Friday, April 7, 2017

Book Review: Reckless Hearts (Reckless Hearts #1) by Heather Van Fleet

Between boot camp and two TOD’s in Iraq, my buddies Max, Gavin and me have been through some serious hell. So the last thing I ever expected was to find the biggest challenge of my life back home.

My girlfriend died. I couldn’t even attend her funeral, let alone tell her goodbye or that I’m sorry I wasn’t there like I should’ve been.

But she left me a gift. The best and scariest one I could’ve ever asked for. One I didn’t think I could handle…until the day I saw her tiny blues looking up at me in that airport. Chloe.

Now here I am, raising my baby girl—with the help of my two best friends. Things couldn’t be better. Until she walked into my life.

All I wanted was a nanny. Someone to take care of my girl when I couldn’t. What I didn’t count on was Addison, the brown-eyed temptress with a body of sin, and everything I didn’t need, but suddenly wanted.

This was the first book I've read by Heather Van Fleet and I don't know if it will be the last. This book was ... okay ... it didn't blow my skirt up but it kept my attention for the most part. 

I think that my biggest beef with this one was how damn cheesy I thought that it was. There was an abundance of eye rolling going on on my part when I was blowing through this one. And it wasn't just a couple of times. This started at the beginning of the book and went straight through to the end. So I guess it's a good thing that it's so consistent? I don't know. It also wasn't just either words OR actions. It was both. From both main characters but mostly from Collin. He's this single father veteran and he is corny as hell. It made it difficult to take him seriously with what he was thinking and saying. He's the kind of guy that would try to pick up a chick at the bar with, "Do you have a map? Because I'm getting lost in your eyes." Gag me. 

While Collin is described as a cute guy, these kinds of words and actions instantly make him a freaking weirdo. Then that makes it difficult to see what Addison sees in this apparently desperate loser. Why should I root for Addison to like this dude when I can't stand him myself?

It wasn't a BAD book ... the premise was interesting ... Collin and his two buddies raising Collin's daughter but the cliche way in which he acted and talked just totally tanked the book for me. Not to mention how the book completely missed its natural ending about 5 times, in my opinion. It could have had a super clean ending 50-75 pages sooner but these new conflicts kept conveniently popping up and then the characters would have to work through that crap. I'm telling you, this author could have made a ten book series just out of Collin and Addison. It is what it is. Not my favorite for the year but not the worst either. 

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review *

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