Reckless , Priscilla West.
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I loved Wrecked and Rescued and was hoping this was going to have simpar heavy drama and deep emotion. I didn’t feel it though 😦 It was there but far lighter in intensity and made this a good read and not a great one…for me anyway – others of course will disagree.
So, Riley – AKA Pepper – an accountant but not as we picture them, no dry, dusty files for her, no, she’s on tour with a hot, hot band, trying to rein in their spending and though she tries to be professional and keep her distance she finds it hard. And why not, she’s in her early twenties and in the middle of what would be many of her peers dreams. I liked the way she stood up for herself though there were times I thought she was being just plain obtuse, and then others where I thought she gave way too easily. Then there’s Jax, band leader, hot hunk, but doesn’t seem to fit the usual mould of alcohol, drugs and sex…he does drink but doesn’t get drunk. In fact the whole band are pretty restrained that way. I did like the touring aspect of the novel, read a few recently based around band or film worlds, where if you didn’t know that part of the book you wouldn’t have guessed as there was no action in the field so to speak. Here Riley is actually on tour with the band.
Though Jax is clearly a heart throb hunk, and there’s a romance developed between him and Riley I didn’t really feel that pull of attraction between them. Somehow it was lacking ( for me), and they were a pretty bland couple. For a band too at the peak of their success there was a distinct lack of groupies, usually they’re everywhere in this sort of book but there were none here apart from the two we meet at the start…
I enjoyed this novel, but as I said the romance between Riley and Jax felt a bit tame to me, and on one level. I like the drama in this sort of book, but apart from the little at the end I felt there was a lack of it here. That’s a shame because the setting was perfect for it. I need highs and lows in my reading, got these from the previous books of Priscilla’s that I’d read but this felt very middle ground. I didn’t get heart throbbing moments of the high points, not the despair and tears with the lows..
The ending , Gah – I hate cliffhangers. It was very abrupt – I just felt like I turned a page and that was it. The good side though is that book two is due out soon, this autumn, and not years as some take! Thanks Priscilla, if we have to have part books and cliffhangers at least its not ages away before we get the rest of the story.
Stars: four, it was a good read, well set out and full of character but not enough highs and lows for a five for me.
ARC supplied by author.