Monday, November 7, 2016

Book Review, Giveaway: Calculated Risk by Rachael Duncan

Title: Calculated Risk
Author: Rachael Duncan
Genre: Contemporary Romance


I thought the ring on my finger would do the trick and keep men away. All I wanted was to save my heart from shattering--again. The truth is, I'm not married. The ring was just a ploy--a ploy to keep me safe, protected from pain.

But then Marcus Riley came along with his goofy pick-up lines, and he saw right through the facade. He knew the truth, and he wanted me. God help me, I wanted him too--in so many ways. But love is a risk, a painful, scary risk. One I'm too afraid to take.

He's the one risk worth taking.

But it just might come at a price.

"Once again, Rachael Duncan has delivered a novel that is impossible to put down with witty characters, suspense, and a few plot twists that will have you laughing, crying, holding your breath, begging for mercy, and/or throwing your Kindle." -5 star review from JB McGee
"Calculated Risk did not disappoint, its was beautifully written, full of love, angst, heartbreak and some suspense." -4.5 star review
"I read this book within 4 hours! I love everything about this book!!" -5-star review

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:


I’m lost in her and I never want to be found.

I stare up at the ceiling waiting and planning his castration should we have to call someone for help.

My mother looks around the house, surveying the place like a robber would his next heist.  She’s judging right now and hasn’t been here for five minutes. 


That fluffy bastard is pretty pathetic… Sorry, what I meant to say is he’s a ferocious beast who’d have no problem stalking his prey.

You told me I should sell hot dogs because I already know how to make a wiener stand.

My Review:

Calculated Risk was my second Rachael Duncan experience, and I enjoyed both books with equal measure.  Her characters are interesting, believable, and appealing, while her storylines are well-balanced, relevant, engaging, and well paced.  In addition to the fun and sexy romance, the plot also contained twists of suspense and intrigue.  I have to love a character who names her cat Spartacus – I just have to.  The writing was often humorous with an ongoing bit between the two protagonists of him texting or calling her with cheesy come-on lines.  Marcus was a perfect BBF, sweet, sexy, and smart.  He made tremendous efforts in wooing and maintaining Lydia’s attention, which wasn’t easy as she was determined to resist the charm of all men given her poor luck in the romance department.  I relished his creative, fun, and romantic gestures and adored these two as a couple. 

Empress DJ 

Stalker: Caught ya.

My brows furrow in confusion as I try to figure out what he’s talking about. After several seconds and still no clue, I text him back.

Me: Caught me what?

Stalker: Thinking about me.

With a grin, I respond.

Me: What makes you so sure I was thinking about you?

Stalker: Because I was thinking of you.

Rachael Duncan is an Army wife and mother to two beautiful girls. She grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and went off to graduate from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in political science. With initial plans to work in politics, she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked on Capitol Hill for a House Representative. After a short time, she realized it wasn't for her and began pursuing other careers until she started writing. She's the author of Tackled by Love, The Lies and Truth Series, and Hopeless Vows.


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