Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: A Shot of Reckless by Maddie Paige

Posted October 12, 2015 by Kim in 4 Stars, Blog Tour, In Review / 0 Comments

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Welcome to my stop on the tour for Maddie Paige’s A Shot of Reckless. If you’re a fan of new adult romance, you definitely want to check this one out. I really enjoyed this duo’s debut book.

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Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: A Shot of Reckless by Maddie PaigeA Shot of Reckless by Maddie Paige
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: October 14, 2015
Publisher: Elephantine Publishing
Format: eARC, 252 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My rating:

Art 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.

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in review my thoughts

I was intrigued by the blurb for A Shot of Reckless when I first read it and I almost didn’t accept it for review because of the tight turnaround time for the tour. I’m glad I took a chance on this book and made time for it in my schedule.

I’m a big fan of the “friends with benefits to more” trope in books, so this one was right up my alley. I liked the characters and found myself rooting for them from nearly the very beginning of the book. I liked that the characters in this book didn’t behave like the stereotypical new adult characters in several situations. The authors took it in a different direction and I appreciated that break from the norm. (I don’t want to get all spoilery, but I’m specifically talking about times when misunderstandings/miscommunication could’ve derailed everything happening between Roxy and Lake.)

Roxy was a tough cookie, and a little bit of a mess thanks to her previous relationship, and I liked her for it. She was believable. She owned her sexuality and wasn’t looking for anything serious when it came to romance. There aren’t nearly enough of this type of female lead in the books I read. (Though, I’m pleased to say I’m seeing more and more of them.) She was artistic and driven, honest and unapologetic. Yes, she turned to alcohol to deal with her problems and I feared there might be an issue there, but then I remembered it’s college. I can’t judge her for behavior I too indulged in back then.

Lake was no slouch either. It was impossible not to like him. He, too, was a little bit broken, if for a different reason. He was on the verge of graduating and leaving town, so he wasn’t looking for anything serious either. So, why not start a little friends with benefits with the spunky woman who approached him in a bar? What could happen? But he was sweet and sexy and, as things continued, it was obvious he cared for Roxy.

I really liked Roxy and Lake together. Not only did they have great chemistry, they had excellent banter. It was easy to root for them as a couple. I wanted them to admit what was going on between them was more than just friends with benefits because, honestly, it was obvious to everyone but them. They were a great match. And they had some smokin’ hot fun together, too.

The secondary characters in this book – particularly Abigail, Taylor and Dylan – were fantastic too. I wouldn’t be opposed to this book becoming the first in a series and seeing each of these fine ladies getting a book of their own. There are stories to tell there. I’m of the greedy reader type and I’d love to know more. Especially about Taylor. Her story was secondary, but so important, and I found myself gritting my teeth through every scene with her douchebag boyfriend Josh in it. I’d love to find out what happens next for her. So, a series…? Please? 🙂

I really enjoyed A Shot of Reckless. I loved the friendships. The romance was sweet and sexy and gave me the feels I look for in books like this. Though it dipped into some serious issues, it remained fairly light while addressing them. I’d love to see more from these authors and these characters. If they write more, I’ll definitely read it.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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About Maddie Paige

Writing duo Maddie Paige bonded over books, shirtless boys and Step Up movies. One lives for her coffee while the other prefers hot chocolate. Both lovers of romance, they tag teamed a manuscript over late nights at Steak & Shake. They live in Atlanta, GA and A Shot of Reckless is their debut.

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1 Winner will get
2 signed books by authors TBD
Plus a basket of our character Roxy’s fave things:
cookies, coffee mug, fave scarf, her necklace, a trusty shot glass, a DVD of her fave hot shirtless boy movie, and the important sketch journal

Must be 13+ To Enter | Ships in US only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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tour schedule

October 7th
Spiced Latte Reviews

October 8th

Bookaholics Anonymous 
Once Upon A Twilight

October 9th

Bookish Things And More

October 10th
Insane About Books

October 11th

Book Hounds
Reading Is MyTreasure

October 12th
Fictitious Delicious
Kimberly Faye Reads
Read-A-Holicz

October 13th
A Leisure Moment

October 14th
Dream Within A Dream
Good Choice Reading
Owl Always Be Reading

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