Risking It All by Christi Barth – Review

Risking It All


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.



3.5 StarsMy Thoughts

When Risking It All by Christi Barth caught my eye on Netgalley, I was intrigued and interested in the blurb.How could I not be it had the manly hero and the reserved heroine. I decided to give it a shot, but in the end something kept me from loving this story. It was very well written and interesting, but something was missing for me.

Griffin had a massive hero complex that grated on me at times, especially when he vehemently denied it most of the book. And Chloe was so closed off and did not take any risks or variations in her schedule or routine. I know they both went through a lot to get them to these particular places in their lives, but they both seemed defined by their pasts instead of in spite of them.

Griffin and his buddies were close after their experiences but sometimes they were overly close. They talked about anything and everything with each other and in their blog. I could only imagine what it would feel like to be with a guy and have your fights or dirty laundry aired to the other 4 mates or worse on the blog, but I can only imagine that it would cause some massive issues. And his hang ups over Chloe and the way he treated her when he found out was atrocious. And then to discuss it with his friends in front of someone else I almost stopped reading there. Being a hero is about more that rescuing people it is about how you treat people too and this almost killed the book for me. I did press on and was able to forgive him like Chloe was. In the end I enjoyed the book but I did not love it. Overall it was a sweet, fun, easy read that I enjoyed but could not get over some of the roadblocks and issues that the characters had.

A review copy was provided by Netgalley for an honest review.

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About the Author

Christi Barth earned a Master’s 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 is President of the Maryland Romance Writers and lives in Maryland with her husband.

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