not going to hook up with my boss.
things—a screwup, a basket case, a flunky. But when I take a nanny job to be
near my pregnant sister, I swear to myself I’ll walk the straight and narrow,
which means I cannot fall for my insanely hot boss.
tempted by that rugged rancher. By his chiseled muscles or southern charm or
the way he snuggles his kids at bedtime. Ethan Carter won’t get the key to my
heart, no matter how much I want him.
the last thing I need as I finalize my hellish divorce.
to rebuild his life wants a hot nanny with long, sexy hair, curves for miles,
and a smart mouth? A perfectly kissable, pouty mouth that I shouldn’t notice.
kids and my ranch, not the insufferable siren who sleeps in the room next to
mine. It doesn’t matter that she wins over my kids in a heartbeat or runs my
life better than I do. Tori Duran is the one woman I can’t have and shouldn’t
want, no matter how much I crave her.
Thank you Lex Martin and Give Me Books Promotions for providing an ARC for review.
It has been ages since I picked up a book by Lex Martin. Dearest Clementine is still one of my all time favorites books by her, which is why I was even more excited to finally get my hands on Reckless.
The past year hasn’t been easy for Tori. She got her heart broken by a man, she failed to graduate from college and she is still the problem child in the eyes of her parents . The only one who still believes in her is her older sister Kat. When she manages to get Tori a nanny job for the summer, Tori wants to show Kat and her parents that she is anything but a screwup. Then she meets Ethan, her boss. He’s not only handsome and tatted, he’s also a brilliant dad and would do anything for his two kids. But Tori is strong and won’t be tempted by this man.
Ethan has his hands full: between managing the family business and taking care of his children, he has to deal with his divorce and his soon-to-be ex-wife. When he decides to hire a nanny, he didn’t expect Tori to be so feisty, difficult and, most of all, beautiful. He’s about to fire her but when he see’s how much his kids love her and how she makes them feel loved, he decides to let her stay after all. Now the only thing left to do is stay focused on the ranch – and not on Tori.
The first time I “met” Tori was in 2016 in Lex Martin’s standalone novel Shameless. Tori is Kat’s little sister and a total tomboy. That’s the only way to describe her back then. She was still in high school, the total opposite of Kat and always looking for trouble. I had another encounter with her when I read Shameless for the Holidays only a few weeks ago. I was really excited to see what has become of her and I was not dissappointed. Tori has grown a lot since then and became an – almost – 25-year-old responsible adult. Almost because Tori still has to figure out some parts of her life. I say this with not one ounce of negativity. Tori is in her mid-twenties and it’s totally fine for her to still trying to figure out life.
What I really loved about Tori was her confidence. She didn’t care what everyone thought and did her thing. And saying exactly whatever came to her mind, was the cherry on top. Despite her confidence, Tori had a certain vulnerability to her, which made her more relatable and lovable
I was really impressed with Ethan. Living a good 45 minutes outside of Austin, TX Ethan had is hands full with his ranch. With inheriting his dad’s cutting horse business a few years back, his job is a 24/7 commitment but he still manages to take care of his two children, who love him dearly. And on top of that he had to deal with his soon-to-be ex-wife (I couldn’t stand that witch for one second!). He’s also really lucky to have his brother and his mother to help him out too.
Ethan was a great dad. He did everything he could in his power to give his kids a good life, even if that meant working his butt off. He loved them unconditionally and it was great to see such a devoted single dad.
Ethan and Tori had a rocky start although it was clear from the beginning that they were attracted to one another. When they both started to see beyond the mask they put on, they could finally understand each other on a deeper level.
What I enjoyed and loved most about Ethan and Tori, were their priorites. Although their relationship was important to them, Ethan’s kids always came first for both of them – always.
The story itself was great. Sure, the core storyline, a nanny and her boss fall head over heals in love with each other, was nothing new, but it was the way how Lex Martin created those characters and put certain components into it, that made this story stand out. There were, however, some scenes which made me roll my eyes into oblivion. But I can look over the fact because those certain scenes made only a small part of the story.
For those of you, who don’t know Lex Martin, let me give you a heads up: she loves writing juicy love scenes and Reckless contains a few of those. So if you don’t like too descriptive scenes, just skip them. 😉
Another thing I enjoyed is the fact that Lex Martin used her experience growing up in Texas and her experience with her own family to write this book because real life experiences make a fictional novel even more real in my eyes.
Reckless is a great novel and deserves 4 solid stars.
If you haven’t read a Lex Martin novel yet, why not start with Reckless, which releases today actually!
Shameless is a standalone featuring a different couple
angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When
she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher.
She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl,
and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she’s lived all
over the country but currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and twin