Author: Lex Martin
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 20, 2018
For the record, I’m not going to hook up with my boss.
I'm a lot of things—a screwup, a basket case, a flunky. But when I take a nanny job to be near my pregnant sister, I swear to myself I’ll walk the straight and narrow, which means I cannot fall for my insanely hot boss.
I don't want to be tempted by that rugged rancher. By his chiseled muscles or southern charm or the way he snuggles his kids at bedtime. Ethan Carter won't get the key to my heart, no matter how much I want him.
Between us, she's the last thing I need as I finalize my hellish divorce.
What sane man trying to rebuild his life wants a hot nanny with long, sexy hair, curves for miles, and a smart mouth? A perfectly kissable, pouty mouth that I shouldn't notice.
My focus is on my kids and my ranch, not the insufferable siren who sleeps in the room next to mine. It doesn't matter that she wins over my kids in a heartbeat or runs my life better than I do. Tori Duran is the one woman I can't have and shouldn't want, no matter how much I crave her.
With Shameless being on the shelf of my “Top Reads Ever” I was highly anticipating this book and it definitely met all my expectations. I have come to know that anything Lex publishes will be amongst my favorite reads and top recommendations.
This story is so full of emotions. Ethan is a single dad, overwhelmed by the demands of his ranch, raising kids, finances, and lack of time to stop and catch his breath.
Tori is in need of a fresh start, not feeling the love or approval from her parents, and trying to move forward from the horrible end of a relationship. Her very pregnant sister (our heroine from Shameless) has convinced her to take the nanny position at Ethan’s ranch, which is very close to where she lives.
The story is kind of like a hate-to-friends-to-lovers, as they don’t get off on the right foot when they meet. Tori’s sassy mouth and Ethan’s chip on his shoulder don’t bode well in the beginning. Her hesitancy to take the position as his nanny jeeps her guarded and unsure about staying with the job. She outdoes herself with good, hard work, as she battles her insecurities. When Ethan begins to notice Tori’s work ethic, love and care for his kids, and her initiative to make sure he is taken care of as well, he begins to warm to her, snark and all. His need for companionship wins out and they start a routine of watching baseball and hanging out after the kids are asleep at night.
But what happens when the vindictive and nasty soon-to-be ex-wife tears her ugly head? What about that awful ex of Tori’s and how badly he humiliated her? See what happens when the past collides with the present!
reviewed by Sweet Spot Sisterhood
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Something you didn't know about Lex Martin:
- Spiders are not her friends.
- She will incorporate real life in her books.
- She isn't nearly as violent as I would like her to be.
- She seems to have the best parenting advice ever. Seriously, take notes.
- She is very conscious of animals and ways to help them. Save a horse...
- She will make sure you never look at tacos the same way again.
- She will make sure you will never think of happy places again with out snorting out loud and crumbling in a fit of giggles.
- She makes "special holiday memories" epic.
- She will remind you of the innocence of children.
- She has a new word you will attempt to use daily with your friends. It's versatile and very effective at getting the point across.
- She will offer up phrases that may or may not be new but will have an entirely different meaning when she's done. (Think trains...)
- She will teach you the definition of a total badass.
- She will show you family.
- She will get you to believe in fairytales.
I would like to take a moment to swing back to the tacos and laugh my ass off. Just give me a few lines here.
I can't actually prove any of that without you reading Reckless. I will guarantee uncomfortable conversations, awkward as Hell, inappropriate fun. I can promise that without a doubt you will highlight at least 2 of the lines I did to toss at your friends when they read it. (If none of your friends are that cool, PM me, Lex Martin, or hit up Leslie McAdam. She is in the acknowledgements twice. She needs to earn that shit. Lol)
Reckless is tied to Shameless. You do not have to read it first but if you read this review and believe any part of it- believe this. You will enjoy it more knowing the family and dynamics. Reckless is everything you need in a romance. a sassy sweet heroine with a past she'd rather avoid and a gorgeous man she can't seem to...
Reckless is how you will feel reading this book. you will find yourself barreling through the book in hopes to get to that next line so darn much.
Needing to know everything, control everything, and be everything, is killing Ethan.
Life is dragging them both down. Who/what will lift them up?
It's sweet, sexy, and sassy. (There's a steamy scene in a vehicle once or twice that may cause temperatures to rise.) In short, Reckless is everything you need in your life.
Reviewed for Sweet Spot Sisterhood
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I’m a real sucker for single parent books and this one is different in that the father is the primary caregiver so it gives a different perspective on that genre.
Tori is a young woman who is kind of the black sheep of the family she decides to take a job to live nearer her sister. Ethan is a single dad going through a divorce, he’s trying to juggle work and care for his kids and is failing so he’s coerced into getting help.
Tori has a quirky personality which just endeared her to me more. She’s funny and outspoken she may not realise it but she’s exactly what the family needs, Tori is a naturally nurturing person.
I enjoyed the relationship between Tori and the children and Ethan it built slowly and at a natural pace. The banter between them made me smile and the chemistry jumps from the page. There is family drama I know divorce is never easy and this is dealt with sensitively.
reviewed by Sweet Spot Sisterhood
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Shameless is a standalone featuring a different couple
Lex writes contemporary romance, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she's not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she's lived all over the country but currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and twin daughters.