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.
“Now I understood why grown men wrote poetry and serenaded outside windows. Summer Stafford’s mouth was a fucking inspiration. No matter what she said next, there was no way I wasn’t doing that again.”
“You make me want to write poetry and shout it from the rooftops. You make me want to do the impossible and when you stare at me like that, I feel without a doubt capable of it. You make me feel like I’m dreaming when I’m awake.
A Risk Worth Taking is an exhilarating and passionate joyride that celebrates the soul-quenching, fiery beauty of true love. The heat, the compassion and understanding, the simple way Ford and Summer interact is a lesson in happiness and giving in to the most compelling of whims. A Risk Worth Taking is a breath of fresh air, a truly satisfying read that will leave you elated and consumed by their story.
- Summer has always been a numbers girl, she sees the world in black and white and ignores the gray space where they meet. She’s a planner, calculated and goal-oriented, and stubborn as all hell. After the devastating news of her parents divorce everything she thought she knew about love comes crashing down and she makes dramatic changes to her life. Summer doesn’t want to settle, she wants to live, to love, to thrive in utter bliss. Summer doesn’t know who she is anymore or who she wants to become and this lack of a plan kills her inside. Summer wants to let loose but she’s terrified to put her heart on the line, to open herself up to something that could morph into as big of a sham as her parent’s perfect marriage. On one hand Summer is reserved, apprehensive and pensive, she weighs her decisions and doesn’t make choices until she examines all the possible outcomes. On the other, Summer is a playful, energetic, and vibrant woman. She breathes life into any situation, teasing and throwing joking punches. She’s full of this wonderful light that seems to shine through her entire being. Summer is a caring, sweet and lovable girl with a huge heart just waiting for the courage to share herself with the world. When Summer finally embraces the woman she’s become it’s a magical moment of awe and awakening.
- The whole story oozes Southern comfort and that enchanting, carefree vibe of slow, casual neighborly love and fierce protectiveness. Sometimes they’re a bunch of rowdy, fun rednecks and the next instant they’re swearing vengeance and beatings to any who do them wrong. It’s incredibly sexy and heart warming. There’s something so charming about this story, the setting is perfect, the characters are lively and entertaining, everything works so well together that it has a real life fairytale vibe.
- Casey is like an annoying little brother that worms his way into your heart despite his antics. He’s sarcastic, loud, smug, and knows just how to get on Summer’s nerves and push. They way they fight with each other is full of laughs and so much love. Their relationship is freeing and genuine, he always seems to know just what to say to bring Summer out of her funk and is so laid back that it’s easy to overlook how observant and intelligent he is. While everyone else is scrambling to figure out their feelings, Casey assessed the situation and knew the future in minutes and he’s unafraid to speak up, shouting his opinions to anyone that will listen. Side note: I’d really enjoy seeing Casey’s story play out, I’d like to see just how well he handles love. He pretends to be so superior, so knowing but somehow, I think if he was in a similar situation, the boy would be wandering around like a lovesick puppy, tripping over his words.
- Frank and Dean are those burly, Southern cowboys that speak in gravely promises and let you know how things are going to be. Their gruffness, cheer, and honesty make them great additions to the plot. They’re the glue that hold their children together and keep everyone in line.
- Ford is the epitome of desire. The way he cuts his jeans, those fitted tees, the six-pack, those smokey blue eyes that convey so much more than words. Ford is passionate, he sees the world in a brilliant, hopeful way that glorifies risk and seizing the moment. Ford has big dreams, he’s working on medications through herbs to make the world a better place. He has a heart of gold but he, like Summer, is blinded by what he believes are his parent’s mistakes. Ford isn’t looking for love, he’s looking for casual, for the rush, for feelings and moments that build into a crescendo of heated embraces and ecstasy. The way Ford sees Summer, sees who she is beneath the girl she presents to everyone else is enough to make anyone’s heart melt. He’s moved by her, he relishes her every smile, her witty banter, and even her faults. Ford listens to her body, her words, and knows what she wants before she asks. They have a understanding that runs soul deep.
- The mud scene. There are no words for the delight and rightness of that moment. It’s one of my all time favorite book scenes ever.
- Don’t get me wrong, I love Summer but her persistent whine/anger at her mother got to be a little much. I understand that she felt betrayed and hurt but not hearing her out and the harsh words she throws in her face broke my heart and made me turn away from her at some points.
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.
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