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The Reckless Oath We Made

Written by: Bryn Greenwood
Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
4 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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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 best-selling 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 sister, her five-year-old nephew, her housebound mother, and her drug-dealing boss. 

Zee may not be a princess, but Gentry is an actual knight, complete with sword, armor, and a code of honor. Two years ago the voices he hears called him to be Zee's champion. Both shy and autistic, he's barely spoken to her since, but he has kept watch, ready to come to her aid. 

When an abduction tears Zee's family apart, she turns to the last person she ever imagined - Gentry - and sets in motion a chain of events that will not only change both of their lives, but bind them to one another forever. 

Audiobook cast of narrators:
Alex McKenna, as Zee
Kirby Heyborne, as Gentry
Adenrele Ojo, as Charlene
MacLeod Andrews, as Rhys
Mark Bramhall, as Alva
Maxwell Glick, as Marcus
Georgette Perna, as Rosalinda 
Amanda Carlin, as Dottie
Kaleo Griffith, as Deputy Evangelista

©2019 Bryn Greenwood (P)2019 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“Leave it to Bryn Greenwood to find loyalty and love in a world that seems devoid of both.... Captivating, complex, and relentless, the story of Zee and Gentry is the reason we read, the chance to take a journey we’d never dare in real life, one that changes our perspective forever.” (Brunonia Barry, author of The Lace Reader)

“Unforgettable...Greenwood depicts an unconventional romance with honesty and tenderness. [This] upside-down contemporary fairy tale captivates with its wonderfully inventive storytelling and its compassionately drawn, flawed characters.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

“The inventiveness of the plot is nicely matched by the richness of the characters, as the unlikely duo of Zee and Gentry prepares for the battle of their lives.” (Booklist

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  • ❤️ Cyndi Marie ❤️
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  • 2019-08-21

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Just like everyone else, When I saw a new release by Bryn Greenwood, I had to buy it. I didn't read the synopsis or anything. I love going in completely blind because that means I have no expectation when I'm listening. That being said, when Gentry was introduced and was speaking Middle English I was a little confused. Once we got a little background on him, I knew I was going to love him. He is such a fun character with the way he speaks and acts but mostly I loved that he lived a semi normal life and made friends that didn't really care about the Autism. The relationship that Zee and Gentry develop was sweet and sort of innocent in a way, like she like who he was and he was the same. Their differences didn't matter. This entire book was so different from everything else which I think it this authors trademark. I'm sad it's over but glad it has a happy ending.

The narration was great. I loved the full cast. Kirby Heyborne was perfect for Gentry. And this was the first time I've listened to Alex McKenna but it won't be the last. She has a great gravely voice.

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  • Jill
  • Phoenix, AZ, USA
  • 2019-08-22

Spoiler Free Review

I'm not really sure what to say about The Reckless Oath We Made, so I am just gonna ramble through with some thoughts and hope for the best.

The first book I read by this author was All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. I loved that book so much that I have the kindle version, the audible version, the hardcover version, and the paperback version. I loved that book so much that I pre-ordered this book and decided to jump in without reading the blurb or any of the reviews from people who received advanced copies.

It took me a minute to get into this book. One of the main characters speaks completely in Middle English and believes himself to be a knight. Once I got used to the speech patterns and sound of Middle English, it was smooth sailing. Now, keep in mind, I primarily listened to the audiobook so I didn't have to read it which may be why it didn't bother me. I know some people said it was difficult for them to read. But that being said, I did switch to the kindle version when the suspense got so extreme that I couldn't take listening because I needed to know what was going to happen faster and I read faster than I listen. When I did read it, I didn't have any problems reading the Middle English.

I'm not going to get into any specifics about what this book is about or what happens because I think it is better to go into this book blind, as I did. Sure, you can read other reviews for spoilers but you won't get them from me. I will tell you that this book is told from many POVs of the characters in this story and each POV is first person.The main characters are Zhorzha (Zee) and Gentry. My favorite side characters were Marcus, Z's nephew, and Leon, introduced later in the book. (Like I said, no spoilers coming from me)

I really like how this author is able to write such unique stories. This book is definitely not your typical contemporary fiction story.

The writing style did bother me a bit, because there was a whole lot of "I said, he said, I said, I said, I said, I asked, he said, I said" and it started to drive me a bit batty. But once the storyline really picked up, I didn't notice it quite as much because I was so engrossed in what was happening and what was going to happen. Or maybe it got better for parts of the book? I don't know.

I love that we were kept guessing for a lot things throughout pretty much the whole book. And I know I mentioned the suspense earlier but it definitely deserves another mention. I was getting stressed out for a bit there.

Fair warning, there were several things that pissed me off and they may piss you off too. Be prepared to curse. I was so angry and outraged on behalf of characters at times. This book elicited several emotions. I really love when a book can do that.

The one thing that was missing from this book is an epilogue. So yeah, I guess I lied, that is one spoiler I am providing. There is NO FREAKING EPILOGUE!!! I am not pleased about that. I need more. A HFN ending is just not enough after everything we went through with these characters. I don't feel the closure I need.

As far as the narration goes, I didn't love it. It was good but I struggled at times. There was a full cast which in a way was cool, but in another way, I found it to be problematic. Since there were so many different POVs and a narrator for each, I sometimes struggled with who was speaking because each narrator has their own voices they use for the other characters when they are reading their POV. So whereas usually if there are say 2 or 3 narrators, we can easily learn their voices for the other characters and remember them. But here, we had NINE different narrators who each had their own set of voices for the other characters. The narrator for Gentry did a really good job and I also liked the narrator for Marcus. The pacing was pretty good for the most part but it sped up or slowed down based on the narrator.

I am glad I jumped into this book right away and I am glad I went in blind. I recommend this book and will listen to it again sometime.

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  • Decatur, Illinois USA
  • 2019-09-02

Bryn Greenwood triumphs again

This book has a outstanding, and the Audible version is delivered with outstanding narration. I especially appreciate the honest depiction of Sir Gentry. As with All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, the author draws a razor thin line between comedy and tragedy, between the ugly and beautiful things that make up our great stories, our world and our lives. Characters are wonderfully drawn and drew me in to appreciate each and every one of them with appreciation; no, it is love. This is a true action adventure and love story no doubt; though I’m not sure the word “love” is ever mentioned the action and adventure are unmistakable. I’ll leave it up to those who chose to read the book - or reviews by those who choose to spoil it - to discover how love might play out, whether it does play out or find resolve. But if you are reading my review, then do read the book to find out for yourself and you will not regret doing so. I cannot wait until Greenwood’s next story is published.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-10

the narrator delivers

you would think the narrator for Z was actually Z. the voice and the deliverance was amazingly good. the story was well crafted, personalities well developed. I just wasnt a huge fan of what was happening in it. I guess I didn't like Z as a person, she came off as a selfish prick. regardless, I cant deny that this was a well written book. the fact that I hated Z is testiment to that. I feel like I've met someone just like her before.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-10

Did not disappoint! Excellent

I love Bryn Greenwood. Her first book was one of my favorites. I haven’t written a review before but felt compelled to write one about this book. I wasn’t going to get it because it didn’t seem like the type of book I’d be interested in. It was completely different than the summary (in my opinion). I fell in love with the characters and they are as gritty, wounded and heartbreaking as the characters in her first novel, but in their own way. I didn’t want this book to end. Give it a try!

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  • made it to the end
  • 2019-09-06

Okay....

I think this book is very interesting, if you give it the opportunity for it to grow on you. I love every moment, well not every moment I was disappointed in Zee just a little. But she had to do what was right at the time.

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  • Daniela Pasantes
  • 2019-09-01

I was so excited...

I was so excited when I saw that Greenwood had released another book. All the Ugly and Wonderful things was so dang good! But this book definitely fell short. It wasn’t awful, the storyline was at the least entertaining, but it wasn’t anywhere as good. What a shame. Maybe next time.

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  • Carole Wooten
  • St. Louis, MO
  • 2019-08-30

A knight like no others

I loved this book! I was completely mesmerized by the story and found myself thinking about even when I was wasn't reading it. I was a little hesitant to pick up this book because I didn't love the author's first book, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, like so many did. I had nothing to worry about because this book worked for me on almost every level. I am so glad that I gave this book a chance.

Zee and Gentry were wonderful characters. I don't think that I have read about a more unlikely hero than Gentry which was one of the things I loved about him. Gentry is a present-day knight. He isn't really a knight but he lives like one. He speaks in Middle English and is often seen wielding a sword. He is loyal beyond measure and has sworn himself to be Zee's champion. Zee does what needs to be done to take care of her family. She lives with her sister and nephew and isn't above moving a little weed if that is what it takes to pay the rent. She is a little rough around the edges but she takes care of those that she feels responsible for.

I loved Zee and Gentry together. Zee might think that Gentry is a bit strange but she takes him as he is and can't imagine him any other way. Gentry was so determined to do whatever Zee needed him today and I loved how fiercely protective he was of her. I loved watching their relationship grow over the course of this story.

This was an exciting story at times and a really emotional one at others. It has been a long time since I found myself as emotionally involved in characters as I was with this book. There was a point where I not only worried about the characters but I was mad at their behavior as well. I pretty much flew through this book because I had to know what happened to Zee's sister and how this pair would get to the bottom of things.

When I saw that the audiobook was narrated by a full cast, I decided to go that route with it and I am so glad that I did. There are a lot of different points of view in this book and each one uses its own narrator. and I thought that they all did a great job. The bulk of the story comes from Zee and Gentry's perspectives and I thought that those two narrators really nailed their characters. I think that Gentry's Middle English may have had a bigger impact on me since I heard his character saying the words. I am pretty sure that I liked this book just a little bit more because I decided to listen to it.

I highly recommend this book to others. It was a really unique story that I found almost impossible to put down. This is a book that will stay with me for a long time and I can definitely see myself revisiting it in the future. I will definitely be reading more of Bryn Greenwood's work.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Penguin Publishing Group - Putnam via NetGalley and purchased a copy of the audiobook.

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  • Selena Wagner
  • 2019-08-29

Different but amazing!!

Glad I spent the time listening. Worth the credit. It was very different at first but as it went on I was hooked.