Monday, June 23, 2014

Review Blitz & Giveaway: A Risk Worth Taking by Heather Hildenbrand

Title: A Risk Worth Taking
Author: Heather Hildenbrand
Publication Date: October 22, 2013
Source: Via the author in exchange for review.

When 22-year-old Summer Stafford’s parents split halfway through her senior year at college, Summer’s world is rocked. Everything she thought she knew—heck, everything she thought she wanted for her own life—feels like a lie. The truth is love is a risk. And the true kind, the kind that lasts, might even be a fairy tale. 

Reeling from the divorce, Summer derails her own future by breaking up with her parent-approved boyfriend and giving up her lifelong plans for a big-city career. She moves back home, business degree in hand. Dad needs her to fill the gaps her mother left behind; Summer needs to find who she is outside of the cookie-cutter life that failed so miserably for her parents.

Ford O’Neal’s future involves one person: himself. He doesn't have a permanent address and he definitely doesn’t commit. To a place or a person. Raised by hippies, he plans just far enough ahead to secure his next stop, this one landing him at a work-study program at Heritage Plantation where he can grow his own herbal and medicinal creations. 

Summer is gorgeous and smart and fun to be with, the perfect way to pass five months. It won’t be love—Ford’s got too many things to accomplish, too many places to go, before he settles down. Yet Summer pulls him in, challenging him to rethink his own philosophy. 

When Ford’s five months are up, each of them must decide if love is really worth the risk.

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A Risk Worth Taking was my first NA book. It was fresh, fun & a bit sassy. I'm really not one for "love stories" but Heather drew me in with this one. It snatched my attention from the get go and I couldn't help but root for Summer & Ford!

Summer wants nothing more than to leave home and enjoy being in the city. But after her mother leaves, she doesn't have much choice but to move back and help out her dad with the business. What she doesn't expect to come home to is a hot new employee. Summer is the best character. She's fun, quirky & seems like someone I could totally relate to. The BFF type. I really enjoyed her character. I can't think of anything about her that turned me off! The hot new employee would be Ford. Delicious Ford. I actually love the name Ford! It's unique and I haven't come across a Ford in any other book so far. He can be a little frustrating at times. He knows he isn't going to be at the farm long and doesn't want to hurt Summer. Which makes sense, but still.. get over it. The whole "I love you but we can't be together" plot just irks me. 

The country setting was fantastic. I grew up on a farm. Not nearly as big as this one and ours wasn't a business, but still. It felt like home to me. I instantly grew to love the whole crew. Everyone in A Risk Worth Taking is lovable. While reading you feel as tho you are a part of this big family and it's a joy to follow them on their journey.

You will experience all the emotions with A Risk Worth Taking. Love, abandonment, hate, sadness, ALL THE EMOTIONS. It really is an amazing story of taking chances and living your life to the fullest. We never know what can happen if we just open ourselves up and let our hearts show us where to go. 

I HIGHLY recommend A Risk Worth Taking. You will not regret picking this book up. In fact, you will thank me for it. So, you're welcome!

Author of Across the Galaxy, Whisper, and the Dirty Blood series. I write, read, and fuss at my kids. Oh, and I do laundry, lots of laundry. I'm pretty good at it, too. Sometimes I even read WHILE doing laundry - and fussing at my kids. I'm a multi-tasker.

For more information on my books, release dates, or just general stalker material, um, I mean FAN material, visit my website. I love hearing from readers!

Likes and dislikes? I love vintage tees, hate socks with sandals, and if my house was on fire the one thing I'd grab is my Amazon Fire TV! (oh yeah, I'm a fan of puns.)

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