Risk It by Jennifer Chance| Review

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Jennifer Chance’s Rule Breakers series turns up the heat as a wealthy playboy and a beautiful con artist engage in a high-stakes game of seduction.

As dominating in business as he is in bed, Rand Sterling Winston IV always gets what he wants. And even before he realizes that she’s scammed him into paying triple the cost for her friend’s painting, he wants Dani Michaels. To catch her alone, Rand demands that she personally deliver his purchase. The attraction between them is immediate and electric, and he knows she feels it, too. So when the part-time petty thief rebuffs his advances, he gives her a choice: a night in jail or an evening with him.

Despite her checkered past, Dani has never met someone like Rand: brooding, intense, and oh so tempting. Only a man with a broken soul could make control feel this dangerous. Still, when Rand proposes a no-strings, no-holds-barred affair, Dani’s more than a little intrigued. It’ll be the trickiest con she’s ever run and a chance to indulge her steamiest fantasies—nothing more. But as their encounters grow increasingly intimate, Dani uncovers a vulnerable side to Rand’s steely exterior and opens her heart to the ultimate risk.

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About the Author:JennStarkYA_Book_sm

I come by romance honestly, having spent several years writing adult romance and entering romance contests through Romance Writers of America–including finaling twice in the prestigious Golden Heart contest and winning once. But despite these and other contest wins, my first published novel came not in adult romance, but as a writer of YA historical fiction (you can read all about my Elizabethan spy girls stories, the Maids of Honor, here.)

Still, despite my love of Elizabethan spies, I could never quite give up those super Alpha contemporary romance heroes. So, in the summer of 2013, I decided to see if perhaps I might still have a romance or two up my sleeve.

I wrote a tale about a girl whose biggest high-school and college crush–a rock star–suddenly becomes her biggest client, only now she has to be professional and not betray the fact that she’s completely in love with the guy. It was a fun, sexy, romantic fantasy, and I suggested the idea to my agent… who asked what other ideas I had in addition to this story. Shortly after, the Rule Breakers series was born.

To separate these books from my historical work, I adopted the name Jennifer Chance. I am now pursuing my dreams (pretty much round the clock as it turns out) and am THRILLED to be able to have four e-books coming out in 2014 and early 2015, all with Random House LoveSwept’s New Adult romance line.

As to what will happen from here, who knows? But as long as there is a story to be written and an HEA to be had, I’ll be the one over in the corner, tapping away on my keyboard.

 

My Review: Three Heart Rating

 

I went into this book not expecting much. I hadn’t read any of Jennifer’s previous works, and this is a standalone novel in a series that has three other titles. The blurb had me intrigued, though the first thing that crossed my mind was ‘oh it’s another rich guy, poor girl book…great’.  This obviously isn’t a problem, because I do love that type of book, but it definitely had me a little iffy on it.

What I got was so much more. Jennifer Chance took a story and twisted it to be unique among a crowd of books that are all the same.

Dani isn’t just your average girl with nothing more than lint in her pockets, she’s a masterful con artist and understands people. Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks and with a history in the foster system, she doesn’t like to take crap from people and has slightly sticky fingers when she sees something valuable. After conning Rand into paying 3 times the amount for a normal painting, she gets her due from him: A couple hours in jail and the beginning of an explosive relationship.

And explosive it is! The sex scenes were just…wow.
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A lot of people claim that they had problems connecting with the characters, but I really felt for Dani and Rand. They were such polar opposites of each other, and it really created a bond between them. Rand lightened up and loosened up Dani, who’s main concern in life was to help her foster brother and just live her life.

There is a major twist in the story, that I actually wasn’t expecting. It really showed Dani’s character, and as Rand delves deeper in her past, he realizes she’s not just the average fling, but the real deal.

Definitely keep your eye out for this author and her work, because this one is a keeper!

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