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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Review: Reckless by Skye Jordan

Format: .mobi (provided by publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: August 23, 2013

A couture wedding dress designer to the rich and famous, Lexi LaCroix’s image means everything. Raised on the wrong side of the tracks, her years of polish and hard work are finally about to pay off. She’s on the cusp of landing a partnership that will place her designs in high-end shops around the world, fulfilling lifelong dreams and providing financial security. But when she crosses paths with a sexier-than-sin, bad-boy biker who makes her realize how much living she’s sacrificed for her success, one touch is all it takes to threaten her carefully choreographed life.

Jax Chamberlin has been screwed over by gorgeous gold-diggers one too many times. Though he runs his own stunt company, all of America knows his family name, his Hollywood face, even his net worth, all years after he’s given up acting. Finding a woman who doesn’t plan to use him as a stepping stone to success is virtually impossible, so when the charming and mysterious Lexi offers him a chance at a totally anonymous hook-up during an out of town trip, Jax accepts. Only Lexi is more sextacular than charming, and Jax wants more. Lots more.

But Lexi’s got a major hang-up over his renegade lifestyle, and Jax isn’t willing to change his ways. Especially not when he discovers who she really is. Because if she finds out his connections could catapult her to the top of her career, he’s afraid the fantasy woman he’s falling for might just end up like all the rest. And this time, it’s not just his bad-boy reputation at risk, but his heart, too.

Reckless isn't just the title of the book, it describes Jax Chamberlin perfectly. He's a hot shot stunt man and damn good at what he does, unfortunately he has the worst taste in women. All of them have been gold diggers looking to use him and Jax has all but given up on women, until he meets bridal gown designer Lexi LaCroix. Lexi is on her way to becoming a top gown designer but the last thing she needs is negative attention from the press in the form of bad boy Jax. Their chemistry is undeniable but so are the obstacles keeping them from making a relationship work.

The thing with Reckless, is that while it's definitely a sexy, passionate book, the sex scenes weren't shoved into the story just to make the book erotic. Jax and Lexi were a lively, charismatic couple and while Lexi is a bridal gown designer, she wasn't a wimpy, over the top frou frou woman. She can hold her own against Jax and his buddies.

Speaking of those buddies, they were a lively bunch to put it lightly. Rowdy and loyal, each of Jax's friends had something special about them and I hope to see more of them as the series progresses. Lexi isn't without interesting friends though. Rubi struck me as a "man-eater, love 'em and leave 'em wanting more" type woman and I love those kinds of women, I'm hoping that Rubi's will be someone's heroine soon.

The Hollywood scene is certainly an interesting setting for an erotic romance and provides ample material for the drama and conflicts that plague Jax and Lexi. It's also interesting to see how these two will make a relationship between them work when both of their careers are on fragile ground.

At the end of it all I have to say bravo Skye Jordan for writing an erotic romance that had me hooked from the beginning! Reckless was fast, fun and wickedly sexy. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

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