Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Reckless by Priscilla West

The Basics:
Reckless by Priscilla West
Blackbird Publishing
New Adult, Romance
Published Aug 4, 2014
Source: Received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Why I picked up this book:

Rock star romances are pretty popular these days, of which I've only read a couple, so I thought, why not give this one a try? 


Everything about him warned me to stay away.

I’d seen bad boys before, but he had it all and more. The rippling muscles covered in tatts, the piercing eyes hiding dark secrets, the silky voice that could make a girl come with just a whisper . . . 

He was exactly the type of guy that would get me in trouble, but when he jumped off the stage, inked skin glistening with sweat and breathed his seductive words into my ear, I couldn’t resist the temptation.

It was supposed to be the best one-night stand of my life, but fate didn’t let it play out that way. Things happened. I got upset. I got hasty. And worst of all, I got reckless.

After that disaster, I thought it was the last I’d see of him. But what I didn’t know was that I’d started something.

Something that could shatter the very thing I had worked so hard to protect.

I should have known back then that the most seductive things in life are also the most dangerous.

My Thoughts:

Oh boy. Reckless is not for the, ah, conservative crowd. 

There is nothing modest about Jax, the hero of the piece. He's a rock god, he's gorgeous, and he likes to flaunt it. The first encounter between Jax and Riley really sets the tone, it's bold and, ah, ballsy, and over-the-top.

Reckless could have lost me with how over-the-top it can be. I've read my fair share of New Adult, which tends towards the angst and can be melodramatic at times. This book takes it a different direction, making the first scene of the book, in a bar with an impromptu rock concert, so larger than life that I nearly put the book down then. Jax is given an inhuman amount of sex appeal, to the point that I found it comical. 

The next time we see him, Jax is running from an angry mob. 


But once we get past the insanity of these first few scenes, I found the book settles into a comfortable niche of blunt sexuality, angst, and teasing. There's still extremes through the rest of the book, but they never felt quite as strong as the first couple chapters.

I have to admit, I was hooked, possibly despite myself. There were some reactions from Riley that had me rolling my eyes, and there were times I wanted both her and Jax to stand down. But I can't deny that I was still racing through the pages. I thought the chemistry was strong, and the hot scenes were *hot.* I don't know that I'm a full-on rock star romance convert, but when I relaxed and rode the emotional highs and lows of the book, I was absolutely able to enjoy this one.

Note that while Reckless ends on a bit of a question mark, the sequel, Fearless, is already available for purchase so there's no need to wait to find out how Riley and Jax's story will end.

Bottom line:

Am I a rock star romance convert? Not yet. But I did enjoy this one, in spite of a few flaws. Pick up Reckless for a very adult, crazy, up-and-down, sexy romance.

4.5 stars
For fans of new adult romance, rock stars, angst

But don't just take my word for it! I grabbed a few links to other blog reviews of Reckless:

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