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Reckless Abandon Paperback – October 27, 2015
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It is in Capri, Italy under very strange and unusual circumstance, that our book leading lady Emma Paige meets Asher. She is there with her sister Leah on what was to have been her sister’s honeymoon. Emma is broken and grieving so given up on life, after having the most heartbreaking and tragic year. Emma is so depressed that her sister postponed her wedding and took Emma on her scheduled honeymoon, to try and help start her mending the pieces of her heart back together.
The sister’s first glimpse of the handsome and eligible Asher is through binoculars and at such a great distance that they didn’t know who he was, but it made a very lasting and unforgettable impression. Fate seemed like it really wanted these two to meet, and with Leah’s persistence “I didn’t give up my honeymoon so you could wallow the entire trip,” was forced out and met Devon when she accidently fell overboard, and he saved her life, plus was who lead her to meet Asher.
They are two broken people “I’m broken and loving someone or something is just not worth it because when you lose it…when you lose them…the pain is too much to bear.” No matter how intrigued, attracted or needy of each other a life time of distrust for Asher and Emma is convinced her life is destroyed. Sometimes the wounds are so deep the heart broken into so many pieces, that nothing and no amount of love can fix. “He wants me to save him. He wants to fix me.”
This is a complex love story and quite filled with obstacles to a Happy Ever After, but you will be reading and wishing they can overcome all the past to have a good future. I really liked Emma’s sister Leah and her Grandma: “Well, if that boy doesn’t light your fire, your wood is wet!”
He was hard to resist in Pure Abandon, but I did. I was #teamgabriel all the way. “Pure” Alexander was a true "master of his universe alpha" with a small glimmer of his real self shining through. He tugged at my heartstrings. He made me hurt for him.
“Reckless” Alexander is a broken soul--cynical, suspicious, disillusioned. The alpha side of him is only a façade, a mask he wears for himself as well as the rest of the world. I was hesitant going into this book. As much as I loved him in Pure Abandon, I’m not a fan of the alpha male. I didn’t know if only getting a "glimmer" would be enough. I was presently surprised because he was the exact opposite of what I expected. I got the broken man with only a "glimmer" of his alpha side, and I’m a giant sucker for a broken man.
Reckless Abandon is a beautiful ride that kept me up way past my bedtime, not one, but two nights in a row. My shoulder aches from the awkward position I was in so I could read while my phone charged. My jaw aches from hours of grinning. My eyes burn and I’m exhausted. I’m sure I’ll be less than pleasant tomorrow. But...it’s all good. There’s a reason I torture myself; I want to feel all the feels and Colette delivered. It's why I read, and the pain is totally worth it.
“There is a fire between us…and I know we’re gonna get burned.”
After reading Pure Abandon my heart broke for Asher, I absolutely adored him, but I guarantee that by the end of Reckless Abandon you will be going Kathryn who? Jeannine Colette manages to deliver a woman worthy of Asher and vice versa. These two were similar in so many ways, with shared interests in music and kids. Even though between these two they had lost so much, together they gained a lot and gave even more and as their story pans out over the pages you cannot help but be drawn into Emma and Asher’s story.
This book starts on the Island of Capri where Emma is on holiday with her sister. It should have been her sisters honeymoon but due to a family tragedy the wedding was postponed. As Emma was in dire need of a break her sister takes her away from it all and is determined to find that light in her sisters eyes once again.
“…do you want to be the girl who cries in her hands or do you want to be the girl who has fun?”
Emma has had the worst year in the history of years and because of this she has lost her direction and her vibrancy for life. Everything she had worked so hard for had been cruelly taken away and the emotional loss of a loved one has left an indelible mark on her heart and soul. She is truly at rock bottom and not even a trip to the glorious Island of Capri is going to change it, until she meets Asher.
Asher is also finding himself by hiding out from work and all the pressures and decisions he knows he needs to make. Asher takes to his boat where communication is spotty at best and he can be left to his own devices, thoughts, opinions and hopefully can find his own direction. As we know Asher has trust issues and he definitely doesn’t trust easily, but when a life and death scenario puts Emma and Asher’s paths together, finally he thinks he may want to try.
“I’m falling for a woman who seized my soul with the play of a piano and arrested my heart with a walk until dawn. And she made me fall for her with the words of lyrics we may not have written but they’re still ours.”
Capri though may not be their time, but when their paths cross once again back home, is this karmas way of telling Asher he was wrong the first time?
Emma was a beautiful character on the inside and out. Despite the tragedy that she is recovering from she was generous to a fault, fiercely independent and headstrong yet knew when to give and take. She had a heart of gold and a personality to match once you got past her walls, but once bitten twice shy…would Asher get a second bite?
“I’m a wreck. He ruined me. But by God he owns me.”
Jeannine Colette delivered a realistic romance where trust was hard to come by and easily broken. She delivers a heart-felt romance with a little insta-lust but makes them work hard second time around. With lovable characters that you just want to hug and make feel okay you can’t help but get whisked away in their love story and you will championing them along despite their mistakes. These two are incredibly suited and between the songs, the roses and them opening up and comparing stories and trying to write new ones you cannot help but be captivated and Jeannine Colette held my undivided attention throughout.
“Well, if that boy doesn’t light your fire, your wood is wet.”
I only found this author a few weeks ago and have now read all her books, she has now become a firm favourite and I cannot wait to see what she pens next. I love this authors writing style, her ability to totally submerse me into her stories and the emotion that she manages to evoke page by page. If like me, you crave character connection and emotional but well written stories then this author is definitely for you. I cannot wait to see what comes next.