I was provided with an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Published by Escape Publishing on July 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Source: the publisher
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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.
I love Amy Andrews! It’s no secret. I always enjoy picking up my Kindle or one of the paperbacks when I know it is one of her stories, because I can pretty much guarantee that I will love it.
That was the case yet again with Risky Business. I had so much fun while I was reading this book, I wanted to let everyone know. So I began live tweeting as I read. Of course, I had to stop at a certain point to avoid putting the cart before the horse, but the live-tweeting was a lot of fun.
So, what did I think of Risky Business?
The wonderful thing about Amy’s work is that you can imagine that her characters are people that you know, that you can relate to. I love the relationships in Risky Business – that of Sam and Nick, of Sam and her sister, and of the people who spend their time in the bookshop. The dialogue and the interactions between all the characters, and most importantly Sam and Nick, are witty, smart and wonderfully real.
Oh, Sam and her cheeping eggs! I got her struggle to maintain her life and her career, as she’s constructed, while wanting to have the fulfilment of marriage and a family. A lot of us have been there, and I loved the way Amy has brought this to life.
Nick, how I loved his discovery of pirate romance! I love how he learns to become part of the “bookstore family” and I thoroughly loved his attempts at helping Sam find her Mr Right – I nearly covered my keyboard with a Diet Coke spray, at the thought of Colin and his glow-in-the-dark teeth. Trust me, you will laugh at these moments.
The chemistry between Sam and Nick is delicious, and you just want them to find their way to each other.
I’m not going to get all spoilerish on you, because the book doesn’t come out for almost another month. But if you love smart romantic comedy, with bright and wonderful characters, references to fabulous 1990s ABC drama series, and talking eggs, you will love Risky Business.