*may contain spoilers to book #1 Ten Days of Perfect*
Andrea Randall has done it again. While reading Reckless Abandon, I fell in love with Bo Cavanaugh all over again.
Ten Days of Perfect left us with the mother of all cliffhangers. So needless, to say that I was eagerly anticipating this follow up would be an understatement. RA picks up where Ten Days left off… Ember with a broken heart. An otherwise strong, independent and quick mouthed November Blue is left feeling betrayed and broken. She questions everything she felt and everything she poured into loving Bo… But a connection like theirs couldn’t possibly be built on the deception. There has to be something real, something viable and worth saving right?
I really enjoy how Andrea Randall makes this more than a romance novel. Her twists and surprises always leave you guessing. Just when you think you have something figured out she changes up the game plan. There was definitely a scene this time around where my jaw dropped. I was not expecting it at all. Enough said. Go read to find out what.
Randall has this talent for creating characters who will be who and what the individual reader chooses. In other words, they aren’t some cookie cutter clone seen so many times in other books. Speaking of characters… BO!!!! — sorry I think I’ve collected myself enough to continue. I’m not just talking the male characters, although for the love of all things panty melting, her book men have it going on!
The women in this series are bold, strong and independent. Yet they aren’t intimidating or stone cold. Their hearts are vulnerable, they are loyal with a passion, and they love deeply and intensely. Although she was anything but nice, Ainsley’s character exhibits a vulnerability and insecurity that resides just a little in all women. She is like that bit of conscience that sits on your shoulder and whispers in your ear, that you might not be good enough. She’s the one that makes you second guess it all. The more involved presence of Bo’s sister, Rae further embraced the notion of strong women that can carry a story. The women of the November Blue Series strengthen the idea that Randall writes more than just romance.
I might be lynched if I did not mention the guys of the series. And lets face it, they are so worth mentioning.
Adrian Turner turns on the charm and the schmexy in this installment of the series. He radiates confidence in the office and in the bed 😉 . He understands Ember and their past makes their present seamless. Underneath all that man is a heart that wants to love with all the passion and focus that he has poured into his career.
Regan– I absolutely love his character. He is laid back, musically gifted and has a heart of pure intention. I found his character balanced the intensity of Adrian and Bo. I’m hoping he may get his own story by the lovely Ms. Randall.
BO!!!!!!! — I can’t help but scream his name. 😉 Bo is a man’s man. His intensity set with all his gorgeousness would make any woman weak in the knees. In Reckless Abandon, you get to see a part of him that he so carefully tried to mask in Ten Days of Perfect. You need to read the story to understand and feel the character of Bo so I’m leaving you all with just a tease of who he is.
Andrea Randall does a fabulous job of creating characters that easily and fluidly carry the story; not the other way around. You never have the thought of why is this character here or what is the connection. The dynamics and inter connections are completely believable and relatable.
Reckless Abandon was very well thought out, leaving room for another book without a giant cliffhanger. You certainly are left with the feeling of ‘give me more.’ I also love that Randall developed a story that isn’t over the top. So although you read to escape the daily grind, you aren’t rolling your eyes and thinking ‘as if’. Rather, you are becoming more immersed and more invested in the story because you sit back and are thinking, ‘that just happened to a friend of mine’. Or ‘I completely understand how this character is feeling.’
Want a witty, saucy read? Andrea Randall gives it to us in Reckless Abandon. There is a bit of everything… Suspense, angst, love and fun. Oh and BO!!!!!!!! D 5/5