Reckless Hope

Reckless Hope CoverTitle: Reckless Hope (Letting Go #2)
Author: J. Leigh Bailey
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: August 24th 2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 193 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


This can be read as a standalone novel.

What’s life without a little risk?

Or a lot of risk, if you’re Sebastian Carlisle. He’ll never live up to the legacy of his dead brother, so why try? Being the wild child in a family of stuck-up rich snobs suits him just fine.

Until he meets Micah Burke, and everything changes.

Micah’s got too much going on for a relationship. Even if he could trust Sebastian, a distraction—a sexy, reckless distraction with a death wish—would only derail his carefully scheduled life. If it were just Micah, maybe that would be fine, but his mother and sister depend on him, and he can’t let them down. Or at least that’s what he tells himself.

A hot moment leads to a hot night leads to a connection neither of them are ready for. And when a crisis hits Micah’s family hard, Sebastian will have to shed his bad-boy image and decide whether he can be the man Micah needs—and Micah needs to decide whether he’ll let him.

This is a sweet love story with a little bit of steam, a little bit of hurt/comfort, and whole lot of hope.

My heart broke for all Micah’s responsibilities that he is drowning under and the unrealistic expectations he has for himself.

I felt sorry that Sebastian is pretty determined to live up to none of the expectations his grandfather has for him. That when his “good” twin died years before it was like he decided it would be easier to be a reckless disappointment he believes his family and friends see him as rather than trying to be “good” and possibly tarnish the memory of his brother.

I pitied both characters. Sebastian for his too bright smile covering up his pain. Micah’s too-young adulthood.

The fact that when Micah’s father died and his mother was paralyzed in a car accident years ago he felt obligated to be the one his mother and his little sister could always count on to be responsible, to handle it all, at the expense of the rest of his childhood. I was so sad that he works two jobs, goes to school part time, takes care of his mother and his sister and only allows himself one night a month, one night, to let go of a little steam, go to a club and dance and act like a normal nineteen year old.

There was no one else. Everyone who should have, could have, been in charge, was gone.

The night he meets Sebastian, and decides that letting off a little steam is exactly what Sebastian seems good for, was pretty hot and starts the ball rolling in this sweet hurt/comfort love story.

Micah is so stubborn…It was frustrating at times seeing all he had on his plate and wishing he could let loose a little and ask Sebastian for a hand. Until the more time Micah ends spending with Sebastian leads him to believe that maybe Sebastian could be counted on for more than a good time…maybe he could trust him?

“You’re putting a lot of pressure on yourself.”
Micah made a show of looking around the room. “There’s no one else. It’s got to be done and I’m the only one who can do it. Everything’s falling apart. No matter what I do, it just keeps spiraling out of my control.”
“Maybe life is like skydiving. Once you jump, you can’t stop the fall. You’ll hit the ground one way or another, but you can control how you fall. You can fight and struggle, but no matter how hard you try, you’ll never pull yourself back into the plane. Or you can work with the wind, take advantage of the currents and enjoy the ride.”

Seeing their relationship develop, almost against Micah’s better judgment and Sebastian’s unintentional self-sabotage, was sweet and, ultimately, worth the trip.

Micah snuggled in closer, resting his hand over Sebastian’s heart. “I’m glad you’re you. I like the you version of you.” He rocked his head and let out a huff of quiet laughter. “I’m not even making sense.”
Sebastian pressed a kiss into Micah’s hair. He shouldn’t, he knew, but he couldn’t help himself. “When I’m with you,” he whispered, “I feel like I’m me. I’m not the devil to contrast Zac’s angel, or the reckless grandson of Carlisle Properties. I don’t have anything to prove. I’m just me.”
“I like the just you,” Micah muttered thickly before falling into sleep.

NOTE: I increased the star rating on this one full star just for the ending.

That Micah doesn’t do anything stupid made me give it a whole star more. Thank heavens for a character NOT being too stupid to accept help!

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I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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