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Informed Risk / A Hero for Sophie Jones

(The Jones Gang #9)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,140 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
Mike Cavanaugh was a firefighter; it was his job to rescue people. Though inviting them home wasn't usually part of the job description. But when he pulled Christine Palmer out of her burning house, something about the gutsy single mom made him want to protect her, to make her life a little better. Only somehow Chris and her family ended up giving Mike's
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Published April 30th 2013 by Harlequin (first published 1989)
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Joyce Kleine
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
heerlijk een luisterboek luisteren tijdens het schoonmaken
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Safe read
But meh
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dual Harlequin romances

This book is actually reprints of two romances: "Informed Risk" by Robyn Carr, originally published in 1989 and "A Hero for Sophie Jones" by Christine Rimmer, originally published in 1998.


I love Robyn Carr and have read all of her books that I can find. This one fits in the middle somewhere on my "like" scale. Well developed characters, a solid storyline, some tears shed along the way. I liked Mike and Chris, Chris' children and especially Cheeks, the dog. Did
Sep 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I only read Informed risk, probably a 3.25, it started with a premise I loved. Firefighter saves a family from being homeless, but then it got weird. Lost Heiress? Really.

Only lesson in there is pride, pride and more pride. At the end I wasn't really happy with this group, but there were parts that saved it from bombing.
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is actually two novels in one: Informed Risk by Robyn Carr and A Hero for Sophie Jones by Christine Rimmer. I decided to read it because I have been reading Robyn Carr's novels -- both the Virgin River and Thunder Point series and her stand-alone novels. Without getting into specifics about the stories, my three star rating reflects the fact that I really liked Informed Risk and would have given it 4 stars by itself, but I thought A Hero for Sophie Jones was so so, too cutesy for my tastes. ...more
Informed Risk: Christine Palmer was working on a book she was writing when it was cold so she finally turned on the furnace. It smelled bad and she soon realized that it was smoke and her rental house was on fire. She quickly got her children, Carrie was 5 and Kyle was 3, into her car. She went back inside to throw the food out of the fridge and stuffed her computer and research into it. She ended up passing out and was rescued by firefighter Mike Cavanaugh. Chris was fairly new it town so she h ...more
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 * - Didn't realize this was originally published in 1989. Since I was in college then, not that big a deal for me. :-D Slightly dated but not too bad. Thought it was entertaining but the conflict felt a bit contrived. Heroine was a bit on the wring the hands/whine but not so much she made me switch off the book. I enjoyed Little Mike. Carrie (daughter) was awesome. Ms. Carr has definitely grown as a writer but you can see rock steady roots of her talent in this older work.
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Okay, here is the deal with this story. Good story, but it was too much for me for just one story. I felt that Ms. Carr try to add too many elements into the story instead of just focusing on one thing. Overall it was an enjoyable read, but not one of her best.
Jeanne (love2cook)
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
A two in one book. Informed Risk by Robyn Carr, is about Mike Cavanaugh, fire fighter, who pulls Christine Palmer out of her burning house. He felt the urge to protect this single mother and her children and make their life better. Mike was happier than he'd been in years. But when Chris got back on her feet would she still want Mike's love?

The second story, A Hero for Sophie Jones, is about Sophie and her Morning Star Resort. A rustic theater, stable to board horses, a large house with rooms
Rochelle Willis
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is about Mike a firefighter and Christine and her 2 young children who are rescued from their burning building. Mike puts them up in his house as they have no family that Christine wants to approach as she feels embrassed and humiliated with the choices she made in her life. Mike and Christine becomes friends and a romance builds from there and Mike is trying to get Christine go contact her Aunt to get in contact.
Maggie Shanley
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
This collection was rather weak and filled with angst and misunderstandings. I didn't even like Chris that much in the first story and Sinclair and Sophie's story was unbelievable without any real conflict, just people acting blindly and filled with misunderstanding.
Cindy Rippentrop
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Informed Risk is a wonderful story about love lost and love won the hard way. A firefighter ready to move on from tragedy and a young mom in the midst of it. A fantasy, a dream come true, the question is will recognition come before it is to late to avoid the greatest tragedy of all.
Gwen Hopkins
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved both books.

I always like Robyn Carr. Sophie took a little longer to get into. The last half of it was wonderful.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Both stories in this book were "can't put down" stories.
May 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Choppy writing, too slow and too dicey
Not bad, not great. Would have given a 2.5 if I could. I didn't read the bonus book. I'm really not into pure romance, racy or not (this one is not racy, barely even one bedroom scene).
Bernadette Shelby
May 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not great writing. First story okay but gave up on the second one after only a few pages. Harlequin romance type stories which I am never able to read as they are so stupidly written.
This is another book with a bonus, A Hero For Sophie Jones by Christine Rimmer. I was only going to read the first one but I thought what the heck I will give the second book a try. I liked it.

In Informed Risk, Chris Palmer is a hard working, divorced mom of two little kids. They are living in a run down house while she works days at the grocery store and writes a novel at night. The furnace starts a fire in the house on the first cold night of the fall. Chris gets the kids out of the house and
Jan 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
“Informed Risk” is a 1989 romance novel by Robyn Carr that was featured as part of Harlequin’s “Men In Uniform” series. It revolves around the love that blossoms between an Irish Catholic firefighter named Mike Cavanaugh and the single mother he rescues named Christine Palmer. Christine is a would-be author who’s working on a YA novel while raising two precocious kids.

The plot is filled with situations that normal people probably wouldn’t get into, but are perfectly serviceable in the name of a
Sarah Eiseman
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on

I haven’t really read much by Robyn Carr and the stories that I had weren’t interesting enough for me to make the effort to check out her back-list. Boy, I must have read the two duds she wrote because this book, and the other one I read right before it, were fantastic!

In this novel, we meet Chris Palmer, a single mom trying to get her life together after her deadbeat husband rang off with her money and left her with two kids. We meet her as her rental bu
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nice two-in-one book. Informed Risk is the fireman story by Robyn Carr. The heroine's house burns down and the hero carries her out, then offers to let her stay in his house because her daughter reminds him of his, dead in a car wreck 10 years ago. She's still dealing with a bad divorce from a conman who swindled millions from her before vanishing, literally. When the hero learns about the millions, he reacts badly, but they work it out. A Hero for Sophie Jones is by Christine Rimmer, and like m ...more
Laura de Leon
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This is two (short) books in one.

The first is Informed Risk by Robyn Carr. I'd give this one 3.5 stars-- it's an early book by the author, and it shows. All the elements that I enjoy in her books were almost there-- the characters were a little flatter, the story a little less complex, the writing a not quite as smooth. Because it is such a short book (and this was presumably a written-to-the recipe basic romance) the secondary characters and the community were not as developed as I have come to
Jan Mcleod
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book has two novels. The first one is by Robyn Carr entitled Informed Risk.
As always,Chris M. Carr has a well-told, good story. Chris is struggling to find out what she wants in life and be independent after her ex-husband stole her inheritance and ran off. Mike, a firefighter rescues Chris from a burning house and asks her two children to live with him since they are homeless. He, too, has issues since he lost his wife and daughter in an accident 10 years ago.
The characters are created we
Jun 11, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was written in 1989 and it shows. This is not one of Robyn Carr's best efforts. While I love her Virgin River series, there's something lacking in this stand alone story, Informed Risk. The hero, Mike, is very likable fireman. He's the physically strong yet gentle, loving man that women dream about. The heroine is fine, but too wishy washy for such a strong, decisive man. I wanted someone else for the hero. I think Aunt Florence would have been a better counterpart for the hero! The he ...more
Patricia Solla
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Robyn Carr's Informed Risk storyline is very interesting. It was interesting to see a firefighter enjoy his job even knowing that he might die in the line of duty. This does not take away from what is actually happening in this story. There's more to meet the eye in the woman and her family he rescues. The woman is dealing with a lot of garbage she is carrying from another relationship so we have the woman who wants to be independent and do it by herself and the guy who wants to take care of her ...more
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mike Cavanaugh rescues Christine Palmer from a fire in her rental house. When he realizes she has no one in town she can call to help her out he offers to let her stay at his house. She and her two little kids move in along with their dog, Cheeks.

Mike is from a big, loving, Irish catholic family. Chris is an only child who lost her parents some years ago. Her only relative her Aunt Flo and they are estranged because Chris married a jerk who only wanted her money and left her after he ran throug
Ann (Noumena12)
Informed Risk by Robyn Carr
I always enjoy Carr's books. Embedded in this story is a glimpse of how close any of us are to being homeless. "The press indicated the homeless situation was getting worse every year. The reported living conditions were terrifying. Hopeless and vile. The one common link among these people seemed to be aloneness, lack of family." And I think it is easy to see how giving a little can make differences for others.

I'm not sure this is an "easy" read but it is definitely w
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I tend to love everything that Robyn Carr writes and while I didn't find this story as dynamic as the Virgin River series, I still found it to be quite enjoyable. It was nice seeing Chris start to become more sure of herself and who she was. I was proud of her for standing up for herself to Mike and Flo even though it was a hard situation. I really loved watching Mike with the kids and Cheeks. He was so sweet with them that it made my heart ache reading it. Overall I thought this was a nice afte ...more
Marcia  Haskell
Mike Cavanaugh was a firefighter; it was his job to rescue people. Though inviting them home wasn't usually part of the job description. But when he pulled Christine Palmer out of her burning house, something about the gutsy single mom made him want to protect her, to make her life a little better. Only somehow Chris and her family ended up giving Mike's life new meaning, and he was happier than he'd been in years.

But Chris was smart and resourceful. She'd get back on her own
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013, romance
I only read Carr's book. I really liked the first half of this one. I hated how alone Chris was. I liked how Mike recognized that because he felt the same. I loved how these 2 people managed to build something that had the potential to be real. When things started to go off the rails for me was when Chris's past came out. I hated the snipping, the petty one-up-manship that was going on, and how each person was pulling at Chris silently yelling mine. It was almost like they were peeing on her to ...more
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