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Review – Reckless Nights by Karen Erickson

Reckless NightsPublisher: Samhain
Publish Date: Out Now
How I got this book: eARC from publisher
Reviewer: MinnChica

Reagan can’t believe her luck—and not in a good way. One minute she’s hanging out with her friends at an exclusive party in Las Vegas. The next, she’s attracted the attention of a famous actor. Not just any actor. Declan Carter, the man on which she used to—okay, might still—have a fangirl crush. Whose blue eyes leave her embarrassingly tongue tied.

All Declan wants is to meet a nice, normal woman who won’t use him as a stepping stone to fame. Something about Reagan tells him she could be that rare woman, and he follows his instinct to invite her back to his suite—where they proceed to have wild monkey sex. All. Night. Long.

What was supposed to be one night of no-regrets sex stretches out into a blissful weekend of two people who can’t get enough of each other. But when the glamour of Sin City wears off, they’re standing on the edge of a once-in-a-lifetime chance to turn a weekend fling into something lasting. Will they take the jump?

Product Warnings: Smokin’ hot sexy weekend with a gorgeous actor? There shouldn’t be a warning—more like encouragement to indulge your fantasies!
*Blurb from Goodreads*

I love my Hollywood romance books, so when I read the blurb from this one, I couldn’t wait to read it. While I think this book could have been amazing, it fell short for me.

Declan went through a rough patch and had to watch all his mistakes splashed across the tabloids. He’s accepted a new role that is going to take everything out of him, and he’s determined to show the world that he’s changed. One last weekend in Vegas with his buddies before the role starts is his last chance to let loose before immersing in his character.

Reagan is enjoying a weekend away with the girls, and when she’s introduced to Declan, she can’t believe her luck. She crushed on him for years, and getting the chance to know the actual man is throwing her for a loop. But a sexy weekend with Declan is just what Reagan wants, whether he can promise her something beyond that is the big question.

I think this book had the foundation to be amazing. I loved the set up, and as individual characters, both Reagan and Declan were super interesting. I would have loved the see how Declan handled being folded back into the Hollywood limelight, and how Reagan would have handled that around her evenings as an ER nurse. Unfortunately, since this was a novella, the book felt under-developed on all fronts.

I felt like I needed so much more: romance, character development, time. The romance had a feeling of insta-love to it, which I just found myself struggling to believe in. I needed more than a sexy weekend romp to believe that these two had the kind of staying power that Erickson led us to think they had. It just wasn’t enough for me.

All in all, I felt like I needed more to really enjoy this story. Don’t get me wrong, the sex was super hot and well written. However, I just needed more time for the rest of the story to develop to believe in the romance. I wish this would have been longer!
I give Reckless Nights a C-

 

By MinnChica

MinnChica can usually be found with her nose in a book (or nook), and can ALWAYS find a few minutes to read: stuck at a red light, sitting in the doctors office, on her lunch break. She's so addicted to reading that her family frequently threatens to host an intervention. Currently MinnChica is devouring every romance book she can get her hands on, especially ones that feature 'friends to lovers' stories. Some of her favorite authors currently are Ilona Andrews, Jill Myles, Meljean Brook, Nalini Singh and Susan Mallery.

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