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 was 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 my firsts for him.
Now he lives across the hall, and I want nothing 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.
4.5 Heart Review by Ashley
WHOA. And do I mean WHOA! Pretty Reckless is high school meets some Real Housewives level of drama. For as much as YA and drama aren't my thing, the way L.K. Shen wrote this made it unputdownable.
Daria. I wanted to like her. I really did but for about 70% of the book I didn't. She was bratty, vindictive and petty. But she was also sad, lonely and lost. Especially when her mother, thinking she was doing something right, only added fuel to the fire by having Penn become a permanent fixture in their home. Goodness me- Penn. That boy was full of hate and vinegar. But he was just as broken and just as lonely as Daria. The only difference was he saw that she was hiding and worked his way in.
It was high school and hormones and rivalry. The wrong side of the tracks and the princess. It shouldn't have made sense. They hated each other as much as they hated themselves but somehow when Daria and Penn were together all the garbage didn't matter. It was just them, being them. Bleeding out their pain and anger. I loved seeing these two let their guards down, laugh and just be kids. Though those moments were few and far between, it was just the right amount to break up all the heavy and intense emotions.
And it was all building to this...the showdown. Cue the nervousness. I loved that Daria took a stand and did what she had to do. So did Penn. Although they were fighting for the same thing, they did it in vastly different ways. And the fallout was going to be HUGE. Nobody was going to be unaffected by it. Everyone, from Daria's parents (yay for Mel and Jamie and a Vic sighting too) to the entire class at All Saints High had something to lose.
Pretty Reckless was all about family, friendship and forgiveness. And spun into this wild and twisted ride was a young romance that was profound and changed both Penn and Daria. Hats off to L.J. Shen for making their road twisted and downright hard. But the payoff, the ending, was so sweet and no less than these two warriors deserved.
About the Author
L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.
Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets people's’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.
She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.
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