Worth the Risk by Jamie Beck

Setting: Winhall, Vermont
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: November 1, 2016

As I'm from Vermont, I enjoy finding books set in my home state. Worth the Risk tackles the romance between a single mom and a recovering alcoholic. Jackson St. James is in Winhall for some R&R. His alcoholism, court troubles, and break-up have been a little too much to handle. Renting an apartment from Gabby Bouchard and her father may not be exactly what he needs, but he can't help but become attached to Gabby and her three-year-old son.

Gabby's been a single mom for long enough to know that her son needs a man in her life. Jackson's temporary presence is the last thing she really needs, even if she can't help but fall for him. It doesn't help that Jackson's presence is also bringing out the territorial side of her son's father.

Gabby and Jackson clearly have an attraction to one another. Is a temporary fling really want they need at this point in their lives?

There were aspects I loved about Worth the Risk and a few I really didn't. Gabby's ex bugged me from the start, as did her absentee mother. There was enough conflict between Jackson's past and Gabby's hesitancy towards addicts that I don't really think the additional issues were all that necessary. Add in Jackson's issues with his family, business, and former girlfriend and the conflict started to overpower the potential romance.

When Gabby and Jackson did decide to give it a chance, their romance started to take center stage and truly warmed my heart. I couldn't wait to see how it would play out.


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