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Recklessly Ever After
Series: Reckless Hearts #3
Author: Heather Van Fleet
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Releases On: October 30, 2018
Genre: Military Romance/Contemporary Romance
"Sweet, funny, romantic and oh so very sexy! Prepare to swoon mightily."--SAWYER BENNETT, New York Times bestselling author, for Reckless Hearts
Gavin St. James
After the hell I've been through in the Marines--in life--there's nothing I crave more than routine, stability, peace. Until McKenna Brewer walks into my life.
She's impulsive, fiery, tempting as hell, and everything I don't need. But when she offers me a night of no-strings-attached passion, I can't resist.
When our night together has unexpected consequences, I can't help but think this might be the perfect opportunity to show McKenna just how much I want her.
The only problem? She doesn't do forever's. But forever is exactly what I need with her.
A knock sounded at my door. Followed by a very unexpected voice.
I jerked up in bed at the noise, scrambling for my pants on the floor. “Uh, just a minute.” Oh my God.
Oh. My. God.
Gavin? He was here? In my house?
Just outside my freaking bedroom door, at that.
“Breathe, Kenna,” I reminded myself as I looked in the mirror to check for possible drool lines.
Once assured that my condition was, well, semi-presentable, I inhaled through my nose once more and opened the door, blinking quickly at what I saw.
Gavin, just like I thought, but with Stargazer lilies in hand.
“Hi,” he said shyly, those dark lashes of his batting lazily against his cheeks.
“You…me…flowers?” I’m pretty sure I was speaking gibberish. Apparently, swoon-sucker me didn’t have the ability to say coherent sentences. Never had I been incapable of words to the point where I stuttered like an idiot. But, there again, never had I been wooed by Gavin St. James.
He cleared his throat, his green eyes as bright as the leaves with the flowers. I died a little inside at the sight.
And believe me when I say, it was the best way to go. “They’re beautiful.”
“The, um, florist said they mean I missed you. I asked her.”
Heart? Meet belly.
I smiled widely at the gesture and urged him inside. When it came to romance, a man asking for the meaning of flowers before purchasing them was pretty much a woman’s dream. Or at least mine.
The door clicked shut behind me as I turned to face my new guest. There was something incredibly intimate about having him in my room. A step in a direction I wasn’t sure I was meant to take…until that moment.
“Did I wake you?” he asked. “Your sister let me in. Said you were in here.”
Hand in his shorts’ pockets, chin to his chest, Gavin looked downright adorable. His cheeks were pink, barely visible under his beard, and beneath his dark lashes, he stared back at me as though I was a certified goddess.
“No, I, um… I’ve been awake for a while.” I ran my hand over the front of my shirt, then winced at the tiny bulge there. When I looked up, I found him at my dresser, his eyes flitting over the framed pictures of me and my sister, and me and Addie.
“Um, so, wanna do a late lunch or early dinner?” He turned to face me, his back to my mirror and dresser. One of his hands was on the nape of his neck, rubbing feverishly, the other still held the flowers.
Feeling like an idiot for not taking them earlier, I stepped forward and pulled the bouquet from his hands. He smiled as I settled them against my chest, and I heard him chuckle when I pressed them to my nose and inhaled.
“Lunch, huh?” I tipped my head back to look up at him when I was done, licking my lips.
He nodded, eyes twinkling as he stared at my mouth. For a big, bearded, muscular marine, this guy had a secret, softy heart when you got to know him.
“I’m pretty tired.” I teased, setting the bouquet on the dresser. “Kind of had a long night.”
“Someone keep you up late?” His brows lifted in suspicion, but I saw the twitch of his lips all the same.
“Maybe I kept that person up late instead.” I closed the distance between us, our chests just a foot apart.
His lips pulled up in an easy grin. Gavin had the type of presence that always managed to suck me in, no matter what kind of mood he displayed. It was engaging, the way he spoke to others. Short, brief, to the point. And it turned me on in more ways than I could count. I’m pretty sure his lack of communication bothered him more than it did anyone else. But the fact of the matter was, I liked how he was. How he acted. Gavin knew what he wanted, though it took him some time to get what he wanted. In a way, he reminded me of a tiger: slow to pounce, but all claws and bite once he took his prey. That occasional shyness he exhibited only complemented—not to mention complicated—his ways, making him more intriguing.
I’m not sure if I’d ever figure him out completely, but I was going to have a damn good time trying.
Heather Van Fleet
Heather Van Fleet is a stay-at-home-mom turned book boyfriend connoisseur. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, a mom to three girls, and in her spare time you can find her with her head buried in her Kindle, guzzling down copious amounts of coffee.
Heather graduated from Black Hawk College in 2003 and currently writes YA, NA, and Adult contemporary romance. She is published through Sourcebooks Casablanca with her Reckless Hearts series and is represented Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary.
Learn more about this author here on her website.
Gavin St. James carries a lot of wounds under his shield of armor, most of them from a unstable childhood, and then a few that he picked while serving in the military overseas; and you can't see the things he has witnessed without being a little closed off. He leads a fairly private life, most of the time he'd prefer to be alone, but occasionally he socializes with a close knit group of trusted friends; and has never really given much thought to settling down and opening his life to another person, to do so would expose a past he'd like to keep hidden.
But then a breath of fresh air blows into his life, and turns it upside down with her chaotic approach, and for the first time in his life he considers letting someone in... all the way in, and it's downright unsettling. The moment he met McKenna he knew she was it for him, but she doesn't do strings or forever's, she is more of a one and done kind of girl, she has no choice but to be that way, with the past she has endured. But he sees the potential they have, and is a very determined man, one who plans to be the first to convince her to stay.
Recklessly Ever After is an emotionally rich tale that that will tug on your heartstrings, and make you really feel the words, hurt and all! These characters were perfectly suited for one another, even if it took them some time to figure it out, but once they did it was nothing but fireworks... and of course some serious angst! These characters come bearing many flaws and old wounds, ones that often pushed them to their breaking points, but you could also see personal growth as the story progressed, which not only gave them a realistic quality, but also made them easy to connect to. This was a such pleasurable read, the story line emoted many feelings and swoons, and it kept me invested from start to finish. Highly recommend!
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