I’m pretty stingy with a score of five and give them to only what I consider an exceptional read. Risking It All is just that. This is a story that carries on where the Line of Duty series left off.
We met Bowen in previous books oh so briefly and he caught my attention then. Now the focus is on him and his truly sucky life and how he fights with his deeply buried morals that conflict with the “career” he has inherited from his father. Bowen is the enforcer of an organized crime mob but deep inside he’s an artist; and a really tortured one.
Seraphina is the woman who catches Bowen’s eye even before he’s asked to keep her safe. There are ties to his sister Ruby and her man homicide cop Troy that weave around Sera as well, and all are caught in a web of deceit no one saw coming. This was a book I could NOT put down easily and while violent, I felt the truth of the life come through the author’s words.
Bowen was not what I expected but everything I liked. He has morals, honor and keeps his word. Sera was not the hardened cop she thought she was, and her first career choice should have been her first clue. She let the desire for vengeance get the better of her and it landed her in a heap of trouble, but also brought Bowen to her. I loved the conflict in the story, how Bowen was so vulnerable to Sera and I got my beloved epilogue with the promise of more to come. As expected, the book generated an exceptional amount of steam and I’ll admit it – envy. Every book this author writes is my new favorite, and they all live on my Kindle forever more.
NYPD detective Seraphia Newsom will avenge her brother’s death at any cost. Even if it means insinuating herself into a rough, Brooklyn street gang and going so far undercover, she’s not sure she’ll be able to get out. Every minute she spends in their midst means the clock ticking down on her life, especially when she overhears something that could get her killed.
Bowen Driscol is the heir to a crime enterprise. He never asked for the job, but with his father behind bars, he has no choice but to step in and keep the operation running. But when the NYPD blackmails him with a piece of damning information in exchange for aiding an undercover cop, he finds himself on the other side of the law for the first time in his life.
Bowen knows the danger Sera is in, and keeping her safe trumps saving his own ass. The problem? She can’t know he’s on her side. And there's the matter of the seriously inconvenient heat sparking between them that's incinerating his resistance. But Sera only sees Bowen's past, and men like him are the reason her brother is dead. If they're to get out alive, he'll have to risk exposing the man beneath, and hope to hell he doesn't blow the whole operation in the process.