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Review: Reckless Heart by Brighton Walsh

Turns out the gorgeous stranger I had a one-night stand with is not only my sister’s best friend but also my new employee.

Worse? I shared a whole lot more with Avery than one mind-blowing night.

I told her my deepest, darkest secret.

Despite my constant worry that she’ll let the truth slip to my family, I can’t stay away from her. And when we’re tossed together for an out of town trip and forced to share a room with only one bed, the chemistry between us finally explodes…again.

I have no problem making her see stars—or breaking the bed. The trouble is, the longer our secret relationship goes on, the more I want to keep her.

But she’s eight years my junior, the sunshine to my grump, and I know her free spirit wants more than the small town of Starlight Cove can offer.

I have no doubt no one will ever give her more pleasure than I will, but I refuse to hold her back.

Even if that means letting her go when her three month contract is up.

Title:Reckless Heart
Author:Brighton Walsh
Series:Starlight Cove (Book 4)
Category / Genre(s):Contemporary
Trope(s):One Night Stand
Temporary Relationship
Close Proximity
Small Town Romance
Point of View:First Person, Past Tense, Dual Viewpoint (H & h)
Location:Starlight Cove, Maine, USA
Release Date:8th September, 2023
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Sexy, sweet and dirty

Brighton Walsh is still a fairly new author to me yet with each new book, I’m amazed at how she can bring me the kind of delicious filth that I didn’t know I wanted or needed in my life.

With this book we’re back in Starlight Cove and with the McKenzie family as another of the siblings meets their match. This is the fourth book and it’s Aiden that gets his happily ever after with his sister, Addison’s, best friend Avery. Yes, that’s a lot of ‘A’ names. While the previous couples and those in the family that are still single, all appear in this book, it completely stands alone which I can doubly attest to since I have yet to read all the previous books in the Starlight Cove series.

When we first meet our couple, and our couple first meet each other, it’s at a bar and sparks fly immediately. It’s a no names, be yourself, spill your secrets, no-holds barred one-night stand. And while glorious, it was also just a touch unrealistic. Well, at least in my experience. Disappointed sigh. I’m always a little uncertain when a couple gets together practically on page 1 of a story. I just never seem to feel the connection that I want between the couple. Luckily this is more than made up for later in the book. More than made up for. More than. I mean, you know what you like, but who knew I was so into pleasure doms? Okay fine, it’s not that much of a surprise but still – I’m here for it. Shivers

Avery is a great character and while I can’t say I feel I have much in common with her – except her love of books – I loved her and was rooting for her. She’s something of a free spirit, wanderer sort but she’s still responsible and kind, loving and loyal to boot. She has her reasons for being a bit cautious when it comes to relationships and staying in one place at any one time – and while it’s far from nice, it doesn’t drag the story down into melancholy. I understood why she did what she did at the end – but she definitely needed to do it to find her way home.

“…fun, likeable and relatable characters who have amazingly delicious sex.”

I love a man who wears a suit in the streets and unleashes his bad-boy alpha in the sheets. And that’s Aiden to a T. He comes across as quite staid, serious and responsible in public, but he’s really in charge in bed where he can really be himself. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say he’s free to be himself when he’s with Avery. They’re perfect together and I loved to see Aiden relaxing into himself because of his relationship with Avery. Case in point – I’m a sucker for when a man only sleeps well when he’s with his girl. So yes, Aiden was very easily a hero I could get behind.

As I’ve said, Aiden and Avery have fantastic chemistry and unbelievable sexual compatibility. But they’re so much more than that. They truly get on and they truly get each other. It was like watching two jigsaw pieces slowly slot together where they really belonged.

I like a small-town romance but this time we’re definitely more focussed on the Mckenzie family as a whole. As a group, they’re hilarious and have the kind of banter I want to scoop up and devour. Their interactions made me laugh but also made me desperate to go back and read those books in the series that I haven’t got to, yet. It also makes me anxious for the next book I the series, Addison’s story. The man that gets that girl is going to need balls of steel! There is a bit of an upsetting scene with regards to the sibling’s father. It’s not too harrowing, thankfully, but might be triggering to some.

This is another sure-fire winner from Brighton Walsh and another fantastic addition to the Starlight Cove series. She writes such fun, likeable and relatable characters who have amazingly delicious sex. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and salty, sexy and satisfying and I loved every minute of it. If this sounds like your kind of book then I just know you’re going to love it. Definitely 5 stars.

* I received this book in exchange for my honest review

Award-winning USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before taking her storytelling in a different direction and reconnecting with her first love: writing. When she’s not lost in her own made up worlds, she’s probably either reading or shopping—maybe even both at once. She lives in the Midwest with her real life hero of a husband, her two kids—both taller than her—and her dog who thinks she’s a queen. Her boy-filled house is the setting for dirty socks galore, frequent dance parties (okay, so it’s mostly her, by herself, while her children look on in horror), and more laughter than she thought possible. Visit her online at

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