Trying It All
Book 4, Naked Men - A Naked Men Novel
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The Naked Men don’t have anything to hide. Now the sexy control freak in this “purely delightful group of buddies” (Publishers Weekly, starred review of Wanting It All) meets his match: a free spirit who’s as beautiful as she is reckless.
Order. Attention to detail. Never leaving anything to chance. These are the qualities that make Riley Ness such a terrific federal agent . . . and a pain in the ass to everyone else. The only time Riley lets loose is when he’s hanging out with his closest pals. So when he’s thrown together with gorgeous, flighty Summer Sheridan, Riley’s brain tells him she’s a ticking time bomb—but his body doesn’t want to play by the rules.
Riley has to be the most irritating man Summer has ever met. The brooding hunk thinks he needs to teach her a few lessons about real life, while she’d rather show him how to enjoy it. But her BFF’s all but engaged to Riley’s best friend, and besides, their intense physical chemistry is all too real. Summer just needs Riley to try to meet her halfway and take a chance with the one thing that matters: his heart.
Catch all of USA Today bestselling author Christi Barth’s charming Naked Men novels:
RISKING IT ALL | WANTING IT ALL | GIVING IT ALL | TRYING IT ALL
Praise for Trying It All
“The novel is filled with moments of humor (much based on previously established events) and searing sexual tension, and its lighthearted approach to life-altering events adds depth and breadth to the passion.”—Publishers Weekly
“Fun and entertaining yet complicated and emotional, not to mention supremely satisfying, Trying It All is a fantastic addition to Christi Barth’s Naked Men series.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
“[Christi] Barth is a master of making sexual chemistry leap off the page. Trying It All is a book you’ll wish you could step right into, with a hero you’ll want to claim for your next book boyfriend.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne
“Sigh-worthy! Barth delivers rich, distinctive characters, and a story that grips your heart.”—Jessica Lemmon, author of Eye Candy
“The novel is filled with moments of humor and searing sexual tension, and its lighthearted approach to life-altering events adds depth and breadth to the passion.”—Publishers Weekly
Praise for Christi Barth
“I loved this book! It’s smart, funny, and sexy with a great cast of characters. I can’t wait to read all the Naked Men books!”—USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson, on Wanting It All
“Barth writes the perfect blend of humor, pathos, and romance.”—Library Journal
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Another awesome book in the Naked Men series. This is the fourth book but each can be read standalone, however, I recommend you read the whole series to fully understand the bond between these men. This is Riley's story and it's absolutely perfect for him. Riley is the planner. Always prepared for any and everything. That's how he lives his life now. After surviving their horrific event in high school, Riley doesn't ever want to be unprepared again. Then Summer Sheridan comes along and threatens to blow is very controlled life right out of the water. Can he let loose enough to grab for a little happiness and will Summer let him?
Definitely a book you want to read. I highly recommend it.
I love this series.
Naked Men is such a great series. I had never read anything by Christi Barth until reading the first book in this series, Risking It All. After reading that I knew that I had to read the remaining books as they came out. Trying It All is the fourth book in the series and it centers around Riley and Summer. Each book in the series can be read as a standalone and Ms. Barth does a great job of giving you all of the information you need so that you don't feel lost if you haven't read the other books. I love reading series in order, though, so I'm really glad that I started at the beginning.
Riley and Summer have both suffered severe, life changing, trauma and, naturally, this has affected how they each approach life. Riley became determined to be prepared for any possible bad situation while Summer decided to live life one day at a time and not plan for anything too far in the future. She is a free spirit and he is a bit of a stick-in-the-mud.
Riley and Summer are frenemies – they have to tolerate each other because Summer is the BFF of one of the Naked Men and it's impossible for Riley to totally avoid her, but they don't like each other much. They love to pick at each other and hurl thinly veiled insults. One day Summer goes a bit too far by saying Riley doesn't have the balls to do anything risky. Next thing she knows he grabs her face and kisses her. They are both stunned by how the kiss affects them. Thus begins the transition of their relationship.
This book has everything I want in a great story. There's plenty of humor, some sexy time, and enough emotion to bring me to tears more than once (both happy and sad). When the expected conflict comes, it was not what I expected at all. Ms. Barth did a great job of putting her characters through the wringer and then straightening everything out again.
I wish I had been able to sit down and read this straight through because I didn't want to put it down. Unfortunately, I had to stop to get some sleep. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book which I hope will be about Josh, the last Naked Man standing.
A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book.
***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions***
This is book #4 in the Naked Men series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding and enjoyment, I recommend reading this complex series in order.
Riley and Summer are thrown together by the fact that their best friends are a couple. This changes the group's dynamic and even how they both look at things. Summer is hot and reckless. Riley is careful and cautious. It makes for a heck of a dance.
Summer never wants to plan anything for the future. She has learned the hard way in the past that even with a good plan, things can arise. So, why is she so attracted to the ever buttoned up Riley? Why is a kiss with him so hot it rocks her world?
This story is so very emotional as well as just plain sexy! These characters are already so head over heels for one another it makes for a great read. This series just keeps getting better with each book.
***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.