Review: The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

My Thoughts

An edgy, sexy, page-turning romance.

4 four stars

Synopsis

Oct-04 ★Seventeen year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to public school in the Downs, where fistfights in the halls don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him…and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?

Your own heart will race with each page turn of this heart-stopping star-crossed love story.

My review

With The Lovely Reckless, Kami Garcia delivers a story rife with grit and edge. Threads of suspense and emotion make the novel fun and fast-paced as we unravel the story of seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux, a girl left reeling after the brutal death of her boyfriend Noah.

Frankie had always followed the rules until the night everything changed. Flashes of what happened to Noah haunt her, but the memories are blurry fragments. She couldn’t recall the one truth everyone was after—who had killed him. Her grief sent her into a tailspin and soon she’s forced to live with her dad—an undercover cop—in a rougher side of town.

“I hoped you would snap out of this and go back to being the girl you were before.”

With an appetite for recklessness, Frankie finds herself with people of whom her dad would not approve. Fast cars, street races, money changing hands and bad people who collected with interest—her life resembled nothing of its former self.

“Ever since Noah died, I’ve watched you take bigger risks, walking closer and closer to the edge. I won’t watch you jump.”

But when Frankie meets Marco, a cocky, good-looking street racer, an instant connection ignites. She can’t seem to stay away, despite the turmoil within.

“Our bodies melt like they belong together. Like we belong together. But I can’t belong to anyone again.”

There’s more to Marco than meets the eye, but everything she feels with Marco is more intense than anything she’s felt before. The deeper she falls, the deeper she’s pulled into more than she’s bargained for. Something far more dangerous.

“What are you so afraid of?”

“Everything.”

Before too long, Frankie is forced into choices that strip away the freedom she’s longed for, all while getting closer to the ugly truth her mind can’t seem to remember—who killed Noah.

Author Kami Garcia injects edge and excitement into this romance that both YA and NA readers are sure to love. Marco and Frankie’s story is sexy, suspenseful with an addictive thrill that keeps you devouring one page after the other. It’s a different side to Kami and you won’t want to miss it!

“I love you… and it’s the always kind.”

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Exclusive announcement: Kami Garcia and Jamie McGuire to stop in Austin for Lovely Reckless tour

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I am so thrilled and honored to exclusively announce the first stop of the LOVELY RECKLESS TOUR! Join New York Times bestselling authors Kami Garcia and Jamie McGuire for a special event and signing in Austin, Texas, to celebrate the releases of The Lovely Reckless and A Beautiful Funeral! This is Jamie’s first bookstore signing in Texas and both Kami and Jamie are so excited to kick this tour off in style!

The event will be held Monday, October 3rd at BookPeople and will be moderated by MEEEE!!!

We hope to see you and your friends there. Tickets are required for the signing line, and are available with a copy of either The Lovely Reckless, Providence or A Beautiful Funeral from BookPeople. In addition, 100 VIP tickets are also available for a pre-event author reception and signing!

  • VIP tickets are available to the first 100 people to pre-order one book from each author (The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia and either Providence OR A Beautiful Funeral by Jamie McGuire) from BookPeople.
  • VIP ticket holders will be granted access to the pre-event author reception and signing at 6:00 PM, during which guests can mingle with Kami Garcia and Jamie McGuire, enjoy refreshments, and get their books signed early.

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If you can’t make it to the event, you can order your copy of The Lovely Reckless, Providence, and/or A Beautiful Funeral here. Simply add the book to your cart and indicate SIGNED COPY. BookPeople ships all over the world!

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