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Author Catherine Cowles brings you an addictive small-town romance series full of protective heroes and suspenseful twists and turns. Wrecked Beginnings contains the first three stand-alone novels in the Wrecked series.

Reckless Memories

I loved him before I knew what the word meant. From skinned knees to first dates and everything in between. But he was never mine to love. I settled for friendship, even though I always wanted more.

That was before. Before he ripped my world apart and didn’t bother sticking around to help me pick up the pieces. I knit every last shred back together all on my own. And I’ve all but forgotten his name.

Now, he’s back, and everything is torn apart once more. But he’s not the only one doing the tearing this time. And there might be no stopping the person who has it out for us both.

Perfect Wreckage

My past taught me to play it safe. To stay far away from handsome men who promised it all. My life was good without them. Stable, secure, predictable.

But one kiss showed me that I’d been playing it safe for far too long. One night and all I wanted was more of his wildfire. One challenge and my carefully constructed walls tumbled down.

Amidst the rubble, I realized there was more to this man than I ever dreamed. When everything fell apart, he showed me what it meant to stay. How to truly live.

But some demons don’t stay buried. The past can come knocking when you least expect. And the life he’s showing me might be shorter than either of us expected....

Wrecked Palace

One night was all it took for everything to change. From college student to guardian in a single breath. My siblings became my world.

No time for date nights or romantic dreams. I traded quiet weekends for sleepless nights. Giving my all to make sure they were cared for.

But Griffin had a brokenness that called to me - one that mirrored my own. Gruff and just a little bit reckless. He was the last thing I needed. But everything I wanted.

Only someone isn’t happy about this new life I’m building. Deciding to set fire to everything I hold close. And when the smoke clears, there might be only ashes left behind....

©2020, 2021 Catherine Cowles (P)2021 Catherine Cowles

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AMAZING LISTEN

I LOVED these books so much!!!

The narration of these books is spot on!! Narrated so wonderfully that I couldn't stop listening!

These books broke my heart and put it back together. It is so beautifully written.

These characters will have you falling in love right along with them.

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3 for 1 I this box set!

Loved these books so much I grabbed the audio box set so I could re-listen.
Catherine has quickly become one of my absolute favorite authors. Not only are her books fantastically written, she always picks the perfect narrators for each book!!
Narration by Joe Arden/Andi Arndt, Maxine Mitchell & Ava Erickson.


Don't miss this chance to get this steal of a deal while it's on sale.

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A must buy all in one!!

3 gorgeous books in one!! I mean you just can't go wrong with this set.
First, you have Reckless Memories and get to meet Bell & Ford who are just one of my favorite second-chance romance couples. Which is one of my favorite types of books to read. I looked back at my review from Reckless Memories and this is still true "I was so excited to begin this series. I absolutely loved Catherine's Sutter Lake series so I knew this one had to be amazing too. I wasn't wrong 🙂 "

Next, you get Perfect Wreckage with Kenna & Crosby. They bring all the emotions and I loved their amazing chemistry. In my opinion the most sizzling chemistry of this series.

Last but in no way least Wrecked Palace oh this book I just can't say enough about it. Well at least that I haven't already said haha. I read my review back for this one and just yes... so a quick review recap.

"Wrecked Palace is the third book that we get to visit Anchor Island. It's already full of fantastic characters, but In Wrecked Palace we have my favorite broody hero that I’ve been waiting anxiously for.

Griffin and Caelyn tore at my heart, as I knew they would. Catherine is extremely gifted in making you feel like you are in fact visiting her small town and getting to know all your neighbors. I LOVE THAT!!

Griffin and Caelyn are wonderful together. Griffin’s story really got to me. It was so emotional to read of his heartache. But that’s what made it so wonderful to see his story progress when Caelyn entered his life. She is such a strong character. I have tremendous respect for what she did for the “tiny terrors”. I'm such a sucker for a story with adorable kids. Griffin’s relationship with each of them was so special. It made all the feelings come. Terrific book!!!"

I highly recommend this set. It truly has it all. Doing a reread now and this time with audible... *sigh* Joe Arden does a fantastic job. You just can’t go wrong there. Andi Arndt is her amazing self, Maxine Mitchell, and Ava Erickson make for 3 great listens. I’m enjoying this reread tremendously.

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  • KW
  • 01-23-22

Great Narration. Amazing Stories.

RECKLESS MEMORIES
Catherine writes an emotional book. One full of big feelings that just won’t leave Bell and Ford alone. She unfolds how these two have been connected since childhood, sharing a bond that no one else could. BUT there is someone out to destroy their second chance and they have to shoulder the hits one after the other. I loved how we really got a sense of who they are and where they fit in the tight knit community of Anchor Island. This has the perfect balance of angst, suspense and of course steam. Fun times on a desk? Yes please and thank you.

PERFECT WRECKAGE
Catherine continued to draw me into Anchor Island and its close-knit community with the second book. I almost felt like a resident, understanding the intricacies of island life. The cover of this book really embodies Catherine’s writing so perfectly. She’s like an artist, telling us the story as she fills the pages with her words. A painter, colouring the picture for us all to enjoy. She’s most definitely an emotional writer. I felt Kenna’s pain like it was my own, but I also felt the protectiveness Crosby had for her and their love blossoming and growing in strength. Along with the great story there is heat too. This book has it all.

WRECKED PALACE
This story not only has the emotional pull but there is a little suspense too. I was trying to guess the whole time who was behind the strange and disturbing notes and Catherine keeps you guessing right till the end. She writes children who feel real and say the cutest and funniest things. You can’t help but be sucked into Caelyn and Griffin’s journey and be swept up in the stolen moments and fierce protectiveness that both Caelyn and Griffin have for the kids.

The narration on all three books was stellar. These seasoned narrators gave us all the sides of the characters and helped us to feel all the feelings.

A steal of an audiobook collection. Highly recommend.

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Amazing!!

I absolutely loved this series. I would read them again and again. The narration was perfect and the story lines hit close to home.

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Loved all 3 audiobooks included

These three audiobooks I couldn’t listen to fast enough. The narrators were spot on the for characters and brought these stories to life. All these books are set on a small island named Anchor Island and are about a core group of friends and some family on the island who found their hard deserved happily ever afters with some suspense thrown into the mix.

Reckless Memories - Ford and Bell had a past that tore them apart. Everyone handled it all differently and when Ford came back to Anchor Island he had his hands full but they found their way.

Perfect Wreckage - Kenna and Crosby stole my heart. The banter between them, friendship that bloomed, all the new things we leaned about them just had me loving them and even more.

Wrecked Palace - This is such a great grumpy/sunshine book. Griffin is my current all time favorite hero Catherine Cowles has written and he’s mine😉. Caelyn had the loving and soothing soul that Griffin needed and Griffin was so protective when Caelyn and her siblings needed someone and seamlessly fit into their family.

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❤️❤️❤️ Cowles Never Disappoints ♥️♥️♥️

Catherine Cowles has become one of my favorite romance authors, and this 3 book set was AMAZING! The storylines, setting, and characters came to life for me with the stellar narration in each book! I can’t say I loved one more than the other…incredibly beautiful.

Finding and choosing your family through close friendships is a pervasive theme throughout all 3 titles. Cowles writing is so beautiful and there’s such depth brought to each of her characters. After reading these 3 books, I feel as if Bell, Kenna, and Caelyn are MY friends! I can’t wait for the next in the series! ❤️❤️❤️

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Worth the credit

This is a wonderful boxset with three amazing couples. I’m so glad I got the boxset so I was able to jump right into the next book.

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Such beautiful stories! Each story was full of joy and angst and it was my first time getting lost in Catherine Cowles romance novels. Looking forward to more stories

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Amazing Stories!

This series is just fantastic and the narrators did a fantastic job bringing these stories to live.

Each of these three stories is unique in it’s own way but connected by this group of friends that are more like sisters. Bell, Kenna and Caelyn.

Each of these stories are beautiful and emotional. These three ladies have to let go of the past and move forward , finding peace and happiness.

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  • Diane S.
  • 08-26-21

Wonderful narration, great value

Wrecked Beginnings is a box set of the first three books in the Wrecked Series:
Reckless Memories
Perfect Wreckage
Wrecked Palace
This whole series is packed full of angst, suspense, humor and swoon. It is heart and heat with storylines that kept me interested and invested.
The audiobook narration with each of these stories is wonderful and the three books for one credit makes it a great value.
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  • PATRICIA
  • 08-17-21

Incredible stories!

When a book can both break your heart and put it back together, you know it is a good one! Catherine Cowles has written an amazing series that does just this! Book 1, Reckless Memories is a story of loss, pain, redemption and love and brings everything full circle. Ford, Violet and Bell are a childhood trio until the unthinkable happens. Now years later, Ford returns to town to help his family's bar from going out of business and finds Bell there. Their bond from childhood still in place despite the circumstances cannot be extinguished and now there is the possibility of more. Or is there? This complex story has so many twists and turn, and emotional pulls that I could not stop listening. I was intrigued by Bell. She is not only pretty, but she is smart and talented! Ford carries a lot of weight on his shoulders, but we can see the man he is and chooses to be. Add in a little suspense and a twist that makes you cringe and worry, and this story has it all! Book 2, Perfect Wreckage is another that will pull you in. Kenna has had her share of hurt and grief over the years, and her heart is guarded. Living with Harriet has been her safeguard and the one place she feels loved. Crosby is Harriet's lawyer, and nothing excites him more then riling Kenna up. Friends to lovers, these two find their relationship changing when circumstances change. Nothing prepares them for the storm that is coming, and the feelings that result.. Their romance is passion filled, and full of bumps and I love that in a story. Then we have the story outside of the couple, and it's intriguing. I love the power play,the desperation and suspense it brings. Book 3 Wrecked Palace pulled me in and kept me captivated. Caelyn's life as a college student takes a complete turn when she becomes guardian for her three siblings. Willing to sacrifice her life to give them a stable, happy home, she does what she needs to get by. Griffin, a tortured "giant" of a man, struggles everyday with his past. Cowles lets us watch how two souls compliment each other. We also have the fabulous cast of siblings adding innocence. Love and humor. It's a culmination of all emotions with cameos from our favorites in the series. You too will love this box set!

Andi Arndt, Joe Arden, Ava Erickson and Maxine Mitchell are magnificent in their narration of these stories. These consummate professionals make all the characters so real. They have our hearts with and pull us into the story with all the emotions and all the love. They find the essence of the characters and give them life. Better casting could not have been chosen for this storytelling.

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  • Claire Annovazzi
  • 03-04-22

Three great stories in one package

*Reckless memories
It started with a bang. A literal bang, from a car accident. Just after I got a taste of Isabelle’s dysfunctional family–dysfunctional at least for her–and her special relationship with Ford, her sister’s boyfriend. Thanks for the angst.

Fast forward to present times, when Ford comes back to town after many years away. It starts a chain of events that are at the center of the book–renewed or rediscovered feelings, revenge plans from a mysterious stalker, family tensions at a peak, new future considered. All of them well written, and keeping the reader on the edge of their seat.

The weakest part of the story, for me, was actually the romance. Don’t get me wrong, the characters were quite interesting–they had their traumas and quirks, and a consistent personality–and I enjoyed the various stages of their relationship, from resentment to passion. It was the change from one to the next that I had trouble with. It’s kind of explained as ‘it was always supposed to be’ but what triggered the actual evolution is more confusing. And Ford’s cluelessness doesn’t help.

On the other hand, the suspense part was intense and really intriguing. The meanness and violence of it might be triggering to some, but I liked it. There were barely any clue to understand what was happening, and many red herrings to mislead the reader. Well played. So much that the ending was kind of anticlimactic.

With two excellent narrators, the audiobook is of course a very pleasant bonus. The characters’ emotions are almost palpable, from fierce love to intense fear.

*Perfect wreckage
First book was nice and all, but this one had exactly the right amount of angst to get tears in my eyes, even knowing that it ends with a happily ever after.

You have Kenna, who decided after too many disillusions that she would be so slick and perfect that shit would just glide on her; and Crosby, who’s never been at the receiving hand of love and is guarding his heart against another heartbreak. They start–from book one–with a push and pull relationship: Crosby is charming, flirting shamelessly with Kenna, while she has little to no respect for him given the way he acts. Between them, Harriet, who raised Kenna when her mother abandoned her, and who chose Crosby as her lawyer. Like a fairy godmother, she’s going to be the catalyst to their love story, even from beyond the grave.

Kenna and Crosby both have secrets that keep them from really connecting with each other at first, and even threaten their relationship when they give it a try. Revolving around lies, cheating, heartbreak, and reputation, those secrets bring them together. In the end, they’re so much alike. I loved seeing them slowly building a real relationship unknowingly, while thinking they’re just having a fling.

What force them together is Kenna’s legal problems with Harriet’s will. Bad guys from her past come back, destroying everything in her life until she has nothing left. Nothing, except the people she’s open herself to–her friends, and Crosby. And her own strength.

Kenna was such a positive character, still fighting when there’s little hope, finding new paths when other are closed. Crosby’s best qualities was his good heart. Offering his time for free, caring for people. A beautiful character. Which make their struggles more heartbreaking. You just want to hug them–or slap the bad guys in the face.

I love both narrators a lot, but the female narrator gives a perfect performance. Her male voice can express cockiness, playfulness and sadness with equal talent, and she does justice to Kenna’s character. The audio is all around really good. I recommend.

*Wrecked palace
It started with a bang and never calmed down after that. Well, not exactly. There were a lot of more domestic and intimate moments–without all the suspense and tension of the beginning–but they were equally intense. Which is up to par with two intense characters.

Griffin had been introduced as the grumpy type in the previous books, but he’s actually a giant with a sensible heart and a strong protective streak. Faced with Caelyn and her siblings in danger, he even goes full mama bear. But his nature forces him to also help the little family in other ways–offering Caelyn a more profitable job, encouraging Will to pursue his passions, letting Mia exert her imagination. Friend, big brother, fatherly figure, boyfriend/husband/lover, he successively and sometimes simultaneously holds all those positions inside the O’Connor family. After learning his past and how he became so reserved, it’s a pleasure to see him open himself.

Caelyn lives for her siblings. Feeling guilty for leaving them with their parents when she knew they couldn’t care less, and after they actually abandoned them, she’s decided to give up all selfish pursuit and sacrifice herself for her three brother and sisters. So when Griffin takes care of her first, then takes the whole family under his wing, she finally can let go and dream again. She isn’t alone anymore.

What I loved the most was that even with a mountain of muscles by her side, she doesn’t need someone to save her–though Griffin kind of does. She needs help, sure, but mostly support, and not someone to take over her life. So even though it creates some misunderstanding and conflicts, I actually loved that she’s strong like that.

I have mixed feelings about the suspense part of the story. It was woven expertly with the characters’ more personal stories, with some red herrings, and the family aspect–with Caelyn’s parents being drug dealers and all–was interesting, but I felt the actual resolution lacked the bang I mentioned at the beginning.

The narration? Perfect. The kids, by both narrators, had distinct and cute voices, and of course, they gave life to Caelyn and Griffin in the most beautiful way. A time well spent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-22

Absolutely the best!

Loved the stories, the characters, the emotions. Fantastic narration. One of my favourite ever listens on audible.