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Risky Business (A Bomb Squad Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Melissa Cutler
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of Bomb Squad--an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. But the season's biggest match-up isn't on the ice as one of their own prepares to go head to head with his new boss...
                   
Allison Whitely's ex left her with a mountain of debt and Cloud Nine, a struggling boat rental business. With zero job skills, her only hope of getting back in the black lies in a brooding ex-soldier who has her seeing red...

Theo Lacroix's teammates are counting on their star player to help them win an upcoming high profile hockey game. But when a sexy tornado of a woman sweeps into Destiny Falls and expects him to help her with Cloud Nine, Theo is tempted to skate away from it all.

Theo vowed never again to be someone's knight in shining armor, but his feelings--and desire--for Allison are becoming harder to ignore. He longs to save her, but to win Allison's love, he'll have to throw out his old playbook and take the ultimate risk...playing from the heart.

Books in the Bomb Squad hockey series:
Risky Business (Bomb Squad #1)- August 2014
Undefeated (Bomb Squad #2) - November 2014
Game Changer (Bomb Squad #3) - April 2015

Praise for the novels of Melissa Cutler

"A bright new voice in contemporary romance."--New York Times Bestselling author Lori Wilde


"One hot romance from start to finish."--New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown


Product Details

  • File Size: 1284 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Publisher: InterMix (August 19, 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DMCV5XY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,272 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rating... August 19, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
My Review:
Yes, I cried in this one. Yes, it's that good. There's just something so tragic about both Allison and Liam's background. These are wounded characters, but in the best way because regardless of how contentious things are between them in the beginning, they are perfect for one another.

The story starts with Allison and her morbid fear of water. After a near-drowning at age seven, every significant, life-altering (i.e. bad) event in Allison's life has happened in the midst of water...including finding out that her husband is a skeezy criminal...which threw her into labor...in the middle of a deluging rainstorm. She has a phobia, so it's a bit ironic when in the divorce and criminal proceedings with her husband that the only thing she gets out of it is a boat rental company located at the edge of a canal.

But Liam had dibs on this company first. He's run it and kept it afloat for 10 years and had an agreement from Allison's husband to sell it to him. Something that he wants Allison to honor. But Allison has nothing else...including a place to live (the business has an apartment located upstairs) so she refuses to honor that agreement.

If Liam was anyone else, he could just leave and find a new job and home (oh yeah, his home is one of the boats owned by the business, too...something else that was agreed upon to be sold to him). But Liam suffered a debilitating traumatic brain injury in the Canadian Army which left it impossible to do most jobs. The explanation of his issues left me in tears for what he lost...this guy...gah, it broke my heart.

I love how this story progressed. Even though both characters are physically drawn to the other, they truly hate each other's guts just because of the threat the other has on their very livelihood.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the Bomb Squad! August 19, 2014
By sgalley
Format:Kindle Edition
4.5 Stars
I love books with a strong heroine. Allison Whitely is just that. I also love books about tough, brooding military and ex-military men. That would describe Theo Lacroix. Put the two of them together and watch out! They are both injured souls…for different reasons - but it gives them commonality. What brings them into each others orbit is Cloud Nine, a boat charter business. Theo is managing it, with hopes of owning it one day. Allison is planning on running it as a source of income to support her and her 8-month-old daughter. Her husband is going to prison, so what choice does she have? It’s the only thing she got from him.

Theo is also a star player for the Destiny Falls ice hockey team, Bomb Squad, comprised of rugged military heroes. His teammates are counting on him to win an upcoming high profile hockey match. He does not need the distraction of a sexy woman that is trying to upend his entire lifestyle.

Theo and his Bomb Squad teammates Will, Liam, Brandon and the aging Duke were my favorite part of the book. The multi-personalities of this group of guys were fun and made their camaraderie believable. They all had demons, but managed to keep them at bay enough to maintain a facade of happiness and normalcy. Their backgrounds cemented them as a dynamic team. You will fall in love with these guys. I certainly did.

The relationship between the broody Theo and Allison worked. She stood up to him and knew how to push his buttons -which was just what he needed. The chemistry between these two was slow to develop, but when it ignited…watch out! It burned bright and hot!

This is the first book in the Bomb Squad series. I am very much looking forward to the continuation of the storyline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Risky Business (A Bomb Squad Novel) by Melissa Cutler August 19, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Risky Business (A Bomb Squad Novel) by Melissa Cutler
Publication Date: August 19, 2014
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori
Rated: 4.5 Stars
SPOTLIGHT, Review & Giveaway: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-1wj

REVIEW:
Risky Business is the first book in Melissa Cutler's new series, The Bomb Squad. I love Melissa Cutler's books and was really looking forward to her new series. After reading the first book I'm hooked. Hot military guys that play hockey together. Ummm...yep that sounds good to me. I loved it and can't wait for more books in the series. Risky Business is full of action, suspense, and steamy romance. It captured and held my attention from start to finish. I highly recommend this book for romantic suspense lovers.

*Review copy provided by Berkley/NAL in exchange for an honest at review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! August 23, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Wow. This was such a great book! It had everything a good romance needs...drama, hot guys, great friends, motorcycles, and hockey. Really, what more do you need? Seriously, this is a great series about a group of guys who were wounded in war in some way who get together for friendship, brotherhood, and to play hockey. Each has a story and a different disability, some visible and some aren't, but they come together with the help of their coach, each other and hopefully a really great woman.

In this book, which is the first in the series, we meet Theo and Allison. Both have had a pretty rough time lately, but things heat up the second they meet for the first time. Without trying to give anything away I'll just say that they had a really rough time getting to know each other, but it pays off for both of them. Theo, who not only plays hockey, but speaks French and rides a motorcycle (that's like, my dream man!) is just trying to buy the company he's been running for the past five years. Allison just had the ultimate wake-up call about her husband and is trying to get back on solid ground. Once the two meet and try to figure it all out sparks are flying everywhere and it's so much fun to watch.

We also got a taste for the other guys on the team and Allison's new friends and you can see potential matchup that are gonna rock Destiny Falls. I can't wait to read more about these guys! As a disabled person myself, it's a great thing to see the main characters portrayed as heroes, but also guys that just want to get on with life and find the love they so deserve no matter their physical makeup.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong emotion
I really enjoyed this book. It was full of emotion with very strong characters. I especially loved Theo and felt for him as he struggled to cope with his war injuries. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by samanthagirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable story
I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Carole's Random Life
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a touching love story for which two people are afraid to love...
Emotionally and physically injured wounded soldiers come together to play hockey to show everyone they are whole. Read more
Published 27 days ago by lisa
3.0 out of 5 stars A good entry into a new series
This is the story of Allison and Theo. When Allison's ex leaves her with a rental boat business and a baby, Allison ends up in the small town of Destiny Falls, trying to make ends... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Maria Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars YEAH, a new Melissa Cutler Series!!
In this start to a new series, Ms. Cutler leaves the cowboy and ICE worlds for a not too often written about part of the USA--the Niagara Falls area of upstate New York. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Love Love
I am already in love with this series. I love hockey and military romances and this has both. Great story loved the characters. Well written. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great start to a series! I rooted for both Theo and Allison!
I loved so many things about Risky Business! The premise surrounding the Bomb Squad series is very intriguing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Grace
4.0 out of 5 stars Great new series
The first in a new series about combat wounded vets playing hockey in Destiny Falls, NY. There's a great storyline here about self confidence, being strong and making new... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anima M. Giraldez
5.0 out of 5 stars Another awesome set of characters and situations from Melissa Cutler
Another awesome set of characters and situations from Melissa Cutler! She's definitely on my auto-buy list because of how well she can tell a completely cohesive and heart-touching... Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. Koster
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful contemporary romance!
Another winner from Ms. Cutler, I have read several books by this author and have enjoyed each one and now she is introducing us to a new series featuring wounded Veterans that all... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pamerd
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More About the Author

Melissa Cutler knows she has the best job in the world, dividing her time between her dual passions for writing sexy small town contemporary romances, western romances, and edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense for a variety of publishers, including Harlequin, Kensington Books, Penguin, and Macmillan. She was struck at an early age by an unrelenting travel bug and is probably planning her next vacation as you read this. When she's not globetrotting, she's enjoying Southern California's flip-flop wearing weather and wrangling two rambunctious kids. Find out more about Melissa and her books at www.melissacutler.net or write to her at melissa@melissacutler.net . You can also find Melissa on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MelissaCutlerBooks) and Twitter (@m_cutler)

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