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Book Review: Reckless

Reckless by Priscilla West

Series: Forever #6
Release: August 2014
Pages: 328

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

This series confuses me. From what I understand, Reckless is a continuation of the Forever series (#6) but the first in it’s own series. So it’s a series within a series. Confusing I know, but I’m slowly figuring it out.
I didn’t know what to expect from Reckless. My first introduction to West was with the first three books in this series and they introduced me to the leading lady in this one, Riley – the best friend of one of the leads in those books.
Riley is an accountant by day, and a wild child by night. She was probably one of the more interesting characters of the other books, in my opinion anyway. She definitely makes an impression in this book. Tough, stubborn, a little wild and with a slightly troubled past, Riley is not at all what she seems.
Jax is exactly what he looks like – a tattooed rock God. He’s broody and wild and a little dark and he has a reason for it hidden within a dark and miserable past that he shares with no one. From the moment these two met there was a connection and it sizzled throughout the book.

I wasn’t overwhelmed with love for the other books in this series so I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did. The writing is engaging and often amusing but the storylines themselves while interesting, don’t have a whole lot of depth so don’t go expecting a heartbreakingly deep and meaningful story.
There was a definite sense of excitement in the way West described this lifestyle that Jax and his friends live. The only thing that seemed a little excessive to me was the way she described Jax’s sexiness. It was a little over the top and unbelievable.
I liked watching the way that both Riley and Jax learned to open up to one another. Both of them had events in their pasts that made them close off, wall up and together they learned to let one another in. Even though this story is primarily a romance – not a whole lot of plot twists – there were so moments that surprised me and the cliffhanger ending came out of nowhere so although I wasn’t on the edge of my seat enthralled, I will definitely be picking up the next book to see what happens.

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