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Friday, June 5, 2015

Review: Risk It by Jennifer Chance / @readloveswept @Jenn_Chance

Title: Risk It
Series: Rule Breakers, Book 4
Author: Jennifer Chance
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: June 2, 2015<
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley

As dominating in business as he is in bed, Rand Sterling Winston, IV, always gets what he wants. And even before he realizes that she’s scammed him into paying triple the cost for her friend’s painting, he wants Dani Michaels. To catch her alone, Rand demands she personally deliver his purchase. The attraction between them is immediate and electric, and he knows she feels it, too. So when the part-time petty thief rebuffs his advances, he gives her a choice: a night in jail or an evening with him.

Despite her checkered past, Dani has never met someone like Rand: brooding, intense, and oh-so tempting. Only a man with a broken soul could make losing control feel this dangerous. Still, when Rand proposes a no-strings, no-holds-barred affair, Dani’s more than a little intrigued. It’ll be the trickiest con she’s ever run and a chance to indulge her steamiest fantasies—nothing more. But as their encounters grow increasingly intimate, Dani uncovers a vulnerable side to Rand’s steely exterior . . . and opens her heart to the ultimate risk.

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I had a hard time with this story. I tried to like it, really I did. I read it a few times, putting time between each reading in hopes it would help. Sadly, it didn't.

My biggest issue was Rand. I just...couldn't. I love me a man in charge, a man who is more than the broody, mysterious front he presents to the world. Even after pulling back all of his layers and seeing the broken man underneath, I couldn't connect with him.

Dani was a little more interesting. Only a little. I admired her spirit, her drive, but I didn't like how she gave into Rand. Did she con him? Sure, no denying that, but was his demand worth it? Hm... To me, it wasn't.

It felt like it was supposed to be a game where she did as told and would get off scotch free. Their hearts would remain firmly out of their agreement. They would part ways after satisfying themselves. Except it didn't feel like a game at all. It felt empty, a blackmail gone wrong that revealed too much about themselves without the heat that comes with attraction, that lingering sensation that comes after connecting.

While I did finish this one, I don't think I'll read it again. It was too much yet not enough.

Jennifer Chance is the award-winning author of the new adult Rule Breakers series. A lover of books, romance, and happily-ever-afters, she lives and writes in Ohio.

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