ARC Review: Risking It All by Christi Barth


Risking It All (Naked Men #1)
Author: Christi Barth
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: March 8th, 2016
Published By: Loveswept
ISBN: 1101965207


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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Risking It All by Christi Barth was one of those stories that reach out and grabbed me. Not only because of the synopsis but because of the cover! I mean, really… can you resist that smolder? Needless to say, I dove into the book and the prologue alone had me wanting to flip pages faster than I can read. This is a full-length novel, with an HEA and no cliffy.

I want to make note that this is the first Christi Barth novel that I have read and I’m positive at this point, I’ll be wanting to read the rest of the Naked Men series as it comes out. I enjoyed it that much. However, I wanted to point that out before I went into the next bit of my review because I don’t want what I’m going to say, to detract from what has already been said.

There were parts in Risking It All that for me, personally, lagged out. It wasn’t that the writing was bad, in fact, the writing is extremely good, it was more that the book itself has a slower pace. Typically, I find nothing wrong with that, but I did find myself putting this book down more than once. (Part of that has to do with me getting bronchitis in the middle of it.) Overall, it took me an age to read this but don’t let that put you off of it. So much goes on in these pages that will grab you, and the story that is told is fantastic.

I fell in love with Griffin from the get-go. As a hero, he’s pretty darn amazing. I had to laugh at a few things, and then there were some things that the book touched upon that made me sit back and really consider things from a guy’s point-of-view. Even if I wanted to thunk him over the head with my Kindle. Chloe for me was likable and it took me longer to warm to her. I would definitely put myself in the Team Griffin camp.

All-in-all, it was a solid four-star read. I would recommend it to anyone really. Great one to curl up on a Sunday with.


4 star

NetGalley ARC post


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