Today I am thrilled to be participating in the Review Tour–organized and hosted by Wordsmith Publicity–for Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott! I’m a huge fan of Ginger’s work and lovvvvved Wild Reckless!
I received this book for free from Wordsmith Publicity in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott
Also by this author: Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, This is Falling, You and Everything After, In Your Dreams
on March 17th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Wordsmith Publicity
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.
To say that I’m in love with Ginger’s writing is a bit of an understatement. She hits me right in the feels every single time and I find it so astounding that she makes me enjoy contemporary romances on a level I never thought possible. So basically, I went into Wild Reckless expecting a lot and boy did I get it!
In Wild Reckless we meet Kensington, who goes by Kensi despite being given the bawesome (boss + awesome) name of Kensington, as she moves to a new house and starts her senior year at a public school. Kensi’s past includes private school, the seemingly perfect home life, and her piano. Kensi’s senior year wasn’t supposed to be change from her vision of normality. In this new town and school, secrets within her family come to the surface and she begins to question why she plays the piano. Enter basketball star, jackass neighbor extraordinaire Owen Harper. He’s the town’s bad boy and has a reputation. While Kensi’s first instinct is to hate him, she sees an inkling of something beneath his hard exterior that makes her want to learn more. He may be reckless and wild, but maybe that’s a little something she needs in her life.
Wild Reckless opens with a tragic little back story from young Owen Harper’s point of view. This conflicts with what we learn about him from his reputation present day. Owen Harper is broken. His life is pretty tragic and no one really thinks he’ll amount to much. Except for Kensi–but not at first. Kensi helps Owen deal with the difficult issues that he’s pushed aside over and over again.
And Owen helps Kensi too. In fact the very first thing he helps her with is via a sarcastic insult that makes her learn the truth about what’s been happening in her home life. View Spoiler »And OMG I can’t believe that her best friend was sleeping with her father and THAT’S the reason they moved from the city. « Hide Spoiler It’s that initial move that makes Kensi change her perfect ways and do things for her, things that make her happy.
I identified a lot with Kensi. She’s faced with so much pressure in regards to her piano playing from her dad and after everything that happens with her dad, she begins to question if she should even play the piano anymore. Did she do it for her or did she do it for him? Owen’s the one who makes her realize that she is meant to play the piano and create music in the style and way that she wants to.
I can sum up the last couple points to one big one which is: Kensi and Owen end up having a weirdly great relationship. As much as they disliked or resented one another when they first meant, they see past the fake persona they both put out to learn the depth and realness of the other person. This is something marvelous to me because we live in a society that puts so much stock in appearances of people and how they’re perceived that to read a story where this idea is challenge was so refreshing.
One small detail that I liked about Wild Reckless was with Kensi’s mom. After what happened with Kensi’s dad, she’s really got her own story going on and what she does to cope is renovate. There’s a thought that Kensi has about her mom that really sticks with me:
She always said she was addicted to change, but I kind of think change terrifies her, and making those small changes, the superficial kinds, was her way of being brave. -16% through eARC
It’s such a simple concept but it resonated with me so much. I think it made me realize that I sort of do the same thing, make superficial small changes to avoid the big ones, and so this was a wake up call and made me think more about my life.
In Wild Reckless there’s also a lot of humor (see Favorite Quote below). Given that the two main characters initially dislike each other, there’s a lot of enjoyable banter before their relationship begins and some that sticks around with their personalities and interactions with one another as a couple. One big nod to Ginger’s use of humor is when Kensi thinks what we’re all thinking about carnival rides:
“I’m not sure about hooking myself into something that arrives by truck in the middle of the night, and is disassembled minutes after the carnival closes, …” -37% through eARC
Wild Reckless isn’t just a romance, it’s a development of character and self, wherein two very different people from different worlds come together and see past their differences and help each other get through life.
“What was this fight about? You know your mom gives me bacon; I hope you didn’t mess up my supply.” -85% through eARC
Review in Review:
I have a Ginger Scott addiction. Basically if you’re a fan of contemporary romances you need to pick up one of Ginger’s books because if you haven’t read any of her stories yet, you’re missing a piece of yourself you didn’t know was lost.
I urge you to pick up Wild Reckless or another one of her books. Just because she’s doesn’t have a widely known company attached as the publisher doesn’t mean she’s not
as talented more talented than the big name authors out there. The day that Ginger stops writing will be the day that I actually cry (this is a big deal because I don’t cry).
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).