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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 socWho 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....

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Risking It All Reviews

  • Stacey is Sassy
    2018-12-01 00:27

    Taking a risk produced the reward.From the very beginning of Risking It All it’s pretty obvious that Griffin Montgomery likes saving people. Others call it a hero complex, but in reality, it’s more about his need to make sure that people are safe. He and his best mates survived a very traumatic situation when they were in high school that changed their whole lives. They became famous which wasn’t a great thing when they were fighting the demons that haunted them after their harrowing experience. This had led them to lead lives away from the spotlight. The spotlight is a little hard to avoid when you are five good looking fit blokes, who lead busy lives…and one of them is a hero. This hero unintentionally brings himself into the spotlight again when he risks his and his crew’s life by saving some people wrecked at sea. The hero is Griffin and he’s a chopper pilot for the coast guards. This situation saved those people but left Griff grounded for taking too many risks. Back in the spotlight, grounded for taking risks and questioning what could happen next…Chloe is a professional letter writer. She likes to take her paper, pens and notes to a coffee shop and write her letters there. Chloe likes normal, lives normally and thinks she is normal. Unfortunately, it’s more that she hides behind her normal façade. Chloe has also lived through her own harrowing and haunting experience while she was in College. Because of her experience, life has made her hesitant to be adventurous. She has chosen to live a quiet life going to the coffee shop, catching up for regular dates with her best friend Summer, her brother David and her mum. That’s it. On one of Chloe’s normal visits to the coffee shop, thing veers a little away from the normal when she meets Griff. This meeting changes everything. The risk taker and adventurous Griff organises a first date that he hopes Chloe will find exciting and interesting. Unfortunately, Chloe can’t relax and is stressed to the eyeballs. It was a pretty cool date, but definitely out of her comfort zone. Griff and Chloe have to find a happy medium. Griff has to realise that not everyone needs to be occupied, moving and exploring. Chloe needs to step out of her comfort zone and try new things. Both of them must get past their fears and long term issues to make this relationship work. One of their first stumbling blocks nearly derails things before they even get a chance to get going.I ended up enjoying Risking It All for its light-hearted and humorous story line. The characters were sweet, considerate and amusing. While both the hero and heroine had lived through very traumatic situations, you could see that they both felt they had conquered their issues when really they were just buried deep. Starting this relationship has led both of them to face some realisations that shocked but also helped them to finally move on.I did have a few struggles, but by the end, I was able to get past them. Their major hurdle seemed blown to smithereens and drawn out way too long. The relationship between the five blokes seemed a little too much. Yes, I knew they’d lived through something big, but they discussed everything including their feelings. It was just a little too touchy feely. Additional characters were introduced but really had no use and seemed to be added for no reason.Overall,Risking It All was funny, sexy (even though the SEXY times didn’t happen until way later in the book) and interesting. I’m definitely interested in hearing about the other Naked Men.I received a complimentary copy of Risking It All via Netgalley for an honest review.To buy Risking It All from Amazon - http://amzn.to/1RiKLK6I’m an Aussie chick who loves to read and review romance, drink coffee, be a Style Setter and stalk David Gandy. To see more of my reviews, fashion, food and pervathons -

  • Alba and Her Secrets..♥
    2018-11-23 20:45

    2 'Risks and Fears' Stars!ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This will be short. I requested this book on Netgalley because the publisher send me an email telling me I would enjoy this story if I was a fan of Lauren Layne. Well, most of you know I adore Lauren's writing and her characters but (unfortunately) this was not the case.Risking It All is the first installment in Christi Barth's Naked Men series and it tells the story of Griffin Montgomery (a cocky man who always wants to save people after helping his friends in a difficult situation when they were teenagers and that writes a blog about all-things-men with said friends) and Chloe Widmore (a guarded innocent woman who writes letters for living who takes a risk when she meets and falls in love with the hero).“Ready to save some lives?” “Semper Paratus!”“Why does a hot pilot want to buy me coffee?” “You’re pretty.” [...] “And I’m bored.” “Aren’t you just the sweet talker?”I am sorry to say this was not my cup of tea, AT ALL. My 2 stars rating is because I give one start to Christi's writing (her style is good and fluid) and the other star because the ending was a little bit better than the other parts of the book (the main characters finally behave as mature adults).However, besides that, I really did not enjoy Risking It All. Why? Well, because I did not connect with the characters and I did not feel the love (or any other emotion, really). Both Griff and Chloe got on my nerves. They are so annoying, trying to be funny without accomplishing it and crazy-childish throughout the whole book. I mean, Griff's reaction to Chloe's virginity? And how she almost instantly forgives him? How he uses this information? How she accepts the comments about it from his friends? Griffin's poor opinion on Chloe's profession? I could go on and on. “You’re a virgin?” [...] “Don’t joke around, Chloe. This is a lot to put on a guy.” [...] “It’s a complication.”It just didn’t make any sense. He didn’t want to insult her. He simply wanted Chloe to face reality. “Why would the CIA recruit a letter writer?”Seriously? Seriously, Griffin? Arrrrrrg. Moreover, the is zero chemistry between the couple. I did not feel anything until the last pages of the novel. And if you don't connect with the characters, you cannot enjoy the book. That's it. I did not like the couple, I did not like his friends and I did not like her best friend. Everyone is so-freaking-immature. Sorry but I could not deal with it.“Bad luck, G-man. Virgins are extra work. Takes all the fun out of it.”Yeah, you did just read what you think you read. I am really disappointed on these characters and I really need to find a good book now because I was so happy after my last read (before this one) and now I am really pissed off. It just sweetened a bit with the ending, but I could not forget the rest.“Being loved is both the ultimate safety and the ultimate risk.”Therefore, sadly, my rating for Risking It All is 2 STARS. I think I do not need to mention anything else. Just one thing, I know some people have enjoyed this book more than me so, as I always say, check out other reviews and maybe you will want to check this out. I will definitely not continue this series but perhaps some of you might enjoy this one more than I did!CHECK OUT MY BLOG HERE:

  • XxTainaxX
    2018-11-23 04:25

    DNF @20% Couldn't connect to the characters. Plot was not interesting to me. Could be for others but unfortunately not for me. My TBR is just way too big for me to continue if I wasn't feeling it.

  • Joëlle
    2018-11-14 01:33

    "*** ARC kindly provided by the publisher Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. ***This was the first book I read by this author and I’m torn a little bit. It was definitely a like but I didn’t really love it. It dragged a little, I’m not a big fan of insta-love and I didn’t really like Griff. He IS a hero but doesn’t want to be called one but at other stages in the story he kind of brags about it?? I also didn’t like how he behaved towards Chloe and his mother. Liking the male character is more important to me than liking the female one and unfortunately I didn’t like Griffin :(What I did like are Chloe and her profession ‘a professional letter writer’. I also liked the website the 5 friends blogged on ‘Naked Men’. Even though I didn’t love this book I would love to read about the others of this tight group of friends…"

  • Claire Robinson
    2018-12-12 21:22

    1 - "The Truths always the way to go." Star.DNF @ 33%Great prologue, and opening chapters, I was thinking along the lines of one of my favourite films with Griffin’s profession as a Coast Guard, and the quirky blog Naked men that he co-writes with his four closest friends, added to the unique edge the author had going on."Not like you to give up so easily."Chloe was ok, she has more in common with Griff than initially thought, but didn’t actually know it up to where I called it a day, in that they are both survivors, from wholly different circumstances, but none the less the connection for that should have been there, but well I didn’t really feel anything between them if I am honest, and we were well into the twenty percent’s before they actually spent any real time together. I decided to stick with it though as I still thought the premise was good, and wanted to see if things picked up, they did but not in a direction I really wanted to explore any further. I think there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance, and for the most part Griff fell into the latter for me, get him with his friends and they all came over even douchier, but to completely over react to Chloe’s revelation of (view spoiler)[ still being a virgin (hide spoiler)] and to then think that it would be an ideal subject for you and said friends to discuss as a PodCast to add to your blog, kind to tipped me over the edge. The final nail was the below sentence –(view spoiler)["Virgins are extra work. Takes all the fun out of it." (hide spoiler)]Took all the fun out of my reading too unfortunately. Great premise, but the author needs to really look at the characterizations of her men, this is my first book by Christi Barth though, so maybe it’s just that, the characterization, but when you dislike the main guy, and find him and his friends who also appear in the book with regularity the absolute opposite of what most women would want, its always going to be a struggle as a reader to want to see where the story is going to go.I hope that at some point in the 67% I didn’t read Chloe kicks him in the nuts, for his behavior. Although I have a feeling that won’t be the case.ARC generously provided via Netgalley, I am sorry that I cannot provide a more positive review on this occasion.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Dali
    2018-12-12 02:35

    A cute, sweet and sexy romance... with Naked Men?Griffin Montgomery has “hero” tattooed in his DNA. His natural instinct is to help others and by that virtue he not only helped his high-school friends out of a dire situation now he dedicates himself to put his life on the line everyday as a search and rescue Coast Guard pilot. Until the day he pushed the limits too far and got his wings clipped. Landing him at a café where he meets the lovely yet solitary and in need of a push to her own limits, Chloe Widmore.Chloe Widmore is the opposite of wild. She’s had one too many traumas in her life and now preferes to live vicariously through the lives and emotions of the people she writes letters for. Therefore being the focus of sexy hero of the hour is surprising, but not as surprising as her strong reaction to him. Can she risk falling for him?The Naked men series follows the lives a five men who went through a high-school misfortune but together survived it and came out of it as brothers and now share a blog with the same moniker, The Naked Men, where they talk about everything male, in an open and honest way. Risking it All, spotlights their leader Griffin Montgomery who’s initial impression wasn’t the greatest especially after Chloe very bravely and honestly reveals so much of herself to him. He does however make up for it in the later part of the book but not enough to win me over completely. Chloe though, is a quirky, strong and brave, attributes I admire and respect. “He just knew that Chloe lit him up. Made him feel like a damn firefly. Made him feel things he’d never felt before. He wanted to be with her all the time. Wanted to show her the world, share it with her. Make her happy. Even though he’d been thinking long-term, love hadn’t been on his radar. But it was now. It fit.”I liked Griff and Chloe’s back and forth and especially liked their need to learn to face their fears, but wasn’t fully on board with their insta-love connection. This series has a very interesting premise which I hope will only get better with each installment. Risking it all is the kick off book in the Naked Men series by author Christi Barth. This is a standalone full length novel, told from alternating point of view between the main characters. With a happy ending. Amazon -> http://amzn.to/1KLXND5Author's Pinterest Board -> https://es.pinterest.com/christibarth...* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the authors via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *More reviews * Stalk us on FaceBook * As well as Twitter * Pinterest Board for Book Teasers

  • Beth
    2018-11-19 22:41

    A group of high school boys on their way through the Alps, crashes and only survived by their wit and acumen, forming an unbreakable bond. Through college and continuing into life circumstances, this group of now men have continued keeping in contact and airing their feelings on a blog called Naked Men. Griffin Montgomery was a leader who helped bring his teammates to rescue, this started a pattern in Griffin’s life, he is always looking for someone to rescue and never leaning on anyone.Griffin must re-evaluated his life when he is grounded by his commander at the Coast Guard search and rescue. He spends sometime in the local coffee house where he meets a special barista, Chloe. Chloe draws Griffin in like a moth to a flame. He'd like to get to know her more.Chloe has some baggage and scarring, but who doesn’t. Her friend wants her to think outside the box and take some risks, but Chloe likes the safety she finds in that box. When Chloe meets Griffin, she considers the thought of what it could be like to break out but must decide if Griffin and the life he leads is a risk worth taking.This story has a light hearted and refreshing, it had a way to just hit the right spot in my reading. I enjoyed the characters, interactions and was intrigued with what the future might bring. Bottom line - The Naked Men are sexy, smart and have lots of issues that I look forward to the opportunity to explore. I received this ARC copy of Risking It Allfrom Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication March 8, 2016.My Rating: 4 starsWritten by: Christi BarthPublisher: Loveswept Publication Date: March 8, 2016Sold by: Random House LLCASIN: B00ZNE45BSGenre: Contemporary RomanceAmazon: http://www.amazon.com/Risking-All-Nak...Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/riski...

  • Michelle
    2018-12-12 21:30

    ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest reviewWhen I first read the blurb of Risking It All by Christi Barth, I was intrigued and interested in wanting to read this book and how could I not when the series was aptly titled Naked Men. Risking It All had all the elements to be a great love story of two people learning to to face their fears together and taking that risk when it comes to love but there was just something missing to make me love the story of Griffin Montgomery and Chloe Widmore. “The downside to having an awesome boyfriend, she’d discovered, was wanting to spend every spare moment talking to him. Hanging out with him. Kissing him. With Griff still on leave—enforced vacation, whatever—they could actually spend all their time together. So they did . . . and Chloe’s work schedule had taken a hit. It was safe to assume her clients didn’t care that she was falling in love with the most wonderful man in the world. They just wanted their letters from her. On deadline.”Risking It All is the first installment to the Naked Men series and follows a group of guy friends who run a blog. And this blog focuses on guy problems, sex, and etc. So basically, its your blog catered to a guy's POV. And in this first installment, the story is centered on Griffin Montgomery. He's the risk-taker. The guy who would fly into danger to save and rescue people. And so what happens when this daredevil risk taker finds himself grounded for taking a risk to rescue people too far. Well with lots of spare time while being grounded, Griffin Montgomery meets Chloe Widmore.“Chloe didn’t just hear the ring of sincerity in his raw growl. She saw it, in the hunch of his shoulders, in the jut of his jaw, and in the blue flame burning in his slitted eyes. Now he truly did sound heroic. And she couldn’t wait to hear more from him.”Chloe is your quintessential good girl. She doesn't take risks. She likes order and lives through her job as a professional letter writer and that's all the excitement she experiences. That is until Griffin Montgomery enters her life. As Griffin and Chloe hit it off, he learns something about Chloe that is a big game changer. As Griffin tries to come to terms of the revelation, will he finally take that risk to not let go of the girl who could crack all his armor when it comes to love? And will Chloe take the biggest risk to face her fears?“He just knew that Chloe lit him up. Made him feel like a damn firefly. Made him feel things he’d never felt before. He wanted to be with her all the time. Wanted to show her the world, share it with her. Make her happy. Even though he’d been thinking long-term, love hadn’t been on his radar. But it was now. It fit. It encapsulated all those random things he adored about being with her in one handy word. Who would’ve thought.”While I love the premise of the storyline, I just couldn't connect to Griffin at all. His reaction to Chloe's secret already turned me off but slowly he was able to chip away my first impression with him as we get to know him slowly. But as we get to see this new sweet side to him, a part of me just didn't connect to him as much as I wanted to. But luckily for me, I really enjoyed Chloe's character the most. She was the one who I would say took the biggest risk. She laid her heart on the line when it came to Griffin. She allowed him to see her vulnerable side and understand the reason for her fears. While I liked the storyline of Griffin and Chloe, I look most forward to reading the other men who comprises the blog. Review can also be found on Four Chicks Flipping Pages: http://fourchicksflippingpages.weebly...Christi Barth

  • Shannon Moore
    2018-11-15 01:41

    DNF at 52%Nope, I'm sorry but I just can't do this anymore. Time is too precious to subject myself with a story that I can't get into. The characters are immature and juvenile and for the life of me I cannot connect with them. They're playing games, acting like teenagers instead of people in their late twenties. The friends are even encouraging all of this behaviour. I don't care about their stories, I don't care about their future. The past was kind of cool but so quickly breezed over that I don't care about that anymore either. Slightly off topic, and sorry for this minor spoiler than you find out super early, but what the hell is with the virgin shaming?! What year is it?! It's a woman's body, plain and simple. Even if someone was sexually promiscuous, you don't get to comment. You don't get to judge. Why is this any different? This mad me incredibly angry and was so unnecessary. The characters (every damn one of them) freaked out for no reason. Get over it. Usually I'm okay with insta-love, but here it's just ridiculous. They meet for ten minutes, and go on one date. Then some other crap and all of a sudden their "pulses are syncing while they kiss" and all they want is to come home to see the other's face and blah blah blah. They've decided they're officially dating - which apparently I missed because that came out of nowhere. I don't find the writing engaging. There's so many extra details that just take you out of the scene further and further. The pacing drags and the characters have contradicting thoughts and actions, along with the fact that I'm getting no sense of imagery. Even the character's relationship is bothering me - it was based on absolutely nothing and I can't fathom how they've gotten to where they're at. The heroine has spent legitimately 8 hours with the hero and she's practically spewing some psyco-babble. The hero is an ass, he's had some really jerk moves and then all of a sudden thinks he's entitled to the heroine and gets all alpha for a minute. No thanks. I really did believe the story line had promise but I just can't keep reading. I've never DNF a book before so that's saying something, but I have no desire to read the rest of this. If someone wanted to tell me spoilers, I wouldn't be opposed, but I simply can't waste anymore time. I gave it a valiant effort, but I am bored out of my mind. *An ARC was given in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sherwood Smith
    2018-12-12 00:31

    Copy provided courtesy of NetGalleyThis romance, which I believe is going to kick off a series, introduces a twist that almost doesn't come off, but I think Barth pulled it together in a way that avoided chapters of humiliation and angst. (I am not a fan of lots of angst, and humiliation is a real turn-off.)The book opens with a bang, Griffin and his close high school friends traveling to Europe for a soccer tournament. A crash in the middle of nowhere nearly kills them, and Griffin feels that it's on him to pull them together to save them . . . segue to him ten years later as a Coast Guard Chopper pilot, determinedly focused, at all costs, on saving a family caught on the water in a hurricane.The media lauds him as a hero, Griff just thinks he did his job, and his commanding officer in Washington D.C. (a terrific setting for a romance) is giving him the stink-eye because of that "at any cost" aspect. Griffin is a hero to the world, but his career is on the line.Then Griff meets Chloe, who sits in a certain coffee shop every day. She's a professional letter writer. She lives a carefully safe, ordered life, measured out between frequent calls to her psychologically needy mom. We slowly begin to find out what makes Chloe tick as she meets Griff and sparks fly.Barth tackles a tough sell in the romance world, insta-love, and then works in a total twist (view spoiler)[Choe is a virgin, and that utterly throws Griffin for a loop, as he does not want the emotional responsibility implied (hide spoiler)] that I thought Barth handled well for two reasons: one, the psychological baggage both Griffin and Chloe carry convinced me in both their cases, but also, and this is important to my particular taste in romance, with a scrappy, sassy, genuinely funny narrative voice.I loved the characters' friends, I loved their jobs, I loved finding out why Chloe became a letter writer. When the two finally get it together, their scene was a great payoff because they had learned not just to become friends, but both had learned a great deal about trust. Romances promise a Happily Ever After, so the ending is not going to be a surprise. What makes my favorite romances work are the twists and turns in getting there, and Barth hit it just right for me. I can hardly wait to see the rest of this group find their HEAs.

  • Beebs
    2018-11-27 02:39

    3.5 rounded upFirst in a new series from a new-to-me author, I didn't hate it but unfortunately I didn't love it either. I really liked both characters (except for one unbelievably TSTL moment from Griff) and all of their friends and I'm definitely intrigued by the missing Logan BUT it just felt that all conflict was too easily solved. That is saying something coming from someone who generally hates angst filled books. Giving both characters' backgrounds, it felt like they were able to sort everything out too easily, I appreciate that not everything little thing was a major drama but things that should have been huge were settled way too easily imho.Overall, there were some very sweet moments and Griff had the good sense to grovel when he behaved like a complete ass and he did make up for his TSTL moment in spades. I will probably read the next because I am intrigued enough by the other characters to want to know how things work out for them :)*Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    2018-11-17 00:43

    Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book ReviewsSo I'm going to admit that I was intrigued by this book one because it was written by Christi Barth whose work I have enjoyed immensely in the past and two because of the series title A Naked Men Novel and while I found that the series title meant something entirely different, I was not disappointed in this book at all. This book was complex; both the hero and the heroine had survived incidents that had changed them and while neither one is really looking for someone the minute they meet they have a connection. Risking It All was at times sweet, at times a bit frustrating, at times sexy but most of all it was about two people digging deep to find the person they want to be by not letting the events that have shaped them take over their lives. That being said, this book had many light hearted moments but there was seriousness to it that balanced it out nicely.Griffin Montgomery loves his job as a Coast Guard rescue pilot so when he is grounded after making what his superiors feel is a risky rescue he is at odds in his life until he meets professional letter writer Chloe Widmore at a local coffee shop. I enjoyed the way these two were somewhat smitten with each other from the start. There was no doubt that Griff was smooth and self assured, but it was also obvious he had some issues something he seemed to work through as this story went on and there's nothing I appreciate more than characters who grow during a story. Chloe was not without her own skeletons and while she put up a good front; there was a bit more going on in her psyche that even she realized. While I was a bit perturbed by Griff's actions and his subsequent discussion of said actions with his friends and the other contributors of Naked Men (a blog in which these life-long friends metaphorically strip down and write from the heart), I also understood that he really was trying to do the right thing by Chloe. Above all Griffin needs to save people even if he's saving them from what he perceives is a bad risk and in this case that bad risk being him. I like that Chloe spoke her mind frequently and showed Griff the "real" her from the start, there were no pretenses her she opened herself up and let it all hang out and I admire her greatly for her courage even when it was too much for him to handle. While they both developed feelings quickly the fact that they didn't jump to a physical relationship right away gave them a chance to really get to know one another, appreciate everything about each other and build the trust they both needed for a relationship to succeed.As Griff and Chloe tried to figure out their relationship we were treated to seeing Griffin with his high school buddies and the men he's been to hell and back with and Chloe with her best friend Summer and they too have one hell of a back story together and I have to admit that this book would not have been the same without all of these secondary characters.The smart, fun and sassy dialog did a great job of tempering the serious undertones of these character's lives but most of all I appreciated the ease of this relationship and the lack of drama. I found Risking It All to be highly engaging and a whole lot of fun and I can't wait to see what Ms. Barth has in store for us next!Review copy provided for an honest review.

  • Lady Heather
    2018-11-14 03:36

    3.5 StarsThis was a nice slow burn romance. Full review to come :)

  • Linda
    2018-12-08 21:30

    "Risk it All" is the start of a new series " the Naked Men". Which will follow a group of five men, who happen to have a blog, were they discuss everything and anything and we are going to get to watch each one of them fall in love.This story focuses on Griffen Montgomery and Chloe Windmere, but I M jumping ahead a bit too quickly. Griffen and his naked men buddies have been friends since high school all of them on the same soccer team,a lol of them with a shared life bonding experience. While traveling in Italy for an international soccer competition the five of them find themselves selves stranded in the Italian alps during winter without warm clothing and severe injuries from a horrible car accident , and it was Griffen as team captain who pushed this group to walk themselves out of the mountain and into a village; griffen came to be known as a hero. The experience for Griffen however has made him a hero junkie sent him down the carrier path of the Coast Guard as a helicopter pilot. Griffen thrives on the adrenaline of the rescue often times putting himself at risk. Soooo.. When Griffen gets grounded by his boss for an indeterminate amount of time meeting Chloe and chasing her becomes a bit of anAddiction.Chloe has had her own life altering experience but she reacts just the opposite of Griff, she has sheltered herself off, Chloe wraps herself up in her business, a letter writing service, and her family; content. Not stepping outside of the norm, it is safe in the norm, so even accepting Griff's offer if a date is a leap of faith for her and a huge push to her boundaries. For Chloe however she is so attracted to this big handsome wall of muscles and his witty banter agreeing was not a hard decision.However it. Turns out as much as these two are into each other , their is one thing in the way that has made Griff out the brakes on; and no I am not going to tell what it is, you are just going to have to read for yourself . Should it be an issue, probably not , but he is a twenty something guy sharing a huge house with his buddies and though in some cases they all come across as mature men a little of the frat house mentality does creep out occasionally . The romance had it's bumps in the road and and equal amount of sexy times, and even though Griff could be a tad arrogant he was equally sweet and eventually humble enough to admit when he is wrong.So what do I think of this new series? Worth the read and looking forward to see were the author takes us with the rest of these men and what other interesting blog stories she will come up with for them. Arc was graciously provided by Loveswept via Netgalley for an honest review.

  • 1-Click Addict Support Group
    2018-12-12 21:28

    Griffin Montgomery has always been the one to help people out of tough situations. In his teens, his leadership and tenacity helped keep his best friends alive after a bus crash in the Alps. Now, as an adult, he pushes the envelope as a Coast Guard Search and Rescue pilot. That is, until he goes too far and gets grounded. He’s keeping his mind busy by working on the Naked Men blog, but Griffin is itching for some excitement—he thinks he may have found it by breaking through Chloe Widmore’s comfort zone and exposing her to the world around her.Chloe is a professional letter writer. Yes, she pens love letters, cover letters, Dear John letters, whatever her clients need. She doesn’t need her own excitement when she can live vicariously through her clientele. Until she meets Griffin and she cannot believe he wants to be with her as much as she wants to be with him. But love is risky…and Chloe doesn’t take risks—ever. But is a life with Griffin worth taking the chance?Risking It All was a sweet, sexy romantic read. Somewhat cliché and predictable, it was a lovely afternoon escape with Chloe and Griffin, and the rest of the men of the Naked Men blog. I really enjoyed Chloe and Griffin’s slowly developed relationship. They had so much in common—including their insecurities—that I couldn’t help but root for the two of them to get it together. And, of course, the rest of the Naked Men kept things interesting too! Can’t wait to see what’s next for this group. ~ Missy, 4 stars

  • Danielle
    2018-12-06 23:34

    This is the first book in a brand new series by Barth and I liked it because it was definitely different. Griffin is in the coast guard and after he saves a family after disobeying orders he is on suspicion. Turns out he doesn't like being grounded so much but it does lead him to a beautiful woman named Chloe who he wants to get to know. Chloe is a professional letter writer (I didn't even know that was a thing) and she is working in a coffee shop when she meets Griffin. They share some banter and she doesn't think she will see him again but when she does she knows that he might just be the one...I really loved the characters and how unique they were. I was actually shocked that these guys had there own blog! What I would have liked to see more of in this book were some of there blog posts. I loved the banter between Griffin and his friends. On more on one occasion I found myself laughing at loud. They were really a hoot! I liked that both these characters went through their own tragedy and connected in that way. They both were heroes and yet they both needed some type of saving which they found in one another. I'm really excited to see where this series goes and whose story will be next. If you are looking for a fun read I would suggest this book. I couldn't put it down :)

  • Emily
    2018-12-07 02:36

    Griffin Montgomery has been put on leave after a rescue that was deemed dangerous ended up saving a family. Griffin though is paying the price for his lack of following orders. Bored and needing something to do, he finds himself introducing himself to Chloe Widmore. Chloe is a professional letter writer, she is quirky and best of all she has no clue as to who he is. Griffin's a hero in the eyes of all those that saw what he did, but he is uncomfortable with that title. He has a history he doesn't want to talk about but as he grows closer to Chloe he finds they both are running away from their past, maybe they can find a way to heal one another.I loved that the men in this story had a Naked Men blog, it was a wonderful addition to this story. I liked Chloe, she is unique and not your average heroine. Griffin, you get immediately what attracts him to Chloe. I liked that there was a build up and that their courtship had hiccups, kept it real. Wonderful story.

  • Lisa
    2018-11-16 23:45

    Unfortunately I really struggled to finish the book. I wasn't able to immerse myself in the story and didn't have a connection with neither Griffin nor Chloe.ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kahea
    2018-12-07 21:20

    When the WTF?! (and not in a good way) moments out do the sweet, funny ones and the only characters who hold your interest at the end of the book are the female lead's bestie and a character that was mentioned, but never made an appearance in the book, you know it wasn’t meant to be.This book had the components to make it a good read: Hot alpha male with a saviour complex collides with a woman who has a sassy streak and yet won’t step outside of the very restrictive box she’s constructed for herself. Both have tragic, life altering experiences in their pasts that have made them who they are today, but find that if they want a future together they’ll have to face those demons and let the past go. Add in the fact that there is a group of guys who run a blog and it promised to be at least a fun read, but unfortunately this book just didn’t work for me in the end.Griffin and I started off on a good foot. I understood why he had a saviour complex and found him to be pretty charming and easy going and then the incident at about 30% happened and I blinked. I understood why it was a thing and I can say that if it were me on the receiving end of it I’d definitely have a “Whoa. Hold up” moment, but his reaction to it was just way too over the top for me. I mean holy mantrum, Batman. Unfortunately, from that point on I saw him in a different light and though it wasn’t a bad one, it kept him from getting out of the realm of “I just liked him”.As for Chloe, she and I didn’t start off on a good foot, I found her a bit too quick to judge and critical of people that it rubbed me the wrong way, and that unfortunately colored my view of her throughout the book. This isn’t to say that she didn’t have me wanting to high five her at various moments in the book, the way she dealt incident at 30% was awesome, or admiring her for how she stepped up during the incident in her past, but whole first impression thing never left me. So with my pretty tepid feelings toward Griff and Chloe it’s not that hard for anyone to surmise that their relationship didn’t get me going all that much. There were some sweet moments and I liked that they did their best to communicate with each other, but it just was okay for me.Now about the secondary cast of characters especially The Naked Men. See I’m not sure if I really like them or not. I’m all for the bros before hos way of thinking and backing your boys to the bitter end, I really am, because I’m all for the flip side where I have my girls backs, and that saying fits them to a T. There were some fun moments with them, but there were also moments when I wanted to find a 2x4 and smack them upside the heads because even though I could understand their reasoning, I just couldn’t help but go WTF? I don’t expect male characters to be all emo’d out and warm and fuzzy, but even I was thrown for a loop at some of their comments (90%) The only one saved from any thoughts of bodily harm was Logan and that’s only because he never made an appearance in the book, he was just talked about, which actually ended up making him a hell of a lot more interesting than the rest because he is an unknown. And last but not least there is Summer, Chloe’s best friend. I liked her spunk and sass and finding out about her past has me wanting to know more about her.The Bottom Line: Risking It All and I didn’t get on well, but I’ll be keeping an eye on the series to see if Logan or Summer get their own books.~ ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~

  • Kristine
    2018-11-26 23:21

    Original review can be found at http://kristineandterri.blogspot.ca/2...** 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.

  • Nicola
    2018-12-02 21:48

    My feelings on the 30% I read before I DNF'd:By 10%:17%:26%:31%:...followed by:...followed by:It's not badly written, it started out well and is paced well andI WAS ENJOYING IT, hence why it's got 2 stars, but then it took a path that was a big fat pile of no and I hated the hero. And if you want to know why, then here you go: (view spoiler)[ heroine is a virgin, with fair valid reason, tells hero, he throws his teddy out of the pram because it's "not fair to put that on him" and whining she should have told him sooner. They'd been on one bloody date, ONE SINGLE DATE, when the hell did he want her to tell him. And yet she STILL wants to sleep with him. (hide spoiler)]Sure others will enjoy it, but when you don't give a flying fart about the couple then it's time to part ways and on this occasion it wasn't for me. Copy received courtesy of Loveswept via NetGalley for an honest and unbiased opinion.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Catherine Bibby (Rochelle's Reviews)
    2018-11-21 03:45

    I received a copy via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review While not the best romance that I have ever read, Risking It All has characters that you can't help but be drawn to. Christi Barth did a great job of enticing readers into Griffith Montgomery's past and showing the unbreakable bond between him and his soccer buddies from high school also known as the ACSs. The Naked Men as they like to call themselves and their blog intrigued me and kept me laughing with their banter and made me feel a part of their world. Although Christi kept me waiting, hoping, and wanting more heat between the hero and heroine. Some readers like a love story that is glossed over between the sheets, but I want to feel every moment of sizzle and ounce of desire as they blossom as a couple. Griffith Montgomery is an admirable member of the Coast Guard and loves to take untold risk in the name of rescue. I enjoyed getting to know him and his white knight syndrome and was wowed by his ability to lead in a crisis. He charmed and wooed me from beginning to end, I just wish I could have seen more of him unclothed and up close and personal as the title suggests. Chloe Widmore truly impressed me and kept me on my toes. I loved everything about her from her addiction to colorful writing pens to her innovative way of making money being a professional letter writer. There wasn't anything that I didn't truly like about this heroine. She inspired admiration with her harrowing past and I felt compelled to read on and get to know her better. Christ Barth delivers a story of not only surviving but overcoming a tragic past and a love that brings two of these people together. I highly recommend Risking It All for readers who love to focus on the wonderful characters in a story with very little steam. The Naked Men have seduced me and I would like to read Christi's future books in this series so I could get to know Knox, Logan, Riley, and Josh more intimately.

  • Kathleen R.
    2018-12-06 00:25

    Title: Risking It AllAuthor: Christi BarthSeries: Rising Storm seriesPublisher: LovesweptReviewer: KathleenRelease Date: March 8th, 2016Genre(s): RomancePage Count:271 pagesHeat Level:4.5 flames out of 5Rating:4 stars out of 5Blurb: 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.Review:When an unforseen tragedy forces a group of teens to band together for their survival, one of them will become their leader to guide them and make sure they survive their ordeal. As the group aged and realized that they'd have to go their own separate ways, the Naked Men blog was created to make sure that they'd always know what was going on with one another. As their leader, Griffin always pushed himself to do more and risk more until it cost him his career and was grounded. Chloe is a woman dealing with grief as she writes her daily letters in the coffee shop when she sees Griffin for the first time - a force to reckon with as he forces her to take the steps and the risks in life she's been stopping herself from taking ever since the day she believed her life was changed forever, never to be happy as she once was. I can't remember an as emotionally charged novel that took me out of my comfort zone and then threw me back in, keeping me guessing at the next twist and the future of this couple. As much they were 'damaged' and traumatized by events in their pasts, Griffin and Chloe were heart warming and awe inspiring as they leaned on one another for strength and eventually love. The chemistry between the two makes you wonder if the pages of your kindle can spontaneously combust or if you'll need more water to cool down as they kept discovering new things they enjoy doing together. As my first novel that I've read from Christi Barth, Risking it All was the best starter I could have hoped for as it had everything to keep me glued to my seat and shushing everyone around me wanting to ask me for my work or even to get back to my everyday 'normal' tasks. I can't wait to meet the rest of the members of the Naked Men bloggers since Christi Barth did an amazing job at creating a story worth following. Review Copy of Risking It All provided by the Author, Christi Barth for an honest Review. Reviewed by Kathleen from Alpha Book Club

  • Kim
    2018-12-02 02:32

    3.5 starsNaked Men kinda grabs your attention, right? Sorry ladies, there is not as much physical nakedness as you would think happening here. That title refers to a blog started by Griff and his 4 friends featuring straight talking posts about basic stuff from a guy's point of view, and it is an Internet hit.OK let's start at the beginning! When they were in high school, Griff and the guys went to Italy to play in an international soccer tournament and they were involved in a major bus wreck. Injured, with limited supplies and stuck in a mountain cavern, Griff realized they were going to die if he didn't take charge and get them out of there. When they stumbled into a small town days later, they gained instant notoriety for their survival story, and Griff found a calling to help those in need. Years later, he leads a search and rescue team as a pilot for the Coast Guard, saving lives regularly. Unfortunately his tendency to push the envelope has landed him in hot water with his CO after his latest successful rescue, and although his explanation doesn't keep him from being grounded, it goes a long way to helping understand his mindset. “When I’m out there, it is to save lives. Not to get a kitten out of a tree. Not to give directions to someone who is lost. Search and rescue is about life and death. If I don’t find them, and fast, people will die. I am the only thing standing between them and a horrible fate. I push the envelope because I’m all they’ve got. I’m their only chance."Day 1 of Griff's no-flight status equals a very bored pilot with his face once again plastered on news outlets everywhere and nowhere to hide much to the dismay of his friends who are unwillingly dragged back into the spotlight by virtue of their friendship alone. When a quiet beauty at a local coffee shop is completely unaffected by his celebrity he is intrigued. Chloe is unassuming, funny and mostly unaware of her effect on him. She uses the coffee shop as a base of operations for her unique job: professional letter writer. Choosing words carefully, getting their exact meaning with zero hint of a shade of gray, was her whole life and livelihood.Griff and Chloe have chemistry but they also soon discover a bond through past traumatic experiences. Chloe's survival experience left her living an existence of purely safe options with limited potential for adventure or disaster - including a non-existent dating life. And this is where I started grinding my teeth a bit. Between her 27 year old virgin status, Griff's completely immature freak out over it, and Chloe's self righteous indignation over any suggestions that she should reconsider her too-safe existence, I may have surrendered to a few extreme eye rolls. Griff was just a bit too smug and smooth at times to be completely likable, and Chloe was too wrapped up in her own head trying for a combination of innocence and worldliness that just didn't quite ring true. Josh, Riley and Knox, Griff's best friends and fellow survivors/ Naked Men were great supporting characters although the last to round out the group, Logan, is a mystery as he was mentioned several times but was never actually part of the story. Chloe's best friend Summer was the female version of one of the NM guys with her desire to have no-strings-attached fun and complete disbelief in love. I wonder if she will end up with one of Griff's inner circle? Overall I thought Risking It All was a good read but it was missing a little something to push it into the great category for me. I am curious to see what happens to the rest of the Naked Men and which of them will fall next though!

  • Misty (Red's Romance Review's)
    2018-11-29 20:29

    Chloe Widmore is one of those people who doesn't color outside of the lines, she prefers routines and regularity, and keeping things in her life as normal as possible. She doesn't do risky or walking on the wild side and while that might make her seem boring, she doesn't care because that's what makes her feel safe. The last time she dabbled in adventure it ended badly and left her emotionally scarred, and afraid to take risks of any kind, including risks in her love life. But after a chance meeting with a handsome stranger at her favorite coffee shop she begins to feel her plan for a neat an orderly life start to falter, and finds a new life of adventure within her grasp, all she has to do is let go and take the risk...Early on in life Griffin Montgomery earned the title of hero, and while he doesn't quite see it that way, he did learn that he was gifted with the innate ability to save people. Which makes his career choice as a Coast Guard search and rescue pilot seem quite fitting, not only does he get to help people but also has the opportunity to feed his need for adventure. His dedication to his job is admirable, but when he goes a little overboard to save the day, he winds up finding himself on suspension. Without his job to keep his rescue addiction fed, he is going crazy and in need of an adventure, and that drive to find adventure takes him to the table of a beautiful woman who looks like she is great need of saving. Griffin has a plan to bring Chloe out of her careful world, and help her embrace a life of adventure...now he just has to figure out how to convince her he's worth the risk!This charming little read captivated my attention right from the start and had me flying right through the pages in search of what I hoped to be a very well deserved happy ending, and I am happy to report that I found that and so much more!! This was my first experience with Ms. Barth's work and I have to say that her inventive story line and well crafted characters totally won me over! I thoroughly enjoyed getting acquainted with Griffin & Chloe, and can't wait to return to this series and meet more of the men in the Naked Men series!!I highly recommend you give this charming little read a try, Ms. Barth's well crafted characters are sure to provide you with a very enjoyable literary escape!!ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.

  • Sassafrass
    2018-12-04 01:27

    This was cute and fun. I really think I'm going to enjoy this series.RISKING IT ALL is the first book in the Naked Men Series. The Naked Men Series is about a group of guys who went through a tragedy ten years ago that after they came through it, cemented their bond of friendship and brotherhood for life. RISKING IT ALL is about the de facto leader of the group, Lt. Griffin Montgomery. He was the captain of their high school soccer team and the one who was integral and getting them out of their deadly situation ten years ago alive. Now, he's a pilot for the Coast Guard, leading rescue missions and not always following the rules. After one mission goes a little awry, Griffin is grounded. But, just when he thinks his life is over, it changes on a dime when he meets a woman in a coffee shop.Chloe Widmore is also no stranger to tragedy. After surviving a horrific event at college, she now lives her life as a professional letter writer with routines and no risks at all. But when a hot military man shows up the coffee shop she frequents, Chloe surprises herself by wanting to take the risk of flirting with this man...and maybe more.Griffin and Chloe surprise themselves by taking a chance on their relationship. But, with one who takes risk everyday, and the other who likes to play it safe, it's unsure if they can make this work. Will they be willing to take the biggest risk of all?I really enjoyed this one. I thought that Griffin and Chloe's story was sweet. But, what really drew me into this story was the Naked Men themselves. I loved how real and raw they were with each other. I loved the idea of the blog that they did, and how that was expanding. That was really my most favorite part of this story and what will likely keep me coming back. I thought the author did a fantastic job of showing how these men have built their lives around each other. As different as they are, they will be brothers forever.Both Chloe and Griffin frustrated me with their stubbornness at times, but I guess that's what made them pretty perfect for each other. The ending was great. I really thought it was sweet how Griffin left it up to Chloe to decided their forever. I'm really interested in seeing where that goes.All in all, this was an enjoyable read. I look forward to reading the other guys' stories. And I look forward to seeing the men get more "naked". ;)

  • Morilyn
    2018-12-13 22:48

    Risking it All by Christi Barth is book 1 in her new series Naked Men. I was offered an ARC in exchange for an honest review & have to admit that with such an amazing series name I couldn't resist. Christi Barth is a new author for me even though she's written several novels. This story centres on Griffin Montgomery, a Coast Guard Helicopter pilot, with a wild & daring streak that means he takes measured risks, in his life & his work. His latest rescue has resulted in him being grounded & on forced leave. He's a celebrity in Washington D.C. right now, but that's not something that's new to him or the group of close friends with whom he shares just about everything. Ten years earlier they were in a sporting competition in Italy when their bus over turned, their driver was killed & they were stranded, injured, with no protection from the cold for several days until Griffin took charge & they walked out to be met with rescuers. Griffin meets Chloe Widmore in a coffee shop & he's immediately intrigued; she sweet, pretty, a professional letter writer, & they seem to hit it of straight away. Chloe is the antithesis of Griffin; she's definitely risk-free, she doesn't do anything that might disturb her quiet life. She attracted to Griffin, the feelings mutual & they start seeing each other. He's as surprised as she is that this might develop into something more than the usual casual relationship, until Chloe admits to being a virgin. This news send Griffin into a tailspin, because "first time" has to mean something...I really enjoyed this story - it's a fresh, sweet romance and I don't mean its cloying! Chloe & Griffin communicate with each other, with his friends & with their families. It's a rare occurrence in many relationships, but she a writer & he & his friends blog - that's The Naked Men- so their both very used to communication. If you're looking for an entertaining read, about ordinary people who've fallen in love, then "Risking It All" is a good choice. It's a great start to what should be a good series - it's not much to risk!Reviewed on behalf of Once Upon An Alpha.

  • Amber .:★Wild Heart Reviews★:.
    2018-11-23 02:50

    Risking It All by Christi Barth was one of those stories that reach out and grabbed me. Not only because of the synopsis but because of the cover! I mean, really... can you resist that smolder? Needless to say, I dove into the book and the prologue alone had me wanting to flip pages faster than I can read. This is a full-length novel, with an HEA and no cliffy.I want to make note that this is the first Christi Barth novel that I have read and I'm positive at this point, I'll be wanting to read the rest of the Naked Men series as it comes out. I enjoyed it that much. However, I wanted to point that out before I went into the next bit of my review because I don't want what I'm going to say, to detract from what has already been said.There were parts in Risking It All that for me, personally, lagged out. It wasn't that the writing was bad, in fact, the writing is extremely good, it was more that the book itself has a slower pace. Typically, I find nothing wrong with that, but I did find myself putting this book down more than once. (Part of that has to do with me getting bronchitis in the middle of it.) Overall, it took me an age to read this but don't let that put you off of it. So much goes on in these pages that will grab you, and the story that is told is fantastic.I fell in love with Griffin from the get-go. As a hero, he's pretty darn amazing. I had to laugh at a few things, and then there were some things that the book touched upon that made me sit back and really consider things from a guy's point-of-view. Even if I wanted to thunk him over the head with my Kindle. Chloe for me was likable and it took me longer to warm to her. I would definitely put myself in the Team Griffin camp.All-in-all, it was a solid four-star read. I would recommend it to anyone really. Great one to curl up on a Sunday with.

  • Rebecca
    2018-11-26 00:26

    3.5 stars arc generously provided via netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI didn't have any expectations going into this book and was pleasantly surprised!Risking it All is a cute story that will be a series and centers around 5 guys who have all survived tragedy in high school and have been best friends through all the ups and downs of life. This guys started a blog "naked truth" which is just guys being honest and real.Risking it is Griffins story. Griffin is a risk it all, life saving, member of the Coast Guard. He is life is focused on making a difference and saving lives. Well, that and his best friends, and of course enjoying his time with the ladies. However, one heroic move too many and his career is side tracked, at the same time his life gets hijacked by Chloe. She is full of surprises and secrets. One of which may be a deal breaker.Chloe is almost the complete opposite of Griffin in every way. She is cautious, safe, and never takes risks. However, having survived her own tragedy she gets him in ways others never have before. Opposites attract, but Chloe's unwillingness to take chances may separate them forever. I love Chloe's personality. She is honest, funny, and witty. One of my favorite things about this book was the main characters abilities to be honest with each other, that annoying lack of communication that causes so much trouble in other stories was not present in this book. The group of guys friends that form the ACS and Chloe's best friend Summer are all amazing secondary characters and help to round out this sweet as pie story.This is a fun and entertaining read and I look forward to reading more by this author.

  • Jennifer Dicenzo
    2018-12-08 03:27

    There was no part in this book that I didn't love and I hope there are more in this series set to be written. This book is about 5 guys, who as teenagers, 4 of them were in a tragic accident in another country. They had to pull together to try to make it out alive. So they share a bond that goes deeper than many family bonds go. When they all went to colleges or travel they found a way to stay in touch and also help other men by starting the Naked Men blog. This blog allows them to be completely honest and open about what they are going through and each of them take turns posting on it. Griffin was the defacto leader during the high school tragedy because he was the captain of the team. This has carried over into his career and personal life too. He is always trying to take care of someone and the riskier the risk the better. His job is in Coast Guard as a search and rescue pilot until his latest rescue goes too far and he is grounded by his superiors. During a forced vacation Griffin runs into Chloe at a coffee shop. He is immediately attracted to her as well as intrigued. Chloe herself suffered a tragedy in her teens which gives them something in common. But while Griffin goes out to try to save people, taking risks, Chloe does the opposite. She rarely leaves her comfort zone. Griffin tries his best to get her to take risks, but will he stick around when the biggest risk of all is revealed?I was given an ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.