19 March 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott

Wild Reckless
by Ginger Scott.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: March 17th 2015 by Ginger Scott - Little Miss Write.
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.

Reviewed by Kelly

You know when you read a book that hits you personally like something you or your family lived. Well this book hit me in so many personal ways that it took me a week to read it because I had to stop and think and wipe a few tears and read some more. I really don’t want to remember high school, it wasn’t pretty but this book brings back some memories and makes my heart go out to both Owen and Kensington.

I love the way the words glide weaving a story so vivid and intimate, I feel as though I am living it, seeing it, and feeling everything Owen and Kensington feel.

Hey, Owen,” I squeak. My palms are sweating, and I’m pretty sure my arms and back are as well. In fact, everything about me feels like it’s on fire, never mind the gray skies and cold front threatening to bring a massive chill outside the window. Right now, in my body, it’s summer in the desert. I glance around the table and notice all my friends suddenly only interested in their trays and food, but their faces are all smirking, and it makes me blush even harder.

Owen Harper is a boy that to everyone else is seen as a bad kid because when he was a little boy, his father (who was bipolar) took him to the apple festival and took Owen on the Ferris wheel and then his dad got out and fell off the Ferris wheel to his death. So naturally, everyone around decides that the Harper boys are also a little crazy. Middle School and High school always brings out the gossip. Whatever it takes to get ahead. Owens’s older brother James takes drugs and comes around when he needs money and sometimes to detox. . James even has a gun. Guns are another good gossip conversation. Owens’s little brother Andrew is a good kid and Owen sees to it that he gets to school every day and tries to shield Andrew from James’s lifestyle. Owen gets very little sleep in his quest to keep his family somewhat cohesive and their life private. So, there are people who start rumors and include Owen in them. They see something and it gets spread around and the story always changes just enough to make Owen look bad. Owen doesn’t refute it. But he does wear a hat and hoodie that he kind of uses to hide himself so as to not let people get close. Because he is also embarrassed by what is his life. He works to help his mother pay the bills and misses school a lot. He hangs out with the wrong crowd. But the rumors aren’t always true! Its a little truth mixed with a lie. Owen also plays basketball and he is very good at it, enough that there are scouts watching him. Dang, Owen is a really good guy and it ticks me off a little that Kensington is the only one who sees it. High School students are so selfish that they only see what they want and not always what is. While Owen does put on a show, it is just a show.

When Kensington moves in next door and finds Owen and some of his friends smoking and drinking and playing basketball in Kensington’s driveway where there is a hoop above the garage. Her dad takes it down to prevent them from playing without even knowing anything about Owen. Kensington sees something in Owen. She sees he is wild and reckless but she sees more and she wants to get to know the Owen she sees deep down. But Owen doesn’t let her in, he is rude and mean to her. He makes out in front of her with another girl. The other girls in school probably have all been with Owen once or twice. He doesn’t do relationships. He can’t.

Kensington for some unknown reason keeps trying to find the boy Owen and not this crazy one he shows everyone else. I don’t know why she kept on it. I would have just given up with the way he treated her in the beginning. But Kensi doesn’t give up and little by little she gets some glimpses of who he is.

Kensington is always the responsible and appropriate one. She never is wild or reckless and when she watches Owen, sometimes she wants to be a little wild and reckless too. They both need each other to balance life out.

Kensington’s life is going downhill. Owen was really being a jerk when he first told her some of what was really happening in her family. He redeemed himself by helping her through it. She helps him with his life too. She plays the piano and since her life went downhill she stopped playing. She really didn’t like classical anyway, she was more of a jazz player, but her dad made her play classical. Kensi is strong and made some new friends easily at this new school. She is more mature than her age. She is a generally happy person so when her life falls apart, I was so sad for her.

What I liked was that there were so many things happening and every day brought new challenges and new insight in what was Owen and Kensi’s life. It just gave them more depth to who they were and neither was shallow or whiny as you might expect teenagers to be. On the contrary, it made me fall for Owen more! He is selfless and caring and does everything for his family even to the point of losing his own dreams in life. I mean he even went to the apple festival and met up with Kensi. He was terrified but Kensi was there for him while riding the ride that had such a horrible memory for him.
Another thing I liked is that their bedrooms were across from each other, so that they could see each other from their windows. They often stared at each other every night. So much was said but unsaid just by watching each other.

So, if you want a great story with lots of depth and characters who are very real and people who are willing to help you, finding someone to really love you just as you are, broken families, and doing everything you can for your family than you might enjoy it. I loved it!

There is some sex scenes and language some may find offensive. While this is a young adult book it is too intense for younger readers.

I loved that trailer!! I have watched it over and over a few times! Yeah, I am obsessed!

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Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of six young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling and You and Everything After.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

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