Title: Reckless Longing
Author: Gina Robinson
Series: Reckless #1
Release Date: September 23rd 2013.
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About the Book
Ellie Martin hates her beautiful, man-crazy mother. Her mother’s wild and wanton behavior has left Ellie with a deep longing. To escape. To belong. To know who her real dad is. To really be loved. Her mother finally crosses a line thatsends Ellie running, escaping to college with one, focused goal–to find and confront her bio dad, who doesn’t even know she exists. Then she meets Logan. Hot, charming, and troubled. He turns her world upside down and puts all her plans in jeopardy.
Logan Walker is hiding a shameful and painful secret. One that nearly cost him everything. When he meets the beautiful and mysterious Ellie at a Week of Welcome event, something inside him awakens and he finds himself drawn to her.
But the attraction they both feel for each other is as delicate as the web of secrets they each hide behind. And as the truths are revealed, their reckless longing may not survive the fallout.
The evening was going about as well as I expected. How likely is it in any given mating-game situation that the wingman will fall for the girl’s moral support sidekick? In this case, given my mindset, the odds were exactly zero. With the pounding music, even trying to make idle conversation was pointless.
We got our subs and energy drinks and found an empty patch of lawn to sit on. Bre cooed to Dan. Jake and I were awkward and ate mostly in silence. My gaze landed on an Up All Night sign advertising the events of the evening.
PRECISION PIERCING. SPECIALS—TONIGHT ONLY! HALF OFF THE USUAL PRICE. BELLYBUTTON, EARS, CARTILAGE, AND NOSES ONLY.
My heart pounded in my ears. I’d read enough. I knew what I wanted, what I had wanted for a couple of years now but was too rebellious to do—pierce my navel. To understand how not piercing my bellybutton is rebellious, you have to know my mom. It was what she wanted me to do, so it was exactly what I refused to do. But now I didn’t care what she thought. I could pierce or not pierce at my pleasure. I was of age and didn’t need her permission. She’d never know unless I wanted her to. And even then, she wouldn’t be around to gloat and enjoy her triumph.
Anyway, that wasn’t the way I saw it. Doing what I wanted without regard to her was my victory. I looked around at the party atmosphere that I should have been enjoying and found myself almost smiling.
Dan and Jake wolfed down their sandwiches and were ready to party. Bre wrapped the remains of hers, ready to toss it so she could get on with the evening. I’d barely touched mine, but that wasn’t unusual. Since the breakup I’d lost my appetite for just about everything in life and ten pounds along with it. And I hadn’t been overweight to begin with.
Dan offered Bre a hand up. “Dance or take in the magic show?”
“Dance!” Bre laughed and took his arm, smiling up at him coyly.
“Body piercing!” I said in unison with Bre as I stood and dusted the grass off my butt.
Three pairs of eyes turned on me. I kept smiling. “What? It’ll be fun. It’s not something you do every day. What better way to remember the start of our illustrious college careers here than with a new piercing?”
I spoke boldly for someone who only had her ears pierced.
Beside me, Jake shook his head. “Guys don’t get pierced. Not at Up All Night.” He spoke like an expert.
I ignored him and appealed to Bre. She shook her head. “The line will be too long by now. We’ll miss everything else. You can get pierced any time. I’ll go with you whenever you want.”
“But not for half price,” I said.
“Ellie, come on.” Bre’s eyes begged me to be reasonable.
I waved her off. “You guys go ahead. I’m off to get my bellybutton pierced. I’ll text you when I’m done and catch up with you later. Have fun!”
Without waiting for an answer, I spun and ran off through the crowd toward the SUB, feeling free and exhilarated for the first time all summer.
My exhilaration lasted as I wound through the crowded first floor of the SUB, following the signs to Precision Piercing’s station. Up the stairs to the second floor toward the ballroom, right until I saw the long line and my courage failed.
Jake had been an ass about things, but he was right about one thing—there were no guys in line for piercing. Bre was right, too. There was a good chance I was already too late. Any minute they’d be shutting off the line, saying they’d reached their maximum.
I stood there, not quite in line, staring and debating with myself. I’d just ditched my roommate and she was going to be pissed about it, especially if I came back without another hole in my body. On the other hand, I could claim I’d been turned away because the line was too long and she’d have gloating rights for the rest of the semester. Maybe even the rest of the time we knew each other. At homecoming twenty years from now, I still wouldn’t hear the end of it.
“You’d better get in line before it’s too late.”
It took me a second to realize the sexy male voice was speaking to me. Startled, I looked around for the source. What was a guy doing here, anyway?
When I found it, my heart did an odd little flip. Sitting on a bench with an instant icepack pressed to his right eye was a guy that was too gorgeous to be benched. How could I have missed him? He had a wicked smile calculated to make girls melt, and his left eye danced with amusement as he watched me. He sat with his legs spread wide, just inviting a girl to stand between them and coo condolences on his injury. Touch his cheek. Offer him any comfort he wanted. He looked dangerous with one eye covered and the way a lock of dark hair fell against the icepack. Yet sympathetic at the same time, like you just wanted to take care of him.
Even though he was sitting, it was obvious he was tall and athletically built beneath the T-shirt and shorts he wore. “Well?”
I blinked. “I’m thinking.”
“The window of opportunity is closing.” He stood and walked over to stand next to me, so close I could smell the delicious scent of his cologne.
“Yes,” I said. “I know.”
He ignored any sarcasm that had slipped into my tone. “What do you want to have pierced?”
“My bellybutton.” I just blurted it out, wondering why this complete stranger inspired my confidence. And why he cared.
He nodded. “Good choice. Bellybutton rings are hot. Every woman should have one.”
Gina Robinson talks about Reckless Longing
Reckless Longing is the first book in my college-set new adult Reckless romance trilogy. I actually read my first new adult romance just this spring. And then I got my daughter hooked on them. A writer should love the genre she writes in and I fell in love with new adult books and simply had to write one myself.
When I was in high school I used to ask my mom—if you could time travel, would you go back to high school? Her answer was the same every time—”I loved high school. But I’d rather go back to college. ” And I have to agree with her. I had a fantastic time in college. It’s such a unique life experience. Liberating, fun, and horribly stressful and emotional at the same time. I think that’s the appeal of new adult. I joke with my friends about writing the Reckless series, saying “I’m going back to college, but without the expense!” I’ve tried to capture that college feeling and experience in the books.
Reckless Longing is told from the heroine Ellie Martin’s point of view. Ellie is a wounded heroine. In the mysterious Logan Walker, I tried to give her her perfect love match. But as Shakespears said, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” Some early pre-release reviews have commented that they wanted more from the ending. Because my goal as a writer is to please readers, I modified the ending slightly, revealing just a bit more. But the lead-in to book two, Reckless Secrets, is just as strong. Right now I’m working like mad on Reckless Secrets and hope to publish it later this year.
Here are what early reviewers are saying about Reckless Longing:
“The best college story I’ve read since Easy! The plot was fresh and different and the author really made me feel like I was back in college.”—LJ Anderson’s blog on Goodreads
“WOW!…What a brilliant plot…I loved the characters…I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a surprising plot and a UST couple you’ll learn to love.”—Nerea Nieto, Goodreads
“Reckless Longing was an extremely satisfying and interesting read that kept me on my toes until the last page. I can’t wait to dive into the sequel and hope I won’t have to wait long for it.”—Patrycja at Smokin’ Hot Book Blog
So what about you—if you could time travel back to an earlier time in your life, when would it be? Or would you stay right where you are?
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About the Author
Gina Robinson loves a good love story and always has. She writes romance of all kinds–new adult, contemporary romance, historical romance, and romantic suspense.
Currently she’s best known for her Agent Ex series– contemporary romance featuring sexy spies and plenty of adventure and humor. License to Love, the latest book in the series is available now.
She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children.
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