Risking It All: A Naked Men Novel

Risking It All: A Naked Men Novel

by Christi Barth

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Who doesn’t love Naked Men? In Christi Barth’s irresistible series, a group of close-knit friends talk out their problems with naked honesty on a popular blog. Bonded by a high-school tragedy, they’re moving on from the past—and fighting for the future with strong and sassy women.
Griffin Montgomery helps people. As a teenager, he kept his best friends alive after their soccer team’s bus crashed in the Alps. Now, as a Coast Guard search and rescue pilot, he saves lives with reckless abandon—until he goes too far and earns a lengthy suspension. Working on the Naked Men projects keeps his mind busy, but Griff’s itching to get back in the action. That’s when he finds his latest rescue mission: a pretty wallflower who’s stuck in her comfort zone.
Chloe Widmore doesn’t take risks. As a professional letter writer, she gets enough excitement out of expressing other people’s emotions. So when the hottest man she’s ever seen invades her coffee shop, Chloe surprises herself with how much she wants to be with him. Routines make her feel safe. Griff makes her deliciously unsafe, in so many ways. But falling for him is one risk she might just have to take . . . whether she’s ready or not.

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Praise for Risking It All
“The perfect escapist read—sweet and sexy, with an ending that will remind you of all the reasons you love romance.”USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne
“Smart, sexy, and flat-out fun, Risking It All is one story readers will have a hard time putting down. Christi Barth’s heroes will make you laugh, sigh, and swoon—what could be better?”USA Today bestselling author Kimberly Kincaid

“Barth writes the perfect blend of humor, pathos, and romance.”Library Journal

Risking It All delivers sexy romance, laugh-out-loud humor, unexpected surprises, and an unbreakable bond between friends. Christi Barth has written a winner!”—Tracy March, award-winning author of Should’ve Said No

“Something special happens when Chloe and Griffin meet. Christi Barth takes you on a journey of discovery you won’t want to put down.”—Vonnie Davis, author of the Highlander’s Beloved series

“I enjoyed [Barth’s] humor and clever use of metaphor [with] this group of successful, varied, intelligent, and witty characters.”—Books and Bindings
“I can’t wait for the rest of this series.”—Obsessive Book Nerd
“An entertaining read about ordinary people who’ve fallen in love . . . It’s a great start to what should be a good series—it’s not much to risk!”—Once Upon an Alpha
“Barth does an excellent job of giving readers just enough information about Griff’s teammates to whet our appetites. I definitely want to read their stories but this one stands alone with no problem.”—Xtreme Delusions
“The banter is one of the many highlights within Risking It All.”—Book Angel Booktopia

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101965207
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/08/2016
Series: Naked Men , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 305
Sales rank: 150,896
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Christi Barth earned a master’s degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes contemporary romance. Barth lives in Maryland with her husband.

Read an Excerpt

Chloe Widmore waved at the knitting group seated next to her in the coffeehouse. They came every Monday morning, a chatty group of seniors, always with a smile for Chloe. Sometimes a little too chatty. After all, she didn’t come to Busboys and Poets every day for a caffeine buzz. She came to work.

Methodically, she began her start-of-the-day routine. Sure, the soaring, two-level industrial space smelled like cocoa-mocha goodness and buzzed with laughter like a good party. But to her it was a workplace every bit as much as the closet-like offices a few miles down the road in the Capitol, White House, and Old Executive Office Building. Just . . . without the Secret Service snipers on the rooftop.

So while Chloe’s laptop booted, she set out her backup Netbook, iPad, legal pad, box of assorted stationery, as well as two pencils; pens in purple, pink, blue, and green; and an old-fashioned fountain pen. These were only her mobile essentials. She carefully culled them every morning, depending on that day’s to-do list, from a much more comprehensive and colorful stash in her home office. It took up the entire four-top table. But the staff didn’t mind how much space she used. She tipped well and always ordered breakfast and lunch. Who was she kidding? An afternoon cookie got ordered more often than not, too.

A wave of applause began by the front door and traveled the length of the building to her. Applause? People actually standing up to clap at nine a.m.? Chloe liked distractions sprinkled throughout the day. Just not before she’d ordered her first cinnamon latte.

No matter how she craned her neck, she couldn’t tell what had sparked all the hoopla. There’d been nothing online about a movie filming in the area. And D.C. residents were far too blasé about even the biggest politicians to put their hands together for someone with a flag pin on their lapel. This didn’t make sense. The big table next to her probably had a great view. “Rosalia, what’s going on up there?”

The older woman patted her stiff, white curls as if prepping to get her flirt on. Kind of a scary thought. Even scarier when Rosalia pinched her cheeks sharply as she replied, “It’s that pilot.”

Two major airports for D.C., and another just twenty-five miles up the road in Baltimore, meant that pilots were as ubiquitous as lobbyists and spies. “Nobody would bother to clap like that for a pilot.”

“It’s the one who was on the news.” Rosalia thumped a hand onto her mountainous bosom. “He risked his life and his crew to heroically battle a storm and rescue a family.”

Potentially interesting. She’d have to Google the full story later, though, since Rosalia was prone to exaggeration. The woman once paid for a table’s drinks—total strangers—because she overheard the mom mention that her son had caught his first lightning bug. Rosalia called it a milestone.

But what really poked at the grammar nerd part of Chloe’s brain? Rosalia’s use of language. “‘He heroically battled a storm’?” She used her fingers to make air quotes. Because yes, the idea was that ridiculous.

“Technically, you can’t battle a storm. It’s not like he pulled out an assault rifle and ordered the clouds to quit it or he’d shoot.”

Good thing Chloe hadn’t ordered her latte yet. The glare Rosalie sent her way would’ve frozen it into a mochalicious popsicle. “Girls, stand up,” the leader of the knitters ordered. “This young man saved one of us.”

“A knitter? A cat lover?” Chloe guessed with a grin. Crap. She realized about two seconds too late, thanks to the multiple white-topped heads that snapped toward her with the precision of the Rockettes kick line, that she’d guessed out loud. Geez, she should go grab a coffee to kick-start her brain before she offended her seatmates any more.

“A grandmother,” hissed the short woman closest to her. “That pilot saved a child, a mother, and a grandmother. Without a moment’s thought to his own safety.”

Poor word choice, yet again. There was no way she could know whether or not the pilot thought about his safety while he was—apparently—bitch slapping the storm into submission. Still, she’d try to sneak a peek when she got in line for coffee. Because who could resist a hero?

Chloe rummaged in her hot-pink-and-brown dotted messenger bag for her wallet. Unfortunately, the first thing her fingers hit was a stiff, thick envelope. The reunion invitation she’d been ignoring. Just like she did every year. Because who in their right mind wanted to celebrate being shot and ten years of subsequent therapy?


The smooth, baritone voice jerked her head up. Across the table stood a handsome blond man. A ruggedly handsome blond man with about two days of sexy scruff darkening his jaw. The blue shade of his eyes matched the topaz on Chloe’s right hand. His black leather jacket hung open, framing a navy tee stretched tight across a set of pecs that made her blink twice. Because below the amazing pecs the shirt tucked into jeans that bulged directly at the level of her eyes. Not that Chloe was looking. Well, not that she’d keep looking.

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Risking It All: A Naked Men Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this as a free book and it was a little slow but it does get better. Both mains are so much alike. It gives a man's POV with certain subjects. I hate giving the plot away, but this is a good story, I was unhappy the way it first started I felt I had to guess what happens to the boys.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It is well written with humor and depth. A tough combination to achieve...a trifecta if you will :-)! Some parts had me laughing out loud and quoting dialogue to friends and family! I was familiar with the setting as my daughter lives in DC! I will look for other books written by Christi.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
3 1/2 STARS! A fun, sexy read! I had a really hard time getting into this book, but once it picked up, I really enjoyed it! Fun characters! Griffin Montgomery is a Coast Guard search and rescue pilot and he absolutely loves his job. There’s nothing he likes better than helping people. He puts it all out there and pulls off some very risky rescues. Like the one that just got him grounded and on leave! He doesn’t know what to do with himself if he can’t fly, so he’s milling around town and meets the lovely Chloe Widmore at the local coffee shop. Chloe leads a quiet life. As a professional letter writer, she can work anywhere, and loves to come out to the coffee shop on a regular basis to have the bustle of people around her while she works on her letters. It’s her lucky day when she meets hot, flirty Griffin! Griffin is a daredevil, bonded to his group of best friends who are like brothers to him that he writes the “Naked Men” blog with. Chloe is a creature of habit and pattern. They each have a memorable moment in their past that has helped carve them into who they are today … will these two people that are quite different actually be able to make a relationship work?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a well written and fun story with a lot of life lessons that were examined from both sides of the argument, something many of us need to learn to do better. Can't wait for the next Naked Man book to come out!
Sarah Robinson More than 1 year ago
Christi Barth never fails to deliver books full of heart, smiles, and butterflies in your stomach. Risking it All is yet another fantastic read with characters that just make you HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY the entire time you're reading. I think I smiled literally the entire time. I just adore it and am ready to all the Naked Men now!
MDWaters More than 1 year ago
Sexy with a sweeping dash of humor that only Christi Barth can do. The men of Naked Men are bound to break a lot of hearts on their way to true love, but it's going to take a special kind of woman to handle this bunch. I volunteer to be one of those women!
DebsIN More than 1 year ago
This was my first time reading a book written by Christi Barth and I must say I enjoyed it very much. "Risking It All" was more about developing a relationship between two people that were both emotionally scarred in some way. It was like you could peek in and see the progression as you read. Not all books let you into the characters so well. There were parts that may have lagged a bit at the beginning, but then picked up as Griffin and Chloe's relationship began. Chloe was fun even with her messed-up life. The Naked Men blog and the camaraderie between all the guys were such a hoot. There were times I stopped reading to laugh out loud. The descriptions of their status and titles were just that, a description. "Risking It All" was about friends, family and love. I like to call it more of a gentle read and I would recommend it to anyone that loves romance and feel good stories. I look forward to the other guys getting their own story. Thank You to NetGalley and Loveswept for gifting me with a copy and asked me to leave my honest opinion of "Risking It All". 4 Stars!
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
A cute, sweet and sexy romance... with Naked Men? Griffin Montgomery has “hero” tattooed in his DNA. His natural instinct is to help others and by that virtue he not only helped his high-school friends out of a dire situation now he dedicates himself to put his life on the line everyday as a search and rescue Coast Guard pilot. Until the day he pushed the limits too far and got his wings clipped. Landing him at a café where he meets the lovely yet solitary and in need of a push to her own limits, Chloe Widmore. Chloe Widmore is the opposite of wild. She’s had one too many traumas in her life and now preferes to live vicariously through the lives and emotions of the people she writes letters for. Therefore being the focus of sexy hero of the hour is surprising, but not as surprising as her strong reaction to him. Can she risk falling for him? The Naked men series follows the lives a five men who went through a high-school misfortune but together survived it and came out of it as brothers and now share a blog with the same moniker, The Naked Men, where they talk about everything male, in an open and honest way. Risking it All, spotlights their leader Griffin Montgomery who’s initial impression wasn’t the greatest especially after Chloe very bravely and honestly reveals so much of herself to him. He does however make up for it in the later part of the book but not enough to win me over completely. Chloe though, is a quirky, strong and brave, attributes I admire and respect. “He just knew that Chloe lit him up. Made him feel like a damn firefly. Made him feel things he’d never felt before. He wanted to be with her all the time. Wanted to show her the world, share it with her. Make her happy. Even though he’d been thinking long-term, love hadn’t been on his radar. But it was now. It fit.” I liked Griff and Chloe’s back and forth and especially liked their need to learn to face their fears, but wasn’t fully on board with their insta-love connection. This series has a very interesting premise which I hope will only get better with each installment. Risking it all is the kick off book in the Naked Men series by author Christi Barth. This is a standalone full length novel, told from alternating point of view between the main characters. With a happy ending.
ChillingTaz More than 1 year ago
Christi Barth new series 'Naked Men' is off to a fantastic start. Griffin Montgomery is a Coast Guard heliocopter rescue pilot who loves his job. Chloe Widmore is professional letter writer. A chance meeting at a coffee shop sets them on the path to love. Griffin and Chloe both survived traumatic events in their teenage years, which caused them to react in different ways the rest of their lives. Griffin and Chloe are a true opposites attract, I loved watching the characters develop. Griiffin's ACS "Naked Men" are hilarious and loved getting a peak into the workings of a man's brain
Linda_RochesterNY More than 1 year ago
*ARC received from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in return for an honest review* Risking It All is a sweet romance with likable characters. For me, the story was a little slow paced without any spice. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it, either.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Christi Barth has another winner with Risking it All. It is the first novel in the Naked Man series and features Griffin, a hero with a heart of gold and Chloe a professional letter writer. Griffin is a pilot in the Coast Guard and he has taken one risk too many and has been grounded for a month. They meet in a coffee shop and start to date. Griff is smitten and Chloe has a big secret that will complicate her romance. How will learn Chloe react when she learns that Griff is a part of a blog called The Naked Men and that her virginity is about to be featured in an post... I really liked this book and was intrigued by both leading character. I liked the dialogue, pacing, and was routing for a happy ending for both Chloe and Griff. I am really looking forward the the next book in the series! I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sweet, wonderful, must read story! I loved Griff and Chloe's story. This romance was funny and touching. I loved all of the characters and hope to see more of their stories in future books. ARC provided for an honest review
ArecRain More than 1 year ago
What I loved: the author’s easy style and the dual POV. I tend to enjoy novels more if I can read from the POV of both the heroine and the hero. The author has a good writing style that made the story easy to enjoy. However, I am so tired about reading about broken people. I understand that everyone has a story to tell, sometimes not necessarily a happy one either. But I am just so over reading about people who have been hurt in the past or have experienced something tragic. I understand that these things shape people and they never fully let it go, but I need more rainbows and sunshine in my novels. I think this is because I have experienced my own traumas/tragedies so I don’t want to read about others. I didn’t really like the main characters overmuch. The side characters added an element of humor that I appreciated but I found Chloe grated my nerves while Griff reminded me too much of someone in life for me to like him. I didn’t really enjoy the relationship between Griff and Chloe either. I am an introvert, so their interacted tended to rub me the wrong way. I loved the bromance between the Naked Men though. Honestly, I think it is them that made the story for me and had me laughing out loud. Overall, I would have to say it was a cute read but not one I plan on revisiting. There was nothing wrong with Barth’s writing. She is a very talented woman. However, despite her skill, she told a story I just wasn’t into.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Risking It All, and I liked the characters. I did feel like Griffin and Chloe's relationship was a little odd, and I can't really pin point what I exactly mean, but I felt like they were sort of picking at each other a lot, and their personalities and those of the side characters were in a way far-fetched, unbelievable to me, so I wasn't connecting fully with the story, but I still liked the book. Griffin is in the Coast Guard, and he has a bit of a hero complex; he feels like he needs to "save" everyone, even if it may be a danger to himself. He gets suspended from work for going against protocol and putting his team in danger by taking a risky move to save some people in danger. His story goes viral, and he becomes famous for being a hero, so that also doesn't do him any favors with his boss. Griffin is in a sour mood because he hates being grounded from flying and saving people, so he doesn't know what to do with himself. He also has a blog with some friends from high school, who he went through a life threatening experience with, so they are more like brothers, and the blog is called The Naked Men. It's a blog where the guys give honest opinions about random things in life; they give their "naked" opinions. Chloe is a professional letter writer, who does most of her work in a coffee shop, and she isn't much of a risk taker because she also went through a life threatening event, so she has a pretty tame, safe life. Griffin and Chloe meet at the coffee shop, and begin to date. Griffin and Chloe have an instant attraction, but there are a few obstacles in their way to happily ever after. I enjoyed the banter between Griffin and his friends; they are lots of fun, and have a unique bond. I also liked Chloe. She's intelligent, has a good sense of humor, and I liked all her personality quirks. I did like Griff too, but I didn't like how high handed he was with people sometimes; I think the way he handled a couple of things with Chloe were kind of rude, and he could've soften his approach. Chloe and Griff make a cute couple, and I liked the sexual tension between them, and I liked that they get to know each other before getting really serious about each other. I felt like their feelings were more than just lust at first sight; they compliment each other personalities. I liked that they both had some things to work through in their lives, and they helped each other do that. I liked the writing, so I'd like to read more books in this series, and I do look forward to Griffin's friends books because I pretty much liked all the guys, and even though some of those guys sleep with lots of women; which I don't enjoy reading about, I feel like the author will do a good job of not shoving it in your face, so I look forward to reading those books. I also think Chloe's BFF will be part of a book, and I'm not usually fans of reading about women who like to have lots of boyfriends, but I'm interested to see how her story goes; I have a thought that she will get with one of Griffin's friends. Risking It All was sweet and fun, and I loved the dual POV's!
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
What a surprisingly great read..... from the cover one might think this is just a sex filled fluffy book (not that those are bad) but this book is about being Naked with yourself.... stripping every thing down & focusing on what is real. What are your strengths, weaknesses, fears, etc. I liked Chloe so much, she was feisty & she gave so much of herself. It was interesting to see her comes to the realization that she was really hiding from life even though she felt like everything was ok. And Griff, such a fantastic guy, who wants to save everyone, but is doing it for the wrong reasons. I liked how they came together & weathered true ups & downs survive to become a stronger couple. This is the 1st in the series & I can't wait for the next one. ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
lucy117 More than 1 year ago
I was given ARC copy for review. Griffin Montgomery has always rescued everyone being that he is a Lieutenant in the Coast Guard. When he meets Chloe Widmore , who is professional letter writer. Now he wants to rescue Chloe. The question is who will rescue who? Funny and sexy. must read!!
Lab228 More than 1 year ago
The series follows a group of guys who have been friends since childhood. Having survived a tragedy, they have a strong bond. Together they run a blog, appropriately titled “Naked Men”. They explore the male perspective on topics. It focuses on men’s issues which is a little different premise than most. This is the story of Griffin and Chloe. As a Coast Guard pilot, Griffin finds him in situations where he has to take risks. However this does not always fly with his supervisor, because not only does he put himself at risk but also his co-workers. Therefore, he often finds himself in trouble. After one such heroic incident, he is grounded (no flying) by his supervisor. Chloe is your typical good girl. She is the opposite of Griff. She likes order and routine. She has a very unusual job as a professional letter writer so is quite literal with her comments. For example she is told Griff “battled the storm”. She finds this ridiculous because “Technically you can’t battle a storm. It’s not like he pulled out an assault rifle and ordered the clouds to quit it or he’d shoot”. When they first met, Chloe was not too impressed with Griff. She thinks he has an “egotistical God complex that is either chasing something or running from it.” Things start off well between them but when Griff finds out Chloe is a virgin, he is angry. He handled it very poorly. He treated her like she had the plague or something. How could she do this to him? I don’t like the fact he told all his friends and decided to talk about it on their radio show. While I liked the banter back and forth between the characters, Griff was a little arrogant and obnoxious at times. Their relationship seemed a little bit forced to me. Overall this was an ok book. It wasn’t something I hated but it wasn’t something I loved either. But I enjoyed it enough that I would like to see how the other men make out. I would have liked to see a better epilogue. The ending seemed rushed. I would have liked to see how their relationship was more in the future. Perhaps with additional stories about the other characters, we will be able to see where Griff and Chloe have made out.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun read--I can't wait for the rest of the series! I wasn't too sure about this one initially--the series name gave me pause--but I read the blurb and took a chance, and now I'm so glad I asked to review it. I loved the relationship between Griff and his four best friends (though we only see three of them in the bulk of the novel); just about every time they showed up en masse on the page, it was a riot. I'm really looking forward to seeing each and every one of them get their own HEA (and if Summer, Chloe's BFF, gets an HEA with one of them too, then--bonus!) Chloe and Griff are a great couple--the reclusive letter writer and the risk-taking Coast Guard rescue pilot--even though they look like they wouldn't be at all compatible at first, they end up totally working, and even end up having a lot more in common than it originally seemed. I have to admit, that at first Griff's reaction to Chloe's big "news" [spoiler]that she's still a virgin[/spoiler] made me more than a little annoyed with him, but when he talked it out with his posse, it made more sense. (It was still a aggravating, but I could at least see their POV on the issue.) By the time the two of them took care of the "problem", though, all was good--because Griff was so gosh darn sweet about it. Letter writing, Who knew? ;) Even though Chloe had issues galore, I still had to love her for this line alone: working a literary reference into real life always perked her up because who doesn't love a good literary reference? It takes mad skills to work them into everyday conversation. Plus she gets to work in yoga pants and hoodies. She's practically my idol...and then she got Griff. Slightly nerdy girls for the win! So...where exactly in DC do I need to hang out to get to watch these guys play soccer? ;) Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
ali_reads More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by this author and I can't wait to read the rest of the series. Fingers crossed she is planning to their stories! Both Griffin and Chloe suffered from tragedies as young adults that helped shape the way they currently are leading their likes. While Griffin does not necessarily want to be in limelight he has chosen a career that puts him in it often. Like Griffin, Chloe helps people but in a much quieter way. Chloe can't believe that Griffin actually even interested in her. Watching him break down her walls was highly enjoyable to read. I loved the interactions with their best friends and Chloe's brother. Can't wait for the rest of the series!
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
There can be no doubt that Griffin's past has shaped his future. He enjoys taking risk, loves helping people and keeps busy to drown out the memories he can't seem to let go of. Chloe is the complete opposite she'd rather write about life than experience it. She prefers a nice quiet environment that makes her feel safe and in control. When she is in Griffin's presence she feels none of those things and she thrives on the erratic emotions he makes her feel. Risking It All was such a hot read for me. It was brilliant to bring these two opposites together. Being with Griffin made Chloe more daring. Chloe helped Griffin to relax more. What I liked most about this story is that Chloe and Griffin needed each other. Their differences made them stronger as a couple and helped center them individually. I received an ARC of Risking it All in exchange for an honest review. I am now a converted fan.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book; this book is part of the Naked Men Novel by Christi Barth. This series is about a group of close knit friends. Griffin Montgomery is a Coast Guard search and rescue pilot, he saves lives with reckless abandon, until one day he goes too far and earns a lengthy suspension. His time working on the Naked Men projects keeps his mind busy but he is ready to get back to the action. Chloe Widmore doesn’t ever take risk, she feels that she gets enough excitement as a professional letter writer by expressing other people’s emotions. When she meets Griffin when he invades her coffee shop, she starts believing that she may have to take a risk with him. If you are looking for a great romance, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: “The joke fell flatter than Missy Constantine’s chest beneath the Miracle Bra that had fooled half the football team into sticking their hands up her sweater.” “At this point, her virginity was like an unwanted party guest who stuck around after everyone else left.” “Men look at a virgin like finding the Loch Ness Monster – once you’ve got it, what the heck do you do with it?” “Why reinvent the wheel when there’s a brand-new one with untouched treads right in front of us?” “To me, being loved is both the ultimate safety and the ultimate risk.” My Review: I was a bit slow to warm up to this story but I began to admire the characters for their ability to compensate and overcome their traumatic pasts, although I also found them more than a bit frustrating. Both of the main characters had experienced a major trauma in their teens that significantly impacted/scared/reshaped their psyches. Griff’s experience caused him to form a fierce bond with his friends and an intense need to personally jump in and save/assist/help others - as if it were instinctual. Being a Coast Guard pilot with the motto of “Always Ready” fits Griff perfectly. Chloe’s life choices were more rooted in controlling or avoiding her personal anxieties, and although she also took a route that involved assisting others, it was more from a distance and through paper communication. Despite her vast body of work, this is the first time I have read Christi Barth. I enjoyed her humor and clever use of metaphor as this group of successful, varied, intelligent, and witty characters bantered and teased each other. I also found the premise of the plot and story line to be interesting and relevant. Moreover, I truly loved the idea of these witty alpha men blogging so openly and honestly with each other, and for them to have entitled their blog as Naked Men to be nothing short of ingenious. The writing was easy to follow and entertaining, and I hope to see more books to follow for the other Naked Men characters.
astroyic More than 1 year ago
This was a great start to a new series that follows five young men who ten years earlier had bonded together through tragedy. When they survived a terrible bus crash, in the middle of the Italian Alps, on their way to an International soccer tournament. Stranded, injured and with no protection from the bitter cold they set out to save themselves. As a way to stay close these five young men start a blog as a way to communicate to one another as they head off to different colleges. Their blog is named "Naked Men" This is the first Christi Barth story that I have read and it definitely will not be my last. I was mesmerized by this story from beginning to the end. It had great lovable main characters in Griffin Montgomery and Chloe Widmore. As well as great secondary characters that add so much to the storyline, as we get to know a little bit about these five men and how they are living their lives. Can't wait to know more when each of them have their own story. Griffin is a coast guard pilot now, who thrives on rescuing people in danger, like he did ten years ago on that mountain. He is also known to take risks to save lives. But after a close call as he battled the storm at sea, and a young boy that was rescued made a video tape and put it up on social media, he is grounded by his Commander. Chloe writes letters for a living, working at Busboys and Poets, she comes here to use the space. But as she sets out her laptop, pens and pencils and gets ready to start writing, she hears clapping and sees a ruggedly, handsome, blond man enter the coffee shop. Chloe captures his attention, and when he starts a conversation with her, she pushes all his buttons. He is fascinated by her letter writing gig, her sexy sass, and her curves, asking her out on a date. Although she thinks he has a God complex with a side of dangerous competitiveness, he was Hot, and utterly masculine. The ignition of their chemistry deserved to be classified as fast. The air between them at dinner sizzled. And when he kissed her, it was the Hottest kiss she'd ever experienced. He was exactly what she was looking for, sweet, funny, sexy as sin, smart and fearless. But they both have secrets and what will happen when these secrets come out. You will have to read to find out. Loved it. Well written and captivating. Highly recommended. Received a complimentary copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
4.5 star review of Risking It All (Naked Men #1) by Christi Barth This was a new author to me and I thoroughly reading enjoyed this book. The idea of a group of men, who have been friends for many years talking out their problems on a blog as a premise was so intriguing. Up first in the Naked Men series is the story of Griffin Montgomery, who seems to be the “leader” of the group, a hero, first as a teenager and now daily in his job as a Coast Guard search and rescue pilot. The woman that catches his eye, tugs at his emotions and seems to need rescuing from herself, is Chloe Widmore, a professional letter writer who is also a survivor of a horrific tragedy, who no longer takes risks. The book was a fairly quick read and I really liked Griffin and Chloe, individually and together. I have to say his overreaction to Chloe’s confession annoyed me initially but he managed to get back into my good graces. I loved the humour and the easy banter between all of the characters, particularly Griffin and his friends. Having said that though I have to say there were definitely spots where Chloe made me really laugh. There was definitely a romantic and sexy feel to this book and I really liked the secondary characters. I cannot wait to read more about the Naked Men and cannot wait to read more from Christi Barth. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.