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In terms of characterisation Marisa is a fun and very likeable female character; she’s not worried that she hasn’t yet found Mr Right so to speak and she’s focussed and actually rather good at her job. She’s not so independent that she comes across cold and unyielding which strong female characters do have the habit of becoming. I loved the little snippets from her parents that add a humorous tone and I cannot help but love a good girly best-friend relationship. Erica and Marisa’s friendship is honest, girly and rather darling. The chatter between the two is comical and I liked the space it gave to the main plot. Trip, is pretty hot and heavy (and rather intense) however there’s more to him than first meets the eye and when you take a step back and look at the two characters you see they have a lot more in common than at first thought. The build-up of their relationship is handled well and although we can all see where this is going, right, I still enjoyed the constant will they won’t they of their relationship. Also, I really enjoyed the mystery subplot that Trip and Marisa try and figure out as to whether the sexual harassment suits are connected and it meant that I was pretty hooked throughout!
In terms of negatives, the ending is a little rushed, it’s a shame because all the way through the build-up is perfectly handled and yet at the end it all suddenly pulls together a little too quickly. When I’m reading a book that is obviously assembling a big finale I don’t want to feel cheated out of the excitement to find out if it is all going to be okay in the end. I guess the only other negative is it is a little clichéd in terms of plotline don’t expect anything too out of the ordinary but it’s okay here because of the maintained plot line regarding the sexual harassments. In terms of writing style it moves with pace and despite being quite a short book in terms of length, the descriptions are full bodied and made the fictional world feel real.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, it works great as a standalone book but I hear that there will be a continuation of the story which I do look forward to reading. The characters are nicely developed; the storyline does have a few interesting legal insights which made it feel a lot more believable. This would be the perfect summer beach read; not too taxing but a lovely story all the same!
*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
I really enjoyed this novel. The storyline is not a particularly original one (a professional develops feelings for a client, someone they shouldn't fall for) but it has been executed well and author Mae Wood has definitely given it her own twist. I instantly liked the characters, particularly main protagonist Marisa. She's the prototype of a strong, passionate and independent woman who has build a great career for herself, but as readers we also get to see her more vulnerable side. She is a bit distant, especially when it comes to men, which is all connected to when she discovered her ex-boyfriend cheating on her. I enjoyed seeing these different sides of Marisa and how she struggles to overcome these issues as the story progresses.
Other characters, such as handsome business man Trip and Marisa's best friend Erica, are also well-develooped and really added something to the story. The novel not only deals with a romance story, but also focuses on the sexual harassment lawsuits and how Marisa needs to find a way to solve things. I really enjoyed both these storylines and combined they made for a thoroughly enjoyable read. Overall, 'Risking Ruin' is an entertaining contemporary romance novel with great chemistry between the main characters. A promising debut!
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Witty, intelligent, sexy characters written in a way that sweeps you along with their story.
Marisa runs her own law firm and was a really strong character from the start.Read more