Reckless Hope (Letting Go #2) by J Leigh Bailey ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

Reckless-HopeTitle: Reckless Hope (Letting Go #2)

Author: J Leigh Bailey

Publisher: Carina Press

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 08/24/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


What’s life without a little risk?

Or a lot of risk, if you’re Sebastian Carlisle. He’ll never live up to the legacy of his dead brother, so why try? Being the wild child in a family of stuck-up rich snobs suits him just fine.

Until he meets Micah Burke, and everything changes.

Micah’s got too much going on for a relationship. Even if he could trust Sebastian, a distraction—a sexy, reckless distraction with a death wish—would only derail his carefully scheduled life. If it were just Micah, maybe that would be fine, but his mother and sister depend on him, and he can’t let them down. Or at least that’s what he tells himself.

A hot moment leads to a hot night leads to a connection neither of them are ready for. And when a crisis hits Micah’s family hard, Sebastian will have to shed his bad-boy image and decide whether he can be the man Micah needs—and Micah needs to decide whether he’ll let him.

Book two of Letting Go

68,630 words

My View:

Technically, Reckless Hope is the second book in the Letting Go series from Carina Press author J Leigh Bailey. However, as far as I can tell it’s only tie to Book one is the town in which it is set. The main characters in Reckless Hope did not appear in Nobody’s Hero and the main characters from Nobody’s Hero did not show up in Reckless Hope.

The predominant theme throughout Reckless Hope by J Leigh Bailey is grief and loss, but it is also about coping, moving on, and learning when to ask for help. Throughout Reckless Hope, those are lessons that both Micah and Sebastian need to learn. It takes a few tries for either of them to see it, however. Micah is stubborn enough that it takes a virtual 2×4 for him to learn finally those lessons.

Micah and Sebastian are from very different worlds and at very different places in their lives. A chance encounter at a bar and another in jail leads to them taking a chance on each other. Of course, they both want very different things. Micah finds trusting Sebastian to be impossible. Heck, he finds trusting anyone to be pretty difficult. This leads to a back and forth — Jekyll and Hyde — dance between our main characters. I am not entirely sure how or why Sebastian stuck it out, to be honest.

Despite my reservations about Micah and Sebastian’s relationship, they managed to make it work… somehow. In the end, they both grew up and learned the lessons they needed to learn. Along the way, thanks mostly to Sebastian’s persistence, they also found each other.

I am interested to see what th next book might bring.


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