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Risk FactorsRisk Factors by Calisa Rhose

Today, I’m super excited to share a sweet romance by a fellow Lyrical Press author, Calisa Rhose. It was my privilege to interview Calisa a few weeks ago. Now I get to give my quick and dirty review of Risk Factors. Enjoy!

Viv’s a veterinarian and Connor’s an EMT. They both have interesting jobs that show up on the page in a realistic way showing Calisa did her homework. The high-stakes medical jobs also lend dimension to Viv and Connor’s romance.

Both Viv and Connor are dealing with family issues that keep driving them apart despite a passionate attraction that keeps yanking them back together. Viv is sweet and compassionate, a little clumsy, and a lot damaged by parents who pretty much ignored her while they focused on their careers as high-profile wild-animal rescue workers. Connor is hot, emotionally damaged from his ex-wife leaving him and abandoning their baby for “greener pastures,” and utterly devoted to his 7 yo daughter, Janna (Jelly Bean). Janna is so much more than an addition to the story. She’s super cute and plays a vital role in Viv and Connor’s romance.

Risk Factors is a sweet read with lots of excellent emotion and real-world pet and human medical emergencies. There was high drama and some steamy-but-still-sweet physical romance. I highly recommend Risk Factors for fans of sweet romance, romance with a kid in the story, and romance centering on characters working in the medical field. It’s the perfect read for those who like small-town contemporary romances, too. There’s just so much for everyone in this sweet read.

Here is normally where I would post a few of my favorite lines, but I’ve had some technical difficulties this week and, well, let’s just say I’m thrilled to have been able to get my usual Friday post up. I promise you, though, if you pick up your copy of Risk Factors, you’ll find some gems of writing in there!

Thanks for stopping by!

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About Jessi Gage

Jessi lives with her husband and children in the Seattle area. She’s a passionate reader of all genres of romance, especially anything involving the paranormal. Ghosts, demons, vampires, witches, weres, faeries...you name it, she’ll read it. As for writing, she's sticking to Highlanders and contemporaries with a paranormal twist (for now). A career student (aka indecisive and inquisitive bookworm), Jessi brings her love of research to her worlds and characters. Her guiding tenet in her writing is that good always trumps evil, but not before evil gives good one heck of a run for its money. The last time she imagined a world without romance novels, her husband found her crouched in the corner, rocking.
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7 Responses to Free Publicity Fridays

  1. Mae Clair says:

    Great review, Jessi, and I agree completely with your take on Risk Factors. It was a wonderful read I really enjoyed. Congrats to Calisa on a well-told story!

  2. Calisa Rhose says:

    Aw thanks girls! Jessi your review makes me smile and we all need that. 🙂 I’m thrilled and pleased you read and enjoyed Risk Factors. Thank you.

  3. Cd Brennan says:

    Jessi, a lovely review! And Calisa, Risk Factors has been on my TBR list since Day 1 – if I only didn’t have to sleep! I love sweet romance, and I know it will be a great love story. xo

  4. Gemma Brocato says:

    Loved this review. Well done, Jessi. Calisa, I just bought the book to read while on vacation. Risk Factors sounds like a perfect novel to spend time with pool-side.

  5. harleybrooks says:

    Nice review, Jessi. I loved Calisa’s Risk Factors. She did such a great job of building 3-D characters. I loved the scene where Viv meets Skittles for the first time and how Calisa showed the readers through Viv’s natural reaction to a skunk (even though she’s a vet), and
    the hint of Connor’s playful side letting her squirm a second before revealing the skunk was safe, to reveal a glimpse of Viv’s insecurities and Connor’s compassion hidden behind some very thick walls. Then, of course, the broom scene where I laughed out loud.

  6. Congrats, Calisa. What a lovely review. Can’t wait to read Risk Factors.

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