Title: Wicked Restless
Author: Ginger Scott
Series: Harper Boys #2
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Andrew Harper grew up in a house marked by tragedy. His older brother Owen did his best to shelter him, but you can only be protected from life’s pain for so long. Eventually, you end up just feeling numb…and isolated.
Loneliness was the one constant in Andrew’s life. Until one girl, met by chance in a high school hallway, changed everything. Emma Burke was a mystery and all that was beautiful in this world, the only air Andrew ever wanted to breathe. She took the lonely away, and filled it with hope and color, and Andrew would do anything to keep her safe, happy and whole.
But sometimes, what feels good and right is what ends up hurting us the most. And when Andrew and Emma are faced with an impossible decision, Andrew is tested to see just how far he’s willing to go for the girl who owns his heart.
Cuts are deep.
Scars are left behind.
And revenge beckons.
When Andrew finally gets his chance, in college, five years after his first love broke him completely, he finds out old feelings don’t really disappear just because you say you hate someone. The more he tries to avenge all that he believes he lost, the more he uncovers the real story of what happened years before.
Love is wicked. But a restless heart is never satisfied beating on its own. Can Andrew and Emma make it right before it’s too late, or will the ties that bind them now destroy their only chance at a future?
Wicked Restless is another win for the Harper Boys. Ginger Scott has blown me away with Andrew’s story. While I knew we were in for some heartache, I had no idea the extent of the angst and emotion Andrew and Emma’s journey would evoke. This story spanned several years, introducing us to Andrew and Emma at sixteen before reuniting them as adults. Seeing how they’ve grown, changed, and been molded by the experiences life has thrown at them was enlightening, revealing so much about the true nature of the characters and the strength of their relationship. Ginger Scott’s writing continues to impress me with its ability to create vibrant imagery and stir up intense emotions. Wicked Restless was further proof of this author’s incredible grasp on the mature YA/NA genre and her understanding of the challenges young adults face as they step out into the real world. There were so many instances where I found myself effortlessly relating to the characters and the struggles they endured, allowing me to lose myself completely in Wicked Restless.
“My broken heart broke his – and I have to live with that.”
Emma was unquestionably an incredibly special character. I loved how genuine she was and the fact that Ginger Scott made her so vulnerable. Her imperfections allowed me to connect with her on a basic human level, giving me all the more reason to let her story consume me. This character grows a lot over the course of the book, moving forward in life with a strength and sense of purpose I couldn’t help but admire. Her personal growth continued right up until the end of the book where she continued to allow her opinions of people and the way she handled situations to evolve. Andrew is probably one of my favorite book boyfriends. As Ginger Scott revealed his character, one layer at a time, I was in awe at how selfless he was truly capable of being. As his scars were exposed, I ached for him, disgusted with the world for allowing such a beautiful soul to be hurt so much in his short life. I felt his pain in a very visceral way, enduring his sadness, heartbreak, and pain as if it were my own. Ginger Scott has successfully written Emma and Andrew to be absolutely unforgettable.
“Nothing matters as long as Emma’s eyes are waiting for me, her arms waiting to hold me, her heart waiting to need me. I can live without so very many things. What I can’t live without, though, is her.”
Wicked Restless was nothing like I anticipated. This story went in a direction I never could have predicted, tugging at my heartstrings in an unexpected way. The hardships our main characters faced, both together and apart, were staggering, leaving me stunned and emotionally spent. Ginger Scott filled their story with so many twists and turns that I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, desperate to see how Andrew and Emma’s journey would play out. I had a few issues with the logistics of Emma’s school situation; having lived through it myself, the inaccuracies were distracting for me, but ultimately it wasn’t enough to significantly cloud my appreciation of the story. Getting to know Andrew better, I found myself missing Owen and Kensi. I definitely enjoyed the bits and pieces we got of them throughout the book. They brought out something in Andrew that made his character shine. I loved the ease with which Emma and Andrew’s relationship emerged from the pages of Wicked Restless. The confluence of extreme events and that inimitable initial connection they shared made this couple’s love story an extraordinary thing that is not to be missed.
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Don’t miss the other Harper Boys novel:
Wild Reckless (Harper Boys #1)
Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, Wild Reckless and The Girl I Was Before.
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).