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Published by Maverick Oak Press Genres: Contemporary Romance
Sebastian Montgomery rose from nothing to become one of the most powerful media moguls in the world. Yet beneath the seemingly perfect façade of his life, the past still haunts him. Because when he lost his parents in his teens, he also lost his faith in love. When he discovers Charlie Ballard and her incredible metal sculptures, he is awed, inspired—and he can’t help feeling things he swore never to let himself feel again. Soon, Sebastian wants not only Charlie’s art, he wants her as a woman, too. More than he’s ever wanted anything in his life. And what a Maverick wants, he always gets…
For Charlie, Sebastian offers the commission of a lifetime. Creating a magnificent sculpture for his new headquarters is a dream come true, but falling for the spellbinding billionaire isn’t part of the plan...until his luscious kisses entice her into total recklessness. He fascinates and captivates her, and as Charlie learns more about the dark depths of Sebastian’s past, all she wants is to heal him with her love. But can a man who has grown up thinking love is toxic ever believe that true love is real?
Reckless In Love (Maverick Billionaires #2)
Sebastian’s a control freak…with a big heart.
Every time I start a new read, I have one foot in my life (got to make sure the kids are doing their homework) and one foot in another world. Reckless In Love was a little hard to step into. She’s an artist…ha ha ha, in real life I struggle drawing stick figures. She has curly hair that escapes from its bounds…unfortunately my reality is dead straight hair that I have to coax life into. She’s an independent woman who doesn’t like to have things done for her…there is NO WAY in real life I would say no to someone offering to pay my bills, give me a car to use and free accommodation. Lastly, she’s a tomboy who wears overalls and steel cap boots…Ummm, Polyvore crowned me a Style Setter last week (and I am taking that title very seriously). Instead of being the star of Reckless In Love, I decided I’d be an observer. I’m sitting back in my comfy chair, popcorn in my lap and diet coke by my side.
At the conclusion of Breathless In Love (The Maverick Billionaires #1) we get a glimpse of where this story might be heading. Sebastian had seen a metal dragon sculpture and asked his art broker to find the creator. Charlie is the artist and he is keen to get her contracted to work for him in his new building. Charlie’s artwork called to him and he could see that her magic would fit his building perfectly. When Sebastian lays eyes on Charlie he is spellbound.
Charlie is a bit of a strange duck to me. She’s completely honest about her thoughts and feelings in one breath, but in the next she’s locking down her shields and giving the “everything’s OK” smile when it’s obviously (from an observer’s POV) not. When Charlie meets Sebastian she is a wee bit overwhelmed. The guy’s a friggin billionaire, hottie who thinks she’s a genius. She’s attracted to him alright, but what normal girl would expect someone like Sebastian to walk through her gate and fix all her problems.
The journey for Charlie and Sebastian is an interesting one. Instead of the cliché storyline we read with most billionaire heroes, we have two people whose main problem seems to be confidence. Charlie lacks confidence that she will be accepted junkyard art and all, while Sebastian’s low confidence seems to stem from his seeking unattainable perfection. This couple must learn to trust each other for their relationship to grow.
I did struggle at times with the couple’s problem solving solution…kiss, grind and pop buttons. The second half of Reckless In Love provided us with A LOT of sexy times. Some of it was off the charts HOT, while other times I wished they’d sorted their problems out first. Sebastian also seemed a little unreal to me, he does and says the right thing nearly every time.
So I watched it all play out and in some ways I wish I could have been Charlie. I wanted the glitter and night life with the billionaire who was able to pay for my every whim and treat me like a Princess. In other ways I was happy to not have to see my Mum suffer with debilitating and chronic pain like Charlie’s mum Francine. This completely safe (IMO) story kept my attention from the beginning to the end.
Later My Lovelies.
See you around 🙂