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Risky Business (A Bomb Squad Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Melissa Cutler
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of 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 Destiny Falls and expects him to help her with Cloud Nine, Theo is tempted to skate away from it all.

Theo vowed never again to 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.

Books in the Bomb Squad hockey series:
Risky Business (Bomb Squad #1)- August 2014
Undefeated (Bomb Squad #2) - November 2014
Game Changer (Bomb Squad #3) - April 2015

Praise for the novels of Melissa Cutler

"A bright new voice in contemporary romance."--New York Times Bestselling author Lori Wilde


"One hot romance from start to finish."--New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1284 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Publisher: InterMix (19 Aug 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DMCV5XY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,625 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Melissa Cutler knows she has the best job in the world, dividing her time between her dual passions for writing sexy contemporary romances and edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense for Harlequin, Penguin, Kensington Books, and more. She was struck at an early age by an unrelenting travel bug and is probably planning her next vacation as you read this. She first visited London when she was eighteen and she's been smitten ever since. When she's not globetrotting, she's enjoying Southern California's flip-flop wearing weather and wrangling two rambunctious kids.

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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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rating... 19 Aug 2014
By Smitten with Reading - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the Bomb Squad! 19 Aug 2014
By sgalley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
4.5 Stars
I love books with a strong heroine. Allison Whitely is just that. I also love books about tough, brooding military and ex-military men. That would describe Theo Lacroix. Put the two of them together and watch out! They are both injured souls…for different reasons - but it gives them commonality. What brings them into each others orbit is Cloud Nine, a boat charter business. Theo is managing it, with hopes of owning it one day. Allison is planning on running it as a source of income to support her and her 8-month-old daughter. Her husband is going to prison, so what choice does she have? It’s the only thing she got from him.

Theo is also a star player for the Destiny Falls ice hockey team, Bomb Squad, comprised of rugged military heroes. His teammates are counting on him to win an upcoming high profile hockey match. He does not need the distraction of a sexy woman that is trying to upend his entire lifestyle.

Theo and his Bomb Squad teammates Will, Liam, Brandon and the aging Duke were my favorite part of the book. The multi-personalities of this group of guys were fun and made their camaraderie believable. They all had demons, but managed to keep them at bay enough to maintain a facade of happiness and normalcy. Their backgrounds cemented them as a dynamic team. You will fall in love with these guys. I certainly did.

The relationship between the broody Theo and Allison worked. She stood up to him and knew how to push his buttons -which was just what he needed. The chemistry between these two was slow to develop, but when it ignited…watch out! It burned bright and hot!

This is the first book in the Bomb Squad series. I am very much looking forward to the continuation of the storyline. This is my first experience with Melissa Cutler, but it won’t be my last. I love her wit and ability to develop her characters slowly, so the reader feels a part of the story as they get to know them. Warning: Allison will get on your nerves at times, and I wanted to slap her sister, Chelsea.

RISKY BUSINESS holds your interest throughout. It is not your typical romance and has an interesting plot twist. It is definitely a recommended read…filled with friendship, passion, and most of all, a love that grows beyond physical attraction. You will not regret reading this one.

I received an eBook copy from the publisher and NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review. All conclusions are my own.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Risky Business (A Bomb Squad Novel) by Melissa Cutler 19 Aug 2014
By Cori, Donna & Dawn- Reading In Pajamas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Risky Business (A Bomb Squad Novel) by Melissa Cutler
Publication Date: August 19, 2014
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori
Rated: 4.5 Stars
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! 23 Aug 2014
By Angie Drane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Wow. This was such a great book! It had everything a good romance needs...drama, hot guys, great friends, motorcycles, and hockey. Really, what more do you need? Seriously, this is a great series about a group of guys who were wounded in war in some way who get together for friendship, brotherhood, and to play hockey. Each has a story and a different disability, some visible and some aren't, but they come together with the help of their coach, each other and hopefully a really great woman.

In this book, which is the first in the series, we meet Theo and Allison. Both have had a pretty rough time lately, but things heat up the second they meet for the first time. Without trying to give anything away I'll just say that they had a really rough time getting to know each other, but it pays off for both of them. Theo, who not only plays hockey, but speaks French and rides a motorcycle (that's like, my dream man!) is just trying to buy the company he's been running for the past five years. Allison just had the ultimate wake-up call about her husband and is trying to get back on solid ground. Once the two meet and try to figure it all out sparks are flying everywhere and it's so much fun to watch.

We also got a taste for the other guys on the team and Allison's new friends and you can see potential matchup that are gonna rock Destiny Falls. I can't wait to read more about these guys! As a disabled person myself, it's a great thing to see the main characters portrayed as heroes, but also guys that just want to get on with life and find the love they so deserve no matter their physical makeup.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Volunteering to be a puck bunny for the Bomb Squad!!!! 20 Aug 2014
By jennifer schultheis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
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!
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