”Sweet, funny, romantic and oh so very sexy! Prepare to swoon mightily.” —SAWYER BENNETT, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Cold Fury Hockey series
Between boot camp and two TOD’s in Iraq, my buddies Max, Gavin and me have been through some serious hell. So the last thing I ever expected was to find the biggest challenge of my life back home.
My girlfriend died. I couldn’t even attend her funeral, let alone tell her goodbye or that I’m sorry I wasn’t there like I should’ve been.
But she left me a gift. The best and scariest one I could’ve ever asked for. One I didn’t think I could handle…until the day I saw her tiny blues looking up at me in that airport. Chloe.
Now here I am, raising my baby girl—with the help of my two best friends. Things couldn’t be better. Until she walked into my life.
All I wanted was a nanny. Someone to take care of my girl when I couldn’t. What I didn’t count on was Addison, the brown-eyed temptress with a body of sin, and everything I didn’t need, but suddenly wanted.
Reckless Hearts series
Reckless Hearts (Book 1)
The Right Kind of Reckless (Book 2)
Recklessly Ever After (Book 3)
More praise for Reckless Hearts:
"An emotional, heartfelt, and absolutely beautiful story. I wanted each character to be my best friend. Reckless Hearts was so real, with gorgeous writing that kept me hooked from first page to the last." —Jennifer Blackwood, USA Today bestselling author of The Rule Book
“Beautifully written, sweet and sexy, with the perfect amount of banter. You’ll fall in love with these rugged Marines and their Reckless Hearts!” —Kelly Gendron, USA Today bestselling author of the Breaking the Declan Brothers series
“Van Fleet has mastered the alpha hero. With perfectly flawed characters and miles of scorching heat, Reckless Hearts is a must read!” —Kelly Siskind, author of A Fine Mess
Even fans of the aggressive, impulsive energy of damaged alpha men, hate-to-love story arcs, and romances centered on the exploits of postmilitary buddies may be turned off by the flip-flop of risk aversion and entitlement around women's bodies in Van Fleet's (A Long Time Coming) series starter. Former Marine Collin Montgomery, struggling to raise his late girlfriend's infant daughter despite the help of his two best friends (both ex-servicemen), is distressed to find that the competent nanny his sister has recommended is Addison Booker, the hot woman who rejected his attentions at a bar. Addison is equally unhappy to learn that her last-ditch job opportunity involves working for the sexy but boundary-ignoring Collin. The three ex-military buddies trade fun, natural banter, but their incompetence when confronted with caring for a baby is unrealistic, and the parallels between Collin's protective possessiveness of his daughter and his romantic interest in Addison are downright creepy. Awkwardly presented backstories of family heartbreak fail to add character depth while damping the sexual tension.)
This was the first book I've read by this author. The blurg intrigued me and I had to wonder if it was going to be anything like the movie I loved growing up, Three Men and a Baby. Max, Collin and Gavin do have some moments, but it's not quite that. These three men are home from the Marines and are raising Collin's baby, Chloe. When he hires a nanny, the feisty girl from the bar walks in and he knows he is toast! Addison is hot and so feisty. She can dish it and take it. They have a battle of wills for a while, but both succomb to the feelings they've had for each other since the beginning.
I had a little harder time with the first half of the book. It seemed to me like Addison and Collin meeting and her going to work for him took a really long time. Once Addie started working there the book was an easier read for me. I had a harder time relating to Addie because she was so tough and guarded. Once I understood her story a little bit better I could see where she was coming from. I adored Collin and his support system. Gavin and Max were awesome and I'm hoping they get their stories told as was as Lia who I think is destined to be with Max. Really good read and I enjoyed it.
I liked the idea behind the story and thought at the beginning it was great, but the further I got into the book the more frustrating the plot line became. The characters didn’t communicate at all and nothing happened, it was just pages of ridiculous things happening in an attempt to make an arc. I swear Collin never spoke in a complete sentence once, I understand the whole “caveman” appeal but this was just annoying.