Risk Taker (Lili’s Review)

Title: Risk Taker (Mixed Messages #3)
Author: Lily Morton
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 22nd 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 288 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.

Friends to lovers + Lily Morton =

To say I was excited for Risk Taker by Lily Morton is an understatement.

*rubs hands together*Let’s not rehash the blurb and get down to the nitty-gritty.

What I loved:

-Best friends to lovers are my crack. There’s something about that emotional pull that just gets to me, and LM nailed it.

-UST. The pent-up sexual frustration was palpable. It’s been building up for years and when it finally happens- it’s something!

-Complex main characters.

-BANTER! I think LM has the best banter of any author I’ve read. It’s funny and snarky without going over the line.

-Dual POVs

-Hurt/Comfort/Healing goodness.

-Unrequited love and push and pull made for some delicious angst.

-The end was perfection.

Lily Morton has become an auto-buy author for me and Risk Taker is an excellent addition to the Mixed Messages. Her writing is smooth and she always has the perfect mix of humor and romance in her books. I mean, who doesn’t love a story that will make you cry, laugh, swoon, and fill you with happiness? Highly recommend this series and book.

4 Stars

Mixed Messages series

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Galley copy of Risk Taker (Mixed Messages #3) provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant