From bestselling author Amy Andrews comes a new single-title romance about putting pleasure before business, and the risks we all need to take when we find someone worth risking everything for.
Samantha Evans’s life is going to hell. Not only has she rage-quit her beloved, high-powered job, but she is suddenly afflicted by hormones, free time, and an unavoidable, unignorable, undeniably gorgeous irritant in the form of Nick Hawke, her extreme sports star neighbour, who has come home to take over the reins of his grandmother’s second-hand bookshop. Sam needs something to keep her from begging for her old job back until she’s good and sure her boss understands how wrong he was, and taking a low-risk, low-stress job helping Nick at the bookstore might be just the thing.
After all, it’s not like Nick is the right guy to help her with her hormones. He’ll just be fun to look at while she searches for the one.
Nick has six months to get over an injury before Everest and a big, fat contract beckon. That means no sports, no danger and, above all else, no risks. It means playing it safe. And Nick Hawke doesn’t do safe. So he’s going to need something to stave off the boredom while selling books he doesn’t read to people who wouldn’t know a carabineer from a crochet hook. What could be safer than hiring a cranky, unemployed accountant to help run the bookstore? Sam is efficient and methodical and messing up her neat, post-it note world could be a fun way to pass the time….
Risky Business mixes the classic romance of Philadelphia Story, the humour and wit of When Harry Met Sally, and a strong, contemporary Australian setting to create a delightful, irresistible, utterly satisfying treat of a novel.
Egads this book has humor. Lots of it. Between the banter and dialogue between Nick and Sam, there was also Sam’s sister and let’s not forget the inner dialogue that Sam has with herself. I couldn’t stop either smiling or laughing. Now before I finish the review let me just say that this is not my first book by Ms. Andrews nor will it be my last.
Sam was me when I turned 30. Hating her body, realizing that she wanted a baby and going on the worst blind dates EVER! Oh yes, been there and burned the t-shirt. But what I really liked about her was that she knew this. She quit a great job to slow down and find that baby daddy. Little did she know that the baby daddy was her new boss. I mean really? Condoms and vibrators? Oh yes, you will be laughing…out loud. And then getting Nick to help her find the “one”…even better.
Nick was a dream to me. He is patient with Sam even if he was the complete opposite of her. He irritates her but he’s never cruel. He’s not alpha but not beta either. He has the perfect combination of both. Nick was Sam’s friend first. The slow build up to their admittance was a times slow (hello interruptions) but it was satisfying in the end. And yes, you will want to bonk their heads together at times but trust me, its worth it in the end.
While the book was funny, sometimes the inner dialogue that Sam had with herself got a bit tired. I remember hating my body too but I eventually got over it without a man standing besides me. In fact, that’s the only thing that I didn’t like about the book. Too much self loathing at times on Sam’s part. If you are like me, you appreciate when an author builds the h/h’s relationship slow and you get that big pay off in the end. 🙂 Oh there is definitely an attraction between them from the beginning, so don’t fret. Just like that they took it slow and realized that sometimes what you want is right in front of you all along.
Oh and one more thing…second Escape book and I will be reading more from them.
I have one ebook copy of Risky Business to give away! Open internationally, so tell your friends. I will pick a winner when I get back from vacation. (around July 25th) Good luck!