5 Star Review: Pretty Reckless by LJ Shen

Thursday 2 May 2019

I don't know what I was expecting from this book but it certainly wasn't that story! A flowery romance it wasn't but what it was was another fascinating study into the troubled minds of our favourite Todos Santos families.

I thought Daria was the most troubled character in the story then I realised that she was just one person amongst a sea of angst and heartbreak. What we initially witness in relation to Daria's behaviour is merely the tip of the iceberg and as the story progresses you come to see why she is the way she is and how her perfect life was torn down around her.

This is a really gritty, challenging story to read but it is fast paced, well written and captivating, despite the depravity, abuse, and bullying at its core. It's strange to say that you could love such a book but if you put your sensibilities aside, you will be able to enjoy the story for what it is, troubled youngsters fighting to understand their minds and bodies. Whoever said growing up was easy, it certainly isn't in Todos Santos.

This ebook was kindly provided by the author prior to release in return for an honest and unbiased review.


We were supposed to be best friends
But turned out to be worst enemies…
They say revenge is a dish best served cold.
I’d had four years to stew on what Daria Followhill did to me, and now my heart is completely iced.
I took her first kiss.
She took the only thing I loved.
I was poor.
She was rich.
The good thing about circumstances? They can change. Fast.
Now, I’m her parents’ latest shiny project.
Her housemate. Her tormentor. The captain of the rival football team she hates so much.
Yeah, baby girl, say it—I’m your foster brother.
There’s a price to pay for ruining the only good thing in my life, and she’s about to shell out some serious tears.
Daria Followhill thinks she is THE queen. I’m about to prove to her that she’s nothing but a spoiled princess.
Everyone loves a good-old, unapologetic punk.
But being a bitch? Oh, you get slammed for every snarky comment, cynical eye roll, and foot you put in your adversaries’ way.
The thing about stiletto heels is that they make a hell of a dent when you walk all over the people who try to hurt you.
In Penn Scully’s case, I pierced his heart until he bled out, then left it in a trash can on a bright summer day.
Four years ago, he asked me to save all of my firsts for him.
Now he lives across the hall, and there’s nothing I want more than to be his last everything.
His parting words when he gave me his heart were that nothing in this world is free.
Now? Now he is making me pay.

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