Review: Trying It All by Christi Barth

Received from Tasty Book Tours

Title: Trying It All
Series: Naked Men #4
Author: Christi Barth
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: 16 May 2017
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Order. Attention to detail. Never leaving anything to chance. These are the qualities that make Riley Ness such a terrific federal agent . . . and a pain in the ass to everyone else. The only time Riley lets loose is when he’s hanging out with his closest pals. So when he’s thrown together with gorgeous, flighty Summer Sheridan, Riley’s brain tells him she’s a ticking time bomb—but his body doesn’t want to play by the rules.

Riley has to be the most irritating man Summer has ever met. The brooding hunk thinks he needs to teach her a few lessons about real life, while she’d rather show him how to enjoy it. But her BFF’s all but engaged to Riley’s best friend, and besides, their intense physical chemistry is all too real. Summer just needs Riley to try to meet her halfway and take a chance with the one thing that matters: his heart.

REVIEW 

Trying It All focuses on Riley and how the accident in the Alps shaped his identity and made him into the man he is today.

Riley is a very driven person, partly from nature and partly due to his emotionally detached parents and their expectations. One of the issues Riley has since the accident in his teens is his need to be in control, to plan and be prepared for any eventuality which in turn lead to his career in NTSB specifically the road transport aspect.

Riley has harboured a great deal of guilt concerning the driver of the accident and is determined to help prevent similar accidents occurring in the future. However, his drive can also leave him rigid and closed off.

Forced together due to their friend connection Summer, Chloe’s (Risking It All) best friend, sets Riley’s blood pumping in all the wrong ways until a drive-by kissing incident alters his perspective.

On the surface, Summer and Riley couldn’t be more different in their approach to live, where Riley likes to plan everything, Summer likes to believe she is the queen of spontaneity. Both have been shaped by the traumatic incidents they have experienced in their lives. Yet, they balance each other and their chemistry is off the charts sizzling. Although being together does force Riley and Summer to confront the ghosts that have been haunting them in order to move forward with a future together.

The inclusion of the other characters and the continuation of the blog and podcast, the Naked Men, provides a sense of continuity and familiarity to the narrative. I loved seeing the progression of the previous characters and their relationships, especially that of Chloe and Griffin in Trying It All 😉

With only one member of the ACS left in his bachelor lifestyle, I wonder who Josh will end up with and how!!!!

Author: Book Angel Emma

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