“I ask readers to suspect their judgement, hold their breath, and trust me to get them safely to the other side.”
A provocative love story between a tough Kansas woman on a crooked path to redemption and the unlikeliest of champions, from the New York Times bestselling author of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things.
Zee is nobody’s fairy tale princess. Almost six-foot, with a redhead’s temper and a shattered hip, she has a long list of worries: never-ending bills, her beautiful, gullible sister, her five-year-old nephew, her housebound mother, and her drug-dealing boss.
Zee may not be a princess, but Gentry is an actual knight, complete with sword, armor, and a code of honor. Two years ago the voices he hears called him to be Zee’s champion. Both shy and autistic, he’s barely spoken to her since, but he has kept watch, ready to come to her aid.
When an abduction tears Zee’s family apart, she turns to the last person she ever imagined–Gentry–and sets in motion a chain of events that will not only change both of their lives, but bind them to one another forever.
Back in 2016 I happened to pick up a book that sounded like nothing I had ever read before. That book was All The Ugly & Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood. This book sparked a lot of conversation about a topic that some deemed “a taboo romance” but to me it was more than that. Greenwood’s portrayal of abuse and dysfunctional family dynamics grabbed ahold of you and didn’t let go the entire novel. When I saw The Reckless Oath We Made came out by her I just had to read it. I didn’t even read the synopsis. That’s how good of a writer she is.
Greenwood’s ability to unravel the human psyche is on another level. In this novel we experience the story from multiple POVs as we did with her previous novel. Zhorzha, Zee, the main character hasn’t had it easy. She’s got chornic pain in her hip, no home, no money and a missing sister whose son she’s looking out for. On the other hand we have Gentry. Gentry speaks Middle English. This really added to the story in my opinion but I can see others being put off by the speech. In order to understand Gentry you have to accept his quirks. Gentry is autistic. Gentry hears different voices who all have different opinions about Zhorzha. Zhorzha whom he has sworn to protect, his lady.
I enjoyed every bit of this book. I love that way Greenwood rips your heart open and then stitches it back together slowly with her words. Although I loved All The Ugly & Wonderful Things slightly more I really love this story. Highly recommend for those who like their reads unique, a little bizarre and complicated. If you like your books where you feel for the characters so much that it hurts at times I highly recommend you pick up Greenwood’s books.
Thank you Penguin Canada for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.