Blog Tour + Review & Giveaway: A Risk Worth Taking by Heather Hildenbrand

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A Risk Worth Taking by Heather Hildenbrand

A Risk Worth Taking by Heather Hildenbrand
Release Date: October 22nd 2013
Source: I received an ARC from the author for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review
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When 22-year-old Summer Stafford’s parents split halfway through her senior year at college, Summer’s world is rocked. Everything she thought she knew—heck, everything she thought she wanted for her own life—feels like a lie. The truth is love is a risk. And the true kind, the kind that lasts, might even be a fairy tale.

Reeling from the divorce, Summer derails her own future by breaking up with her parent-approved boyfriend and giving up her lifelong plans for a big-city career. She moves back home, business degree in hand. Dad needs her to fill the gaps her mother left behind; Summer needs to find who she is outside of the cookie-cutter life that failed so miserably for her parents.

Ford O’Neal’s future involves one person: himself. He doesn’t have a permanent address and he definitely doesn’t commit. To a place or a person. Raised by hippies, he plans just far enough ahead to secure his next stop, this one landing him at a work-study program at Heritage Plantation where he can grow his own herbal and medicinal creations.

Summer is gorgeous and smart and fun to be with, the perfect way to pass five months. It won’t be love—Ford’s got too many things to accomplish, too many places to go, before he settles down. Yet Summer pulls him in, challenging him to rethink his own philosophy.

When Ford’s five months are up, each of them must decide if love is really worth the risk.

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I wholeheartedly loved reading this book! It was funny, sweet, entertaining, and just a great romance. I fell in love with the characters and the romance and the story. At its heart, A Risk Worth Taking is about figuring out what you want in life, and taking risks for the things you want, for the the things that make you happy. And if love is in the equation, if you find that one special person who means the world to you, then you should absolutely go for it.

You’re not living unless you’re risking.

The story is told through Summer and Ford’s POVs. I loved reading both of their POVs, and I felt the author did a tremendous job moving between the two main characters. It was one of the most well done dual POVs I’ve ever read. The story flowed and connected very well, and the writing was fantastic.

Summer Stafford moves back home to the farm after breaking up with her steady, stable, boring boyfriend to help support her father, because her parents are recently divorced, and the farm needs some help that Summer can provide. Summer has all this built-up anger within herself at her mother, because she feels it’s all her mother’s fault that her parents are divorcing. Summer has always thought her parents’ love was the ideal, but finding out that it was all a lie is disappointing. She feels deceived, and is now skeptical about whether true love really does exist.

Ford O’Neal is the new temporary hand at Summer’s farm, and when the two meet, they connect. Ford is a bit different from your everyday guy. It’s not just that his parents are hippies, or that he’s an herbalist. He’s thought-provoking and challenging and real. He makes Summer question things about herself she never thought about before.

“You should never settle. Life’s too short. Do things that make you happy.”

I loved reading Ford’s POV. I loved the way he thinks and his care-free, live-in-the-present view of the world. And when Ford and Summer finally get together, even though they know they can’t last because Ford has to leave, it’s not just Ford changing the way Summer thinks. Summer also changes Ford’s way of mind. She’s all he thinks about, and vice versa, and I could just feel them falling in love. It’s romantic but bittersweet as well. Because even though they’re falling in love, they can’t be together once Ford leaves at the end of the summer.

“I thought you said love is a risk,” I whispered, another tear escaping the edge of my eye.
Ford caught it with his fingers and wiped it away before pressing a lingering kiss against the corner of my mouth. “It’s a risk worth taking.”

Ford and Summer have both found things worth risking for, and they’ve both realized what they truly want in life. I can honestly say that I adored reading their journey together, of falling in love and discovering the world through new eyes because of each other. Their love is real and passionate, and it’s wonderful how the author manages to make the reader connect so well with them. A Risk Worth Taking is a great contemporary romance that I highly recommend.

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about the author

Heather Hildenbrand

Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. She now lives in coastal VA, a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean, with her two adorable children. She works from home, part time, as a property manager and when she’s not furiously pounding at the keyboard, or staring off into space whilst plotting a new story, she’s lying on the beach, soaking in those delicious, pre-cancerous rays.

Heather loves Mexican food, hates socks with sandals, and if her house was on fire, the one thing she’d grab is her DVR player.

Heather is a co-founder of Accendo Press, a publishing group she operates with fellow authors: Angeline Kace and Jennifer Sommersby. Accendo (a-CH-endo), A Latin word, means “to kindle, illuminate, inflame, or set fire.” This is something Accendo strives to do inside a reader’s imagination with every title released. For a complete list of titles and author bios, visit

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