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He's Rebellious in the Ring and Reckless in Love. Sky Cold knows exactly what she wants, and it's Luke Finnegan, the college campus star quarterback. The only problem is she's not even a blip on his radar. In order to get noticed by her crush, she's willing to exchange the extra bedroom in her apartment to Luke's tattooed, older brother to find a way into his social cir He's Rebellious in the Ring and Reckless in Love. Sky Cold knows exactly what she wants, and it's Luke Finnegan, the college campus star quarterback. The only problem is she's not even a blip on his radar. In order to get noticed by her crush, she's willing to exchange the extra bedroom in her apartment to Luke's tattooed, older brother to find a way into his social circle. Baker Finnegan is determined to get out of his father's shadow and do things his way. When he falls on hard times, and the sexy, slightly nerdy co-ed, Sky offers him a place to live in exchange for fake friendship, he can't pass up the opportunity. But when Baker quickly realizes the only match he wants to make for Sky is one with himself, he has to convince her to look past his reckless ways.


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He's Rebellious in the Ring and Reckless in Love. Sky Cold knows exactly what she wants, and it's Luke Finnegan, the college campus star quarterback. The only problem is she's not even a blip on his radar. In order to get noticed by her crush, she's willing to exchange the extra bedroom in her apartment to Luke's tattooed, older brother to find a way into his social cir He's Rebellious in the Ring and Reckless in Love. Sky Cold knows exactly what she wants, and it's Luke Finnegan, the college campus star quarterback. The only problem is she's not even a blip on his radar. In order to get noticed by her crush, she's willing to exchange the extra bedroom in her apartment to Luke's tattooed, older brother to find a way into his social circle. Baker Finnegan is determined to get out of his father's shadow and do things his way. When he falls on hard times, and the sexy, slightly nerdy co-ed, Sky offers him a place to live in exchange for fake friendship, he can't pass up the opportunity. But when Baker quickly realizes the only match he wants to make for Sky is one with himself, he has to convince her to look past his reckless ways.

30 review for Rebellious and Reckless

  1. 5 out of 5

    Betül

    **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review** I was really looking forward to this book even though the blurb didn't really excite me. I have a complicated relationship with New Adult romance novels, and I get easily annoyed at characters. However, I have read and really enjoyed this author's books before so I decided to give it a chance anyways. Unfortunately, I ended up rolling my eyes a lot while I was reading this book. First of all I felt no connection between the two main characters Bak **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review** I was really looking forward to this book even though the blurb didn't really excite me. I have a complicated relationship with New Adult romance novels, and I get easily annoyed at characters. However, I have read and really enjoyed this author's books before so I decided to give it a chance anyways. Unfortunately, I ended up rolling my eyes a lot while I was reading this book. First of all I felt no connection between the two main characters Baker and Sky. Their indecisiveness got old pretty quickly and I just couldn't get stand the way they were behaving. I also hated all the clichés such as the nerdy girl getting a makeover to get the hot and popular guy to notice her. The actions of the characters felt very high schoolish in my opinion. Furthermore, things progressed very quickly in this story and it definitely felt rushed. There was no time for a real connection/bond to be developed between Sky and Baker. Also the whole fangirling over Baker's younger popular quarterback brother was over the top. I just didn't like any of the characters in the book, a big part of that was due to the unrealistic way they were all behaving. Last but not least I found the plot to be chaotic. For example Baker is an amateur underground boxer but I personally didn't really feel like that part added a lot to the story. It just gave them a reason to travel a bit to attend the fights and sleep together in a room. I didn't like this book and maybe I would've if I read it a couple of years ago, but I get annoyed with things much quicker nowadays.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Absolutely brilliant read in a night I just couldn't get enough. Hero 5⭐ Heroine 5⭐ Story 5⭐ Writing 5⭐ Steam 4⭐ Romance 5⭐ Angst 4⭐ Secondary Characters 5⭐ Drama 5⭐ Recommend - YES!! Absolutely brilliant read in a night I just couldn't get enough. Hero 5⭐ Heroine 5⭐ Story 5⭐ Writing 5⭐ Steam 4⭐ Romance 5⭐ Angst 4⭐ Secondary Characters 5⭐ Drama 5⭐ Recommend - YES!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Malan

    *** 3.75 Stars Rebellious and Reckless by Michelle A Valentine Sky has fantasized over Luke Finnegan, the college quarterback star for forever. The only problem is he has not even looked in her direction. Being the Nerdy girl, she feels she does not stand a chance in piquing his interest; that is, until Baker Finnegan and her paths cross. He needs a place to stay and she needs him to introduce her to his brother, sound like a perfect plan until it is not. Baker and his brother are estranged due to *** 3.75 Stars Rebellious and Reckless by Michelle A Valentine Sky has fantasized over Luke Finnegan, the college quarterback star for forever. The only problem is he has not even looked in her direction. Being the Nerdy girl, she feels she does not stand a chance in piquing his interest; that is, until Baker Finnegan and her paths cross. He needs a place to stay and she needs him to introduce her to his brother, sound like a perfect plan until it is not. Baker and his brother are estranged due to a family fight. Baker was once the star on the field, until he hung up his boots and traded them in for a boxing kit. Staying with Sky and keeping his word, is starting to be more difficult that he thought it could be, and for the first time ever, he is envious of his brother. Sky and Baker become friends and she starts to question if she is crushing on the right brother, but Baker has made it clear, that they are just friends. But when the chemistry is about to blow, the two can’t fight their attraction anymore. Secrets are being held, and they always have a way of coming out and ruining everything. Can they have a HEA? The story is slow with plenty of back and forth before it really started to pick up. Baker comes across as you bad boy but deep down he is a real sweet guy. Sky is a bit naïve, but on the whole an enjoyable character. The secondary characters are great and I would love to read more of their stories, but the one I am eager to read is Mr. Finnegan aka Dad. Ms. Valentine writing flowed and there was enough angst to keep you reading, with a nice building climax/push and pull. In my opinion there was a little bit too much of repetition with Sky, especially in her internal monologue when she was deciding between the two brothers. While I enjoyed the story, it was predictable for me personally; I had worked out what was going to happen before we reached the climax, however the story was still really enjoyable and one that I would recommend for a new series. Hot Books and Sassy Girls

  4. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    4 stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    She's baaaaaaack!!! And I am so damn happy!! Rebellious and Reckless is the start of a new series from Michelle and each book will feature a new couple but they will all be inter-connected. R&R is a great start to the series and an amazing welcome back book!! This is the first book this year that I read in one sitting – as in I didn't get up off my ass to do anything while I read this. I was really enthralled with the story and had to see not only how each scene played out, but the mannerisms of t She's baaaaaaack!!! And I am so damn happy!! Rebellious and Reckless is the start of a new series from Michelle and each book will feature a new couple but they will all be inter-connected. R&R is a great start to the series and an amazing welcome back book!! This is the first book this year that I read in one sitting – as in I didn't get up off my ass to do anything while I read this. I was really enthralled with the story and had to see not only how each scene played out, but the mannerisms of these characters and did they stay true to themselves. This book definitely goes deeper than the blurb. There's a lot of growth and maturity in this book, but also of reality blended in. Michelle does a great job of staying true to these characters, their ages and their characteristics, which keeps them believable. Sky may come across as shy, but once readers get to really see her, she's quite the firecracker. Luke was a surprise to me. I had expected some typical college doucheness to appear and well, Michelle definitely shocked me with this one. Baker is the one who kept me captivated the most; he's just as surprising but in a different way. I really enjoyed this story and how things came to fruition and played out. There's a good bit of sexual tension that keeps readers right at the edge of their seats and has you wondering what is going to happen next between these characters. While I was not thrilled with the quick ending – I am looking forward to the next book and how things progress from there. Great start to a new series!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    The Smutbrarians

    Feels 2 Storyline 4.25 Steam 4 Overall Rating 4.25 Kindle eArc provided by Author Reviewed by Robin A great angsty romance set in the college world. I loved nerdy Sky although she was a little naïve, overly romantic and single minded with her crush on Luke. Baker....omg...Baker! A little broken but a whole lotta dirty but devoted love hidden inside. This was a sweet, roommates for convenience situation and definitely an enjoyable story. The characters were fun and entertaining to get to know and I def Feels 2 Storyline 4.25 Steam 4 Overall Rating 4.25 Kindle eArc provided by Author Reviewed by Robin A great angsty romance set in the college world. I loved nerdy Sky although she was a little naïve, overly romantic and single minded with her crush on Luke. Baker....omg...Baker! A little broken but a whole lotta dirty but devoted love hidden inside. This was a sweet, roommates for convenience situation and definitely an enjoyable story. The characters were fun and entertaining to get to know and I definitely look forward to their time in the limelight. Loved the tie-in to previous books by Michelle and can't wait to read more from her.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Reader

    I thought this was set in high school going on the juvenile behaviour. But no it’s set in college. The thing I disliked most about this was Sky she was beyond irritating IMO. Drooling over the star quarterback on the football team, with whom she stood zero chance, until that good old cliche came into play she has a makeover and let’s not forget she’s a nerdy librarian. The older brother of the quarterback, he’s the real lead male of this was totally forgettable too. I’m swiftly moving on to find I thought this was set in high school going on the juvenile behaviour. But no it’s set in college. The thing I disliked most about this was Sky she was beyond irritating IMO. Drooling over the star quarterback on the football team, with whom she stood zero chance, until that good old cliche came into play she has a makeover and let’s not forget she’s a nerdy librarian. The older brother of the quarterback, he’s the real lead male of this was totally forgettable too. I’m swiftly moving on to find something better to read. Because this just doesn’t cut it for me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sandy S

    REVIEW: REBELLIOUS AND RECKLESS is the first instalment in Michelle A Valentine’s contemporary, new adult CAMPUS HOTSHOTS romance series-a spin off from the author’s HARD KNOCKS series. This is college students Sky Cold, and Baker Finnegan’s story line. Told from dual first person perspectives (Sky and Baker) REBELLIOUS AND RECKLESS follows the roommates to lovers relationship between college students Sky Cold and Baker Finnegan. Baker Finnegan needs a place to stay after his college roommate mo REVIEW: REBELLIOUS AND RECKLESS is the first instalment in Michelle A Valentine’s contemporary, new adult CAMPUS HOTSHOTS romance series-a spin off from the author’s HARD KNOCKS series. This is college students Sky Cold, and Baker Finnegan’s story line. Told from dual first person perspectives (Sky and Baker) REBELLIOUS AND RECKLESS follows the roommates to lovers relationship between college students Sky Cold and Baker Finnegan. Baker Finnegan needs a place to stay after his college roommate moves in his girlfriend without warning. Overhearing Baker’s exchange, Sky Cold offers Baker her spare room-an arrangement her father can know nothing about but Sky has an ulterior motive-our heroine is obsessed and in love with Baker’s brother Luke, the star quarterback and man-wh*re on the college campus. Desperate to attract Luke Finnegan’s attention, Sky blackmails Baker to help, in exchange for room and board. What ensues is the building friendship and relationship between Sky and Baker, and the potential fall-out as demons from the past threaten the burgeoning love between our leading couple. Baker Finnegan’s heart was destroyed by the people he loved, and in the ensuing time Baker swore he would never fall in love again. Pushing everyone he once loved out of his life, Baker finds himself falling for a woman who has fallen for the brother he can no longer trust. Leaving the sport he loved behind, Baker trained to fight in the underground MMA, something our heroine knows all too well. Sky Cold is a naive, obsessed young woman who has tunnel vision and delusions about a man she only knows by sight and reputation. Desperate to meet the man who has starred in all of her fantasies and dreams, Sky will soon realize that the man that she wants is the man who is currently living in the room next door. The relationship between Baker and Sky begins as roommates but Sky isn’t looking for a relationship with Baker, and Baker refuses to open his heart to another potential betrayal. As Sky continues to obsess over Baker’s brother Luke, Baker begins to lose his heart to a woman who may or may not want something more. The $ex scene are intimate and passionate without the over the top, sexually graphic language and text. The energetic secondary and supporting characters include Baker’s brother Luke, and their father Morris; Sky’s best friend Mylie; and Baker’s friends Eddie and Jamie, Milo Riviera, as well as Sky’s parents Xavier and Anna, and her brother Simon. REBELLIOUS AND RECKLESS is a story of secrets and lies; betrayal and vengeance; dysfunctional family dynamics, forgiveness and love. The premise is captivating and heart breaking; the romance struggles in the early stages as Sky’s obsession with Luke is beyond naive and immature; the characters are dynamic and charismatic. Www.thereadingcafe.com

  9. 4 out of 5

    ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰

    ARC received from author for an honest review Welcome back, Ms Valentine! It has been quite a while since we have had a new story from this author, and it was wonderful to get back into her worlds. Sky and Baker's tale is full of longing looks across a crowded room, lustful thoughts and a whole lot of frustration. Not just between our lovelies, but also for the read. Because if you are anything like me, you are going to to want to shake the nonsense out of this pair, tell them to wake up and smell ARC received from author for an honest review Welcome back, Ms Valentine! It has been quite a while since we have had a new story from this author, and it was wonderful to get back into her worlds. Sky and Baker's tale is full of longing looks across a crowded room, lustful thoughts and a whole lot of frustration. Not just between our lovelies, but also for the read. Because if you are anything like me, you are going to to want to shake the nonsense out of this pair, tell them to wake up and smell the coffee, cos gees they were dumb as at times lol But most of all, you are going to be the cheerleader for this pair. There are great secondary characters, some that I just neeeeeed to get their story. I can't wait for more words from Ms Valentine.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karen Mc

    “Because you deserve the fairytale.” Michelle Valentine is back with another sensational sports romance!!! Rebellious & Reckless is a fantasy come true! This steamy and dreamy love story will light your heart on fire. Prepare to fall head-over-heels for Sky and Bakers’ story that is so fun and feel-worthy. This is one fast-burning friends-to-lovers romance! I fell fast in love with the hero and heroine who both owned my heart. Baker and and Sky are so easy to love. Sky spoke to my inner nerd girl “Because you deserve the fairytale.” Michelle Valentine is back with another sensational sports romance!!! Rebellious & Reckless is a fantasy come true! This steamy and dreamy love story will light your heart on fire. Prepare to fall head-over-heels for Sky and Bakers’ story that is so fun and feel-worthy. This is one fast-burning friends-to-lovers romance! I fell fast in love with the hero and heroine who both owned my heart. Baker and and Sky are so easy to love. Sky spoke to my inner nerd girl—a beauty with brains—who has a beautiful soul. The broken bad boy with a big heart, Baker, is Sky’s perfect match. Baker and Sky are explosive together. I felt their friendship, I felt their love, I felt that burn that bonded them. You’ll smolder and swoon as you get swept away in this story of soulmates with all the heart-fluttering feels. Completely melt-worthy! A heady hit of potent heat wrapped in a blanket of sweet-sighing bliss. I was completely smitten! I LOVED this love story. Rebellion and Reckless is sexy, swoony, and SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ hit-my-heart stars ➡️ https://amzn.to/3a4cJvH

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jazmine

    Baker and Sky were Phenomenal !!! So glad I got to finally read Rebellious and Reckless. Baker has a  hard exterior and a broken heart. Sky is trying to find her own way without being known as the daughter of Phenomenal X. When a fake friendship becomes more and Sky realizes that she is after the wrong brother she has to make a decision on what she wants. Baker has been wanting Sky for a year but doesn't feel like he deserves a girl like Sky and doesn't want to risk getting hurt again. This book Baker and Sky were Phenomenal !!! So glad I got to finally read Rebellious and Reckless. Baker has a  hard exterior and a broken heart. Sky is trying to find her own way without being known as the daughter of Phenomenal X. When a fake friendship becomes more and Sky realizes that she is after the wrong brother she has to make a decision on what she wants. Baker has been wanting Sky for a year but doesn't feel like he deserves a girl like Sky and doesn't want to risk getting hurt again. This book had me captive from beginning to end !

  12. 5 out of 5

    Abby McCarthy

    So excited to read a new book from Michelle Valentine! I mean it's been a minute since I fell for a wrestler and now I get his daughter's story! That is pretty dang exciting. I haven't read an NA novel in some time and I found myself enjoying the lightness compared to a lot of contemporary. This is def a beginning to what could be a very fun new series! I'm excited to see more from the characters that were introduced. Valentine sure does come back with a bang with Rebellious and Reckless. So excited to read a new book from Michelle Valentine! I mean it's been a minute since I fell for a wrestler and now I get his daughter's story! That is pretty dang exciting. I haven't read an NA novel in some time and I found myself enjoying the lightness compared to a lot of contemporary. This is def a beginning to what could be a very fun new series! I'm excited to see more from the characters that were introduced. Valentine sure does come back with a bang with Rebellious and Reckless.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mick C

    Welcome back Michelle! We've missed you!! This book was so good and had all the feels. And I loved all the surprises you gave us too. This is a true love story Michelle Valentine style! Welcome back Michelle! We've missed you!! This book was so good and had all the feels. And I loved all the surprises you gave us too. This is a true love story Michelle Valentine style!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy Davies

    LOVED IT LOVED it. The sweet build between Baker and Sky was just right. Loved the connection between them. Looking forward to more

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Valentine

    Releases January 26th!!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    NICUnurse Stephanie

    It’s been a hot minute since I’ve had a Michelle A. Valentine book to devour, so I was thrilled to see her back in the publishing game with her new release, Rebellious and Reckless. She hooked me with her Black Falcon series way back in 2013, and I think I only missed one book until her absence. (No worries, it’s on my Kindle now!) NICUnurse’s Rating: There’s a reason I keep coming back to this author’s works. Her heroes are usually more antiheroes, and something about those bad boys turned not It’s been a hot minute since I’ve had a Michelle A. Valentine book to devour, so I was thrilled to see her back in the publishing game with her new release, Rebellious and Reckless. She hooked me with her Black Falcon series way back in 2013, and I think I only missed one book until her absence. (No worries, it’s on my Kindle now!) NICUnurse’s Rating: There’s a reason I keep coming back to this author’s works. Her heroes are usually more antiheroes, and something about those bad boys turned not so bad just hooks me. I loved Xavier Cold (the character and the books!), so I was not going to miss his daughter’s story. All in all, this book was very entertaining and a welcome return of a beloved author for me. It irked me a bit when Xavier initially mistreated Sky. Didn’t he learn anything along the way??!! Even though he apologized and showed up and stood up for his daughter like he should (thank you, Anna), this part of the plot totally hit me wrong. However, with her writing as strong as ever, I’m not taking a star off for that because it’s absolutely the author’s prerogative to take the story in whatever direction they please. The only actual issue I had with the book is that it felt like more of a step-by-step narrative than a true character and plot development at times, mostly in the beginning. Maybe instead of jumping right in, there could have been a prologue of Baker’s first sighting of Sky and his infatuation, as well as a scene where Sky was moving into her apartment with her parents’ help to emphasize how overprotective her dad is. I don’t know…it just felt like there was something not as hooking in the first few chapters of this book that I didn’t feel with her other books. That said, it was still a great and entertaining read, and I certainly look forward to the next book in this series. Welcome back, Michelle A. Valentine! You were missed. I give Rebellious and Reckless by Michelle A. Valentine 4 out 5 stars!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melinda ~ Twinsie Talk

    I received a copy of this book for an honest review. Michelle A. Valentine is a new to me author this was the first book I have read of hers. Really you cannot go wrong with a football player, fighter, frat brothers and the quiet girl. Sky is the quiet girl that like all other girls has a big crush on the school quarterback. Only problem is he has no idea she exist. She finds out Luke has a brother and when the opportunity arises to have his brother Baker help her get noticed by Luke she is all I received a copy of this book for an honest review. Michelle A. Valentine is a new to me author this was the first book I have read of hers. Really you cannot go wrong with a football player, fighter, frat brothers and the quiet girl. Sky is the quiet girl that like all other girls has a big crush on the school quarterback. Only problem is he has no idea she exist. She finds out Luke has a brother and when the opportunity arises to have his brother Baker help her get noticed by Luke she is all over it. You see Baker is recently homeless so Sky hatches a plan with Baker. She will allow him to stay in her extra bedroom if he helps her get a date with Luke. Baker is now on the hook to help Sky get a date with his brother. Only one problem Sky has work her way in and Baker is realizing she is meaning more to him than just a friend and he knows Luke is not good enough for her. Plus now that Sky has become such good friends with Baker she is wondering if she has picked the right brother. Baker and Sky both keep secrets about their family and for a while the house rule “family off limits” is okay to each of them. I was rooting for Baker and Sky but Sky is determined to make it work out somehow with Luke. Baker and Luke had their own issues to deal with. Not only did I fall for Baker, Sky and Luke there were other side characters that intrigued me. I want to know more about Baker, Sky and Luke’s friends. I did enjoy watching Sky open up and let someone in. It was hard on my heart to see Baker struggle with opening up only to possible lose the girl. Since I am reading Michelle A. Valentine for the first time, I didn’t quite understand the significance of who Sky Dad is but if you are a fan of her writing and have not read this yet you will probably go crazy when you find out who he is. I will say after reading this I will be checking out a few more books of hers. And I also want to check out the 2nd book in this series coming out in April.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Wolfel

    Don't miss this long awaited release from Michelle! Baker and Sky are amazing! And the supporting cast in this one will have you begging for more books in this series! I loved every minute of Baker and Sky's story! From the first moment Baker's cocky attitude stopped Sky in her tracks I knew these two would be combustable! Sky is a means to and end for Baker, until he realizes that she's become way more to him than he every imagined. She's a good girl from the right side of the tracks, and she's Don't miss this long awaited release from Michelle! Baker and Sky are amazing! And the supporting cast in this one will have you begging for more books in this series! I loved every minute of Baker and Sky's story! From the first moment Baker's cocky attitude stopped Sky in her tracks I knew these two would be combustable! Sky is a means to and end for Baker, until he realizes that she's become way more to him than he every imagined. She's a good girl from the right side of the tracks, and she's too good for his screwed up and tainted life. Bakers past holds him back from so much in life. He's jaded and broken, but that doesn't change the fact that he wants her, but is still willing to step aside and let his brother have her, knowing it's what she wants. Sky is a good girl, who wants to get the boy. She's been living under the thumb of her over protective male family members for so long, she just wants to finally feel the freedoms that college is affording her. But in a snap decision that could land her in all sorts of trouble, she invites the bad boy into her life. She makes a deal with the cocky tattooed boy that can help her achieve her goal, that will change her life forever... She's torn in two by what she believes she wants and is the safe choice, and what her body desires. The head and the heart are at war for Sky. Every minute she spends with Baker, is another minute she's confused about Luke. Baker is complicated and challenging, and his past really does shape how he looks at his potential future. I was waiting every minute for that other shoe to drop and when it does. Holy cow does it DROP! Baker and Sky's story isn't conventional by any stretch, they will break you down and build you back up and leave you with that angst riddled drop in your stomach, but you will love the ride!!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Harris

    I received this book with the understanding that I could leave a voluntary and honest review. Oh my wowza is this this book amazing. Ok so in this book we meet Sky Cold and Baker Finnegan. Sky is the typical nerd. She studies hard and works in the library but there is one boy that has caught her eye and that is Luke Finnegan. The problem with this is Luke doesn't have a clue who she is. So when a guy tells her she never get him she can't understand why he would say these things to her until she I received this book with the understanding that I could leave a voluntary and honest review. Oh my wowza is this this book amazing. Ok so in this book we meet Sky Cold and Baker Finnegan. Sky is the typical nerd. She studies hard and works in the library but there is one boy that has caught her eye and that is Luke Finnegan. The problem with this is Luke doesn't have a clue who she is. So when a guy tells her she never get him she can't understand why he would say these things to her until she learns it is none other than his brother saying it. Fate is on her side though when she comes home one night after work and hears two guys disagreeing about one of them having to move out. The voice she recognizes is none other than Baker. So she makes him a deal. He can stay in the spare room in her apartment and he helps her find a way to get his brother to notice her. Baker knows she is better than any girl Luke would go for and he doesn't know why she wants him. See one day while his roommate was being to loud for him to study he went to the library instead. While there he saw Sky and though she was beautiful and wanted to see if there could be more. He knew though she was to good for him as well. This deal though really gives him a chance to see her spend time with her and maybe prove he is the better brother. Will these two find a HEA though or will all the things that haven't been said yet be the thing to break them forever? So So So excited to see this author back and her return book will not disappoint. This is an amazing story that will have you connecting with characters like you never thought you would. There is so much more about this story I want to tell you. However I don't want to ruin it for other readers. I will say though this is one of those books you absolutely must get you won't be disappointed. I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.

  20. 4 out of 5

    DrivenbyBooks

    *4 stars* It's been a while since I've read a book by this author and what a read it was! I loved the interaction between the lead characters and how the story was played out. It was a rollercoaster ride and sometimes emotions were all over the place. I can't wait to see what is next in store in this series 'cuz it has me so intrigued! Sky works at the library and everytime Luke walks by, she doesn't know what to say. She's had the hugest crush om him ever since she laid eyes on him but he doesn't *4 stars* It's been a while since I've read a book by this author and what a read it was! I loved the interaction between the lead characters and how the story was played out. It was a rollercoaster ride and sometimes emotions were all over the place. I can't wait to see what is next in store in this series 'cuz it has me so intrigued! Sky works at the library and everytime Luke walks by, she doesn't know what to say. She's had the hugest crush om him ever since she laid eyes on him but he doesn't even notice her. She finds it is now the time to do something about it and makes a crazy suggestion to his brother, Baker, and to her surprise he goes along with it. Now living together with someone she doesn't really know but trying to hide the fake relationship from everyone, she tries to get close to Luke and it seems to be working. Baker never imagined him being at this place in this time of his life but he does whatever it takes to keep going. No matter what has happened in the past, and he has been through a lot, he does something that may be on the risky side that could be very dangerous but he finds its worth the risk. But the closer he and Sky get and the more he gets to know her, the more feelings start to show and it's getting harder to deny that he wants her all to himself although he doesn't consider him to be good for her. When Sky starts to have doubts, she doesn't know what to do anymore. And when everything comes out in the open, both will have to decide what to really fight for. Who will Sky end up with?... And will Baker see what is right in front of him and won't be too late?...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    It's been a while since I read a book by this author and what a read it was! I loved the interaction between the lead characters and how the story was played out. It was a rollercoaster ride and sometimes emotions were all over the place. I can't wait to see what is next in store in this series 'cuz it has me so intrigued! Sky works at the library and everytime Luke walks by, she doesn't know what to say. She's had the hugest crush om him ever since she laid eyes on him but he doesn't even notic It's been a while since I read a book by this author and what a read it was! I loved the interaction between the lead characters and how the story was played out. It was a rollercoaster ride and sometimes emotions were all over the place. I can't wait to see what is next in store in this series 'cuz it has me so intrigued! Sky works at the library and everytime Luke walks by, she doesn't know what to say. She's had the hugest crush om him ever since she laid eyes on him but he doesn't even notice her. She finds now is the time to do something about it and makes a crazy suggestion to his brother, Baker, and to her surprise he goes along with it. Now living together with someone she doesn't really know but trying to hide the fake relationship from everyone, she tries to get close to Luke and it seems to be working. Baker never imagined him being at this place in time of his life but he does whatever it takes to keep going. No matter what has happened in the past, he has something going on that may be on the risky side that could be very dangerous but it's worth the risk. But the closer he gets to Sky and the more he gets to know her, the more feelings start to arise and it's getting harder to deny that he doesn't want her to be with his brother, but for himself although he doesn't consider him a good catch. When Sky starts to have doubts, she doesn't know what to do anymore. And when everything comes out in the open, both will have to decide what they'll fight for. Who will Sky end up with?... And will Baker see what is right in front of him?...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Sky Cold works in the library and keeps her nose to the grind, studying. She is a nerd. She hasn't had much luck in relationships due to her overprotective father and brother. Luckily, she's away at college, living on her own, and is able to have a little breathing space to try and find a boyfriend. She is infatuated with Luke Finnegan, the quarterback at her school.and Baker Finnegan. She is determined to make her see him this year. So when the opportunity presents itself, Sky employs the help Sky Cold works in the library and keeps her nose to the grind, studying. She is a nerd. She hasn't had much luck in relationships due to her overprotective father and brother. Luckily, she's away at college, living on her own, and is able to have a little breathing space to try and find a boyfriend. She is infatuated with Luke Finnegan, the quarterback at her school.and Baker Finnegan. She is determined to make her see him this year. So when the opportunity presents itself, Sky employs the help of Baker Finnegan, Luke's bad boy brother. He is the complete opposite of Luke with tattoos and the bad boy vibe. She has a room to offer him and in exchange, he promises to help her land her dream guy, Luke. What happens when they start spending more time together and she gets to know the real Baker Finnegan? Will she choose Luke or will Baker be the one? This was an emotional and slightly angsty read. I really liked the story line. It was entertaining and I felt the feels. The chemistry between the characters was hot! There was a lot of sexual tension that steamed up my reader. I loved Baker. There was so much more to him than I initially saw. I loved Luke too. He was sweet and caring. My only complaint is that I felt Sky forgave a little too quickly and the ending was rushed, but I still enjoyed the book. I recommend reading this book! I can't wait to see who is next. ****ARC for an unbiased review.****

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    Michelle Valentine is BACK! Her first book has me all kinds of excited. Especially when it’s associated with Phenomenal X, who is one of my all-time favorites. Sky is Phenomenal X’s daughter and one I absolutely adore. Her favorite movie is Pretty Woman. A total book nerd who reads romance novels and believes she’ll meet her one true love. She works in the library and where she’s caught the eyes of Baker Finnegan, only she doesn’t notice him because she only has eyes for Luke, Baker’s brother. T Michelle Valentine is BACK! Her first book has me all kinds of excited. Especially when it’s associated with Phenomenal X, who is one of my all-time favorites. Sky is Phenomenal X’s daughter and one I absolutely adore. Her favorite movie is Pretty Woman. A total book nerd who reads romance novels and believes she’ll meet her one true love. She works in the library and where she’s caught the eyes of Baker Finnegan, only she doesn’t notice him because she only has eyes for Luke, Baker’s brother. The problem is Luke doesn’t even know she exist. Sky offers Baker a proposition. To help her get his brother to notice her in exchange for the extra bedroom in her apartment. He doesn’t pass on the offer. They start developing a friendship that turns into something more. He wants her for himself not with his brother. She’s having second thoughts on going through with it. Baker keeps giving her mixed signals because he can’t let go of his past. One he doesn’t want to talk about and promises he’ll never let happen again. This causes so much sexual tension you’ll want to scream, “just kiss already” LOL. The question is. Will Baker let go of his past and admit he’s been secretly longing for her? Which brother will Sky choose? I’m loving the start of this new series and looking forward to the next book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nerdy Dirty & Flirty

    -Marie, ☆☆☆☆☆ Boom! She’s back and Michelle Valentine once again slayed it!!! Michelle Valentine is an author that I will always read every book she releases. I have been a fan of hers for years. I absolutely loved this book!! Sky was a shy, book nerd who hid behind her baggy hoodies and stayed out of the spotlight. She hid who her Dad was because it always brought the wrong kind of attention. She was in love with Luke forever but, he had no clue she existed. When his brother needed a place to liv -Marie, ☆☆☆☆☆ Boom! She’s back and Michelle Valentine once again slayed it!!! Michelle Valentine is an author that I will always read every book she releases. I have been a fan of hers for years. I absolutely loved this book!! Sky was a shy, book nerd who hid behind her baggy hoodies and stayed out of the spotlight. She hid who her Dad was because it always brought the wrong kind of attention. She was in love with Luke forever but, he had no clue she existed. When his brother needed a place to live she used this opportunity as a way into Luke’s radar. Baker gave it all up because his father betrayed him in one of the most hurtful ways. He quit football and became a different man. He was pining for Sky’s attention for over a year so he took the roommate offer just to be closer to her. Friends that’s it, he wasn’t capable of loving again or was he? This was the absolute best friends to lovers story! You will be rooting for Baker and then kind of Luke but Baker will steal your heart. Let’s talk about Sky’s dad!!! I never expected it to be who it was!!! I was so excited, I almost dropped my kindle at 2 am! You will be so excited trust me but, he will also make you so angry. He does redeem himself and her mom is still the no nonsense type. I absolutely can not wait for the next book in this series. Michelle Valentine I’ve missed your words, welcome back!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Marie

    Sweet torture and a glutton for punishment. Life isn’t perfect and we don’t always get what we think we need. Think, being the key word. Things never seem to go the way you want but in the end it just works. The story is a bit on the cliche’ side because ultimately we have a nerdy type of girl who essentially has a makeover and then gets the attention of the hot guy. Only in this story, she has the attention of two brothers...both are hot in their own ways. Sky gets Baker to agree to help her ge Sweet torture and a glutton for punishment. Life isn’t perfect and we don’t always get what we think we need. Think, being the key word. Things never seem to go the way you want but in the end it just works. The story is a bit on the cliche’ side because ultimately we have a nerdy type of girl who essentially has a makeover and then gets the attention of the hot guy. Only in this story, she has the attention of two brothers...both are hot in their own ways. Sky gets Baker to agree to help her get a date with his brother, Luke. Then the fun starts! Baker moves in with Sky as part of the deal. But then they start to get close. Both of them have secrets...and both involve part of their family. These secrets are most definitely not cliche’. You seriously need to read this. As things continue to unfold they can’t deny the pull that they have between each other but Sky still can’t decide if she wants Luke or if she is falling in love with Baker. “Do you have your Finnegans confused?” This is one of my favorite lines because this sums Sky up completely! We have the hot jock, the rebel fighter, and the sweet librarian. All of the makings of a romantic comedy that will keep you turning the pages. Even though some of the story is cliche’, it is still a fun read with its own twist. And that makes it a must read!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    First off this book is a long time coming! Welcome back Michelle I have missed your writing!! When we are first introduced to Baker we think he as the title says rebellious and reckless but he is so much more. Sky is all grown up much to the objection of her father X! When sky first meets Baker she wants him to help her get with his brother because she has been fascinated with him since seeing him. Baker on the other hand has been secretly longing for Sky but agrees to help even though tensions First off this book is a long time coming! Welcome back Michelle I have missed your writing!! When we are first introduced to Baker we think he as the title says rebellious and reckless but he is so much more. Sky is all grown up much to the objection of her father X! When sky first meets Baker she wants him to help her get with his brother because she has been fascinated with him since seeing him. Baker on the other hand has been secretly longing for Sky but agrees to help even though tensions are high between the brothers. As time goes on the chemistry between Sky and Baker is off the charts. They are so natural with each other but Sky doesn't see it because she has eyes only for Luke. Sky thinks Luke is everything. Sky feels the chemistry but doesn't think Baker does. Baker was burned bad in the past so he is not putting himself out there and he has told Sky as much. He no longer believes in love or the fairy tail and will not do relationships. Sky is so torn because she thinks there is more but Baker keeps shutting the door. This book had all the feels and pulled on so many different heart strings. I absolutely loved this book and think you will also. I cannot wait for Luke's book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    received ARC for my review He’s Rebellious in the ring and Reckless in Love. Sky Cold knows exactly what she wants, and it's Luke Finnegan, the college campus star quarterback. The only problem is she's not even a blip on his radar. In order to get noticed by her crush, she's willing to exchange the extra bedroom in her apartment to Luke's tattooed, older brother to find a way into his social circle. Baker Finnegan is determined to get out of his father's shadow and do things his way. When he falls received ARC for my review He’s Rebellious in the ring and Reckless in Love. Sky Cold knows exactly what she wants, and it's Luke Finnegan, the college campus star quarterback. The only problem is she's not even a blip on his radar. In order to get noticed by her crush, she's willing to exchange the extra bedroom in her apartment to Luke's tattooed, older brother to find a way into his social circle. Baker Finnegan is determined to get out of his father's shadow and do things his way. When he falls on hard times, and the sexy, slightly nerdy co-ed Sky offers him a place to live in exchange for a fake friendship, he can't pass up the opportunity. But when Baker quickly realizes the only match he wants to make for Sky is one with himself, he has to convince her to look past his reckless ways. Michelle is a go to author for me. It's been a while since we've heard from her and I'm so glad she's back. If you enjoyed Phenomenal X, then you will enjoy this book. Great read with lots of back and forth with our H and h. I only wish there was a little more to their story. I'm eagerly awaiting Luke's book and I hope there will be one for Milo too. Welcome back!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ronda Brimeyer

    Just look at the cover OMG! What an amazing story of young people figuring out life. Living the college life of experiences. Sky is the nerdy girl/good girl that no one sees. She is totally crushing on Travis the star quarterback that everyone loves. Sky is trying to find a way to get Travis to notice her. Just like in a romantic movie. In comes Baker to the rescue. He is all muscles, tattoos,moody, strong and NOT as sin. He is also Travis brother. Sky offers a deal that Baker can not refuse. By Just look at the cover OMG! What an amazing story of young people figuring out life. Living the college life of experiences. Sky is the nerdy girl/good girl that no one sees. She is totally crushing on Travis the star quarterback that everyone loves. Sky is trying to find a way to get Travis to notice her. Just like in a romantic movie. In comes Baker to the rescue. He is all muscles, tattoos,moody, strong and NOT as sin. He is also Travis brother. Sky offers a deal that Baker can not refuse. By the way Baker has notice Sky from a far for awhile now. He has been hurt terribly in the past by people who supposedly loved him. He doesn't believe in love or dose he. The whole time Sky and Baker are planning they become something more. Sky is no longer sure what brother she wants????? Sky needs to make the choice? Truths come out about each other's emotions. Truths come out about their families. These are some really big things. Both of their fathers are well know. The story line is intense with so many emotions. I loved this book from Michelle so glad she is back giving us another wonderful story. All the way to the Grand gesture at the end finding their HEA!!!!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    Er- What did I read. This one got a lot of great reviews and I'm a little puzzled. There were a few things that were repetitive throughout the book. The back and forth with Sky in the beginning about whether she really liked Duke and not knowing if Baker really liked her. Uh, exhausting. (She didn't even know anything about Duke, just fantasized about him, yet got to know Baker and was unsure about him). She gets with H and then goes and talks to the brother at the party to apologize. All is rig Er- What did I read. This one got a lot of great reviews and I'm a little puzzled. There were a few things that were repetitive throughout the book. The back and forth with Sky in the beginning about whether she really liked Duke and not knowing if Baker really liked her. Uh, exhausting. (She didn't even know anything about Duke, just fantasized about him, yet got to know Baker and was unsure about him). She gets with H and then goes and talks to the brother at the party to apologize. All is right as it's going to be and kisses him on the cheek and then before she goes back to her boyfriend contemplates hugging him, but I mean that looks a way and is intimate. (Girl, you just kissed him on the cheek). Then you make the fighter in the book a BIG BLACK BALD headed man, who of courses looks extremely mean and has bad sportsmanship. (Rolls eyes). Oh and you make the wrinkly old black lady "Nettie" at the end . (No real complaint, I think I'm just annoyed at this point and nitpicking- maybe). This also ended so abruptly. This one could have been shaved off about 60 or 80 pages. I would have given a 1 star but I was into it for most of the book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Welcome back Michelle Valentine!! I was so excited to hear she was writing a new book & one with a hot footballer & fighter too! Sky was a nerdy college student who had her eyes set on the hot footballer, Luke Finnegan, however she didn’t know how to get on his radar. Then fate stepped in & his brother, Baker, needed a place to stay. Well low and behold, Sky had a room available. Hence putting a plan into place to finally get Luke to notice her. I liked the relationship with Sky & Baker but thei Welcome back Michelle Valentine!! I was so excited to hear she was writing a new book & one with a hot footballer & fighter too! Sky was a nerdy college student who had her eyes set on the hot footballer, Luke Finnegan, however she didn’t know how to get on his radar. Then fate stepped in & his brother, Baker, needed a place to stay. Well low and behold, Sky had a room available. Hence putting a plan into place to finally get Luke to notice her. I liked the relationship with Sky & Baker but their feelings were leading to more & it was fun to read. Baker was to stay with Sky while also helping her get with Luke. Well things take a turn somewhere along the line & feelings start getting mixed up in the relationship between them. I got a little annoyed with the back and forth with Sky & Baker, but I get it. They’re college kids, he has secrets & so does she. There’s bound to be some hesitation. I did like where this story went. I liked who Sky’s father turned out to be. I liked the connection between Sky & Baker. All in all it was great to read another one of Michelle’s books. Looking forward to reading #2!

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