Friday, August 17, 2018

The Reckless ARC Giveaway and Drink Recipe

We have advanced reader copy giveaway today on Drinks with Reads. David Putnam's new book Reckless doesn't come out until this February, but the first five readers (US residents only) to comment on this blog post will receive the book early before it's available to the public, a copy of the first "early years" Bruno Johnson novel, and The Innocents. 

David Putnam's latest novel in the "early years" of the Bruno Johnson series includes a few references to Yoo-hoo, the chocolate drink. Dave tells me there's a law-enforcement term in California: "wet reckless" which is when you essentially just miss DUI. Of course, we do not recommend drinking and driving at all, ever, but we borrowed from that term for the name of this yummy chocolate beverage, which can be made with or without the alcohol. 

Wet Reckless (Chocolate)

Yoo-hoo chocolate drink (or chocolate milk)
Chocolate vodka (optional, here I used s'mores flavored)
Whipped cream (can be alcohol-infused)
Chocolate syrup

Add chocolate syrup to your empty glass (I was a bit RECKLESS with my chocolate syrup application, works better if you chill the syrup first).

Add whipped cream, and optional chocolate/s'more flavored vodka to taste. 

Add Yoo-hoo or chocolate milk.

Add more whipped cream and chocolate syrup. And even more if you like. We can always use more chocolate! Enjoy and don't forget to comment to receive an early copy of the book, plus two of David's other books (US residents only). 

Available for pre-order now: The Reckless, by David Putnam. 

Early reviewers are raving: "...dazzles with authenticity, sharply-drawn characters, crackling dialogue, and insider details that only a real cop could bring to the page. Putnam can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Joseph Wambaugh and Michael Connelly." ―Lee Goldberg, New York Times best-selling author

“David Putnam scores again with The Reckless, his new prequel thriller featuring major crimes detective Bruno Johnson... The Reckless will make crime-fiction fans eager to read more of Bruno's past adventures." ―Glen Hamilton, Anthony and Edgar Award-winning author


  1. Thanks for this wonderful feature and intriguing giveaway which interests me greatly. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  2. This thriller would be enjoyed as it sounds unique and captivating. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. I love the title of the book and the drink. Smores vodka sounds amazing!

    1. Thanks! Can you email your snail mail address to

  4. Great post. Would love to read. The recipe? Can't wait to spring the drink on my son. (Don't worry. He's 43) He's always loved chocolate milk anything. Was not aware of the chocolate/s'more flavored vodka. So will surprise him with this. Reckless drink. Wonder if he will be able to recognize all the flavors. Yum. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

  5. This sounds like an interesting book and the drink looks good! hseaside5(at)aim(dot)com Lisa H

  6. Thanks for all you comments and congrats to our five winners! We will contact you shortly for your snail mail addresses...

  7. Too late for the book, but thanks for the drink recipe. It sounds yummy!

  8. Big thanks to Mary and David for a great giveaway and a great book.