Title: Reckless (Renegades, #1)
Author: Skye Jordan
Publisher: Cygnet Books
Release Date: August 23, 2013
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Received from Publisher via NetGalley
A couture wedding dress designer to the rich and famous, Lexi LaCroix’s image means everything. But crossing paths with a sexier-than-sin, bad-boy biker makes Lexi realize how much living she’s sacrificed for her success and one touch is all it takes to threaten her carefully choreographed life. When that touch fills far more than just Lexi’s physical needs, she finds herself torn between the career she needs and the bad-boy she craves.
Jax Chamberlin gave up the superficial life of acting for the thrill of running his own stunt company years ago. But a recent betrayal proves he’s still too close to the limelight to find a woman who doesn’t plan to use him as a stepping-stone to success. When the charming and mysterious Lexi offers him a totally anonymous hook-up during an out of town trip, Jax accepts. Only Lexi is more sextacular than charming, and Jax wants more.
But Lexi’s got a major hang-up over his renegade lifestyle, and Jax isn’t willing to change his ways. Especially not when he discovers who she really is. Because if she finds out his connections could catapult her to the top of her career, he’s afraid the fantasy woman he’s falling for might just end up like all the other gold-diggers. And this time, it’s not just his bad-boy reputation at risk, but his heart, too.
I am very selective when it comes to reading erotic romances because I am incredibly picky with intimate scenes. I can be turned off on them really quickly with a few choice words or if the emotion just isn’t there. Because of this, I don’t usually seek out erotic romance books. However, Reckless by Skye Jordan has been talked about in the social media circles I am part of so I finally decided I liked the authors non-erotic books, why not try this one?
In the first book of Skye’s Renegades series, I was blown away. Blown away by the story telling and the depth of the book. I know, I shouldn’t think erotic romances are superficial, but I have read some that don’t develop the characters or the story and just have lots of sex. While Reckless does have a lot of passionate and sizzling hot intimate scenes, they are all very, very different and full of emotion. There is a lot of respect and love between Jax and Lexi (even if they don’t realize that it is love yet). The story itself and the character development are so damn good that you could take out several of the intimate scenes and it would still be just as awesome, though.
Jax and Lexi are two strangers that meet at an airport and start texting one another, with Jax not knowing what Lexi looks like. They get to know each other and decide to have a one night fling. Normally I hate these types of set ups. I just don’t agree with them in real life and always have 100 of things I want to warn the heroine before she does it. However, Skye is able to convince me that it can work. That two people can have a one night stand and turn it into true love.
The secondary characters including Wes, Tyler and Rubi were great fun to read about as well. I love the camaraderie between Tyler and Wes with Jax and the love and friendship between Rubi and Lexi is so solid and true. The setting for the story in LA and NY, including the Hollywood scene on sets, is such fun to read about. If you are looking for a hot, sexy, erotic romance that is full of great characters, dialogue and a solid story, I highly recommend you try Reckless.
Reviewed by: Amy Remus