Review: Wicked Restless by Ginger Scott

Monday, 2 November 2015

You can see my review for Wild Restless and my author interview with Ginger Scott here

26124170Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott
Series: Harper Boys #2
Released: 17th March 2015
Genre: NA Contemporary
Source: Author
Pages: 306
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
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Andrew Harper grew up in a house marked by tragedy. His older brother Owen did his best to shelter him, but you can only be protected from life’s pain for so long.
Eventually, you end up just feeling numb…and isolated. 

Loneliness was the one constant in Andrew’s life. Until one girl, met by chance in a high school hallway, changed everything. Emma Burke was a mystery and all that was beautiful in this world, the only air Andrew ever wanted to breathe. She took the lonely away, and filled it with hope and color, and Andrew would do anything to keep her safe, happy and whole.

 But sometimes, what feels good and right is what ends up hurting us the most. And when Andrew and Emma are faced with an impossible decision, Andrew is tested to see just how far he’s willing to go for the girl who owns his heart. Cuts are deep. Scars are left behind. And revenge beckons. When Andrew finally gets his chance, in college, five years after his first love broke him completely, he finds out old feelings don’t really disappear just because you say you hate someone.

The more he tries to avenge all that he believes he lost, the more he uncovers the real story of what happened years before.

 Love is wicked. But a restless heart is never satisfied beating on its own. Can Andrew and Emma make it right before it's too late, or will the ties that bind them now destroy their only chance at a future?
Thank you to the author and Wordsworth Publicity for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Ginger Scott's talent as an author has shone through yet again in this NA contemporary novel, built on the foundations set by Wild Reckless. While it's not essential that you've read that first, it definitely gives you an idea of how the characters have transformed and two brothers support each other when times are tough. In Wicked Reckless there is a romance which takes the stereotypes and yet turns them into something altogether unique, by weaving raw characters undergoing challenges which attempt to define them.This is a story that will evoke a whole range of emotions in you from start to finish. 

There's an emptiness and fullness that settles over us at the same time - a feeling of hope and hopelessness. We wade in it, breathe in it together, and I want to run back to him, to tell him the rest of my story, to climb back into his car and let him drive us away.

Andrew and Emma - two people who are similar in some ways and still so different in others. Whilst it may seem that the 'smart bad boy' is back again in YA, Ginger Scott has managed to create a flawed character who has so much more to him. Andrew isn't necessarily likable at the start, and there's a frustration about some of his actions that you can't help but feel. However, what makes this book something I enjoyed reading was seeing a real transformation from two teenagers in lust (which the author portrayed as not necessarily in love), to two adults navigating the troubles life has thrown at them. The alternating POV's also allowed a glimpse into Emma's world, one which you don't quite grasp the intricacies of until an important aspect of her character is revealed (read it and find out!). Let's just say that matters of the heart are altogether complicated, and in more ways than one...

Nothing about the way he's looking at me feels threatening or possessive; it's adoring...Adored is exactly how I always wanted to feel, and I haven't felt it since he left my life five years ago.

Another thing which I loved about this book was how realistic the relationships seemed. There is a clear difference shown in different situations about what makes a positive relationship and what makes a negative one, alongside the importance of trust and honesty. Aside from the romantic side of things though is the brotherly connection between Andrew and Owen, who we got to know in the first book. It's uplifting to see how they still shared a camaraderie between them and the banter added some humour where it was needed. It just goes to show how important family is through highs and lows, and how they can help make a person who they are.

Andrew Harper was a gift, a friend when I was scared and alone, a savior when I almost lost everything, and the love of my life that I got lucky enough to find a second time.


Wicked Restless is a NA romance which takes readers on a whirlwind journey with two characters who overcome challenges within themselves, and together. If you're a fan of this genre, then you'll definitely love getting to know the Harper Boys!

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of six young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling and You and Everything After. A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns.

For more on her and her work, visit her website at When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

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