Read an Excerpt From THE LOVELY RECKLESS by Kami Garcia

One half of Beautiful Creatures’ creative team, Kami Garcia has a new YA novel out this fall. The Lovely Reckless is a contemporary romance about 17 year old Frankie Devereux who has been living recklessly since her boyfriend’s death. Read the synopsis below:

Seventeen year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad―an undercover cop. She transfers to public school in the Downs, where fistfights in the halls don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him…and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?

Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive except from The Lovely Reckless. Read it below:

I stop the car just shy of the starting line.

Cruz opens the door and pulls me out. “I can’t believe it. You smoked his ass.”

“Does that mean I won the race?” I ask.

Cruz laughs. “Hell, yeah.”

I won.

Cruz leads me through packs of spectators, and I can’t stop smiling.

My heartbeat still hasn’t returned to normal when a hand latches onto my wrist and pulls me away from away from the crowd—bands of black ink wrapping around beautiful tan skin. My legs are numb from the vibrating floorboards, and I stumble.

Marco whips me around and stares back at me, our faces so close that I can smell the cinnamon toothpaste on his breath.

“How long have you and Cruz been planning this behind my back?” Anger rages in his eyes.

“I don’t know. A few days?”

People walk around us, giving Marco a wide breadth.

“You need to calm down, Marco.” Cruz is beside me again.

“Don’t say anything right now, Cruz. You lied to me.” He shakes his head, chest heaving like he’s about to explode. Deacon warned her that Marco wouldn’t be happy about me racing. Apparently, it was the understatement of the year.

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The Lovely Reckless hits shelves October 4, 2016.

The Lovely Reckless