Author: K.A. Mitchell
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Sequel to Put a Ring on It
Ready or Knot: Book Two
Former child star and deeply closeted adult actor Jax Conlon needs a boost to his flagging career. He promised his mom, just before she died. He hopes he’s found it in a guest spot with the latest directorial prodigy, but his research for the role gets derailed by an encounter with a handsome stranger with more… hands-on experience.
Oz Parsons is a devoted dad to two amazing little girls. Maybe a little too devoted—he hasn’t had anything resembling a personal life since his ex left, leaving Oz and the girls with broken hearts and abandonment issues. So a hookup with a hot guy is just what he needs to let off some pent-up steam without any complications. There’s something about Jax, though, that’s got him finding reasons to draw things out.
With their goals and families pulling them in two different directions, Oz and Jax have to figure if white-hot chemistry and desire that won’t quit is enough to roll the dice and risk now on forever.
Review: Risk Everything On It is a story about grown up men that bring very different complications to a relationship that starts as a hook up and ends as a love story. Jax is a former child star trying to hold onto his career. He’s older now and really only had one big show years ago. Jax gets a two episode job with a new pilot that’s filming in New York. This is how he meets Oz. Oz is a father of two young girls he adopted with his ex-husband. Jax and Oz get down and dirty within the first few pages. Oz gives Jax his card despite both of them thinking it’s a one time deal. They get together a few more times and realize there’s more just an incredible attraction between them. Jax is kind of in the closet . His friends and some colleagues know but professionally he thinks it will harm him to come out. Oz is basically raising his girls alone since the ex only pops in when he pleases, so he doesn’t really think he has time for a relationship in his life right now. Basically neither is looking for a relationship but they fall for each other anyway.
I found the further I got into this book the more I liked it. The first half had a lot of sex. If you like dirty talk you’ll love these guys. I thought at times it was too much but that’s probably just me. As the book goes along you realize the guys are falling for each other I started really liking it. I enjoyed reading about how the guys navigate through all their obstacles that are their lives and make a place for the other. It all felt very real but it also had that whirlwind romance feel because they guys fall so hard despite not wanting to.
I found it refreshing that some of Oz’s baggage was an ex that wasn’t a woman and that there were kids involved. Gay men get divorced, too. His ex is kind of an ass but he loves his girls. I liked how conflicted I felt about him. Maybe his book will be coming soon? I also admit that kids in my romance books aren’t usually something I’m fond of but I actually enjoyed them in this one. I think because it helped me understand Oz and the place in his life he was at when he meets Jax. Jax never thought he’d want kids but he wants Oz and finds he likes being welcomed into their little family.
If you enjoy this author you’ll probably want to pick this one up. It was very sexy. The guys could barely keep their hands off each other. I thought Jax”s reactions to meeting Oz’s family was a lot of fun to read about. He does well but he also stumbles. Jax is kind of selfish in that way that he never really has to put anyone else first. Oz struggles with his priorities as a parent and his burning desire to be near Jax. This book was a really good story with lots of hot sex. It’s also pretty funny. Another KA Mitchell book I enjoyed. She continues to be an auto read for me.