Book Review: A Shot of Reckless by Maddie Paige


a shot of recklessArt major, Roxy Thompson, is a ball of fun—but she’s also careful to keep her walls intact when it comes to men. She likes relationships just like her coffee: light and sweet. After having her heart shattered once before, she’s determined not to ever feel that broken again.

College senior, Lake Foster, is just tempting enough to make Roxy rethink her rules of engagement. Suddenly, high-dollar shots and a no-strings night out aren’t enough anymore. But Lake isn’t looking for long-term. His future is set, and in four months, he intends to graduate and leave Georgia—and everything in it—behind. Luckily, short-term fun is Roxy’s specialty, and Lake can’t resist what he promises will be a fleeting taste.

Will Roxy and Lake really walk away when their time is up? They only have one shot to find out.

My Review:

A Shot of Reckless by Maddie Paige was a really cute NA contemporary read! I have to admit, I wasn’t totally sold on the cover of this book. However, I’ve been going through such a huge NA fix lately, that I overlooked it. I’m glad I did! Such a cute read! There were a few quirks and perks to the book. Overall, though, I believe that NA contemporary lovers will enjoy this one.

Being honest, it did take me awhile to warm up to A Shot of Reckless. Correction: It took my awhile to warm up to Roxy’s character. She was very abrupt and in your face; scandalous and, well, a little……..too adventurous for my personal taste. I wouldn’t say that I ever really fell in love with her, but I came to tolerate her.

The real star of the show was Lake. He made it possible to tolerate Roxy, because he was just too damn cute. However, I was a little confused by Lake’s personality. Sometimes, he exhibited this dominate, I’m in charge attitude toward Roxy. Those scenes were hot as hell. Other times, though, he bowed down and let her take charge. It was almost like he was second guessing his dominate demeanor. I didn’t like that, because it made his character come across as confusing and hard to identify. Was he supposed to be the dominate lover or was he supposed to be the sappy boyfriend? More clarification was needed. However, I really enjoyed Lake’s character throughout the entirety of this book!

The side characters and side plots had me a little bit on the fence. Trigger warning: emotional and physical abuse are mentioned in this book. I just didn’t really think those side plots necessarily worked within the theme of this  book. Had it been a different book with that specific main theme going on, then sure. Totally understand. However, I felt that there was just a little bit too much going on for one book. I also thought that several of the side characters sort of blended together and it was difficult to tell them apart at times.

One thing that I did really like about this book was the progression of Lake and Roxy’s relationship. Unlike most NA books, their relationship didn’t form over night. They weren’t instantly in looooooooove! I appreciated the fact that the author took the time for Roxy and Lake to get to know each other!

Another thing that I loved about this book were the sexy scenes. Holy. Sexy. Scenes. WOW. I like spice and heat to my books and this one had it all! Maddie Paige definitely knows how to spice it up in her novels! Yes, please!

Aside from the story itself, I had a minor complaint about the writing style. There tended to my a lot of short, simple sentences, making it seem like there were several pauses in thought. This wasn’t something that lasted throughout the entire book, but it lasted for quite awhile. However, this could just be a personal complaint!

Overall, I thought that this was a really cute NA book. Lovers of romantic comedies with plenty of laughs and drama will really enjoy this one!

Rating: [rating: 3]