Title: Reckless King
Author: Maya Hughes
First published August 24, 2018
318 pages, Kindle Edition
As a senior, I have a lot on my plate. Winning a national championship, going pro, and partying are just a few of my priorities.
But then Kara enters my life and everything changes. With just one smile, she turns my world upside down.
Even my dreams of hockey and going pro fade away when I’m with her. Our first night together was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before.
I was captivated by the stars in her eyes. But when the first day of class rolls around, we’re both shocked to learn each other’s true identities.
She holds the key to my heart and my future, but everything hangs in the balance. We’ve started a fire that can’t be put out.
Will we make it through the semester unscathed or will we both get burned?
Reckless King by Maya Hughes is an engrossing contemporary romance novel that captures the readers attention from the very beginning. Hughes, a talented author in the romance genre, delivers an emotionally charged story of love, loss, and redemption that will leave readers breathless.
The book was first published in August 2018. Set in the small town of Lakeview, Reckless King tells the story of Riley and Landon, two characters who have been in love since they were kids.
The narrative is told from alternating points of view, giving the reader a glimpse into the thoughts and feelings of both characters. The main conflict arises when Rileys father, who hates Landon and blames him for his sons death, threatens to close down Landons business.
Despite the challenges they face, Riley and Landons love for each other proves to be unbreakable. One of the strengths of Reckless King is the character development.
Hughes creates characters that are relatable and multidimensional, which makes the story immersive and engaging. Riley and Landons struggle to overcome the obstacles thrown in their way feels authentic and enhances the emotional impact of the narrative.
The pacing is excellent too, as it keeps the reader hooked from chapter to chapter, with suspenseful moments that will have readers rooting for the couple to overcome their troubles. The themes explored in the novel are well-crafted and relatable, including love, grief, and forgiveness.
The author portrays the characters struggles with sensitivity and nuance, showcasing the emotional tolls that these issues can have on individuals. The setting of Lakeview is also vividly described, immersing the reader in a small-town atmosphere that feels authentic.
While the plot follows some familiar romantic tropes, Hughes puts a fresh spin on them, making the story feel unique and refreshing. One minor criticism is that certain plot points could have been explored in greater depth, particularly the relationship dynamics between Riley and her family, which feel slightly underdeveloped.
Reckless King is a captivating romance novel that will be enjoyed by fans of the genre, particularly those who enjoy stories of second chances and small-town romance. Hughes is a talented author who has crafted a well-written and engaging story that is packed with emotional depth and relatable characters.
I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy romance novels, particularly those who enjoy a story with heart and personal growth. Overall, Reckless King deserves a solid recommendation for its thoughtful exploration of complex themes and its well-crafted characters.
The book earns a score of 4 out of 5, and its appeal will undoubtedly justify its place on any romance readers bookshelf.