Synopses & Reviews
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia, a contemporary romance full of loss, love and redemption…
Seventeen year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to public school in the Downs, where fistfights in the halls don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.
Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him…and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?
Your own heart will race with each page turn of this heart-stopping star-crossed love story.
Frankie Devereux is plagued by PTSD after witnessing the fatal beating of her lacrosse captain boyfriend but the details of Noah’s death are foggy. After a DUI jeopardizes her Ivy League future Frankie moves from her upper class Maryland neighborhood of the Heights to the grittier Downs with her father an undercover cop. She immediately falls for the first bad boy she sees an inked up brawler and the story leaps headfirst into their melodramatic love story as Frankie swiftly trades her obsession with finding Noah’s killer for her infatuation with the smoldering Marco. Garcia (Unbreakable) gives her characters enough backstory to make them three dimensional and themes of class struggle are threaded throughout the novel but the narrative is so clouded by Frankie’s yearning that other characters relationships and plotlines seem to fall away as the story careens toward a too neat finale. Overblown dialogue including trite warnings from Marco that he is no good and cheesy promises that their love is “the always kind” further weakens an exciting but overly formulaic romance. Ages 15–up. Agent: Jodi Reamer Writers House. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"With a feisty heroine, an irresistible bad boy, and an attraction so sizzling the words practically burn up the page, The Lovely Reckless is an insanely addictive, sexy, rush of a read you’ll return to again and again!" Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Immortals series
"The Lovely Reckless has everything I hope for in a book. Packed with the perfect blend of suspense, drama, romance, and heart, Kami Garcia has truly topped herself." Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Hopeless
"Sexy, fast-paced, and action-packed—this is Kami Garcia like you’ve never seen her before." Tahereh Mafi, New York Times–bestselling author of Shatter Me
"Kami Garcia turns up the heat with The Lovely Reckless! The Fast and the Furious meets Romeo and Juliet, with a romance guaranteed to get your pulse racing." Carrie Ryan, New York Times–bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth
About the Author
Kami Garcia is a #1 New York Times bestselling and Bram Stoker–nominated author and the coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures novels. Her solo series, the Legion, includes the instant New York Times bestseller Unbreakable and its sequel, Unmarked.
Kami was a teacher for seventeen years and coauthored her first novel on a dare from seven of her students. If she isn’t busy watching Supernatural, Kami can teach you how to escape from a pair of handcuffs or bake a Coca-Cola cake. She has never raced a car, but there is still time. Kami lives in Maryland with her family and their dogs, Spike and Oz.