Book Review: Risking Ruin

Risking Ruin by Mae Wood: Marisa Tanner's most important client, multi-billion dollar family-owned Brannon Company, has been sued by nine of its employees for sexual harassment. Marisa is a pro at handling sexual harassment allegations, but will she be able to handle the CEO's prodigal son as well as she can handle the lawsuits?

Clients are off-limits and Marisa could lose her law license and livelihood, but Memphis playboy Trip keeps making strong plays for her.

Their attraction is undeniable and chemistry electric. Can she have her career and Trip, too, or will she have to choose?

A steamy debut novel by Mae Wood, "Risking Ruin" is a stand alone novel that blends the tone of chick-lit and the sensuality of contemporary romance to create a landscape filled with strong characters in the lush environment of Memphis, Tennessee.

Emma's thoughts: A great chick-lit romance. The tone to this book hooked me from the outset.

Marisa is a lawyer that regularly handles sexual harassment suits for one of the major companies in Memphis – Branco.
I really liked Marissa as she was relatable, worrying about her appearance and trying to appear professional, all while feeling not quite adequate. The moment where she first meets Trip really sealed the deal with how I felt about her and it was a laugh out loud moment. Nothing peeves me more than a ‘perfect’ protagonist and Mairsa has her imperfections which just made me like her even more.

Trip is the son of the CEO at Branco and he’s just acquired the position of General Counsel at Branco too. A famed playboy, Trip oozes charm and sex appeal and he can’t keep his blue eyes off Marissa. As we progress through the novel, it becomes clear that Trip has genuine feelings for Marissa and the interaction between the two is really enjoyable. He’s a loveable character and possibly my new book boyfriend.

I found the pace more than satisfactory and the conversation and inner thought witty and charming. More than that, I loved the mystery as Marissa and Trip attempted to solve the reason behind the high number of sexual harassment claims. All in all, I really enjoyed this read. The only downfall for me was some over description in places and fancy synonyms that threw me off for a moment. I had no idea d├ęcolletage means neck!

Smart, sweet, funny and sexy. A four out of five from me.

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