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"A total page-turner." (Fiction's Mistress)

When her mother is sleeping with the man she loves, what's a girl to do?

Francesca is weeks away from high school graduation and the hope of escaping her self-centered, grasping family - her trashy mother and hustling twin brother. While her crush on their older neighbor holds her attention, she is blind to what everyone else can clearly see, the love her best friend, Mitch, carries in his heart for her. When her dead grandmother's high school boyfriend returns to town for his class reunion, his immediate attraction to Francesca is a game changer. Can Mr. Long - and his wealth - open up undreamed of opportunities for Francesca's future, and at what price?

Warning: adult content (sexual situations, language).

©2017 Cecily Wolfe (P)2019 Cecily Wolfe

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excellent

I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review. I totally enjoyed reading this book. It’s well written and the characters were fantastic. I would suggest this book to my friends that like this sort of genera. this was a good book.

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I tried so hard....

I tried so hard to get through this book because the story line was great but the narrator just didn't do it for me. He was very flat and I never knew who was supposed to be talking. I rather read this book myself instead of listen which says a lot considering I listen to books about 90% of the time.

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Dysfunctional Family Drama Indeed

Entertaining read and a great cast of characters. I liked the multiple POVs and the nod to Claiming Sleeping Beauty*wink*. The narration, unfortunately, fell a little flat for me and didn't quite do the drama justice. I will continue support, however, as I enjoyed the overall writing style :)

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Good read...I flew through this audible!

This was a good book. With all the characters to narrate, the Narrator did a great job. I love the storyline and this book put me through so many emotions. One minute I was upset, then swooning with the characters, then I was excited and just all over the place. It wasn’t a happily ever after story but it was realistic and I can see myself in the book.

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Not for the Faint of Heart

Reckless Treasure is not for the faint at heart as there are quite a few adult situations that are resolved in unique ways.

Told from multiple perspectives, Reckless Treasure is about the coming of age of a girl whose mother is sleeping with her crush, whose twin brother is the scum of the earth, and whose best friend is pinning after her but she is oblivious to his feelings and intentions. Most of the characters are not likable except perhaps for Mr. Long who has a unique perspective on it all.

If you enjoy unlikable narrators and strange love stories than this book is for you!

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Very Days of our Lives

This book followed the lives of several people. All of the main characters lives were all intertwined. It had a soap opera feeling. Several of the characters lusted after someone that lusted after a different person. I liked knowing what everyone was thinking during the scene and the different POV. If you need a HEA I would not recommend this book for you. I almost wish they would have all just gone in different directions at the end instead of it just ending how it did. If you enjoy the drama of something like "Days of our Lives" or "Young and the Restless" you probably would like this book.

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Talk About Dysfunctional

I received this audiobook free for an honest review as a member of the Pink Flamingo Productions Review Team. If you are looking for a HEA, you won’t find it here. Money seemed to be the objective of some of the characters. The characters were all over the place. It took me a while to understand who was who and what their purpose was in the story. The narrator did okay with the characters, but it was hard to tell who was talking, unless you listened very closely.

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Interesting but not compelling

* spoiler alert ** I was able to finish this book because I thought that with all the storylines, the author would eventually wrap them up..... wrong!!! how can there be resolution when there is no plot.

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1. Ashley and Mitch - did they really sleep together or was he too drunk and Ashley took advantage of this to "trap him". Was she able to trap him?
2. Francie - why did she hate her mother? Henry was so drawn to Francine because she looked exactly like a young Julia which would have explained why Francine's mom hated her so much.
3. Ashley's mom - we needed more background as to why if she and Ashley's father were so much in love he left her without any money. Where was she when Mitch spent the night?
4. Ashley & Francine - one interaction between these two was supposed to draw the battle lines between these two and made Mitch's "betrayal" that much more??? They spoke once in the hall at school.
5. Francine & Ricky - what happened in their relationship that would cause her brother to say the most sexually disgusting things to and about his own twin sister?

And don't get me started on Francine. She was supposed to be portrayed as this sweet, pretty, caring person who came across as selfish, moronic, and needy. I mean, she was better than her mother and brother but that's like saying drinking spoiled milk is better than eating rancid meat.

How did she not know about Mitch's feelings for her? And if Mitch were her best friend then how could one "mistake" ended all that friendship after everything he had done. I felt sorry for him and was actually glad he was able to get away from her - I just hope he didn't get trapped by Julia. (less)

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I really tried

I really tried to get into this book but I just couldn’t. Glad Francesca got a semblance of a happy ending.

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entertaining

I was entertained by this book. But I found that it didn't really go anywhere. And all the characters were very shallow with the exception of a few. I was entertained however, and I did finish it. I just kept thinking the story would eventually take me somewhere...but it never did.

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  • The-Scarlet-Finch
  • 07-05-20

Reckless or just plain Wrecked?

I received this book via a promo code and this is my voluntary review.

Gold Digging Mommas, airhead with twin twit with a rapey brother and then there's creepy grandma loving sugar daddy figure Mr Long. (seriously... like I wasn't getting the Lolita vibes bad enough.. he has to be called Mr Long??) Her best friend Mitch falls perfectly into that Nice Guy trope where the guy lives in the friendzone thinking his good behaviour earns him a covert contract he hopes will lead to sex. He loves her because....

"She reads to homeless children.... She's just that perfect."

The myriad of cookie-cutter characters are simply black and white... good or bad, depending on their desire for money. Multiple POVs all centre on the life of High School Senior Francesca but it honestly comes across as garbled and needlessly confusing. Francesca wants her mothers boyfriend. Doesn't realize her brother is a sketchy rapist or that her bestie Mitch is in love with her. Almost everyone is mercenary and horrid.

It also occurred to me that given the majority of this is female character POV's... that it would have been best performed by a female narrator, despite the admirable efforts of Greg Young.

This audiobook is basically a depressing Nicolas Sparks for teens.

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  • mangankillarney
  • 10-22-20

Enjoyed

I enjoyed listening to Grey Young.

This book has a lot of drama , some of the character's , I so would slap into next week. Lots happening , so make sure you listen. We have a naïve teenage girl, with many challenges to face, including a horrible scheming family and not so wonderful friends,

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  • Megan Bell - The Flock🎧
  • 10-19-20

Left me wanting more

This book.. where to begin.

First off I absolutely LOVE the innocence of Francesca and Mitch, I was drawn in to their characters right from the beginning, but it seemed as if they were a little too naïve for their age. Francie was aggravating and irritating and I felt as if I was in the book feeling all of the angst and drama along with the characters, she was annoying in her ways and the way she was so childish with everything, especially how jealous she was of Francesca. Then there was Ricky, he just made my skin crawl. Jerry too for that matter, I hated him and his ways from the start. Mr. Long was sweet and loving and everything you expect out of a true gentleman and I fell in love with him from the beginning, even if he was a little misguided with his affection in the beginning, but I loved that he could see Francesca for who she was. This book leaves you waiting for the other shoe to drop so to speak, and the agony, love, and every other emotion in between was there and right at the forefront the entire time. This wasn't the HEA I was hoping for and it left me wanting more. I am hoping there is a second book because I just HAVE to know... What happens next?! The ending left more questions than answers for me and seemed a little abrupt and like there was something missing..

The narrator did a great job and his voice that he used for Ricky was exactly what I was expecting. He did a great job, especially with the amount of characters he had to voice and portray.

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  • Audio Crazed Mari 🎧
  • 09-07-20

The narration was good.

This book was pretty interesting. It was a little slow in some parts, but it was entertaining. The characters were pretty different and the story was written well. The narration did a good job of adding to the overall book experience.

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  • Natalie
  • 08-01-20

Not much happens but good for teens

Thank you to Cecily Wolfe for providing me with a free audiobook in return for an honest review.

Reckless treasure is a coming of age story following Francesca, a young teen who is close to high school graduation and planning her future. Her main motive being to get away from the life that she was born in to with her materialistic and narcissistic mother and slimy twin brother. A kerb is hit when she bumps into a well off stranger who recognises her face.

I'm at a little bit at a cross roads with this story. It took me a while to get into it but once I got to grips with the characters I got really into it. Each chapter is told through a different character's eyes, sometimes multiple: 


We have Francesca: the main heroine of the story, whose determination to leave the life she has keeps the story going.

Mitch: Francesca's best friend who is from a much richer family and ironically head over heels for her, he's a fairly likeable character but a bit of a wet blanket.

Francie: Francesca's 'mother' the term being used loosely because you never actually see a mothering side to her, she spends the whole book either rolling in the sheets with the neighbour or trying to worm her way into a higher class group. 

Francesca's twin brother Ricky was likely the one that i liked reading out the most. he was a slimy character whose thoughts solely focused on girls breasts and people's money.

We then had other characters who I didn't really see the need to know the points of view of:
Neighbour Jerry: in love with Francesca and blows off steam by sleeping with Francie. Likeable but useless.
Mr Long: A stranger who is besotted with Francesca the minute he meets her as she's the image of her grandmother, aka, his first love. A sweet man who is often the tamer of flames throughout the book.
Ashley: New girl in the neighbourhood who develops a crush on Mitch...I'm not actually sure any other reason why she's in the book.
Jane: Ashley's stepmother. A bit of a snob but wanting to fit in with the neighbours after recently moving. 
Trisha: another character I quite liked. Francesca's other close friend. Recently became pregnant and gave up a baby but didn't let that phase her sassy personality.

I felt like we were focusing on so many characters in a fairly small book, not very often did we delve into pasts or reasons why characters were the way they were. I found them to be quite one dimensional and not very developed so struggled to find much of an opinion on any of them. 

The different story lines and characters motives made it flow quite nicely and I was interested to see what would happen...the problem was, nothing really did. We reached the climax of the story probably about half hour before the book ended and it lasted all of about 5 minutes. 
I feel that Wolfe is getting this story prepped for the following one where we'll hopefully have more of an outcome for the characters than we had. 

I read some reviews after finishing this book and one person had called it 'The romantic equivalent to Game of Thrones'...if that's what you're looking for I wouldn't suggest this book. The only resemblance to the GoT books is the different character perspectives. 

I think this would be a great book for coming of age teens (warning there are some sexual references but nothing really very heavy). There's not really a whole lot of romance in it but I feel like it's building up and setting the scene. It does seem to be more of a prequel for what I think is going to come from the next book. 

With the majority of the characters being female, I would have preferred to have a female narrator. However Greg Young does a good enough job.

I did enjoy reading this book. Some characters I enjoyed more than others but it did kind of feel like a tv programme with the different goings on and different story lines did often become quite refreshing from others. I would have liked to have focused on main characters a little more and learned a little more about them. I'd have also liked a little more drama but it's filled with teen dilemmas and fun parties so this would be good for younger readers who are getting into romance. I'd have absolutely loved this in my teens. :) 

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  • Lynne Jolley
  • 05-13-20

Lovely story

This was a wonderful story and i hope the next book is as good! My only gripe was the narrator, unfortunately he wasn’t very good and at first really put me off, plus he put me to sleep a couple of times, but i stuck with it and listened right to the end!
I enjoyed the story and that’s why I stayed with it.
It was very well written and I enjoyed the concept of the Cinderella type thing.
Well worth a listen if you can get past the narrator.

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  • Julie D (Audio and Book Jewels)
  • 04-02-20

Interesting

I found Cecily Wolfe’s Reckless Treasure interesting, but difficult to follow. There were so many characters it was hard to follow the storyline that ended up being at the end. It’s not a horrible story, don’t get me wrong, there was just so much going on and never brought some of the characters to an ending, which is difficult for me.

Greg Young has a pleasant voice and I would listen to him again.

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  • Lotty
  • 01-09-20

Captivating!

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, about a naive teenage girl and the challenges she faces in life. The divide between her scheming, gold digging family and her wealthier friends is really well written. The narrators voice really complements this story.

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  • Matipufu
  • 12-18-19

sorry but no

is there supposed to be a second book? I found it odd all together..
not my cup of tea, sorry. too much intrigue and drama for my taste plus I hated most of the characters.. with a passion.