Synopsis via Goodreads: From New York Times bestselling author K. Bromberg comes a new, sexy standalone about taking chances and finding love when it’s least expected. Or wanted.
This whole contest was supposed to be easy. I know, I know. Famous last words.
It’s a long story, but I messed up at work. Big time. To earn back the trust of my boss, I promised to save one of our magazines. Yep. That Hot Dad contest you’ve seen advertised all over the place was my idea. And if I’m successful, if I’m able to increase our online readership, then I get a shot at my dream job.
But the one thing I never expected to happen, happened: Contestant number ten, Grayson Malone. Hello, Mr. Difficult. And did I mention sexy as hell?
Unfortunately he knows me. The old me, anyway. And while we might be older now, I remind him of before. Of the woman who broke his heart, who hardened him, and who left him alone to raise the cutest little boy I’ve ever seen.
But I don’t want a relationship. And I definitely don’t fall for single dads with baggage. Even ones with chiseled abs and killer smiles.
But he got to me. They got to me. Him and his son and their messy, crazy life. But I got to him too. I see the stolen glances. I feel the walls he built start to crumble. I recognize that there’s an unexpected beauty to the chaos in his life.
And now that the contest is about to end, we’re left to decide whether the last six months were just fun or if what we have is worth risking it all?
Sidney Thorton is on the verge of being fired from her father’s publishing company unless she manages to find a way to save the Modern Family magazine. She comes up with the idea for a contest—a hot dad contest—but when one of the contestants refuses to play by the rules, Sidney will have to find a way to change his mind. Grayson Malone is a single-dad who wants nothing to do with Sidney Thorton, but yet he can’t seem to stay away. He knows what he’s risking if he let’s her in and Grayson will have to decide whether or not she’s worth that risk.
I had intended to read this book when it released back in May but I had gotten sidetracked by ARCs and I eventually forgot what this book was about. I wouldn’t say that was a bad thing though and once I realized that this was a single-dad romance, ya gurl was hooked! While this is the third book in the Everyday Heroes series, it can be read as a standalone and Bromberg doesn’t give away any spoilers for the other Malone brothers either, which I truly appreciated! I enjoyed the writing and was living for the small town setting. I especially loved the Malone family! These brothers have such a strong bond and mama Malone is always keeping her sons in line too. We also have Grayson’s son, Luke, who has no filter and is completely adorable.
For the most part, I liked Grayson. I connected with him, I felt his pain and I loved his relationship with Luke. He’s such a great father and is always putting everyone else first. But at the same time, he’s also very hardheaded and there were moments where he frustrated me because he was so stuck in the past, he couldn’t see his future standing right in front of him. On the other hand, it took me a really long time to get on board with Sidney’s character. The thing is, for majority of the book Sidney’s character just fell really flat for me. She lacked the depth I was yearning for and I felt like we only got to see some real character development in the last few chapters. She did like a 360 at the end of the book and she started wanting things she never wanted before and it felt off because we didn’t really see a build up to her wanting those things. Maybe if we had seen these changes in the middle of the book instead of at the end things would’ve flowed better for me.
The romance gave me whiplash and this is where I struggled most with this book. Sidney and Grayson have major communication issues and their constant back and forth between “just sex” and “something more” had me yelling at my eReader. The funny thing is, they’re both aware of the fact that their giving off mixed signals, yet the still do it. Then we also have Grayson’s trust issue which just causes more tension between the pair and while this story is all about fighting for love and risking it all, it just became too much for me and I was exhausted by the end. Sometimes a little less drama is better in the end.
Despite the ups and downs, Worth the Risk was still a sweet story and I definitely plan on reading the rest of the Malone brother’s books sometime this year. If you love single-dad romances, I definitely recommend giving this book a read and hopefully the Malone brothers will charm you as well!