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Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of the Bomb Squad—an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. But the season’s biggest match-up isn’t on the ice as one of their own prepares to go head to head with his new boss… Allison Whitely’s ex left her with a mountain of debt and Cloud Nine, a struggling boat rental business. With zero job skills, her only hope of gett Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of the Bomb Squad—an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. But the season’s biggest match-up isn’t on the ice as one of their own prepares to go head to head with his new boss… Allison Whitely’s ex left her with a mountain of debt and Cloud Nine, a struggling boat rental business. With zero job skills, her only hope of getting back in the black lies in a brooding ex-soldier who has her seeing red… Theo Lacroix’s teammates are counting on their star player to help them win an upcoming high profile hockey game. But when a sexy tornado of a woman sweeps into town and expects him to help her with Cloud Nine, Theo is tempted to skate away from it all. Theo vowed to never again be someone’s knight in shining armor, but his feelings—and desire—for Allison are becoming harder to ignore. He longs to save her, but to win Allison’s love, he’ll have to throw out his old playbook and take the ultimate risk…playing from the heart.


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Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of the Bomb Squad—an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. But the season’s biggest match-up isn’t on the ice as one of their own prepares to go head to head with his new boss… Allison Whitely’s ex left her with a mountain of debt and Cloud Nine, a struggling boat rental business. With zero job skills, her only hope of gett Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of the Bomb Squad—an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. But the season’s biggest match-up isn’t on the ice as one of their own prepares to go head to head with his new boss… Allison Whitely’s ex left her with a mountain of debt and Cloud Nine, a struggling boat rental business. With zero job skills, her only hope of getting back in the black lies in a brooding ex-soldier who has her seeing red… Theo Lacroix’s teammates are counting on their star player to help them win an upcoming high profile hockey game. But when a sexy tornado of a woman sweeps into town and expects him to help her with Cloud Nine, Theo is tempted to skate away from it all. Theo vowed to never again be someone’s knight in shining armor, but his feelings—and desire—for Allison are becoming harder to ignore. He longs to save her, but to win Allison’s love, he’ll have to throw out his old playbook and take the ultimate risk…playing from the heart.

30 review for Risky Business

  1. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    3 - "Screw wine. This situation is code level: Vodka." Stars! Risky business was definitely a book of two halves for me, while there were things I really liked about it, there were also things that I really struggled to get onboard with. Melissa Cutler is an author new to me, and I was interested to see what this book would offer up. The synopsis is intriguing, and I wanted to see what twist she could put on the wounded warrior aspect that has become popular as a trope at the moment. Welcome to 3 - "Screw wine. This situation is code level: Vodka." Stars! Risky business was definitely a book of two halves for me, while there were things I really liked about it, there were also things that I really struggled to get onboard with. Melissa Cutler is an author new to me, and I was interested to see what this book would offer up. The synopsis is intriguing, and I wanted to see what twist she could put on the wounded warrior aspect that has become popular as a trope at the moment. Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of the Bomb Squad—an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. In that respect I was happy, Theo as well as his fellow Bomb Squad veterans Will, Liam, Brandon and the aging Duke were 100% the kind of guys a reader is going to fall head over heels in love with. Ranging from ornery and blunt, to smooth and charming they are all battling their own demons, whilst trying in the most part to maintain a facade of being happy with their lot in life. The camaraderie and their team dynamic were perfect. Theo falls into the ornery category, and boy does he do it well. ”Have you ever seen a hungry bear? Because they don't throw tantrums. They devour.” The story is a little different as well, what with Ice Hockey and Canal Boats in a small town setting, being the main aspects of the connection between Theo and Allison, and I liked the originality of it. The sexy times were great, and the generally building of the secondary characters in connection with the development of the series as a whole was spot on. What essentially lost this book stars was Allison Whitely, and her abhorrent leech of a sister Chelsea. ”I was looking for a man to finance my dream of being a stay-at-home mom and he was looking for a wife to run his house, raise his kids, and make him look good. I thought it was the perfect setup.” Err no, infact HELL NO this belief and Allison’s acceptance of marriage to a man she essentially saw as a cash-cow (no love required), really did put me off her completely. I don't condone cheating, lying etc, but when you know a man has essentially married you as window dressing for his political aspirations, you also must realise that he is going to be looking for his jollies elsewhere, which is exactly what he ends up doing, amongst other things, and she is literally left holding the baby without a pot to piss in. My intense dislike for Allison and her old-fashioned beliefs aside, the relationship between her and Theo really worked, I loved that she stood up to him, pushed his buttons and wouldn’t take his shit. Their chemistry was a slow, seductive burn as the book progressed, and when it did eventually ignite… Hot sexy-times ensued. ”I’d love to know if there’s any skills behind the promises that body makes.” Although book one of the Bomb Squad series wasn’t a 100% winner for me, the writing and the secondary character development in this book highlight pretty well that the potential for the following books is high. I would happily sit down with book two, Undefeated, due late November 2014, too see where the author take us next with these guys. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    WhiskeyintheJar

    Some parts were 2 stars and some 4 stars. This felt very scattered with injured in some way former military members playing for a hockey team (Bomb Squad) who win a chance for an exhibition game against Russians. The hero is Theo, French Canadian who lives with TBI (traumatic brain injury), and he has been running and trying to buy a boat rental business. Heroine is Allison who has filed for divorce, is pregnant, and husband just got busted for embezzlement. Boat rental business is only thing fre Some parts were 2 stars and some 4 stars. This felt very scattered with injured in some way former military members playing for a hockey team (Bomb Squad) who win a chance for an exhibition game against Russians. The hero is Theo, French Canadian who lives with TBI (traumatic brain injury), and he has been running and trying to buy a boat rental business. Heroine is Allison who has filed for divorce, is pregnant, and husband just got busted for embezzlement. Boat rental business is only thing free from embezzlement so she shows up to run it. They clash! It was a little cringe at times with "he's mean to her because he likes her" but the author would also throw in things like hero thinking "No means no" and other very clear great boundary lines. He's gruff but also very shout-y with some anger management issues, he never crossed a line for me but at the same time, he's lucky his butt is in fictionland. There's a big cast of characters that are obviously going to get their own books and the author did a good job drawing you into their stories. Just a ton of working parts to this, it makes it feel very scattered and a good amount of storylines end up feeling useless. Maybe first in series syndrome or maybe we should have just had military dudes and left the hockey out (I can't believe I said that but really all you get is some menacing on ice looks from hero). I did enjoy how the heroine's baby felt like a purse or accessory in the way she was included in the story, lol. Will be reading the next in the series because there was some humor, great female relationships, and main couple interaction that was enjoyable. Hopefully, the next one doesn't feel so scattered and be more focused.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life)

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review. 4 Stars I am rating this book simply based on the fact that I really liked the story. I am trusting that the mistakes in the book that bugged in the ARC that I read were corrected by the time the final version was released. I admit that I am a fan of romance and I really enjoy a story that is a little different. Thi This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review. 4 Stars I am rating this book simply based on the fact that I really liked the story. I am trusting that the mistakes in the book that bugged in the ARC that I read were corrected by the time the final version was released. I admit that I am a fan of romance and I really enjoy a story that is a little different. This one fit that definition perfectly. The book opens with Allison, who is 9 months pregnant, watching her soon to be ex-husband being arrested outside of a strip club. Let's be honest here - this is definitely a different opening for a romance novel. Allison finds herself in Destiny Falls trying to run a boat rental company, Cloud Nine. Cloud Nine currently has one employee and Theo wants nothing to do with Allison. Theo has spent the past 10 years working at Cloud Nine and he also plays for the local hockey team, Bomb Squad which is made up of wounded warriors. Theo and Allison eventually learn to work together as they realize they may have more in common with each other than work. I liked a lot of things about this story including most importantly the fact that it kept me entertained. I liked that the Theo and Allison were far from perfect and had a lot of issues to overcome to make things work. I really liked the chemistry between the pair and thought it was very authentic. I loved the bits of hockey that were part of the story even though it is really a very small part of the book. The supporting characters from the town of Destiny Falls were a lot of fun and I can't wait to see some of them in future books. There were a few things that I didn't like quite as much. If this had been a final copy of the book, my rating would have been much lower because there were some HUGE mistakes which I believe would have been caught prior to a final copy being released. I don't understand the cover of the book. Is there a rule that all romance books must have a man without his shirt featured on the cover? Why are his pants unbuttoned? Don't get me wrong - he is great to look at but I am not sure that it is a good representation of the story. There were a few conflicts that felt unnecessary and did not really add to the story. I was really hoping that this book would avoid the "big misunderstanding" pitfall that seems to be in every romance book but the author snuck one it before it was over. Overall, I really did enjoy reading this book and would recommend it to readers of contemporary romances. This was the first book by Melissa Cutler that I have had a chance to read. I do plan to continue with this series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mandi

    I went through a lot of emotions while reading Risky Business. The first half I almost gave up, then came about 20-30% where I really liked it, but by the end I was ready for this one to be over. First let me say, I wouldn’t really call this a hockey romance book. Theo plays on an adult hockey league outside of Buffalo for wounded veterans. While we witness a few of his games, the focus is not on hockey, but on the business Theo owns – or at least wants to own. But to explain that, I have to fir I went through a lot of emotions while reading Risky Business. The first half I almost gave up, then came about 20-30% where I really liked it, but by the end I was ready for this one to be over. First let me say, I wouldn’t really call this a hockey romance book. Theo plays on an adult hockey league outside of Buffalo for wounded veterans. While we witness a few of his games, the focus is not on hockey, but on the business Theo owns – or at least wants to own. But to explain that, I have to first explain the heroine. Allison was married to a local government official and at nine months pregnant, he gets arrested for embezzling $500,000. Off to prison he goes. Before this, Allison had already asked for a divorce, as she never really loved him. She really just used him for a nice lifestyle and a baby, so she could be a stay at home mom. She is very upfront and honest about her reasons, and I kind of liked that about her. She feels bad about it, but she is honest about it too. You don’t always get that in a heroine. Anyway – so jump ahead eight months, she has a baby daughter and moves to Destiny Falls, where her husband was an owner of a boat company – house boats that people can rent. The manager of this boat rental company is our hero Theo. Theo wanted to buy this business from Allison’s husband and had the paperwork already going – but when he gets arrested, things go out the window. Theo is extremely angry that the company is not his, and that Allison shows up (who has no money so this company is her only option) and takes over the business and has no idea what she is doing. I love a grumpy hero, but Theo takes his grumpiness in the first half to an entire new level. He was just plain mean. He pushes everyone away. We slowly learn that he received a traumatic brain injury while serving, and because of this he has a short temper. He has trouble reading, he can’t hear well etc.. Fine. But he goes from not wanting any friends, not wanting anything to do with Allison, not wanting to enjoy life at all – to all of a sudden falling in love. Wait, what? There was no transition. It was BOOM! Theo now wants Allison. And the thing is – when he falls for Allison and she falls for him, this is the 20% I enjoyed. They are hot together. Allison starts talking dirty. Theo is still damaged but he is approachable damaged. Why couldn’t he have been a little more like this in the beginning? Their sexing is hot. They had good chemistry. All of this was missing from the first 40-50%. The end is more hot mess over this business that no one can agree on who owns it. I think there was wayyyyyy too much business drama and not enough fun hockey stuff. Too much altogether – between Allison’s scandalized divorce, her irresponsible sister, her baby, her claim on the business, her lack of money – Theo’s claim on the business, his traumatic brain injury, his hockey team, his ex-girlfriend and the drama that comes back to town and then what happens with the business towards the end. Too much. Theo’s move from complete and broken loner to 100% in love was not believable. I’m noy sure that brief 20% where these two really click is worth it. Rating: C-

  5. 4 out of 5

    Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    4.5 Stars I am so very excited about Ms. Cutler’s new contemporary series. Risky Business is a small town romance with dash of sports and military theme. Cutler scored a goal on this story line and possibly turned me into a puck bunny. The men of Bomb Squad are hot…on and off the ice! Allison had just come out of a nasty divorce when she decided to move away. She had nothing left but a boat rental business in a small town of Destiny Falls, New York. With little experience and a phobia of water 4.5 Stars I am so very excited about Ms. Cutler’s new contemporary series. Risky Business is a small town romance with dash of sports and military theme. Cutler scored a goal on this story line and possibly turned me into a puck bunny. The men of Bomb Squad are hot…on and off the ice! Allison had just come out of a nasty divorce when she decided to move away. She had nothing left but a boat rental business in a small town of Destiny Falls, New York. With little experience and a phobia of water, she still plans to make this business thrive. Unfortunately, the existing manager is not very welcoming and thinks he is the deserving owner. Theo has managed Cloud Nine for years. Not only that it is his livelihood, it is also very close to his heart. Unfortunately, shit had hit the fan before he was able to take ownership. Now that the official owner has shown up, he doesn’t plan to give up so easily. I really enjoyed this book. Cutler did not only make her protagonistss strong, good looking and sexy, she made them equally weak with human disabilities. They are not perfect in the least; in fact, they had financial, social and physical and emotional/psychological issues. But despite the downside, she had given them a will to survive and proved that sometimes having friends that will support you can help you stay afloat. Totally corny, right? But it’s not. Risky business is also infused with small town gossip, humor amongst friends, and even annoying family members. It’s also so very romantic. Did I mention the ex-military, hot, sexy hockey players? Theo and his friends, also ex-military, play for a hockey team call Bomb Squad. Supporting injured veterans, they plan to play their hearts out meanwhile making some noise about their cause. These men were one time injured during duty one way or another yet strong to the core; true survivors and hot enough to melt an ice rink. I promise you won’t be disappointed. I cannot wait to read all of their stories. There is a short excerpt of Undefeated at the end of this book. It will be Liam’s book. He is one of Theo’s friends, a member of the Bomb Squad and Olivia’s brother. I want to warn you that if you read this excerpt, it will leave you high and dry. It actually took me by surprise. What I got from Liam is that he is sweet, caring and funny but very standoff-ish. Certainly, as if there’s something from his past that defines his quiet side. Well….this excerpt will shock you. He is definitely not what he seems. I’m predicting that his book will tell his hardships. There may be some angst and possibly roughness….. and definitely tears. I hope Ms. Cutler is prepared for her fans’ demand for immediate release of Liam’s story. *ARC provided by publisher

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ren Puspita

    4 stars Review in Indonesian posted here: Per months, InterMix usually make some of their title free to request on NetGalley, and when I see Risky Business (and drooling a bit), I don't hesitant to request it. Sport romance is not my forte. Honestly, I RARELY read sport romance. And contemporary romance too, but heh, I willing to try and broad my genres. After reading Dark Skye that make me have a book hangover, I pick this title because, my, I must review this! I think that this book will be m 4 stars Review in Indonesian posted here: Per months, InterMix usually make some of their title free to request on NetGalley, and when I see Risky Business (and drooling a bit), I don't hesitant to request it. Sport romance is not my forte. Honestly, I RARELY read sport romance. And contemporary romance too, but heh, I willing to try and broad my genres. After reading Dark Skye that make me have a book hangover, I pick this title because, my, I must review this! I think that this book will be mediocre at first and surprised that in the end I really like it! I love both h/H Allison and Theo, and I think the star of this book is Allison. First, she is so naive, just want to become a devoted house wife. But when her world crumbling, she decide to chin up. Become a single mother with a big fear of water is not easy, but Allison somehow make it. I like that she is a warrior, of her own way and her development, imo, is satisfying. There's no insta love between Theo and Allison, and like their dynamics. Yes, Theo at first is jerk, too much brooding, to much wallowing in his self pity. Yet, when I know his injury, even he's not lost any limb, his traumatic brain injury make he feel incapable to function. His struggle to maintain Cloud Nine, a boat business he loved above each other is apparent and make readers will sympathize with him. What I love more is, so many sexual tension and when both Allison and Theo have sex, it's sooo sweet. No forced chemistry, no rush. Just the way I like it in my romancelandia But, Risky Businees maybe will make ice hockey fans disappointed, because the sport is more like a background. Actually, I don't bother with the lack of sport, for the story about wounded veteran and the small town setting is enough to quench my thirst for a good romance. Because Destiny Falls is a small town, people know each other. The secondary character like the Bomb Squad member and the women who become Allison's friend are lovable and not just into background. They give interesting development to the story. The Bomb Squad member love Allison, in a friendly and family way, remind me of KGB series by Maya Banks. I also like Chelsea, Allison's sister, despite her reckless attitude, she give a best advice ever. I will recommend Risky Business to any contemporary romance fans with a sprinkle of ice hockey sports, a hot and brooding hero (with a homage to any heroes who use glasses. Glasses heroes are HOT!!) and strong heroine. So intrigue to read the next installment of Bomb Squad series! e-ARC provided by NetGalley and Publisher for honest review

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    I really like the story line in this book, but found several errors that I thought took away from the book. The story is about Allison who has an embezzling, cheating ex-husband and Theo is a brooding ex-soldier who just wants Allison boat business. He pushes back against her all he can in the beginning, but in the end develops feelings for Allison and her daughter and decides that he wants to he their hero and to take care of them. Really liked how the story ended. At the first of the book it r I really like the story line in this book, but found several errors that I thought took away from the book. The story is about Allison who has an embezzling, cheating ex-husband and Theo is a brooding ex-soldier who just wants Allison boat business. He pushes back against her all he can in the beginning, but in the end develops feelings for Allison and her daughter and decides that he wants to he their hero and to take care of them. Really liked how the story ended. At the first of the book it refers to Lowell's car being a gold Corvette and then at the end it referred to it as a gold Mustang. It had me wondering if I had read it correctly in the beginning, so I had to go back to the front of the book to see. There were also several instances where, I thought, the wrong names were used. For instance on time it had Chelsea's name where Katie's should have been and several others where names, genders were reversed. Even though there was mistakes in the ARC that I received - I will still be reading the next book in the Bomb Squad series, because you get hooked by all of these ex-soldiers and want to see what happens with them. ARC was received from the Penguin Group and Netgalley for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christi Snow

    My Review: Yes, I cried in this one. Yes, it's that good. There's just something so tragic about both Allison and Liam's background. These are wounded characters, but in the best way because regardless of how contentious things are between them in the beginning, they are perfect for one another. The story starts with Allison and her morbid fear of water. After a near-drowning at age seven, every significant, life-altering (i.e. bad) event in Allison's life has happened in the midst of water...inc My Review: Yes, I cried in this one. Yes, it's that good. There's just something so tragic about both Allison and Liam's background. These are wounded characters, but in the best way because regardless of how contentious things are between them in the beginning, they are perfect for one another. The story starts with Allison and her morbid fear of water. After a near-drowning at age seven, every significant, life-altering (i.e. bad) event in Allison's life has happened in the midst of water...including finding out that her husband is a skeezy criminal...which threw her into labor...in the middle of a deluging rainstorm. She has a phobia, so it's a bit ironic when in the divorce and criminal proceedings with her husband that the only thing she gets out of it is a boat rental company located at the edge of a canal. But Liam had dibs on this company first. He's run it and kept it afloat for 10 years and had an agreement from Allison's husband to sell it to him. Something that he wants Allison to honor. But Allison has nothing else...including a place to live (the business has an apartment located upstairs) so she refuses to honor that agreement. If Liam was anyone else, he could just leave and find a new job and home (oh yeah, his home is one of the boats owned by the business, too...something else that was agreed upon to be sold to him). But Liam suffered a debilitating traumatic brain injury in the Canadian Army which left it impossible to do most jobs. The explanation of his issues left me in tears for what he lost...this guy...gah, it broke my heart. I love how this story progressed. Even though both characters are physically drawn to the other, they truly hate each other's guts just because of the threat the other has on their very livelihood. They are both simply in survival mode which means they are attacking the thing that threatens them and it made for some seriously sparking scenes when they clashed. I loved how Allison gets a special pleasure out of pushing Liam's buttons and how he gradually adjusts his reactions to that throughout the book. The scenes in the bar were fantastic and I loved them drunk together. Such a sweet, funny, romantic scene. I loved the town and the entire story line about the Bomb Squad hockey team...hot, sexy, wounded ex-soldiers that have overcome and now play some rocking, competitive hockey. Tell me that's not a winner...and the guys are awesome. But they've all been wounded. There is some serious angst to be found in this crew. But at the same time, they are protective and alpha...I love how they encircled Allison when it looked like things could fall apart for her. They are loyal and protective and sweet...at the same time they all have a great, fun bromance happening between all the guys. I cannot wait for more of these books. My only complaint...I want these in print so I can keep them on my keeper shelf!! I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    GraceMyBookSnack

    I loved so many things about Risky Business! The premise surrounding the Bomb Squad series is very intriguing. The Bomb Squad is an ice hockey team made up of wounded war veterans, and you know what that means…a team full of tortured ex-military heroes! Risky Business tells the story of Canadian Theo Lacroix. From his injury to the way he deals with life, I found everything about Theo to be very interesting. He’s definitely one fighting some huge internal demons! When his emotional backstory is I loved so many things about Risky Business! The premise surrounding the Bomb Squad series is very intriguing. The Bomb Squad is an ice hockey team made up of wounded war veterans, and you know what that means…a team full of tortured ex-military heroes! Risky Business tells the story of Canadian Theo Lacroix. From his injury to the way he deals with life, I found everything about Theo to be very interesting. He’s definitely one fighting some huge internal demons! When his emotional backstory is finally revealed, you’ll understand why his defenses quickly kick up when Allison comes crashing into his life. Allison Whitely comes to town ready and willing to change her life for the better. She’s determined to stand on her own after everything that happened with her ex-husband. Boy, do Theo and Allison butt heads all around, but I like her so much! She’s not perfect. She’s made mistakes, but she’s exactly the type of spark Theo needs in his life. Their romance is slowly built up, which I appreciated. Melissa Cutler made me root for both of them! What a great start to a series! Ms. Cutler warmly welcomes the reader to the small town of Destiny Falls. I loved the sense of friendship and community where the people are so passionate in what they do. I loved the brotherhood within the hockey team both on and off the ice. Book 1 introduces many characters that I can’t wait to read more about in the next books! Liam’s book (Undefeated) is next, and he seems way more tortured than Theo. I’m so looking forward to learning more about him!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Maqluba

    I just didn't gel well with the story. I feel like it was way way way to cliche, and I'm usually okay with that except it read like a fanfic cliche which was so annoying. It felt like the author just wrote exactly what we want to read and didn't try too hard to kick it up a notch or anything. eh. I just didn't gel well with the story. I feel like it was way way way to cliche, and I'm usually okay with that except it read like a fanfic cliche which was so annoying. It felt like the author just wrote exactly what we want to read and didn't try too hard to kick it up a notch or anything. eh.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lady Heather

    umm.. hockey playing - ex-military - bomb squad alpha men? Does this book sound too good to be true? ...we shall see

  12. 5 out of 5

    CL

    Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review He prowled to the table, narrow eyed, and braced his hands on it, leaning toward her. “Have you ever seen a hungry bear? Because they don’t throw tantrums. They devour.” She mimicked his pose, leaning in, getting in his face. “Are you going to devour me?” The second the words crossed her lips, her cheeks heated. Stop thinking about that, Allison. For real, this time. If she hadn’t been his employer and fresh off a messy divorce, and Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review He prowled to the table, narrow eyed, and braced his hands on it, leaning toward her. “Have you ever seen a hungry bear? Because they don’t throw tantrums. They devour.” She mimicked his pose, leaning in, getting in his face. “Are you going to devour me?” The second the words crossed her lips, her cheeks heated. Stop thinking about that, Allison. For real, this time. If she hadn’t been his employer and fresh off a messy divorce, and if she hadn’t been only a month done with breastfeeding and barely back to feeling like her body was her own—and if Theo didn’t hate her for claiming ownership of Cloud Nine—she would have welcomed a good, old-fashioned devouring, the kind she’d always imagined she deserved, if only the world were a more perfect place and men weren’t such insufferable assholes. The sexual tension between Theo and Allison was scorching. I love love/hate romances as long as the move from hate to love is realistic. In this case it definitely was. I feasted off every one of their interactions and the drunk flirting between them in the bar had me fanning myself. Hot relationship aside, I really admire the author for basing her sport romance series around a team of wounded veterans and not shying away from dealing with heroes with disabilities. It really adds another depth to the story. Theo, Will, Brandon, Duke, Liam ..... what a bunch of awesome guys. I loved the way they all had Allison's back, especially Will for going after Theo when he thought his friend had broken her heart. I love the ladies in the book too, and the way they were so accepting of Allison and Katie. So why did this awesome book lose one star? Whilst I have to hand it to Allison for being blunt and honest about it, the fact that she admitted marrying her ex-husband just so she could have a comfortable life and be a stay-at-home Mum did make my support of her waver a bit. I wished she had more confidence in herself to want more than that, even after the trauma of nearly drowning. Anyway, I can't wait for more in this series. I am especially looking forward to Brandon/Harper's story. Full review with pictures @ Love's A State Of Mind

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Schultheis

    Once I started reading Risky Business, I couldn't put it down. Heck, I didn't want to put it down. In fact, I had to slow my reading just to hold off on finishing the book. It was that GOOD! The best thing about the Bomb Squad hockey team besides the fact that the players are hot, is that they are all wounded veterans. All the players have been hurt in some way, but that doesn't stop them from being sexy, protective alpha males. Melissa Cutler has created characters that we can relate to and cha Once I started reading Risky Business, I couldn't put it down. Heck, I didn't want to put it down. In fact, I had to slow my reading just to hold off on finishing the book. It was that GOOD! The best thing about the Bomb Squad hockey team besides the fact that the players are hot, is that they are all wounded veterans. All the players have been hurt in some way, but that doesn't stop them from being sexy, protective alpha males. Melissa Cutler has created characters that we can relate to and characters that deserve our respect. Risky Business revolves around Allison and Theo. This story begins with Allison and her deep-rooted fear of water. Allison's fear is very real, but circumstances cause her to get quite close to the water. Due to the fact that her lying, cheating, politician of a husband is arrested for embezzlement, Allison must make a new life for herself and her daughter. With no money or skills, Allison packs up all her belongings and moves to Destiny Falls, where her husband owns a boat rental operation. For someone afraid of water, the last place she wants to be is near a boat, but she has no choice. For the past ten years, Theo has been running the Cloud Nine, and has plans to buy the operation from Allison's husband. Of course, those plans went shot to hell, when the man was arrested. When Allison moves her and her daughter in, with plans to take over, Theo becomes frustrated and refuses to help Allison with the business. Theo has always been in charge of Cloud Nine and this is a blow to him. While in the Canadian Army, Theo suffered brain damage, so things like reading and writing come very hard for him. Because of this, he can't just up and leave and start over somewhere else. Allison and Theo are both survivors who learn to work together and eventually fall in love. Make no mistake, this isn't love at first sight....nope, this is a slow burn that involves letting the past go and learning to live for the future. When this couple finally does get together, the only word that comes to mind, is explosive. I am so happy how this story played out and will definitely give this story a re-read. Allison and Theo might be the main characters, but we meet some other people, who are a vital part of the Destiny Falls community. I cannot wait for the continuation of this series!!! I can't believe I have to wait till November for the second book of this series "Undefeated" to come out. I know it's only three months away, but I think I'm going to go through withdrawal from not enough Bomb Squad. I highly recommend this book, along with the author, Melissa Cutler. You won't be disappointed!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tina "IRead2Escape"

    Hotness Rating 3 out of 5 Risky Business is the first book of the Bomb Squad series by Melissa Cutler. I have to say after reading some of the reviews for this book I was a bit hesitant to start it. They weren't scathing (I don't typically take those seriously). These were more of the "It was okay but the female lead was unlikeable, a spoiled brat, etc." variety. I can overlook a lot of things in a book, but I really can't stand this type of character. I'm so glad I didn't let those review stop Hotness Rating 3 out of 5 Risky Business is the first book of the Bomb Squad series by Melissa Cutler. I have to say after reading some of the reviews for this book I was a bit hesitant to start it. They weren't scathing (I don't typically take those seriously). These were more of the "It was okay but the female lead was unlikeable, a spoiled brat, etc." variety. I can overlook a lot of things in a book, but I really can't stand this type of character. I'm so glad I didn't let those review stop me from starting this series. Allison Whitely is dealing with an ex-husband who's not only a cheating jerk, but in prison for screwing over half the town out of their money. He left her with three things a baby, a mountain of debt and a struggling boat rental business. I didn't find Allison a spoiled princess at all. She owned up to her mistakes, admitted her failures and shortcomings and was willing to work hard to give her daughter the life she deserved. I think most importantly she showed true appreciation and gratitude to anyone that stepped in to help her. She even puts up with her new employee's surly attitude as if she deserved it. Theo Lacroix is mad at the world. He's a hero in the eyes of most. Discharged from the military because of a traumatic head injury and just trying to get by Theo feels like anything but a hero. The Bomb Squad, a local hockey team made up of injured warriors, has helped work off some of the aggression that he carries with him everywhere. Even with this outlet he doesn't allow himself to get close to anyone. The one thing that he's allowed himself to truly believe in and get close to is the boat rental business and his houseboat that he has worked so hard to buy. And now that's slipping through his fingers thanks to a rich guy who couldn't be happy with what he had, but insisted on stealing from others to have more. As if that's not bad enough the guy's wife has shown up to take over his business. I loved Theo and felt for him as a man and a soldier, but I wanted to smack him a few different times for the way he treated Allison. I understood his anger at Allison's ex, but she was as much as of an innocent victim as he was. She was very clear that she wasn't keeping the rental business to hurt him, but she needed to do all that she could do to protect and take care of her daughter. It took him awhile, but he came around and when he did he was all sorts of hot, sexy, guy! I can not say enough how much I enjoyed this story and have very high hopes for the rest of the series. You can find this review and others at www.riverinaromantics.com

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)

    Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim In romance books, we often refer to the male lead character as the hero and the female lead as the heroine. Melissa Cutler’s Risky Business and the entire Bomb Squad Series depicts true real life heroes and the women who fall in love with them. While the story is fiction, I’m realistic enough to know that war happens, death happens; and once you’ve step foot into a warzone, if you’re lucky to return you’re never the same. Be it memories that haunt Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim In romance books, we often refer to the male lead character as the hero and the female lead as the heroine. Melissa Cutler’s Risky Business and the entire Bomb Squad Series depicts true real life heroes and the women who fall in love with them. While the story is fiction, I’m realistic enough to know that war happens, death happens; and once you’ve step foot into a warzone, if you’re lucky to return you’re never the same. Be it memories that haunt you or the constant reminders of injuries you sustain, you’re changed forever. In Risky Business, Theo Lacroix is a Canadian Army Veteran who suffered a traumatic brain injury while in Afghanistan. Ten years removed, he’s still living with his disability and dreaming of owning his own business. But at the same time, he’s still running from demons of his past. Allison Whitely’s sole dream in life was to be a stay-at-home mom. She married an up and coming politician only to have the life she was expecting come raining down on her like a hurricane. After delivering her daughter without her husband and getting a divorce, she’s forced to start her life over again. Luckily for her, her divorce settlement included Cloud Nine, a boat rental business. The problem is she knows nothing about the business and there’s that one little, okay big detail...she’s afraid of water. Theo and Allison’s worlds collide when she arrives in Destiny Falls ready to take the helm of Cloud Nine. Not only does Allison not know anything about the business, she also doesn’t know that her ex had an agreement with Theo to let him buy the business. With the future of herself and her child at stake and his dream on the line, neither are willing to back down. Butting heads and arguments lead to passion. And passion leads to a truce and a workable relationship. Just when things are looking really good for these two, a past error is revealed which could shatter both of their dreams. Allison Whitely is a woman who is strong, feisty, and over the course of the book comes into her own. She doesn’t back down from a challenge. Theo Lacroix is a good man who just wants to be accepted for who he is. He’s not looking to be anyone’s hero. He just wants to be loved for him and him alone. These two bring out the worst in each other, but eventually the best in each other. Risky Business is heartwarming and heartbreaking. It’s filled with humor, friendship, passion, and love. It’s a wonderful start to a new series. Source: Publisher via NetGalley

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emsy Van Wyck

    Must-read filled with alpha heroes and kick-ass heroines Confession time from this reviewer. I was so blown away by Melissa Cutler's Risky Business, the first book in her new Bomb Squad series, that I read her backlist. Yes, this book wowed me to the extent that Melissa Cutler is now on my must-read list. Why? Because she writes about people that we all can relate to. They're not uber wealthy, but they're our neighbors and friends who are trying the best they can to hold things together. In the fi Must-read filled with alpha heroes and kick-ass heroines Confession time from this reviewer. I was so blown away by Melissa Cutler's Risky Business, the first book in her new Bomb Squad series, that I read her backlist. Yes, this book wowed me to the extent that Melissa Cutler is now on my must-read list. Why? Because she writes about people that we all can relate to. They're not uber wealthy, but they're our neighbors and friends who are trying the best they can to hold things together. In the first scene of Risky Business, Allison Whitely is about to deliver her child while her soon-to-be-ex-husband is taken in handcuffs from a strip joint. To complicate things even further, she was there to warn him about picketers led by her sister's church. What's a girl to do? Particularly when there doesn't seem to be any property or income after his sentence. Well, if she's Allison, she'll pack up and move to Destiny Falls where her husband had a tour boat operation. But all is not as she expected as her husband was actually visiting a mistress there and the person who ran the business, alpha hunk Theo Lacroix, expected that the business would be his. If this sounds like a familiar set-up, single mom and a slightly irascible alpha hero, it is to some extent. But what makes this book so special is how Melissa Cutler fleshes them out. Allison's phobia about water; Theo's sense of isolation and being let down; Theo's teammates from The Bomb Squad, a local hockey team made up of war veterans; the small town setting in Western New York State and the women business owners - all combine to make this a unique read. In addition, The Bomb Squad is being considered to represent the US in a Wounded Warrior Foundation match-up against the Russian Hockey team. Who's the team's star? Self-effacing Theo, of course. There are plenty of subplots and if I've already taken a slight boo hiss stance against one of the players (in hockey and in revolving-door women), well that's just understandable. Why? Because these characters are quite real for me as page after page flips by. Cutler explores quite a few hot button issues - family, faith, fidelity, trust, self-worth - in a generous and thoughtful manner. She's a writer to watch closely and I'm marking my calendar for the release of Undefeated (Book 2 on 18 Nov 2014) and Game Changer (Book 3 on 19 May 2015). Melissa Cutler's Risky Business is a must-read for anyone who loves alpha heroes and heroines who never give up. (I received an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley for use in this review.)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maria Rose

    This is the story of Allison and Theo. When Allison's ex leaves her with a rental boat business and a baby, Allison ends up in the small town of Destiny Falls, trying to make ends meet and cope with her employee Theo, a wounded war veteran hockey player who has been running the business prior to Allison's arrival and resents her intrusion on his carefully controlled life. But the attraction between them simmers and soon makes both of them rethink their priorities - can they put aside their diffe This is the story of Allison and Theo. When Allison's ex leaves her with a rental boat business and a baby, Allison ends up in the small town of Destiny Falls, trying to make ends meet and cope with her employee Theo, a wounded war veteran hockey player who has been running the business prior to Allison's arrival and resents her intrusion on his carefully controlled life. But the attraction between them simmers and soon makes both of them rethink their priorities - can they put aside their differences and make a new life together? There is a lot going on in this story. For me, this meant that parts of it were quite interesting but other parts seemed to drag. I found Allison to be a difficult character to connect to. Her motivations for her marriage, to be a stay at home mom, don't resonate with me. However she was a dedicated mother and I liked her interactions with her child. Also, her pluckiness in attempting to take over a business of which she knew nothing was admirable. But then her relationship with her sister was frustrating, ultimately resulting in my ambivalent feelings towards her. Theo I found much more consistent and I liked his character - a bit broody, dealing with a brain injury and its results. I really admired the coping strategies he had for his injury and his bravery in admitting his failings to Allison. His attraction to Allison frustrates him as he sees her as the interloper in the business he has managed successfully without her help. The chemistry between them built up slowly but was believable and resulted eventually in some steamy interactions. There are two major plot lines happening in the story. The first is the boat business and the repercussions of Allison's arrival. But equally there is the story of the hockey team Bomb Squad, all made up of injured vets and the camaraderie between the male team players as they compete for placings among other similar teams. For the most part the men behaved as expected - macho, in your face, alpha male types. Then there is the group of women that Allison meets, the hockey lady groupies and I quite enjoyed their dealings together. I'm not sure that I would refer to this as a sports romance as there was definitely a lot of other things happening concurrently. Overall it was a good entry into the Bomb Squad series and I'll be interested in seeing how the rest of the stories turn out. 3 stars.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kame

    4 Stars - A good start to a new series Allison is making drastic changes in her life. She is moving to a small town and taking over a business she knows nothing about just to try to give her young daughter a good life. She knew her employees may not be pleased but she never thought she would meet the resistance she had from Theo; and she never imagined he would awaken parts of her she thought her ex-husband long since killed. Allison has great spunk and determination. I don't think anyone can read 4 Stars - A good start to a new series Allison is making drastic changes in her life. She is moving to a small town and taking over a business she knows nothing about just to try to give her young daughter a good life. She knew her employees may not be pleased but she never thought she would meet the resistance she had from Theo; and she never imagined he would awaken parts of her she thought her ex-husband long since killed. Allison has great spunk and determination. I don't think anyone can read this book and not like her. I especially liked how she was taking back her life; and I even liked her hints of stubbornness. I did not warm up to Theo as quickly as Allison; and I wonder if that was by design. Melissa Cutler did this neat twist on the story and kept the reader in the dark about Theo. We learned about Theo when Allison did; I really liked this. I sort of fell for Theo right along with Allison. The secondary characters in this book were wonderful. They weren't bland and one sided. I have to say my favorite secondary character was Katie - she made me giggle, the detail in her mannerisms was great and really helped make scenes shine. Then there were the guys, the other members of the Bomb Squad (which by the way is the name of the hockey team - they no way have anything to do with law enforcement!) each has a fantastic personality and great care was taken to give them character traits that would make you love them even before they got their own book in the series. There is one character I want to slap upside the head; that would be Chelsea - Allison's sister but I am sure in some future book Melissa will redeem her. The plot is easy to follow and does not contain too much hockey jargon so someone like me new to the sport can follow it. I like how the progression of the love story between Allison and Theo takes time and that we do see our fair share of other characters - it is a good first book in a series, it lays a great foundation. This is not my first Melissa Cutler book - she can write a great cowboy - and it won't be my last - I will definitely be following the rest of this series. I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley for my honest review. My full review and a great quote will appear on http://www.tbqsbookpalace.com/

  19. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    Cutler had me hooked from the very first sentence. Allison appears on the surface to be a victim of her circumstances, but time proves that she is very capable and able to chart her own destiny. When her cheating ex-husband leaves her with a mountain of debt and a newborn, Allison decides to take on the one remaining asset she has left: as boat rental business in Destiny Falls. There she makes a dramatic entrance to the locals when she tries to set the house where the business resides and hersel Cutler had me hooked from the very first sentence. Allison appears on the surface to be a victim of her circumstances, but time proves that she is very capable and able to chart her own destiny. When her cheating ex-husband leaves her with a mountain of debt and a newborn, Allison decides to take on the one remaining asset she has left: as boat rental business in Destiny Falls. There she makes a dramatic entrance to the locals when she tries to set the house where the business resides and herself on fire. Theo, the enigmatic manager and soon to be owner, he hopes, is less than impressed with Allison’s arrival. After throwing her into the river to douse the flames his only hope is that she will leave quickly. Allison proves far more determined than that and proves she is there to stay. Theo is a fascinating character. Instead of an obvious disability, he has a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The scene where he tells Allison how he’s had to adapt his world to this new reality is powerful and humbling all at the same time. TBI are so seldom recognized it was wonderful to have a main character struggling with an invisible disability. Allison takes him on completely, which is fascinating to watch. The twist at the end that drives our hero and heroine apart is not what I expected. Cutler did not take the obvious route, which was a nice surprise. The obvious conflicts are addressed maturely and by talking through the problem, giving the characters added depth and the story more reality. I like a little maturity in my characters and Cutler certainly delivers. I am very much looking forward to more books in the Bomb Squad series. Cutler has created a detailed and fascinating world and I eagerly await a return trip. I have my fingers crossed that there will be many books to come as more people take time to appreciate our wounded warriors as they make the transition to fiction.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    Allison Whitley hates water, and it seems to haunt her. She nearly drowned as a child and the worst things that happen to her, water always seems to be involved. Her husband, Lowell, was arrested for embezzlement at a local "Gentlemen's Club" and it was raining buckets, worse, she subsequently went into labor with her first baby at the same location, in the rain. Lowell left her broke and very angry, but she has her beautiful daughter Katie who makes up for it all. Her dreams of being a stay at Allison Whitley hates water, and it seems to haunt her. She nearly drowned as a child and the worst things that happen to her, water always seems to be involved. Her husband, Lowell, was arrested for embezzlement at a local "Gentlemen's Club" and it was raining buckets, worse, she subsequently went into labor with her first baby at the same location, in the rain. Lowell left her broke and very angry, but she has her beautiful daughter Katie who makes up for it all. Her dreams of being a stay at home Mom are over. After a discussion with her attorney, she finds out she is the owner of a rental boat business in Destiny Falls, New York. She has no idea how to run a boat business or any business for that matter, but she has to provide for Katie and herself so she's going to learn. Theo LaCroix is a bad ass biker, hockey player and wounded veteran of the Canadian Army. He is also very much a loner and likes it that way. His life is his houseboat Lanette, hockey and his dream to own Cloud Nine Landing. He just found out that the man he was employed by and owner of the business has been arrested for embezzlement. His dreams seem to be going up in smoke, but wait, that's another part of the story. The Bomb Squad is a hockey team made up of wounded veterans with disabilities and lovers of all things hockey. They have formed a brotherhood of sorts and look out for each other. Their dream is to have the chance to play in an exhibition game, sponsored by a Veterans Organization against a team of Russians. They are fighting hard for that chance. This is a very enjoyable read that has it all. A very sweet love story with lots of heat, wounded vets trying to get on with their lives and their amazing day to day struggle some of them have. Of course there is a Harley and a very sweet baby, but unfortunately for Allison......a lot of water! I received this eBook from the publisher and NetGalley for an honest review. Pat Fordyce

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    4.25 Stars! Another winner from Ms. Cutler, I have read several books by this author and have enjoyed each one and now she is introducing us to a new series featuring wounded Veterans that all play for a hockey team. I am looking forward to meeting each of these engaging men and women as they find their true love. Allison Whitley, she has always hated water. Water has been a part of important roles in her life, most in bad situations. She found out with the rest of the world her city councilman hu 4.25 Stars! Another winner from Ms. Cutler, I have read several books by this author and have enjoyed each one and now she is introducing us to a new series featuring wounded Veterans that all play for a hockey team. I am looking forward to meeting each of these engaging men and women as they find their true love. Allison Whitley, she has always hated water. Water has been a part of important roles in her life, most in bad situations. She found out with the rest of the world her city councilman husband was a cheating bastard as he was arrested for embezzlement, she was nine months pregnant at the time when her world came crashing down. Now eight months later, with her now ex convicted she wants to start a new life in Destiny Falls, Vermont. Theo Lacroix is a member of the Destiny Falls Bomb Squad, a hockey team made up of wounded veterans. He runs a fishing and tourist boat rental business, one he had hopes of buying from an absent owner, unfortunately that owner was just convicted of embezzlement and the business is up in the air. Allison and Theo's worlds come together in a whirlwind of resentment, anger and of course sexual attraction. What a fun start to a new series, these sexy men and women will definitely appeal to those that love romance with heart. Allison is a bit naive in the beginning, almost to the point where I was unsure she could win me over, but she does. She knows how unaware she was with the marriage, she had this fantasy about marriage since she was a young child, and the reality was just as far as you could get to her dream. Complete review at: Ramblings from a Chaotic Mind Copy from Publisher for an honest review

  22. 4 out of 5

    Diane Lynch

    Risky Business (Bomb Squad #1) by Melissa Cutler After an ugly divorce, Allison Whitely moved to Destiny Falls, New York to start a new life as the owner of a boat rental company called Cloud Nine.  Cloud Nine manager, Theo Lacroix, had a dream of buying the company until Allison shows up upsetting his dream.  The two have a difficult start, needing to learn to work together.   Allison Whitely was courageous for moving to Destiny Falls and starting over.  I like that she was determined and did not Risky Business (Bomb Squad #1) by Melissa Cutler After an ugly divorce, Allison Whitely moved to Destiny Falls, New York to start a new life as the owner of a boat rental company called Cloud Nine.  Cloud Nine manager, Theo Lacroix, had a dream of buying the company until Allison shows up upsetting his dream.  The two have a difficult start, needing to learn to work together.   Allison Whitely was courageous for moving to Destiny Falls and starting over.  I like that she was determined and did not back down.  I also appreciated that she admits to her weaknesses and wants to change them.   Theo Lacroix is a noble hero.  He had a difficult past and made decisions that he wasn’t proud of.  I like that he finally forgave himself, and that he was open minded, getting a chance at happiness.  I also respected the creative methods Theo used to overcome his disability.     I love that the Bomb Squad hockey team is made up of injured military veterans.  I think that it is great that this group of guys found something to fight for. That they did not give up on life because of what they suffered.     Melissa Cutler did a great job with this first book in the Bomb Squad Series.  She created a wonderful town, with worthy characters that I look forward to getting to know better as the series progresses.  Cutler is off to a great start, creating an insightful and believable series.       Complimentary copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  

  23. 4 out of 5

    Talia (Red Hot Ink)

    2 meager stars Risky business didn't match up the expectations. I was hoping for some entertaining, hot fun with a side of sweet and it simply didn't deliver. The atmosphere was glum, with Allison's issues piling one over the other and Theo's stubborn attitude when it came to... everything actually. The greatest part of the book is spent with the two of them arguing and not in a fun way, either. The style didn't captivate me and both hockey and his past in the military were barely touched topics. I 2 meager stars Risky business didn't match up the expectations. I was hoping for some entertaining, hot fun with a side of sweet and it simply didn't deliver. The atmosphere was glum, with Allison's issues piling one over the other and Theo's stubborn attitude when it came to... everything actually. The greatest part of the book is spent with the two of them arguing and not in a fun way, either. The style didn't captivate me and both hockey and his past in the military were barely touched topics. I liked Allison being a mom and the end was what convinced me to throw another star in the melee. Truth is, apart from the final part, when Theo finally pulls his head out of his ass and we get to see him acting like a man, he is a rather boring character. Same with Allison. The narration was too slow and for a book with a cover like that, we only have a little snippet of sexy times. So, in conclusion, it wasn't funny, it wasn't hot, it didn't captivate me. The saving grace was the ending, which upped up the romance. Finally! Oh, last but not least, it is obvious that there will be (or maybe there are already) other books in this series, regarding Theo's playmates. But honestly, the insight in the other character's lives or personality never once made me want to give them a chance. Unlikable is fittest term to describe it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    As someone who loves sports romance, wounded alpha hero, and hockey....I was so excited to read this one. However I have to say I could have skipped the first 50% and would have been okay. Theo is a wounded Vet who has some disabilities from his time during the war. That doesn't stop him from running a successful business for a rich guy. Now he wants to buy that business so he has something of his own. Allison has lost everything. the man she married wasn't who she thought he was and thanks to h As someone who loves sports romance, wounded alpha hero, and hockey....I was so excited to read this one. However I have to say I could have skipped the first 50% and would have been okay. Theo is a wounded Vet who has some disabilities from his time during the war. That doesn't stop him from running a successful business for a rich guy. Now he wants to buy that business so he has something of his own. Allison has lost everything. the man she married wasn't who she thought he was and thanks to his scandal she's left picking up the pieces of her life. She was 8 months pregnant when her husband was arrested. now she's working to make a life where her and her daughter can live happily. Hence Allison storms into Theo's life. Like i said the first part just drags on. They go from Arguing everytime they are near each other to in love in a heartbeat adn it's sorta hard to swallow. but other than that it was an okay read. and I was hooked once i got half way.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Reading In Pajamas

    Risky Business (A Bomb Squad Novel) by Melissa Cutler Publication Date: August 19, 2014 Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori Rated: 4.5 Stars SPOTLIGHT, Review & Giveaway: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-1wj REVIEW: Risky Business is the first book in Melissa Cutler's new series, The Bomb Squad. I love Melissa Cutler's books and was really looking forward to her new series. After reading the first book I'm hooked. Hot military guys that play hockey together. Ummm...yep that sounds good to me. I loved it and ca Risky Business (A Bomb Squad Novel) by Melissa Cutler Publication Date: August 19, 2014 Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori Rated: 4.5 Stars SPOTLIGHT, Review & Giveaway: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-1wj REVIEW: Risky Business is the first book in Melissa Cutler's new series, The Bomb Squad. I love Melissa Cutler's books and was really looking forward to her new series. After reading the first book I'm hooked. Hot military guys that play hockey together. Ummm...yep that sounds good to me. I loved it and can't wait for more books in the series. Risky Business is full of action, suspense, and steamy romance. It captured and held my attention from start to finish. I highly recommend this book for romantic suspense lovers. *Review copy provided by Berkley/NAL in exchange for an honest at review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kanoko

    2.5 stars I hated the relationship development. Slow start, and then suddenly the characters were ready for more and started running wildly to their HEA. Things shifted far too quickly for me to appreciate any connection between the couple. I liked how Allison owned up to her, hmm, atypical dreams when she married her philandering ex-husband and her own role in the ways things turned out for her. Theo was a jerk, period. The only times I liked him were during sexy times. Chelsea was the flaky sis 2.5 stars I hated the relationship development. Slow start, and then suddenly the characters were ready for more and started running wildly to their HEA. Things shifted far too quickly for me to appreciate any connection between the couple. I liked how Allison owned up to her, hmm, atypical dreams when she married her philandering ex-husband and her own role in the ways things turned out for her. Theo was a jerk, period. The only times I liked him were during sexy times. Chelsea was the flaky sister whose actions were being excused and forgiven—and goodness knows I spit at that idea. Really, this book had the most bizarre hit-or-miss characters. I read the excerpt for the next book and might read it. In any case, I'm sure this won't be the last I'll see of the series since I'm interested in how things will go between Harper and Brandon.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anima

    The first in a new series about combat wounded vets playing hockey in Destiny Falls, NY. There's a great storyline here about self confidence, being strong and making new friendships - just to list a few. The teammates and friends of Allison and Theo are wonderful and non-judgemental. It starts off a little rough and angry but eventually their behavior turns into sexual tension. The deep love they feel for each other is evident in their actions and is easily felt. This story was powerful, admira The first in a new series about combat wounded vets playing hockey in Destiny Falls, NY. There's a great storyline here about self confidence, being strong and making new friendships - just to list a few. The teammates and friends of Allison and Theo are wonderful and non-judgemental. It starts off a little rough and angry but eventually their behavior turns into sexual tension. The deep love they feel for each other is evident in their actions and is easily felt. This story was powerful, admirable and romantic. I gave 4 stars as it seemed to ramble a bit. A copy was given from Netgalley for review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laura Hannaway

    I liked the hero a lot and understood where he was coming from with his cantankerous attitude. However for about 4/5ths of the story I couldn't stand the heroine! Every rotten think that had happened to her (with the exception of almost drowning when she was seven) she had a hand in bringing upon herself, and when you compare her troubles with those Theo has faced I'm afraid I couldn't really muster any sympathy for her! She does redeem herself and acknowledge the role she's played in her own mi I liked the hero a lot and understood where he was coming from with his cantankerous attitude. However for about 4/5ths of the story I couldn't stand the heroine! Every rotten think that had happened to her (with the exception of almost drowning when she was seven) she had a hand in bringing upon herself, and when you compare her troubles with those Theo has faced I'm afraid I couldn't really muster any sympathy for her! She does redeem herself and acknowledge the role she's played in her own misfortunes towards the end, but it was a bit late to establish the HEA for me....

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    I liked the idea behind the book, I liked some of the characters and I like hockey. This book starts out kind of slow and it was hard for me to stay interested in it. Theo is a jerk. I get he went through something awful but he just totally turned me off for most of the beginning of the book. Allison was ok but I didn't feel a strong connection to her either. Some of the positives of this book are the writing and the sexy scenes were pretty hot - wish there were more of them! **ARC provided in ex I liked the idea behind the book, I liked some of the characters and I like hockey. This book starts out kind of slow and it was hard for me to stay interested in it. Theo is a jerk. I get he went through something awful but he just totally turned me off for most of the beginning of the book. Allison was ok but I didn't feel a strong connection to her either. Some of the positives of this book are the writing and the sexy scenes were pretty hot - wish there were more of them! **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Koster

    Another awesome set of characters and situations from Melissa Cutler! She's definitely on my auto-buy list because of how well she can tell a completely cohesive and heart-touching romance. This series starter introduces us to the men of the Bomb Squad a group of wounded war vets and the women in the small town where they're living. So good on so many levels. This series is going to be another great ride! Another awesome set of characters and situations from Melissa Cutler! She's definitely on my auto-buy list because of how well she can tell a completely cohesive and heart-touching romance. This series starter introduces us to the men of the Bomb Squad a group of wounded war vets and the women in the small town where they're living. So good on so many levels. This series is going to be another great ride!

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