This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on January 29, 2019
Wildlife! Big family! A mystery! Romance! New to me author and series! Oh my, yes! I thought I had found the perfect match as soon as I latched eyes onto this book. I ended up finding it moderately engaging. Book Recommendations: Darkest Night by Tara Thomas X-Ops Exposed by Paige Tyler Seconds to Live by Melinda Leigh
Beyond Risk opens with Charlee, a former Fish & Wildlife Officer, getting ready to start over at the family-owned river rafting business. She had a shake up when she lost a client out on the water the year before and the guilt is still troubling her, but family support and a family friend who is becoming something more have her ready to start again. Only, a new misadventure on the water has everyone realizing that the first drowning was no accident and Charlee is the intended target.
Hunter is determined to do well at his new job as Lt. in the Fish & Wildlife after the last one tarnished his name by taking bribes, but he is more concerned about who is after Charlee and why because he wants to be more than the family friend.
So, Beyond Risk, by all early indications should have been a fabulous read for me, but, it was more along the lines of moderately engaging. I didn’t hate it, but found myself out of sync with this book from the beginning and never finding a good connection. It dove right in to the middle of the story and had me checking more than once that I didn’t grab a book in the middle of an existing series or checking to see if I accidentally picked up the first in a spin-off series that needed the first series to feel cohesive. But, that wasn’t the case, at least that I could find. It jumped in to the middle of an existing problem and an existing developing relationship.
A passel of people were thrown at me in the opening pages as well as some conflicts. I sorted them out soon enough, but it was distracting for a while there. Later on, the author goes back and gets into the past situations to make sense of the earlier confusion, but I never did feel connected.
The mystery was decent though it wasn’t difficult. It did make a nice element in the overall story and added spikes of excitement.
The romance was so-so for me, too. I liked both characters and liked them for a couple with their shared interests and experiences, but it was a case of not buying into what was holding them back. Charlee was wary of a relationship and her reasons weren’t good enough to hold Hunter at a distance the way she did. Hunter’s issue was more solid and fortunately he only used his concern about her family reaction and his work conflict once or twice before really going for it. The wildlife euphemisms for lovemaking were not weird per se, but a little quirky for me.
What I thoroughly liked was the setting and backdrop of the life along the Florida river systems and focus on the wildlife. Charlee’s big family and the business were also great fun and a good nucleus for the series.
So, I ended up liking it, but not loving it. I might give the next book a go to see if I do better now that I might not have that sense of being off beat with the book and the romance. I think others who enjoy romantic suspense might not experience that and would enjoy the book.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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