Review: Risking It All (Naked Men #1) by Christi Barth

March 7, 2016 Review 0

Review: Risking It All (Naked Men #1) by Christi Barth

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.

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Title: Risking It All
Author: Christi Barth
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: A Matchless Romance, All for You, The Opposite of Right, Wanting It All
Series: Naked Men #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Wanting It All, Giving It All
Published by LoveSwept
Source: Publisher
Published: March 8, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance, Romance
Pages: 305
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Stars: three-stars
Flames: two-half-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
300 Review

Letting go and overcoming fear with love is the ultimate risk. Both our hero and heroine have struggled through near death experiences that has shaped them into who they will become. Whether this is good or bad is yet to be seen. Risking it All is a contemporary romance about reclaiming your life despite tragedy and enjoying every moment of it.

Chloe has led a sheltered life afraid to let fear rule her (which, in and of itself, is a little confusing as she’s letting it guide her decisions). Griffen has pushed the boundaries of risk to save those who are in trouble. He can’t “turn off” the need to save everyone in his life. When these two collide, sparks fly but one thing after another stops them from truly embracing love.

The H/h were well thought out characters but they both irked me in separate ways. Chloe at first seemed stuck up with her tea dates and that certain language bothered her; yet she seems so down to earth. But then there is the way Griff and her best friend Summer talk to her about certain things or keep things from her that she does not take issue with that bothers me. She is so “cool” about not overacting things she should have then getting super upset about things that don’t really matter.

Griff, a man who seems to be the perfect catch has major flaws.  Yes, he pushes the boundaries of safety because he cares about every single person he rescues or comes into his life. Yes, he goes above and beyond to take care for Chloe and his mom (but also includes much complaining on his end). He is so afraid of love and marriage thanks to his mother’s 6 marriages but says he’s falling in love with Chloe so quickly but almost doesn’t pursue it just because she’s a virgin. I mean come on, she was not asking for a ring nor did it ever come into play (until the end). Then later on, one fight he decides they break up and is ready to get things back to the way they were pre-Chloe.

The one thing that was beautifully written throughout the book was the fierce bond that the Naked Men share. They will go to the limit for their friends and it shows they will do the same for the women they will eventually fall for and their family. There were many high and low points in this book but some things it was hard for me to get over. I am definitely going to continue on with this series because I totally fell in love with the Naked Men idea and some of the guys in the group.

I was gifted a copy of this book from The JeepDiva in exchange for an honest review. The opinions and ratings are my own and I was in no way compensated.

 

 

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