January 19, 2013
Risking it All (Truth or Dare #5) by Lee Brazil
* I received this ARC free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
After nearly a year, Bastian Grey is growing discontent with the lack of intimacy in his relationship with Rick Claremont. Can an adopted cat be the key to a real relationship?
Fire fighter Sebastian Grey has finally gotten what he’s wanted since he was sixteen: Rick Claremont in his bed. Only now he wants more. Convincing cautious Rick that loving him is a safe bet seems impossible.
Rick Claremont grew up in a hurry and experienced danger and loss early. He’s not sure risking himself on Sebastian is a viable option. The man is gorgeous and the sex is amazing, but Sebastian’s whole life is about taking chances. He throws himself off mountains for fun and runs into burning buildings for work. How can Rick trust this risk taker with his battered heart?
Will the advent of a cat and a corpse into their relationship give Bastian the entrée to Rick’s heart as well as his bed?
Rick has left a hard life and he carries the burden of his past on his shoulders. He keeps his relationships distant and won’t let anyone close to him. Arden Grey saved his life when she offered him a job and his ife has never been the same since. If he doesn’t figure out how to let Sebastian truly into his life, he may lose him forever.
Sebastian Grey has been in love with Rick since he first saw the 15 year old at Arden’s office. He finally has him where he wants him, in his bed, but he can’t seem to win his heart. With the help of a cat, Sebastian is finally getting a glimpse into Rick’s life.
I loved this story. Rick has so much emotional baggage that he is afraid to get close to anyone. He cares for Sebastian, maybe even loves him but he’s afraid to show him. He keeps their relationship distant and impersonal, they meet at a hotel or at Sebastian’s, never his house and they never spend the night together. He is afraid he is going to lose Sebastian because he is such a daredevil, always risking his life on his extreme sports and job as a firefighter.
Sebastian doesn’t know how to win Rick’ heart and his sister is the only person he will let close to him. He can’t continue like this, he needs more of a commitment from him. He loves him and craves the tenderness that Rick shows each time they are together. He has been thinking about their relationship a lot is about ready to give up on them if something doesn’t change.
When Rick adopts a cat, things start to change between him and Sebastian. He begins to let Sebastian into his life a little at a time. He welcomes him into his bed as well as his home and lets him sleep over. Sebastian soon becomes a fixture in his home as well as his personal life.
The added factor of the murder at the hotel and additional family helps to bring the two of them together. I love how accepting Sebastian is of Rick’s past when he finally confides in him. Rick needs Sebastian as much as Sebastian needs him and they are good for each other. Rick keeps Sebastian grounded while Sebastian helps him realize it’s ok to let loose and have a little fun.
This series is a favorite of mine and I look forward to each book. I wasn’t disappointed one bit with this installment either. Overall I really enjoyed Risking it All, book #5 in the Truth or Dare Series and give it 4 Flaming Hearts.