BLOG TOUR ~ WILD RECKLESS BY GINGER SCOTT

BLOG TOUR ~ WILD RECKLESS BY GINGER SCOTT

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.

What a ground-breaking YA romance! I was always under the impression that sweet and sappy was this author’s forte, but she’s really deviated this time and written a dark and angsty romance that left me gasping for air by the time I finished. Very few books have left me this breathless and have made my heart ache so badly, and since I normally don’t do well with stories that have tons of angst, this book really surprised me. The characters were frustratingly endearing, the type where no matter what mistakes or bad choices they made, I loved them through it all. The romance was shaky and borderline toxic, but I nevertheless wanted them to be together. The plot was dark and heavy, balanced by the rare fun and sweet moments, and the entire story had my attention in a vice grip – I couldn’t look away even if I wanted to. This book is one of my top favorites of the year for sure!
Forced to relocate to another town with her family, the heroine Kensington ‘Kensi’ is miserable. She has to give up her best friends, her hometown, her school, her secret piano lessons, all because of a deadly betrayal that threatens to tear apart her family. While getting settled into her new neighborhood, she runs into her neighbor – the hero Owen – several times and each encounter with him leaves her less-than-impressed: he either mocks her or is cruel to her for no reason. It isn’t until her first day of school where she finds out that Owen Harper is wild and reckless, just like the other Harper boys.
The Harper family – especially Owen – acts the way they do for good reason though. At a young age, Owen witnessed his father’s suicide a foot away and with a druggie, unstable older brother, the Harper boys are looked down upon in town and considered to be crazy. And while at first Kensi and Owen have this animosity towards each other, their paths cross in more than one way, and they soon find out they have more in common than they think they do. Beneath Owen’s charismatic bad boy image and Kensi’s calm, collected good girl façade, they’re both seriously broken and tortured individuals, each dealing with heartbreaking family drama along with self-discovery struggles. They’ve both seen each other at their lowest points and that sparks a common bond they share, melting away all the misunderstandings they harbored toward each other and bad first impressions.
I do have to warn you though – this book tackles extremely sensitive topics like suicide, addiction, infidelity, etc…and it definitely added a melancholic sorrow to the story. The characters (especially Owen) made really bad choices and I admit, I was really mad. Their actions can’t be justified but I did understand why they did what they did with their sad home life and upbringing and the prejudices of others. As much as Owen tried to push and put down Kensi, she never gave an inch and was there for him. She challenged him. The push/pull was exasperating and I thought my heart wouldn’t be able to take it but it’s also a dynamic that worked well for me and gave rise to this all-consuming, passionate love Kensi and Owen shared, and that is what I’ve been craving in my romance books. Throughout all their tribulations and anguish, the love they had for each other never wavered and so I was wholeheartedly invested in the romance.
The only problem I had with the book was that the first quarter was sort of all over the place. Owen picks on Kensi for some arbitrary reason, Kensi moves to a new town for unknown reasons…there were just so many things happening that I needed answers to be revealed a little bit earlier so I could get what was going on. But after the first 25% when secrets were finally out in the open, I started to really settle into the story and the rest of the book flew by fast.
I had to think about my rating a little. My gut instinct was to go with a 4-4.5 star rating but after a night’s sleep and re-reading some parts, I had to bump it up to 4.5 stars. This story left a deep mark on me, and it’s a book I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. Plus, it gave my heart such a workout and made me feel so many emotions I can’t give it any less. Lately, not many books can evoke such strong feelings from me where I have to catch my breath by the end. So while I did have a few issues with the beginning of the story, they’re nothing compared to the immense love I have for these characters and the romance. Heart over mind this time, so I can’t give it less than 4.5 stars. My heart won’t allow it.
Wild Reckless is a mature YA romance standalone unrelated to this author’s other books. I wouldn’t mind if this become a series though – would love to read more about the wild Harper boys.
An advanced copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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. 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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