by: Melissa Cutler
Series: Bomb Squad
Genre: Military Sports Romance
Release Date: February 6, 2018 (Re-release)
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Make Your Move, Soldier…
Finally, soldier Theo Lacroix’s life is right where he wants it. He’s on the cusp of buying the houseboat business he’s run for a decade and he’s the star player on Bomb Squad, an ice hockey team for combat-wounded veterans like him. He wants for nothing…right up until a sexy tornado of a woman crashes into his life and claims the business for herself. Theo knows he should quit and move on, if only he could ignore the chemistry sizzling between them or the urge to sweep her up in his arms and do some claiming of his own…
Allison Whitely lived a Cinderella dream—until her ex left her with a baby, a pile of debt, and a business she knows nothing about. And her would-be knight in shining armor? He’s a hard-bodied ex-soldier with an even harder heart. Never mind that she can’t stop fantasizing about kissing him. Allison’s never needed to be scrappy before, but to survive in her new life, she’ll have to go head-to-head, and heart-to-heart, with the man who just might prove to be her hero after all.
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.
**Received a copy of the book courtesy of the author and voluntarily reviewed.**
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