The Reckless Oath We Made by Bryn Greenwood

The Reckless Oath We Made by Bryn Greenwood
Hardcover, 436 pages
Published August 20th, 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons

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 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.

My thoughts…

The Reckless Oath We Made is, without doubt, another spectacular book by Bryn Greenwood. It has unforgettable characters who live outside the lines, it's about pain and poverty, mental illness and medieval chivalry, love and redemption.

The main character Zhorzha "Zee" Trego or Lady Zhorzha, had a troubled family life due to her father having gone to prison for murder when she was a child. Her mom is a hoarder who finally filled the house to the point to where Zee was left no other option but to make it on her own. She isn't beautiful in the traditional sense. She even sells and partakes in a few drugs to relieve the pain due to an injury from a motorcycle accident. Her choices are not always the best, but she does love her family.

Zee's sister LaReigne has a young son named Marcus, and Zee is forced to take him on a drug run as the book begins. LaReigne has been unreachable because she was taken hostage during a prison break where she volunteers.

Zee really doesn’t have anyone; except she’s got a k-night in shining armor looking after her. Gentry is autistic and thinks of her as Lady Zhorzha and he her K-night. He speaks in Middle English and hears voices of Gaiwen, Hildegard and a witch. Zee met Sir Gentry at her physical therapy appointments, while he was there recovering from a sword fight injury. One of the voices told Gentry that it was his destiny to always watch over Lady Zhorzha, and he took an oath to do so, he shadows Zee protectively throughout the book. He is my favorite character in this story. After her sister is kidnapped by escaped KKK convicts, Zee and Sir Gentry embark on a quest like no other.

Sir Gentry is one of the most unique characters I ever read about, he struggles with society and must carve out his own special place. Zee and Sir Gentry are mismatched in every way except for their sense of loyalty. It’s bittersweet to see the love and support Gentry gets, but also that in private most people don’t always accept him completely like Zee does. Her relationship with Gentry was the ultimate glory of the book, I loved the softness and emotions laid bare by these two unlikely souls.

This is the second book I’ve read by Bryn Greenwood; I enjoy that she writes about real characters, they have flaws, they are not the typical characters with perfect bodies and easy lives. This book contains a remarkable, beautiful love story that I completely lost myself in.

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