Series: Reckless #1
Publisher: Self Published on September 10, 2013
Reading Challenges: 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge, 2014 Rewind Challenge
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Ellie and Logan's love story begins one hot August night…
My mom betrayed me in the worst way possible. I can't forgive her, but I can outwit her. I'm going to unravel the family secret she's been keeping from me my whole life. So I'm going to college across the state from her, to the place that has the answers. I hope. But I have to be careful or I'll blow everything. I can't tell anyone what I'm doing.
I didn't mean to fall in love. I can't afford to give my heart away or open up to anyone, least of all charming, rich, former bad boy baseball star Logan Walker. But he looked so adorable sitting there nursing a black eye the night I met him at my very first campus event. The way he held my hand made me flush in the suffocating heat of August and feel really beautiful for the first time in so long I can't remember. My scar didn't even hurt.
But Logan's moods are mercurial. He's keeping secrets of his own that are too dark to share, even with me. We agree to be just friends. But our hearts and bodies have minds of their own. Before I know it, I'm in too deep with him and the answer to the family secret I came to campus to find may be the thing that tears us apart.
“What had just happened out there? For the first time in nearly three months I felt something besides anger and hurt.I felt something almost magical and romantic for a guy with a black eye, and I was scared.”
I’ve been on a contemporary New Adult kick lately and this one fit the bill!
Reckless Longing is a book full of secrets. Ellie’s mother had been keeping the secret of her father’s identity for years and Ellie has just now figured it out. So she enrolls at the college that he works at and applies for a student job working under him before she decides whether to tell him or not. But she never expected to meet Logan Walker, who is hiding secrets of his own. Between the two of them the secrets are enough to destroy everything they were both working towards.
I liked the fact that this novel was based on so many secrets. It made figuring them out interesting because it kept you looking for clues. It also gave the novel that sense of urgency when a secret was almost revealed. And of course, it gave the novel drama when the secrets started getting out into the world. It was a pretty realistic plot–there wasn’t anything too out there but it was interesting enough to keep me reading.
Ellie was trying to find a place where she belonged for a majority of the novel. She felt betrayed by her mother and her ex-boyfriend because of their actions before she left, and let me tell you: those feelings were well deserved. I found Ellie to be a pretty relatable character because of her need to find a family and to find a place where she belonged. Her mother had never made her feel that way so she craved it. I also enjoyed her determination as a character in everything she did. She was caring and was willing to give up a life that she could have for the sake of others to be happy.
“There was something different and deep about Logan. He was holding something back and suffering like I was. I knew enough about pain and secrets to recognize them in another person for the insidious creatures they were.”
Logan Walker had plenty of secrets of his own. On the outside he was the playful, cute college type, but on the inside he was fighting demons that I didn’t expect in the least. I had all types of predictions to Logan’s story and all of them were wrong. Logan gives off an air of mystery and I loved that about him. I also loved that we saw his vulnerable side. He was a dynamic and complex character that I loved getting to know.
The romance in this novel was slow building. It wasn’t immediate and I loved that the characters got to know each other first. They both had secrets that they were hiding which created some problems in their relationship, but that’s life and I love how realistically their relationship was portrayed. They definitely had their ups and downs over the course of the novel but they were a great match and complemented each other well. Their romance was sweet and cute more than sexy and it ranks as one of my favorites this year.
Dex filled the role of Ellie’s best friend. He was the comedic relief in this otherwise pretty heavy novel. He was fun, a bit on the evil genius side, and really cared about Ellie in a platonic way. I loved that there were no more-than-friends feelings in their relationship, just friendly, brotherly-sisterly ones.
Reckless Longing was an engaging novel about secrets and the effects that they have on those holding them and those involved. With great characters, both supportive and main, Reckless Longing was a novel that held my interest the entire way through.