ARC Book Review: The Lovely Reckless

Posted October 3, 2016 by booksbeautyandcoffee in Book Reviews / 4 Comments

book review- the lovely reckless


ARC Book Review: The Lovely RecklessTitle: The Lovely Reckless
Author: Kami Garcia
Publisher: Imprint
Published: October 4th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Romance
Pages: 384

I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.

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 a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights 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?

This was provided for free by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion or the review to follow. 

My Review

I remember when I ‘wished’ for this on NetGalley, I never thought I would get it. Half the time when I wish for them, they’re never granted, and even if they are its too late and the book is either already out or I got an arc on a different site. But, this time it worked out perfectly. I just finished a fantasy series, and I was looking desperately for a cheesy contemporary novel to get me out of the oncoming reading slump I totally felt coming on.

Let me sum this book up in a gif:


I have to admit, this couple was kind of zero to one hundred. I’m not calling it officially insta lovey because the writing, for some magical reason, made me not really realize just how quickly everything was moving along relationship wise in this book. I don’t know how Kami Garcia did it, but she gets major props for it. I usually stray from contemporary solely because I’m not a fan of insta love, and this book just proved that the relationship can move fast, but not be the annoying insta love most people aren’t fond of.

Now, I know on Goodreads, back in April when I actually finished it, I said that if you liked the Perfect Chemistry series, this was totally the book for you. I 100% still stand by that statement, I was totally right. Not to brag or anything… But ya know, I was. I honestly think this book might be better than that series, solely for the fact that its not as blatantly insta lovey.

I know, how many more times can I fit the word insta love into this review, right?

I’m sorry, but I’m just real freaking excited that I actually loved a contemporary this much. It’s new for me; I’m freaking out.


Aside from my rightness and how cute the relationship was, the writing and plot line were just brilliant. I haven’t read a book that has the whole car racing aspect to it, but I have to admit, every scene of it in this book left me wanting more. I think this should definitely be a series.

*hint hint, wink wink, nudge nudge*

Overall, if you’re looking for that cute, dramatic romance that is made for getting you out of a reading slump, this is definitely the book I would recommend. It’s got the love, for sure, the drama from the street racing, and funny scenes thrown in throughout!

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!

  • I really enjoyed this one so much! I’ve been wanting to read an illegal YA racing book for a while. I read one on Wattpad that I absolutely loved and I keep re-reading it over the years. I’m so happy you liked this one so much!
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

    • Olivia

      It was such a good book! The last illegal YA racing story I read was on Wattpad too, but it was a Harry Styles fanfiction… No shame though, it was actually pretty good, hahaha.

  • The cover on this one is pretty!

    Also, I just noticed that you use little Pusheens in your ratings. I most definitely approve XD XD XD

    • Olivia

      I know, I love this cover so much, too!

      And I decided to use those like three years ago, and I just can’t stop, they’re so cute!