Author: Priscilla West
Series: Forever #6/ Reckless #1
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Self Published
Release date: 31st July 2014
Riley has known her fair share of bad boys but no one like Jax. After her first meeting him at one of his band’s shows, she knows she should stay away but she can’t help how she’s drawn to him.
When Riley’s newest job places her as the accountant for a rock band about to go on tour she doesn’t really think anything of it apart from it being a great opportunity. What she doesn’t anticipate is it being for Jax’s band and the trouble she’s about to get herself into.
Now, I’m not really one for the rock star type story but I’ve been on a bit of a kick of reading new authors recently so thought I’d give this one a go.
Protagonist Riley is a newly certified accountant but don’t let the job fool you. She’s far from a typical accountant and she has a wild side to her that she isn’t afraid to show. At the beginning of the book she’s on a night out with a friend with a band, The Cocks, throw an impromptu show. Riley has never heard of the band but as soon as she hears the singer’s voice she’s drawn to the stage, even if it means pushing people out of the way to get there. Jax screams sex and Riley can’t help herself when he whispers in her ear to meet him backstage.
The sexual tension between Riley and Jax is pretty spectacular to begin with. When Riley gets hired as the band’s accountant, both she and Jax are shocked to see the other. But, they quickly begin to play off of one another. The two play games with each other and constantly try to get one up on the other and they don’t care how far they go. This part of the book was really fun and I enjoyed seeing what they would both do next.
However, there is more to the story than sexual fun and games. Riley spends a lot of time with Jax and the band so she gets to know Jax on a personal level. To begin with Riley thinks that Jax is a rock star through and through and he’s all about the fame and women. He’s not though and it was nice to see him and Riley get to know one another away from all of the other bullshit they’re going through together.
As characters, I certainly preferred Riley to Jax which was quite strange for me. I normally always tend to prefer the male characters, for obvious reasons, but Riley was really something else. She’s smart and funny, she has fire in her and she’s forward to the point of really not caring what anyone thinks. Unfortunately, the plot surrounds Jax and his issues rather than Riley’s. The important plot points for Riley are sort of rushed and not as prominent as they should have been.
Certain parts of the plot were rushed and meaningful moments are gone within seconds instead of being drawn out more. Jax was also a bit of a let down for me until the end of the book and even then I wanted more from him. Instead of the strong but enigmatic man he was supposed to be, I found him to be more of a scared boy than anything at times.
For the most part, Reckless was a good read but not a fantastic one. I do want to read the second book though to see what happens so there is something about Priscilla West’s writing that got to me.