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Rating: 5 stars
Synopsis: I thought the ring on my finger would do the trick, and just keep men away. All I wanted was to save my heart from shattering--again. The truth is: I'm not married. The ring was just a ploy--a ploy to keep me safe, protected from pain.
But then Marcus Riley came along with his goofy pickup lines, and he saw right through the facade. He knew the truth, and he wanted me. God help me, I wanted him too--in so many ways. But love is a risk, a painful, scary risk, one I'm too afraid to take.
He's the one risk worth taking.
But it just might come at a price.
I've read all but one of this author's books and I've loved the books that I've read from her so far, so I always look forward to a new book from her! I signed up to review this book for the Release Day Blitz, and after a lot of trouble trying to get the ARC onto my Kindle, I finally started reading it! After reading, I can say that I loved this book! It only took me a few sittings to read and the plot developed at a really good pace! It kept me intrigued and wanting to read on! There were also some seriously hot scenes and I loved the sexual tension between the two main characters! It leaked off the pages! I also enjoyed that their love developed over time and wasn't instant! I loved that there was some suspense and action in the plot too! I wasn't sure if there was going to be, but it came in about 70% or 80% into the book, which made me really happy! It added a lot to the plot and I zoomed through the action and suspense scenes to find out how it was all going to end lol! The characters were also amazing and made this book even better! Lydia was the main female character, and she was someone that had been burned a lot in her life! Not only had she been through a lot in her past relationship, but she also had a completely different attitude to her parents! This made my heart go out to Lydia because she deserved to be happy and not have to close herself off! Lydia came a long way in this book though and she slowly opened up and let her love interest in! Lydia also went through a lot with her love interest, but she was able to know the truth in her heart! Marcus was the main male character and love interest of Lydia! I loved Marcus a lot! He was seriously hot and he was so funny with Lydia! I loved his cheesy pick-up lines so much lol! I also loved how persistent he was with Lydia when he wanted a date with her! He refused to let her get away! I also loved how protective Marcus was of Lydia! It was easy to see this before the action scene, but the action scene really showed just how much Marcus was willing to sacrifice for Lydia! It made me love him even more lol! I also loved that this book was written from both Lydia and Marcus's point of views! It helped me connect more with both of them and allowed for more things to happen in the plot! I can completely understand why this book is a standalone! The plot was all wrapped up and the ending was left at the perfect place! I wish there were more books for Lydia and Marcus though because I would love to read more on them lol! A secondary character from this book is getting her own book though, which I'm really excited about! I'll definitely be reading it and anticipating its release! The cover for this book is also absolutely stunning! I love all this author's covers though lol! I love how well the cover suits the book and the models are the perfect Lydia and Marcus! Big thank you to Rachael and Enticing Journey Book Promotions for an ARC of Calculated Risk!
Rachael Duncan is an Army wife and mother to two beautiful girls. She grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and went off to graduate from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in political science. With initial plans to work in politics, she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked on Capitol Hill for a House Representative. After a short time, she realized it wasn't for her and began pursuing other careers until she started writing. She's the author of Tackled by Love, The Lies and Truth Series, and Hopeless Vows.