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Risky Business [Kindle Edition]

Amy Andrews
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From bestselling author Amy Andrews comes a new single-title romance about putting pleasure before business, and the risks we all need to take when we find someone worth risking everything for.

Samantha Evans’s life is going to hell. Not only has she rage-quit her beloved, high-powered job, but she is suddenly afflicted by hormones, free time, and an unavoidable, unignorable, undeniably gorgeous irritant in the form of Nick Hawke, her extreme sports star neighbour, who has come home to take over the reins of his grandmother's second-hand bookshop. Sam needs something to keep her from begging for her old job back until she's good and sure her boss understands how wrong he was, and taking a low-risk, low-stress job helping Nick at the bookstore might be just the thing.

After all, it's not like Nick is the right guy to help her with her hormones. He'll just be fun to look at while she searches for the one

Nick has six months to get over an injury before Everest and a big, fat contract beckon. That means no sports, no danger and, above all else, no risks. It means playing it safe. And Nick Hawke doesn’t do safe. So he’s going to need something to stave off the boredom while selling books he doesn't read to people who wouldn't know a carabineer from a crochet hook. What could be safer than hiring a cranky, unemployed accountant to help run the bookstore? Sam is efficient and methodical and messing up her neat, post-it note world could be a fun way to pass the time….

Risky Business mixes the classic romance of Philadelphia Story, the humour and wit of When Harry Met Sally, and a strong, contemporary Australian setting to create a delightful, irresistible, utterly satisfying treat of a novel.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 488 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Escape Publishing - Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd (1 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KQ64YJG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,000 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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5.0 out of 5 stars I love love love this book 12 October 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It has humour, love, friendship and lots of sex
Set in lovely Brisbane with beautiful descriptive phrases helping you visualise the scenes.
Sam and Nick are just wonderful
This is my favourite Ms Andrews book so far and I have read/own every one of them
Do yourself a favour!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Characters so real they jump off the page! 9 August 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a book for everyone who loves funny, sexy romance set against a rich tapestry of family and friends. You'll laugh, cry and fall in love with a HOT hero. One of my very favourite books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for a few minutes before bedtime 3 July 2014
By Megan Bedroom Bookworms - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I received an ARC of Risky Business by Amy Andrews from Netgalley. I though it sounded like a cute story about a woman who takes a job in a book store. I mean who here wouldn’t love to work in a book store with a hot hunk?

I started out liking Samantha, our heroine. She was hilarious. I mean the girl has a thing for pirate romance (it’s kind of an inside joke), but I loved her descriptions of the beefy pirates. The blind dates she continued to go on were even funnier, I didn’t think each one could get worse, but they somehow did. Little by little I noticed that Sam was a bit self-depreciating, then I found her to be really self-depreciating, then the story was pretty much ruined by her inability to see anything good about herself. And I never want to hear anyone talk about their damn eggs ever again, Sam was obsessed. Every sweet moment was tarnished by her constant belittling of herself. By the time I finished I was so tired of reading pages on pages of Sam hating on everything about her body. This story would have been a much higher rating for me, but her single character reduced it quite a bit.

At 82% of the book Sam finally decides that Nick does like her. This is where I wanted to bash my head into something hard (too bad I only had pillows nearby). Nick spends the entire book being sweet and telling her he likes her and she just randomly at some various point now decides to believe him? But she has to go slow because she has “hang ups.” Seriously, who is this chick?

Even though I found Nick to be sweet and cute I just couldn’t fall for his character because Sam wouldn’t let us. It was so frustrating because I generally liked him. Nick has some issues of his own, don’t get me wrong, but his pale in comparison to Sam. And when it comes down to it he can recognize the changes within himself and act on them. Why in so many romance novels are woman always shown as these people that have to be practically coerced into a relationship but the men are always the strong ones leading the way?

This couple could have been amazing, but their constant denials through the entire story was disheartening. What could have been a cute fluffy funny rom-com turned into something frustrating and left me unfulfilled. This couple were classic relationship avoiders and as is my job to warn readers, it takes them 99% of the book before these two finally work that shit out.

Risky Business was a funny read and there were quite a few parts I did enjoy while reading. Ultimately, I’m on the fence when it comes to Risky Business. If sounds like a good read to you then one-click it. If not, you aren’t missing the read of the century.
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful contemporary romance 13 August 2014
By Pamerd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
A humor filled romance that will appeal to many readers. The hero and heroine are miles apart on what they want in a relationship but it is fun to see how they bridge the gap to find love.

Samantha Evans has a high paying high demanding job and loves it, that is until her boss employs his nephew who does not have the knowledge or experience she has, but promotes him anyway, so she quits soon after. She believes that her boss will eventually want her back to clean up the mess but in the meantime she is looking for something temporary while she makes plans for the future, you see not only is her work life a mess but her love life has disappeared and her biological clock is ticking loud and clear.

Nick Hawke is an extreme sports star who is in several documentaries where he travels to exotic locations; he is healing from an injury and getting ready to climb Everest in a few months. His grandmother Birdie was a well loved bookstore owner who was one of Sam’s great friends, so while he is healing he takes over the store and hires the unemployed Sam to help. While working there, she and Nick become good friends, she tells him about her “talking eggs” and he tries to help by setting her up on a few blind dates. The more time they spend together, the more these two polar opposites re-evaluate what they want in life, and when he helps her overcome some sexual issues, his 100% guarantee is just what she is looking for.

This is a cute story with witty dialog and humorous situations.

Sam is charming, she knows what she wants and believes she can have it all as long as everything fits neatly into her plans, but when she tells Nick, he has to hold in his laughter as he is one of seven children and knows that kids do not fit neatly anywhere. Sam frequently mentions her “talking eggs” and how they are driving her decisions lately and gets Nick involved trying to find the perfect man for her. There are several hilarious blind date disasters that had me smiling and Nick was only too happy to hear about them the next day. Sam may be confident in her job but she definitely needs some help with her body image and sexuality which Nick is only too happy to assist with.

Nick is too cute, he is a carefree travel junkie that happened to be at the right place to land documentary jobs where he does extreme sports adventures and get paid very well. While taking time to heal from a back injury he re-opens his grandmother’s book store and enjoys it more than he would like to admit. He is sexy and finds Sam hard to resist but knows she is not looking for anything short term (remember the talking eggs). I like how the two become fast friends from the beginning; they talk about everything and enjoy each other’s company. There is also an interesting scene that brings these two even more into what could really happen between friends, when they finally connect she starts to think too much which hampers her enjoyment and then she runs, she really does have some hang-ups but happily for her and Nick, he is willing to help.

I enjoyed the secondary characters; Sam’s sister makes a perfect “devil” on her shoulder to push her along and the friends she makes at the bookstore add a lot to the story, as they eat lamington’s (an Australian sponge cake, I had to look it up) and try to save the tearoom that makes this wonderful dessert. The plot pace works well, there is not much drama between the characters as this sweet romance builds from a great friendship to a passionate love and I enjoyed it immensely.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh a Minute 5 July 2014
By SMP - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
OMG, what a great book. I’ve come to realise that Amy Andrews does not write a bad book. I laughed all the way through this one.

Samantha is a 30 year old career woman who realises that her eggs are talking to her and she has decided that she needs to have a baby. The problem with this though is that she is a failure at relationships and she has body issues. Sam does like to spend time in the second hand bookshop run by her friend Birdie reading romance novels.

Enter her sometimes neighbour, the extreme sports sex god Nick, who is home for six months recuperating from an injury before he climbs Everest. Nick also happens to be Birdie’s grandson who takes over the bookshop after Birdie passes.

When Sam finds herself out of a job Nick offers her one at the bookshop. Sam also decides it’s time to find a baby father, only she has no luck with finding someone to date. Of course she asks for Nicks help in setting her up on blind dates.

There are some hilarious dates with freeky white teeth guy, boring as bat shit gut, too short guy, too tall guy, need to be medicated guy, wouldn’t shut-up guy, intellectual giant guy and Vincent the creepy guy. Not to mention the condoms and vibrator.

This is an amazing journey to a HEA as Nick helps Sam overcome the way she looks at her body. There is an attraction between them, but neither of them really acts on it, so there is a well-grounded friendship before anything more happens.

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley from the author/publisher for an honest review.
5.0 out of 5 stars There is not one thing missing from this book. 3 July 2014
By Total Book Geek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
4.5 stars

I loved this book! It was such a breath of fresh air after reading some crappy or mediocre books the last couple of weeks. This is pure chicklit romance and it reminded me why I love this genre so much. With any book that has romance in it you know how it's going to end. I mean nobody wants to read a romance novel that will leave them sad or malcontent with the ending. It's the setting and the story in between the beginning and the end that determines how good of a book this is.

This is obviously not my first romantic read and I've pretty much read all possible variations of the same story. There are things that often come back and left me with the feeling of "oh this was fun and relaxing, but I've read this before and was ably to predict almost every detail". To be clear this was absolutely not the case with Risky Business! Sam and Nick's story was very original and even had me laughing out loud a couple of times.

Sam is hilarious in this non intentional way. Somehow the big 3-0 is approaching and with her neighbour dying, she realizes she has no friends and no live plus suddenly her eggs are revolting and demanding to be fertilized. I am not kidding you, the conversations about that topic throughout this book had me cracking up. Needing to re-evaluate her life, she quits her job because she wasn't getting the appreciation she deserved, starts working in the bookshop downstairs and is on a mission to find herself a baby daddy. Though not everyone would just do, the girl still has some standards.

Nick is almost the opposite of Sam. She's all list and goals, while he's more the go with the flow kind of guy. He's a professional mountain climber, but he now has to take things slow to help him recover from an injury. Thus he's the one who gets to take over his grandmother's book store and since he doesn't know much about it, he hires Sam to help him out. Nick, after hearing Sam's story, even decides to help her out with her man hunt, though they mostly end up with Nick laughing his ass of. There is a reason why this guy is a professional mountain climber and not a matchmaker.

The connection between these two characters was of the charts. Sam isn't blind and fully acknowledges the hotness and awesomeness that is Nick. They get along great, but she's looking for someone permanent in her life and casual sex just seems like a bad idea when you have to work together. Not that Sam actually believes Nick is attracted to her, though he very much is. He clearly agrees he's not the one for Sam, but that doesn't mean they couldn't have a little fun. Due time it actually becomes more difficult for Nick to set her up with other men and to keep his hands off of her.

I really liked how slowly and natural things progressed between them. There is that attraction, but neither of them really acts on it, so first there is this friendship before anything more happens. A couple of times I believed that it was finally 'the moment', but always something or someone interupts, leaving me with some frustration. This was all in a good way, because the anticipation only grows and you're not left disappointed.

The writing was excellent, the characters fabulous and the humor spot on. There is not one thing missing from this book. I will definitely be reading more from Amy Andrews.

*I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome fun story 2 July 2014
By Mrs. Helen Sibbritt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a great story that will have you smiling and laughing out loud throughout as Samantha realizes that her eggs are talking to her and she needs to have a baby at the age of 30 her eggs are dying and after the death of her friend Birdie who runs the local second hand romance bookstore she starts to get desperate then in walks Nick who could double for Hugh Jackman Birdie's grandson and her sometime neighbour when he is not out doing extreme sports but Nick needs to take some time off after an injury and takes over running the bookstore and when Sam finds herself out of her powerful job she starts working with Nick in the bookstore and this starts an awesome journey to a HEA reading romance and westerns together in the shop makes it hard to keep their hands to themselves and when Nick helps Sam with blinds dates you will be really laughing at their banter and the other characters in the story add so much to the journey don't miss this one I loved it the story is fun exciting and very sensual as Nick helps Sam overcome the way she looks at her body.

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