depending on the day and how well her team, the Sharks, are playing). 

She and her husband also play as much hockey as they can squeeze into their schedules, so much so that their typical date night is spent on the ice.

Elise is the mom to two exuberant boys and is thoroughly addicted to Dancing with the Stars.

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