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Reckless Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1992
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Bestselling author Quick's ( Rendezvous ) latest lovers are a pair of bibliophiles whose engaging qualities should help her many devoted fans overlook this work's fatal flaw: it is an unconvincing attempt to draw a parallel between a Regency romance heroine and a medieval hero on a quest. Lady Phoebe Layton's "quest" is to track down the person who killed her suitor, Neil Baxter, and to "bring the villain to justice." Neil was making his fortune in the South Seas, where he reportedly was killed by a pirate who stole an old and valuable book she gave him; rumor says the book is back in England. Ignoring the fact that real questers don't delegate, Phoebe persuades fellow book collector Gabriel Banner, Earl of Wylde, to find the rare tome and the murderer. Phoebe's growing attachment to Gabriel prompts him to consider using her to seek revenge on her father, who, eight years earlier, ruined Gabriel and drove him out of England--to the South Seas. Quick expends little effort on this revenge scheme, which is in no danger of coming to fruition; as a result this fantasy castle seems built on a foundation of sand.
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Reckless--Phoebe Layton had always imagined Gabriel Banner a brave and valiant knight, which was why she went to him when she was in desperate need of help. but when she lures her shining knight to a lonely midnight rendezvous, Phoebe finds herself sparring with a dangerously desirable man who is nothing like the hero of her dreams. She fears she's made a dreadful mistake when Gabriel sweeps her into his arms and passionately embraces her. Yet it's a kiss that seals her fate. Now Gabriel must possess her -- even if he has to slay a dragon to do it!
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********CAUTION POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD> PLEASE STOP NOW IF YOU DON"T WANT READ ANY SPOILERS>THANKS**********
You wonder how can she trust this hero? Heroine is a romantic that lives her life dreaming of the medieval times when white knights saved the day. She found it romantic that the hero was going to help her sister escape her arranged marriage, which we later find out was not because the sister did not want to marry her husband but she was scared. So the hero decides to help the heroine, but does it because of two things that are dueling within him: he wants revenge on the family and he is attracted to the heroine.
The family of the heroine just don't know how to help her. She is impulsive and naïve. She wants to see the good in everything that she fails to see the dangers. Well as hero falls more and more for the heroine he realizes he can't allow her to put herself in danger and after things come to head in a scene when he has to literally save her from being kidnapped by gold digger suitor he decides he is going to marry her.
Well the family is skeptical but realize that they can't do anything about it. Hero is now rich and respected. They can't do away with him as they did before. The family is also just plain tired of trying to keep heroine safe. They realize hero has already been doing it for awhile and trust him to take care of her. Believe the turning point for the family came about after family explained they had him investigated and are sure he is not just out for heroine's money.
This book is not called Reckless for nothing. Heroine decides she is not going to submit to anybody and does her own escape. Hero tracks her down and puts a ring on it. Heroine already had regrets and was going back anyway so she was open to marrying the hero by time he caught up with her. Unfortunately the marriage had many road blocks to their HEA. They still had a mystery to solve, someone was trying to kill the heroine, the man the heroine used to call her " Lancelot" was also trying to steal her away from the hero for his own means, and the H/h had to work out their internal insecurities to be able to acknowledged each other's love.
I really enjoyed this read. I loved the kidnapping scene that has heroine taken to brothel. That is when things really pick up and the hero is able to accept the love the heroine has had for him. Yes, the heroine was a day dreamer and refused to believe the hero's arch enemy was also the same person she called her "Lancelot". However, it is clear she was not attracted to him but just the idea of him playing a mythical character she had some type obsession with. The true "Lancelot" was the hero and in reality she picked him every time to keep her safe, which included her heart.
I would recommend this read. It was really well written and type of books I miss from the author. I bought it to re read.
Sexual situations may offend some readers.
Reckless tells the story of Phoebe and Gabriel. Phoebe has been in love with Gabriel ever since she was young. She is convinced he is the valiant, honorable knight that she had made into a God into her mind. But Gabriel is not only flawed he has his own questions about how honorable he is. When Phoebe devises a plan to get Gabriel to help her on a quest she has no idea what kind of door she is opening...but is excited to find out.
I liked Gabriel more than Phoebe in this book. She annoyed me and was really immature. And although I thought Gabriel was a bit of a bastard at times...he was just a lot more interesting to read.
All in all....Amanda Quick has better books. I would pass this one up for something better by her! :)
Phoebe is a romantic, utterly naive, trusting...therefore reckless, and completely immersed in all things medieval, particularly books and manuscripts of the period. But now she's on a 'quest' to find the man who murdered her 'Lancelot'. Naturally, she wants to enlist the help of Gabriel who has always been her 'white knight'. Gabriel is having none of it.
Gabriel shares Phoebe's love for the medieval but he's far from being a romantic. He's a cynic with revenge on his mind...against Phoebe's family! Eight years earlier, they had ruined him financially and he had spent those years in the South Seas recouping his fortune. Now he's back in England and he's mad. Phoebe has no idea that her knight is no longer chivalrous but vengeful.
I know these things always end with an HEA, but I couldn't imagine how Phoebe could turn Gabriel around. And then 'Lancelot' returns from the dead and things really got sticky.
This was vastly entertaining, interesting and exciting.
Enjoy your reading! :)
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