Trying It All: A Naked Men Novel

Trying It All: A Naked Men Novel

by Christi Barth

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The Naked Men don’t have anything to hide. Now the sexy control freak in this “purely delightful group of buddies” (Publishers Weekly, starred review of Wanting It All) meets his match: a free spirit who’s as beautiful as she is reckless.

Order. Attention to detail. Never leaving anything to chance. These are the qualities that make Riley Ness such a terrific federal agent . . . and a pain in the ass to everyone else. The only time Riley lets loose is when he’s hanging out with his closest pals. So when he’s thrown together with gorgeous, flighty Summer Sheridan, Riley’s brain tells him she’s a ticking time bomb—but his body doesn’t want to play by the rules.

Riley has to be the most irritating man Summer has ever met. The brooding hunk thinks he needs to teach her a few lessons about real life, while she’d rather show him how to enjoy it. But her BFF’s all but engaged to Riley’s best friend, and besides, their intense physical chemistry is all too real. Summer just needs Riley to try to meet her halfway and take a chance with the one thing that matters: his heart.

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Praise for Trying It All

“The novel is filled with moments of humor and searing sexual tension, and its lighthearted approach to life-altering events adds depth and breadth to the passion.”Publishers Weekly

“Fun and entertaining yet complicated and emotional, not to mention supremely satisfying, Trying It All is a fantastic addition to Christi Barth’s Naked Men series.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

“Christi Barth is a master of making sexual chemistry leap off the page. Trying It All is a book you’ll wish you could step right into, with a hero you’ll want to claim for your next book boyfriend.”New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne

“Sigh-worthy! Barth delivers rich, distinctive characters, and a story that grips your heart.”—Jessica Lemmon, author of Eye Candy

“For those who want a hate to love romance, I recommend Trying It All by Christi Barth. It is the fourth in the Naked Men series, all of which I highly recommend, and although it can be read as standalone, with this series it is best to start at the beginning to get the full background and friendships.”—Harlequin Junkie

“I wish I had been able to sit down and read this straight through because I didn’t want to put it down. Unfortunately, I had to stop to get some sleep. I’m really looking forward to reading the next book which I hope will be about Josh, the last Naked Man standing.”—Xtreme Delusions (five stars)

“I always enjoy my visits with The Naked Men!”—Thoughts of a Blonde

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425286258
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Series: Naked Men , #4
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 127,487
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.

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Riley looked at her, at Summer, and then at the back room. “Can I talk to you? Alone?”

“You mean as though you’d taken the time to schedule an appointment? In advance? At a mutually convenient location, instead of ambushing me in my very public place of business?”

Shit. “Yes.”

He’d thought doing it at her work would be easier than asking her to go someplace. Had thought dropping in would keep it short and, yes, casual. Low-key. In other words, everything Riley thought, the way he approached it, was the opposite of how Summer did. Exactly like, oh, every single other conversation they’d ever had.

At least kissing appeared to be off the table. Which was a relief.


With a sigh, Summer braced her hands on the counter and leaned forward. “Elisa, I added another set of dresses to the photo shoot list. Possibilities, anyway. Before you leave tonight, please photograph and upload them all. Then send email reminders to the models who still need to send us their measurements. And also set up a poll to see which of those three dates works best for them to come by and do fittings.” Then she stalked to the front of the store, clearly not caring one iota if Riley followed her or not.

He did. But slower. Taking it all in like he hadn’t when joking around with Griffin. It was bigger than he’d expected. The exposed brick walls kept the history of the neighborhood while giving it a hip feel. She’d capitalized on the sunlight pouring in the front wall of windows by painting everything white. Shelves, racks, even antique-looking armoires were whitewashed in a way that made him think of a beach house. It left the color of the clothes as the focal point. Smart; even Riley, with his basic navy, white, and black closet, could see that. It was in a prime location, right on Georgetown’s main shopping and restaurant street. Tourists, college students, and locals all undoubtedly strolled by at least a couple of times a week.

Also smart. Smarter than he’d come close to giving her credit for being.

Her skirt snapped against his leg, she whirled around so fast. “Well? You’ve got my attention. But you’re going to have to work pretty hard to keep it. I’m busy.”

Riley finished his three-sixty scope of the store. The five of them were the only ones in there. Not a customer in sight. His eyebrows shot up. “Oh yeah, I can see that.”

It was a total dick move. Riley knew it before his mouth closed on the last word. The wrong thing to say. The wrong time to say it. The worst part? He didn’t mean to be vicious. Poking at Summer had become . . . a habit. One he needed to, if not break, then at least take a break from. It was the whole reason he’d come here.

Although she had every right to storm off, she held her ground. The only clue Summer was biting back annoyance was the way she lifted her chin. “We close in ten minutes. It’s the dog days of summer. And a Tuesday. Do I need to pull out my business plan to show you the graph of optimal clusters of days of the week, months, and times of day that people spend money in this store?”

“Do you really have that?” Graphs were a weakness of Riley’s. Right up there with craft beer and Brazilian swimsuit models. Which, come to think of it, Summer kind of resembled, what with her big eyes, long dark hair, and endless legs. And . . . now he was picturing her in a bikini.


Summer gaped at him as though he’d asked her if she’d ever seen the Jefferson Memorial. “Of course I do. There’s a lease that has to get paid on this space every month. Employees to pay—as well as taxes. Advertising. I don’t just play dress-up all day.”

While not a multimillionaire business god like Knox, Riley could run some computations in his head. And he figured that the amount she had to pay in overhead for this prime spot, along with everything else she mentioned, proved that Summer had to be pulling in a nice profit. Which meant she had to be a pretty darned savvy businesswoman. It was a side of her he’d never even glimpsed before.

It also meant he’d misjudged her. Judged at face value, anyway. Seeing as how it was an extraordinarily pretty face—that was usually frowning or glaring at him—yeah, he’d pitched the attitude right back without a second thought.

Well, it was time for that second thought. And an apology.

Riley unbuttoned his sport coat to shove his hands into his pockets. He didn’t enjoy eating crow. But he had the balls to do it when necessary. “Look, Summer, I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have made that dig.”

A single dark eyebrow arched upward. “Which one?”

Wouldn’t give him an inch, huh? Well, he’d do the same thing if someone hassled him in his office at the NTSB. Just because her job wasn’t life-and-death like his didn’t make it unimportant. “Let’s go with, oh, eighty-two percent of them.”

She cocked her head. “Why not one hundred percent?”

“Because the rest were, no doubt, either defensive from you sticking a verbal shiv in me or deserved.”

Apologizing was one thing. Totally folding? No way.

“So you’re sorry for calling me reckless?”

“Nope. I stick by that one. You’re an admitted jaywalker, after all.”

Her posture relaxed. Not all the way. But Riley could tell he was getting through to her. “Why don’t you give me an example of the eighty-two percent you regret?”

Fair enough. “The comments about playing dress-up all day. Those were out of line.”

Summer nodded her acknowledgment. Or agreement. Maybe both. “I’d call them mean-spirited, not out of line.” She ran a hand down a white skirt all poofed out and hanging in the window. “As it happens, I've got lots of experience playing with dresses.”

“Still have a Barbie collection, hidden next to the SoCo?” He hooked a thumb toward the back room with a grin.

“Never had a Barbie.” Summer sounded wistful. “No time for dolls when I was growing up. Or cartoons. Or really any of the fun things that are supposed to be childhood necessities.”

Funny. He could totally relate. Who would’ve expected that? “Me neither. My parents always said that time spent playing could be time spent learning.”

Summer snorted. “That sounds like something the Puritans would’ve cross-stitched onto a pillow.”

“Wow.” Riley hinged forward to whisper, “Did you peek in my bedroom last time you were at the house?”

“Very funny.”

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Trying It All: A Naked Men Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
I read and thoroughly enjoyed the first three books in the series and was excited to read Riley’s story. 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. These men survived a horrific bush crash over 10 years ago, and their bond of friendship which was firmly cemented and has only deepened over the years. This is the story of Riley Ness and Summer Sheridan. He is the most serious of the group, the most detail oriented and possibly the most uptight; always needing a plan and to be in control. Summer, on the other hand is beautiful, carefree and somewhat flighty. Totally not who Riley expects to be attracted too, but then opposites do attract. Riley wants Summer to become more serious about life and Summer just wants Riley to enjoy life. Can these two polar opposites fight through their obvious differences, traumatic pasts and find a compromise which opens them both up to love? Or will pride and fear get in their way and lose them both a chance at happiness? The chemistry between Riley and Summer was real. There was definitely a romantic feel to this book and I really love all the secondary characters. I love the humour and the easy banter between all of the characters, particularly Logan and his friends. I cannot wait to read more about the Naked Men from Christi Barth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
Riley always plans ahead, works out what can go wrong, then finds a way to minimize the damage. His world is shaken up when he tries to prove to Summer he can be impulsive and kisses her in public. Their hate-hate relationship becomes a learning curve for both of them as they work around their completely opposite views on how to live life. I really enjoyed Riley's willingness to step outside himself to correct his view on life. No matter how angry or hurt he was, he took that step forward. Summer's need to live in the now countered that, but she also accepted the changes he brought into her life, and this made the story a good read. I received a copy of this through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
Jennann3 More than 1 year ago
Summer is a carefree spirit. She lives life as if each day were her last. She's willing to try anything once, except love. It's not that she doesn't believe in love. Summer had wonderful examples of love in her parents. Her best friend even found the love of her life--one of the "Naked Men". It took one life changing moment to make her believe that she may not have a tomorrow, so she's built a wall around her heart believing that a future isn't in the cards. Riley is your typical nerdy, geeky, hard-working man. Although he hopes to win his parent's approval, it's not his main goal. He works hours on end to make sure nobody has to go through what he and his friends did as teens. Riley's ultimate goal is to educate people on preventable accidents, while teaching survival skills in case the worst does occur. He does not and will not place himself in situations where someone can get hurt, until Summer. While these two have clearly experienced life altering incidents early in life, they have extremely different approaches on how to live their lives. Summer lives in the moment, doesn't plan, and has fun. But she isn't really "living" her life if she shuts out the possibility of love, a future. Riley is the extreme opposite. He follows the rules and plans ahead for every possible outcome. He is so tied to "planning" and expecting the worst, he too doesn't truly live his life. Riley doesn't realize that it is impossible to plan for EVERYTHING. This novel was the fourth in The Naked Men series. I haven't read the other three, but definitely need to. There was enough back story so that you didn't get lost, but I wanted to know more about each of the other Naked Men! This novel was a perfect blend of sadness, happiness and witty banter. The sexual tension between Riley and Summer was also amazing. While they wanted to kill each other, they also couldn't keep their hands off each other! I highly recommend this novel! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
lucy117 More than 1 year ago
I was given an ARC in exchange for a honest review by NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept. THIS IS THE FOURTH BOOK OF THE NAKED MEN!!! Riley Ness finds out that he has an intense dislike for Summer Sheridan. Summer think that Riley is most irritating man she has ever met. However they are like trying to like each other because of their friends. What they didn't expect was intense chemistry for each other. Until something happens. Must Read to find out!!!!
Faerie-bookworm More than 1 year ago
Title: Trying It All Author: Christi Barth Genre: Adult, Romance Format: Ebook - NetGalley Pages: 268 Rating: 5 Heat: 5 Thoughts: I am loving the Naked Men! I can’t seem to get enough of them. Riley is a bit of a control freak, it’s based on safety but he’s wound just a bit too tight for me. Still can’t help but love him though. Summer is as carefree as the weather, spontaneous and unpredictable. I love how total opposite they are, but ultimately, it works. Still wish there was an actual blog for the guys that I could follow, but I’d probably never get anything done lol. It would be so much fun to hang out with this group of characters; they are more like a family than just friends. And the guys are just dreamy with awesome personalities. A must read for any romance lover! Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work and chose to write a review.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy my visits with The Naked Men! :) With the fourth book in this series, we get Riley Ness' story. He's super serious and rigid, but we get the story behind why he is the way he is, and we also get to see him lighten up a bit as love comes into his life. The characters are always great and we get to enjoy the guys and couples from the previous books. This one drifted away from the blog/podcast a lot though, so that was a little bit of a different aspect from this series. I wanted more time to enjoy them as a couple once they got together, but overall, a fun addition to the series! Riley Ness is the serious one of the bunch! He plans his life rigidly and always watches out for everyone else. He lets down his guard with his buddies, but he doesn't live dangerously. That's why Summer Sheridan and her fly by night attitude drives him up the wall! Summer's best friend Chloe is all but engaged to be married to Riley's best friend Griff, so they are thrown together a lot in social situations. The gang has gotten used to hearing them banter and complain about each other. When they decide they need to try getting along better for Chloe and Griff's sake, they realize they actually have a hot attraction for each other! Will hearing about each other's life stories and knowing the reasoning behind their different ways of life help them understand the other or will it just be one more thing they fight about?
westgirlds More than 1 year ago
“I received a free, advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review.” Oh my, I couldn't wait for Riley's book and the wait was well worth it! I have enjoyed each of the prior books in the Naked Men series, but Summer & Riley have so much in each of their past to overcome to realize the love they feel for one another! Riley was like the old saying the Mighty have fallen! He was so regimented in everything until Summer started removing some of that restraint and caution! Each of these characters are so well developed. I enjoy having the other characters be a central part of the other books. It's like visiting with old friends. You can't go wrong reading any of these books by Christi Barth, but I hope you enjoy Riley's as much as I did. I hated to see it end. Now I look forward to Josh......
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
On the surface, this looks like an opposites attract story but as Riley and Summer get to know each, and we get to know them, it is revealed that they are more alike than either of them realize. Riley is one of the ACSs, a group of men who survived a near fatal accident in the mountains of Italy ten years ago. Each one of the men in this group was impacted in a different way. Riley learned that he always needs to be prepared and thinks of all of the possible outcomes of every situation that he may be in. He's a super uptight Type A and tries to control everything around him. Summer survived a mass shooting on her college campus and, after nearly losing her life, has lived as if today may be the last day she has so she must live life to the fullest. Whenever Riley and Summer are together, they do nothing but fight and snipe at each other but there's a thin line between love and hate so once they cross the line, their chemistry is explosive. The differences between them seem to fade away the more they learn about each but, as with any person who has experienced the type of traumas they have, the baggage can get in the way. I loved Summer and Riley. They're both hilarious and care more about the people around them than anything else in the world. Even though they seemed like opposites in the beginning, I loved learning all of the ways they are similar and perfect for each other. This is only the second of this series that I have read so I *need* to go back and read the first two. I love so much about this group and I can't wait to see where the series goes next. *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Loving this series. Riley and Summer are complete opposites, Riley is all about order and Summer wants to live life to the fullest. Even though they find each other annoying they can’t deny the attraction they share. This is a fast-paced fun and entertaining read. I really liked it.
DannyJeffbooks More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book in the Naked Men series, however, this can be read on a stand alone basis. What I am really loving about this series, is that there is a certain maturity to the characters that as an older person, I really enjoy reading. Riley and Summer have a clear dislike for each other which of course develops into a steamy love affair. I really like how there is no game playing but they have an honest relationship with each other that we really get to see develop emotionally but they have great chemistry also. Once again, the relationship between the ACS guys really provide a depth to these stories; their deep seated love and friendship with each other really comes across and is lovely to read and not forgetting their banter brings a fun and light element to the story. Overall, I enjoyed this story - 3.5 stars I was provided with a copy of this book from the Publisher via NetGalley; there was no inducement or obligation.
belllla More than 1 year ago
Trying It All what can I say another great book from naked man. I so did not see this coming Riley and Summer together. The both have their own issues which in the end separate them. Riley was for me a surprise as a character because from previous books I didn’t see him as he was. I was positive surprised. And the same goes for Summer. I loved that the group of naked men is still together although they are no longer single. And the way they support each other and call on their bullsh… priceless. Another unique story in the series that I enjoyed reading. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
PennieM More than 1 year ago
The Naked Men are back and it is Riley's turn to have his life turned upside down and he is not a happy camper since he is all about order in both his job and the rest of his life. Ever since his brush with mortality as a teenager he now lives by a new set of rules and doesn't like to let loose. Now Summer Sheridan has crossed his path and she is everything that makes Riley crazy. There is a fine line between love and hate and Riley and Summer have been treading that line and bickering until a dare pushes Riley past his breaking point to a kiss. That kiss is the start of something good or is it... Each book in this series can be read as a standalone but why would you, each one is better than the last. I highly recommend this one! **Received a copy of this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
Momscookingthebooks More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I have read anything by this author and it won’t be my last. This book can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the other books in this series and I didn’t feel like I was missing any information as the author does a good job of filling in gaps without boring you with too much detail. Summer and Riley couldn’t be more different. Riley is all about planning down to the finest detail, where Summer is a fly by the seat of your pants and live in the moment kind of girl. They both have their reasons for their compulsion. Riley was in a terrible bus accident when he was in high school. He and three of his teammates were severely injured and stranded for three days on a desolate mountain road until they were rescued. Their bond is still strong to this day. While waiting to be rescued Riley vowed he would never be in this type of situation again. He would plan for every scenario possible. He is an engineer and even made his career about preventing and working traffic accidents for the NTSB. Summer was also involved in her own life changing trauma. She was the victim of a college campus shooter and actually died for over a minute until the medical team revived her. She vowed to live life to the fullest and to not have lasting relationships. She doesn’t plan too far in future because she feels that the future can be gone in an instant. She is a successful business woman with her boutique and she is gorgeous! Summer is best friends with Chloe, who is serious about one of the blood brothers, Griffin. So needless to say, Summer spends a lot of time with the group. She can’t help but push Riley’s buttons. He is so easy to rile with his uptight ways. During one of the many banter matches, Riley gets so frustrated that he kisses Summer to shut her up. What they both didn’t expect was that it was a great kiss. They both realize that nothing can come of this because they are like oil and water, but the sizzle from that kiss remains. They can’t be in the same room without making snarky comments, until the gang was heading to the beach house for the weekend and Riley asks Summer for a truce to help keep the anxiety down among the group. Or so he says, it’s really because he might want to kiss her again and see where it leads. I am going to leave it right there. You need to read this to find out what happens with Riley and Summer. This is a true enemy to lovers, opposites attack, have to get along for the sake of the friends type of novel. The banter is great and the chemistry is hot between these two. The friendships between the blood brothers is amazing. They are truly brothers to the core. Summer and her best friend Chloe have a great bond as well. The story is well written and I was drawn into the characters. If you love an enemy to lovers’ romance, then this is the book for you.
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
A delightful story and a fabulous add to Barth’s romantic series. For the past decade Riley Ness has been trying and succeeding in keeping his demons at bay by following the Boy Scout motto “always prepared” for all possibilities, paying attention to every detail, leaving nothing to chance. Those are a lot of absolutes to define one person, they’re great qualities to have in his line of work, not so great for the people that are close to him. Except this blood brothers. The other four men who were there in the horrific accident that solidified their brotherhood all those years ago. So when one of his friends. So when one of his friends’ girlfriend starts bringing her wild and carefree BFF around, Riley’s life turns inside out. Because while his brain is screaming “Danger, run away!” his body is telling him the opposite. For a woman who lives by the seat of her pants like Summer, someone who frowns upon little things such as jaywalking is way too uptight to even be around, much less interact with. Too bad all those boring suits hide a ridiculously attractive man. This juxtaposition is probably the reason for her knee jerk reaction to mock him at every turn, why they’re at it like cats and dogs and why, for the sake of their best friend’s they’ve reached a cease fire, which started when Riley kissed her to shut her up. Can they find a way to meet each other in the middle so they can not only explore their obvious attraction but perhaps more? I have thoroughly enjoyed Christi Barth’s Naked Men series so far but I think this one is my favorite yet. Perhaps it was the tortured hero and heroine combination, both having lived through traumatic experiences but coping in diametrical ways. Perhaps this being the fourth book, I just feel like one of the gang or maybe it’s the deliciously hot chemistry between Riley and Summer. It could very well be the combination of all of the above. The point is, I definitely took pleasure in reading this story. I’m going to go back a bit and comment on the reason why I was attracted to this series in the first place because it’s very original and I feel it got a bit lost in this one. Naked Men is a blog turned into a highly successful podcast. It was originally created by the five friends, also known as the American Soccer Survivors. Growing up and going their separate lives, the blog was created for them to keep in touch and to share with the world their thoughts on anything and everything. Can you imagine what guys like to talk about? That’s the bare bones behind the Naked Men and in this book Riley wants to take them further by creating a foundation that would get seatbelts put in buses, something that would have mitigated their injuries when their bus slid down a cliff. Riley is a great hero. He’s selfless and wants to make a difference, is always trying to help others, but his life is ruled by fear even though he doesn’t see it that way and it’s easy to dismiss because his meticulous actions make for sweet and swoon worthy moments. Even though I wanted to shake some sense into Summer almost at the end, I loved and even envied her cheerful and relaxed approach to life. Which on paper was completely wrong for Riley but her happy-go-lucky attitude combined with her strength and understanding makes her perfect for Riley. I enjoyed Summer and Riley’s push and pull enemies to lovers relationship. They both had big issues to overcome but with the right partner and a little help from their friends, who
micharch More than 1 year ago
Riley and Summer and thrown into each other's lives when her best friend, Chloe, and his best friend, Griffin start dating. Summer and Riley do not care for each other. They are polar opposites. He plans every scenario down to the last detail and she flies by the seat of her pants. They both went through traumatic events when they were younger and have adopted coping mechanisms that have both of them on different paths of getting through life. Summer wants nothing to tie her down and gets upset when anyone even suggests she plan for the future. Riley is up tight and rigid in his belief that he needs to be prepared for all possible situations which is perfect for his job with the NTSB. Riley realizes that they need to call a truce and not keep sniping at each other whenever they are in the same room. It has become apparent that Chloe is going to have Summer with her a lot when visiting with Griff and the other 4 of his roommates. Summer was even more belittling and snotty to Riley and tried to not own up to her part in their bad behavior. She felt she needed to call him out for his preparedness and took it upon herself to call him a stick in the mud whenever she could. It did get old at times and I was glad with Riley and others started calling her out on it. She needed to own her crap instead of pointing out what she felt was wrong with others. Riley admitted to his issues from their near-death experience when he was younger and is trying to avoid any more anxiety attacks. Summer threatens that and doesn't quite understand why he is so upset about it. She wanted him to accept her as she was (flighty, spur of the moment and absolutely resistant to planning for her future) but wanted Riley to change for her and become more spontaneous. Riley nailed it on the head when he said she was using her past to pus people and things away and people were over-indulgent in allowing her to act that way. When they both give a relationship a shot you just know things are going to be difficult when you put 2 polar opposite people together. The fact that they tried to communicate and get their points across did help at times. At the end of the day, they both had to try and figure out how to meet in the middle and not change the other too drastically. I liked how Riley and Summer both got heart-to-hearts from their friends and told to stop blaming the other one and own their issues. It had a nice ending and was a good, easy read. I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book #4 in the Naked Men series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding and enjoyment, I recommend reading this complex series in order. Riley and Summer are thrown together by the fact that their best friends are a couple. This changes the group's dynamic and even how they both look at things. Summer is hot and reckless. Riley is careful and cautious. It makes for a heck of a dance. Summer never wants to plan anything for the future. She has learned the hard way in the past that even with a good plan, things can arise. So, why is she so attracted to the ever buttoned up Riley? Why is a kiss with him so hot it rocks her world? This story is so very emotional as well as just plain sexy! These characters are already so head over heels for one another it makes for a great read. This series just keeps getting better with each book. ***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Another awesome book in the Naked Men series. This is the fourth book but each can be read standalone, however, I recommend you read the whole series to fully understand the bond between these men. This is Riley's story and it's absolutely perfect for him. Riley is the planner. Always prepared for any and everything. That's how he lives his life now. After surviving their horrific event in high school, Riley doesn't ever want to be unprepared again. Then Summer Sheridan comes along and threatens to blow is very controlled life right out of the water. Can he let loose enough to grab for a little happiness and will Summer let him? Definitely a book you want to read. I highly recommend it.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Trying It All by Christi Barth is the 4th book in her Naked Men series. I have read most of Christi’s books, but for some reason I had not read this series. But Trying it All read very well as a standalone, and I loved the book; which makes me try to find time to go back and read the first three books. The Naked Men series revolves around a group of friends who have stood together from high school, death defying situations and to their current day successful careers ; the title is from their blog which they display their honest opinions. It was a great beginning, 10 years before, where their bus crashed over the mountains leaving them with no hope of rescue. Riley Ness is our hero in this book, and he blames himself for the accident. Knowing what happened made it so much easier to understand the men, what they went through, and their loyalty to each other. Since I had not read the first three, it was a godsend. Thank you, Christi. Now in the present, Riley is a federal agent for the NTSB, who is hell bent to always plan ahead for work and for play. Riley is intense and sometimes annoying with his persistence to make sure everyone is protected and plans for every eventuality in whatever or wherever. Summer Sheridan, our heroine, has also had a terrible tragedy as a teenager, having been shot while In high school, and actually died for over a minute. But Summer is the complete opposite of Riley. She refuses to plan; she wants to live for the moment, even if she is reckless. Of course, Summer and Riley hang around the same friends, but they hate each other, and do everything in their power to avoid one another. Best laid plans do not always work out. One day, when passing each other and making their normal sarcastic comments, Summer accidentally slips off the sidewalk into oncoming traffic. Riley acted quickly and lifted Summer to safety, and in that moment with him holding her so close, the chemistry between them burst into a flame of fire. Riley kisses Summer and nothing will ever be the same for both of them. What follows is a wonderful, fun and at times exasperating story , as we watched two people who are opposites fall in love. It was such a great romance with hot sexual chemistry, and they were both so good together. The fact that they were likeable made the story fun to read. Yes, sometimes you wanted to smack one of them occasionally, but as their love becomes real, slowly they realize that they also complement each other, helping the other get past their anxiety. Christi Barth does such a fantastic job writing their romance, and blending in the friends surrounding them. This was such an enjoyable read. Besides Summer and Riley, I loved all the other characters, such as Chloe, Griff, Logan, just to name a few. Just when they begin to know that their love is real, the past has a way of coming back to haunt them. Summer is spontaneous and reckless, and a scared Riley will run; determined to live and not let things go, will keep Summer at a standstill. Will they find a way to compromise and make their relationship work? Trying it All is another fabulous romance by Christi Barth, who never fails to give us a wonderful story and couple. I loved this book. I suggest you start with the first book in this series, as I will plan to go back to read the earlier books.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
Trying it All is the fourth book in Ms Barth’s series titled, Naked Men. Though it’s a stand alone, the reader would benefit in reading the previous stories to appreciate the bond of these men who have been “blood brothers” since their teens and whose bond was sealed when they experienced a horrific accident while representing America in Italy,. In this one, our main characters are Riley, and Summer. Riley isa NTSB agent who is straight laced, by the book, overly prepared individual . Summer is his total opposite , or so we think . But her attitude today also stems from a devastating experience during her college years. Somehow, when they kiss, their opinions of each other changes. More so after an experience they have together. All that said, as much as I enjoyed the previous three books, I was disappointed in this one. I found myself skipping pages wondering when it would get better. I was more interested in the secondary characters, most of whom we have met in the other books. I was gifted this copy by Netgalley and Loveswept. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
I love this series. Naked Men is such a great series. I had never read anything by Christi Barth until reading the first book in this series, Risking It All. After reading that I knew that I had to read the remaining books as they came out. Trying It All is the fourth book in the series and it centers around Riley and Summer. Each book in the series can be read as a standalone and Ms. Barth does a great job of giving you all of the information you need so that you don't feel lost if you haven't read the other books. I love reading series in order, though, so I'm really glad that I started at the beginning. Riley and Summer have both suffered severe, life changing, trauma and, naturally, this has affected how they each approach life. Riley became determined to be prepared for any possible bad situation while Summer decided to live life one day at a time and not plan for anything too far in the future. She is a free spirit and he is a bit of a stick-in-the-mud. Riley and Summer are frenemies – they have to tolerate each other because Summer is the BFF of one of the Naked Men and it's impossible for Riley to totally avoid her, but they don't like each other much. They love to pick at each other and hurl thinly veiled insults. One day Summer goes a bit too far by saying Riley doesn't have the balls to do anything risky. Next thing she knows he grabs her face and kisses her. They are both stunned by how the kiss affects them. Thus begins the transition of their relationship. This book has everything I want in a great story. There's plenty of humor, some sexy time, and enough emotion to bring me to tears more than once (both happy and sad). When the expected conflict comes, it was not what I expected at all. Ms. Barth did a great job of putting her characters through the wringer and then straightening everything out again. I wish I had been able to sit down and read this straight through because I didn't want to put it down. Unfortunately, I had to stop to get some sleep. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book which I hope will be about Josh, the last Naked Man standing. A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book. This review will be posted to Xtreme-Delusions dot com on May 17, 2017.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
It's characters like Riley and Summer and the authors that create them, that remind us how precious and fleeting life really is. Riley is the planner. Summer is the risk taker. Both are survivors, but have handled the experiences in different ways. Summer's recipe is to live life to the fullest, experience all there is to explore and leave her mark on the world. Riley is more level headed and not willing to take unnecessary risks. His plans blow to smithereens when Summer walks into his world and worms her way into is heart. An inspiring story of courage and hope that provides humor, heart and thought.