About the Book:
When Jackson St. James decided that six weeks in Vermont’s Green Mountains would help him get his life together, he didn’t anticipate replacing his craving for whiskey with a craving for his alluring new landlord, Gabby. Now, instead of prioritizing his sobriety and the resolution of the lawsuit threatening his business, he’s making excuses to spend time with the spunky young landscaper whose candor is more than a little addictive.
Gabby Bouchard refuses to let her pill-popping mother and unreliable baby daddy turn her into a cynic, so she doesn’t fight her attraction to her enigmatic new tenant. Although Jackson’s smile rarely reaches his eyes, his generosity and dependability make her willing to overlook his demons. But once she convinces him to give in to temptation, Gabby’s jealous ex threatens to disrupt the life she has built for herself and her son.
With so much at stake, Gabby and Jackson must decide if love is worth the risk.
All too often these days people seem to think that they need to have life figured out or working perfectly before they take a chance on love. Hook-ups, it seems, are fine for people whose lives are messy, but not love. Jackson in counselled throughout this book not to get involved but in a lot of ways, having someone who is there for him, and for whom he can care, is healing for him. While Gabby had a lot to lose if things went way wrong with Jackson, she gained so much when they went right.
Worth the Risk is the story of a man who doesn't have it all together. Jackson's drinking has started to cause problems with his business. He has been sued, and his family life is a mess. Rather than go into rehab for his drinking, Jackson decides to take a six week vacation and to see a counsellor while there. He rents a garage apartment from Gabby's dad.
Gabby was a girl who was going places until one night she got too close to the wrong guy and ended up pregnant. College is tough for a single mom so she stays home with her dad where she is chief cook and bottle washer, in addition to running a landscape business.
Jackson is used to being busy and when things happen such that Gabby needs help, he steps up to the plate. Since her baby's father has never done that, Gabby is suitably impressed. Still, she knows he has demons and even gets him to talk about them, a little.
This is the third book in the series but I did not feel I had missed too much backstory; this book stood alone well.
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley. While not "squeaky clean", the bedrooms scenes were not terribly graphic. Grade B+