Title: Risk Taker (Mixed Messages #3)
Author: Lily Morton
Release Date: July 22nd 2018
Page Count: 288
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Being in love with your best friend is hard.
Henry’s the odd man out. All his friends are settling down, and his reputation as the Hook-Up King of London seems more like a curse than a blessing these days. Especially when it keeps photojournalist Ivo, his best friend and the brilliant man he’s loved since they were fifteen, at arm’s length. But that’s where Ivo wants him, right? Putting aside his feelings, Henry decides to give up casual sex and look for the real deal. After all, he has no chance with Ivo – or does he?
Henry is everything to Ivo. Best friend, soul mate, the one person who has never let him down. The one person he is loyal to above everything and everyone. But Henry’s in a box marked best friend and that’s where Ivo’s kept him for nearly twenty years, despite steadily falling in love with the gentle man. And besides, why would Henry want to date Ivo? Burned out and injured, he’s the walking embodiment of damaged.
Distance has helped Henry and Ivo keep a lid on their attraction, but when they find themselves in the same city for a change—Ivo hurt and needing assistance, and Henry more than willing to provide it—the two best friends grow closer than ever, forcing a realization, and a decision. Risk their friendship for their hearts? Or can they have both?
From the bestselling author of Rule Breaker and Deal Maker comes a tender love story about two best friends who are perfect for each other, and always have been – if only they knew it.
This is the third book in the Mixed Messages series, but it can be read as a standalone.
One box of shame coming right up! I’m the minority about this one. ? absolutely LOVED the first two books in the series but Risk Taker was a constant exercise in frustration for me. I’ll go with three stars because there were still parts that worked for me; the banter, although toned down, was still there. The writing was excellent, the perfect mix of funny and evocative. The impossibly humorous situations, the steamy bits and the glorious HEA did not disappoint.
So one might ask, “what in the world didn’t work for you, Ele?”. OMG, everything else. My biggest problem, though, was Ivo’s character. In the end, I never understood that man. Why did he insist on staying in that job? Even after getting together with Henry, why did he want to leave? Why why why? There wasn’t enough info in the book to justify Ivo’s constant need to flee or his tendency to keep pushing Henry away.
Until the end, I hated the way the characters acted. So dramatic and immature. Like
the way Henry just fled from the gallery or how Ivo left without saying goodbye while Henry slept! WTH man! And how about their first sexual encounter where Ivo decides to crash Henry’s date to jack him off under the table?
Their inability to just sit down and talk (despite being soulmates), the way they used sex to postpone a serious discussion, Ivo’s “WTF were you thinking” attitude and Henry’s almost doormat behaviour sealed the deal for me.
From any other author this would have been a complete disaster. But Lily Morton is a talented author and her writing clicks with me, so despite my niggles I managed to find some enjoyment in this. I hope more characters in the series get their own book!