Title: Calculated Risk
Author: Rachael Duncan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
I thought the ring on my finger would do the trick and keep men away. All I wanted was to save my heart from shattering--again. The truth is, I'm not married. The ring was just a ploy--a ploy to keep me safe, protected from pain.
But then Marcus Riley came along with his goofy pick-up lines, and he saw right through the facade. He knew the truth, and he wanted me. God help me, I wanted him too--in so many ways. But love is a risk, a painful, scary risk. One I'm too afraid to take.
He's the one risk worth taking.
Calculated Risk by Rachael Duncan is a story of a woman letting go of the past and taking a chance on love. While this is a romance at heart, Duncan weaves in touches of mystery, suspense, and action as she tells the fairy tale romance of Marcus and Lydia.
In Calculated Risk you meet Lydia, an interior designer who is anything but ready to meet the man of her dreams. She’s skittish to a fault and resorts to fake engagement rings in order to keep the men at bay. There is nothing she won’t do to keep from falling in love. Marcus Riley knows what he wants and it’s Lydia. From the moment he met her, Lydia was all he could see and boy does he enjoy the chase!
One of my favorite things about this book was Marcus. There was no limit to the ways he intended to woo Lydia. He was sweet, charming, romantic to a fault. His charming, sometimes cheesy pickup lines were endearing and forced me to fall in love with him right along with Lydia. He is quite the book boyfriend to fall in love with.
With that being said, there were a few times in the story that I felt Duncan shifted her storyline. Without giving the story away I somehow totally didn’t see the suspense portion of this book coming. I thought we would have heard more from Lydia’s cheating ex fiance than where the story ended up. Although it was well written and kept me on the edge of my seat, I wasn’t as captured as I wanted to be. In the past, Duncan’s stories have kept me up all night with serious book hangovers. While Calculated Risk was a good story, I didn’t have that same tug in my gut to not walk away from it.
With that being said, I truly enjoyed reading Duncan’s newest book. Marcus is definitely one charming romantic book boyfriend that I fell in love with. If you are looking for a book with a little suspense, romance and wonderful banter then look no further than Rachael Duncan’s Calculated Risk. It’s worth the buy!
"Once again, Rachael Duncan has delivered a novel that is impossible to put down with witty characters, suspense, and a few plot twists that will have you laughing, crying, holding your breath, begging for mercy, and/or throwing your Kindle." -5 star review from JB McGee
"Calculated Risk did not disappoint, its was beautifully written, full of love, angst, heartbreak and some suspense." -4.5 star review
"I read this book within 4 hours! I love everything about this book!!" -5-star review
I want to yell. I want to cuss. I want to hit and lash out at them in the most violent of ways, but I’m too broken. Because in the last few minutes, all of my dreams came crashing down. What I once thought was perfect was all a lie. A repulsive, cut you to your soul kind of lie.
Stalker: Caught ya. My brows furrow in confusion as I try to figure out what he’s talking about. After several seconds and still no clue, I text him back. Me: Caught me what? Stalker: Thinking about me. With a grin, I respond. Me: What makes you so sure I was thinking about you? Stalker: Because I was thinking of you.
Rachael Duncan is an Army wife and mother to two beautiful girls. She grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and went off to graduate from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in political science. With initial plans to work in politics, she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked on Capitol Hill for a House Representative. After a short time, she realized it wasn't for her and began pursuing other careers until she started writing. She's the author of Tackled by Love, The Lies and Truth Series, and Hopeless Vows.