Wet and Reckless by Samanthe Beck is now live!
She’s a walking, talking disturbance of his peace…
When former Navy SEAL West Donovan trades covert ops for small-town cop, he craves calm and order. Rescuing a sexy, law-bending hitchhiker during a rainstorm raises his gut-level trouble detector–plus a few things south of his gut–into the red zone. He vows to help this particular tumbleweed find her way and keep it professional, but when she becomes his downstairs neighbor, professionalism is sorely tested. He’s got red lingerie infiltrating his laundry, sultry songs invading his bedroom, and suddenly he’s the one in need of rescue.
Aspiring singer/songwriter Roxy Goodhart ventures to Bluelick, Kentucky to outrun her latest mistake. It’s a doozy, involving a lying ex-manager, a dire lack of cash, and a teensy bit of grand larceny. Landing in the long, strong, entirely too tempting arms of the law is no way to keep a low profile while she re-builds her “L.A. or bust” fund. Taking an apartment that–oops–puts her under West…er…in his path every day doesn’t help. Testing his impressive reserve is beyond reckless, but she’d love to test it…all…night…long.
NICUnurse’s Review of Wet and Reckless by Samanthe Beck
Samanthe Beck is a new-to-me author. Never one to shy away from giving a new author a try, I was intrigued enough by the cover and the blurb to take a chance on this book. I have mixed feelings about this one, though.
From the very first chapter, I had a hard time getting into the story. I wasn’t sure I cared for West much at all at the beginning or the directions of his thoughts regarding a very young woman in distress. Maybe it’s because I’m a girl mom and the world out there scares me for her, but his thoughts and feelings about Roxy utterly turned me off. And if I can’t connect with the main characters, the story will usually fall flat for me.
Despite my reluctance to continue, I wanted to be able to give a well-thought-out and well-rounded review, so I powered on. My reward for pressing on was a much more well-developed plot and a more likable West about halfway through the story. Before that point, it was quite easy to walk away from the book and walk away often. However, after about the 50% mark, I felt much more invested in the story as a whole and generally enjoyed it and eventually loving how it ended.
I guess I just feel that in this day and time, with the social climate the way it is, I would have liked to see a little more professionalism and less sexualization of a potential victim than the author gave us in West at the beginning of the story. I could understand a few stray thoughts here and there. But it wasn’t enjoyable reading the continued sexual thoughts he had regarding an obviously lost and hurt young woman. I get chemistry. I get it was hard for him not to view her as a potential bad guy, so to speak. But it all just seemed a little…much.
As I said, though, it turned out to be a lot more enjoyable of a read than what my first impression was. The overall story was redeeming enough that I can’t say I’m never going to read anything else this author writes. I’m always willing to give a new-to-me author more chances to sway me one way or another, so I look forward to seeing what she gives us next.
NICUnurse’s Rating: I give Wet and Reckless by Samanthe Beck 3.5 out of 5 propellers.
Wine lover, sleep fanatic, and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of sexy contemporary romance novels, Samanthe Beck lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her long-suffering husband, Charles, and their turbo-son, Hud. Throw in a furry ninja assassin named Gander, a few hundred Nerf blasters, one electric guitar, (with amp!), and…well…you get the picture.
When not dreaming up fun, fan-your-cheeks ways to get her characters to happy-ever-after, she searches for the perfect cabernet to pair with ASMR podcasts.
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