The Reckless Oath We Made

The Reckless Oath We Made

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...

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Title:The Reckless Oath We Made
Author:Bryn Greenwood
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The Reckless Oath We Made Reviews

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    After reading

    I knew when I heard that Bryn Greenwood was about to release another book my face started doing this right here.........

    I loved that book. Hard.

    But now? I'm having a hard time choosing a favorite between that book and this one.

    I have a problem though. I can rant for hours when I hate a book...but when I love it? I turn into a big old hot mess and can't word for nothing.

    Here goes my rambling though. (And it's not really a synopsis of the book. Y

    After reading

    I knew when I heard that Bryn Greenwood was about to release another book my face started doing this right here.........

    I loved that book. Hard.

    But now? I'm having a hard time choosing a favorite between that book and this one.

    I have a problem though. I can rant for hours when I hate a book...but when I love it? I turn into a big old hot mess and can't word for nothing.

    Here goes my rambling though. (And it's not really a synopsis of the book. You can read that yourself.)

    I'm going to just tell you all the ways I'm in love with this book.

    1. Bryn Greenwood's writing. This woman is one of the very few authors I read that just comes up with completely fresh new ideas. She has this gift of not falling for the usual tropes and I LOVE that. She writes real world to me...the endings aren't cookie cutter. Shit happens. You deal. You learn or you don't.

    She also doesn't write perfect, gorgeous characters either. Her characters have flaws. They are not the typical book characters with wonderfully perfect bodies and easy lives.

    Which leads me to number 2.

    2. The female main character in this book. Zee aka my favorite female character in a book in years. This character is so real. She comes from a childhood where her dad spent almost a lifetime in prison and her mom is a hoarder who finally filled the house to the point to where Zee was left no option but to make it on her own. She isn't beautiful in the traditional sense. She even sells and partakes of few drugs. Her choices are not always the best. She does love her family though. I could be this girl. In fact I am in so many ways that we won't discuss on this review because I blab too much anyways.

    The fact that I connected so well with this character totally brought this book to life in my head.

    *sigh*

    3. The main male character. I'm gonna admit..the first chapter from Gentry's viewpoint had me wondering how this book was going to vibe with me. He speaks old king's English...has voices that talks to him and thinks he is a k-night.

    I should learn to just shut the fuck up and read because I loved this guy.

    4. The whole storyline. I saw every single bit of this book inside my head. Does that make me crazy? Probably. Do I care? Not. It's rare when I can completely lose myself in a book and it happened here. I'm just so mad that I'm done reading it and I don't have any more pages in which to spend with these people.

    Now for the wrap up. Is everyone going to love this book? Probably not. It's alright though...I love it enough for 342 people.

  • Cheri

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!

    Zhorzha Trego’s life has never been easy - not as long as she remembers, anyway. Her father Marcus went to prison when she was just a child, and died there, leaving her mother to fill the holes in her heart with objects and food. Her mother’s grief affected both her and her older sister, LaReigne, who volunteers at the local prison, leaving her with the burden of financial support for the family - on a waitress income. To add to her personal issues, an accident left her with

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!

    Zhorzha Trego’s life has never been easy - not as long as she remembers, anyway. Her father Marcus went to prison when she was just a child, and died there, leaving her mother to fill the holes in her heart with objects and food. Her mother’s grief affected both her and her older sister, LaReigne, who volunteers at the local prison, leaving her with the burden of financial support for the family - on a waitress income. To add to her personal issues, an accident left her with chronic pain in her hip along with a stack of mounting medical bills. When Zhorzha, Zee, learns that LaReigne, along with another woman, has been taken hostage by two escaped convicts, she is riding the train with her nephew, five-year-old Marcus, carrying weed that she intends to sell to help pay the bills – not exactly how she had planned things would be.

    The news of LaReigne’s abduction brings with it, of course, additional interest by the press and the attention of the police, which ends up with Zee losing her job, her apartment and her car one after another.

    Leaving physical therapy two months after her accident, still on crutches, when Zee’s ride doesn’t show up after she’s waited hours, she leaves the lobby for the parking lot, she sees a man waiting by his truck who bows to her, and says:

    From then on, Gentry would become her

    – he believes he has been tasked with this mission by voices only he can hear. Gentry Frank is on the spectrum, but he is also a knight who speaks only in early modern English, and who works as “a vassal of the Duke of Bombardier,” riveting wings on Learjets.

    There are nine narrators in this story, but the main one is Zee, with 37 of the 63 brief chapters being narrated by her, Gentry has eleven, with the remainder including Marcus, and a Deputy. Rather than being confusing, each character seemed to bring more light to this tale.

    I loved this story, which has so much more to it beyond this brief review. There’s an element of a somewhat unconventional romance, but in a gritty-fairy-tale-ish way that takes many twists and turns - some of them dark, but not gruesome- and, like the best of stories, leaves you wanting to share your joy with everyone you know.

    Pub Date: 20 Aug 2019

    Many thanks for the ARC provided by PENGUIN GROUP Putnam

  • Liz

    All the Ugly and Wonderful Things was an amazing book. While I forget most books just weeks after I read them, that one really stuck with me. So I was thrilled to get an early look at Brynwood’s latest work.

    Brynwood doesn’t pick easy topics or easy characters. Among other jobs, Zee is a drug mule. As the story opens, she’s bringing two suitcases of weed to her drug dealing boss. She’s traveling with her six year old nephew, because her sister is missing. Turns out, her sister, a prison volunteer

    All the Ugly and Wonderful Things was an amazing book. While I forget most books just weeks after I read them, that one really stuck with me. So I was thrilled to get an early look at Brynwood’s latest work.

    Brynwood doesn’t pick easy topics or easy characters. Among other jobs, Zee is a drug mule. As the story opens, she’s bringing two suitcases of weed to her drug dealing boss. She’s traveling with her six year old nephew, because her sister is missing. Turns out, her sister, a prison volunteer has been taken hostage by two escapees. She’s also got a hoarder mom. Not much good in her life, except she’s got a knight in shining armor looking after her. Gentry is autistic and things of her as Lady Zhorza and he her knight. He speaks in Middle English and hears voices of Gaiwen, Hildegard and a witch. “Lady, I am thy daughter’s champion”, he tells her mother.

    These are folks you care about so much it hurts. Everything is going wrong in Zee’s life, dominoes falling one after another. Her interactions with her mom really resonated with me. And Gentry is just so sweet. I’m not a fan of romance stories, but this is not a typical romance. It’s not a typical anything. It went places o just didn’t see coming. I was anxious the entire second half of the book, worried about what would happen to the characters. And sad to see it end, as I wanted to see further into the future of the characters. This is one I highly recommend.

    My thanks to netgalley and G. P. Putnams’ Sons for an advance copy of this book.

  • karen

    NOW AVAILABLE!!

    i gave this one four stars because i didn’t like it

    as much as

    , but that’s a pretty hard book to top. my 1-5 ratings are starbitrary, but my words are all encouraging you to read this book.

    this is literary fiction that has put one fist in the romance barrel and one fist in the crime fiction barrel, grabbed the most interesting bits and made a whole new thing outta them.

    i do not like romance novels, but i do like this. like atuawt, it’s a p

    NOW AVAILABLE!!

    i gave this one four stars because i didn’t like it

    as much as

    , but that’s a pretty hard book to top. my 1-5 ratings are starbitrary, but my words are all encouraging you to read this book.

    this is literary fiction that has put one fist in the romance barrel and one fist in the crime fiction barrel, grabbed the most interesting bits and made a whole new thing outta them.

    i do not like romance novels, but i do like this. like atuawt, it’s a paradox of a love story; a couple both unlikely, but also—in greenwood’s deft hands—perfectly matched. zhorzha is a tall brassy redhead; a waitress who dabbles in light drug-running to support her hoarder mother and to pay off her own medical bills after a motorcycle accident has left her with chronic pain. gentry is neurodivergent, with the motor tics associated with autism and auditory hallucinations that manifest as three discrete advisors: hildegard, gawen, and the witch. oh yeah, and he’s also a knight. he sees the world through a medieval filter; speaking in middle english, handy with a sword, and loyally serving the lady zhorzha as her devoted champion, bound to her by the witch's prophecy before they even meet-cute:

    it is not your typical love story, and the romance of it is the chivalric capital-r romance of the high medieval era, all wrapped up in a code of honor and duty and the chaste rescue of fair maidens until, ya know, it isn’t.

    i had concerns that gentry’s knightly lingo was going to get old real fast, but i got used to it, and it somehow became natural to be reading a grit lit novel with this slight fantasy overlay, to the extent that she had me talking like gentry in my head. it helps that the voice is used in moderation—the POV moves around a lot, and gentry has fewer POV chapters than zee, but his descriptive passages are… memorable.

    it's a chimera of a book—hard to predict and hard to pin down, but bryn greenwood has A WAY and all you need to do is show up.

    read this book the day it comes out, wait three days, and then wish me a happy birthday!

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    i loved

    so much that when i was asked to choose the store’s book club book for june, i said “HOW ‘BOUT WE DO THIS?” so we are.

    and bryn sent us amazing bookplates and tattoos.

    come to the book club, local booknerds!

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    i'm gonna write a review for this SOON, but for now, enjoy these photos of an amazing gift from bryn 'i make my own book schwag' greenwood:

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    me, singing a song about how excited i was to find this book in my mailbox.

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

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    4.5 Stars

    Waaaaaaaaay back in 2016 I scored a NetGalley ARC of a little book by an unknown author. (Basically, the mere mention of the word “meth” gets me all grabby hands.) To say

    blew my socks off is probably the understatement of the decade. I barfed my feelings out all over the intertubes about the sleeper that would become one of my favorite stories of

    Find all of my reviews at:

    4.5 Stars

    Waaaaaaaaay back in 2016 I scored a NetGalley ARC of a little book by an unknown author. (Basically, the mere mention of the word “meth” gets me all grabby hands.) To say

    blew my socks off is probably the understatement of the decade. I barfed my feelings out all over the intertubes about the sleeper that would become one of my favorite stories of all time. In turn, I was handsomely rewarded by the author when a copy of my shitty little gif-fest of a review was forwarded to her . . . .

    Due to our proximity, Greenwood even (unknowingly) persuaded me to do something I never do – leave my house – for this to occur . . . .

    I was lucky enough to be present for her book launch while my family shoveled as many tacos in their faces as they could within an hour courtesy of . . . .

    I officially became a superfan and stalker (luckily of the slothlike, social media looking only variety rather than the Annie Wilkes sort). Last November I was asked if I would like an ARC of Greenwood’s upcoming release to which I responded . . . .

    And immediately went and downloaded a copy of

    to tide me over (and to kind of make sure Greenwood wasn’t a one hit wonder). I didn’t bother reading the blurb for

    until my copy arrived. When I saw

    I was like . . . . .

    Oh lort, so scurrrrrrrrrrred. Plus this had like A LOT of pages so if I hated it, I would

    be suffering through. I put it on the backburner for a week or so and got myself mentally prepared to be a turtle sucking wrongreader. When I finally did open the book on a quiet Saturday morning, I saw the following note from the author . . . . .

    So I did. What did I find on that other side? Well, to begin with, our fair damsel is a bit . . . . .

    But with a lil’ extra summin summin right up Kelly and Mitchell’s alley . . . . .

    And while Gentry was a “knight,” he certainly wasn’t what most of my fellow smutseekers would picture such as . . . .

    Or . . . .

    But instead a more realistic flyover country version . . . . .

    Who most certainly spoke in Middle English, but did so . . . .

    I know you’re not supposed to put quotes in a review of an ARC, so just keep this on the downlow, ‘kay?

    Oh my.

    You don’t get anything else. I’m simply going to reiterate Greenwood’s words. Hold on tight and rest assured she will get you to the other side. If you are the judgey, offended by everything, looks for something to piss you off type – realize her books probably aren’t for you. The rest of you, enjoy.

  • Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky & Bitchy  ⚓️

    Before I get started, I just want to say how fortunate I feel to have been contacted by Bryn Greenwood herself and offered an ARC for this book earlier in the year. I truly loved and adored

    .

    So much, in fact, that I recommended it to my grandmother...who had just recently started the switch to audio books after experiencing failing eyesight...and who scolded me like a child afterward for not warning her about some of the "racier" (her word) scenes she had to lis

    Before I get started, I just want to say how fortunate I feel to have been contacted by Bryn Greenwood herself and offered an ARC for this book earlier in the year. I truly loved and adored

    .

    So much, in fact, that I recommended it to my grandmother...who had just recently started the switch to audio books after experiencing failing eyesight...and who scolded me like a child afterward for not warning her about some of the "racier" (her word) scenes she had to listen to. Out loud. With a nurse present.

    But hey, payback's a bitch, Grandma. And that's what you get for trying to ruin my life by recommending

    and

    . AKA, all those books I will NEVER read because I don't believe in forced suffering and grief.

    But I digress.

    I spent pretty much all afternoon and evening reading this yesterday...

    #proof

    ...And I have a feeling this is going to be a very polarizing book in terms of how much people like it. How much people..."get it."

    Now, I am not holding myself aloft and claiming to be one of those "get it" people, mind you. In fact, as I write this review, I still haven't quite decided how I completely feel about this book and what/how I want to rate it.

    All I can say is this:

    Because this book is VERY different.

    Like ATUAWT, this book is told from many different POVs (and I love how Greenwood writes this way) and does share several common themes, i.e., drugs and their impact (or assistance, depending on your viewpoint), childhood abuse/neglect, and an unconventional relationship (several of them, actually). But other than that, this book doesn't have the same vibe or "feeling" at all.

    Which at first annoyed me. But as I reflect now, I think, well good. Cause if she had tried to replicate that previous work, people would talk shit...and let's be honest, people will probably talk shit about this book too.

    It's slow-moving.

    It deals with many polarizing issues.

    And one of its main characters talks in Middle English and hears voices.

    It's different.

    A topic this book also touched on - which I was almost bouncing in my seat to read about - is hoarding.

    I am fascinated by hoarding. FASCINATED.

    I will basically inhale anything about the subject and I have probably seen almost every episode of

    ever released. Probably because, 1) I think I am inherently scared of becoming a hoarder myself (legitimately) and, as a result, have basically become a minimalist (although I wouldn't really call myself a "minimalist" in the more recent, trendy sense), and 2) Because the psychology of it just GETS to me.

    And 3)...I just really get off watching people clean and organize shit.

    But anyway.

    The effects of hoarding on Zee, her sister, her mother, and how it truly affected and influenced the trajectory of Zee (and her sister's) life was truly compelling, in my opinion.

    Because this is an ARC, I don't want to get too much into the details. But this book will definitely make you think about certain things...

    How our childhoods truly affect who we are.

    How we treat/manipulate/use/judge/accept/reject other people.

    How we can be blindly loyal to people whom don't deserve it.

    How there is a thin line between being mentally ill and yet still mentally capable...and who decides where anyone falls, anyway...

    At the end of the day, I will read anything Greenwood writes.

    And oh, #TeamGentry.

    All the way.

  • Emily May

    It has taken me so long to organise my thoughts on this book. You know when you're just so sure you're going to love a book? When you start reading and it doesn't immediately grab you, but there's time, and you read some more, and it's just not everything you were hoping for, but you push on and finish it and

    It has taken me so long to organise my thoughts on this book. You know when you're just so sure you're going to love a book? When you start reading and it doesn't immediately grab you, but there's time, and you read some more, and it's just not everything you were hoping for, but you push on and finish it and look back and think: that was decent, but I expected so much more?

    Thing is, I loved Greenwood's

    . I thought it was a raw, honest and horrible portrait of abuse. Maybe you will like

    more if you viewed the author's previous book as some kind of taboo romance. It wasn't that for me. Which was why I felt surprised when this book turned out to be a romance. The other aspects of the plot felt like nothing more than trimmings around the romance.

    One thing I didn't mind - but it is worth mentioning because many people won't like it - is the way Gentry speaks in Middle English and believes he is a knight. Look at the opening quote I used and note that a good portion of this book is all written like that. But I do think it makes sense. Gentry is autistic and very dedicated to his knightly code of honor. He spends a lot of his time (and a long slow chunk of this book) doing historical reenactments out in the woods.

    The other half of this love story is Zhorzha, who Gentry is determined to save. When Zee's sister goes missing - possibly kidnapped - Gentry is the only person she feels she can turn to.

    Their relationship is slow burn, natural, and heart-wrenching at times, but I wish I'd known I was heading into more of a straight-up romance before I started this one. I was expecting something more hard-hitting, different, and emotionally challenging, like the author's first book.

    Maybe

    just set the bar too high.

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  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)

    DNF at 40%

    No, no, no I can't take another sentence of Middle English that I have to translate in my brain before I can continue the story. This is a DNF for me at 40% Example: “My lady. If thou wilt allow me to help thee,” he said. When I didn’t answer, he got down on one knee, like he meant to propose to me. “’Tis my honor to carry thee whither thou desirest.”and on and on an on.

    This is such a disappointment for me. I know that there is a great story here but I gave it two evenings and only mad

    DNF at 40%

    No, no, no I can't take another sentence of Middle English that I have to translate in my brain before I can continue the story. This is a DNF for me at 40% Example: “My lady. If thou wilt allow me to help thee,” he said. When I didn’t answer, he got down on one knee, like he meant to propose to me. “’Tis my honor to carry thee whither thou desirest.”and on and on an on.

    This is such a disappointment for me. I know that there is a great story here but I gave it two evenings and only made it to 40%. The Middle English is just too distracting from the story and it stops the flow making it read choppy and slow.

    The characters were very interesting and unique and I wished I could have finished to see how it all ended.

    Read other reviews and see if this might be a fit for you!

    i received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss.

  • Bryn Greenwood

    Here it is at last. My book is out in the world. It's a terrifying day, because something I spent so much time alone with is out of my hands. It's also an exciting day, because this is a book I want people to read. I want it to find the people who connect with it--my people.

  • Karen

    DNF at 20%

    Not interested in the characters or story line at all! I’m quite disappointed because I loved this author’s All the Ugly and Wonderful Things! Too many books waiting for me to waste my time on this one.. but... I am in the minority here so don’t go by me😅

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