Monday, November 7, 2016


Title: Calculated Risk
Author: Rachael Duncan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 7, 2016
I thought the ring on my finger would do the trick and 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 pick-up 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.
"Once again, Rachael Duncan has delivered a novel that is impossible to put down with witty characters, suspense, and a few plot twists that will have you laughing, crying, holding your breath, begging for mercy, and/or throwing your Kindle." -5 star review from JB McGee
"Calculated Risk did not disappoint, its was beautifully written, full of love, angst, heartbreak and some suspense." -4.5 star review
"I read this book within 4 hours! I love everything about this book!!" -5-star review


Calculated Risk was a fairly quick and easy read for me. If you are looking for a cute, fun read, with a little bit of suspense this is definitely the book for you.

I love the carefree, hardworking, fun spirited personality Lydia Kelley has but yet she is so guarded when it comes to the men in her life. When she is with her girlfriends she is as fun as can be, letting loose and just being herself. But yet when it comes to her job, she has proven to be the best at her job.
“You’ll never find that special someone if you constantly keep yourself closed off.”

Every time Lydia goes out she wears a ring on her finger to signify that she is taken to drive all the crazy men away. Her past has caused her to put so many walls in place. At first you may think it is silly, the ring anyway. When we hear on what happened to her, you can’t help but feel for her and understand her reasoning. She is such a strong person for overcoming everything.
“There’s so much we don’t know each other, but I want to change that. Is it a risk? Yes, every relationship starts out that way. Take the risk with me, Lydia. The biggest ones often lead to the best rewards.” 
Marcus Riley comes out of left field. He seems to like what he sees in Lydia and will not budge. He sees right through that and pursues her completely. I love how persistent Marcus becomes with Lydia not taking no for an answer. At first I was a bit upset with how their relationship started. Not quite the normal way of going about things, but it got the job done. He knew what he wanted and Lydia did not want to hear him out. Little by little he begins to break down each one of her walls until Lydia realizes that not every guy out there is cut from the same cloth. 

But when the past rearing back it could put them back to square one again.
Can Marcus put Lydia’s pieces back together? Or will she always have her walls up? How far will his patience go for Lydia? Can Lydia love Marcus enough to give herself completely to him?

I love how Marcus is completely patient with Lydia and how he never gives up on her no matter what. He is quite the catch for her. When Lydia goes all in, she definitely goes all in. They seem to complete one another. And it doesn't help they have such a great physical connection. Not only does Lydia have Marcus to help her with her issues, she has amazing friends to depend on.

This review was done by Jenn. I received an advanced copy for my honest review. 

I want to yell. I want to cuss. I want to hit and lash out at them in the most violent of ways, but I’m too broken. Because in the last few minutes, all of my dreams came crashing down. What I once thought was perfect was all a lie. A repulsive, cut you to your soul kind of lie.
Stalker: Caught ya. My brows furrow in confusion as I try to figure out what he’s talking about. After several seconds and still no clue, I text him back. Me: Caught me what? Stalker: Thinking about me. With a grin, I respond. Me: What makes you so sure I was thinking about you? Stalker: Because I was thinking of you.
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.

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