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Published by Independently Published on July 25, 2022
Genres: Fiction, Romance
Format: ARC, eBook, Paperback
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Skye Jordan, New York Times bestselling author, delivers another high-octane novel to the Renegades series!
After two years sidelined from the Renegades, Duke Reid wants nothing more than the excitement of his stunt work—except for Caitlyn Winters. She's country fresh and just as naive, the kind of woman you rarely find in LA. One night to remember is all Duke needs to know she's a keeper. Unfortunately, he leaves the next day for a job in British Colombia. When the sheltered beauty shows up on his movie set, managing damage control for the biggest prick in Hollywood, Duke sees disaster on the horizon. If anyone gets hurt on Duke's watch, he risks losing his certification, ending his career as a stunt man, the only job he knows and loves. A job that's also funding his sister's legal battle against an abusive ex for custody of Duke's nieces. He can't afford to screw up. Caitlyn is in way over her head, and her naivety could cost Duke everything.
There's no going back for Caitlyn. She burned all her bridges on the way out of her small Kentucky town for her dream job in Los Angeles, where her cousin, Lexi LaCroix, lives a fairy tale life. But Caitlyn's dream job turns into a nightmare on day one. She didn't sign up to be a celebrity fixer, but her savings and her pride says she can't quit. She's pleased to find Duke on the same movie set, until he tells her she's not qualified to handle the job. Then he becomes just one more person who underestimates her. Tempers flare, as do sparks, but if her best isn't good enough, hers won't be the only job she tanks.
ALL BOOKS IN THE SERIES CAN BE READ AS A STANDALONE NOVEL.
A deep, rich plot including some incredible action scenes while rock climbing, Renegades bromances, sensuous intimate times, and the good gal(both of them) winning at life, made Risk impossible to put down and an absolute delight to read. ~ Sharon – Simply Love Books
I loved being back in the Renegades world! Risk by Skye Jordan is an entertaining and action packed romance between a stuntman/climbing expert and a woman fresh from Kentucky for a new job for a public relations firm in Hollywood.
Duke is back with his Renegades family after a two year break to help his sister and three nieces as she battles her high profile ex-husband (whose henchmen has made their life miserable) for custody. Unable to take off anymore time as he’s run through all of his savings helping his sister with her fight, Duke is back in California and attending the wedding of Jax and Lexi when he meets Lexi’s cousin Caitlyn. Knowing he is leaving the next day for a 4-6 week assignment, he doesn’t expect anything more than to get to know her but Caitlyn surprises him in all the best ways and as they part as friends Duke knows she is someone special.
There’s a lot I want to say about Duke; it’s obvious he is a kind, generous, and dedicated to his family and job type of guy so at times his actions towards Caitlyn seemed out of character. I get he was stressed, worried about his sister and nieces, and worried about making sure the safety on the movie set was above board because his livelihood depended on it. I loved that he supported Caitlyn when her family and her ex-boyfriend made her feel less than, yet he was guilty of the same thing a couple of times in this book which is why this wasn’t a 5 star read for me. It would have been less except that Caitlyn didn’t let him get away with his behavior which righted it a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Duke and I know he meant well and for the most part he was a great guy and treated Caitlyn well but he had a bad habit of taking out his frustrations with situations on her and saying things that made her feel bad about herself when it was more about his failures than hers.
Caitlyn…wow, if ever there was a character that people underestimated she’s the one and man did she show everyone. Finding out her new PR job was a “fixer/handler” for an A-list star who acted no better than a spoiled child threw Caitlyn for a loop, but she pulled up her boot straps and charged on. I have the biggest girl crush on Caitlyn and loved that she didn’t take crap from anyone including the A-list star, her horrible boss, or her parents and ex-boyfriend all who felt she was doomed to fail. I’d include Duke in that list but he was supportive most of the time, but she still called him out when he spoke out of turn.
I loved the chemistry between them from the start, the way Duke realized Caitlyn was a good person through and through, the way she knew Duke was a good man even when his mouth got away from him, and the deep feelings the reader could see between them in such a short time. Both these characters were dealing with problems in their own lives but in each other found a safe place to land.
A deep, rich plot including some incredible action scenes while rock climbing, Renegades bromances, sensuous intimate times, and the good gal(both of them) winning at life, made Risk impossible to put down and an absolute delight to read.