Some novels catch your attention and make you smile. A Reckless Match is this kind of book and more. Star-crossed lovers mixed with plenty of adventure make an entertaining, passionate, eye-catching read. Gryff and Maddie’s tale takes the reader on a romantic, thrilling chase that doesn’t stop until the last sentence.
Gryffud “Gryff” Davies, the new Earl of Powys, is a returning soldier bent on carousing his way through London. When illegal activities force Gryff to his Welsh home, the boring existence he expects is shattered by the beautiful neighbor next door, who has invaded his thoughts for too many years. Maddie Montgomery is too busy for the long-enduring, undeniable feeling she has towards Gryff as she is trying to save her family’s financial well-being. Gryff and Maddie’s families have held a feud for hundreds of years. Through a series of misadventures and dangers, the couple realizes they can’t deny the attraction they have held for each other for years any longer.
Gryff is a rake of the first order; however, he has a good heart. Maddie is intelligent and headstrong; no wilting wallflower here! Their love-hate relationship leads to an intense, swoon-worthy, passionate attraction. I enjoyed their verbal sparring and intimate connection. The secondary characters, Gryff and Maddie’s siblings and cousins, added color and spice to the story and opened the door to future books.
The plot was overflowing with sexual tension, adventure, and action. There was not a slow moment. The couple was constantly getting into some kind of trouble, and it was a treat seeing how they would get out. The story flowed rapidly, barely giving time for the reader to breathe; this made for a fantastic read. The majority of the books I read split the point of view between the couple fifty-fifty. In this book, it was closer to eighty-twenty in favor of the heroine. It took me some time to adjust to this, but I found it didn’t take away from the storytelling.
A Reckless Match is the first book in the Ruthless Rivals series. It follows two families who have been enemies for centuries; they have forgotten why! The book takes enemies to lovers to a new level. Kate Bateman creates the beginning of a sensual, adventurous, breath-taking world that I don’t want to end. This novel was a fantastic beginning to a lovable, undeniably entrancing journey. I can’t wait to read more of these cantankerous, unforgettable families!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Release Date: September 28, 2021