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Worth the Risk

(Worth It All #1)

4.61  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Will taking a shot at love be worth risking the friendship of a lifetime?

Jessica Coleman and Rory Cooke have been best friends since they were children, but as they approach their thirtieth birthdays they realize the love they feel for each other is no longer platonic.

Rory is sure that Jess is the woman for him and always has been, but he's forced to stand by and watch her
Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published February 28th 2020 by Amazon Digital Services
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Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book! It's been a while since I've read a romance that has been so sweet and such a celebration of love (don't think that means there's no steam to is... There is ;) ). The moment you meet Rory and Jess you know that they were made for each other. It is such a delight watching their relationship develop, especially the moment they realize that the love of their life has been right next to them for years. There are no giant, messy fights, no cheating, no huge heartbreaks: this st ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Worth the Risk is so sweetly satisfying.

I was fortunate enough to read a very early advanced reader copy of Worth the Risk, a debut romance novel by Australian author Lissanne Jones. Well-written, it's the story of Rory and Jess, childhood best friends who find themselves with new, unexpected feelings, all the while asking the question "Is the chance of true love worth risking the friendship of a lifetime?"

I'm a sucker for a feel-good, steamy, happily-ever-after romance and Lissanne Jones more
J.E. Parker
★★★ Spoiler Free Review ★★★

Have you ever read a book that made your heart swell to the point of nearly bursting? If not, grab this book the first chance you get because it will do just that!

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of Worth the Risk and oh my God I'm so thankful Lissanne sent me a copy! From the first page to the last, I was hooked. I laughed, I fanned my face, and I fell head-over-heels in love with both Rory & Jess. I absolutely can NOT wait for more of these two!

Julie Miller
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A beautifully written debut novel!

While I tend to like a little suspense with my romance, I found this contemporary romance a wonderfully delightful read. I liked the steam factor, the dialogue, and the very real conflict of risking the needed supportive system of a longtime friendship on love.

I did want Jess & Rory to get to the truth about their feelings sooner, but I connected with the characters and stuck with them to their well-deserved HEA. The supporting characters were intriguing and thr
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book by Lissanne Jones but definitely won't be her last. I loved everything about this book. It is funny and touches the heart.
If you love sweet romances which is my favourite kind of book then you will love this book.
It is 5 stars from me.
The Book Bee
Jun 16, 2020 added it
Shelves: dnf

I was excited to check out this book (as well as a fresh, new voice) when I first heard about it. I shared it and the series on my page a few times because it honestly sounded really good. It has all the makings for a great book for those that like sweet reads. Less angst, zero drama, and the sincerity of a love that was in the works their whole lives. And that is exactly what this one was - it was the equivalent of a Hallmark Channel movie in book form - super sweet, no real drama to
✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
Copy received from author for an honest review

Get your dentist on speed dial, as Worth The Risk is so sweet, it is going to give you a toothache.

Such an adorable best friends to lovers story that will have you smiling as you are reading.

Rory and Jess are absolutely MFEO - even if they are the only two who can't see it. They are just adorableness.

However, for me - and this is just going to be a me thing - it was all too cute. I was waiting for the shoe to drop, for something to happen.

And that ha
Janie Crouch
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An unputdownable celebration of love! This friends-to-lovers delight by debut author Lissanne Jones joins my absolute favorite feel-good books of the year. Witty, endearing, engaging...definitely not to be missed. So glad there will be more in this series.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Samantha I Love HEA Romance Book Blog
This book was so sweet!!! I fell in love with Rory and Jess and their love for each other. After the heavy books I have read recently this book was a breath of fresh air. It was an light, enjoyable read. I loved how perfect Rory was for Jess, how much he cared, how well he could read her. He is the kind of guy every woman needs in their life. This book made my heart all warm and fuzzy. And let's not forge those sizzling scenes!!! Hot hot hot!

Let's have a quick chat about Drew! Isn't he just deli
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m going to start this review by saying that Lissanne Jones is an absolute awesome & amazing author. I couldn’t put the book down. I cannot wait for you to read Worth The Risk, it is an amazing and brilliant book From the first chapter you can feel the chemistry between Rory and Jess . I loved how their relationship developed throughout the book. The other characters in the book are so easy to relate to that I felt like I knew them personally {Lucas ( who I disliked intensely ), Drew ( who I lo ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Worth the Risk is a sweet romance that celebrates friendship, family and love. Jess and Rory's story isn't complicated or over the top. Its a story of two friends who realize that they belong to one another. The simplicity of this story is what makes it the perfect romance. Rory and Jess's story will touch the reader because their day to day together is a reflection of our own lives. Worth the Risk is why we all read romance.
Jo West
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book!

Best friends to Lovers, Jess and Rory are adorable! Their families are neighbours, and very close and every girl deserves a dad like Jess has. The conversations between Jess and her best friend Alex are so believable, Rory's best friend Drew is funny, charming and naughty.. Worth the Risk flows from the first chapter and is beautifully written. I can't wait to read the next book Worth the Wait.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a pleasant surprise! I often read romantic suspense and sometimes some dark romance. This book was a great switch! I totally enjoyed the main characters. It was so interesting watching the challenges and changes each main character went through. I was totally drawn into the book and couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen. You won’t want to pass this book by! I can’t wait to read the next book!
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rory and Jess stole my heart with their friendship and my entire soul with their love. A sweet friends to lovers romance that had me wrapped up and I look forward to more of these two in the next book.
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this debut novel. 💕 New Aussie author, definitely worth picking up. It’s a sweet HEA friends to lovers book. Exactly as the blurb states. Risk is what you’d expect a love story to be. Like a breathe of fresh air, it will leave you with happy memories of Rory and Jess as a couple.
Lissanne Jones
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm so excited to finally share Jess and Rory's story with you! This best friends to lovers romance is high on sweet & steamy scenes and low on drama & angst. Perfect for those days when you just want to read about two people in love! Enjoy. ...more
Lin Lasky
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: modern
Just wonderfully written. A great story of best friends to lovers with a happily ever after thrown in to make you happy you read it
Liz Parker
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow - Rory and Jess are amazing together.

So supportive, loving and caring. They make an excellent team.

Love the caution Jess felt, love that she wanted him so much she took the chance.

Rory is just super special
Ann-Maree Howarth
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked this sweet read that was so much more than just a romance story, it was about friendship and family just as much as love. The characters draw me straight in and had me right to the very end while still wanting more at the end.

What happen when best friends realise they feel more than they should?

Will taking the chance to change their friendship be enough to make them want more?

Rory and Jess best friends since childhood, neighbours start the slow burn from friends to lovers in this
Elizabeth Miller
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can't resist a good friends to lovers story, and Worth the Risk doesn't disappoint! It's a sweet celebration of friendship, family and ultimately love when Jess & Rory come to realize they've grown into more than friends. Low on angst, big on feelings—one click this wonderful debut from author Lissanne Jones. You don't want to miss it! ...more
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much!!!!

This is a best friends to lovers romance and right from the start you can see the deep connection between Rory and Jess. They have known each other for so long and there is already love and affection between them.

There isn’t a lot of conflict between Rory and Jess which is a nice change. So many books rely on conflict to between the characters to make them realise how much they mean to each other, but Rory and Jess have known each other for so long that this isn’t ne
Lee-anna Dunk
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by Lissane Jones and it certainly won't be the last. I enjoyed reading Worth the Risk . This was a story about two life long friends , friends and neighbors since the age of ten growing up together forging a unshakable bond. Jess and Rory loved each other but it wasn't until Rory had a light bulb moment that he realised that he not only loved Jess but he was in love with her to . And watching her date someone he knew was no good for her was killing him but he had ...more
Gab Mce
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rory and Jess will make you SWOON!!!

Rory and Jess are a friends to lovers romance. And though it starts a little sluggish for me it picks up momentum and then makes me wild and crazy for their love to blossom. They are so intertwined in each other’s lives that you can see why they could be perfect together.

I loved how the character you may not have realized would be truthful about their feelings First is indeed the one that wants to take it to the next level. To watch it unfold is a thing of be
Penny Lisle
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
When friends become more.
What a lovely set of characters with their familes and friends, just beautiful.
Rory and Jess have been best friends forever, it's in their late twenties when they realize the feelings they have, could be more.
Great chemistry between this couple, LOVED Rory, every persons dream partner.
Looking forward to book 2, Worth the Wait, first I need to read the bonus novella ☺
Menotah (Canadian Girl Book Blog)

Rory and Jess have been best friends for over twenty years and everyone but they can tell that they are the loves of each other's lives. On Rory's twenty-ninth birthday, his sister hints that it is time to start thinking of settling down and that his true love will be "revealed" soon enough. While sitting in Jess's bedroom talking Rory is struck with the realization that Jess is the love of his life but there is one issue, she has a boyfriend. After breaking up with her boyfriend, Rory starts dr
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book (I received an ARC) was definitely worth the time I spent reading it. I’ve never been a huge fan of the typical romance genre story of girl meets boy, boy & girl clash, they clash some more, hate each other, etc. etc. then fall in love. This lovely story chronicles the main couple, longtime friends without a romantic history, and allow time to bring together in a natural and organic way. It’s refreshing to read a story that closely mirrors my own marriage. The characters around Jess an ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sweet becomes... and so much more. In putting together her debut novel, Lissanne Jones has perfectly combined sweet and hot, achieving everything that is required for a successful friend to lovers’ romance.

The background of Rory and Jess’s friendship is showcased perfectly in their interactions, and in their initial comfortable closeness with each other. And when their best friend comes to visit, I absolutely loved the witty banter between the three of them. Drew, a military man, is just g
Aubrey Bondurant
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love a good slow burn, friends to lovers romance. And Lissanne Jones' debut novel fits the bill! I can't wait to see what comes next in this series!
ANNE but not Hathaway
This is a debut novel from this author and I am already impressed by her writing style and story telling technique.

I'm not usually a fan/reader of sweet romances including/especially friends-to-lovers trope. I easily get bored reading them because my tastes these days runs in the darker side of romance. However, the author managed to catch my attention and interest as the story progresses. I found myself enjoying the story. It's full of heart and passion as well as a huge amount of friendship us
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Lissanne Jones lives in her hometown of Sydney, Australia, where she writes steamy romance books. Her favourite animal is the flamingo, she hoards stationery (especially A5 dot grid notebooks), and she loves to travel. She's always dreaming up new stories and wishing there were more hours in the day to write them all!

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