Worth the Risk

Worth the Risk

by Jamie Beck


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Worth the Risk by Jamie Beck

A Woman’s World Book Club pick.

When Jackson St. James decided that six weeks in Vermont’s Green Mountains would help him get his life together, he didn’t anticipate replacing his craving for whiskey with a craving for his alluring new landlord, Gabby. Now, instead of prioritizing his sobriety and the resolution of the lawsuit threatening his business, he’s making excuses to spend time with the spunky young landscaper whose candor is more than a little addictive.

Gabby Bouchard refuses to let her pill-popping mother and unreliable baby daddy turn her into a cynic, so she doesn’t fight her attraction to her enigmatic new tenant. Although Jackson’s smile rarely reaches his eyes, his generosity and dependability make her willing to overlook his demons. But once she convinces him to give in to temptation, Gabby’s jealous ex threatens to disrupt the life she has built for herself and her son.

With so much at stake, Gabby and Jackson must decide if love is worth the risk.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503938816
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Series: St. James Series , #3
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 665,572
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jamie Beck is a former attorney with a passion for inventing realistic and heartwarming stories about love and redemption, including her popular St. James and Sterling Canyon series. In addition to writing novels, she enjoys dancing around the kitchen while cooking, and hitting the ski slopes in Vermont and Utah. Above all, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family. Fans can learn more about her on the web at www.jamiebeck.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JamieBeckBooks.

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Worth the Risk 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
b00kluvr13 More than 1 year ago
Wow!!!!! Hands down the best of the series. Jackson and Gabby are just perfect. I cried.... I love Jackson!!!
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
Worth the Wait and Worth the Trouble were so enjoyable that I was thrilled to get my hands on the last in the series. There's so much going on here - love, forgiveness, addiction, and self-discovery. It's just as much women's fiction as it is romance and is all the better for it. Gabby may have made a few mistakes but becoming a mom at a very young age has her growing up in a hurry. Unfortunately not everyone sees her that way and she's struggling a little with that. Meeting Jackson, even knowing that he's only in town for a short period of time, has her ready to take something for herself. Ready to develop a relationship with someone who sees the real her and can appreciate the maturity she's developed. Jackson may have his troubles, some that he's not ready to address just yet, but that doesn't stop him from being a fantastic guy. He's caring and willing to help, stepping in where he's needed. He sees Gabby for who she is and appreciates her upbeat attitude and love for her family. He also is happy to find someone who's got a strong, giving spirit and won't let him down. He's battling a lot with his family and needs that support but he also needs to face up to his problems before he can commit to a healthy relationship. It's hard but he's strong enough to get it done. I like how Beck wrapped everything up for all the St. James siblings (although this story could easily stand on its own, it's enjoyed even more with having the background from the other stories). I also like how she gave Jackson a fitting story for the big-hearted, but troubled, man. He needs someone like Gabby, someone to support him and push him, someone not afraid to lay it on the line but also as big-hearted as he is. It's not easy, but they finally get everything figured out and learn how to address their issues. I've really enjoyed this series and I'm very sad to see it end ... but Beck definitely gave me everything I could want and I'm looking forward to seeing what she has to bring with her next one. (Honest review given voluntarily for this ARC)
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
Oh, my , what an incredible introduction for me to this very talented author. This is book 3 of Ms Beck’s series, St James, but it is definitely a stand alone. I had not read the previous books and had no issues . If you are expecting a fluffy romance, this is not the book for you. BUT, if you want a complex, thought provoking, heartfelt story, then do not hesitate in getting this wonderful book. Yes, the book centers around Gabby, an unwed mom in Vermont living with her Dad and son Luc, and Jackson St James, a man whose life is in a turmoil and is developing an addiction to alcohol. His family have intervened and following their wishes, he moves to Vermont for a month where he meets Gabby. Jackson’s landlord is Gabby’s father. But it is really a story about how life is really messy. To quote a line in the story “…accepting that life can be messy and ugly. but blood is blood. Family works s… out, and forgives each other.” Not only does it deal with family relationships, but also with addiction, whatever kind : alcohol, drugs etc. and how this addiction not only affects the addict, but the family and friends as well as future relationships. In the end the struggles are “ Worth the Risk” and love , support and determination will overcome everything. Thank you Ms Beck for sharing the story with us. I received this book from Netgalley and Montlake publishers. The opinions expressed are sole my own.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Worth the Risk is a touching story about love, trust, honesty, and overcoming obstacles to finding happiness. Thirty-year-old Jackson left his Connecticut business and escaped to Vermont, for a six-week respite. After being slapped with a wrongful termination lawsuit by an employee; Jackson was in need of, some serious, downtime. To salvage his business reputation, it was essential that Jackson gain control of his emotions and put his priorities in order. Twenty-two-year-old Gabby had no choice but to grow up fast. At age thirteen her mother had left her, choosing to feed an opiate addiction rather than raise her daughter. At eighteen, the father of Gabby’s unborn child, walked out of her life, electing to be carefree, rather than shoulder responsibility. Gabby knew that she shouldn’t get attached to the man renting the apartment above her garage. His kindness, though, was impossible to ignore. Although Gabby was aware that her heart would break when Jackson left, she was unable to stop herself from falling for him. He made her feel alive and desirable. Jackson admitted that he was having problems with alcohol, but he didn’t see himself as a hopeless alcoholic. Fortunately, the psychiatrist Jackson had sought for treatment, also felt the same way; otherwise, he would have encouraged Jackson to attend AA. Jackson’s efforts to get honest, own up to mistakes, help others, and keep busy, was working as a healing balm to his brokenness. Jackson tried to help Gabby without becoming romantically involved. Gabby didn’t need a transit lover in her life, and Jackson didn’t need the agonizing guilt, that leaving her, would cause him. This engaging story is superbly, written. I loved Gabby, Jackson, and Gabby’s son, Luc, right from the start. The author brings the story alive with realistic dialogue, fully developed characters, and a well thought-out plot. Love, betrayal, fear, trust and addiction are the main components in this captivating tale. It’s an emotional tearjerker, as well as a heartwarming, thoughtful story. Highly recommended. I received this ARC, from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
RachaelBrown More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Worth the Risk. I love that Jackson and Gabby fought for what they wanted despite their personal struggles and the odds stacked against them. I love this series! Worth the Risk can be read as a standalone, but the entire series is great. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
These St. James siblings have been through the wringer and each has handled life's challenges in their own way. Jackson St. James tried to lose himself in a bottle of booze. After an altercation on a jobsite and a family intervention, he is finally working to straighten himself out. Leaving the city and his troubles behind for a while and vacationing in Vermont is how he plans to get his life straight again. His life seems to get very interesting though when he meets the feisty and gorgeous daughter of his landlord. Gabby Bouchard has had hard times in her life to but she faces things head on and with a strength that amazes Jackson. Is she the one that will finally get through to him or will his problems be more than she is willing to take on?? This was a very good read and definitely one I am recommending to everyone.