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Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Risk Worth Taking by Carolyn LeVine Topol

A Risk Worth Taking by Carolyn LeVine Topol
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (87 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Rosemary

After meeting at a health club and starting a relationship, Jack Randall and Rick Monroe face big challenges as they forge a future together. Rick is in the process of divorcing his resentful wife and must decide when to come out so he and Jack can enjoy a complete and honest relationship, and Jack needs to learn to be truthful with Rick, no matter what the consequences may bring. It will mean a lot of compromise, life changes, and some heartbreak, but Rick and Jack are determined to be together, despite the risks to their personal and professional lives.

Jack Randall and Rick Monroe are about to discover if their fragile newfound relationship is up for the challenges ahead of them. Will the obstacles in their path bring them closer together or tear them apart?

A Risk Worth Taking by Carolyn LeVine Topol picks up the morning after Healthy Obsession ends. Jack and Rick are committed to one another but both have doubts about the other. Jack is worried that Rick is not ready to come out of the closet and risk losing his kids while Rick is afraid that Jack is not prepared to leave his playboy past behind him.

Ms. Topol does not hesitate to tackle some serious issues in A Risk Worth Taking. The path she sets for Jack and Rick is strewn with obstacles to overcome, but I like how she manages to use every opportunity to bring them closer together. Jack and Rick fall in love at first sight, but then Ms. Topol gives enough of a back story to make their story completely believable. The friendship between Jack, Steve, and Tom, Steve’s husband, is so much fun to read about, and I love how they open their arms to welcome Rick into the fold. Rick doesn’t hesitate to reciprocate and bring Jack, Steve, and Tom into his world as well.

A Risk Worth Taking is a superb conclusion to the beginning of Jack and Rick’s new-found relationship. Ms. Topol neatly wraps up A Risk Worth Taking with a heart-warming happily ever after ending that will make you believe in the power of love at first sight.

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