Reckless Hope by J. Leigh Bailey

25548671Title: Reckless Hope (Letting Go, Book 2)
Author: J. Leigh Bailey
Published: August 24, 2015
Pages: 193
Publisher: Carina Press
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Micah Burke knows all about responsibility. He’s been the head of his family since he was a teenager, and he’s also the guardian for his teenage sister while also caring for their mother, going to college, and working a job. He doesn’t have time for frivolous things–he barely ever has time to go out and have fun. And on one rare occasion when he goes out, he meets Sebastian and loses himself in a moment of what could be, only to be quickly reminded of his responsibilities. Their paths cross again, however, and Micah quickly learns that Sebastian seems like the exact opposite of him: he’s an impulsive risk-taker who seems to just dance through life doing all he can to avoid responsibility.

And Micah may not be wrong. Sebastian comes from a wealthy family and has been largely left to his own devices in recent years. He is a thrill-seeker and might even admit himself that he can be a bit reckless. Although he’s gone from guy to guy, mostly keeping things casual, there’s something about Micah that he just can’t seem to shake. He’s determined to break through Micah’s shell to get to it, and he just might break through a shell of his own at the same time.

If you can’t tell from that little bit of summary, there is some definite angst in this book. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows and smooth sailing. But while it will take you up and down as a reader, it’s not all doom and gloom. This is assembled strong characters, a well-developed plot arc, and a compelling narrative–which is something i’ve come to expect from J. Leigh Bailey. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. But you’ll also be inspired.

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

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