Title: Worth The Risk
Series: St. James #3
Author: Jamie Beck
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Montlake Romance
My Rating: 4 stars
When Jackson St. James decided that six weeks in Vermont’s Green Mountains would help him get his life together, he didn’t anticipate replacing his craving for whiskey with a craving for his alluring new landlord, Gabby. Now, instead of prioritizing his sobriety and the resolution of the lawsuit threatening his business, he’s making excuses to spend time with the spunky young landscaper whose candor is more than a little addictive.
Gabby Bouchard refuses to let her pill-popping mother and unreliable baby daddy turn her into a cynic, so she doesn’t fight her attraction to her enigmatic new tenant. Although Jackson’s smile rarely reaches his eyes, his generosity and dependability make her willing to overlook his demons. But once she convinces him to give in to temptation, Gabby’s jealous ex threatens to disrupt the life she has built for herself and her son.
With so much at stake, Gabby and Jackson must decide if love is worth the risk.
Titles in this series include: Worth The Wait, Worth The Trouble, Worth The Risk
Read on for my thoughts on Worth The Risk. No true spoilers, promise.
Recovery from any addiction is never an easy path, it is won by taking life and the decision to say “No” one day at a time… some times one minute at a time. Jackson has been fighting this battle, in actual time only a few weeks, but in his mind it’s been years. He knew full well his drinking was getting worse until it was out f control – and after every bender he vowed never again… until the next time. Yet, this time he’s determined to stay sober. Not only for himself but for the lovely young lady and her adorable son… the family he’s always wanted, and the ones that he loves enough to take on the world for. And he may well have to.
Gabby may be young in years, but her spirit within is a wise old soul who knows what she wants, what is best for her and her son… and for the older man who is changing their world one day at a time. Them making a happy family together may be the biggest dream she’s ever had, but nothing is going to get in the path of that future. Not her ex-love, her son’s father, not their age difference, not even Jackson’s hesitation because Gabby knows what is best for her. And finally, she’s strong enough and brave enough to take on that challenge.
I have enjoyed the St. James series from the start. And it’s always a bit bittersweet to see any series come to a conclusion. But if it had to end, then Jackson and Gabby’s love story make it a satisfying, believable and beautiful ending.
They’ve certainly had a rough road to get to their happy ending. With love, determination and the best interests of each other this couple will survive. I don’t know why age is always such a huge deal. Doesn’t matter which partner it is, someone is always going on about how much older or younger someone is… but why? Age is a number, it’s what is in the heart, the intention, the devotion that matters – or should.
Worth The Risk is a solid story of love at its best. Sure, there are obstacles to overcome, issues to be dealt with, and other people getting into the mix who should just step aside. But… that’s life, isn’t it? Never truly easy, but always worth the risk. Jackson and Gabby’s romance brings all that and more to light. Well written, believable characters, common problems and a deep love that can overcome it all. That’s a happy ending to both the book and the series.
Love a strong couple, situations that aren’t out of the realm of possibilities, a story that could happen to any of your friends? Then pick up Worth The Risk and enjoy this romance for yourself. I would definitely recommend this one, I’ll miss the series – but what a send off.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this novel. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this story.*
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