Title: Worth the Risk (formerly titled Cockpit)
Series: Everyday Heroes #3
Author: K Bromberg
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 15 <ay 2018
Synopsis from Goodreads
From New York Times bestselling author K. Bromberg comes a new, sexy standalone about taking chances and finding love when it’s least expected. Or wanted.
This whole contest was supposed to be easy. I know, I know. Famous last words.
It’s a long story, but I messed up at work. Big time. To earn back the trust of my boss, I promised to save one of our magazines. Yep. That Hot Dad contest you’ve seen advertised all over the place was my idea. And if I’m successful, if I’m able to increase our online readership, then I get a shot at my dream job.
But the one thing I never expected to happen, happened: Contestant number ten, Grayson Malone. Hello, Mr. Difficult. And did I mention sexy as hell?
Unfortunately, he knows me. The old me, anyway. And while we might be older now, I remind him of before. Of the woman who broke his heart, who hardened him, and who left him alone to raise the cutest little boy I’ve ever seen.
But I don’t want a relationship. And I definitely don’t fall for single dads with baggage. Even ones with chiseled abs and killer smiles.
But he got to me. They got to me. Him and his son and their messy, crazy life. But I got to him too. I see the stolen glances. I feel the walls he built start to crumble. I recognize that there’s an unexpected beauty to the chaos in his life.
And now that the contest is about to end, we’re left to decide whether the last six months were just fun or if what we have is worth risking it all?
Worth the Risk sees the last brother in the Malone family to take a chance on finding his HEA.
Grayson is a medi-vac pilot and single father of the most adorable 8-year-old boy, Luke. Grayson hasn’t had it easy especially where his love life is concerned. Luke’s mother, Claire, walked away from her son and Grayson when Luke was only a few months old, choosing money and status over the family she had helped create. Understandably, this has left Gray with a lot of emotional baggage; determined to protect himself and Luke from further emotional damage, he keeps all emotions firmly locked away for everyone apart from his family. Although said family are determined to crack through the barriers he has installed in order to see him happy; their first step in their plan, signing Gray up for a Hot Dad contest!!! Don’t you just wish you could see the photos for this!!!!
Sydney lived in Sunnyville as a teen, a privileged teen who to be cool snubbed those deemed beneath her social status including the delectable Grayson. Teenagers do some stupid shizz in the name of popularity *sigh* but that shouldn’t be held against them as they mature. Unfortunately for Sydney, Grayson can’t help but compare her to his ex as they were from the same social circle, ensuring Sydney has a strike against her from the very beginning.
Sydney has returned to Sunnyville to help bolster the flagging family magazine that is part of her families media empire as a means to redeem herself in her father’s eyes following an epic professional botch while attending a friend in need. Sydney has always had a definite path she wants her career to follow, focusing on fashion, Sydney has never felt particularly domestic or maternal; having to aid a family magazine pushes at her comfort zone. The added benefit of testing her boundaries allows Sydney to discover more about herself and re-assess her life goals.
The chemistry between Gray and Sydney is electric, their attraction and heat undeniable, yet it is the ease they have in each others company that really highlights how much more could be between them if they were willing to take the chance.
Regrettably, Gray’s past relationship and the emotional scars he unwittingly leaves fester has the result of infecting his happiness both in the present and the possibility of an HEA. I absolutely detested the way in which Gray so easily painted Sydney with the same brush as Claire (if you know what I mean). Although Sydney may have been a little shallow and self-absorbed at the beginning it was only a reflection of the emptiness of her life, being with Gray and Luke has shown her what has been missing from her life in order for her to feel fulfilled and it isn’t a power position on a fashion magazine!!!!
While I loved the up-hill battle Gray and Sydney fought in order to find their way to each other and an HEA, for me, it was Grays 8-year-old son, Luke, who completely stole the show and my heart with his utter adorableness.