I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Ginger Scott is one of those authors that goes beyond writing. She breathes life into her characters. Wild Reckless is no exception. You feel this because of the words of this story. Because those words? They become everything...
“He’s hiding, but I see him.”
Kensington (Kensi) Worth had plans for her senior year. Those plans were a bit derailed as she was forced to move from the city to a small town due to her dad’s new job. As an amazing piano player, Kensi is going places. However if her dad has anything to do with it, she will not be playing the blues as she so much more prefers. As she is settling in, she notices the dark eyes of her neighbor, which she later learns is Owen Harper. Owen lives on the edge, at all times. He is danger. Those Harper boys are known for that because of their history. And everyone knows that, including Kensi. When Kensi’s world comes crashing down, everything she knows is ripped away from her. Life isn't the same. Owen Harper finds his way into her life and eventually her heart.
“Owen Harper is everything.”
THAT PROLOGUE. My heart is still reeling over it. Without giving too much detail, it starts at a fair. I swear it was like the author placed me in that very moment. I heard everything. Smelled everything. Felt everything. I was so consumed and lost in the moment. I fell for Owen Harper the moment I saw his name on a page. For everything he’s been through, for everything he’s seen. His heart, although shadowed with darkness, it is the most beautiful.
“And I’m afraid I’m losing myself to danger-the worst kind that rules your heart.”
Owen pushes people away further giving in to the notion of his dark, wild, and dangerous heart. He is afraid to love. As love has only brought him guilt, pain, and loss. But Kensi sees pass the darkness. She sees Owen and his light. She sees the most self-less person. He puts those he cares for before himself. Always. Owen has the biggest heart as he loves with absolute conviction all while believing he is not worthy of being loved. Until Kensi. You FEEL his heart slowly open. He falls hopelessly, irrevocably, and effortlessly in love. And it’s beautiful. It’s overwhelming. It’s reckless. And that’s the kind of love that makes my heart flutter as I read their story.
“I love you...but I will suffocate you. Drown you. Loving me...it will kill you.”
If I could call the love between Owen and Kensi, I would call it inspirational. They inspire each other to want to achieve every single goal they have set for themselves. Their love lit the spark in their hearts to go after what they want. The moment Owen set his eyes on Kensi, I FELT his soul breathe. Their love transcends, it shatters everything dark in their lives.
“...Because I think I need you to survive. I think I need you to love me, because that’s literally all I’ve got.”
Wild Reckless is deep. It shatters the usual cookie cutter recipe for Mature YA. So much happens in Kensi’s life that serves as a catalyst for Owen’s life to completely change. He no longer exists. He’s living. He’s loving. His shattered pieces from his childhood become whole again. But the road to love is not so easy. Wild Reckless is a brilliant story about love, life, and loss and what happens when you truly listen to your heart-regardless of how reckless it may seem. That no matter how scary circumstances are, your heart will never lead you astray as it always ends up where it belongs. So live. Choose love. Always. For love endures. It never falters.