Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Risking It All by Christi Barth

Title: Risking It All
Author: Christi Barth
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Naked Men #1
Main Characters: Griff and Chloe 
Release Date: March 2016
Publisher: Loveswept
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title
My Review:
YES! I now have a new series to stalk. I loved this first installment of this brand new series. The premise is awesome and so freaking creative. It's about 5 friends who when they were in high school (private expensive DC high school) they went on a trip in Italy to play soccer. Their bus was in a crash and four of them had to survive, injured and freezing in the Alps for 3 days. It was a serious bonding experience. So, they were all fairly traumatized by the thought that they'd be going their separate ways for college and wanted a way to keep in touch. They started the Naked Men blog...to talk about issues that guys face...the naked truth about those issues. The hero in this first book is the one who took charge on that fateful trip and is the unofficial leader of the group. 

His unexpected heroine is perfect for him. Chloe went through her own life-changing trauma when she was in the library at her college during a mass shooting which wounded her and her best friend and killed her boyfriend. That event changed her life. 

For both of them, it's been years since their traumas, but that doesn't lessen the effects for them, their friends, and family. For Griff, he found his life's goal...to save others. He works as a helicopter pilot for the Coast Guard, regularly risking life and limb to save people in trouble. Life-saving is an integral part of him. Chloe went the other extreme...she's overly cautious with her life, never taking risks or putting herself out there. 

I love how completely different these two characters have become as adults. It's a great story because they both have probably gone too far to the extremes and between the two of them growing to love one another they learn to temper that. It was an absolutely gorgeous story and I just loved so much of it. The bromance between the Naked Men is AWESOME. I can't wait for each of their stories. They all live together and I want to see their building...wow. The "visuals" of it in the book were phenomenal. 

The other thing that I truly loved was that Chloe is a professional letter writer. Her career is all about taking the care to leave a lasting message/note with someone. I loved that and it definitely inspired me to take more time to write letters/notes to the people that I love. 

It was a GREAT first book in a series and I'm seriously pumped about reading the other 4 books...I just hope they're all coming out soon!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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