Reckless Hope (Letting Go #2) by J. Leigh Bailey

RecklessHopeWhat’s life without a little risk?
Or a lot of risk, if you’re Sebastian Carlisle. He’ll never live up to the legacy of his dead brother, so why try? Being the wild child in a family of stuck-up rich snobs suits him just fine.
Until he meets Micah Burke, and everything changes.
Micah’s got too much going on for a relationship. Even if he could trust Sebastian, a distraction—a sexy, reckless distraction with a death wish—would only derail his carefully scheduled life. If it were just Micah, maybe that would be fine, but his mother and sister depend on him, and he can’t let them down. Or at least that’s what he tells himself.
A hot moment leads to a hot night leads to a connection neither of them are ready for. And when a crisis hits Micah’s family hard, Sebastian will have to shed his bad-boy image and decide whether he can be the man Micah needs—and Micah needs to decide whether he’ll let him.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I’m so glad that this book had alternating POVs. Otherwise, I would have had a hard time sympathizing with Sebastian. On the surface, he was a spoiled brat who took full advantage of his financial status. Underneath, there was a lot more to him than even he realized. Unfortunately, Micah didn’t have the same advantage that readers did, so Sebastian had his work cut out for him.

Oh Micah… he had so much responsibility at such a young age. He was one disaster away from losing it all. The last thing he needed was a rich playboy distracting him. He trusted no one but himself to shoulder all that responsibility and he was coming close to failing miserably. These two guys needed each other, whether they knew it or not.

I’m not sure whether Micah or Sebastian broke my heart more. The sympathy I felt for Micah was obvious, but Sebastian’s need kind of sneaked up on me, mostly because his pain was hidden under layers of denial. He carried a lot of guilt, but he wanted to be seen for something other than the screw-up that he was known for. Micah kept a lot hidden from Sebastian as well, but his need was obvious regardless of what he kept hidden.

I liked the way things played out and I was happy that some of the characters weren’t as bad as I thought they were in the beginning. I was also kind of disappointed that at least one character didn’t get what they deserved, but I’m okay with the eventual HEA regardless.

Just a quick note… you don’t have to read Letting Go in order since none of the characters in Nobody’s Hero are even mentioned in Reckless Hope. I’m not sure what the future holds for the series, but both books are excellent, so you can pick up either one and not feel like you’re missing anything at all.



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