Monday, April 15, 2013

On Tour: Reckless Abandon by Jenn Flynn-Shon and a Giveaway!

How far would you go for love? Young Adult fiction Author, Shaw McLeary, returns from Whole Foods to discover her husband, Danny, is gone. So is their stash of cash, his clothes, passport, and her wedding rings. He took off in a hurry and left her behind. While trying to piece it all together Shaw witnesses a cop’s murder in her home. Determined not to become the next victim, she flees. She fears dirty cops are involved in Danny’s disappearance. There's only one person she can trust to help her - JJ Anderson, Private Investigator. Also, her ex-fiancé.

A retired Phoenix cop turned PI, Shaw hopes JJ will be inclined to take her case. Despite his resentment for how their relationship ended, he agrees to help her track down leads on Danny. They chase the clues from Phoenix to Manhattan to upstate New York. In such close quarters Shaw finds it difficult to maintain a professional distance from her first real love. Then what happens if she finds Danny? Can she still love a man who abandoned her or is she too drawn to fixing her past mistake to let go of JJ again? ~~ synopsis from Goodreads

My thoughts about Reckless Abandon ~~

Reckless Abandon is a very enjoyable read, a novella of about 150 pages, with a great story within those pages. Shaw comes home from the grocery store one day and finds her home ransacked and her husband gone. Right from the start she is afraid something has happened to him, surely he wouldn't just up and leave her, would he?
'I longed to be wrapped in the comfort of my tee-shirt sheets and breeze from the ceiling fan. If I knew two nights ago might be the last time I'd have the chance to sleep next to him I might have been nicer. I might had tried to bridge the distance between us instead of saying 'whatever' when he prompted an argument.'
And then, a cop gets killed at her front door. Yikes! She takes off and seeks out the only person she trusts, an ex-boyfriend from way back. But seriously, why would he want to help her, after she left him all those years ago?
'He smelled just like nostalgia.'
I love that line ~ memory smells really are so powerful!

I enjoyed everything about Reckless Abandon. It was fast paced and action packed (think car chases and bullets) and held my interest all the way though. I could have very easily devoured this book in one sitting, if my real life wouldn't have interfered. I love it when a book captures my attention so much that I don't want to stop reading. Sometimes I wish I could quit my day job and devote my life to reading all these amazing books out there!

Oh, did I mention that Shaw is a writer? I loved this exchange in the book. Sorry, all you romance writers out there ~ I love you, but this line was funny.
"Besides, there have to be better places than this dingy old office for you to set up shop. What about Starbuck? I hear a lot of writers like to work there."
"I don't write romance."
Ah, snap!

Reckless Abandon is a great book you won't want to miss. And I am looking forward to reading more of Jenn's stories.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow
when Jenn will tell us if she hears voices.

About the author

Hi, my name is Jenn Flynn-Shon and I'm the Author of two books (Ripple the Twine, Reckless Abandon), a Chapbook (Trying for the Moon), multiple Zines, and Randomness and Lunacy (a digital-journal blog).

I've been writing since age eleven and began penning fiction by age thirteen. My first publication was a poem published under a pen name in Bop Magazine in 1989. Since then I've had articles and interviews published online and in print.

I'm a two-time winning participant in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) (2009, 2010), an active member of the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers and Arizona Authors Association.

When I make time to relax I love to hang out with my husband at our home in Phoenix, AZ, explore the country on road trips, watch my Boston sports teams, share laughs with friends and family, and read everything from blogs to novels. I make a point to write daily, and I'm a shameless self-promoter.

Connect with Jenn

Be sure to check the sidebar for my current giveaways!


  1. Great review of Jenn's novella; I, too, didn't want to put it down.

    Peace, Judi

  2. Thanks for such a great review Susan! I appreciate you taking the time to read it and to pull out some of your favorite lines from the book. Good luch to everyone entering the giveaway!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Jenn - and thanks for the great read!

  3. Awesome review. I read it in one sitting - could not put it down!

  4. A wonderful review. Thanks for this great giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Sounds like a great book. I would love to read the rest of Shaw's story. Thanks for this chance.


  6. The book sounds fabulous. I love these contests because it put books before me that I never would have know about previously. Thank you.

    1. I know Jackie - my TBR list just keeps getting longer and longer.

  7. Sounds like a great story.



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