Review of Born Reckless
by lahilden
Published on October 20, 2012

Joan Boose rated it 5 stars
I won this book on Goodreads. This is book two in the Alter Ego series. It's another grab your interest and don't let go until the end. It begins with a character from the first book in the series whom you would never guess has any problems. Even though she follows her curiosity and heart more than is safe for the strictures of society, she is both kidnapped and rescued by her love and friends. Her love has to deal with his past before he can allow himself to love and marry which adds to the intrigue and excitement. Eccentric characters keep this read lighthearted.


Jamie rated it 4 stars
* Originally posted at Romancing Rakes For The Love Of Romance

Lady Clarissa Mayfield is having a bad season. Her mother is picking out horrendous clothes for her to wear, her father’s life is being threatened and now she’s just been kidnapped. 

Grayson Mathers, Marquis of Camden, is also having a bad year. He finds himself enraptured with Clarissa but he cannot pursue. His brother is mourning the death of his wife, which Grayson blames himself for. But his brother is keeping a secret and it could ruin the family, which is why he stays away from Clarissa. Until his driver decides to kidnapped the object of his desire for him. 

I can’t remember the last time I laughed out loud while reading a historical romance in the first couple of pages. Poor Clarissa is kidnapped then found hanging with her legs out of the carriage window by Grayson, the man she planned to ask for help regarding her father. Grayson is just as stunned finding her in this precarious position and tries to make the best of it. 

The chemistry between them is immediate. Clarissa wants to hate Grayson but she can’t help but fall under his spell. But with the secrets he carries he doesn’t want to pull her into his life. She doesn’t care though and works on earning his trust and love. She makes him feel, something that he doesn’t believe he deserves. She is there for him to confide in without judgment. She loves him unconditionally and won’t back down even when he tries to push her away. 

Favorite Quote

“You, sir, are the one causing my distress.” Her fingers went to her temples. “How dare you insinuate that you had me kidnapped in order to protect me. The entire idea is preposterous. You have compounded my problems, not aided then. Oh, saints be praised. God save women from well-intentioned men.” 


I thoroughly enjoyed Born Reckless. I was captured right in the beginning and I didn’t want to stop reading. I found myself falling for Grayson, even with his secrets, the same way Clarissa did. He’s a good guy. He’s not your typical Regency rake that we read about so much. He’s honorable, maybe not as much as he should be, but he wants to do right by Clarissa. He loves her and he’s not afraid to let her know. I like that about him. 

Born Reckless is full of secrets and lies, but also full of romance. It’s full of witty dialogue that will have you laughing and secrets that will break your heart. This was my first book by LA Hilden but I will keep an eye out for more.
Sep 18, 2012
Alina Vincent rated it 5 stars
I loved this book! I won this book from firstreads/goodreads in a giveaway. I am fortunate to have won this, and thought the writing had a great flow and the characters were very fun. The way she is kidnapped is unique, and the drama of the book is much different then what I am used to making this a perfect, fun read of different quality. I recommend this book highly to anyone interested in reading it!

Chris rated it 5 stars
I absolutely loved this book!! Clarissa is the best herione I've come across in a long time, and although I wanted to thump Grayson on the back of the head a few times, I loved him!! Can't wait to read other books from L.A. Hilden. Bravo!!!!