Kensington Worth had a vision for her senior year. It involved her best friends, her posh private school in downtown Chicago and time alone with her piano until her audition was perfected, a guaranteed ticket into the best music programs in the world.
Instead, a nightmare took over.
It didn’t happen all at once, but her life unraveled quickly—a tiny thread that evil somehow kept pulling until everything precious was taken from her. She was suddenly living miles away from her old life, trapped in an existence she didn’t choose—one determined to destroy her from the inside, leaving only hate and anger behind. It didn’t help that her neighbor, the one whose eyes held danger, was enjoying every second of her fall.
Owen Harper was trouble, his heart wild and his past the kind that’s spoken about in whispers. And somehow, his path was always intertwined with Kensington’s, every interaction crushing her, ruining her hope for any future better than her now. Sometimes, though, what everyone warns is trouble, is exactly what the heart needs. Owen Harper was consumed with darkness, and it held onto his soul for years. When Kensington looked at him, she saw a boy who’d gotten good at taking others down when they threatened his carefully balanced life. But the more she looked, the more she saw other things too—good things…things to admire.
Things…to love. Things that made her want to be reckless.
And those things…they were the scariest of all.
Title: Wild Reckless
Author: Ginger Scott
Publication date: March 17, 2015
I received Wild Reckless from Ginger Scott & Wordsmith Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
Kensington Worth’s life is all planned out. A gifted classical pianist (with a secret passion for jazz), she’s almost sure to get into any college music program she wants. When her parents decide to move to a smaller town between Chicago (where her mother works) and Milwaukee (where her father does), Kensi has to adapt to a new school, a new high school music program (marching band!), and new friends. Kensi’s always been a good girl: following her parents rules, getting good grades, and spending most of her time concentrating on her music.
Kensi’s new neighbor Owen is her opposite. He’s the town bad boy. His whole family is trouble. Everyone in town knows them and what happened to his father a decade earlier. The one good thing he’s known for is basketball. I don’t like the bad boy characters, so it took me a long time to start liking him, but he did eventually win me over. Having finished the book and knowing Owen’s backstory, I understand why Owen acts the way he does, but it doesn’t excuse some of the things he says and does to Kensi. I think she forgives him way too easily and it’s mostly because of her hormones.
That said, I loved the book! I went through so many emotions while reading it. One moment I was mad at Owen, then next I was rooting for him and Kensi.
The high school setting seems very realistic to me and I liked that Kensi joined the marching band, an unconventional choice for someone who’s spent most of her life sitting at the piano playing classical music. Kensi’s new friends, who are also in the band, are great. They’ve just met her so they don’t know her well, but they do know Owen. They’ve heard the rumors, they’ve seen the way he hooks up with a different girl every week, and they watch him flaunt these girls in front of Kensi at lunch. They worry about Kensi, but there’s not much they can do. Kensi is very determined, and she’s fallen hard for Owen. She’s not going to take Willow’s advice to be careful and not give so much of herself. Willow knows this even as she’s saying the words.
Kensi goes through a lot in just a few short months. She has to experience some terrible betrayals. While Owen is pretty mean to Kensi, especially before he gets to know her, he’s also the one person who’s there for her when things get bad at home. She makes some new friends at school, but because Owen lives next door, he’s physically present when things happen and he can see how bad they get. Eventually Kensi is able to be there for Owen when he has his own troubles at home too. They’re so supportive of each other no matter how bad things get. Everything that happens just makes them stronger as a couple.
While Waiting on the Sidelines will always have a place in my heart because it was my first Ginger Scott book, Wild Reckless might just be my favorite so far. I’m tagging it as both young adult and new adult. It’s technically YA because the characters are in high school, but the issues it addresses and the sex scenes (there are a couple) push it more into the NA realm. They’re not erotica, but they’re more explicit than you’ll find in most YA.