I'm going to be honest here, because if I'm not, why would you read this, I had some very, very low expectations going into this book. I read the Beautiful Darkness series all the way through. And the first one was pretty good, but I didn't love where they went from there. I attempted to read her other series, but I didn't love it either. But the synopsis of The Lovely Reckless really pulled me in, and I kind of dig the cover, although it's cheesy. So I thought I would give it a try. Here's the synopsis from Goodreads:
I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.
Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.
How can that synopsis not make you want to know what's going on? How does Frankie have memories of her boyfriend's death? How did he die? What does she do in this 'nothing matters' lifestyle? Well I know, because I've read it. The first part of this review will be as spoiler-free as possible, however, I plan to go into spoilers later, but I'll let you know when that happens.Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?
Overall, I really liked Frankie as a character. Frankie is selfish, headstrong, argumentative, and the perfect, realistic, angsty teen for this story.