Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Risk Everything On It
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Series: Ready or Knot #2
Heroes: Jax Conlon/Oz Parsons
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 284 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 8, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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: A beautiful, fluffy, mostly angst-free romance; the kind of story that I know many will fall in love with over and over again. We have Jax, a struggling actor, and Oz, a recently divorced father with two small girls. Jax and Oz meet in the cutest way, and end up sexing up a Ford Explorer. Loved that, and loved the easy camaraderie between the two men. They have an easy and sweet romance, and I know many who will love this kind of story. Unfortunately, I spent a lot of time expecting something bad to happen, which it never did. This story is the epitome of love and romance in a nut shell. Jax and Oz are two men who have secrets, two men who have to decide if they are willing to allow a relationship and love to grow between them. Both have risks to take with those secrets, but nothing that should destroy their budding romance.
I believe my problem is that I have a certain expectation when I read this author’s books. She has been a favorite and auto-buy author of mine for years, and remains that author for me. So, with that said, it is on me that I had a preconceived notion of what was probably going to happen. I was waiting for the shoe to fall, and one of the men to be a hard ass, a character that is not too easy to love, but eventually grows on you. I wasn’t expecting them to both be likable men without baggage. I need that difficulty to really enjoy my M/M romances and sadly fluffy romance is my least favorite.
This is definitely a well written story, one with totally fleshed characterization. K.A. Mitchell’s writing is always first rate, and I will always recommend her books, including this one. Just because it wasn’t my favorite takes nothing away from the story. I would definitely recommend that readers give this book, this series, and especially this author a try.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*