Author: Christie Barth
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: In the follow-up to Risking It All, hailed by Lauren Layne as “the perfect escapist read,” the heartthrobs of the Naked Men blog and podcast get a little too real about friendship, love, and sex. For one wealthy bachelor, the trouble starts when all three collide. . . .
After narrowly surviving a bus crash in high school with his best friends, science geek Knox Davis resolved to become so successful that he could have anything and everything he wants. Now he’s über-wealthy, a huge business success, and a notorious ladies’ man. Knox refuses to limit himself to one woman, but when his latest conquest—a blond beauty from the Alaskan bush—challenges his superficial ways, Knox begins to see the world through her eyes, and finds he likes what he sees.
A nurturer at heart, Madison Abbott wants to put down roots. She left Alaska to meet Mr. Right—and to track down Logan, the half-brother she’s never met. Instead, she finds Knox. Although the sexy-as-sin bachelor may not seem like marriage material, Madison’s starting to think that Knox is The One. But Knox refuses to settle down, especially once he learns that Madison is his best friend’s little sister. Now it’s up to her to convince Knox that she’s everything he really wants.
Review: I think Knox and Madison have become my favorite Naked Men characters, but since we’re only in the second in the series, I’ll make that a for now statement. Each of the five men have such interesting back stories, and as we visit each of them in their own books, I think we’ll find compelling reasons to love them all.
I love Madison in this story. She’s so positive that she can get what she wants. She sets a goal and then does what she needs to do to get it–very similar to Knox. And I loved the little surprise about her brother, and we’ve only just started on that little mystery/part. I can’t wait to learn more about it.
Knox’s story arc is the classic poor but brilliant boy makes great in the world. His reason to live during the defining three days in their teens was kind of nerdy and shallow but totally understandable at that age. But for him to still be clinging to it at this point? Immature at the least. I was sort of disappointed that such an intelligent man could have such a blind spot in his own self-awareness–but it’s certainly not the first time I’ve been surprised by men and their reasoning! 😎
There’s certainly much more to Knox, fortunately, such as the Naked Men podcasts and blog, and how he takes care of his mother and friends. When Madison confronts him with the idea that everything shouldn’t always be about making money, it’s really a turning point for him.
Hot, sexy dialogue and heated embraces are only part of what makes this series a winner for me. Christi Barth really humanizes these characters with heart and depth that makes them a funny, hot and touching read. Thanks!