Andrew Harper grew up in a house marked by tragedy. His older brother Owen did his best to shelter him, but you can only be protected from life’s pain for so long. Eventually, you end up just feeling numb…and isolated.
Loneliness was the one constant in Andrew’s life. Until one girl, met by chance in a high school hallway, changed everything. Emma Burke was a mystery and all that was beautiful in this world, the only air Andrew ever wanted to breathe. She took the lonely away, and filled it with hope and color, and Andrew would do anything to keep her safe, happy and whole.
But sometimes, what feels good and right is what ends up hurting us the most. And when Andrew and Emma are faced with an impossible decision, Andrew is tested to see just how far he’s willing to go for the girl who owns his heart.
Cuts are deep.
Scars are left behind.
And revenge beckons.
When Andrew finally gets his chance, in college, five years after his first love broke him completely, he finds out old feelings don’t really disappear just because you say you hate someone. The more he tries to avenge all that he believes he lost, the more he uncovers the real story of what happened years before.
Love is wicked. But a restless heart is never satisfied beating on its own. Can Andrew and Emma make it right before it’s too late, or will the ties that bind them now destroy their only chance at a future?
I’ve been a fan of Ginger Scott’s books ever since I read her book This is Falling. Since then, I’ve finished that series and found myself thrilled to be reading her Harper Boys series. You can find my review of the first book, Wild Reckless, here.
Andrew’s always been the loner. With a mind like his, he’s always excelled in his studies, leaving him splitting his time between his college level courses and his regular high school classes. He’s certainly not what most Harper boys are thought to be, at least according to others. Yet, his smarts and lack of socialization still leaves him being looked down upon.
Everything changes when he meets Emma Burke in the high school’s hallways. He’s immediately captivated by her and the mystery that surrounds her. These two quickly develop a friendship, that leads into more, but it never gets past several passionate kisses. One night changes everything.
After taking the fall for something he didn’t actually do, Andrew is sent away to a reform school so to speak, holding on to the hope that one day he will be reunited with Emma. Many letter’s later, and with no responses or word from Emma, Andrew begins to resent her and starts to focus on just getting his life back together.
Years later and once again by chance, these two find themselves face to face, but pretending not to know one another. Many things take place, and eventually Andrew and Emma must face their painful pasts and try to make amends.
Oh my heart! These two have been dealt some bad cards in their young lives, but they have overcome it all only to be dealt a few more. I struggled with these two pretending not to know each other. I wanted so badly to reach into the pages and shake them, beg them to forgive one another and move on. Andrew and Emma and a one of a kind pair. Their opposites compliment one another perfectly and I loved how quickly they became drawn to one another when they first met at the age of 16.
There’s so much packed into the pages of Wicked Reckless, yet Ginger Scott has a magical way of making it all work and flow effortlessly without seeming as too much. This book also evokes so many emotions; ones of happiness and others being gut wrenchingly heartbreaking. There were several moments when I thought that this couldn’t possibly end on a good note, but things would quickly turn around, only to be flipped upside down again. So if you’re planning on reading this anytime soon, prepare yourself for the roller coaster of emotion you’ll be feeling. But trust me…it’s all worth it.
I can’t wait to read more from Ginger Scott!
four out of five stars
About the Author:
Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight young and new adult
romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How
We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, Wild
Reckless and The Girl I Was Before.
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).