Monday, October 5, 2015

Book Review: Reckless Hope (Letting Go #2) by J. Leigh

Reckless Hope (Letting Go, #2)
What's life without a little risk?

Or a lot of risk, if you're Sebastian Carlisle. He'll never live up to the legacy of his dead brother, so why try? Being the wild child in a family of stuck-up rich snobs suits him just fine.

Until he meets Micah Burke, and everything changes.

Micah's got too much going on for a relationship. Even if he could trust Sebastian, a distraction—a sexy, reckless distraction with a death wish—would only derail his carefully scheduled life. If it were just Micah, maybe that would be fine, but his mother and sister depend on him, and he can't let them down. Or at least that's what he tells himself.

A hot moment leads to a hot night leads to a connection neither of them are ready for. And when a crisis hits Micah's family hard, Sebastian will have to shed his bad-boy image and decide whether he can be the man Micah needs—and Micah needs to decide whether he'll let him.

Todd's rating:

I completely loved, loved, LOVED this story.

Nursing student Micah has been acting as the adult in his family since his alcoholic parents were in a drunk driving accident, which killed his father, leaving him to care for his younger sister and now-quadriplegic mother.

But Micah allows himself to put aside his two jobs and responsibilities once a month to go dancing to release his stress (and possibly hook up,) which is how he meets a handsome and rich playboy named Sebastian.

But their dancing at the club is cut short, when his mother calls to say that his little sister has been arrested. Then, through a twist of fate, Micah later runs into Sebastian again. In the same jail cell as his sister.

Their paths continue to cross, but Micah has put Sebastian firmly in his "no fly zone," due to the drinking and driving that landed Sebastian in jail the night of their first meeting. That's the last thing he wants or needs in his already-complicated life.

The cat and mouse action in this book was so much fun to witness, as Sebastian continues to find ways to worm his way into Sebastian's controlled existence.

Micah finally agrees to a "friends with benefits" arrangement with Sebastian, which is then tested when family emergencies force Micah to rely on his 'unreliable' lover.

I loved seeing Sebastian prove to Micah that he was capable of being 'more' than what had been expected of him in the past, becoming a stabilizing force and easing Micah's considerable burden, when the exact opposite was the most likely outcome.

This was a fairly sexy and hot read, when Micah would allow himself to be distracted and there were plenty of genuine 'feels' as well.

If you've read the first book in the Letting Go series, this book is completely unrelated, so both can be read as standalones.

Book 2 was definitely another worthwhile read and a nice addition to the Letting Go series, so kudos to Ms. Bailey for another job well done.

I highly recommend both books in this series, with "Reckless Hope" clocking in at 4.25 *regaining-control-of-your-life* stars for this very entertaining read.

My copy of the book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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