Nom de Plume Rating: ★★★★★
Reading Time: 4 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of Train Wreck from Elise Faber in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author and/or publisher’s generosity. You can’t fake these stars, baby!
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—
First Line:“‘So what do I do exactly?’ Pepper asked, fumbling to hold the arrow-shaped sign as she wrestled her long red hair into a ponytail. Bert the owner and namesake of Bert’s Burgers gave an exaggerated sigh. ‘You stand on the corner. You hold the sign and maybe dance a little.'”
Pepper is just… a blob… albeit a beautiful, stunning, smart, CLUMSY blob! Pepper is the daughter of a famous movie producer and, well, that’s about it. In her eyes, she is worthless other than her monetary value (which she didn’t even earn herself). She seems to attract smarmy, contemptible men; perhaps they use her to connect with her father, mayhap they want her money. Either way, she realizes no man – or person – wants her for her.
We are first introduced to Pepper as she’s attempting to advertise a burger joint. Girl wants to make it on her own, ok?! While dancing on the corner like she has no shame, a car nearly runs into her – typical, since Pepper has a gravitational pull equivalent to that of the Sun and she unintentionally uses this force to attract every type of disaster known to humankind.
✔️Break an actor’s FACE with his own Oscar
✔️Ruin luxury cars
✔️Sabotage her own birthday party
Pepper just so happens to be the common denominator in every poorly timed event. This “bad luck” festering in her is a black hole of destruction. Seriously. Pep has created an entirely new black hole for astrophysicists to research.
Speaking of astrophysics, let me introduce you to Thor (aka Derek).
Sweet lord. Derek. This man might as well have fallen from the sky. #WheresMewMewMjölnir
Derek is from Pepper’s past. Her brother’s best friend, actually. Her childhood crush if you’re looking for specifics. Here comes the drama!
Derek is into film (like Pepper’s father) and he’s scoping out the area for his next project. Here’s where it gets good, friends: Pepper’s father asks Derek to keep Pepper out of trouble. In fact, Derek’s film is getting funded by her father and the money will keep rolling in as long as Pepper keeps her embarrassing activities away from the press. Ouch. Talk about fatherly love.
Derek is a traitor! He’s just like all those other men… Ooooo Pepper isn’t going to like this one BIT! Especially since those old feelings she had while growing up are starting to resurface. Her attraction for Derek – and his mutual attraction for her – emanates like heat from an explosion of LUST.
This conflict builds, corrodes, and inevitably leaves Pepper with a choice: take him, or leave him. Obviously she leaves him! Let’s be honest. He’s a snitch… right?
She’d started thinking that things were different. She’s forgotten she was an assignment, a stepping-stone from one place to the next…
Pepper just wants to live her quiet life where she won’t be such a disgrace to her family. She wants to find herself. Derek just wants to make his film. The two don’t mix… Except Derek starts to see beyond the façade, and he sees that Pepper is not a blob, but a compassionate, creative, and talented woman. It’s too late, Derek. Too. Freaking. Late.
It was all so much simpler when that was my life… I could ignore the pull I felt every time you were in the room, the pretty way you blushed, the laugh that slid down my spine and made its way into my heart. But then things changed…
*snort* CHANGED FOR THE WORSE!
You’d think Pepper would be the one to mess up this relationship, but no. The tables have turned and all fingers are pointing to Derek. That filthy (dreamy, handsome, muscly) scoundrel!
This book! SIGH. Pepper is on a journey to find herself and Elisa Faber has created a perfect light-hearted read! Train Wreck is a beautiful juxtaposition. Clumsy, yet refined. Elegant, yet distracting. Train Wreck is absolutely stunning!
This book doesn’t have layers upon layers of conflict; that’s not the intent here. Elise has created a jovial setting, with remarkably flawed characters. WhooEE Pepper is painfully flawed; it’s cringeworthingly delectable. I am addicted to Elise’s writing style: witty, honest, and personable.
Train Wreck left me craving more of Derek’s… well, Derek-ness. As we follow Pepper’s disastrous life, Derek becomes more and more of a hunk. Hello hunk-o-man! These two stumble into each other, find love, find heartache, and only the disaster known as Pepper has the power to change it all.