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on Oct. 22, 2013
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When 22-year-old Summer Stafford’s parents split halfway through her senior year at college, Summer’s world is rocked. Everything she thought she knew—heck, everything she thought she wanted for her own life—feels like a lie. The truth is love is a risk. And the true kind, the kind that lasts, might even be a fairy tale.
Reeling from the divorce, Summer derails her own future by breaking up with her parent-approved boyfriend and giving up her lifelong plans for a big-city career. She moves back home, business degree in hand. Dad needs her to fill the gaps her mother left behind; Summer needs to find who she is outside of the cookie-cutter life that failed so miserably for her parents.
Ford O’Neal’s future involves one person: himself. He doesn’t have a permanent address and he definitely doesn’t commit. To a place or a person. Raised by hippies, he plans just far enough ahead to secure his next stop, this one landing him at a work-study program at Heritage Plantation where he can grow his own herbal and medicinal creations.
Summer is gorgeous and smart and fun to be with, the perfect way to pass five months. It won’t be love—Ford’s got too many things to accomplish, too many places to go, before he settles down. Yet Summer pulls him in, challenging him to rethink his own philosophy.
When Ford’s five months are up, each of them must decide if love is really worth the risk.
A Risk Worth Taking follows Summer and Ford as they discover their blooming relationship together.
I loved the sweetness of this book. It was possibly the sweetest NA novel that I have picked up in a long time. It was refreshing to read it. The characters aren’t darkly scared, nor are they spoiled millionaires frolicking around, sleeping on beds covered in c-notes. No they were simple down home people who worked hard and played hard. They had issues just like everyone does, but they were like normal people issues.
The characters were all very likable. I thought Summer was sweet and I couldn’t help but smile at her spunkiness. Ford was swoon worthy, but not an over the top alpha male. He was just a guy. A cute guy, but not someone I would run in fear from.
I loved Casey and would really like for him to get his own story in the future. He was funny, and his character added a lot of depth to the story. He helped progress the growth of them.
The writing was great. Readable, engaging, and fun. I laughed out loud several times. Technically there were very few errors that I noticed there was one continuity error that I noticed and that was about it.
The story is told in dual POV’s but it doesn’t over lap, so we aren’t getting beat over the head with the same scene over and over. Each POV switch moves the story forward.
Overall, A Risk Worth Taking was an awesome book! I’d like to thank the author, and Ink Slinger for the opportunity to read it.