Review // Reckless by Elsie Silver

July 10, 2023

Hot. Wet. Hungry.
Just the way I like her.

Reckless by Elsie Silver

My Rating - ★★★★½
Release - June 9, 2023
Standalone - Chestnut Springs #4
Genre/Trope - Contemporary Romance / small town / secret baby
POV - Dual 1st person
Heat - 4 out of 5
Format - ebook borrowed from Kindle Unlimited
Length - 404 pages

Theo Silva. Rowdy bull rider. Notorious ladies’ man. Scorching hot trouble wrapped up in a drool-worthy package.
And he’s looking at me like I might be his next meal.
But I’m almost free of my toxic marriage and have sworn off men entirely. So all I see when I look back is temptation served up with a heaping side of heartbreak.
The man is hard to trust—and even harder to resist.
Make that impossible. Because Theo is persistent. And no matter how hard I try to freeze him out, he melts my icy exterior and pulls apart all my defenses.
Over a drink in a small town bar, I blurt out my deepest, darkest secrets. Then I spend the singular hottest night of my life with him.
He worships my body. He makes me blush. I come alive beneath his hands.
Then I tell him to forget it ever happened. I want simple, and with him it all feels complicated.
It was supposed to be a one-time thing.
A secret.
But that little plus sign is going to make this secret impossible to keep.

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My Two Cents

Thank you Renee @ Addicted to Romance for recommending a secret baby romance that I could love! Seriously, if you read any secret baby book EVER, read this one!

Theo Silva can definitely get it. He was fun, charming, hot AF, sweet, and sexy. Then watch him bond with his baby girl… absolutely swoon-worthy. He made most of this story for me. For a lot of it, no lie, if it weren’t for him, I probably would have stopped reading.

Because… Winter.

She was a tough nut to crack. It took Theo’s patience and kindness to see beneath her layers. When she finally opened up, allowed him in, made herself feel and be vulnerable and care… I finally started to love her too. She’s no competition for Theo, but she had me rooting for her and him and their happily ever after by the end.

A Little Note: I fell in love with everyone in this book. The small town charm, the fact that they’re in Canada (yes, I’m patriotic), the bits and pieces of backstory, all of this makes me want to go back to the beginning. I want to witness Summer + Rhett, Sloane + Jasper, Willa + Cade falling in love for myself. Especially because I understand Winter now, so any bad parts of her I see in those stories won’t bother me as much. And then there’s Beau. He’s the broken, battle-worn, war hero who seems to be struggling. I’d love to see him find his happiness too.

The Author

Elsie Silver is a Canadian author of sassy, sexy, small town romance who loves a good book boyfriend and the strong heroines who bring them to their knees. She lives just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband, son, and three dogs and has been voraciously reading romance books since before she was probably supposed to.

She loves cooking and trying new foods, traveling, and spending time with her boys–especially outdoors. Elsie has also become a big fan of her quiet five am mornings, which is when most of her writing happens. It’s during this time that she can sip a cup of hot coffee and dream up a fictional world full of romantic stories to share with her readers.

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  1. Hmm, I don't think I've read a secret baby book before. Maybe this is a good one to start with. Do the numbers in your tags mean the characters are over 30 ?

    1. Hi Jess. Yes, it's definitely the book to read if secret baby isn't really your thing. As for my tags, no they don't refer to their age. Just my own way of keeping track of books lol. But this isn't a new adult book. They're in their late 20s. Hope that helps! And if you do end up reading it, let me know what you thought :)

  2. Fabulous review! I breathed a sigh of relief that you loved this one here. Theo is a dreamboat especially when he learns he is a dad, that devastation just broke my heart and then how it affected Winter yeah swoon moment! Glad you ended up loving Winter, she is a tough nut to crack, especially when you see her in book one, but when you see her shed that layer and show her vulnerabilities and having experienced what she had growing up, makes you really love her character. I struggle with prickly heroines, but felt her character was done beautifully.

    1. Thanks hon! Yeah, Theo was everything for me with this story. I loved him soooo much. And yes, that scene where he learns the truth... how devastated he was over everything he had missed... I loved this man! While Winter was hard to like for most of the story (she was ice cold), I liked her character arc. She grew and we got to see it. And to notice that her cold demeanor masked a fragile heart. Such a great story!

  3. And why can't secret baby books be more like this one???? Because it was perfection.

  4. I'm so glad you loved this book. Elsie Silver is one of my favorite authors and I love this series. Theo was definitely yummmm.
    Great review!

    1. Thanks luv! xo
      I enjoyed this so much that I need to read the other books of the series :)

  5. YAY!!!! So happy you loved this one. I did, too. I think you will love the rest of the series as well. Great review!

    1. Thanks so much, Deanna! xo
      I think if the other books were anything like this one, I'll be in for a great time :)


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