Book Reviews

Reckless, by RJ McBrien {Book Review}

If ever a title matched the plot of the book, Reckless is it!

What is Reckless about?

You think you’ll stay the same – you won’t. Infidelity will change you forever. There can be no going back.

Kirsten Calloway knows she should be grateful. She has a stable marriage, decent job, and a wonderful teenage daughter. But she also has a raging libido that won’t shut up, and a husband who’d rather go on a bike ride.

She bumps into an old friend at a school reunion who faces a similar problem. Dianne, though, has found the answer: a discreet agency which arranges casual sex for people just like them, people who want to keep their marriages but also scratch that itch.

Enter Zac: younger, handsome and everything Kirsten could hope for in bed. For a while, they seem to have it all. Kirsten even finds herself becoming a better wife and mother. But Zac wants more – a lot more, and he’ll stop at nothing to get it.

Sexually charged, shocking and relatable, Reckless is a profound exploration of marriage, motherhood and desire. 

My Thoughts

Reckless is a very relatable kind of story, so the blurb immediately grabbed my attention. This book has some very real, relatable moments, and there were also moments that I chuckled out loud. The writing is entertaining and addresses a very real topic, especially if you’re a woman in Kirsten’s situation. Kirsten yearns for passion, love and just any sort of intimacy from her husband. One can sympathise with Kirsten and why she is even considering going this route….with a husband like Mark?? I mean, I think even the strongest of women would probably have these thoughts and consider joining a ‘no-strings-attached-sex-club’. Never say never right?

I felt that this book had the potential to be a real page turner, because the storyline is really unique but it was just too long. It could have done without the police reports every few chapters, and also the storyline about a teenage love. I was expecting more of a thriller….more creepy, but from the first chapter you know that this is a murder mystery, so in essence the book is about how they got to that point.

Kirsten, as much as she was relatable, she was frustrating. I didn’t understand some of her decisions, when she really seemed to be such a level-headed person. Zac’s obsession doesn’t really make sense, and I think I was expecting something more to happen with his storyline.3 stars

My Rating

Reckless has a 3.93 star rating on Goodreads. While I didn’t love the book, I also didn’t hate it. I think I just expected a different story….maybe more Fatal Attraction, boiled bunnnies…that sort of thing! My expectation aside, I thought it was a decent read, if you go in expecting more of a family drama, with a side of dead body. I’ll give it 3 stars, because the premise of the book, I really thought was a unique storyline.

Reckless is available at all leading book retailers and retails for around R218, currently R199 on Takealot.

Disclaimer: Reckless was sent to me by Jonathan Ball Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

I’m Simone, a mom of 3, a wife...obsessed with my family, makeup and books!

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