Risky Business

Risky Business

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by Melissa Cutler
Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of the Bomb Squad—an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. But the season’s biggest match-up isn’t on the ice as one of their own prepares to go head to head with his new boss…
Allison Whitely’s ex left her with a mountain of debt and Cloud Nine, a struggling


Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of the Bomb Squad—an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. But the season’s biggest match-up isn’t on the ice as one of their own prepares to go head to head with his new boss…
Allison Whitely’s ex left her with a mountain of debt and Cloud Nine, a struggling boat rental business. With zero job skills, her only hope of getting back in the black lies in a brooding ex-soldier who has her seeing red…
Theo Lacroix’s teammates are counting on their star player to help them win an upcoming high profile hockey game. But when a sexy tornado of a woman sweeps into town and expects him to help her with Cloud Nine, Theo is tempted to skate away from it all.
Theo vowed to never again be someone’s knight in shining armor, but his feelings—and desire—for Allison are becoming harder to ignore. He longs to save her, but to win Allison’s love, he’ll have to throw out his old playbook and take the ultimate risk…playing from the heart.
Includes a preview of the next Bomb Squad novel, Undefeated.

Praise for the novels of Melissa Cutler:
“A bright new voice in contemporary romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde
“One hot romance from start to finish.”—New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown
“Sexy, savvy stuff!”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Andersen
“Witty dialogue, great pacing, and steamy romance—not to mention a sassy heroine and her charming cowboy—make for one fun, passionate romp.”—RT Book Reviews

Melissa Cutler knows she has the best job in the world, dividing her time between her dual passions for writing sexy contemporary romances and edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense. She was struck at an early age by an unrelenting travel bug and is probably planning her next vacation as you read this.

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A Bomb Squad Novel , #1
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Melissa Cutler knows she has the best job in the world, dividing her time between her dual passions for writing sexy contemporary romances and edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense. She was struck at an early age by an unrelenting travel bug and is probably planning her next vacation as you read this.

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Risky Business 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Emsy-VanWyck More than 1 year ago
Must-read new series filled with alpha heroes and kick-ass heroines Confession time from this reviewer. I was so blown away by Melissa Cutler's Risky Business, the first book in her new Bomb Squad series, that I read her backlist. Yes, this book wowed me to the extent that Melissa Cutler is now on my must-read list. Why? Because she writes about people that we all can relate to. They're not uber wealthy, but they're our neighbors and friends who are trying the best they can to hold things together. In the first scene of Risky Business, Allison Whitely is about to deliver her child while her soon-to-be-ex-husband is taken in handcuffs from a strip joint. To complicate things even further, she was there to warn him about picketers led by her sister's church. What's a girl to do? Particularly when there doesn't seem to be any property or income after his sentence. Well, if she's Allison, she'll pack up and move to Destiny Falls where her husband had a tour boat operation. But all is not as she expected as her husband was actually visiting a mistress there and the person who ran the business, alpha hunk Theo Lacroix, expected that the business would be his. If this sounds like a familiar set-up, single mom and a slightly irascible alpha hero, it is to some extent. But what makes this book so special is how Melissa Cutler fleshes them out. Allison's phobia about water; Theo's sense of isolation and being let down; Theo's teammates from The Bomb Squad, a local hockey team made up of war veterans; the small town setting in Western New York State and the women business owners - all combine to make this a unique read. In addition, The Bomb Squad is being considered to represent the US in a Wounded Warrior Foundation match-up against the Russian Hockey team. Who's the team's star? Self-effacing Theo, of course. There are plenty of subplots and if I've already taken a slight boo hiss stance against one of the players (in hockey and in revolving-door women), well that's just understandable. Why? Because these characters are quite real for me as page after page flips by. Cutler explores quite a few hot button issues - family, faith, fidelity, trust, self-worth - in a generous and thoughtful manner. She's a writer to watch closely and I'm marking my calendar for the release of Undefeated (Book 2 on 18 Nov 2014) and Game Changer (Book 3 on 19 May 2015). Melissa Cutler's Risky Business is a must-read for anyone who loves alpha heroes and heroines who never give up. (I received an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley for use in this review.)
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim In romance books, we often refer to the male lead character as the hero and the female lead as the heroine. Melissa Cutler’s Risky Business and the entire Bomb Squad Series depicts true real life heroes and the women who fall in love with them. While the story is fiction, I’m realistic enough to know that war happens, death happens; and once you’ve step foot into a warzone, if you’re lucky to return you’re never the same. Be it memories that haunt you or the constant reminders of injuries you sustain, you’re changed forever. In Risky Business, Theo Lacroix is a Canadian Army Veteran who suffered a traumatic brain injury while in Afghanistan. Ten years removed, he’s still living with his disability and dreaming of owning his own business. But at the same time, he’s still running from demons of his past. Allison Whitely’s sole dream in life was to be a stay-at-home mom. She married an up and coming politician only to have the life she was expecting come raining down on her like a hurricane. After delivering her daughter without her husband and getting a divorce, she’s forced to start her life over again. Luckily for her, her divorce settlement included Cloud Nine, a boat rental business. The problem is she knows nothing about the business and there’s that one little, okay big detail...she’s afraid of water. Theo and Allison’s worlds collide when she arrives in Destiny Falls ready to take the helm of Cloud Nine. Not only does Allison not know anything about the business, she also doesn’t know that her ex had an agreement with Theo to let him buy the business. With the future of herself and her child at stake and his dream on the line, neither are willing to back down. Butting heads and arguments lead to passion. And passion leads to a truce and a workable relationship. Just when things are looking really good for these two, a past error is revealed which could shatter both of their dreams. Allison Whitely is a woman who is strong, feisty, and over the course of the book comes into her own. She doesn’t back down from a challenge. Theo Lacroix is a good man who just wants to be accepted for who he is. He’s not looking to be anyone’s hero. He just wants to be loved for him and him alone. These two bring out the worst in each other, but eventually the best in each other. Risky Business is heartwarming and heartbreaking. It’s filled with humor, friendship, passion, and love. It’s a wonderful start to a new series. Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why must the heroine have zero job skills?
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable story I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review. 4 Stars I am rating this book simply based on the fact that I really liked the story. I am trusting that the mistakes in the book that bugged in the ARC that I read were corrected by the time the final version was released. I admit that I am a fan of romance and I really enjoy a story that is a little different. This one fit that definition perfectly. The book opens with Allison, who is 9 months pregnant, watching her husband being arrested outside of a strip club. Let's be honest here - this is definitely a different opening for a romance novel. Allison finds herself in Destiny Falls trying to run a boat rental company, Cloud Nine. Cloud Nine currently has one employee and Theo wants nothing to do with Allison. Theo has spent the past 10 years working at Cloud Nine and he also plays for the local hockey team, Bomb Squad which is made up of wounded warriors. Theo and Allison eventually learn to work together as they realize they may have more in common with each other than work. I liked a lot of things about this story including most importantly the fact that it kept me entertained. I liked that the Theo and Allison were far from perfect and had a lot of issues to overcome to make things work. I really liked the chemistry between the pair and thought it was very authentic. I loved the bits of hockey that were part of the story even though it is really a very small part of the book. The supporting characters from the town of Destiny Falls were a lot of fun and I can't wait to see some of them in future books. There were a few things that I didn't like quite as much. If this had been a final copy of the book, my rating would have been much lower because there were some HUGE mistakes which I believe would have been caught prior to a final copy being released. I don't understand the cover of the book. Is there a rule that all romance books must have a man without his shirt featured on the cover? Why are his pants unbuttoned? Don't get me wrong - he is great to look at but I am not sure that it is a good representation of the story. There were a few conflicts that felt unnecessary and did not really add to the story. I was really hoping that this book would avoid the "big misunderstanding" pitfall that seems to be in every romance book but the author snuck one it before it was over. Overall, I really did enjoy reading this book and would recommend it to readers of contemporary romances. This was the first book by Melissa Cutler that I have had a chance to read. I do plan to continue with this series.
swanierl More than 1 year ago
I give it 41/2 stars. Story was well written. I was really surprised and impressed with Melissa Cutler. I look forward to reading the next book.
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dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Risky Business (Bomb Squad #1) by Melissa Cutler After an ugly divorce, Allison Whitely moved to Destiny Falls, New York to start a new life as the owner of a boat rental company called Cloud Nine.   Cloud Nine manager, Theo Lacroix, had a dream of buying the company until Allison shows up upsetting his dream.  The two have a difficult start, needing to learn to work together. Allison Whitely was courageous for moving to Destiny Falls and starting over.  I like that she was determined and did not back down.  I also appreciated that she admits to her weaknesses and wants to change them. Theo Lacroix is a noble hero.  He had a difficult past and made decisions that he wasn’t proud of.  I like that he finally forgave himself, and that he was open minded, getting a chance at happiness.  I also respected the creative methods Theo used to overcome his disability.   I love that the Bomb Squad hockey team is made up of injured military veterans.  I think that it is great that this group of guys found something to fight for. That they did not give up on life because of what they suffered.   Melissa Cutler did a great job with this first book in the Bomb Squad Series.  She created a wonderful town, with worthy characters that I look forward to getting to know better as the series progresses.  Cutler is off to a great start, creating an insightful and believable series.     Complimentary copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Allison Whitely's life has just been washed out. Her politician husband was caught embezzling and is on his way to jail, leaving her with a new baby and only an older marina from her divorce settlement. Looking for a new future, Allison leaves familiar behind and commences on a life that centers around the marina...hoping on the help of the marina's manager, Theo Lacroix.  Theo is a wounded war veteran and hockey player that has found his place at Cloud Nine, the river boat renting marina. He has saved all his money so he could buy Cloud Nine from the owner when the owner was sent to jail. When the sexy ex-wife shows up at the marina, all his well laid plans are blown to hell. In Risky Business both Allison and Theo have baggage they must learn to deal with. Cutler takes us on the fun trek of them discovering each other.  I wasn't a big fan of Theo, he plays the broody, moody, I help everyone behind the scenes but never wants credit type character. When push, came to shove, Theo comes through but I just wasn't a big fan. Allison will stop at nothing to give herself and her baby a new future. When life threw her lemons, she made lemonade and still took the high road when the going got tough. I really liked Allison. Completely loved her whore bed burning... The secondary characters, the residence of Destiny Falls, NY, where charming, engaging and made me want to know their stories as well. I look forward to seeing how the “Bomb Squad” series will progress and who will fall in love next. For a fun, romantic read, check out Melissa Culter's Risky Business, book 1 in the Bomb Squad.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
The start of the book was very slow for me but once I got into it I really loved it! Poor Allison, with her scummy ex-husband who ripped people off and left her with barely nothing except a wonderful baby. Then there is Theo, a rough and tumble hockey player who also is working on Cloud Nine, a boat charter business, which Allison wants since it is the only means of support for her and her daughter. Both are hurt and scarred and basically can't stand each other, but like anything else, they gradually start to fall in love.  This is a different direction for Melissa and I love it and hope to read more of this series. The best kind of books are those that you can really get into and want to savor every word.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, I'm not much of a hockey fan, but I am a HUGE Melissa Cutler fan. I love all her other books so I thought, what the heck, I'll give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. This book is not about hockey. It's about Wounded Warriors and what they do to help each other and how they survive. It is also about two people who need each other and have to open their hearts to allow the other person in. Theo is a hero who doesn't want to be anyone's hero anymore. He struggles with the pressure of those around him always counting on him. Allison has always leaned on others. She is learning to be independent and teaching herself that she has the strength within her to make it on her own. Both characters touch you emotionally; you feel their struggles, their pain and their happiness. Definitely worth the read. I very much enjoyed it.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
Cutler had me hooked from the very first sentence.  Allison appears on the surface to be a victim of her circumstances, but time proves that she is very capable and able to chart her own destiny.  When her cheating ex-husband leaves her with a mountain of debt and a newborn, Allison decides to take on the one remaining asset she has left:  as boat rental business in Destiny Falls.  There she makes a dramatic entrance to the locals when she tries to set the house where the business resides and herself on fire.  Theo, the enigmatic manager and soon to be owner, he hopes, is less than impressed with Allison’s arrival.  After throwing her into the river to douse the flames his only hope is that she will leave quickly.  Allison proves far more determined than that and proves she is there to stay. Theo is a fascinating character.  Instead of an obvious disability, he has a traumatic brain injury (TBI).  The scene where he tells Allison how he’s had to adapt his world to this new reality is powerful and humbling all at the same time.  TBI are so seldom recognized it was wonderful to have a main character struggling with an invisible disability.  Allison takes him on completely, which is fascinating to watch. The twist at the end that drives our hero and heroine apart is not what I expected.  Cutler did not take the obvious route, which was a nice surprise.  The obvious conflicts are addressed maturely and by talking through the problem, giving the characters added depth and the story more reality.  I like a little maturity in my characters and Cutler certainly delivers. I am very much looking forward to more books in the Bomb Squad series.  Cutler has created a detailed and fascinating world and I eagerly await a return trip.  I have my fingers crossed that there will be many books to come as more people take time to appreciate our wounded warriors as they make the transition to fiction.
amdrane2 More than 1 year ago
Wow. This was such a great book! It had everything a good romance needs...drama, hot guys, great friends, motorcycles, and hockey. Really, what more do you need? Seriously, this is a great series about a group of guys who were wounded in war in some way who get together for friendship, brotherhood, and to play hockey. Each has a story and a different disability, some visible and some aren't, but they come together with the help of their coach, each other and hopefully a really great woman. In this book, which is the first in the series, we meet Theo and Allison. Both have had a pretty rough time lately, but things heat up the second they meet for the first time. Without trying to give anything away I'll just say that they had a really rough time getting to know each other, but it pays off for both of them. Theo, who not only plays hockey, but speaks French and rides a motorcycle (that's like, my dream man!) is just trying to buy the company he's been running for the past five years. Allison just had the ultimate wake-up call about her husband and is trying to get back on solid ground. Once the two meet and try to figure it all out sparks are flying everywhere and it's so much fun to watch. We also got a taste for the other guys on the team and Allison's new friends and you can see potential matchup that are gonna rock Destiny Falls. I can't wait to read more about these guys! As a disabled person myself, it's a great thing to see the main characters portrayed as heroes, but also guys that just want to get on with life and find the love they so deserve no matter their physical makeup. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
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