Devil May Care (The Reckless Damned #2) by Lark Taylor

Nothing gets in Harlow's way. Torture and killing are no problem, but trying to protect his heart while patiently trying to convince Bailey to give them a chance might actually break him. What do you do when your fated mate is too afraid to love, especially when you haven't told him you're a prince from hell? Our reviewers read Devil May Care and shared their thoughts.

From the blurb:

One life-altering kiss sets our whole world on fire.


I’ll tell you what isn’t on my agenda for this century: finding my fated mate only to have him reject me.

In fact, having a mate and tying myself down for eternity isn’t even a blip on my radar. But the moment I meet Bailey, there’s no denying he’s meant to be mine. Everything about the gentle Welsh giant calls to me, consuming my thoughts.

The problem? He doesn’t feel the same way. One life-altering kiss has him running in the other direction, leaving me to watch over him from the shadows.
When the opportunity arises to build a friendship, I grab it with both hands. Surely being his friend is better than nothing, right?

It will have to be, especially with a clan of mages sniffing around and looking for trouble. Not unusual since I am an estranged son of Lucifer. But now that I have my mate to consider, things are a lot more serious. How can I truly protect Bailey when he doesn’t even know I’m a demon?


I learned a long time ago that relationships aren’t for me. Nobody wants to commit to a bigger guy, especially one who craves a different role in the bedroom.

When Harlow sashays into my life, I can’t help but wish things could be different. Sure, he seems interested, but history has proven that eventually, everyone leaves me.

There’s no way a vibrant firecracker like Harlow wants to be anything more than friends.

But the closer we get, the harder it is to keep him at arm’s length. He tells me he wants a relationship, but how can I believe him when I know he’s hiding something from me?

Devil May Care is an exciting, high-heat, friends-to-lovers paranormal romance with a guaranteed HEA. It is the second book in The Reckless Damned series, and although it can be read as a standalone, more enjoyment would be gained from reading the series in order. Each book focuses on a different couple and will have an HEA.

SNik's Review:

Second in series (The Reckless Damned), best if read in order. Paranormal. Fated mates. Slow burn. Dual POV. 

Harlow is a sexy, sassy demon, always up for a hook up and ready to murder at the drop of a hat. Unexpectedly meeting his mate, PE teacher Bailey, means a big change for Harlow, but convincing Bailey is going to be doubly hard as Bailey doesn’t do relationships and doesn’t know that Harlow is a demon. 

The time that Harlow and Bailey spend together getting to know each other is sweet, Bailey is struggling with his confidence and trust issues, and Harlow is committed and patient. 

Steamy moments and heart wrenching conversations keep the reader fully invested. It is a long journey for Bailey to accept Harlow’s love, but once he risks his heart, he and Harlow cement the fact they were meant to be together. 

The group of demon brothers is supportive and there are further glimpses into some secondary characters that are most certainly going to be in future books. Really enjoyable series so far and looking forward to more.

Rating: 4.25 Stars

Janet's Review:

Devil May Care is the second book in The Reckless Damned series. This was freakin fantastic!! One of my top reads this year! It hooked me. I literally couldn’t put it down. 

Harlow is the baby brother of Cal who we met in Devil’s Mark. He is a feisty and fierce, sassy and snarky demon twink! Bailey is Oscar’s best friend, but he is also anxiety ridden, no self-esteem what’s so ever. They are also fated mates, but because of Bailey’s insecurities; he rejects Harlow!! 

There're twists and turns and sooo much sweet, steamy and swoon worthy that it was a delicious read!! Overall, a phenomenal read! Well written with perfect pacing that makes it so hard to stop reading!  

Rating: 5 Stars

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

To say I was excited for Harlow's book is an understatement. After having met him in Devil's Mark I knew I needed his story ASAP. I mean, a sassy twink of a demon who powers up from lust and is bloodthirsty AF in fights? Sign me up! The fact that his fated turns out to be Oscar's bestie? Even better! Well, it was, once Bailey got his head out of his ass and told his insecurities to fuck off.

Bailey's self-esteem at the start of this book was not great. He'd been verbally beaten down and left too many times for it not to take a hit. Unfortunately, this fact is what's to blame for the major drama in the beginning of Harlow and Bailey's courtship. Every time Bailey hurt Harlow, I wanted to smack him upside the head. I HATED seeing him dull Harlow's shine. This went on long enough that I was very close to hating Bailey as well. I know the man is insecure, but how can you make my Harlow baby cry? Just no!

"Bailey had the power to destroy me like no one else on Earth, in Heaven, or in Hell.
And that fucking terrified me."

Thankfully, Bailey finally got with the program and realized what was right in front of him. I think finding out that Harlow was a demon and he was his fated mate actually helped the situation. If the two of them were mates, that was proof that Harlow would never leave him. If they bonded, Bailey would always know and feel the love Harlow had for him at all times. If that didn't put his insecurities to bed nothing would.

The steam factor in this one was hot!! I enjoyed all the brotherly banter moments and how they always stood by each other in moments of need. Dagon is another one who needs to pull his head from his derriere and face his fate, but since Mori's book is next, I have a feeling he's not quite ready to admit it. Plot wise there are some strange things going on which I am guessing will be explored more in the next book. I can't freaking wait for more of these crazy demons!

Rating: 5 Stars

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