This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Right Kind of Reckless by Heather Van Fleet
Series: Reckless Hearts #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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"Sweet, funny, romantic and oh so very sexy! Prepare to swoon mightily." --SAWYER BENNETT, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Cold Fury Hockey series
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.
Reckless Hearts Series:
Reckless Hearts (Book 1)
The Right Kind of Reckless (Book 2)
Recklessly Ever After (Book 3)
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The Right Kind of Reckless is the second book in the Reckless Hearts trilogy. This series follows three former Marines, Collin, Max and Gavin, who have been together through boot camp and two tours of duty to Iraq. The first story in this series, Reckless Hearts, was Collin’s story and now this story is focused on Max Martinez. Max has been to hell and back with his best friends Collin and Gavin. In this installment, Max will finally face the secret that has been driving him crazy. That’s right, this is a secret romance story and everyone can get behind a proper secret romance.
From the moment Max met Leanne Montgomery she had consumed his thoughts. Knowing that he could never make a move on her because she was Collin’s little sister, Max had accepted that friendship was all that they would ever have. Lia had also never given Max any indication that she saw him as anything more than her big brother’s best friend. Max wanted so much more with her but he knew that it was just too complicated and that Lia deserved more from a man than he had to give.
Max and Lia had developed quite a friendship but a few months before there had been a shift in their friendship and it had left both of them hurt. Max was quite the ‘ladies man’ but his actions were truly an effort to keep himself emotionally distant from anyone as well as keep himself away from the only woman he ever wanted. When his friendship with Lia had become too much to bear he pulled back from her. He was secretly in love with Lia and it was getting to be too hard to not express his feelings and desires.
Lia had no idea why Max had distanced himself from her and that hurt her deeply because she wanted more with him but didn’t have the guts to say it. To make matters worse, from her perspective it only seemed that Max saw her as ‘his little sister.’ Talk about unrequired love! Lia had been secretly in love with Max for a long time and his distance and attitude towards her was hurtful. Now whenever she and Max were together they were cool and distant from each other. Despite the gulf between them when Lia was in trouble she called on Max to come and bail her out.
That single act would bring Max back into her life and start to repair the gulf that separated them, but it would not happen overnight. As the truth was slowly brought to light both Max and Lia have to find the courage to accept what they want and give voice to their needs. They both are works in progress but what they really needed was each other. Through their struggles to determine what they can truly have with each other they will have to overcome many odds that seem insurmountable.
I love that The Right Kind of Reckless is told from alternating points of view. I get to feel what is going on with each of the characters and I loved it! I laughed, I felt the swoon, and I loved the romance between these two characters. They are both damaged in their own ways but they also wanted to be better for themselves. The friendship between the men in this story is also great, they cracked me up! I liked that there was tension in the relationship between the men but that they were able to keep everything intact despite the reveals that occur in this story. Overall, The Right Kind of Reckless is the perfect sizzling secret romance to light the fire in your heart.
*Thank you to Netgalley & Author Heather Van Fleet for this eARC of The Right Kind of Reckless*
Excerpt from The Right Kind of Reckless:
“I’m a big girl, Maxwell. I don’t need you and Gavin coming in here and fighting my battles for me. I’m not some idiotic college girl anymore.”
I flinched and softened my tone. “I never said you were, Lee-L ee. Never once gave you that idea.”
“No, but you came here and picked a fight when I already had it handled.” She shrugged one shoulder.“I saw that asshole put his hands on you at the bar. I was going to let it lie, but…” I ran my hand through my hair and took a step back, pulling at the ends to keep myself in check. Only Lia could push my buttons like this. Only Lia made me want to explode with every emotion known to man.
“But what?” she asked, her voice going hard.
My thoughts took me back, reminding me what she hadn’t heard from that idiot punk kid. I closed my eyes, willing the rage away, fighting with what I wanted to say versus what I needed to say instead.
I didn’t want to tell her what that guy said, but because I kept nothing from this girl—because she needed this knowledge to prepare herself in case something happened when I wasn’t around— I told her anyway. “Those guys, Lee-L ee… They said shit, planned on coming after you after work. I heard them talking about it.”
She froze. “Oh.”
“That’s what you say when I tell you some guys were planning on doing God only knows what to you?”
I pulled her closer by the shoulders this time, slowly lowering my hands to her upper arms. Goose bumps pebbled her pretty skin as I slid my palms down to her elbows, proof that what I said affected her, regardless of her don’t-give-a-shit attitude.
“Just stop, okay?” She lifted her finger and
pressed it to my lips, those eyes I dreamed of night after night locked with mine. “Guess it’s high time I start paying you back for some of what I owe you. First bail, now…this?”
“What?” I jerked my head back, confused. “What you
owe me? You don’t owe me sh—” And that’s when she kissed me. Fingers in my hair, lips parting, tongue dancing…
Holy. Hell. Lia fucked with her mouth, and it was the hottest thing I’d ever done in my life.
She moaned. I might’ve too. Wet, sweet, hot…everything I’d ever imagined our kisses could be. I bit down on her lip, her fingers grazing my neck, digging into my skin, then my hair. I lowered my hands to her ass and squeezed, jerking her close, grinding my cock against her stomach.
More, more, more. I need more.
Fingers aching, I tucked my hands into the back of her shorts, finding the string of her thong. I tugged it aside, damn near ripping it with my fingers. Our teeth rammed together, my body wound up, hers pliant.
This was it. Our moment. The one I’d been dying for. The one that showed me she wanted me too—t hat I wasn’t losing my mind after all. This was the moment when everything changed.
That is, until she stopped. Froze was more like it. Then her hands were on my chest, shoving me back. Not hard, but just enough to break our connection.
I panted like a dog, reaching for her, growling at her. Needing her.
But then she winked. Fucking winked at me. “That work for you, Soldier Boy?”
“Uh…” I blinked, confused and in a hell of a lot of pain from my dick pressing hard against my zipper. Unconsciously, I adjusted my cock, forgetting she could see, that she was waiting and watching for my reaction. Maybe even waiting for me to say something charming. Which I couldn’t, because Lia had mouth-fucked the words right outta me.
An adorable smirk grew on her face, stealing what little brainpower I had left. Instead of talking though, trying to figure out why she’d done that, I leaned forward, needing more—a spoiled, greedy man with a one- track mind. That’s all I’d ever be when it came to her.
Before I could get another good taste, she turned her back to me, reached for the door handle, and said, “Now that’s one less favor I owe you.” Then she unlocked the door and left me behind like a dumb-ass.