Friday, April 25, 2014

Review: A Risk Worth Taking by Laura Landon

Title: A Risk Worth Taking
Author: Laura Landon
Source: Amazon Vine
Genre: Historical Fiction, Victorian
Length: Novel
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 3

Griffin Blackmoor blames himself for the tragic accident that claimed his wife and young
son. Riddled with guilt, he prays that during the Crimean War an enemy’s bullet will end the consuming torture he can’t escape. Instead, that bullet finds his best friend. Now there isn’t enough whiskey in England to make him forget all the people who have died because of him. But before he can drown himself in an endless sea of liquor, he must keep the promise he made his dying friend. Except that promise is sure to risk an innocent woman’s life—and his own battered heart.

When her brother’s sudden death leaves her destitute, Lady Anne Carmichael knows she must marry. Although her dark beauty earns her the attention of London’s most eligible bachelors, only one man can stir her soul with his kisses. Griffin Blackmoor is everything she swore she never wanted. So why does his love feel like exactly what she needs?
A Risk Worth Taking had everything it needed to be an amazin book, but it just didn't quite make it.  Griffin was a little too much of everything.  He was too convinced he knew who was trying to kill him and why that it practically screamed that he was wrong about something.  His devotion to his deceased wife and son was at first very sweet, but Lady Anne dwells on it far too much at one point in the book.  The think I really liked about Grif was that he made the tough call to stop to drinking.  Laura Landon did a fantastic job showing what a mental and physical struggle this could be for someone.

Lady Anne was incredibly stiff.  Her swearing off of any help (even though she really needed it) was enough to make me want to scream at times.  Her devotion to her sister was touching, but I sort of wish we had seen a little more of her throughout the book.

Unfortunately, I had a good chunk of the mystery figured out long before I should have which ruined the big reveal for me.  If it had been just a little more hidden it would have been an amazing twist to really make this book work.  It was just a tad too predictable to be make it out of the 3 rating range.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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