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Informed Risk / A Hero for Sophie Jones (The Jones Gang #9)

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PLAYING WITH FIRE
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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Paperback, 512 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by Harlequin (first published 1989)
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Joyce Kleine
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbr-april
heerlijk een luisterboek luisteren tijdens het schoonmaken
Cheryl
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.

INFORMED RISK

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
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Sue
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.
Vicky
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
Shirlene
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
Vic
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.
Season
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.
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.
Jessica
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Both stories in this book were "can't put down" stories.
Angelyn
May 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Choppy writing, too slow and too dicey
Barbara
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.
JoAnne
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
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Barbara
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
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Sarah Eiseman
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on sarahsbookshelf.com:

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
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Gail
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
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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
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Bookfanatic
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
Sue
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
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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
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Lindsey
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
"PLAYING WITH FIRE
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
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Darcy
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, 2013
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
Julia
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
I picked this up one day as I have read a lot of Robyn Carr books and enjoyed them. It wasn't obvious from the cover that it is actually two short books/novellas. I didn't even realize until the story just came to an end in the middle. I am not a fan of short books so that was disappointing. You are just getting into the story and getting to know the characters and then they suddenly resolve everything. The Christine Rimmer story was disappointing. It started off well but then lost my interest.
Megan
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have fallen in love with Robyn Carr and her heroic stories. I love this one to the core. The only thing that truly bothered me was the ending. I feel like the story ended too fast and left me hanging a little. It kind of broke my heart due to lack of detailing in the last chapter. Other than that, I would recommend Informed Risk to those who adore romance and rescues! "A Hero for Sophie Jones" was really good as well. It wasn't as mature as the first story, but still had a good plot and great ...more
Cheri
May 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truthfully, I didn't read both stories. Not because I'm not interested in reading Christine Rimmer's story, but because I realized said story is part of a series and I hate picking a series up in the middle. Even if it's just a short supplement to the series.

That being said, the story "Informed Risk" was enjoyable. I've been on a Robyn Carr kick lately and personally don't think it is on par with her other books that I've read. It seems a little disjointed and choppy. That could be because it's
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Irene
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Two (totally unrelated) stories in one book. No idea why these two were put together, but they were quick reads that I won't linger on for very long. Very predictable. Didn't like the main female character in the first story too much, and given that I liked several of Carr's stories this one was a bit disappointing to me. In the second story I didn't like Sin and couldn't believe Sophie was making the effort to get him back.
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The Jones Gang (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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