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Kensington Worth had a vision for her senior year. It involved her best friends, her posh private school in downtown Chicago and time alone with her piano until her audition was perfected, a guaranteed ticket into the best music programs in the world.

Instead, a nightmare took over.

It didn’t happen all at once, but her life unraveled quickly—a tiny thread that evil somehow kept pulling until everything precious was taken from her. She was suddenly living miles away from her old life, trapped in an existence she didn’t choose—one determined to destroy her from the inside, leaving only hate and anger behind. It didn’t help that her neighbor, the one whose eyes held danger, was enjoying every second of her fall.

Owen Harper was trouble, his heart wild and his past the kind that’s spoken about in whispers. And somehow, his path was always intertwined with Kensington’s, every interaction crushing her, ruining her hope for any future better than her now. Sometimes, though, what everyone warns is trouble, is exactly what the heart needs. Owen Harper was consumed with darkness, and it held onto his soul for years. When Kensington looked at him, she saw a boy who’d gotten good at taking others down when they threatened his carefully balanced life. But the more she looked, the more she saw other things too—good things…things to admire.

Things…to love. Things that made her want to be reckless.

And those things…they were the scariest of all.

400 pages, Paperback

First published February 24, 2015

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Ginger Scott

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Ginger Scott is a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Amazon-bestselling author from Peoria, Arizona. She was also nominated for both the Goodreads Choice and Rita Awards. She is the author of several young and new adult romances, including recent bestsellers The Fuel Series, The Varsity Series, The Hard Count, A Boy Like You, A Girl Like Me, Cry Baby, This Is Falling and Wild Reckless.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger's other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. She has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for a hella long time. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

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5 stars!!!

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Ginger Scott, you have a new fan-girl in me! Wild Reckless was an audio book I picked up on a whim, and it completely overtook my life for two days. I couldn’t ‘read’, because all I wanted to do was listen to this story. Last year, I read a book by Ms Scott called The Hard Count and it blew me away. After reading this, I have to say Wild Reckless is by far my favorite Scott book. And I feel like I need to binge all of her other audio books asap!

Kensington Worth has just moved at the start of her senior year. A new school, and a totally different surrounding from her life in the city. Kensi is a pianist, and a very talented one at that. Music as always been her life. But after some personal things happen, her life is turned upside down.

Then there is Owen Harper, her neighbor. Everyone in town knows about the Harper family. Owen is nothing but trouble they say. And at first, Kensi would agree with that wholeheartedly. But then she gets to know Owen. See the real Owen. Owen’s life is not easy, and it never has been. He carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. His life is nothing like others think it is.
“I love you, but I will suffocate you. Drown you. Loving me...it will kill you.”

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“I think I need you to survive. I think I need you to love me, because that’s literally all I’ve got.”

Kensi and Owen. Sigh. Their relationship was so tumultuous at first. Everything between them started to change as Owen let Kensi in little by little. Let her see the real him. I loved Owen Harper so much. I went from him pissing me off, to me completely adoring him in a matter of chapters. My heart ached for him. No one his age should have to handle what he handles, go through what he’s been through. I admired his strength. I adored Kensi, too. They were both much older than their years. And even though everything about them being together was hard and didn’t always make sense, all I wanted was for them to be together. For Owen to have something good in his life.

Wild Reckless was not a light read. In fact, I would call it a very heavy, mature YA read. It had a lot of hard to read topics… suicide, mental illness, addiction, cheating, etc. There were moments I was reading and my heart was just shredded. But it also showed just how strong love is. How someone loving you that much and being that devoted to you can truly overcome any obstacle.

This book was amazing. Truly incredible. It was not an easy read, but it was a powerful one. I loved it so hard and can’t wait to read the next book in this series, about Owen’s younger brother Andrew! If you’re like me and waited for the longest time to read this book, definitely put it on the top of your TBR.
“I love him.
I want him.
I need him.
I breathe him.”

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474 reviews385 followers
March 24, 2015
**** 4,5 stars ****

It's no secret that I adore Ginger Scott, she is just the perfect story teller. And once again, she delivered wonderful coming out of age novel. But not only she wrote a great story, but also created fantastic characters. I can say without a doubt that Owen here is my favourite of all her heroes by far.

Kensi is the new girl in a small town called Woodstock, she has recently moved from Chicago, she misses her friends, her piano teacher and her old school. She is miserable but tries to adjust to new environment anyway. She makes new friends and meets her new neighbour Owen. Owen is a hottie, but oh man, that boy is trouble with the big T. He is popular basketball player, high school manwhore and total jackass to that. And somehow, he decides to not make her beginnings in Woodstock easy.

Owen is a bad boy, he lives wild and seeks danger for fun, using it as a coping mechanism. He treats Kensi badly and teases her unmercifully. Kensi is not that afraid of him though, she challenges him but is not prepared for the things he is capable of. Since they are neighbours and go to the same school, spending time together is inevitable. And what started as a hostile relationship, transforms into friendship and then into a beautiful love story.

It seems that nothing happens without a reason and that maybe, they were meant to meet each other.
Maybe, Kensi is the one to break Owen's walls and finally give him some happiness in life. She was definitely strong enough to do that, she didn't take bullshit from anyone and knew how to fight for what she wanted, even when her own family life came crashing down.
Maybe, Owen is the one to encourage her to take a risk and start achieving her dreams, instead of her father's.
Maybe, they are both lost and need each other to find themselves again.

I truly hated Owen at the beginning, but while the story progresses and you get to see that this bad boy thing is only a facade you can't just not fall for him with every next page. Because this bad boy is actually smart, hardworking and a good guy with an even bigger heart, who puts everyone first, whose sense of duty is rare for a boy his age. I assure you, once you discover his hidden personality, you will fall head over heels for him.

This book is rather on YA side but had some sexy moments regardless. I will just say that Kensi and Owen's intimacy scenes made me feel goosebumps everywhere. It was sweet and innocent but also hot and steamy.

Overall, it was a very well written, emotional and beautiful story about love, friendship, family and chasing your dreams. Highly Recommended!

"Just then, I realize, he's not really wild at all. He's heartbroken. And maybe I don't hate him as much as I thought I did."

"I love you... but I will suffocate you. Drown you. Loving me... it will kill you."

- "I love you, and I'm not afraid to love you."
- "I shouldn't let you. But I don't care Kensi. Because I think I need you to survive. I think I need you to love me, because that's literally all I've got."

"Losing you, the thought that I could love you and lose you too - that scared me - so I figured what was the point if it was all going too just end up hurting me in the end. And then I realized how much it hurt to give you up."

And if you need further encouragement to read it, here's the beautiful trailer to check out:

Wild Reckless

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632 reviews2,667 followers
March 15, 2015
4.5 stars!!


What a ground-breaking YA romance! I was always under the impression that sweet and sappy was this author’s forte, but she’s really deviated this time and written a dark and angsty romance that left me gasping for air by the time I finished. Very few books have left me this breathless and have made my heart ache so badly, and since I normally don’t do well with stories that have tons of angst, this book really surprised me. The characters were frustratingly endearing, the type where no matter what mistakes or bad choices they made, I loved them through it all. The romance was shaky and borderline toxic, but I nevertheless wanted them to be together. The plot was dark and heavy, balanced by the rare fun and sweet moments, and the entire story had my attention in a vice grip – I couldn’t look away even if I wanted to. This book is one of my top favorites of the year for sure!

Forced to relocate to another town with her family, the heroine Kensington ‘Kensi’ is miserable. She has to give up her best friends, her hometown, her school, her secret piano lessons, all because of a deadly betrayal that threatens to tear apart her family. While getting settled into her new neighborhood, she runs into her neighbor – the hero Owen – several times and each encounter with him leaves her less-than-impressed: he either mocks her or is cruel to her for no reason. It isn’t until her first day of school where she finds out that Owen Harper is wild and reckless, just like the other Harper boys.


The Harper family – especially Owen – acts the way they do for good reason though. At a young age, Owen witnessed his father’s suicide a foot away and with a druggie, unstable older brother, the Harper boys are looked down upon in town and considered to be crazy. And while at first Kensi and Owen have this animosity towards each other, their paths cross in more than one way, and they soon find out they have more in common than they think they do. Beneath Owen’s charismatic bad boy image and Kensi’s calm, collected good girl façade, they’re both seriously broken and tortured individuals, each dealing with heartbreaking family drama along with self-discovery struggles. They’ve both seen each other at their lowest points and that sparks a common bond they share, melting away all the misunderstandings they harbored toward each other and bad first impressions.


I do have to warn you though – this book tackles extremely sensitive topics like suicide, addiction, infidelity, etc…and it definitely added a melancholic sorrow to the story. The characters (especially Owen) made really bad choices and I admit, I was really mad. Their actions can’t be justified but I did understand why they did what they did with their sad home life and upbringing and the prejudices of others. As much as Owen tried to push and put down Kensi, she never gave an inch and was there for him. She challenged him. The push/pull was exasperating and I thought my heart wouldn’t be able to take it but it’s also a dynamic that worked well for me and gave rise to this all-consuming, passionate love Kensi and Owen shared, and that is what I’ve been craving in my romance books. Throughout all their tribulations and anguish, the love they had for each other never wavered and so I was wholeheartedly invested in the romance.

The only problem I had with the book was that the first quarter was sort of all over the place. Owen picks on Kensi for some arbitrary reason, Kensi moves to a new town for unknown reasons…there were just so many things happening that I needed answers to be revealed a little bit earlier so I could get what was going on. But after the first 25% when secrets were finally out in the open, I started to really settle into the story and the rest of the book flew by fast.

I had to think about my rating a little. My gut instinct was to go with a 4-4.5 star rating but after a night’s sleep and re-reading some parts, I had to bump it up to 4.5 stars. This story left a deep mark on me, and it’s a book I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. Plus, it gave my heart such a workout and made me feel so many emotions I can’t give it any less. Lately, not many books can evoke such strong feelings from me where I have to catch my breath by the end. So while I did have a few issues with the beginning of the story, they’re nothing compared to the immense love I have for these characters and the romance. Heart over mind this time, so I can’t give it less than 4.5 stars. My heart won’t allow it.


Wild Reckless is a mature YA romance standalone unrelated to this author’s other books. I wouldn’t mind if this became a series though – would love to read more about the wild Harper boys ;)

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629 reviews1,279 followers
March 20, 2015

When Kensington “Kensi” Worth is forced to move to a small town for her senior year of high school, she isn't happy. And things just get worse when she meets her infuriatingly good looking neighbor, Owen Harper, a trouble maker who also happens to be a bit of an asshole. These two do not get off to a good start, and in spite of their confrontational relationship, Kensi finds herself fascinated Owen.

"Haven't you heard Kensi? We're all fucking nuts. Harper boys are all fucked up in the head."

When Kensi discovers the truth about why her family moved, she finds herself finding support in the last place she expected. Maybe there's more to Owen Harper than a teasing smirk and the rumors that seem to follow him. As these two begin to grow closer friendship develops into love.

Truth is, Owen Harper shot me through the heart that day he pointed his finger at me and pulled the trigger. I fell for him then, and I’ve been falling every day since. All I wanted was for him to catch me. And he did.

These two don't have an easy go, Owen has a lot of issues he has to work through, so you get a little push and pull action. Wild Reckless is a great NA romance, there's angst, sweetness and some deeply emotional moments. Overall, I enjoyed this story about falling in love and dealing with real life issues.
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954 reviews1,231 followers
February 27, 2015
**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

4.5 stars

Title: Wild Reckless
Series: Standalone
Author: Ginger Scott
Release date: March 17, 2015
Rating: 4.5 stars
Cliffhanger: No

After reading and enjoying Ginger Scott's Falling Series, a wonderfully written New Adult series, I decided to give her new release a try regardless of the fact that I'm not the biggest fan of the Young Adult sub-genre. High School is not a place I care to revisit, especially when the characters make me want to bash them over the head with their immaturity. I find that my patience for characters' childish behavior has dwindled over the years. But I was definitely willing to make an exception for this author. I took the leap thinking that I'd be getting more of Ginger's fun and frothy reads with a little angst thrown in.

Boy was I wrong.

Kensington (Kens) has just moved from Chicago to a small town and the adjustment is not an easy one for her. She misses her friends, her music teacher, and she's not ready to settle in the middle of nowhere. She's a piano prodigy and though her father doesn't allow her to explore the jazz and blues she loves, she lives and breathes playing-it fills every part of her.

She soon discovers she has a boy living next door that is nothing like any stereotypical boy-next-door you've ever seen. He's the school basketball star and resident manwhore. He's also more than a little scary. He presents this emotionless shell and takes pleasure in making her angry. So why does she have this fascination with him that won't quit? She despises him and gravitates to him all at the same time. He's downright nasty towards her, and

I hated him.

I guarantee you will too.

This is a guy who cheats death, who actually seeks it out so he can laugh at that fine line-crossing it from time to time just to prove he can, other times, erasing it completely.

The prologue introduces you to the one day that changed the course of his life forever. It made a coldness seep into his eyes and a desire to taunt death in the face. And when Kens dares to challenge him and prod the sleeping beast, she has no idea what he's capable of. He sees a crack in her existence, and he shatters everything without a second thought.

The only time I've seen Owen smile was when he was teasing me-and when he delivered the news that ruined my world.

Now she's lost. And maybe they're lost together for a while. Because being near Kens is finally bringing some light into his dark world. And being near Owen is changing her into someone she doesn't recognize.

All they could do was grasp onto each other and hold tight, because if there's one thing that he's learned, is that all the wrongs in his life will not allow him a shred of happiness. Seriously, the weight that's on this boy's shoulders is painful to see.

His past. His present. His future.

He's speeding towards implosion. The only question, is when?

...I'm afraid I'm losing myself to danger-the worst kind, the kind that rules your heart. I'm falling for Owen Harper, and I'm afraid he's going to die.

After loathing Owen with a passion, getting a peek into the emotion that he's capable of with Kens you want to hate him but you just can't anymore. The way he slowly opens up to her and lets her see into his reality makes you hurt for him. And they had such an intensity between them at times, it was heart pounding.

Owen's eyes are closed, and his forehead is resting on mine, his thumbs still gently caressing my cheeks. "I..." he says, his breath stuttering, his lips quivering, his body relaxing into me. His head falls heavier into mine, and I can actually feel his entire body shaking.

With themes like suicide, mental illness, and addiction, it's no wonder I was a little shell shocked at the gravity that pulls you into these pages. And this book? Be prepared for a twist that you will not see coming. It's hard to surprise me anymore, but when the bomb dropped on Kens, I give the author props, because I was shocked.

If I had to come up with a similar reading experience, I would go with Shay Savage. If you're not familiar with her books, they're deeply emotional. Typically with a hero that is completely contemptible that you will absolutely hate at first glance. And that's what you get in Wild Reckless.

This book made me feel so many things, not all of them pretty. But I really think this is my favorite book from Ginger. It's a raw and powerful book about two young people who crash into each other and and their struggle for absolution and hope. It's not perfect, there were a few things that stopped me from giving the full five stars, but those are my own personal issues. I won't let that sway you in deciding to pick up this book. Maybe you'll love it, maybe you'll hate it, but this book will make you feel.


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March 17, 2015
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What a lovely story! From the first page I knew this book would be as fantastic as it ended up being!! I was hooked from the beginning and I couldn't put it down till the end! Ginger Scott has this way with her books like How We Deal with Gravity,She took me on a heartbreaking ride! You may think it's like the typical books you read about the bad boy and the naive girl but this book is even more.. This book is about family,love and believing in yourself and in your dreams.


Kensington has moved to a new small town with her parents. When she meets her new neighbor Owen,soon she finds out that this boy is a trouble..as everyone is talking about him.Is this true? Or is there more to the bad boy facad. When things sre bad for them they find comfort in each other. And soon they become friends..

Owen didn't impress me at the beginning. I found him disturbing and the way he treated Kensington was bad. But while reading this book and seeing his life and what he'd been going through, you finally understand him you will see what an amazing character he is! He works because he has to take care of his little brother and to help his mother. I melt for him so much and I love him!! Behind this bad boy is a smart, sweet, protective, sexy guy. But he needs his time..He doesn't open up easily. But with Kensington he feels different.

Kensington has her own problems too. But with her sweetness and strength she will be there for Owen and she will help him! I like how their relationship developed. It's sweet and beautiful. The way they both support and care for one another showed true love at its best! I can see what made Kensington love him! I fell in love with him too!!


The writing was incredible.And I love how the story developed! Ginger Scott has definitely captured me with her story! Such a sweet, heartbreaking story! I highly recommend it to everyone!!

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269 reviews665 followers
August 5, 2016
4.5 STARS! ★★★★☆

"And as much as I should be careful, I kind of want to be reckless."

So when I was told Ginger Scott is writing a dark and angsty book, I ran off to Amazon to make sure I had this one-clicked as the inner dark angst whore in me demands this to be read. And boy am I surprised because this author totally went out from her usual sugary sweet element and hit me in the head with this emotionally charged read.

Wild Reckless centers around Kensington “Kensi” Worth who just shifted from a big city into a rural suburban and resultantly, spending her senior year in a new school to her dismay. When she bumps into a new neighbour, Owen Harper who was anything but friendly towards her, little did she know that she was staying next door to the infamous Harper boys that have only been known to stir trouble.

What's interesting about this read is that the relationship between both MCs started off on the wrong foot and you won't find yourself swooning over Owen for the first portion of the book. He was that bad boy at school with the dark brooding intensity and giving out dangerous vibes to everyone. He was wild, reckless and enjoys the thrill by constantly living on the edge. I admired Kensi that she wasn't afraid to put up with Owen's taunts and at one point, even went on to challenge him.

But when a truth surfaces in Kensi's life that threatens to tear her family apart, she seeks solace in the most unlikely person and slowly realizes that there's more to Owen than meets the eye. Beneath that badboy facade lies a broken soul with a devastating past and as Kensi continues to breach the walls he'd put up, my heart began to ache for every moment I learnt more about Owen and what he's been going through. You can't help but fall in love with this boy as you watch him shoulder the responsibility for his family at such a young age. It gutted me to see how people judged him badly due to his family name but they never got to see the real Owen whose sense of maturity is far beyond his age.

This book really did a number on me as I found myself hit with a multitude of emotions ranging from soaring with joy to frustration to heartbreaking as I read on. Owen & Kensi's relationship was toxic in a way but you can't help but continue to root for them. If you're looking for the push/pull dynamic between the characters that would send your heart into a workout, trust me this one will do the trick. I found myself in tears at one point because I just desperately want things to get better between them. There were scenes that were gut-wrenching as the author tackles some sensitive subjects that made this read a gritty and emotional one.

Overall, Wild Reckless had a good combination of angst, emotionally-fueled scenes and well-developed characters that would make this an unforgettable read. It definitely dabbles on the darker end of the NA genre but I was really happy that Ginger Scott pulled it off. I did however struggled a little during the first portion of the read, unsure of the direction that the book was heading but as things slowly started coming to light, I was all in and my heart was plunged into an emotional turmoil.

Now my only request is that a sequel is written on Andrew because I found him to be such an endearing character and he deserves his own book! ♥

Wild Reckless is a standalone NA contemporary romance that gravitates towards the dark and angsty side of the NA genre.

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1,005 reviews800 followers
March 20, 2015

“I’m starting a war with a guy who doesn’t lose – a guy who doesn’t play by the rules. A guy who scares me, and who knows where I sleep at night.”

Kensi Worthington has just moved from the city and will spending her senior year attending a rural public school. This world is so much different from the one she left behind. She is a gifted pianist and was attending a private school in the city, with the wealthy and privileged. Kensi is very mature for her age, she is an only child and spent her life surrounded by adults for the most part.

Kensi finds her niche at her new school with the band geeks. Side note: I loved these characters. These group of friends added so much fun and youth to the story. That isn’t the only attention she is drawing though, her neighbor Owen Harper notices her too.

Owen is the town bad boy and star athlete, sounds pretty hot right? Well, he is, but there is so much more to Owen. Owen may have this reputation, but in the small town the one thing everyone knows about Owen is how crazy his dad was and how messed up Owen is after watching his dad commit suicide.

As I was saying, Owen is not your typical high school boy. My heart broke for Owen from the very beginning when I read the prologue. I can’t imagine what he experienced and then the guilt and sorrow he continued to live with. Owen was constantly struggling with wanting to forget, move on from his guilt and trying save the rest of his family. Then comes Kensi and she changes it all.

After the prologue I had an idea of how the story would play out, but Scott didn’t pulled out all the stops with this heartbreaking, beautiful story. I absolutely loved the struggles and development the characters underwent. I love how there was drama and angst without things being over the top. I love how Owen was able to save Kensi, too.

"And as much as I should be careful, I kind of want to be reckless."

I adored the connection between Owen and Kensi. These two young people genuinely cared about each other and were so mature in their feelings. I felt like their attributes matched their past and experiences. Their story wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. They didn't give up or jump to conclusions.

I highly recommend this sweet story. It was the perfect read for me. Yes, it was so sweet, but more than that it had tons of heart. I love books that make me feel and this one gave me lots of feels from the very start.

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

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664 reviews837 followers
March 16, 2015

Title: Wild Reckless
Series: Standalone
Author: Ginger Scott
Release date: 17th March, 2015
Rating: 4 "trigger finger" stars
Cliffhanger: No

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What I truly enjoyed most about reading this was how unexpected it was. Firstly, this is the first time I've read anything by Ginger Scott and if all her books are as wonderful as this, she’ll be a great addition to my go to Authors. Secondly, because of it’s Young Adult label, I had my preconceived notions as to what it would “feel” like. What I didn’t account for was the amount of heart it would also have, which is a good thing as it tore mine out in places.

Kensington “Kensi” Worth’s life has been uprooted, her family’s move from the city to a small town is a culture shock for her. What’s more shocking is who she discovers her new neighbour is. Bad boy from her new school and all round trouble maker, Owen Harper. Their relationship starts off on the wrong foot and further declines but even so Kensi is intrigued by him. As events in Kensi’s life turn a downward turn her unlikely support comes in the form of Owen and we see their relationship however conflicting it is, become a solace for them both.

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For me the beauty came from Owen and from the reviews I’ve read of this, I’m not alone in thinking this. Ginger created a character who was initially incredibly unlikable and turned him into one the reader has no choice but to respect and admire. He faces the stigma of having the last name Harper and even though he acted out in ways that are both Wild and Reckless, he has a maturity to him that far beyond his teenage years and has a sense of duty that is ingrained in him.

Truth is, Owen Harper shot me through the heart that day he pointed his finger at me and pulled the trigger. I fell for him then, and I’ve been falling every day since. All I wanted was for him to catch me. And he did.

From a greedy readers point of view, I would love to read Andrew's story. Just throwing it out there, Ginger...

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1,323 reviews85 followers
December 12, 2015
***4,5 heartbroken stars for the Harper boys***

This was my first book of Ginger Scott and i'm pretty sure that they will follow much more!!!
I loved the story even though in the most part of it, it was breaking my heart.

The two main heroes were such sweethearts but they were having lots of ugly shits in their backs to deal with... It was very difficult for me while i was watching them struggling with their lives and i admire the way that they were trying to save one another and return back to light from the darkness.

"I think I knew the first time I looked into his eyes that there was nothing normal about Owen Harper. But what scares me is I had this flash of an idea— a fleeting thought— that there was something special about him, too."

Well, Kensington and her parents were moving in a small town away from Chicago where they were leaving, away from her old school and her best-friends. She missed her old life and she don't like her new one at all.

And Owen Harper, the boy next door doesn't help her adjustment at all. He is mean and he is provoking her all the time, he is using the hoop outside her house to play basketball and he ruin her piano practice. He irritated her as hell and she doesn't know what to do with him.

Damn it!!! I'm on loss of words and i really don't know what i want to tell you about this story...

Well, i will try to make an effort...

Well... Kensington was a great pianist but her father was pressuring her very much. She wasn't aloud to have fun with her talent, only to study really hard.
It was really hard for her to settle down in this small town and the boy next door made her feel such a rush. He intrigues her very much, even though he was acting like a major a** provoking her all the time and in some point, she couldn't resist to answer him back, so it started a strange war between them.

A war that led her to discover that her life wasn't so quite and wonderfull as she thought!!! She found out the truth that was hidden from her and while she was accusing Owen about that, she wanted to feel wild and reckless as him, with him...

"I love him.
I want him.
I need him.
I breathe him.
Since the moment my eyes met Owen Harper’s, he has owned me, terrified me, consumed me, and I don’t even remember the girl I was before him any more."

Owen Harper had a very bad reputation in this town. The name Harper itself was bad news since his father was named "the crazy of the town" before he dies. Owen had witness his death and that fact left a mark inside of him.
There were so many rumors that they were following him and he didn't nothing not to fuel those rumors.

He was bad and reckless and he was looking death right through the eyes....
And then came Kensington and he changed everything he knew until then...
But could he drown her down with him when all that he had to offer her was hurting and pain????

“I love you, Kensi ,” he says, his lips grazing mine softly, before he pulls his mouth away again, leaving his head against mine. “I love you… but I will suffocate you. Drown you. Loving me… it will kill you.”

I won't lie to you... I liked Kensington very much, but i loved Owen more and deeply.
He was a misjudged character. Yep, he was appearing as the bad boy with the assholes ways but he was much more than that!!!

He was a loyal and respectfull person. He was taking care for his family with any cost and that was something that i admired very much.
But he was putting himself in the back seat and i didn't like it at all. He loved basketball and he was so clever but he was throwing everything away for his family...
He thought that he didn't deserve to be loved by anyone and Kensington show him what he could have if he let himself free to feel and to take.

He was breaking my heart...
All the shits that he had to go through was unbareable... and i really admire his courage. Because you need courage to live that kind of life and to fight for the things that he fought.

“I love you, and I’m not afraid to love you,” I say...
“I shouldn’t let you,” he says, his bottom lip held under his teeth, his breath a sharp intake. “But I don’t care, Kensi. Because I think I need you to survive. I think I need you to love me, because that’s literally all I’ve got.”

As for Kensington??? In the beginning i felt pity for her and that's because of her father's pressure on her. And then when her quiet life was shattered i felt... relief i think!!!
That betrayal hurt her very much but i think that it releashed her and her mother in a way!!!

I liked that she stood up to her father and she never backed out, not once.
I liked that she took her life in her own hands, but i didn't like that she was determined to abandon her charisma...
I also liked the way that she loved Owen and she stood by his side, even though she wanted to turn and run away!!!

I loved Owen and Kensington together. They were so good for each other...
I think that they were one another's salvation and they needed it!!!

“Truth is, Owen Harper shot me through the heart that day he pointed his finger at me and pulled the trigger. I fell for him then, and I’ve been falling every day since. All I wanted was for him to catch me.
And he did”

I don't know what else to say about this book!!!
The only think that i want to say is that this book is one of those books that everyone has to read!!!
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2,755 reviews1,471 followers
October 19, 2015
5 Owen has My Heart Stars

Wild Reckless is a standalone and is part of the Harper Boys series. Each book will be about a Harper brother.

Okay, so let me just get all the gushing out of the way. I super love Ginger Scott books. They always make me FEEL and I never know what kind of FEELINGS I am going to get. I can’t even describe to you in words on how much I LOVED this book.

I SUPER loved Wild Reckless. I smiled the ENTIRE time. Right when I finished, I wanted to read it again! You get the point?

The story starts out with a bang. It’s explosive and it sets the tone for the rest of the read. I was instantly HOOKED by page one.

Owen is a teenager and a senior in high school. He witnessed a traumatic event in the past and it has shaped the way he is now. He doesn’t follow rules, he doesn’t care for relationships and school is his last priority.

Kensington just moved into the small town where Owen lives. She’s a pianist and is a Daddy’s girl. She loves school and is looking to make friends. Little does she know, she moved next door to the town’s trouble maker, Owen.

I love Owen’s reaction to Kens when they first meet. He’s rude, indifferent and it makes me want him even more! Owen has a huge chip on his shoulder and no one is able to break it. Kens doesn’t want anything to do with Owen. She has heard enough rumors about him to know he’s not worth the effort.

I really enjoyed Owen being kind of aloof towards Kens. It added sweet tension and it kept me completely interested.

Owen isn’t a quiet next door and a tiny war is forged between the two main characters. The beginning is entirely cute and I love the banter between Owen and Kens. Owen has loud parties and plays basketball on her drive way. Kens can’t play her piano and wants Owen to leave her alone.

“Since the moment my eyes met Owen Harper’s, he has owned me, terrified me, consumed me, and I don’t even remember the girl I was before him any more.”

“I don’t hate Owen Harper. But I want him. Unlike I’ve ever wanted anyone.”

As Kens and Owen run into each other more, Kens realizes maybe the rumors about Owen are just rumors. Kens faces some family challenges as well and this kind of brings Owen and her closer. I like how Owen and Kens kind of find some common ground and even though they are two different people, they sort of just work. I can’t get enough of it.

I pretty much highlighted the entire story! Ginger has a way with words. It’s written so well and I loved the flow. It’s a one-sit-down kind of read. It was perfect to the last sentence.

“Truth is, Owen Harper shot me through the heart that day he pointed his finger at me and pulled the trigger.”

Wild Reckless (Harper Boys, #1) by Ginger Scott AMAZON
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1,042 reviews347 followers
April 20, 2015
4.5 recklessly Wild & Young Love Stars!

First time reading Ginger Scott and I am impressed! I love a young adult romance that is rough, edgy, age appropriate even when the subject matter spans way beyond the young lives it encompasses.

Wild Reckless is about Kensinton Worth, the new girl in town, musically talented, uprooted from the city to the middle of nowhere and Owen Harper, town bad boy, basketball phenom, existing in a family of heartbreak and strife.

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Neighbors...enemies perhaps. Kensi and Owen's first few encounters are not pretty...they are tense...anger? intrigue? What ever is happening, the connection will rock both fast and furiously

“Since the moment my eyes met Owen Harper’s, he has owned me, terrified me, consumed me, and I don’t even remember the girl I was before him any more.”

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“I’m starting a war with a guy who doesn’t lose – a guy who doesn’t play by the rules. A guy who scares me, and who knows where I sleep at night.”

This is one of those reads that you think is predictable but it just grabs you hard and keeps you rapt as each scene passes. Owen and Kensi seem worlds apart, but they are so similar. Both have experienced heartbreak and loss in their own ways. Both are so mature for their age...brought on by their family circumstances that force them to step up. While I was thinking this was going to be similar to "Bully," I was completely rocked by the truth behind the characters. I was in awe of Owen Harper and the "goodness" in him. The outer image the world saw was so wrong to the true self those close to him knew. Kensi saw the real Owen immediately and her need for him allowed the world to see the light thru his dark.

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Perhaps Owen is too good..."I love you… but I will suffocate you. Drown you. Loving me… it will kill you.” Completely gut wrenching to read two young souls who find their first love that feels like their only love. Circumstances and life keep throwing the bad at them...they continue to cling onto one another. Is Kense strong enough to stand strong for Owen? Will Owen sacrifice his chance at happiness for the love a girl who is everything to him?

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While this book is on the YA side, I found myself Loving every minute of it. I loved the writing and the flow. I loved the pure and realistic tone to the intimacy Ginger Scott gave to Kensi and Owen. It will not take long for a reader to fall hard for Owen Harper! I also love angst, and with the subjects of addiction, infidelity, suicide, mental health, well there is no shortage of strife. Kudos to Ginger scott for her handling of each subject with realism and tact. In the end I do believe, like Kensi, that Owen Harper made a mark in my heart.

“Truth is, Owen Harper shot me through the heart that day he pointed his finger at me and pulled the trigger. I fell for him then, and I’ve been falling every day since. All I wanted was for him to catch me. And he did”

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Here's hoping that this read gives someone the strength to accept help and to realize that there is light even in the darkest of times. Here is hoping that a reader will understand that sometimes it is ok to "want more."...perhaps they will get it!

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1,654 reviews986 followers
March 23, 2015
What an absolute beautiful story that is full of "Feels!!" This is my first time reading a book by Ginger Scott, and it most assuredly will not be the last! I can't urge readers enough, to bump this story up and give it a go. Yes, it is classified as a Young Adult book; but it did have a more mature feel to it. There are some heavy duty topics that are touched on between these pages. From mental illness,suicide, all of the way to addiction. It is a book that will make you feel all sorts of emotions, and not all of them being easy; but the journey is totally worth the destination...I promise you that!!!

Kensington Worth moves with her family to a small town, and begins a new chapter in her life. She is extremely gifted when it comes to playing the piano, and she does love it; however she has a lot of pressure from her father to play a certain kind of music. Her heart just isn't into what her dad wants, it is telling her to play Jazz instead of classical. She falls into a marching band in her new high school, and meets some new friends. The one that catches Kensi's eye the most though, is mysterious, bad boy; Owen Harper. Owen comes from a family who is known as the "Wild" family, and a family who most say stay away from. There are a ton of rumors floating around about Owen and his family and none of them are good. Kensi can't help but think that Owen is unfairly judged though. At first, when she finds out they live next door to her, she is frightened; but gradually she learns just what Owen is all about. There are certainly circumstances in Owen's life that one should fear, but there is mainly a young man who is harshly judged, and inside just so sad and full of fear about life. Will Kensi be able to break through Owen's walls, or is she playing with fire only to become burned in the end??

OMG! I am in love with Owen and Kensi's journey. It was not an easy one; but I do believe that sometimes the harder we have to work in life; the better the reward. This young couple go through their share of heartache, and my heart hurt for both of them through the struggles they had. What I loved though was how they ended up finding each other and learned to lean on one another for comfort and support. I can't stress enough though, that this was not a smooth road, and if you want a story that will make you feel, this is the one for you. It left me so fulfilled, even though there were times when all I felt was despair. The author did a beautiful job of writing a story that pulls you right into the world of these two, to the point where you are so emotionally invested you just can't put it down! It is getting harder to find books where I fall right into the story the way I did with "Wild Reckless" but I fell within the first few pages. It captivated my attention from beginning to end! I am so glad that I gave it a chance, and I can't recommend it enough to readers everywhere!!! A must read, and it will be on my list of 2015 favorites for sure!
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382 reviews168 followers
May 21, 2015
4-4.5 Ken Doll stars!

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" It's because the Harper brothers have wild hearts."

Moving away from the city, high school senior Kensington Worth, is leaving everything and everyone behind when her family decides to move to the small town of Woodstock. Her only stability is playing piano, which she loves and excels at. So far her new life is going better than expected...except for her new neighbor. The boy is a jerk to Kensi, and seems to like giving her hell.

Tragedy occurred in Owen Harpers life when he was 5 years old. Since it's a small town everyone knows about it, and it has greatly effected his and his family's life and status. He lives wild and reckless and doesn't seem to care.
Things start to change when a new girl moves in next door.

At first a friendship blooms and soon they find themselves surrounded with catastrophes and loss. The two form a bond and are able to find the support they so desperately need within one another.

Though Kensi is Owens rock (and vice versa), he still pushes her away in order to save himself from the inevitable heartbreak he is sure to endure. How will Kensi convince Owen that she won't leave him when things get tough?

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This was my first Ginger Scott experience, and it won't be my last. The lady has a talent for writing and digging up some major emotions through her plot and characters. I fell in love with the story and could really feel everything that was happening.

There were a couple of moments in this book, where I felt so much that I had to put it down and take a breather before I was able to continue. I was that emotionally invested with these characters. As mentioned in an update, there is a scene about halfway through were Owen faces his fears...and it totally gutted me. Even thinking about it now is bringing some tears to my eyes. His bravery, their actions, and his words during this was so emotionally powerful that I am still feeling the after effects.

I pretty much loved everything about this. The drama that happened was was done very realistically and didn't feel over the top. Not only did I love the MC's, but the side characters were endearing as well.

This may not seem fair, but the only reason I didn't give 5 stars, was purely personal. The book was amazing, but I tend to veer from the YA/NA genre. It's not so much that I can't relate, it's just not usually something I seek out to read.

Overall a beautiful story that brings out the feels. I would definitely recommend this heart warming/breaking read.
May 15, 2015
Kensington's (Kensi) parents have uprooted her from her home, her school and her piano instructor to a small town where she just happens to live next door to the town bad boy. He makes his presence known quite quickly and things get off to a rough start.

To tell you the truth, I couldn't believe that Owen was Kensington's love interest. He's just so mean to her and makes out with other girls in front of her. But we all know what that means...he's wounded and vulnerable and I loved how Kensi was able to figure that out.

There's a whole lotta drama in this story. I felt like they never got a break. From family problems to things they caused themselves, it was never ending.


Owen did grow on me...after all, I had to give him a chance after that awful prologue. I loved seeing who he was under that rough exterior and I especially loved how he let Kensi in.

There's a lot of great secondary characters from Owen's brother, Andrew, to Kensi's band mate, Willow. They definitely bring a lot to the story.

As I said, lots of drama...and it almost seems hopeless, so there's lots of angst and emotions all over the place. Yes, these two are in high school and for the most part, I didn't even notice but there times I certainly did.

The last chapter is the epilogue which occurs a year later. I was happy with the way things turned out. This was my first book by Ginger Scott and certainly won't be my last!


The Good Stuff:

Dual Pov's? No, just Kensi's. :(

Steam Factor? (Scale 1 - 5) About a 3...there is some but not very descriptive and the scenes are few.

Angst? (Scale 1 - 5) 4...there was lots of it!

Next book? Nothing that I can find so far.



Favorite quotes:

♥ "I see you."

♥ “If he’s all you know, learn something else.”

♥ "Just then, I realize, he's not really wild at all. He's heartbroken. And maybe I don't hate him as much as I thought I did."

♥ “You are the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen,” he says, and all at once, I fall for Owen Harper.”

♥ “Everybody is going to know that you are mine, and that I am yours."
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718 reviews1,790 followers
November 17, 2015

actual rating 3.5 stars. maybe, not sure

I had a hard time deciding a proper rating for this book. I kinda feel guilty for not liking it as much as everyone did. Seeing that none of my friends on Goodreads gave it less than 3 stars and these many positive reviews. I may not have been in a mood for a romance while reading it, I don't know, but I wasn't satisfied. It was sometimes so predictable. The story was sweet, but it didn't attract me.

Kensi is a city girl, she moved with her family to a new town called "Woodstock". She's trying to adjust. After meeting some new friends, she's starting to accept the change. Music is her passion and she's enjoying being in the school's band. Everything is going smoothly. Except her pain in the ass neighbor. Who happened to be in her school and not that only, he enjoys provoking her and making her uncomfortable. But no, she won't be intimidated by this dark guy.

Owen Harper is bad news. His father died in front of his eyes. He seems to always have a girl with him. You can say he's the schools manwhore. He's keeping a fake appearance, but nobody notices, except for Kensi. She saw more than a player. And soon she'll be falling for him. Yet, his life isn't easy. He has so much weight to handle.

When the life she once though good will shatter, she's about to doubt everything about it: herself, her real friends and her heart.

As you see, this is a story many people will like so yeah, I get them. That's why, I'm gonna start with the good stuff.

I liked the true Owen. How he revealed himself to Kens, I thought at first that he won't acknowledge her in public but no, he couldn't stop kissing her. How he took care of everything, handled these big responsibilities while maintaining good grades. How he treated her, most of the time at least and you could see his love in his words, in his actions. He's so much more than a usual guy. He supported her in everything and was devilishly cute.

Kensi helped Owen in everything. Literally. She didn't run away from the shadows of his life even though she could. She didn't give up on him. Tried to do her best to make him happy. Yes, I liked her reaction toward her father. Maybe too much. Oh, yeah, I did. I enjoyed the book. It was fun. I wasn't bored even though like I said before, it was predictable. Not always, of course.

Kensi and Owen made a perfect couple. Of course, I'm not spoiling it by saying they're a couple. LOOK at the cover. Okay, my point is she was his anchor. Same thing goes him: he always knew the best for her when she didn't. Especially

But let's face it, ridiculous things and silly gestures irritates me. Like pulling a "hand" trigger declaring a war between them. Seriously? That was just lame. And childish.

And what's up with the blushing? It's nice to read a book where the heroine doesn't blush on every single occasion. I used to think it was cute. And on some heroines it is (it depends on the personality, background, the past, experience...) Anyway, it's annoying the hell out of me these days. It's so cliche. I had to roll my eyes on several occasions while reading this book

And I had to ask this question more than once: what on Earth does she do in her free time? She doesn't play anymore she do nothing. It's like her life was all about Owen only, and in case he left, her soul will be gone too. And you might think that *omg so cute* but no, it isn't.

SPOILER ALERT. I won't hide this one.
"Even now, a year later, I still want to be the only girl he notices."
Oh poor Kensi, guess what! IT IS F*CKING NORMAL. Well, if you don't then you'll be a complete fool of course.
You know, while reading a book, some sentences that look casual enough just hit you and make you change the whole rating. And this was one of those.

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2,136 reviews7,344 followers
February 26, 2015
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TITLE: Wild Reckless
AUTHOR: Ginger Scott
GENRE: Romance | New Adult | Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: March 17th 2015
MY RATING: ★★★★★


No surprises that I am a huge fan of this authors, I love her easy flow pull you into the story writing style, her well developed characters and how you live and breathe along with these characters is no different to previous books from this amazing author..
Each and every book I've read of this authors I have enjoyed, she just has such a knack at immersing us readers into her web of story telling..

The Harper boys are wild

I loved loved loved Owen Harper's character, a few times he would be a douche bag but I forgave him for his minor misdemeanour's due to the tragic circumstances that made him act out in many circumstances as he did..

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"Why do people think you are so much trouble?"

Owen's the middle brother but being the middle brother came with so many responsibilities due to his older brother bring a drug addict, the younger one wrapped in cotton wool and the mother working two jobs just to make ends meet after Owen's father committed suicide during a carnival right beside Owen which left devastating marks on the family as a whole.

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He took his son to a festival and stepped away from life.

"Ken's, my family's fucked up. I told you. Me? James? Even Andrew? We're all just these time bombs, waiting to see if we turn into our dad. James is just helping it along so he can get to the end faster."

I loved Kensington's take no shit from anyone attitude, she never held back, stayed true to who she was and gave back as good as she got..You can't help but just fall in love with these two characters.

Kensington ~ Music came to me before most of my words, I've been playing the piano since I was about three, I've lived my entire life with the constant drive to move my hands faster, make things louder, create fuller cords and stretch my fingers so far that they actually ache at the end of the day.

My best friend ruined my life

He's not really wild at all, He's just heartbroken
Since the moment my eyes met Owen's, he has owned me, terrified me, consumed me, I love him, I want him, I need him, I breathe him.

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2,101 reviews1,251 followers
March 17, 2015
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Without a doubt, I absolutely adore Ginger Scott and her books. Ginger has a magical way of making your heart's race and giving you all the warm fuzzies. When a book can capture your heart right off the opening pages, then you know this book will bring out all the FEELS. And that's what Ginger had managed to do in Wild Reckless.


Be still my beating heart because I am wildly and recklessly in love with Owen Harper and Kensington Worth. Wild Reckless is unlike any typical young adult romance because this book is on another whole category of awesome. This is not your typical bad boy falling in love with the good girl next door neighbor. Nope, this book is so much more. Yes, you can say Owen Harper can be your classified dangerous bad boy but he is not. Owen Harper is a young man who is wise beyond his years and has a heart of gold. He is just a young man who is misunderstood and judged by his peers and small town folks. But what truly lies behind the tough rugged exterior, is a boy who has dedicated his whole life for his family. A young man who has always put them first before his own NEEDS, WANTS, DESIRES, and DREAMS.


New city. New school. New friends. New home. When you are a young teenager, relocating from city life to small town life, these new changes can be unsettling especially for Kensington Worth since she was leaving her old piano tutor, friends and old life in Chicago. But what Kensington didn't expect was to fall wild and recklessly in love with the boy next door, Owen Harper. From the first moment these two laid eyes on each other, it was an inevitably for these two not to fall into each other's arm. If you were to look at Kensington's family life, she would be considered the girl who had it all but behind the close doors, nothing was perfect as it seemed. The facade was shattered when unsettling and disturbing news destroyed her family. With feelings of hurt and anger, Kensington found solace and comfort in Owen. What started as two strangers passing by each other blossomed into friendship and eventually romance. They say love can make you do wild and crazy things, and have you falling. But the fall is worth the risk when you have someone to catch you. And be prepared to have your hearts stolen by Owen Harper. And if you happen to fall in love, love recklessly.


Wild Reckless is a young adult book that was done perfectly. It had all the elements of what you craved in a book that will touch your heart. This book was so gripping that every emotion evoked will pull on all the heart strings and leave you feeling raw and vulnerable. What I truly love about this book was the love, loyalty, and devotion of a young man had for his family. The sacrifices that Owen Harper had to endure for his family is what makes him the kind of book boyfriend that will make your hearts flutter and swoon. Ginger Scott did another amazing job in weaving a book that had so much depth of romance and real life problems. She didn't sugarcoat anything but allows her readers to really feel the emotional vulnerability of her characters. All I can say is go read Wild Reckless and remember to live humbly and love recklessly.
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1,332 reviews386 followers
March 17, 2015

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5+++ ”You want me to buy you pie?” Stars

Ginger Scott makes you want to fall in love all over again. She opens you to remembering the beauty of the time when you first meet the love of your life. Ginger Scott forces you to recognize the depth and darkness of great love to remind you this kind of once in a lifetime love means facing your fears in the wake of knowing this kind of love will put you to the test. This author does it simplistically, fearlessly, and honestly for two young people who need each other. Because without darkness, there is not light.

She’s written a love story in Wild Reckless that is good for the soul, for the believers in all of us.

The plots surrounding the main characters love story aren’t easy, especially the hero. There’s so much to learn about the two of them, so much for them to overcome. Ginger Scott structures her plot perfectly. She’s set us up for the bad boy/good girl dynamic yet surprises us constantly with the layers of these characters. Humor and lightness woven throughout the pages balances the darkness beautifully it makes the story more real for the time in their lives. It’s a slow burn as they navigate from being snarky enemies to friends to maybe something more than both ever thought possible.

Owen Harper is THAT boy. That boy you dream about in high school. That boy - who with one look, one smirk melts you, has you wanting everything from him just so you can be with him. He’s the dark, brooding, bad ass you’re easily intimidated by yet you feel deep down in the depths of your soul he’s not a bad boy at all. While Owen left me questioning his true self several times as he created an unredeemable persona there was always a catch, an instinctual reaction to him, drawing me in as much as Kensi. He lives on the edge too much it’s scary yet not enough because it’s thrilling. And his charm: the quiet moments, his honesty and rawness, his capacity to protect and love – those moments make him that boy. That boy you want the fairy tale with, who’ll look at you differently than all others. Owen Harper is the boy you bear your soul to hoping to crack his shell in return.

There could not have been another girl to crack that shell than the incomparable Kensington Worth. This girl is THAT girl. She’s the girl you strive to be: fierce, wise beyond her years, funny, loyal, kind, accepting. This was a perfectly written heroine. Not one time did I question her actions, motivations, or thoughts. She acts purely on instinct, having a clear sense of right and wrong. She passes no judgment, accepting even that in which she does not understand. Kensi is the girl with the unbreakable spirit and strength, strong enough to weather the storm constantly brewing inside her boys’ soul.

I’ve written 600 words here and still haven’t captured even half of what I feel for this book, there’s layers and back stories and excellent secondary characters; just so much goodness I could go on and on.

Just know this: Ginger Scott told me a beautiful story through Kensi with Wild Reckless. The images her words produced while I read were vivid. The story of this beautifully broken boy learning to love this exquisitely headstrong girl held so much feeling it’s wrapped itself around my reading soul. I suppose it’s YA – a little grittier than YA but not quite NA based on their ages. It’s sweet not steamy. It doesn’t matter, if you’re a lover of romance and EPIC love stories, I implore you to read Wild Reckless.
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2,836 reviews922 followers
February 9, 2017
5 stars - I love, love, love this book!!!

From the moment I read the blurb of this book, I had that 'tingly' feeling, a sense of anticipation, and I couldn't wait to start it. And I am happy to say that it did not disappoint! Both heartbreaking and heart-warming, this book took my emotions for a ride and I loved every moment of it! I was sucked in from the very beginning and I devoured every single page.

While technically this book features younger characters that are still in high school, I wouldn’t class it as a YA read. It deals with some very heavy topics, but it’s beautifully written and it’s all tied in with a love story that had me clutching my heart and tearing up at the emotion of it all.

“Since the moment my eyes met Owen Harper’s, he has owned me, terrified me, consumed me, and I don’t even remember the girl I was before him any more.”

Kensington’s world has just been turned upside down. Uprooted from life with her friends, her musical aspirations, and her senior year of high school, her parents have moved from the big city to a small town miles away, forcing her to start all over again. Angry at her parents, who spend the majority of their time working and commuting, she struggles to adjust to her new life, but slowly starts to settle in and make friends… and then she meets the boy next door.

Owen Harper is broody and wild with a bad reputation, and is a total ass to Kensington. Their initial ‘relationship’ is purely antagonistic, with Owen seemingly hell bent on taunting her, and Kensington not prepared to put up with the “demon spawn”. But there are rumours around town about the Harper boys and there’s something about Owen that intrigues her.

I think I knew the first time I looked into his eyes that there was nothing normal about Owen Harper. But what scares me is I had this flash of an idea— a fleeting thought— that there was something special about him, too.

And when Kensington’s life spirals even further out of control, Owen is there and the two of them discover that they both have significant family issues that they are dealing with, and that brings them together in a way that neither of them expected. And as they slowly start to open up and get to know each other, she sees the softer, more vulnerable side of him, and genuine feelings start to develop.

“I realize, he's not really wild at all. He's heartbroken. And maybe I don't hate him as much as I thought I did."

I loved watching the progression of Kensington and Owen’s relationship. It’s a slow build, but it’s realistic. Their pain draws them together, but they find something in each other that helps them through. It’s honest, and their shift from enemies to friends to more is absolutely beautiful and incredibly special. They experience the highs and lows of each other’s lives together, and the love, trust and acceptance between them never wavers.

Truth is, Owen Harper shot me through the heart that day he pointed his finger at me and pulled the trigger. I fell for him then, and I’ve been falling every day since. All I wanted was for him to catch me.
And he did.

But Owen’s demons are dark, and they are catching up with him, and OMG his story is tragic! He has been through so much, and continues to deal with the fallout of his family history, as well as the stress of his everyday life. My heart broke for poor Owen. Nobody should have to deal with all that he has to deal with, but the way he handled it all was amazing, and it made me fall for him completely. The story is written entirely from Kensington’s POV but even so, Ginger Scott gets us right to the heart of Owen, and I could absolutely understand his torment and his fears.

“I love you, Kensi,” he says, his lips grazing mine softly, before he pulls his mouth away again, leaving his head against mine. “I love you… but I will suffocate you. Drown you. Loving me… it will kill you.”

This is such a beautiful story of first love. Kensington and Owen are both new to relationships, but they find their way together, figuring it out as they go along, and I loved it all! From shy encounters in the school lunch room to tentative displays of public affection, the blending of the friends, secret conversations, their passionate exploring of all that they are feeling and figuring out who they are and what they want, it’s all beautifully written, and I felt everything along with them. And add into that all of the other dramas that they are both dealing with, and it’s a very intense situation, with the two of them clinging together through it all as they desperately fight for their happy ever after.

“I love you, and I’m not afraid to love you,” I say.

“I shouldn’t let you,” he says, his bottom lip held under his teeth, his breath a sharp intake. “But I don’t care, Kensi. Because I think I need you to survive. I think I need you to love me, because that’s literally all I’ve got.”

Ginger Scott has done an amazing job with this book! She has tackled some very heavy subject matter – suicide, addiction, mental illness, betrayal and family breakdown – and it’s not all easy reading, but she has done it respectfully, and with lots of feeling. There are moments of lightness, and some fantastsic side characters (particular shout out to Willow and Andrew who were fabulous), and she has tied it in with the absolutely beautiful love story and paced it out perfectly so that we get to truly soak up everything that this book has to offer.

I loved every moment of it – 5 huge stars.
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January 7, 2019

Loved this just as much the second time around! 1/5/2019

5 Stars
I love Ginger Scott's books! I will read anything she writes! She has a way of just pulling you into the stories she has written right away.

One of my GR's friends asked if there is sex in this book. (Yes there is sex in this book) I laughed because who needs sex in one of Ginger Scott's books?? Not me! My panties melt right off every time this author writes about their first kiss in any of her books. A kiss! Whew!!! lol

We start off with Kensi and her family leaving the city of Chicago and moving to Woodstock. She is not happy. She misses her friends, her music instructor and her private music room where she can practice on her piano.
On one of her trips gathering her boxes of belongings out of the car she sees a boy. A boy that is her new neighbor. His dark scary stare has her practically shaking. She drops her stuff and he does nothing but walk away. He doesn't offer to help her. She thinks to herself...what an asshole! haha!

On her first day of school she makes new friends and also sees this boy again. Later she finds out from her new friends that this boy's name is Owen and he is nothing but trouble.

Owen is the star of the basketball team at school. He's a well known manwhore with a different flavor of the week in his arms. He lives and breaths danger. He seeks it out. He is defiantly a bad boy. Or is he?

Owen makes Kensi's life hell. He's constantly treating her badly. Playing basketball in her driveway while she is trying to practice her music. Having parties on her lawn when her and her parents aren't home.
Kensi is not scared though. She sees right through Owen.

When things get rough at Kensi's house she pretty much plows her way into Owen's wild & reckless life. He scares the shit out of her. He also makes her heart pound whenever she watches him. They form a friendship that later turns into love. A first love that is so powerful it will have you on the edge of your seat trying to hurry and read faster. It will leave you breathless and make your heartache and also at times pound double time. Let's not forget that it will also be leaving you fanning yourself. lol
I loved everything about this book! I loved learning why Owen was the way he was. How dedicated he was to his family. I loved how Kensi saw something in Owen that very few people did. I defiantly had tears a few times reading this. This was an emotional read. We deal with suicide, drug addiction and a father that has done something that is unforgivable. Grrrrrr!!!

If you're like me and you love a wild & reckless ride I suggest you use that finger and click the buy button on this baby! You will not be disappointed!!

I'm sad that this was a stand alone!! There was so many awesome people in this book:( Haha! You know me! Always wanting more:))

Once again Ginger Scott you did an awesome job!! I love your books woman!! Keep them coming:))
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March 21, 2015

4.5 heartfelt stars!

‘Just then, I realize, he’s not really wild at all. He’s heartbroken. And maybe I don’t hate him as much as I thought.’

The prologue for Wild Reckless is told in young Owen Hartley’s pov about a day he will never forget and what a way to draw us into a story! It was unbelievably sad and just about broke our hearts. What a tragic, gut wrenching introduction it was, and from that moment on we were emotionally and inexplicably drawn to this young boy who had our hearts instantaneously.

‘Owen isn’t falling apart; he was never together.’

Moving to the present, Owen has become quite the troubled, defensive, and somewhat rebellious young man, yet we could forgive him anything considering the events that shaped his life and how much he’d already wormed his way into our hearts.

“I think I need you to love me, because that’s literally all I’ve got.”

The present story is told entirely in Kensington’s (Kensi) pov as we follow her reluctantly starting a new life in Woodstock, and a new school. Kensi is a gifted musician but mostly bends to please her father and what his wishes are for her future.

Kensi meets her neighbour Owen, who delights in antagonising and taunting her, making Kensi’s move even more of a misery. However, Kensi is drawn to Owen after hearing stories of his past and his reckless and thrill seeking ways.

‘I’m starting a war with a guy who doesn’t lose – a guy who doesn’t play by the rules.’

As hairline cracks start to appear in Owen’s façade, Kensi is overcome with a determination to discover what lies beneath the troubled Owen, wanting to separate the truth from the gossip that plagues Owen and his family.

‘I want to know all about Owen Harper and his life and his past and those rumors. I want his story.’

Owen was so resigned, at times so defeated and so accepting of his life that discovering the burden this young man carried, the selflessness and the responsibility he shouldered was heartbreaking. We felt his pain and sorrow deeply.

Ginger Scott created two soulful and endearing characters in Kensi and Owen. We felt everything. Their struggles, their confusion and pain as they seek to find their place. This story brought to life the beauty, the conflict, the confusion, the hurt – all the complexities of first love between a beautiful and vulnerable young man and the tenacious wonderful girl who refused to give up on him.

‘Since the moment my eyes met Owen Harper’s, he has owned me, terrified me, consumed me…’

Wild Reckless deals with some hard hitting and sensitive subjects and the author herself admits this story only scratches the surface of the daily struggles people in these situations face, the effect on the family and friends. All of which makes this story emotional, gritty unforgettable, and moving yet also uplifting.

“It’s because the Harper brothers have wild hearts.”

There are scenes of intimacy which are handled so beautifully we couldn’t help but clutch our hearts as we felt every moment of connection and emotion in these scenes. In some respects this makes this story an older YA.

‘Owen Harper shot me through the heart that day he pointed his finger at me and pulled the trigger. I fell for him then, and I’ve been falling every day since.All I wanted was for him to catch me.’

Wild Reckless was both charming and heartbreaking. It’s a story of friendship, love, loss and finding your place. This was a superbly written story and one told with love, sensitivity and a foreboding that pours off the pages. This is only our second book by Ginger Scott and she’s already become a firm favourite of ours. Don’t miss this one!

**Reviewed from an ARC Copy provided by the author, with thanks**


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375 reviews142 followers
July 1, 2017
Ginger Scott does it again! I really shouldn't be surprised, she's awesome at everything, but this book is a helluva lot of magnificent so... Good stuff. :)
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13 reviews24 followers
October 27, 2015
***5 STARS***

When Kensington "Kensi" Worth is forced to move to a small town Woodstock, and give up her hometown, her friends, and her piano teacher, she is downright miserable. It's not helping that Owen Harper, the hot neighbour, is a huge asshole, and takes pleasure in pissing her off. He's known as a troublemaker, and the rumours around town intrigues Kensi.

"I think I knew the first time I looked into his eyes that there was nothing normal about Owen Harper. But what scares me is I had this flash of an idea— a fleeting thought— that there was something special about him, too."

Owen didn't make a very good first impression. I absolutely hated him for treating Kensi so horribly, but as the story progresses, and we see that there are many layers to him. My heart broke each time I understood a little more about Owen, and why he had to behave the way he does.

Kensi has her own problems too, and she finds comfort in the most unlikely person, realizing that there is more to Owen than meets the eye. Behind this bad boy facade, we find a sweet, protective side to him too. I ended absolutely LOVING him!! Owen is broken with a devastating past, and Kensi is the one to fix his broken soul. I loved how Kensi wasn't intimidated by Owen, and when Owen pushed, she pushed right back.

I adored their connection, and watching the way their initial animosity developed into a sweet friendship, and eventually love. Not only was this an amazingly told story, Ginger Scott created fantastic characters, and just the right amount of angst, suspense, and drama to make this an amazing read!!!

My favourite quotes

Since the moment my eyes met Owen Harper’s, he has owned me, terrified me, consumed me, and I don’t even remember the girl I was before him anymore.

I love him.
I want him.
I need him.
I breathe him.


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733 reviews798 followers
December 15, 2016
Enjoyable high school haters-to-lovers romance. Even though Wild Reckless belongs to YA contemporary genre, teenage heroine didn't frustrate me which earned this story plus points. Add dark hero who truly isn't jerk and you had an enjoyable read!
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353 reviews67 followers
July 28, 2015

I love him. I want him. I need him. I breathe him. Since the moment my eyes met Owen Harper's, he has owned me, terrified me, consumed me, and I don't even remember the girl I was before him any more.

This book was so difficult to rate, but mostly because I know how much people love this. I can't deny that it had some entertainment value to it, but there were problems and inconsistencies I caught in the beginning with characters that I just couldn't ignore. If you don't like some of the characters, it can prove difficult to actually like the rest of the story.

To make this review quick, here's what I did enjoy: Owen's brother Andrew, the author integrating mature subjects such as mental illness and drug abuse, the prologue (hit me the most emotionally), Kensi learning to break away from her dad's expectations, and Kensi's mom letting her husband go after so many second chances.

However, a lot of my problems with this novel stemmed from Owen and Kensi's relationship. There were components of it in the beginning that just really soured it for me. One of the biggest things that bothered me about it was this:

"I bet it's whoever drives that blue BMW I see parked here when I come home for lunch. I bet that's who it is. Whoever...she is," he says, every word purposefully hurtful.

To provide context, Owen and Kensi cannot stand each other in the beginning. He's rude and cocky, and targets her for no apparent reason. Despite this, he welcomes himself onto her property every night to use her basketball hoop (since the old neighbors allowed this). After inviting his friends over and trashing her lawn, Kensi's dad takes down the hoop. Owen starts whining about it, as if it was his, and decides to get back at her by TELLING HER THAT KENSI'S DAD IS CHEATING ON HER MOM. There was no other motive - not wanting to warn her, or feeling genuine concern - except to upset her. This is his revenge.

And he never, not even when they start dating, apologizes for being so blunt about it. For putting himself into a situation that was clearly none of his business. This was something he was absolutely proud of doing, because hey, you took down your own freaking basketball hoop. Gahhh

And then not even a chapter later, after Kensi confronts her dad and gets a ride from Owen away from home, she's thinking about how hot he looks and how their hands look when they're next to each other.


I'd like to say right now, since that same chapter she and Owen have an incident where she discovers how much of a high he gets off of nearly crashing his car, that KENSI GETS INTO A CAR WITH SOMEONE WHO WAS DOING DRUGS WITH HIS FRIENDS. House, Owen's best friend, literally offers her some as she walks up. In case you guys don't know, THIS IS DANGEROUS. It is not safe to get in a car with someone who's not completely sober and alert. Yet she gets in anyway, and makes no commentary about what a risk she's taking. She asks for his keys, he says no, and she's like "'kay" and gets in.


Look, I get making bad decisions. I'm nearly 17, I get how teens can make stupid and reckless choices. But that was ridiculous.

After Kensi and Owen get together (after he does a complete 180 in personality), the characters get more tolerable. Their relationship isn't particularly bad, but I did think that Kensi started ditching her friends for Owen at any given opportunity. The only time you see her with them (Willow, Ryan, Jess, etc.) is either when Owen is with them as well, or when Owen isn't able to hang out.

If I did have to point out thing I did like about their relationship, it was that they did bring out a lot of good in each other. Owen encouraged Kensi to be less passive - to just say what she wants, to do what she wants, without needing everyone's approval. With Owen, Kensi got him to open up and realize that he can't do everything alone; that you need to ask for help sometimes.
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1,371 reviews313 followers
April 10, 2015
This is such a heavy YA that touch on suicide, drug abuse, infidelity, prejudice and etc.

Kensi, the heroine is new to town and move in next door to Owen, the black sheep of the town. She is dealing with her father infidelity and her new fascination with the boy next door. I enjoyed Kensi's POV, her innocence and naivety when it comes to her discovery of first love.

Owen is a much more complicated character. He was first introduced as the jerk, as if the author wanted to make you hate him at first sight. Of course, there is more to Owen's story and Kensi slowly discover the truth behind the misconception of Owen.

One phrase to describe Owen is 'baggage overload'. A young man with so much responsibility and burden and have to deal with the town prejudice towards him. His issue make Kensi's family drama pale in comparison.

The whole reading experience left me feeling melancholy. I don't know what is it about YA drama that make it so compelling to read. I read the same shit over and over and yet I still don't get sick of it. Nevertheless, I need to read something uplifting next to balance out my mood of the week.

p/s: for smut lover, there is a descriptive sex scene that shouldn't be categorize as YA.
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675 reviews251 followers
March 26, 2015
5 stars!!

I really enjoyed this one. It was a kind of coming of age story. Heavy angst BUT make you feel angst, not make you wanna dick punch someone angst.

Ginger Scott is very hit or miss for me as an author, but I'm happy to say this was her best work yet.
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664 reviews147 followers
November 9, 2015

Ginger Scott is quickly becoming a must read author for me, she gracefully straddles the line between sweet romance and tragic love story – allowing for an immense range of feelings to flow throughout the story.

Wild Reckless starts off with Kensi finding herself in a new town, ripped away from a life she was comfortable in. Now she’s in a strange place with an even stranger boy living next door.

First impressions of Owen, for both Kensi and the reader, are a basket of mixed emotions. He’s a mysterious asshole, an intriguing dickhead, a sexy douchebag. Owen is all trouble, but it’s the kind of trouble you crave.

After the prologue, which is so sad, the story takes a much more lighthearted tone. But, as I said, Scott quickly takes it to a much deeper level. Throwing the worlds of both of these characters’ lives into complete tailspins and giving them each other to use as a lifeline.

Wild Reckless is a perfect example of opposites attract. Where Kensi is cautious and tame, Owen takes risks with himself. Where Kensi is at a point of needing to let go of things she found so stable in the past, Owen is desperately searching for something to anchor him.

Kensi recognizes something in Owen pretty early on, sees that he is more than what most see and she pushes him. She makes sure he knows she sees HIM and that she won’t back down to his bullshit. I loved this part of her. She’s so timid and naive in so many ways, but when it really counts, she’s a fierce little thing.

Though they find what they need in each other, a safety, a happiness, a love – life has other obstacles to place in their paths and it tests everything they’ve begun to learn about themselves and each other.

This book had me smiling like someone just gave me a magical cake that had zero calories, at times. At other times, I was in near tears like someone had given me that cake but stolen all the damn forks.

I couldn’t help but ache for these characters, for this story. While the ending felt a little chaotic and rushed for me, and at times it was slightly too young adult, most of Wild Reckless was absolutely perfect and I could not put it down.
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