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.


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
“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)

“Bryn Greenwood’s quirky, page-turning love story…is mesmerizing from its opening pages to resonant end… The Reckless Oath We Made illuminates a life of struggle in middle America and examines how incarceration, poverty and mental illness affect families for generations.”
BookPage (starred review)

“Themes of chivalry, loyalty, family, and personal responsibility, along with a recognition that people don’t need to be perfect to be worthy of love, make this latest from Greenwood. . . a good fit for those looking for gritty contemporary realism in their romance novels.”
Library Journal


“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


“[A] gritty, unorthodox fairy tale about a tough Kansas woman, a surprise abduction, and her knight in shining armor.” 
PopSugar

"A gorgeously-written hypnotic novel....Greenwood is an enormously talented writer, whose stunning prose and uniquely gritty and sympathetic characters completely captivated me.”
—Jillian Cantor, author of Margot
 
“Greenwood’s characters are flawed and marvelous. . . The Reckless Oath We Made is a stick-to-your-bones read with characters that will follow you long after you finish the book.”
Lawrence Public Library


“[A] mind-blowing book that has left me scrambling to pick up the pieces of my brain, my shattered heart and all the gooey bits of my feelings in order to submit a review on deadline. Although it is unlike anything I’ve ever read, it is probably the best novel I will read this year. . . [Gentry] is the most accurate portrayal of autism I have ever seen or read. . . In addition to the brimming integrity found in the authentic characterization, the story’s multiple narration technique pioneers a new way to communicate what feels like an even more reliable, trustworthy story as well. . . Prepare to have your mind and heart expanded to their limits.”
The Oklahoman


“Lyrical yet gritty. . . Greenwood is an exquisite storyteller, using multiple narratives to effortlessly bring to life characters that are complex, flawed, generous, and utterly human, and Gentry and Zee’s tender, unusual romance is drawn in sweetly delicate strokes. Readers will be enchanted by this compassionate, winning novel.”
—Publishers Weekly

“A love story about two total misfits that will challenge you. Perfect for book clubs.”
PopSugar

“For an unconventional love story, read: The Reckless Oath We Made.”
Refinery29

“An improbable alliance and an unlikely hero will capture your heart...[as] several captivating narratives push and pull at one another, stretching loyalties to the brink of destruction. You won’t be able to put down this mesmerizing novel.” 
—Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, bestselling authors of The Good Widow

“A rough-around-the-edges Kansas woman and a true-to-life knight meet in unexpected circumstances, sparking an unusual story of love and companionship.”
Palm Beach Post
 
“This novel is one to reread and treasure. I loved every word.”
—Barbara Claypole White, author of The Perfect Son
 
“A truly unforgettable tale that redefines what it means to be heroic. Your inner phoenix will roar!”
—Therese Walsh, author of The Moon Sisters