Sunday, 6 March 2016

Review: Risking It All 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.

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: March 8th 2016 by Loveswept 
Series: Naked Men #1
Genre: Romance

Kristine's Thoughts:

** I received an advanced readers copy from Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

This book was OK for me but that was about it. I can't say that I hated it but I definitely didn't love it. As the first book in a new series I think there is some potential but there are a few kinks that need to be worked out.

I won't re-tell the story because the synopsis does a good job at describing what the book was about. From reading it, I thought it sounded like the perfect book to fill my romance loving needs and as an added bonus it would give me a bunch of sexy men who blog and bare their feelings. Who wouldn't want that?

I'll begin with talking about the characters. My feelings towards Chloe were all over the map. One minute I liked her, the next I found her annoying and somewhat flighty and the next she was a little boring. I never disliked her which is a good thing but I never found myself loving her either. My feelings about Griffin were much stronger but not necessarily in a good way. I started out liking him just fine but quickly found myself struggling to like him even slightly. His character, in my opinion, turned a little cocky, slightly obnoxious and a whole lot immature. When he found out about Chloe's "sexual status" he was appalling and so were the rest of the "Naked Men." The way they talked about it sounded like they were a bunch of teenagers not men. It left a really bad taste in my mouth. If that is the way men think and talk about woman then I really don't think I'm interested in hearing it. I would expect that kind of talk out of a bunch of horny 19 or 20 yr old boys who haven't fully matured yet. It was really disappointing. I certainly didn't expect rainbows and unicorns in their conversations but a little more respect and a little more talking with the proper head would have been nice. If that is the way men are at that age then I choose to stay in my bubble and pretend otherwise because... yuck!!

The other thing that I noticed was that the story was a little long winded. I felt there was an awful lot of plot and conversation that wasn't really beneficial and important to the bigger picture which made it drag in spots. It unfortunately had me skimming the pages on a few occasions.

I am interested to find out about the rest of the Naked Men in future instalments and to see if I like them any better. This book was not one of my favourite but I am hopeful for future instalments.


About the Author
Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage.

A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes contemporary romance.

Christi lives in Maryland with her husband.

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