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Who doesn’t love Naked Men? In Christi Barth’s irresistible series, a group of close-knit friends talk out their problems with naked honesty on a popular blog. Bonded by a high-school tragedy, they’re moving on from the past—and fighting for the future with strong and sassy women.

Griffin Montgomery helps people. As a teenager, he kept his best friends alive after their soc
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Kindle Edition, 271 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Loveswept
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Stacey is Sassy
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Taking a risk produced the reward.

From the very beginning of Risking It All it’s pretty obvious that Griffin Montgomery likes saving people. Others call it a hero complex, but in reality, it’s more about his need to make sure that people are safe. He and his best mates survived a very traumatic situation when they were in high school that changed their whole lives. They became famous which wasn’t a great thing when they were fighting the demons that haunted them after their harrowing experience.
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Alba and Her Secrets..♥
2 'Risks and Fears' Stars!
ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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This will be short. I requested this book on Netgalley because the publisher send me an email telling me I would enjoy this story if I was a fan of Lauren Layne. Well, most of you know I adore Lauren's writing and her characters but (unfortunately) this was not the case.

Risking It All is the first installment in Christi Barth's Naked Men series and it tells the story of Griffin Montgomery (a cocky man who alway
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XxTainaxX
Mar 14, 2016 added it
Shelves: not-for-me, dnf
DNF @20% Couldn't connect to the characters. Plot was not interesting to me. Could be for others but unfortunately not for me. My TBR is just way too big for me to continue if I wasn't feeling it.
Joëlle
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it
"*** ARC kindly provided by the publisher Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. ***

This was the first book I read by this author and I’m torn a little bit. It was definitely a like but I didn’t really love it. It dragged a little, I’m not a big fan of insta-love and I didn’t really like Griff. He IS a hero but doesn’t want to be called one but at other stages in the story he kind of brags about it?? I also didn’t like how he behaved towards C
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Claire Robinson
Feb 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: love-swept, dnf
1 - "The Truths always the way to go." Star.

DNF @ 33%

Great prologue, and opening chapters, I was thinking along the lines of one of my favourite films with Griffin’s profession as a Coast Guard, and the quirky blog Naked men that he co-writes with his four closest friends, added to the unique edge the author had going on.

"Not like you to give up so easily."

Chloe was ok, she has more in common with Griff than initially thought, but didn’t actually know it up to where I called it a day, in that th
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Dali
A cute, sweet and sexy romance... with Naked Men?

Griffin Montgomery has “hero” tattooed in his DNA. His natural instinct is to help others and by that virtue he not only helped his high-school friends out of a dire situation now he dedicates himself to put his life on the line everyday as a search and rescue Coast Guard pilot. Until the day he pushed the limits too far and got his wings clipped. Landing him at a café where he meets the lovely yet solitary and in need of a push to her own limit
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Beth
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A group of high school boys on their way through the Alps, crashes and only survived by their wit and acumen, forming an unbreakable bond. Through college and continuing into life circumstances, this group of now men have continued keeping in contact and airing their feelings on a blog called Naked Men. Griffin Montgomery was a leader who helped bring his teammates to rescue, this started a pattern in Griffin’s life, he is always looking for someone to rescue and never leaning on anyone.

Griffin
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Michelle
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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When I first read the blurb of Risking It All by Christi Barth, I was intrigued and interested in wanting to read this book and how could I not when the series was aptly titled Naked Men. Risking It All had all the elements to be a great love story of two people learning to to face their fears together and taking that risk when it comes to love but there was just something missing to make me love the story of Griffin Montgomery and Chloe
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Shannon Moore
Mar 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc
DNF at 52%

Nope, I'm sorry but I just can't do this anymore. Time is too precious to subject myself with a story that I can't get into.

The characters are immature and juvenile and for the life of me I cannot connect with them. They're playing games, acting like teenagers instead of people in their late twenties. The friends are even encouraging all of this behaviour. I don't care about their stories, I don't care about their future. The past was kind of cool but so quickly breezed over that I do
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Sherwood Smith
Feb 29, 2016 added it
Shelves: romance
Copy provided courtesy of NetGalley

This romance, which I believe is going to kick off a series, introduces a twist that almost doesn't come off, but I think Barth pulled it together in a way that avoided chapters of humiliation and angst. (I am not a fan of lots of angst, and humiliation is a real turn-off.)

The book opens with a bang, Griffin and his close high school friends traveling to Europe for a soccer tournament. A crash in the middle of nowhere nearly kills them, and Griffin feels that i
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Beebs
3.5 rounded up

First in a new series from a new-to-me author, I didn't hate it but unfortunately I didn't love it either.

I really liked both characters (except for one unbelievably TSTL moment from Griff) and all of their friends and I'm definitely intrigued by the missing Logan BUT it just felt that all conflict was too easily solved. That is saying something coming from someone who generally hates angst filled books. Giving both characters' backgrounds, it felt like they were able to sort ever
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Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

So I'm going to admit that I was intrigued by this book one because it was written by Christi Barth whose work I have enjoyed immensely in the past and two because of the series title A Naked Men Novel and while I found that the series title meant something entirely different, I was not disappointed in this book at all. This book was complex; both the hero and the heroine had survived incidents that had changed them and while neither one is r
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Lady Heather


3.5 Stars

This was a nice slow burn romance.

Full review to come :)
Linda
"Risk it All" is the start of a new series " the Naked Men". Which will follow a group of five men, who happen to have a blog, were they discuss everything and anything and we are going to get to watch each one of them fall in love.

This story focuses on Griffen Montgomery and Chloe Windmere, but I M jumping ahead a bit too quickly. Griffen and his naked men buddies have been friends since high school all of them on the same soccer team,a lol of them with a shared life bonding experience. While t
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1-Click Addict Support Group
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Griffin Montgomery has always been the one to help people out of tough situations. In his teens, his leadership and tenacity helped keep his best friends alive after a bus crash in the Alps. Now, as an adult, he pushes the envelope as a Coast Guard Search and Rescue pilot. That is, until he goes too far and gets grounded. He’s keeping his mind busy by working on the Naked Men blog, but Griffin is itching for some excitement—he thinks he may have found it by breaking through Chloe Widmore’s comfo ...more
Danielle
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in a brand new series by Barth and I liked it because it was definitely different.

Griffin is in the coast guard and after he saves a family after disobeying orders he is on suspicion. Turns out he doesn't like being grounded so much but it does lead him to a beautiful woman named Chloe who he wants to get to know.

Chloe is a professional letter writer (I didn't even know that was a thing) and she is working in a coffee shop when she meets Griffin. They share some banter a
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Emily
Griffin Montgomery has been put on leave after a rescue that was deemed dangerous ended up saving a family. Griffin though is paying the price for his lack of following orders. Bored and needing something to do, he finds himself introducing himself to Chloe Widmore.

Chloe is a professional letter writer, she is quirky and best of all she has no clue as to who he is. Griffin's a hero in the eyes of all those that saw what he did, but he is uncomfortable with that title. He has a history he doesn'
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Lisa
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-arc
Unfortunately I really struggled to finish the book. I wasn't able to immerse myself in the story and didn't have a connection with neither Griffin nor Chloe.


ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Kahea
When the WTF?! (and not in a good way) moments out do the sweet, funny ones and the only characters who hold your interest at the end of the book are the female lead's bestie and a character that was mentioned, but never made an appearance in the book, you know it wasn’t meant to be.

This book had the components to make it a good read: Hot alpha male with a saviour complex collides with a woman who has a sassy streak and yet won’t step outside of the very restrictive box she’s constructed for her
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Kristine
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Original review can be found at http://kristineandterri.blogspot.ca/2...

** I received an advanced readers copy from Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

This book was OK for me but that was about it. I can't say that I hated it but I definitely didn't love it. As the first book in a new series I think there is some potential but there are a few kinks that need to be worked out.

I won't re-tell the story because the synopsis does a good job at describing what the b
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Nicola
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
My feelings on the 30% I read before I DNF'd:

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It's not badly written, it started out well and is paced well and I WAS ENJOYING IT, hence why it's got 2 stars, but then it took a path that was a big fat pile of no and I hated the hero. And if you want to know why, then here you go: (view spoiler)
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Catherine Bibby (Rochelle's Reviews)
I received a copy via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

While not the best romance that I have ever read, Risking It All has characters that you can't help but be drawn to. Christi Barth did a great job of enticing readers into Griffith Montgomery's past and showing the unbreakable bond between him and his soccer buddies from high school also known as the ACSs. The Naked Men as they like to call themselves and their blog intrigued me and kept me laughing with their banter and made me f
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Kathleen R.
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Title: Risking It All
Author: Christi Barth
Series: Rising Storm series
Publisher: Loveswept
Reviewer: Kathleen
Release Date: March 8th, 2016
Genre(s): Romance
Page Count:271 pages
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Blurb:

Griffin Montgomery helps people. As a teenager, he kept his best friends alive after their soccer team’s bus crashed in the Alps. Now, as a Coast Guard search and rescue pilot, he saves lives with reckless abandon—until he goes too far and earns a lengthy suspensio
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Kim
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Naked Men kinda grabs your attention, right? Sorry ladies, there is not as much physical nakedness as you would think happening here. That title refers to a blog started by Griff and his 4 friends featuring straight talking posts about basic stuff from a guy's point of view, and it is an Internet hit.

OK let's start at the beginning! When they were in high school, Griff and the guys went to Italy to play in an international soccer tournament and they were involved in a major bus wreck. I
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Misty (Red's Romance Review's)
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Chloe Widmore is one of those people who doesn't color outside of the lines, she prefers routines and regularity, and keeping things in her life as normal as possible. She doesn't do risky or walking on the wild side and while that might make her seem boring, she doesn't care because that's what makes her feel safe. The last time she dabbled in adventure it ended badly and left her emotionally scarred, and afraid to take risks of any kind, including risks in her love life. But after a chance mee ...more
Sassafrass
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was cute and fun. I really think I'm going to enjoy this series.

RISKING IT ALL is the first book in the Naked Men Series. The Naked Men Series is about a group of guys who went through a tragedy ten years ago that after they came through it, cemented their bond of friendship and brotherhood for life.

RISKING IT ALL is about the de facto leader of the group, Lt. Griffin Montgomery. He was the captain of their high school soccer team and the one who was integral and getting them out of their
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Morilyn
Risking it All by Christi Barth is book 1 in her new series Naked Men. I was offered an ARC in exchange for an honest review & have to admit that with such an amazing series name I couldn't resist. Christi Barth is a new author for me even though she's written several novels. This story centres on Griffin Montgomery, a Coast Guard Helicopter pilot, with a wild & daring streak that means he takes measured risks, in his life & his work. His latest rescue has resulted in him being groun ...more
Amber .:★Wild Heart Reviews★:.
Risking It All by Christi Barth was one of those stories that reach out and grabbed me. Not only because of the synopsis but because of the cover! I mean, really... can you resist that smolder? Needless to say, I dove into the book and the prologue alone had me wanting to flip pages faster than I can read. This is a full-length novel, with an HEA and no cliffy.

I want to make note that this is the first Christi Barth novel that I have read and I'm positive at this point, I'll be wanting to read t
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Rebecca
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

arc generously provided via netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I didn't have any expectations going into this book and was pleasantly surprised!

Risking it All is a cute story that will be a series and centers around 5 guys who have all survived tragedy in high school and have been best friends through all the ups and downs of life. This guys started a blog "naked truth" which is just guys being honest and real.

Risking it is Griffins story. Griffin is a risk it all, life saving,
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Jennifer Dicenzo
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There was no part in this book that I didn't love and I hope there are more in this series set to be written. This book is about 5 guys, who as teenagers, 4 of them were in a tragic accident in another country. They had to pull together to try to make it out alive. So they share a bond that goes deeper than many family bonds go. When they all went to colleges or travel they found a way to stay in touch and also help other men by starting the Naked Men blog. This blog allows them to be completely ...more
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