Risking It AllTitle:  Risking It All
Series:  Naked Men #1
Author:  Christi Barth
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 8, 2016
Publisher:  Loveswept
My Rating:  3.5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Who doesn’t love Naked Men? In Christi Barth’s irresistible series, a group of close-knit friends talk out their problems with naked honesty on a popular blog. Bonded by a high-school tragedy, they’re moving on from the past—and fighting for the future with strong and sassy women.

Griffin Montgomery helps people. As a teenager, he kept his best friends alive after their soccer team’s bus crashed in the Alps. Now, as a Coast Guard search and rescue pilot, he saves lives with reckless abandon—until he goes too far and earns a lengthy suspension. Working on the Naked Men projects keeps his mind busy, but Griff’s itching to get back in the action. That’s when he finds his latest rescue mission: a pretty wallflower who’s stuck in her comfort zone.

Chloe Widmore doesn’t take risks. As a professional letter writer, she gets enough excitement out of expressing other people’s emotions. So when the hottest man she’s ever seen invades her coffee shop, Chloe surprises herself with how much she wants to be with him. Routines make her feel safe. Griff makes her deliciously unsafe, in so many ways. But falling for him is one risk she might just have to take . . . whether she’s ready or not.

Read on for my thoughts on Risking It All.  No true spoilers, promise.

I was enjoying Risking It All right up to the moment that Chloe revealed her “secret”.  Griff and Chloe are such opposites attract type of characters. Griff is a “fixer” personality he will save or rescue just about anyone from anything… except himself from his own past.  Chloe is quiet, reserved in many way.  She is content to play life safe and adventures are for other women, not for her.  She is content living her life through the emotions expressed in the letters she writes professionally for others.  Yet, there is an attraction between them when they meet at her usual spot in “her” coffee shop where she does most of her work.  Griff is on an enforced leave since during a rescue he took a few more risks than officials considered necessary – yes he saved people’s lives, but at a risk that was considered too high.

Now Griff is out to “fix” Chloe, bring some adventure into her life, get her to take a few risks and enjoy life.  And their romance/friendship/bantering is going along just fine… until that reveal.

At that point, I finished the story simply to get to Chloe’s ending – I could have cared less about Griffin’s.  Personally, I would have kicked him to the curb and said fine buddy, lots of guys would see Chloe’s secret as an honor not a responsibility that they didn’t want to tackle.  Yeah, he was toast to me from that point on no matter how he redeemed himself in Chloe’s eyes.

The blog, Naked Men, where the friends who survived a horrendous experience let loose with anything and everything – was an enjoyable part of this story… for the most part.  And I’m looking forward to continuing the series.  I’m not about to let one male character put me off from reading about the rest of these interesting guys.

Sometimes a character will do something that simply rubs me the wrong way.  That was Griff for me.  You might find him charming and understand his reaction better – it just made him less of a good guy in my eyes.  And I honestly never got over my disappointment in him for the rest of the story.  Was it a good story?  Yes, not denying that at all – I would definitely recommend that Risking It All go on any Romance reader’s list.  I dunno.  This was just one of those times when the Hero never redeemed himself in my eyes… it happens.  And then we move on to looking forward to the next book in this series.

*I received an e-ARC of Risking It All from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

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