Reckless & Shameless by Lex Martin | Book Reviews

RecklessLex MartinRomanceFebruary 20th, 2018Paperback406 Pages
Reckless features Tori and Ethan and is a standalone companion to the USA Today bestseller Shameless. Tori… For the record, I’m not going to hook up with my boss. I’m a lot of things—a screwup, a basket case, a flunky. But when I take a nanny job to be near my pregnant sister, I swear to myself I’ll walk the straight and narrow, which means I cannot fall for my insanely hot boss. I don’t want to be tempted by that rugged rancher. By his chiseled muscles or southern charm or the way he snuggles his kids at bedtime. Ethan Carter won’t get the key to my heart, no matter how much I want him. Ethan… Between us, she’s the last thing I need as I finalize my hellish divorce. What sane man trying to rebuild his life wants a hot nanny with long, sexy hair, curves for miles, and a smart mouth? A perfectly kissable, pouty mouth that I shouldn’t notice. My focus is on my kids and my ranch, not the insufferable siren who sleeps in the room next to mine. It doesn’t matter that she wins over my kids in a heartbeat or runs my life better than I do. Tori Duran is the one woman I can’t have and shouldn’t want, no matter how much I crave her.

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Reckless by Lex Martin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When you combine a single father of two, who works in a farm with horses, and a feisty nanny who is there to save the day and express love towards a new family, you have a masterpiece created by the one and only Lex Martin

➳A romance that not only captivates you to wanting to read more of Ethan and Tori’s love journey, but also intrigues you to the life style of working with horses, being with two beautifully behaved children, a life style that can be considered old-fashion, but also a story with a family that has been broken for a while and has healed with the presence of someone who oozes passion and love to others. To me, I found this story just beyond endearing. Just the amount of everything that a romance should have; passion, chemistry, love, admiration, a plot that thickens no matter what (the pun intended), and characters that know how to attract you to the page.

➳I am honestly finding it hard to see what could be wrong with with story. Everything about it has become such a sweet sensation that has a ride of a lifetime. I have missed Lex’s writing and throughout the years, you can tell her writing has evolved in a superb way.

➳Talking about Tori and Ethan is one thing that I have slowly learned to love. Both of them are two individuals in which at first you think “what the heck? These two will kill each other if they keep up the bickering!” However, because Lex is a tease at first, she slowly teaches us that Tori and Ethan are just meant to be in everything way. The past that Ethan has had with his ex-wife, the mother of his two beautiful kids, has brought chaos and obstacles to his present and what he wants to be a happy future for his kids, and now Tori. For her however, it is something that she is new to since she has never been a motherly figure before now, and one that is at its best as well, but she also understands her presence as someone that Ethan seems to cherish in every way possible.

➳The passion both Tori and Ethan have is one that really burns the page. I was sweating at one point because Ethan is such a guarded, scruffy, alpha male that makes you pant for more of his possessive ways. I find it fascinating how someone so rough around the edges with everyone that passes his way, is also the same person who show an abundance of affection towards his little girl and boy, but also shows that same passion towards Tori. This is a fictional novel of course, but it is one that will lead you towards a cave of emotions that can slowly drown you towards the writing from Lex.

➳Overall this romance is one that I highly recommend for those who are looking for a single father and nanny romance. It is indeed lengthy in every way (pun intended… again…) but you get a little bit of everything that combines and makes this story such an amazing masterpiece of a romance novel. Thank you for much to Lex for providing a generous advanced copy of this beauty. I will cherish this story so much and hopefully get to re-read it in the future.

ARC kindly provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review…

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What the hell do I know about raising a baby? Nothing. Not a goddamn thing.

Yet here I am, the sole guardian of my niece. I’d be lost if it weren’t for Katherine, the beautiful girl who seems to have all the answers. Katherine, who’s slowly finding her way into my cynical heart.

I keep reminding myself that I can’t fall for someone when we don’t have a future. But telling myself this lie and believing it are two different things.


When Brady shows up on a Harley, looking like an avenging angel—six feet, three inches of chiseled muscle, eyes the color of wild sage, and sun-kissed skin emblazoned with tattoos—I’m not sure if I should fall at his feet or run like hell. Because if I tell him what happened the night his family died, he might hate me.

What I don’t count on are the nights we spend together trying to forget the heartache that brought us here. I promise him it won’t mean anything, that I won’t fall in love.

I shouldn’t make promises I can’t keep.

* Author’s note: Due to mature situations and sexual content, Shameless is recommended for readers 18+

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Shameless by Lex Martin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Can Lex Martin stop breaking my heart? Please? This novel has everything that you are looking for when it comes down to finding your true soulmate, and mending hearts together…

➳I think my book slump is slowly diminishing because I am now certain that Lex Martin has captivated my heart and soul with her unique writing that brings me to my knees with admiration towards all the characters she writes. She is soul-minded, a heart breaker, a heart mender, and also someone who knows how to properly write a plot twist without there being so much drama. She knows how to apply a mixture of sadness, happiness, love, and passion at the same time to a romance novel that has so much sensitivity and love towards the reader connecting with the characters.

➳I shed a few tears here and there I won’t deny that, but the reason being is because there is an abundance of emotions that run everywhere in a way that makes you cry one second and be happy the next. This is a mini review because I don’t really want to talk much about the characters and the story plot, I just wanted to hop right in and say how much I adore this book and with Reckless releasing, my love for this untitled series has grown more and more. I highly recommend this book for those seeking a broody, tattooed, biker man, who has a heart that breaks every time he is next to his niece and the admiration for a female protagonist that has so much power and love for those around her…

About Lex Martin:

Lex writes contemporary romance, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher.

She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she’s  lived all over the country but currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and twin daughters.

Lex is represented by Kimberly Brower of Brower Literary & Management.

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