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?
4 stars — OK, this one is a harder book to review and rate too, but the successes were much clearer and more impactful for me, so they definitely weigh more heavily in my opinion. So I can definitely say that Andrew’s book was a hit for me, even if I did have some reservations.
I think my problem comes in that I was SO in love with Andrew in Wild Reckless, or at least what I could see of him. He was sweet, and felt more beta boy, and yet lonely too. I was curious where his story would go. AND I FELL IN LOVE with him in Part One! OMG, that boy was everything I was hoping he would be!! He gave me tummy tingles, and made me giggle and swoon. I ADORED Part One of this story (and yes, all the way through the letters too). It made me so happy and so sad all at once. I’m not always happy with being in the dark for long periods about certain aspects, but I did at least know there was more to Emma’s story based on comments made here and there (and actually had a pretty good guess, though it turned out to not be quite right). I really loved that love story between them. I felt their infatuation with one another, I felt how strongly their feelings came on. And because of the Part One “climax” of sorts, I could understand how those feelings could be made even more impactful when you go through something difficult together. I understood why Emma was scared (even without knowing the details of her story), and I totally believed in Andrew’s sacrifice. So if I’m not making myself clear, I LOVED both characters in Part One.
And thus, my heart HURT for who Andrew became 5 years later. And I actually got it. I think the reason Ms. Scott succeeds in making me believe in Andrew and how he got to where he did is that I saw inside his head (LOVE dual POV books), AND I saw who he was before, I saw some transition in the letters, and eventually we learned a lot of the things that fundamentally changed him for the worse. I TRULY GOT IT. But I wish I didn’t. My ultimate problem with this book, and the reason it’s a 4 star and not a 5 star, is that I hate Andrew’s choices for 30% of the book. He was HORRIBLE. To Emma yes, but mostly to Lindsey. I think it went too far for my delicate sensibilities. I don’t want to be *that* disappointed in a boy I love. I honestly think the only reason I can forgive him is because I knew who he was before, who he *still* could be inside, and because I got to see some remorse. But I’m still sad. I would have appreciated it more if he made some initial bad decisions, but then distanced himself. Ah well, we can’t always get what we want.
And I didn’t expect all the drama that found our hero and heroine in this story, but I was hooked on the ride. I saw a few things coming, and I had all the feels for Emma and the struggles she goes through. I thought that side plot was particularly impactful, and I enjoyed the journey she went on. I think everyone’s journey is different, but I believed in the paths she took. And I was satisfied with the way Andrew handled the situation. I think that’s where we begin to love our hero again and forgive him. It’s too bad it takes that, and maybe it’s a bit convenient, but I’m ok with that. I actually felt like the Emma struggle from Part One (I’m trying to be vague and not give anything away) kind of got lost in Part Two. I thought it would get more limelight, but it didn’t really seem to impact her life or come into play between her and Andrew. I was a bit disappointed with that. Again, sometimes there’s too much difficult stuff, and so you can’t spread the focus to all of it. Ah well.
My absolute FAVOURITE part was the first date in Part Two. OMG, could Andrew be anymore adorable? And the way Emma hugged those presents, OMG OMG OMG. LOVED them both.
AND, I’m totally onboard with another reviewers suggestion of a story for Trent. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!! That boy was so sweet, and it was nice to see Andrew have a good friend.
So yeah. I had some struggles, but the good stuff wins this time. (on a side note, I don’t get the cover…particularly the ferris wheel)