The Right Kind of Reckless
Author: Heather Van Fleet
What I’m Talking About:
The Right Kind of Reckless is book two in the Reckless Hearts series about best friends and ex-Marines Max, Collin, and Gavin. The first book focused on Collin. The Right Kind of Reckless is the love story of Max and Collin’s little sister Lia. Max and Lia are star-crossed lovers, in love with each other, but unable and unwilling to tell the other because of extenuating circumstances. Did I buy the extenuating circumstances? Mostly. I have a habit of expecting adults to behave like adults, but the truth is they often don’t—especially when they’re carrying around emotional baggage. Max and Lia are also on the younger, post college side of their mid-20’s.
I didn’t especially like Lia. She used to be the definition of a “good girl.” There was some kind of serious incident in college which we can guess at, but no specific label was given, and we don’t get much detail around those years of her life. (I did not read the first book so I don’t know if the detail was there.) From what I can tell, she still is a good girl at heart, but she’s found new confidence to deal with her baggage by completely changing her persona and the way she dresses. It never seemed to fit her no matter how hot Max thought it was. To me, it felt like she was playing dress up.
Max, tries to do the right thing by not acting on his feelings for Lia, out of respect for his relationship with Collin. But his method for doing this is to become a manwhore. Numbing? Yes. Respectful? Not especially. Max is a little lost and has some maturing to do. Still, we admire his willingness to come to Lia’s aid at the drop of a hat.
What I actually liked best about the story was that most of the book was not spent trying to get them together, but how to make it work. From immature beginnings, it’s a mature place to end up. There were a few clichés along the way and rubbed me the wrong way, but not enough to put the book down. Overall, I liked it.
My Rating: B, Liked It
About the Book:
I’m in love with a woman I can’t have, and there’s absolutely nothing I can do to stop myself from falling.
The problem? Her brother’s my best friend.
I shouldn’t want her this much. Not when it goes against the bro code. Not when I’ve never been able to commit to a woman for longer than a night.
But one look into her eyes and I’m a mess for her. She’s my everything. And I have to walk away with nothing.
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Series: Reckless Hearts #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format(s): paperback (352 pages), e-book
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley