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Review: Reckless by Skye Jordan

Posted October 14, 2014 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Reckless by Skye JordanReviewer: Holly
Reckless by Skye JordanJoan Swan
Series: Renegades #1

Publication Date: 2013-08
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 304
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Series Rating: four-stars

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. But crossing 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 for Lexi to turn reckless. 
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 Hollywood face even 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. But Lexi's got a major hang-up over his renegade lifestyle. And 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.

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Jax Chamberlin is a former Hollywood star turned stuntman who hasn’t had the best of luck with women. In fact, his most recent hookup used information he shared with her in bed to get someone else to underbid him on the movie of a lifetime. His best friend and employee, Wes, finally sits him down and tells him he needs to stop dating women who just want to use him for their own purposes. He’s been looking at exterior beauty and ignoring the more important interior stuff. Jax hates to admit his friend is right, but he’s forced to face the truth. He has horrible judgment and he’s terrible at relationships. Which is too bad, since he sees someone he’d definitely like to get close to about 5 minutes after his conversation with Wes. Walking away from her is hard, but he does it.

Lexi is trying to build her couture wedding dress business for years. She’s in a good place now, but she wants to reach the next level. Which means focusing on nothing but work. When her best friend asks her to test a new app she’s developing, which farms people’s phone numbers, Lexi reluctantly agrees. Which is how she ends up texting stranger in the airport. A sexy stranger who makes her laugh and turns her on. The problem is, not many men want Lexi for who she is on the inside. As a former model, she’s used to men looking at her as arm candy and nothing more. She doesn’t want to meet Jax and realize he’s the same.

So when he suggests a hookup she reluctantly agrees..as long as the lights stay off and her identity remains a secret. Jax wants to look into the eyes of the woman who’s turned him inside out in just a few hours, but he can’t deny her request. They’re meant to have one night together, but neither of them expected the attraction they’d feel once the morning came.

Both Lexi and Jax have trust issues. Lexi because she’s often used for her looks and Jax because he’s used for his connections. In Lexi’s case, Jax’s bad boy rep could really hurt her business. Since she grew up dirt poor and doesn’t have any connections to fall back on, it’s important for her to keep her image pristine. Her high-end clientele won’t work with her if there’s even a hint of scandal attached to her. As a matter of fact, the designer she’s hoping to form a partnership with has even gone so far as to investigate her and suggest changes she needs to make in her personal life. Jax was raised with a family in the business who paid little attention to him and treated him as a second class citizen. He has hang ups about being someone’s dirty little secret. But Lexi can’t risk her career for a hookup.

Because of Jax and Lexi’s trust issues, it was hard watching them navigate their relationship at times. The book slowed down a bit in the middle, but the sex was hot and the story pulled me back in before long.

The story was well-written and I liked the main characters. Lexi’s relationship with her best friend Rubi also stood out for me. I was cracking up early in the book because of their antics. Similarly, Jax’s friendship with Wes and some of the other secondary characters were well done.

Free books can be hit or miss. I’m happy to report this was an unexpected gem. I’m looking forward to the next book.

4 out of 5


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What I Read Last Week

Posted January 29, 2014 by Tracy in Features | 0 Comments

Howdo neighbors!

Sorry, I’m so behind this week!

We had my daughter’s sweet 16 b-day party this past Saturday and while I thought the kids weren’t having that much fun it turns out that they all said it was the best party ever. I’m pretty sure I didn’t understand teenagers before, now I’m positive. lol

Since then that same daughter has done something to her leg – possibly a pulled muscle? – and the doctor has her on crutches for a week, poor thing.

Other than that there’s not much happening in Tracyland. 🙂

So, what did I read last week? Let me tell ya:

I started off the week with The Billionaire Banker by Georgia le Carre. This is the story of a woman desperate for money so that she can pay for her mother’s cancer treatment. She starts to sell her body to one man but ends up with a different man by the end of the night. Lana and Blake have an incredible attraction but after 3 months is up, what will happen to her and Blake – especially when she figures out she’s in love with him. This was a decent read but ended on a cliffhanger. Good thing the 2nd book was almost out by the time I read it! 3.5 out of 5

The next book in the series is Forty 2 Days. Lana took off and broke her agreement with Blake. She’s now back in London and Blake is pissed that she left in the first place. He insists that she complete the 42 days that were left on her contract. Unfortunately his family wants her to have nothing to do with Blake and they’ll stop at nothing to get what they want. This was again, a decent read but I had issues with the end of the book. You can read a single post with reviews of both book 1 & 2 at The Book Binge by clicking here. (There’s also a giveaway going on as well until 2/24/14). 3 out of 5

Reckless by Skye Jordan was a freebie I got off of ARe at one time. The story is about a dress designer who is flying to NY from LA. She sees a guy she thinks is hot and with the help of an app from her friend is able to text him anonymously. They strike up a conversation and end up planning a tryst once they get to NY. They have a great time – in a completely darkened room – and he still has no idea who she is. He’s a stunt man and she designs for big stars. Both of them are leery, from being previously burned by ex’s, of getting into a relationship and trusting. Unfortunately this aspect of the story brought it all down for me. They were both so suspicious of each other constantly and the trust wasn’t there. I can’t see the kind of relationship the author was trying to give us happening with no trust. Yes it all ended with an HEA that was pretty satisfying but I just wasn’t sold enough to believe it would work in the long run. 3 out of 5

Next up was Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid. This is the second story in the Knitting in the City series and was Elizabeth’s story. Elizabeth is a doctor in Chicago and meets Nico after not seeing him for 10 years. Nico was a friend when they were kids but then used to bully her somewhat. There was history with him and her now deceased boyfriend that cased a bond…and a rift. Nico wants to be friends but he’s been in love with her for years so his friends without benefits offer is a little strange but Elizabeth goes with it. This was a very good book that I really enjoyed. I loved the characters – both main and secondary and it was fun and funny. 4 out of 5

No If, Ands or Bears About It by Celia Kyle is the story of a woman who moves to a Bear shifter town to live her in now deceased grandfathers home. On the first day she finds a bear cub shifter in her pantry and when she meets his belligerent and violent uncle she decides she’s not giving him back. The Sheriff, and Itan of the Bear clan has something to say about that but he’s almost more interested in the woman as she’s his. The story is about Mia’s resistance to Ty as she thinks it’s just chemical and not love, and the fight with the Uncle and therefore another Itan over the keeping of the bear cub, Parker. It was a fun, cute book and I really liked it. 3.75 out of 5

Last for the week was Lord of the Rakes by Darcie Wilde. Sheltered and practically imprisoned all her life, Lady Caroline finds out that her deceased mother left her money that is all hers – money her brother can’t touch – which means she’s now free. She heads to London with the plan to be in her best friends wedding then move to the Continent but she soon meets Phillip and her plans go awry. I’ll give you my thoughts on this one later this week when I post my review. 4 out of 5 

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Hope Flames by Jaci Burton
Torn by Kim Karr
The Billionaire Banker and Forty 2 Days by Georgia Le Carre
Guilty as Sin by Jami Alden

Happy Reading!

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