Title: Reckless [Goodreads][Amazon]
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: March 5, 2013
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One Line: I can finally say this is a series I thoroughly enjoyed and this book was an excellent conclusion to a memorable story.
Can love survive when life gets Reckless?
When the band hits it big, Kiera and Kellan must ask themselves: Can their love for each other survive the constant pressures of superstardom? The friendships they’ve formed, the new family they’ve found, and the history they’ve forged will all play a part in helping them navigate the turbulent waters of the band’s exploding popularity. A greedy executive hell-bent on success, a declining pop star looking for an edge, and a media circus that twists lies into truths are just some of the obstacles the lovers will have to overcome if they are going to remain together. Fame comes with a price-but will it cost Kiera and Kellan everything?
Well, I had my doubts, seriously I did, but I can finally say with confidence and pride, that I finally like and respect Kiera. SHOCK!!! Going into Reckless, I didn’t know how Stephens could create a story that would keep me as enthralled as with Thoughtless (despite the despicable female lead), but she wowed me by filling this book with some truly memorable moments, epic words and writing, and true character growth and development that rivals the best of them.
Yes, Kiera has finally redeemed herself in my eyes and transformed into such a respectable, trusting and trust-worthy woman. She done grew up! *FIST BUMP* I saw Kiera in a whole new light. She took Kellan’s new life in stride and even at the toughest of moments, she didn’t revert to a clingy, jealous, crazy, annoying, whiney baby and instead was a understanding, patient, encouraging, and caring woman. She put up with a few crazy things as Kellan rose to fame and even though I never worried that their relationship wouldn’t make it, I was worried she might make some dumb mistakes and screw things up herself. I feel like Stephens waited until this moment to show us just how great a character Kiera is. Yes, she still had her annoying moments, but not nearly at the level as Thoughtless or Effortless. It actually wasn’t even in the same stratosphere and her thoughts and feelings were actually justified and reasonable. The only thing that bugged me still, in general, was the repetitiveness. If you drill into my head one more time how much Kiera loves that damn tattoo or how hot she thinks Kellan is, I think I’ll throw a guitar at you. Besides that though, it was great!
And Kellan. Oh, sweet, loving, irresistible Kellan. Just when you think he can’t get more swoon-worthy, he just kept surprising me. His devotion, love, and determination has only shown through even more in this book and there isn’t anything I don’t love about him. I never questioned his love for Kiera, but it was definitely nice to see the ways he reassured her because, yes, she still needed reassurance every now and then, but thankfully, not in an annoying way like in the past. Kellan also developed here too, coming to terms with his family and learning how to handle all the fame and success of his career. You really can’t go wrong with Kellan Kyle and he really does steal the show. THere were times when that boy really made my heart wrench with his touching words and actions and times when he just swept me off my feet with his charm and romance. Sigh, love him!
I also loved seeing more of the secondary characters. I really love Anna and Griffin. They are hilarious and their relationship is too crazy. I was actually surprised to see that Denny still played an important role until the very end of this series, but I really liked it. He really is a great guy and his relationship with Kellan and Kiera is always going to be a memorable one. You can’t change the past, but how they all changed and treated each other afterwards is what counted.
I’d have to say nothing was as intense and riveting, drama and romance-wise, as the first book, but with Reckless, I really loved the plot progression, the characters (all of them, finally), the romance, and Stephens’ writing. It truly resonated with me and made me really enjoy and like this series, as a whole. This one is my favorite book of the series and even though I see the purpose of the other two to get these characters to where they are now, I still could’ve done with a bit less of an annoying Kiera in the first book, which is why that one isn’t my favorite. That ending was so perfect and touching, I was overcome with their emotions and truly felt for this crazy couple and their crazy friends. If you’re anything like me, and felt sickened with the first book, and blah about the second book, you’ll be happy to know that you’ll end up being really pleased with the last book. I think I’d actually recommend this series to people, although not too enthusiastically now!