Risking It All
Book 1, Naked Men - A Naked Men Novel
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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.
Praise for Risking It All
“The perfect escapist read—sweet and sexy, with an ending that will remind you of all the reasons you love romance.”—USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne
“Smart, sexy, and flat-out fun, Risking It All is one story readers will have a hard time putting down. Christi Barth’s heroes will make you laugh, sigh, and swoon—what could be better?”—USA Today bestselling author Kimberly Kincaid
“Barth writes the perfect blend of humor, pathos, and romance.”—Library Journal
“Risking It All delivers sexy romance, laugh-out-loud humor, unexpected surprises, and an unbreakable bond between friends. Christi Barth has written a winner!”—Tracy March, award-winning author of Should’ve Said No
“Something special happens when Chloe and Griffin meet. Christi Barth takes you on a journey of discovery you won’t want to put down.”—Vonnie Davis, author of the Highlander’s Beloved series
“I enjoyed [Barth’s] humor and clever use of metaphor [with] this group of successful, varied, intelligent, and witty characters.”—Books and Bindings
“I can’t wait for the rest of this series.”—Obsessive Book Nerd
“An entertaining read about ordinary people who’ve fallen in love . . . It’s a great start to what should be a good series—it’s not much to risk!”—Once Upon an Alpha
“Barth does an excellent job of giving readers just enough information about Griff’s teammates to whet our appetites. I definitely want to read their stories but this one stands alone with no problem.”—Xtreme Delusions
“The banter is one of the many highlights within Risking It All.”—Book Angel Booktopia
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Great concept, but something is missing...
Griff is a Coast Guard officer with a stalled career due to his high risk life-saving attempt being broadcast to the world. He's a man who likes to live life on the edge after facing adversity. Chloe is a professional letter writer, who after adversity chooses to live life by making her world smaller.
They meet cute in a coffee shop after Griff is grounded. Will these people with vastly different approaches to life be able to find love?
The good: GREAT concept. I love the idea of the "Naked Men" and the related blog/satellite show. I love Griff and his ACS buddies and the way they lay it all "bare" with each other.
The bad: It was PAINFULLY slow at times. I've never taken an entire week to read a book before in my life. Since I finished yesterday I'm already half way through my next book today (that was before lunch). I don't know why I couldn't manage to stay awake and bother to read because I really do like the characters. :-(
I would definitely read the next in the series. I would love to see what woman captures the heart of each Naked Man... I just hope future titles move along a little faster.
I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Chloe writes letters for a living. When she was in college, there was a shooting and she was injured. Griff is a helicopter pilot in the Coast Guard and was in a bus accident in Italy when he was in high school. He is grounded for a month for what his superiors thought was a reckless rescue. They meet in a coffee shop and start dating. But Griff is in for a big surprise ..Chloe is a virgin. This scares the crap out of him. So he is going to do the right thing and go very slow. Their issues might just end their relationship before it gets started.
I'll be honest I couldn't get into it at first but the more I read the more I liked. Funny. Romantic. Great story. Starts a little slow but the secondary characters are hilarious.
*RECEIVED A COPY FROM NETGALLEY*
A Good Start to A New Series
This is the first book I’ve read by Christi Barth. I love the premise for her Naked Men series: High school soccer teammates who faced tragedy together forge an even stronger bond with each other. They create a blog, Naked Men, and decide to talk out their problems online and share them with other men. This book is about Griffin Montgomery and Chloe Widmore
The book starts with a Prologue, 10 years in the past, which tells you about the tragedy that Griff and his teammates experienced.
Chloe and Griff meet at a coffee shop that she uses as an office where she writes letters – for other people; she is a professional letter writer. He’s the hottest guy she’s ever seen and is surprised when he comes over to talk to her.
Griff is a reluctant hero. He recently made a successful, daring rescue just doing his job as a Coast Guard helicopter pilot. When everyone in the coffee shop but Chloe applauds him, his is intrigued and goes over to talk to her.
Thus begins their relationship.
I enjoyed this book very much. The dialogue is witty and flows well. I want to meet Chloe and Griff – especially Griff. OMG – the letter that Griff writes to Chloe late in the book! I can’t quote it because I read an unproofed, advanced copy, but take my word for it Griff is the kind of guy most any woman would love to meet and fall for.
Both Griff and Chloe have things to overcome before they get their HEA but every word made this an enjoyable journey for me to take with them.
Ms. Barth does an excellent job of giving readers just enough information about Griff’s teammates to whet our appetites. I definitely want to read their stories but this one stands alone with no problem.
*****Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions*****
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Mar 08, 2016
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 305 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, Naked Men