Beyond Risk

Beyond Risk

by Connie Mann

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"Heart-pounding excitement...left me sitting on the edge of my seat." -#1 New York Times bestselling author DEBBIE MACOMBER for Angel Falls

If you dare venture beyond the high rises of Miami and the razzle-dazzle of Disney, you'll find yourself in Florida's untamed wilderness. Step into thousands of acres of forests, lakes and rivers-a paradise for hunters and fishermen. But paradise has a dark side...

The river runs wild
Former Fish & Wildlife Officer Charlotte "Charlee" Tanner still carries the guilt of a tragic drowning accident that occurred on her watch. She hoped moving back home to the wilds of central Florida would provide a safe haven-until she learns the death was no accident, and she's the intended target.

But no wilder than their passion
Tough and decisive, Lieutenant Hunter Boudreau loves his new job as a law enforcement officer with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. Charlee is his best friend, so when she comes under fire, he's not letting her out of his sight until the killer is caught. But Charlee won't sit by and let anyone else die for her.

As danger closes in and Charlee and Hunter's attraction threatens to consume them, Charlee has to decide if she can trust Hunter. And to save Charlee, Hunter will have to trust her, too.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492672562
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 01/29/2019
Series: Florida Wildlife Warriors , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 56,227
File size: 986 KB

About the Author

Connie Mann is a licensed boat captain and writes romantic suspense stories set in Florida's small towns and natural environments. She is the author of the Wildlife Warrior series, the Safe Harbor series, as well as Angel Falls and Trapped! She has lived in seven different states but this weather wimp has happily called warm, sunny Florida home for more than twenty years.

When she's not dreaming up plotlines, you'll find "Captain Connie" on Central Florida's waterways, introducing boats full of schoolchildren to their first alligator.

She is also passionate about helping women and children in developing countries break the poverty cycle and build a better future for themselves and their families.
Besides boating, she and her husband enjoy hanging out with their grown children and extended family and planning their next adventure.

Please visit Connie online at

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Beyond Risk 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Connie Mann has penned a fast-moving murder mystery/family melodrama in Beyond Risk. Charlee Tanner is a former Fish & Wildlife officer in Florida. Hunter Boudreau is a current officer, a lieutenant & her best friend. Hunter has been promoted over Charlee's brother, Josh,  there is tension surrounding this. A year to the day after a rafting accident claimed the life of a teen, Charlee again experiences a river accident with another group of teens & they are shot at.  Hunter takes charge of the investigation. The mystery deepens quickly as lives get threatened. Charlee & Hunter are forced to deal with their attraction for one another. Credit is due to Ms. Mann for creating an explosive opening, thrusting Charlee into danger & forcing Hunter to guard her. However many characters are introduced in the opening chapter, and it's hard to tell who the main characters are. Its an enormous cast anyway with heroine's large and nosy family, friends, 2 sets of teen victims from 2 different river accidents 1 yr apart and their families, the other F&W officers, Sheriff, and the villain(s). As the story develops, details are hard to follow & I found myself re-reading several sections & backtracking. I had trouble keeping the cast straight. I found it hard to bond with the heroine. Charlee is a tough, independent woman, yet her family hovers like they expect her to go through a nervous collapse any moment. Which is it? Yes, the accident a year ago traumatized her, but her helicopter siblings seemed excessively skeptical of her ability to take care of herself and the only barometer of her coping ability is that when she can't sleep she stays up and makes cupcakes, which she donates to her friend's coffee shop. She donates a lot of cupcakes. There were a couple puzzling plot points. Although Charlee  is a former Fish & Wildlife officer, she is a now civilian, yet Hunter allows her to tag along as he investigates the events that start unfolding around Charlee. And would a Florida Fish & Wildlife officer investigate crimes having nothing to do with fish or wildlife? I don't want to say more lest I spoil the plot. In my waters-bound state, they would not. I enjoyed the relationship between Charlee & Hunter. They worked well together even if some of the details were far-fetched. The love scenes were sensual rather than explicit. Ultimately,  the complex plot was too hard to follow to warrant more than 3 stars from me. Arc provided by Net Galley.
beckymmoe 8 months ago
Beyond Risk starts out solid--we're thrown right into the action, with hints that there's a history there for at least one character (Charlee) that might be influencing what's happening now...or is it all a coincidence? (Spoiler: it's not a coincidence.) Really wanting--no, needing to know what is going on, why, and who's behind it all kept me turning the pages even when the story started to go a little out of control. There's a whole lot of attempted murder here (too much? I lean toward yes)--not to mention actual murder--that ultimately I don't think really matched up all that well with the motive we're eventually given. Maybe more POV--with, I hesitate to say it, flashbacks, perhaps?--from the antagonist could have helped here? Only if it didn't add pages on, though--at 400+ it's already too long... I liked Charlee and Hunter, and though they went to the I love yous a bit fast given the story's timeline, they've known each other a while (though we don't see or hear too much about that either...) so it didn't feel too unrealistic. Verdict: this was a new-to-me-author that I'd probably give another try in the future, in the hopes that the writing on the next one I do would be a bit tighter. Rating: 3 stars / C+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
LNKirkland 9 months ago
I loved this book for the suspense and danger, which pull you right along into the story. But my favorite element was the setting. I've lived in Florida for almost 20 years, but still feel a lot like a tourist. Reading this book brought the "real" Florida alive for me; the feeling of what it's like to go out on boats on the rivers and waterways in the “untamed wilderness.” It really gave me a sense of what it must be like for someone who grew up here. You can tell that the author knows her stuff; the authenticity shows through on every page. I also loved the interactions among Charlee’s extended family; they truly cared for one another and helped support each other. It was a refreshing change from the many books I’ve read where the (mostly) solitary protagonist has to figure things out on their own. The plot twists kept me turning pages, and the vivid setting and relatable characters kept me engaged throughout. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series!
Pokeybooboo 9 months ago
This was my first book by Connie Mann, and boy, what a wild ride it was! There was non-stop action right from the start. Charlee Tanner was a former Fish & Wildlife Officer (or "fish cop" as one character called it) who resigned and moved back home a year previous after a tragic event. Her family was very tight knit, with a sister and two overbearing but loving older brothers. Lt. Hunter Boudreau, her best friend, was the new head of his department. When very bad things began to happen, they seem to be somehow connected to Charlee. As her family started to be targeted, it became apparent that these new events were related to those of the year past. I really liked that Charlee and Hunter were best friends before they were lovers. They tried to fight their burgeoning romantic feelings, but both failed miserably. When things began to hit the fan, Hunter was bound and determined to protect Charlee. She, however, was one tough cookie. She would not be left behind in this investigation. As the danger intensified, I could not figure out who the bad guy was; red herrings abounded. If you like action and romantic suspense, you'll want to pick this one up...and you won't be able to put it down until the exciting conclusion.I I received a copy of this book courtesy of Sourcebooks Casablanca and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
ReadingInPajamas 9 months ago
Review: BEYOND RISK by Connie Mann Publication Date: January 29, 2019 Genre: Romantic Suspense Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated 5 Stars This was a whitewater-rapids ride, with danger and suspense around every turn. I loved it. Charlee and Hunter were both believable and relatable, their backstories woven seamlessly into the story so that you became invested in them early on. I’m used to more graphic sex, but I did not miss it in the least, as the romance and physicality of it flowed well with the rest of the story. I could not put it down until I knew for sure who the bad guy was. Some situations may have been a little improbable, but they were sure fun to read. I’m looking forward to book two! *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ~*~*~*~
CPomp 9 months ago
This story starts off sweetly with Charle making cupcakes to help steady her nerves after not being on the river since "the accident" one year ago. From this point forward this story is action packed and filled with suspense. When Charlee's return to the river goes horribly wrong, Hunter, her best friend and Fish and Wildlife Officer, shows up to sort out what happened. As soon as this incident is being investigated another accident and another accident occur all happening to Charlee's family. Charlee and Hunter start working together to find out what is really happening. Soon their "best friend" feelings turn romantic and add a nice twist to the story. The plotting of this story is excellent and the suspense gave me chills. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
ganderson523 9 months ago
Beyond Risk is an exciting and suspenseful start to a new series by Connie Mann. Having enjoyed the Safe Harbor series and being a Florida resident, I was looking forward to this new series and was not disappointed. This series is centered around Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers and how crazy life in the wild can get. Charlotte "Charlee" Tanner is a former officer and now runs her family's kayaking and canoe business near Ocala. She worked a side job as water guide while she worked for FWCC but quit after a tragic circumstance led to the death of a young teenage boy and a near drowning of his sister. She was able to save Nora. As the story starts out, it is the one year anniversary of JJ's death and she is leading a group of kayaking on the river. She has never recovered from the incident and is especially anxious about this trip and with good cause. She spent the night before baking cupcakes for her friend's cafe to keep her mind off of being nervous. Another teenage brother and sister are on this trip. Things are going along fine on the trip until Brittany drops her phone overboard and jumps in after it. Only, she doesn't come back up to the surface. Another young man on the trip and Charlee jump in to look for her. She is finally able to find her and get her to shore but then someone starts shooting at them. Both Brittany and Charlee are hit but Charlee's is a graze on her head and Brittany is doing well until she dies unexpectedly...or is murdered. One after another of the Tanner family is targeted, with a water related attempted murder. Best friend and maybe something more, newly promoted Lt. Hunter Boudreau sticks to Charlee like glue as the whole FWC crew and Marion County Sheriff Department work to solve the case. Charlee's brother Josh is a FWC officer and brother Pete is a sheriff deputy. It will takes all hands on deck to figure this mystery out but not before lives are in danger from an unknown assailant. All clues seem to led back to the incident a year ago but who, why and how? This is a mystery that is hard to figure out and there are many possible suspects. People are not who they appear to be. Ms. Mann does a great job when the setting descriptions and character development. I could visualize the tannic acid colored waterways, cypress trees and knees and Spanish moss dripping off the oaks. This is looking to be another great series by Connie Mann. I received a complimentary ARC from the author through NetGalley. All thoughts and opnions are mine only.
onemused 9 months ago
"Beyond Risk" is a romantic suspense that follows Charlee and her best friend (and desired boyfriend) Hunter. Charlee is a former agent of the Fish and Wildlife Commission, and Hunter is a current agent. Charlee stepped away from the life after an event where a teen boy drowned on her watch. Now, it seems history is repeating itself on the one-year anniversary, and Charlee seems to be in the crosshairs. Hunter is on the case, working to figure out who is after Charlee and why- and Charlee is tagging along. The more time they spend together, the harder they find it to resist each other. While I liked the idea of the book, I found this really hard to get into and follow. The book launches with a bang and without enough introduction into the characters. I kept thinking this must be at least a second book in a series, but it is actually the first. Things were not explained well enough that I got what was happening, and there were a lot of references to past events and people that were slowly expanded upon as the story continues. I usually don't have an issue with that, but there were so many things to keep in mind while reading that I kept needing to go back. We also get introduced to a lot of characters that are not fully introduced until later, so it was a lot to keep in mind with such a fast build. The romance was the strong part of the book, and I really liked Charlee and Hunter as a couple. The suspense was alright, and I was invested in solving the case. However, the scenes from the perspective of the killer were a little cartoon villainy at times. Also, I was surprised that they would let Charlee tag along and interview witnesses and suspects, considering that she was the attempted victim. It seems to go against anybody's protocols. On top of that, I am surprised that Fish and Wildlife is in charge of the murder investigation. As far as I know, they mainly deal with environmental crimes and endangered species, etc. They occasionally loop in the sheriff's department, but I would assume that the sheriff's department would be handing and Fish and Wildlife should be the one getting looped in. I mean, maybe I don't know enough about it, but it seemed a little unbelievable (I can suspend some belief, but it was a lot in my mind). Overall, I found it a little hard to follow and get into the suspense. The romance was the strong part. I feel like it needed a few chapters at the beginning (or a prequel book) to give introduction to all the side characters (not relevant to the investigation but the family, friends, network, etc.) and Charlee's past. I read it within 24 hours, but it may not be a good book to put down and pick up due to the many storylines to follow. Everything was wrapped up in the end, and it was a good romance. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
LenaDiaz 9 months ago
BEYOND RISK is a delightful mixture of small-town romance, high-octane suspense, and breath-taking outdoor settings in the rivers and waterways of Florida. But what truly sets it apart is its focus on family and friendships. I loved the heroine's family, the Tanners. Of course, it doesn't hurt that she has some hunky sexy brothers who are wildlife officers. And it was so much fun seeing a heroine who could out shoot, out think, and out smart just about anyone--and could also bake a pretty mean cupcake. Charlee (Charlotte) is a real pistol and you'll find yourself rooting for her all the way when it seems like her whole world is collapsing around her. She proves how capable she is, over and over, and that she doesn't "need" a man to protect her. But gorgeous Hunter Boudreau, with his sexy cajun drawl, is still going to do everything he can to try to take care of the woman he's falling in love with. Mr. Yummy, as Charlee's best friend calls him, is the perfect match for fiesty Charlee. Sparks fly between these two and they learn to work together to figure out who is trying to kill Charlee and everyone she loves. I truly enjoyed the story. And unlike Charlee, who is determined to save herself, I'd let Hunter save me any time!