Tuesday, March 1, 2016

REVIEW - A Risk Worth Taking - Heather Hildenbrand

TITLE - A Risk Worth Taking 

AUTHOR - Heather Hildenbrand


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.

My Review:

A Risk Worth taking is a romance novel, but it also has some very important life lessons within it. I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be very relatable to my own life. Heather Hildenbrand is an amazing writer.

Heather Hildenbrand has an excellent writing style. The way she writes allows readers to imagine that they are within the story rather than just reading it. This story is told from dual point of views. This allows readers to get in both main characters heads which adds depth to the story. With her writing style, Heather made me feel each emotion that Summer felt. I really went through it all with her. By being able to read Ford's point of view, I was able to feel more because I knew where each characters heads were at.

These characters are developed throughout the story. Summer starts off in a unique place. She had her world shattered and she is trying to pick up the pieces. Ford is the opposite. He has his life figured out. He knows that he likes to live life as it comes with no ties to hold him down. Through each other, they can either ruin everything or find a new path. In order to find out you gotta read it.

There is plenty of heat in this book. What starts off at a simmer definitely comes to a boil. My favorite parts of this book were the simmer. I love watching characters react to their natural feelings. I think most of the time these natural feelings scare people and they try to hide it. I love that Heather explored this in this story.

There were a couple of different life lessons I took from this book. I think the main plot of the book covered these well. I think that the main thing I took is to keep an open mind and not judge situations when you were not involved. This really resonated with me since I have found myself in similar situations in the past. 

In conclusion,  I loved this book. It has everything I look for in a book, life lessons and romance. I would recommend this book to friends and family. Heather is an author to watch.

Favorite Quotes:

"What can I do for you?”I asked, abandoning the computer for my cooling mug and trying to appear like I wasn’t picturing him naked. Well, he could keep the boots on if he wanted.-Summer, A Risk Worth Taking

It was rare for me to get pissed enough to consider violence—another product of peace and love as my childhood mantra—but Danny tempted a guy. My fist itched to connect with his face-Ford, A Risk Worth Taking

"I think the only thing that makes it true love IS the risk"-Cathy, A Risk Worth Taking

Star Ratings:

Characters: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5


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