REVIEW: Reckless by Skye Jordan
Dear Ms. Jordan:
I bought this book because it was recommended in an online forum I belong to. Lexi LaCroix is a former model turned couture wedding dress designer. Her clients are so famous that they require background checks of the designer forcing Lexi to live a sedate and scandal free life. She’s ready to take the next step in her career by partnering with a larger clothing manufacturing company who would mass produce a line of Lexi’s bridal designs. Her potential partnership is threatened by word that Lexi was at a sex club. Lexi had gone to this club, but for nothing more than observation but the warning hits home.
When she spies a hottie in the airport on the way to a meeting with the clothing manufacturer, she engages in some anonymous flirting using a cell phone app developed by her model cum millionaire best friend cum tech goddess. The target of her flirting is one Jax Chamberlain. He’s a former actor turned stunt man. He comes from an insanely wealthy family of actors and actresses.
Jax’s problem is that by leaving acting to do stunts, he’s got conflict with his family. Further, he’s tired of being used by all the hot women he is dating.They sleep with him and then try to leverage that relationship into an advantage for his career. Jax is told by his best friend that Jax needs an attitude adjustment. He needs to stop looking for the hot women and looking for nice, caring ones instead. That’s pretty good advice. Does Jax take this advice?
Not really because shortly after engaging in anonymous cell phone chatting, he’s quickly arranging his plans in NYC to accommodate a one night stand. The one night turns into more nights, of course, or there wouldn’t be a romance. The attraction and romance rests primarily on the physical lusts of the characters. After all, during their first encounter, they barely know what each other looks like with Lexi demanding that Jax make love to her in the dark. Lexi is afraid that her one night stand might be harmful to her business.
The conflicts that keep Lexi and Jax apart are difficult to swallow. Lexi’s career requires so much discretion that she can’t be involved with a former actor, scion of Hollywood, and now stuntman? Jax shows almost no character growth through the story given that while he was supposed to search out different women and make different choices, he was never actually forced to do so. His petulance at being shoved to the side was also confounding. He reeked of the poor little rich boy syndrome who made problems where there were none.
It’s probably a good thing that the pseudonym was adopted for Joan Swan because I had such a negative reaction to the portrayal of racist language used in Fever, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. This book falls into the category realm for me and while it was a nice diversion, the failure of Jax to actually grow as a character was about as disappointing as was the lack of development of the romance. The story had a lot of lustful scenes which were well done and I liked Lexi quite a bit. She was determined to make her own way and she did, without the help of Jax, her best friend, or anyone else. She pursued her own vision and achieved success on her own. Lexi is what made the story work for me and if she wanted pouty Jax, then I guess I’m glad she ended up with him. C
I thought the cover looked okay, then the badly photoshopped tattoo caught my attention, then the biggie. Where are her nipples? I saw it eventually – the bottom of her breasts have been blacked out.
I didn’t buy the reason she couldn’t date him – why would her famous clients care who their dressmaker was dating? The hero was a famous actor, even when she thought he was just a stuntman it just seemed ridiculous that anyone would care.
@MelissaB: The conflicts imposed by the characters are very hard to overcome, no matter how much the author tried to sell me on them.
I agree with you on this review. I was entertained, but it took a lot of effort to suspend my disbelief enough to buy into the self-imposed conflict. Who cares if he wears ripped jeans and boots? He’s a super-famous ex-movie star from a good family, and it’s Hollywood. I’d think her billionaire customers would be okay with that. Plus, she was such a nervous little bunny about letting him see how gorgeous she was, and I thought that was overdone.
I did enjoy the “mysterious texting stranger” idea & execution. (That’s actually why I bought this. I think you referenced it in a post on NSA wire-tapping…?)
And I appreciated that Lexi came to terms with what she really wanted, professionally and personally, on her own.
Yes, because the top couture designers are all pattern cards of propriety. Not a racist rant, drug problem, scandalous affair, or nasty family fight to be seen…
The other review really turned me off anything by this author, under any pseudonym.
The hero’s name is Jax?
Like the tattooed bad boy from Sons of Anarchy? o_0