Published by Accendo Press on January 13, 2014
Genres: Coming of Age, contemporary, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, New Adult
Source: ecopy from Author
When 22-year-old Summer Stafford's parents split halfway through her senior year at college, Summer's world is rocked. Everything she thought she knew—heck, everything she thought she wanted for her own life—feels like a lie. The truth is love is a risk. And the true kind, the kind that lasts, might even be a fairy tale.
Reeling from the divorce, Summer derails her own future by breaking up with her parent-approved boyfriend and giving up her lifelong plans for a big-city career. She moves back home, business degree in hand. Dad needs her to fill the gaps her mother left behind; Summer needs to find who she is outside of the cookie-cutter life that failed so miserably for her parents.
Ford O'Neal's future involves one person: himself. He doesn't have a permanent address and he definitely doesn't commit. To a place or a person. Raised by hippies, he plans just far enough ahead to secure his next stop, this one landing him at a work-study program at Heritage Plantation where he can grow his own herbal and medicinal creations. Summer is gorgeous and smart and fun to be with, the perfect way to pass five months. It won't be love—Ford's got too many things to accomplish, too many places to go, before he settles down. Yet Summer pulls him in, challenging him to rethink his own philosophy.
When Ford's five months are up, each of them must decide if love is really worth the risk.
“Heather Hildenbrand's New Adult debut, A Risk Worth Taking, is a sizzling and sexy read that will leave you wanting more.” –USA Today Best Selling Author Tiffany King
A Risk Worth Taking is perfect for fans of Abbi Glines. It reminded me of While it Lasts from her Sea Breeze series, and if you remember my review from that book you will know that Gage is pretty much my favorite guy ever. I am a HUGE fan of Heather’s Paranormal Romance- the Dirty Blood series. They are my favorite werewolf/shifter books of all time, so I knew I had to read her New Adult contemporary, A Risk Worth Taking. And boy oh boy was I glad that I did. I heart-ed the heck out of this book!
Summer and Ford have awesome chemistry. They each have issues of their own that are holding them back from fully committing to each other. Summer’s arise more at the start of the book and then somewhere along the line it shifts and Ford’s becomes the one waging an inner struggle. Their story is told in dual narrative shifting between their Point of views. A personal favorite of mine for romances. I don’t even know who I liked more. I just loved the both of them together. They made me smile and awh, they made hot and bothered and they even made me cry. Oh so many feels.
It was interesting to watch Summer and Ford interact because they really are opposites in some ways, and similar in others. They are both stubborn, but Summer is way more logical, analytical, and a huge planner. The only thing Ford is analytical about are his plants. Everything else he is much more an easy going, live in the moment kind of guy. They balanced each other out, and ok sometimes they clashed head on. But it was so much fun to read about the two of them. I loved how passionate they were together, and their dates were so cute. I want to go out and recreate them.
This is a classic New Adult contemporary romance. Perfect for summer. It is emotional, hot and steamy and so worth the read. Heather creates awesome characters. It is what I love about her writing. She makes you feel like these are people that you know and care about. I get so invested and involved in her stories. I loved A Risk Worth Taking and I love Heather Hildenbrand’s writing. She is on my short list of auto-read authors.
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