Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Dare to Risk All by Joyce M. Holmes ~ Release Day Spotlight ~ Review


Where do I start with this great book? First of all look at that adorable cover! I love books that include pets in the storyline so that grabbed my attention right away. Milo in this story is so CUTE. I think I instantly fell in love with the little fellow. 

Tessa Caldwell works hard at her job and has a pain in the rear end boss that doesn't fully appreciate her. Tessa is one of those ladies that likes to keep things smooth so she tries not to rock the boat. The more the boss doesn't give her credit the more she tries to do a better job. I really liked Tessa. She is a lovely lady that adores her little doggie Milo by the way. 

Ben Dunham is a suave handsome fellow that can sell anyone anything. He doesn't believe in love or happy ever after. His childhood was not good and he has terrible memories of the only marriage relationship he has seen. He's a nice guy though and really is very thoughtful and very good at his job. 

Tessa and Ben didn't expect to see each other again after a chance encounter. However when Ben is hired by Tessa boss they are forced to work together and fight the feelings they have for each other. Oh my goodness the chemistry in that office is strong. I loved watching these two get to know each other better and try to fight the attraction they have for each other. They work well together and have a good time in each other company. I enjoyed watching them form a friendship to add a nice base for their instant attraction. 

There are plenty of obstacles in their path. Someone is out to tear even their friendship apart. There is some very dramatic moments, some really sweet romantic moments and a few slightly steamy moments. These two both have things they must overcome and get through in order for a relationship to work. They really will have to Risk it all. 

The other thing I enjoyed was the friendship between Tessa and her co-workers. They stand by each other through some troublesome times. 

Overall I really enjoyed Dare to Risk All. I really enjoyed the storyline. The characters are fun and charming. They have very interesting personalities that made the story a lot of fun to read. I loved that Ms. Holmes included cute little Milo in the story. Milo added an interesting and lovable touch to the story. 

I enjoyed Joyce Holmes' writing style. She has nice way of telling an entertaining story and I would certainly love to read more work by her. 

I would highly recommend this story to anyone that loves a great romance story. I think you will enjoy it. I know I certainly did. 

I was given the opportunity to read this great story so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you on Dare to Risk All. 


Tessa Caldwell’s carefully structured world is thrown into chaos when the handsome stranger she had an uncharacteristic fling with reappears in her life. Ben not only gets the promotion she thought was hers, but is also intent on resuming their physical relationship. Although Tessa’s rational mind insists on a professional association, both her heart and her traitorous body have other ideas. Can her sensible nature possibly win against such temptation?

Memories of the petite blonde with large, blue eyes have haunted Ben Dunham for months. When he transfers to her branch, he anticipates picking up where they left off. Reality doesn’t match memory when the cool and collected lady wants no part of him. If he intends to pursue Tessa, he has to earn her trust. The problem is, Ben carries a dark and dangerous secret. How does he get Tessa to trust him when he can’t trust himself?

Can a forever kind of girl and a for-the-moment kind of guy take a risk on love?

Author bio:

Joyce Holmes lives with her husband and very small dog in the beautiful Okanagan region of British Columbia.  An empty-nest mom, she treasures family time, especially with her two precious little grandsons.  Hiking, biking, boating and photography are pursuits she enjoys when she's not dreaming up stories in her head or planning her next great adventure.

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  1. Thanks for the lovely review! Glad you liked the story, and I agree, Milo is definitely a cutie-pie!

  2. This sounds like a book that needs to go to the top of my must read pile :)