Series: Abandon #2
on October 27, 2015
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A heart-wrenching breakup, an accident… a loss.
Stretching out my right hand, I am reminded of the worst year of my life and all the dreams that faded in one awful weekend.
For six months I was numb.
And then I met a man.
An intense, complex, emotion extracting, sinful man. If there's one thing I notice it’s the piercing gaze he is giving me. So piercing because of Golden Eyes.
But what my heart doesn’t know…is he here to save me or is he the one who needs saving?
I absolutely loved this book, loved it! This is a beautiful, amazing love story. One that will stay with me forever. I’m admittedly a Jeannine Colette fan, love her books and love her, she’s awesome. I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this book and felt more than honored. Yet Jeannine asked me to be honest, so I’m being honest. The book is awesome, everything I expected from Asher’s story and then some.
Like most other fans of Pure Abandon (Jeannine’s first book, which I loved), I fell in love with Alexander Asher and was rooting hard for him and Kathryn to end up together. Yes, Jeannine’s writing is so good I was rooting for the lover. Anyway, little did I know when I read Pure Abandon that Alexander Asher’s story will end up being bigger and better. You definitely do not have to read Pure Abandon to completely enjoy this book, but you totally should because is really good!
So, Reckless Abandon, what can I say. This book grabs you from the first page of the prologue. The story follows the heroine Emma Paige and her sister Leah on vacation in Capri, Italy. Emma has had a really bad year, really bad, full of loss and regret. She has lost someone very dear to her, ended a long term relationship and also lost her livelihood and career. Her family is extremely worried about her well-being and her sister, who is awesome and hilarious, takes her on this vacation to cheer her up. Through a series of unfortunate but fortunate events, she meets Alexander Asher. Asher is gorgeous, mysterious and also damaged. He is also rich, very rich, but Emma has no idea who he really is. They instantly connect, they are both broken and damaged and share the same passion for music. They can’t stay away from each other, find each other’s company great for their healing process and the passion is off the charts.
The story is told in two parts, the first part in Capri, Italy and the second part of the story continues in New York City where Alexander/Asher lives and where Emma has recently moved to. Part of why I love Jeannine’s writing is because of her attention to detail, she has a great way of describing scenes and places without boring you to death, she makes you feel like you’re part of the story.
The story has some twists and turns, some minor angst, misunderstandings, hurt and lack of trust but the romance is swoony. Their courtship is amazing, the way serious topics are combined with humor is flawless. I loved all the symbolism of the roses, the music and the color yellow. I also loved the way music is such a big part of the story. But above all, I loved the characters. Emma is so precious, so brave and strong, my kind of heroine. She spoke her mind, opened her heart and loved this man that was so deserving of love. Which brings me to Asher. My beautiful, amazing Asher. He’s the stuff dream book boyfriends are made of, beautiful, amazing, sexy, super alpha male, simply swoon worthy. There were a few times, where I wanted to slap him, lol, but he redeems himself in the most awesome way. In the end, they both needed each other so much and they both deserved to be saved and loved. There is no doubt in my mind that Asher and Emma are just perfect for each other, perfect! I also loved the secondary characters, especially Emma’s sister Leah (with her Matthew McConaughey obsession) and her friends from work.
So, you must get this book now! Go get it! It’s awesome, it will leave you with the biggest grin in the world! It will keep you glued from the first page and will bring all the feels. All of them! Oh and I’m a sucker for epilogues and that epilogue was epic <3
I take her hands off my face and hold them in mine, up close to my heart. “A long time ago I asked you a question. When was the last time someone gave you a gift so monumental it made you cry? This is my gift. You have given me the greatest gift.” “What is that?” she asks. “Love. You gave me love.”
*ARC generously provided by the author and Wordsmith Publicity in exchange for an honest review*