Title: Wild Reckless
Author: Ginger Scott
Published Date: Expected March 15th 2015
Genre: YA Romance
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
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.
This seemingly stereotypical bad boy/naive girl romance will surprise you in many ways.
Owen Harper is handsome, athletic, and bad to the bone. He smokes. He drinks. He takes drugs, and he has a gun. Or not…
If he would let people in, if he would let himself care again, everyone would know he is caring, protective, courteous and honest, but there is a lot of risk in making oneself that vulnerable. It is a lot easier to put on a show so that people don’t want to know you.
Kensington (Kensi) Worth is a thoughtful, obedient daughter with a loving close knit family. She is naive and unexperienced. She is a classically trained musician who is solely devoted to her achieving her goals. And then her life, as she assumed it was, is exposed for the lie her family has been living.
Sometimes things aren’t black and white. Sometimes what you see is an illusion created by only acknowledging some of the facts while ignoring contrary information.
Owen is Beast to Kensi’s Beauty. Ginger Scott has created a beautiful balance in these characters. A balance of love and sweetness to darkness and anger. Ms. Scott has again perfectly captured the tumultuous extremes of young adults—their ability to be thoughtful and giving and then behave like petulant children when confronted with the powerlessness of their age. The cast of secondary characters—friends, family, town folk—give Owen and Kensi ample opportunity to showcase the depth and breadth of their character, however, it is their unconditional acceptance of one another that lets them really shine. Kensi becomes Owen’s anchor, and he is her bastion.
Wild Reckless is well written with purposeful plot points, compelling characters (some engaging and some onerous), ample description to really get the feel of the small town of Woodstock, and a perfect pace that will keep you reading. Ginger Scott’s book is deemed YA (young adult) due to its high school setting, however, it has an edgier feel that makes it more appropriate for NA (new adult) audience. My emotions ran the gamut of chuckling to misty-eyed while reading. I highly recommend this this ultimately uplifting story of first love and growing up.
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