A Reckless Memory by Marie Johnston

Our history was a long time ago, but with him here, I was aware the wound wasn’t as healed as it should’ve been. One-sided love did that to a person.

POV: Dual 1st Person
PoP: 51%
Tropes: Second Chance; Small Town; Spin-off; Boss Lady; Rancher; Animal Rescue
Series: Oil Knights book 1
Type of Series: Series of Standalones 
Release Date: August 10, 2023
Is there a 3rd act break up: Yes

What would you do if the man who broke your heart was down on his luck? A Reckless Memory introduces the reader to Aggie Knight. Strong woman who is living her life the way she wants. Or at least trying. Her upbringing was something else… her father Barns was a hard man who was even harder to please.

Ansen Barron is a lost man.

His life has spiraled because of choices that he has made. And when he comes across a job offer for a horse rescue he accepts without knowing a lot of facts. But when he realizes who makes the offer, he sees that he has a second chance with the one that ran away.

Marie Johnston creates an environment in which you can’t help but fall in love with the characters. The growth and development of this story held my attention in ways that I couldn’t put the book down. Aggie is broken in a way that you never expect. Ansen is a character that I wasn’t sure if I would like. However, I trust Johnston’s work and knew she would bring it around in a way that was perfect. Ansen comes across as a selfish idiot who’s only goal in life is to make money, but that isn’t who is truly is. It just takes some time for him to truly see the error of some of his decision in his past.

Family is an important element in A Reckless Memory and we meet all the Knights.

We meet Aggie’s brothers as well as revisit Ansen’s family. If you haven’t read the Oil Barron’s series, do not worry you won’t be lost, but if you have… the growth that these characters continue to show is wonderful. Aggie’s brothers and her best friend are dynamic characters that I can’t wait to meet again.

Want to read about Ansen’s Brother?? Check out his book review here!