on March 17, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
Kensington Worth had a vision for her senior year. It involved her best friends, her posh private school in downtown Chicago and time alone with her piano until her audition was perfected, a guaranteed ticket into the best music programs in the world.
Instead, a nightmare took over.
It didn’t happen all at once, but her life unraveled quickly—a tiny thread that evil somehow kept pulling until everything precious was taken from her. She was suddenly living miles away from her old life, trapped in an existence she didn’t choose—one determined to destroy her from the inside, leaving only hate and anger behind. It didn’t help that her neighbor, the one whose eyes held danger, was enjoying every second of her fall.
Owen Harper was trouble, his heart wild and his past the kind that’s spoken about in whispers. And somehow, his path was always intertwined with Kensington’s, every interaction crushing her, ruining her hope for any future better than her now. Sometimes, though, what everyone warns is trouble, is exactly what the heart needs. Owen Harper was consumed with darkness, and it held onto his soul for years. When Kensington looked at him, she saw a boy who’d gotten good at taking others down when they threatened his carefully balanced life. But the more she looked, the more she saw other things too—good things…things to admire.
Things…to love. Things that made her want to be reckless.
And those things…they were the scariest of all.
I received an advanced digital copy in exchange for an honest review.
Join us in celebrating the release of WILD RECKLESS by Ginger Scott!
Very Mature YA Contemporary Romance
Scheduled to release: March 17, 2015
After having read two of Ginger Scott’s previous books, I knew I was in for a real treat with this one. I came across her writing mid-late last year and fell in love with her writing style and the characters she was able to make come alive on the page. When I first heard about Wild Reckless, I knew I had to read it as soon as I could because I knew it wouldn’t disappoint. And boy, was I right! Ginger Scott once again created a story and characters within that story that both broke my heart with their personal stories and filled me with hope. If there is one thing I could say about a Ginger Scott novel, it would be that they are an emotional roller coaster, so you’d better hang tight!
Kensington, aka Kensi, has recently moved to Woodstock, a small suburb outside of Chicago. She’s the new girl who misses her old life, but has to learn to make new friends outside of her old school & adjust to a life in a small town outside of Chicago. She’s able to make friends with a few people who are also in band along side her, but questions the attitude the local bad boy, Owen, has. Lucky for her, bad-boy Owen also happens to be her next door neighbor.
Owen’s dealt with a lot in his 17 years of life. He witnesses something tragic at the young age of 5 and has struggled with it ever since. He’s made some choices that weren’t so good for his reputation, but on the inside, he’s a good guy. Unfortunately, the locals just don’t see it. Only a handful of people truly know the “real” Owen.
At first, the relationship (for lack of a better word) between Kensi and Owen is rocky and filled with loathing and irritation. He taunts her and does whatever he can to piss her off, but Kensi doesn’t shy away easily. She stands her ground and eventually, what could be described as a hostile relationship, soon turns into friendship and more.
This book really tackles a lot of tough situations. There’s suicide, addiction, and infidelity, but these are what make this book so real. Yes, they are difficult and heartbreaking topics to touch on, but so many can relate to them one way or another. I think the way in which Ginger Scott touches on them is beautifully done. Wild Reckless is a heartbreaking book that has left a big impact on me. It’s one that I continued to think about even when I wasn’t reading and able to delve back into the words on the page. I found myself constantly thinking about Owen and Kensi throughout my daily routine. To me, that’s when you know a book is good – it just sticks with you.
I love the relationship between Kensi and Owen. Sure, it starts off as nonexistent at first, but gradually changes into a friendship and the much more. The kind of relationship they have is one that can be described as all-consuming, passionate, and believable. It wasn’t love at first sight, but took these two working to understand what made each other tick for it to really start. This is a love story that I can read over and over again. I loved it! And even though this is a standalone, it’s one that I will revisit just so I can enjoy the journey all over again.
Trust me, if you’ve read Ginger Scott’s previous works, this is one you’ll want to add to your TBR pile. And if you haven’t read anything by her, I still recommend that you do.
4.5 out of five stars
About the Author:
Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of six young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling and You and Everything After.
A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.
When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).
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