The Lovely Reckless
By: Kami Garcia
Release Date: October 4th 2016
Format: Print ARC
I DNFed at 64%
I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.
Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.
Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?
The Lovely Reckless started out strongly for me-the writing was absorbing and it didn’t take me long to get invested in the story line. I felt for Frankie and for all she had lost and I understood her motivations (though I didn’t always agree with them). It frustrated me the way her parents treated her and her coping with the loss of her boyfriend. I felt this was a tad unrealistic (I hope) but it set the story up well for Marco to enter into her life.
I expected to really get behind the romance in this book and have all the stomach fluttering but sadly this was not the case. I never really felt the chemistry between these two characters. Honestly the more I read the less I liked them together. At first I got a Dirty Dancing vibe from them but this slowly dissipated and left me feeling sort of bleh about them. Once I stopped caring so much about this relationship’s outcome I started feeling the book drag and I honestly DNFed because I was bored.
I will be the first to admit that I am not typically a fan of issue books or contemporary so that could possibly be why this didn’t work for me. I had hoped for a book where the romance would move me and sadly that did not happen.