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Selena Montgomery
384 pages
June 2008
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Kell Jameson is a hugely successful defense lawyer, independent and smart, who has made something of herself after her youth as an orphan living in rural Georgia. When Eliza, the woman who brought her up, contacts Kell for help, Kell responds immediately and travels to Hallden to help investigate a murder. Eliza knows a lot of evidence suggests that she killed drug dealer Clay Griffin; indeed, she visited him the night he died, but she didn't actually kill him.

When Kell arrives in Hallden, she bumps into Sheriff Luke Calder, and there's an instant attraction. However, Kell can't be open with him and has to lie on occasion to protect her client. Can they have a future when it's hard to trust each other? Luke and Kell, searching for evidence to clear Eliza, start to uncover something big. Luke also finds local Police Chief Graves causing him difficulties over jurisdiction. Can Kell keep Eliza safe? Can Luke persuade Kell to trust him? Can they find out what really happened?

Reckless is well written with a good plot and a variety of characters. Kell herself is often difficult to like, although that doesn't seem a problem for Sheriff Luke Calder. The mixture of courtroom stuff, police investigation and romance is well balanced and interesting, but I was disappointed that the end of the book is in no way rounded off. The author is writing more books about these events from the viewpoints of Kell's friends, but it means that this story seems to just stop with minimal resolution - a disappointment after events appear to be leading up to a grand showdown and revealing the underlying events. There are also one or two plot unlikelihoods, such as Kell and the sheriff stumbling on a secret location important to the story, and a potential client of Kell's keeping faith with her and agreeing to pay her more when she's significantly messed about by Kell.

Overall I enjoyed Reckless but was very disappointed that the story doesn't adequately conclude; I would have appreciated some hint of this on the back cover.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2008

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