Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review ~ Risky Business (Bomb Squad, #1) by Melissa Cutler

Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of the Bomb Squad—an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. But the season’s biggest match-up isn’t on the ice as one of their own prepares to go head to head with his new boss…

Allison Whitely’s ex left her with a mountain of debt and Cloud Nine, a struggling boat rental business. With zero job skills, her only hope of getting back in the black lies in a brooding ex-soldier who has her seeing red…

Theo Lacroix’s teammates are counting on their star player to help them win an upcoming high profile hockey game. But when a sexy tornado of a woman sweeps into town and expects him to help her with Cloud Nine, Theo is tempted to skate away from it all.

Theo vowed to never again be someone’s knight in shining armor, but his feelings—and desire—for Allison are becoming harder to ignore. He longs to save her, but to win Allison’s love, he’ll have to throw out his old playbook and take the ultimate risk…playing from the heart.


In romance books, we often refer to the male lead character as the hero and the female lead as the heroine.  Melissa Cutler’s Risky Business and the entire Bomb Squad Series depicts true real life heroes and the women who fall in love with them.  While the story is fiction, I’m realistic enough to know that war happens, death happens; and once you’ve step foot into a warzone, if you’re lucky to return you’re never the same.  Be it memories that haunt you or the constant reminders of injuries you sustain, you’re changed forever.

In Risky Business, Theo Lacroix is a Canadian Army Veteran who suffered a traumatic brain injury while in Afghanistan.  Ten years removed, he’s still living with his disability and dreaming of owning his own business.  But at the same time, he’s still running from demons of his past.  

Allison Whitely’s sole dream in life was to be a stay-at-home mom.  She married an up and coming politician only to have the life she was expecting come raining down on her like a hurricane.  After delivering her daughter without her husband and getting a divorce, she’s forced to start her life over again.  Luckily for her, her divorce settlement included  Cloud Nine, a boat rental business.  The problem is she knows nothing about the business and there’s that one little, okay big detail...she’s afraid of water.

Theo and Allison’s worlds collide when she arrives in Destiny Falls ready to take the helm of Cloud Nine.  Not only does Allison not know anything about the business, she also doesn’t know that her ex had an agreement with Theo to let him buy the business.  With the future of herself and her child at stake and his dream on the line, neither are willing to back down.  Butting heads and arguments lead to passion.  And passion leads to a truce and a workable relationship.  Just when things are looking really good for these two, a past error is revealed which could shatter both of their dreams.

Allison Whitely is a woman who is strong, feisty, and over the course of the book comes into her own.  She doesn’t back down from a challenge.  Theo Lacroix is a good man who just wants to be accepted for who he is.  He’s not looking to be anyone’s hero.  He just wants to be loved for him and him alone. These two bring out the worst in each other, but eventually the best in each other.  Risky Business is heartwarming and heartbreaking.  It’s filled with humor, friendship, passion, and love.  It’s a wonderful start to a new series.

Rating: 4

Release Date:  August 19, 2014
Book Length:  291 pages
Source:  Penguin/InterMix via NetGalley
Reviewed by:  Kim
Reading Format:  Available only in eBook

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