You think you’ll stay the same – you won’t. Infidelity will change you forever. There can be no going back.
Kirsten Calloway knows she should be grateful. She has a stable marriage, decent job, and a wonderful teenage daughter. But she also has a raging libido that won’t shut up, and a husband who’d rather go on a bike ride.
She bumps into an old friend at a school reunion who faces a similar problem. Dianne, though, has found the answer: a discreet agency which arranges casual sex for people just like them, people who want to keep their marriages but also scratch that itch.
Enter Zac: younger, handsome and everything Kirsten could hope for in bed. For a while, they seem to have it all. Kirsten even finds herself becoming a better wife and mother. But Zac wants more – a lot more, and he’ll stop at nothing to get it.
Sexually charged, shocking and relatable, Reckless is a profound exploration of marriage, motherhood and desire.
You’re married, your daughter is well on her way to uni yet the freedom that it promised seemed distant, a dream. Married to a husband who didn’t look twice, no emotion or even love it was no wonder McBrien saw a need for his character Kirsten to seek out the odd thrill. That thrill was definitely more than she bargained for but gave McBrien licence to push her boundaries as she sought a sex life more exciting than her current non existent one.
What was not to like about a service that matched you with like minded people those that wanted to stay married but wanted that extra bit of excitement? I loved the cloak and dagger of the first initial meeting with Zac, the hesitancy before McBrien took of the veritable cuffs. You knew it was too good to be true as their meetings ramped up, as Zac’s actions and behaviours blurred the boundaries.
And then McBrien delivered a killer blow, and Kirsten was left scrambling for answers, paranoia and fear of being discovered loomed ever closer until a fabulous curve ball from McBrien that even I didn’t see coming. The outcome was different from what I expected and that’s what made me love this novel.
It wasn’t just the unexpected, I liked the alternating dual time lapses, Kirsten being questioned by police, Kirsten enjoying her hidden secret whilst maintaining that family work life facade. There were traces of regret, fo wanting to turn back the clock, but you knew that wasn’t possible as McBrien upped the stakes, the fear of losing what she held most dear.
The police interviews, their ever more are probing questions allowed McBrien to up the tension to squeeze ours and Kirsten’s nerves, waiting for that moment when someone or something would surrender.
I loved the ending, it made me smile with deep satisfaction, of good coming from a grim situation.
Knowing McBrien has a pedigree in TV dramas and I did feel Reckless would translate brilliantly onto our screens and I did wonder if this was the authors intent, if yes then brilliant I cannot wait to watch.
I would like to thank Welbeck Publishing for a copy of Reckless to read and review and to Midas PR for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the Blogtour.
About the author
Richard ‘RJ’ McBrien attended York University, the Sorbonne and SUNY Buffalo, completing his education at Yale Drama School as a playwright. After a year teaching in Beijing, he returned to the UK to write and teach in London, where he also began writing for TV, both on existing shows (mostly notably, Wallander, Merlin, and Spooks) and his own shows (The Debt for the BBC and Trust for ITV, amongst others).