As a tie-in to Risking Love, I’d love to tell you a great story of the time I took a big chance and how it turned out.
The time that I . . .
Um. Yeah. I’m not really a risk taker. Not even a little bit. I tend to be cautious about anything that could cause pain or trouble. The part of me that analyzes things is always working overtime, warning me if something could be a bad choice. “Don’t do that, Phyllis! If you do, you might end up. . .”
Funny thing is, I can be impulsive. I even kinda like the impulsive me. Nevertheless, it is a controlled impulsiveness, so it, too, is safe.
I often wonder, if I was on the boat with Peter when Jesus came walking on the water, would I have been able to risk stepping onto the water if Jesus called me to Him as Peter did. Would I have been able to evaluate that it wouldn’t be dangerous because Jesus was there? On the other hand, would I have remained in the boat, too terrified to take a chance?
by Toni Shiloh
Series: Maple Run #4
Published by Celebrate Lit
Publication Date June 25, 2019
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Virginia Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34, 35-60
Written for: Adults
Nikki lives with a perfect trifecta of noes. No guys. No dates. No way. After years of keeping men at bay, Nikki Gordon has it down to a science. No one, not even the sweet, hunky Shorty Smalls can change her mind. Period. So if she’s got it all figured out, why does her heart sink to her toes when she sees Shorty with another woman? Read Risking Love today and see what happens when you risk your heart to the care of a good man.
I would like to thank Celebrate Lit for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
I am a fan of Toni Shiloh’s books. She has a way of taking deep heart matters and shining the light of truth on them, helping her characters experience freedom from their pasts through the power of Jesus. Without being preachy. So when I saw her latest book, Risking Love, I knew I wouldn’t be risking anything by reading it.
Shorty is the sweetest, kindest, most patient man! The mere fact that he has waited six years for Nikki to be ready to let him become more than a friend is evidence to that. I loved the way he was willing to lay his heart bare and yet was hesitant to do so for fear of scaring Nikki.
With some characters who are trying to overcome trauma, I can get impatient. I like to think it is the fault of the author and not because my heart is hard. It’s just that sometimes I want to shake some sense into the character! Though Nikki was dealing with intense pain, enough that she had alienated herself from her family, I liked her and felt like her recovery and healing from grief happened at a good pace.
I think what I appreciated most about Risking Love is that even though it deals with the trauma Nikki experienced as a result of a rape, the author didn’t even get close to describing it. It was mentioned as a past fact without details. At all.
As I have come to expect from Ms. Shiloh, she incorporates spiritual truths and character growth naturally into the narrative. They were touching and insightful.
My analytical brain did have trouble with some of the details, though. They weren’t really important to the story, yet my mind just wouldn’t let go of them. Ugh.
While I believe this story is intended to stand alone, and it does, for the most part, I did feel there was backstory I missed reading. It started six years into Shorty and Nikki knowing each other and the waiting and wanting to be with the other had been going on for a long time. So I recommend reading the Maple Run series in order.
If you enjoy Christian romance, you should add this to your TBR (to-be-read) list.
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Risking Love has been a long time in coming. You see when I wrote Buying Love, book one in the Maple Run series, I had only intended for it to be a standalone. But soon the other characters clamored for attention and you, the readers, sent me messages asking for Shorty and Nikki’s story.
Like any good writer, I sat in front of my laptop prepared to whip out their story in the speed in which I wrote Buying Love. Yeah, it did NOT go as I anticipated. You see, Shorty and Nikki refused to talk to me. They wouldn’t answer my questions about their past, about how it affected them. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
So I wrote book two, Finding Love, featuring Luke and Delaney. They were more than willing to share their heart. I fully intended to then make Shorty and Nikki’s story book three. I figured they’d had enough appearances through book two that they were fully ready to reveal all to me and let me write their story.
As you know, if you’ve been reading chronologically through the series, book three is about Belle and Micah. They spoke with me freely. I just couldn’t understand why Shorty and Nikki wouldn’t be so candid. Fortunately, while writing Belle and Micah’s story, Nikki began to speak. Then Shorty spoke, and I knew I’d finally be able to write their story.
Y’all, writing Risking Love was tough! They fought me at every turn. I can’t recall how many times I complained about them. Thank goodness my critique partners had patience with me as I fought for every word in this story. And now that their story is out in the world, I’m wrecked with nerves. Will they live up to your anticipation? Will the story truly show how tenuous the relationship between these two are?
As you began to read Risking Love, I pray it blesses you. Whether you’re reading strictly for entertainment or seeking God’s greater truth, I pray you experience those things. And more than that, I thank you for picking up their book and joining me once more in Maple Run. It’s been a blessing as I return to tell the stories in this fictional Virginia town.
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To celebrate her tour, Toni is giving a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and a finished copy of Risking Love!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e544/risking-love-celebration-tour-giveaway