The Reckless Oath We Made

The Reckless Oath We Made

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A new provocative love story from the New York Times bestselling author of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things.

"The story of Zee and Gentry is the reason we read." -- Brunonia Barry

Their journey will break them--or save them.

A moving and complicated love story for our time, The Reckless Oath We Made redefines what it means to be heroic. Zee has never admitted to needing anybody. But she needs Gentry. Her tough exterior shelters a heart that's loyal to the point of self-destruction, while autistic Gentry wears his heart on his sleeve, including his desire to protect Zee at all costs. When an abduction tears Zee's family apart, she turns to Gentry--and sets in motion a journey and a love that will change their lives forever.

"[A] mind-blowing book that has left me scrambling to pick up the pieces of my brain and my shattered heart . . . Prepare to have your mind and heart expanded to their limits." -- The Oklahoman
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780525541844
Branch Call Number: GREENWOO
Characteristics: 436 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 26, 2020

I loved this story and I positively loved the characters! Similar to her previous release, Greenwood's fantastic writing style made the story stand out with her now familiar multiple POV's, ranging from main characters to the one-chapter minor roles.

Zee is a fascinating heroine who straddles the line between careless and responsible, but her motivations are almost always altruistic. Gentry is one of my favorite kind of heroes- misunderstood and/or underestimated. Since most of his POV was told in medieval English, I had to sometimes read his passages slowly in order to interpret them correctly. They actually seemed easier to understand when listening to the audio version. Regardless, I enjoyed Gentry's attraction and unashamed reasons for it's modern use. The author managed to create a couple that normally wouldn't seem to work and showing all the reasons why they did.

My only negative were a couple of actions by law enforcement that didn't ring true, but they only managed to infuriate me on the character's behalf versus decreasing my enjoyment of the book as a whole. Zee and Gentry's tale isn't always pretty and it was sometimes very sad, but I was captivated within the first chapter and wholly satisfied by the story's end.

Audio Note: This was an amazing audio production and no doubt, will be a favorite of 2020. Nine different narrators voice the various POV's and I don't have a negative thing to say about any of them.

JCLPiepieB Aug 20, 2019

Compelling and utterly readable. Gritty, hardcore, and realistic. There are no punches pulled here; there are some graphic scenes of sex/masturbation. But Gentry will intrigue you, and Leon the dog will steal your heart. I'm glad I read this one.

Aug 09, 2019

Take a flawed heroine (Zee), an autistic young man who hears voices and speaks in Olde English (Gentry) and add in a prison escape with Zee's sister held hostage, Zee's hoarding mother aka The Dragon, Gentry's racially diverse adopted family, Ren Fair re-enactment and a dash of the KKK and out pops this unique novel set in Wichita, KS. Gentry has sworn an oath to be Zee's champion. What Zee wants most is to rescue her sister from her captors. Thus their quest is set in motion with unexpected consequences. This gritty romance will appeal to readers who enjoy Laura McHugh's books. If you like the gritty, unexpected duo that is Gentry and Zee you may also want to read "Two Girls Down" by Louise Luna.


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