Indie Book Review: Risking Ruin by Mae Woods

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Steamy. Wow. I know I’ve said I’m not real fussed on sex scenes, but I love playful teasing, and this book had plenty of it.

Of course, those who like their steamy sexy romances will find plenty to like here.

I wasn’t real sure how I’d feel about a lawyer falling in love with her client, and thankfully, neither did the characters! This made everything believable and palatable, as the heroine and hero approached their conundrum with as much common-sense as they could manage. They tried keeping their hands of each other, they really did…

While the romance was first and foremost, I really enjoyed the court case storyline too, which made me a little disappointed when it wasn’t resolved as much as I would’ve like, but that’s life and court cases are complicated and drawn out things. When I asked Mae about it, she told me she is currently working on the sequel! I should have figured that out but the romance was resolved so well that I figured it could end there and I’d be happy with it.

Other little subplots and supporting characters also shone through to create a solid foundation for this thoroughly enjoying story. I loved the best friend and her family, and I loved the main characters’ families and all their friends. The world created was believable, with many people living their lives.

Part chic-lit, part steamy romance, this book will tick a lot of people’s boxes. An easy, comfortable read for romance-lovers wanting to curl up with a good book. I am definitely looking forward to the sequel.

I was given a mobi copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

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Risking Ruin, by Mae Wood

Book Length: 244 pages

Corporate Contemporary Romance/ Chick-Lit (Adult Fiction)

According to the Blurb:

Marisa Tanner’s most important client, multi-billion dollar family-owned Brannon Company, has been sued by nine of its employees for sexual harassment. Marisa is a pro at handling sexual harassment allegations, but will she be able to handle the CEO’s prodigal son as well as she can handle the lawsuits?

Clients are off-limits and Marisa could lose her law license and livelihood, but Memphis playboy Trip keeps making strong plays for her.

Their attraction is undeniable and chemistry electric. Can she have her career and Trip, too, or will she have to choose?

A steamy debut novel by Mae Wood, “Risking Ruin” is a stand alone novel that blends the tone of chick-lit and the sensuality of contemporary romance to create a landscape filled with strong characters in the lush environment of Memphis, Tennessee.

Risking Ruin is a cross between Chick Lit and Contemporary Romance.

Why Chick Lit?

  • Marisa (female lead) is independent, financially successful, and great at her male-dominated profession.
  • Strong, funny, and open relationship with her best friend.
  • Marisa has interests beyond love
  • Marisa is close with her parents and her best friend’s family.
  • Marisa’s whole being is not about finding love.
  • Marisa likes craft beer and farm-to-table dining and other current trends.
  • Marisa likes to verbally spar.

Why Contemporary Romance?

  • Some steamy scenes.
  • She falls in love and there is a happy ending.