Title: Wild Reckless
Author: Ginger Scott
Series: Harper Boys #1
Release Date: March 17, 2015
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.
Wild Reckless is a beautiful story of survival. Surviving loss, surviving heartbreak, surviving loneliness, and surviving love. Owen and Kensington couldn’t be more opposite at the beginning of this story, but as their worlds quickly unravel, Ginger Scott strips them down to their core, exposing every flaw, insecurity, and vulnerability that makes us all much the same. Ginger Scott wrote this story with a stunning sense of honesty and authenticity that pulled me under until I was completely submerged, drowning in Owen and Kensi’s story. Their raw emotions and imperfections connected me to this couple instantly, ensuring that I would feel their story deeply and completely. Wild Reckless is an unpredictable journey, perfectly reminiscent of the crazy, uninhibited spirit of young love.
“Everybody is going to know that you are mine, and that I am yours.”
This story is really all about the growth of the characters and Ginger Scott expertly developed Owen and Kensi over the course of this novel. Being young, but on the verge of adulthood, these characters precariously balanced that adolescent invincibility with the grown-up realities of their changing lives. Every stumble, every fall left them altered until you look up at the end and realize how far these characters have come. I adored Kensi’s transformation from naïve and innocent to sure and determined. I couldn’t help but feel proud of her with each step she took towards defining her own destiny. Owen rocked me to my soul from the very beginning, making my heart ache with his staggering pain. I found extreme satisfaction in watching his character allow the weight of the world to come free from his shoulders as he learned to see himself in his decisions and not just everyone else. Through Owen and Kensi, Ginger Scott reminds us that it is our inherent inadequacies and uncertainty that makes us worth loving.
“That word… survivors… it catches me. Surviving someone – I don’t know that there’s a better way to describe Owen.”
As Kensi’s world is falling apart, Owen helps her learn to let go. In return, Kensi helps Owen hold onto the pieces of his already shattered life and gives him the strength to see himself as whole again. From the moment Wild Reckless began, I was swept away along the unexpected path of this story. It is immediately obvious that Owen and Kensi are much more complex than they appear on the outside and it is this surprising character depth and emotional weight that had me unable to put this book down. Wild Reckless is written with a fluidity that moves readers through the plot and emotions of the story without reservation. The overall message of Wild Reckless is easily relatable and universally relevant, grounding this story in the here and now. With each new book, Ginger Scott’s writing grows and her stories stand apart just a little more. Her voice is carefree and youthful, everything young adults should be. Once again moving me with the magic of her words, Wild Reckless is another winner from Ginger Scott.
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Don’t miss the other Harper Boys novel:
Wicked Restless (Harper Boys #2)
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.
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).