Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Reckless by Kathy L. Wheeler @kathylwheeler #Historical #Flappers #Suspense

The Plot:

The Martini Club 4 Series came about as a result of four author friends who meet each week at a favorite hangout, The Martini Lounge in Edmond Oklahoma. They decided to write stories centered around a similar establishment, and these four novellas were the result. Their next installment of the series will be set in the 1940s. Follow the authors to keep up with all their releases, including the Martini Club 4 series.

Now, grab a martini and step back in time to the days of flappers, prohibition, gangsters, and speakeasies in New York City.


Lady Margaret turned Lady Bootlegger… Singer Margaret (Meggie) Montley needs money—fast. Her friend is in a dire situation with nowhere to turn. While Meggie is on the brink of stardom, it’s not soon enough to save her friend. Harry Dempsey is out to avenge the deaths of his father and brother at the hands of a ruthless gangster. But trouble spirals out of control when Meggie Montley shows up the night he meets his nemesis to settle the score. Saving the impetuous woman from a crime lord might be easier than saving her from her own reckless behavior.

About the Author:

I love sports. The NFL, the NBA. I hold season tickets to the Oklahoma City Thunder. I love Broadway musicals too. I have a BA in Management Information Systems and a vocal minor. I love travel, reading, writing, and just to round things out and scratch the singing itch, karaoke.


As you can see from her photo and biography, Kathy L. Wheeler is also Kae Elle Wheeler, who wrote the last book I reviewed, The Wronged Princess. Reckless, I fear, has the same issues.

The reason Ms. Wheeler uses a slight variation on her name is that these two books are in different genres. While one is a fantasy/fairy tale, the other is historical romantic suspense. Lady Margaret (Meggie) Montley has no interest in “marrying well.” Especially when that means marrying an older man whose money will refill the coffers of her titled, but impoverished, family. Meggie wants to sing that new music—jazz.

She and two of her friends decide to run away from home to New York. One friend wants to design clothes, one becomes a waitress at a speakeasy hoping to snag a wealthy yank, and they meet a third girl enroute, rescue her from an abusive situation, and take her aboard ship as their maid. Meggie gets a job at the speakeasy singing, and catches the eye of Harry Dempsey, the manager. When her third roommate gets a job as a maid to a wealthy man who turns out to be a sex trafficker, Meggie tries to raise money to buy the girl’s contract, and gets involved with the bootleggers who killed Harry’s father. He can’t exactly blow up their ship with Meggy as a witness, and she’s not a “loose end” he’s willing to “tie up.”

Again, Ms. Wheeler writes a page-burning story, with great characters, but she really needs a better editor. I found her bad grammar—misused words, mixed tenses, etc., very distracting. If you’re not a grammar stickler, you’ll probably enjoy it.

Author Website:
Warnings:  None
Digital:  127 Pages
Paperback:  142 Pages
Print:  $7.99
Digital:  $0.99

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