Review: Reckless by Anne Stuart

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Review: Reckless by Anne Stuart

5 Stars

Book Info

Released: September 1, 2010
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The House of Rohan #2
Pages: 408

WOW! The House of Rohan is turning into a favorite series of mine. I couldn’t put this book down! The characters and the plot are dark, and it feels like a guilty pleasure to like them.

First there’s Adrian Rohan. I want him! Yes, he’s the rake, but he’s so damn good at it! He’s lived a life of excess and debauchery. Always participating in the kinky fest at the Heavenly Host.

Then there’s Charlotte Spenser. She’s the spinster who doesn’t think she’s pretty enough to catch a man. And has always been in love with Rohan.

Until one day her friend Lina brings her to a gathering of the Heavenly Host (undercover) so that she can see what the pleasures of the flesh are all about. While roaming the rooms she catches Rohan’s eye, and he immediately figures out who she is and decides he will have her. *SWOON*

I want to marry Adrian Francis Rohan.

There’s intrigue, betrayal, friendship, and a few murder attempts. But this book is hot! HAWT!!! And the plot works so well for me. The characters are all perfect for each other. Honorable mention for favorite scene has to be THE SLAP. Charlotte shows us she has a spine and won’t just fall at Adrian’s feet, I loved it. There’s a great side story with Lina and Simon. Ohhh my heart broke for Lina and what happened in her past. My only complaint on that front is that we don’t get to see as much of their developing romance and it all kind of fell together at the end for them.

And while I’m complaining, here’s a minor detail that I wished was explained better at the beginning of the book. Adrian Francis Rohan is the son of Elinor and Francis Rohan (from Ruthless). I really wish this fact would’ve been a little clearer. But I did enjoy seeing both of them coming back at the end of the book and to hear their son talking about how they had a perfect marriage.

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About Anne Stuart

Anne Stuart is a grandmaster of the genre, winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, survivor of more than thirty-five years in the romance business, and still just keeps getting better.

Her first novel was Barrett's Hill, a gothic romance published by Ballantine in 1974 when Anne had just turned 25. Since then she's written more gothics, regencies, romantic suspense, romantic adventure, series romance, suspense, historical romance, paranormal and mainstream contemporary romance for publishers such as Doubleday, Harlequin, Silhouette, Avon, Zebra, St. Martins Press, Berkley, Dell, Pocket Books and Fawcett.

She’s won numerous awards, appeared on most bestseller lists, and speaks all over the country. Her general outrageousness has gotten her on Entertainment Tonight, as well as in Vogue, People, USA Today, Women’s Day and countless other national newspapers and magazines.

When she’s not traveling, she’s at home in Northern Vermont with her luscious husband of thirty-six years, an empty nest, three cats, four sewing machines, and one Springer Spaniel, and when she’s not working she’s watching movies, listening to rock and roll (preferably Japanese) and spending far too much time quilting.

Anne Stuart also writes as Kristina Douglas.

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Great review! I so want to read this book now! Hadn’t heard of it before now so thanks for the tip!


I looved this series!! and I too loved this book, what a great series! I never read or listened to anything by Anne Stuart before, and I got Ruthless because I loved the, but what a great surprise!!
Thanks Francesca, again great job with the review!!

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Thanks girls!

Lexi, I believe you will love it. I couldn’t put this book down!!!

Lupdilup, I also listened to the audiobooks for this whole series. I think they are amazing!



Great review Francesca!!! I’m adding this and the rest of the series to my wishlist!!!

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@Timitra, I hope you’ll be as pleasantly surprised as I was with this series! Love it!



Thank you for the review, I haven’t enjoyed any of this series yet, but I’ll be adding them to my TBR list. lisagk


I have not read this series but that is about change. Have added to my to buy list. Great review.

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You have to read them!! They are all great books!