Gabby is only in Haven, North Carolina for the summer while she gets over her breakup and learns to stand on her own two feet again. She was in an emotionally abusive relationship and isn’t ready to be with someone else. Ethan doesn’t date, he always keeps things causal, but he’ll do anything to make his dying grandmother happy. But no matter what he feels for Gabby he refuses to marry and become an abuser like his father.
Wow, this put me through all the feels! The fake relationship trope is one of my all time favorites so I was very excited about this one and Rachel Lacey did not let me down. Ethan may have had a reputation as a causal lover but he sure knows how to do a relationship. I loved how sweet and charming he was with Gabby and how he was always building up her confidence and was so sure of her strength. Even with this past, Ethan is very easy going and charming and I appreciated the lack of overbearing angst or drama. Plus, he’s a total softy over his Grandmother.
Gabby had a few annoying moments while she was learning to accept help but overall, she was a great character. I loved watching her come out of her shell and embrace Haven and her feelings for Ethan. I hated Gabby’s final decision regarding the zip-line. It was incredibly reckless and stupid and if she had gotten hurt, she could have really set back Off-the-Grid’s progress. They were working so hard to prove to the Town Council that their new business would be safe and good for the town and she could have ruined all of it. I felt like the story line with Gabby’s ex, Brad, should have been shortened or better developed. When Brad first appears in Haven, he’s there and then he drops off the edge of the planet and then shows back up for the Adrenaline Rush event. That story line either needed more development throughout the book or instead just have the scene at Adrenaline Rush.
The other guys from Off-the-Grid, Ryan and Mark, also seem like great guys and I can’t wait for their books!
Content Note: references to past abuse
••• Book Details •••
Risking It All #1 • Romance, Contemporary • Forever Romance • August 30, 2016
Moments after meeting the most gorgeous guy ever, Gabby Winters promptly gets stung by a zillion yellowjackets and falls-not gracefully-into a stream. Yup, Ethan Hunter is trouble with a capital “hot,” and Gabby definitely needs to keep her distance. Except in the small town of Haven, there’s nowhere to hide from Ethan’s sexy, infectious grin . . . and all the residents are conspiring against her.
At the center of the town’s matchmaking is Ethan’s grandmother, who’s convinced their relationship is a done deal. Rather than break her heart, Gabby and Ethan find themselves cornered into pretending to be falling in love. The problem: there’s serious sizzling attraction between them. And if this charade continues, they won’t fool just the entire town – they might fool themselves too.