Sunday, September 9, 2012

ARC Review: Risking It All by Jennifer Schmidt

Risking It All
by Jennifer Schmidt Blog
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
E-book 280 pages
Release Date: September 13, 2012

Kennedy Monroe barely got her foot in her college dorm her freshman year before she was being warned about a certain dark-haired, blue-eyed self-proclaimed Casanova. There were only so many tales of heartache – and incredibly steamy nights – she could listen to before she started to believe them. But after a run in with the most sought after college womanizer, her ill feelings toward him change and soon a friendship forms that surprises everyone.

Twelve years later Kennedy and Memphis Adams are closer than ever - and only friends despite what those around them think, including Kennedy’s boyfriend Ian Brooks. When Kennedy accepts an invitation to vacation in Alaska from Memphis, her relationship with Brooks is tested as is her restraint when it comes to the desire she has always had for her best friend.

Alone with Memphis in Alaska, Kennedy finds it increasingly harder to ignore temptation and wants nothing more than to give into her secret desires with the one man that has always been off limits. But is one night of passion worth the possible risk of losing their friendship over?

Feeling torn between doing the right thing and doing what she wants, Kennedy fears losing her best friend. She knows she needs to sort out her feelings for the two men in her life and deal with the consequences of her actions, but how can she when everything seems to be falling apart so fast? And how much can Memphis take before he’s pushed too far and can no longer take Kennedy’s inability to make a decision about what and who she wants?

Kennedy discovers the harsh reality of how one night can change everything and leave her risking it all.


Perfect ~ Keeper

Risking It All is an addicting and edge of your seat story of best friends of 12 years that risk their friendship from a simple kiss.

I am secretly crushing on Memphis. I just love how he is always calling her beautiful instead of her name, unless he is ticked off or confused. I am a sucker for heroes who use endearment words and Memphis is that hero who will have you eating at the palm of his hands. Memphis is more of a playboy then the committed type and something in his past has made him this way, but the way he treats Kennedy his best friend since college he is totally opposite. He is always there for her, offering her encouragement, attentive, possessive and protective.

Kennedy is confused as her boyfriend of some years is not there for her. But she is always there for him with his work etc.. He seems to be drifting away and she is starting to wonder does she still love him. Memphis is the one who is always there for her. The way he treats her is the way her boyfriend should be. Usually it is the hero who has issues and does stuff that makes the heroine and the reader go crazy for their actions. Not in this case. Jennifer Schmidt did an amazing job at creating a heroine who’s actions make me want to pull out my hair.

Risking It All really starts off when Memphis and Kennedy take a trip to Alaska for his work. This is when their friendship is tested. You feel the chemistry they have together and will love their friendship. Jennifer Schmidt did a superb job at keeping me on the edge of my seat with Memphis and Kennedy. I never knew what was going to happen next. Most of my favorite parts are in Alaska. The scenes I loved the most was there, like the restaurant, lake, snowball fight and my favorite is when she got a painting and a note from someone she met there. That is a scene not to be missed. It is playful, sweet and steamy.
Jennifer Schmidt has a talent for writing in first person POV. I really could feel when Kennedy and Memphis were happy, sad, confused and mad. Memphis and Kennedy’s journey together had me smiling, hot to be bothered and even shed a few tears. Risking It All is a keeper for me. I would not want to change a thing except maybe it be a series. I hated to see their journey end and want more.

I highly recommend Risking It All. Jump on board and get this book. This is one journey you will not want to miss. I absolutely loved Risking It All and look forward to reading more books by Jennifer Schmidt.

ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review

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  1. Risking It All, like Mariah Carey, something you'd really live to hate. Kennedy really annoyed the shit out of me but I also get why she acted out like that. As for Memphis, he was the one who made all the boo-boo better. I loved his line where he said Kennedy was quizzing him and Ian and whoever fits her idea of ideal is the one shell choose. Harsh but has a ring of truth to it.

  2. This is one of my next reads...loved the review ;)

    1. I look forward to reading what you think. I loved it and and still thinking of Memphis.

  3. mmm writing the title down right now... fabulous review ~ can't wait to read this :)

    1. Look forward to seeing what you think. It is one of those books you either hate it or love it and for me I loved it.

  4. OOHHHHHHH---- I have this on my kindle...moving it up on the list :)

    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I love friends becoming lovers genre and Jennifer Schmidt did a wonderful job with Risking It All. Look forward to you review.


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