Risk Me by Lexi Scott
Series: Silver Strands #2
Also in this series: Own Me
Published by Entangled Publishing on July 28th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
You can never judge the depths by the surface...
For Cohen Rodriguez, getting dumped by his girlfriend was bad enough. Being told he's "not impulsive enough" was just the cheap parting gift. Still, he takes a break from his über responsible ways and dates his way through Silver Strand. Except it's not exactly turning out the way he thought...
On top of that, there's Maren Walshe, whose combination of sexy and down-to-earth is everything Cohen wants in a girl. But while they've recently been talking on the phone and texting every day, they've never actually met. Now Maren wants to meet. In person.
Faced with turning his oh-so-safe fantasy girl into an uncertain reality, Cohen and Maren are both about to dive head first, ready or not.
Previously released under the title Depths March 2013, and has been enhanced with new material.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I loved this book. It was funny, sweet, sexy and real. It had an excellent pace and it kept me completely engaged the whole time. I’ve even finished a little sleep deprived, but it was totally worth it.
Here we have Cohen Rodríguez, who’s a dependable guy. A hot, sexy, sweet and caring, dependable guy… which apparently is not good enough for his airheaded long-time girlfriend, who dumps him.
Then there’s Maren. Her work is connected to shipments to Cohen’s family furniture store, and they’ve been talking (and being each other’s highlight of the day) for over a year.
Now Cohen wants to shake things up in his life and decides to go on dates with whomever his friends can set him up with, thus beginning the most epic shitty-first-dates-marathon in the story of mankind.
Circumstances make it that Maren gave Cohen her personal phone number and keeps him company during these horrible dates. Little by little, they start to share more about themselves and finally get to meet one another in a double-blind date (they are both set up with other people)… which totally sucks for them at first, until they ditch the other two. In little to no time they realize just how well they fit together and get along, but Maren’s circumstances are very complicated at this time and she’s not sure how much she can give Cohen.
Cohen being the manly man that he is, won’t take no for an answer. Even less when he finds out that Maren’s problems are caused by an alcoholic deadbeat of a father, who doesn’t want to help himself and keeps dragging Maren deeper and deeper into despair.
Will Cohen’s quest of helping this amazing woman he doesn’t want to lose get in the way of his plans to have her? Will Maren’s insecurities and worries about her father’s future get in the way of her own happiness? I think you really, really want to find out.
I want to take the time to make a little warning about Maren’s dad’s attitude during pretty much the whole book. He is a washed up musician, who never got over his own life’s choices. He is a drunk, pathetic, selfish a-hole who doesn’t really deserve the unconditional love and unwavering loyalty of this girl. I know this kind of behavior can be a trigger for some, there’s no abuse or anything like that, just a lot of neglect.
Aside from this fact, I loved every character in this book. Risk Me was a lovely story, I enjoyed it immensely and liked every supporting character in it (except a few but I think they were created for the sole purpose of being disliked).
I’m definitely looking into Lexi Scott and what other work from her is out there.
Rating: 4.5 very happy Stars
*April 30, 2017 It appears this series is currently out of print and unavailable.
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