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Wild Reckless
 By Ginger Scott

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It’s not very often that I read the same author back-to-back, but after reading one book by Ginger Scott, I immediately wanted more of her writing.  Once again, this author’s writing has touched my heart and soul.  Her words and storytelling ability took me on an emotional journey alongside the characters, immersed me in their lives, and have made me incredibly happy to be a reader.

Wild Reckless was tugging at my heartstrings as soon as I began reading the prologue.  From that moment on, I knew that Owen Harper was going to own a piece of my heart.  The prologue was essential for understanding Owen Harper and his behavior.  His past certainly didn’t excuse his brash, mean-spirited, reckless behavior, but it did give the reader a glimpse at the young boy whose life was forever changed on what was supposed to be the best day of his life.

Sometimes the best parts of something are also the worst.  Life in a small town definitely can have its perks.  There is a familiarity in a small town.  You know your neighbors.  Your neighbors think that they know all of your business.  For the Harper family, an unfortunate tragic event from their past fueled the rumors and whispers in their community.  People made assumptions, labeled them, but they didn’t know the whole story.  They were quick to dismiss them as troubled and crazy.  Once a reputation is made, it’s difficult to shake it, to break the mold that’s been cast for you.  In Owen’s case, why fight it?   

The last thing that Kensington Worth wanted was to be uprooted in her senior year of high school.  She liked her life in the city, her friends, practicing her piano, and working toward her admission into music school.  Moving to a small town, making new friends, and adjusting to a new environment isn’t a scenario that any teenage girl wants to face.  On top of everything else, Kensington wasn’t planning on living next door to a boy who pushed all of her buttons, who seemed to take pleasure in her misfortune, and who intimidated her.  She also didn’t anticipate her whole world falling apart because of hurtful words that had deliberately fallen out of Owen Harper’s mouth.

I felt for Kensington.  I felt all of the anger and pain right along with her.  My heart broke for her new reality.  I was furious that Owen took pleasure in watching her heart break.  As I mentioned above, the prologue was essential in having compassion toward Owen.  While I despised his behavior, I knew that his actions were born of pain and circumstance.

Kensington wasn’t a weak character.  She didn’t shrivel away from Owen.  He did intimidate her, but she didn’t back away from him easily.  She challenged him.  As much as she hated to admit it, he intrigued her and made her want to know him.  Despite all of the rumors and warnings about the Harper family, Kensington wanted to know their story. 

I loved witnessing their relationship evolve from enemies to friends and, eventually, to more.  What started out as pure animosity grew into something deeper.  They found a common ground.  They were both dealing with the torment and pain of their own family issues.  Their relationship certainly wasn’t easy.  They had a lot of factors going against them, but their feelings and need for each other was greater.  Kensington saw something more in Owen.  She saw the good in him.  She believed in his worth.  She saw him.

Wild Reckless is a story that’s as heartbreaking as it is hopeful.  While it does deal with some serious subject matter, the author handles it with the care that it deserves. It’s a book about learning to believe in yourself, about regaining control of your life, about not letting other people’s labels and misconceptions define you.  It’s about letting go of the guilt, and about grasping on to a helping hand.  It’s about living for the future, not dwelling on the past.

Wild Reckless is a heartfelt story that is brimming with raw emotion.  It’s a gripping, unforgettable love story by an author whose words are as beautiful as they are captivating. 

*5 Stars