Review: Risky Business by Amy Andrews

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Risky Business by Amy Andrews
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Escape Publishing – Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd
Pages: 243
Source: Book provided by NetGalley for review



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, undeniably gorgeous irritant in the form of Nick Hawke, her extreme sports star neighbor, 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….


Review:  When you put a career woman determined to fulfill the needs of her biological clock in the same orbit with a man renowned for taking risks and committed to an adventurous lifestyle, there’s bound to be an explosion.

All Samantha Evans can focus on is finding the perfect man to father her child. She hasn’t worked out all the details about how she will handle the challenges of motherhood, but as a career woman, she is certain that satisfying her “cheeping” eggs is the right thing to do.

Nick Hawke knows better than to get involved with a woman seeking a permanent commitment. He tries his best to help Sam in her search, setting her up with guys based on her listed requirements. He soon finds himself realizing that matchmaking can be risky business.

Author Amy Andrews delivers a quirky romance packed with a solid story line and enough one-liners to keep the laughter rolling in Risky Business. The supporting characters, including Sam’s sister and the bookstore customers, add to the overall flavor.

You will find yourself cheering for Sam as she navigates through the challenges of walking away from her job, dealing with some downright painful blind dates and then finally coming to the realization that maybe there are some things in life that simply can’t be scripted.

These two characters mesh well together, providing plenty of chemistry and some pretty crazy conversations. The off-the-wall dialog adds to the storyline’s impact, creating a sense that the reader has a seat in the bookstore while everything is happening. It’s a fun story that not only captured my interest, but reaffirmed my belief in happy endings.







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