Recklessly (Documentary #3) by A.J. Sand
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Wes Elliott just met his match…and she might actually burn his entire world down.
Surfing and sex. This is Wes Elliott's life. And it's just the way he likes it. ` After seeing his parents stay in a loveless marriage his entire life, and burying away a heartbreak from his past, he knows where romance is best left: crappy chick movies. He'd rather lust and eventually leave, and that's exactly what the plan was when he met Lana Langston.
Except…turns out she’s only in it for the thrills, too. She's always only in it for the thrills: life in the literal fast lane on her motorcycle, and the hot nights in forbidden places without the awkward talks in the mornings after. She's Wes Elliott in way tighter jeans.
So, this should be perfect, right?
But the more time Wes spends with her, the more he wants the nights to turn into mornings. And maybe even longer. Suddenly, it isn't so perfect for him anymore. And the things he thought were buried are digging themselves up.
Now Wes is in a lot of trouble.
He’s falling in love with the one girl who might be a bigger risk than even a guy who gets barreled by the most dangerous waves in the world is willing to take on.
Can Wes and Lana figure out a way to make it work? Or is he headed for something far more reckless?
I kind of heart Wes Elliot.
Recklessly by A.J. Sand is the third book in Documentary series and despite the fact that I haven’t read the first two books, I genuinely enjoyed this story. I was highly amused by the first few pages of this book, naked scrabble? Best thing ever! There were a lot of characters in the story, but I enjoyed how they all added something different to the atmosphere around Wes and Lana.
Speaking of Lana, the girl is badass! Sure she’s extremely emotionally damaged, but so is Wes and I think that worked for them as well as against them towards the end. But I’m getting ahead of myself. While I loved the fact that Wes was a professional surfer, I’m going to be honest and say the parts of the book that talked about surfing or when Lana and Wes talked about it, was a little boring for me.
But the intense relationship between Lana and Wes made up for it. Sand did an incredible job of making the reader fall in love with their passion and independent nature. Lana and Wes had real depth to their characters and that’s not easy to pull off. I think what I liked most about the book was that it was told from Wes’s point of view.
So often we get to see what goes through the female characters head while we take the journey through a book and see things from their perspective, but this was different and that was refreshing. It wasn’t just your average sexy womanizing mancake getting tamed by a pretty face. In Recklessly, the pretty face was the one who needed taming. Lana out gamed Wes and ever though my eyes teared up for several pages, the end result was absolutely worth it.
Wes and Lana both had their own set of fears and obstacles to overcome and I like that they were able to do that on their own and still rekindle what they had between them. There are quite a few twists and turns in this story and in some chapters there’s a lot going on at once, but with Wes, quick wit and Lana’s snark it’s definitely worth the read.
A.J. Sand grew up an only child whose parents bought her many, many books to keep her busy, so it was only natural that she would start writing her own stories. She is the author of “Documentary” and “Remake.” She lives just outside of Washington, D.C.