Risking It All

Risking It All

by T. J. Kline

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ISBN-13: 9780062651846
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Series: Hidden Falls , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 186,975
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

T. J. Kline was bitten by the horse bug early and began training horses at fourteen—as well as competing in rodeos and winning several rodeo queen competitions—but has always known writing was her first love. She also writes under the name Tina Klinesmith. In her spare time, she can be found spending as many hours as possible laughing hysterically with her husband, teens, and their menagerie of pets in Northern California. That is, when she isn't running around the California Gold Country researching new stories.

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Risking It All 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
A deceptively twisty set of circumstances brings us a riveting story that is ultimately about love, redemption and family in multiple configurations of that combination. Andrew has changed over the years after a broken heart – now closed off and determined to not let anyone under his skin, and then Gia returns after a long absence. Coming back to Hidden Falls was not really in Gia’s plans, she left in a rush after her engagement to Andrew was, she thought. Completely ruined. Planning to put the experience and her sister in her rear view mirror, she’d been going against type: always the reliable child, no one expected her to run. But, now with her father ill and the business needing her, she’s back with one very unusual addition – a baby. The interplay between Gia and her sister Lorna is just gripping: always the troublemaker with no sense of responsibility, Lorna caused upheaval when the girls were younger due to her spitefulness. Now, relying on Gia to follow form and do what is right, she’s left her baby with Gia, and disappeared again. So Gia and the baby Bella leave San Diego and return to Texas, and Gia has two things on her mind: her father and his illness and repairing the damage in her family that Lorna very clearly causes and fuels. She’s not interested in Andrew –seeing him, talking to him, even accepting the apology that she feels is overdue are not on her to do list. And then – she and Andrew are just as electric and compatible as before, with plenty of moments where he goes the extra distance to convince her that they are meant for one another, no matter what. There shouldn’t be more difficulty for the two of them – but of course, things happen and Andrew is again finding himself in a precarious position. Much could have been solved earlier had Gia been honest about why she left in the first place, and who knows if she wil ever open up and really share with Andrew And of course, there is Lorna’s influence and part to play in this story both with her jealousy of Gia and general need to disrupt her happiness and the fact that she dumped Bella, expecting someone else to raise her while she continues to bulldoze her way through life and her family. A wonderfully complex story that will have you cheering for Andrew and Gia, adoring the baby Bella, and wanting to find a large mallet to whack Lorna about the head, repeatedly. Full of growth, compassion, those situations that only family can place you in, and how you choose to react when you discover that with love, patience and someone on your side no matter what, all things are possible. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
Jealousy, enviousness, and spite in one person can change the path of everyone around them. The blindness of the loved ones can able them to keep spreading the resentment and hateful attitude. But Gia's sister, Lorena, she took it all to a new level of evilness, that made the story so realistic, too realistic at times, with the knowledge that people like her do actually live amongst us. The lies, the hatred, the manipulations, it was a never ending spiral that seemed just escalating. Gia's mom's support of Lorena and her attitude towards Gia and Andrew made the matters even worse like there was no hope to ever solve the family drama and issues around the restaurant. Andrew was a true hero, I really liked his character. He was honest, straight forward, responsible, considerate, and a sweet and tender father figure. Even though being wrongly accused on many occasion, he kept going on, determined that the truth would come to the light, if Gia would stop for a minute and listen and truly communicate with him. Trust him, instead of her sister, Lorena. I understand that growing up with a person like Lorena would make it hard for Gia to trust people, but she was supposed to know Andrew, love him, know how Lorena is, yet she was willing to believe her over him again and again. I wanted to shake her or wake her up so many times while reading the story. Gia is a dedicated, loyal, hard working woman, who would do anything and sacrifice her own future to help her family, to support her father. And Lorena was taking advantage of this. The story is a tale about forgiveness, about learning to trust again, about growing up, taking responsibility, and falling in love. I love TJ Kline's voice as an author, she gets the emotions going, they are real and raw, and I often feel like my heart is ripped in two while reading her stories, the heartache and angst are so tangible. She twines the tale so that my feelings goes from despair to hope with one little twist in the plot, taking for a ride not easily forgotten. Risking It All is a touching and agonizing tale. My feelings were all over the place while reading it. I was invested in the future outcome of the protagonists, and I felt their confusion and pain. The deplorable actions of the bitter Lorena felt like too much at times, I needed a lot of sweetness and adoration to balance her actions and their effect on the people around her. This story was impossible to put down until I found out about the future of the hero and heroine, the destiny of little Bella. The uncertainty and questions were kept alive through the story, yet there was a drizzle of hope and faith through all the turbulence, that love will win at the end. What a ride, indeed! ~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I'm kinda surprised at how awful Gia's sister is, but Kline does an amazing job of making her believably spoiled, troubled, and self-centered. She's a truly awful person and causes a WHOLE lot of drama. While she could easily have been a little too over-the-top, she manages to work well here. Unlike Lorena, both Gia and Andrew are hard-working, honest, family-oriented people. After their engagement went sour, Gia has been avoiding Andrew and Andrew has been avoiding his feelings :) Thrown together again when Gia is back to help take care of her father and the family restaurant, it isn't as easy to keep their distance any more. And with proximity comes the chance of fixing some old wrongs and maybe finally move on. While there aren't a lot of surprises with how things go throughout the book, Kline is a skilled story-teller and keeps it interesting. For all of their angst and issues, I was rooting for Gia & Andrew from the first and was angry on their behalf every time they experienced a set back. They work well as a couple, when they let go of past hurts and misunderstanding, and when they finally get everything figured out I cheered a little ... OK, quite a bit. On the inside. And maybe just a bit on the outside. *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
In her family, Gia Mancuso has always been known as the responsible one... her sister, not so much, and time after time Gia has been the one expected to clean up her sisters messes. But this time "the mess" forces Gia to face a hurtful past that she walked away from ten years ago, and the wounds from it are still a little raw. Returning home to Hidden Falls is something Gia usually tries to avoid, but now that she has found herself the guardian to her sister's newborn daughter, and the livelihood of her families restaurant on the verge of collapsing, she doesn't really have a choice other than to return home and face the music. But once she is there she realizes that this 'little mess" left behind by her sister is far bigger than she initially expected, and it has her depending on a man she never thought she would put her faith in again... Andrew McQuaid has spent the last ten years of his life trying to rid his mind and heart of memories of a certain dark haired beauty, but no matter how many dates he has been on she always finds a way to remain a constant in his life. He has yet to meet a single woman who could even come close to comparing to her, and it kills him to know he may never find that again. So, when he learns that she is returning home to help her family he knows this is fate telling him that this is his one and only shot to right the wrongs of the past, now he just has to figure out a way to get her to talk to him. Maybe, just maybe, he can convince her to give him a second chance to prove that they were meant for one another, but before he can even start to work himself back into her good graces her deviant sister decides to throw a wrench in his plans... This beautifully crafted story of forgiveness and undying love packed a serious punch, it didn't take long for it to seep into my soul and start toying my emotions, page after page I found myself struggling to digest all that these two endured, and moved by every bit of it. Gia and Andrew lured me into their world, had me completely captivated by chapter two and by the third I knew that there was no way in hell I was walking away until I had devoured every last word. With every set-back that they faced I began to wonder if they would ever get to a place where they could just let go and let love lead them back to where they belonged, and without giving to much away I will just say have faith my friends. I have to say with each new installment in this series I'm finding that I am continually surprised and beyond impressed with what I find, just when I think I have found my favorite, Ms. Kline ups her game and has me changing my mind!! This is hands down one of the best reads I have settled down with this year, and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us next!! Highly recommend you meet the McQuaid's, their stories will leave you inspired, renew your faith in the power of love, and curl your toes... all in one shot!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.