Reckless in Love is Book 2 of The Maverick Billionaires, a new series by Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully. I found Ms. Andre several years ago and enjoy her writing. This series is the first I have read of Ms. Skully.
Sebastian Montgomery rose from nothing to become one of the most powerful media moguls in the world. Yet beneath the seemingly perfect façade of his life, the past still haunts him. Because when he lost his parents in his teens, he also lost his faith in love. When he discovers Charlie Ballard and her incredible metal sculptures, he is awed, inspired—and he can’t help feeling things he swore never to let himself feel again. Soon, Sebastian wants not only Charlie’s art, he wants her as a woman, too. More than he’s ever wanted anything in his life. And what a Maverick wants, he always gets…
For Charlie, Sebastian offers the commission of a lifetime. Creating a magnificent sculpture for his new headquarters is a dream come true, but falling for the spellbinding billionaire isn’t part of the plan…until his luscious kisses entice her into total recklessness. He fascinates and captivates her, and as Charlie learns more about the dark depths of Sebastian’s past, all she wants is to heal him with her love. But can a man who has grown up thinking love is toxic ever believe that true love is real?
My thoughts: The Mavericks are a group of 5 friends from very rough childhoods who found a wonderful foster family as teens and decided they were going to overcome their circumstances and become well-to-do moguls and ultimately “rule the world”. In actuality, they are really good guys who have raised themselves above their rotten childhoods, took opportunity presented to them by finding their foster family and each other and are reaching their goals. Sebastian is still haunted by his past, as I suspect all of them will be as the series progresses. He finds Charlie because he is interested in her creative art—statues made literally from junk. I don’t know if either of the authors have a background in art or have an artist in their lives, but I enjoyed their description of Charlie’s art projects, and her process of making the statues. This was a pleasant surprise in the book.
The story centers around the immediate attraction between Sebastian and Charlie and Sebastian’s mistakes in trying to take care of everything for Charlie. This leads to the ultimate problem of Charlie losing her artistic creativity and her struggle to figure that out and what to do about it.
I enjoyed both characters. The authors develop their characters very well—Ms. Andre is known for character development. I enjoyed how Charlie embraces her life as difficult as it is and how Sebastian jumps into wanting to fix everything for Charlie even as it leads to the ultimate problem. Both characters have a real passion for what they do.
This was a quick, easy but very enjoyable read for me. Give the series and Ms. Andre and Ms. Skully a look. They are worth it.