Review | Calculated Risk

23362612Calculated Risk

by Zoe M. McCarthy (Goodreads Author)
 4.16  ·   Rating details ·  37 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews

Whoever said opposites attract was right, of course…but no one ever said what they attract.

Jilted by the latest of her father’s choices of “real men,” Cisney Baldwin rashly accepts an invitation to spend Thanksgiving weekend with a sympathetic colleague and his family. Nick LeCrone is a man too much her opposite to interest her and too mild-mannered to make her overbearing father’s “list.” Now, Cisney fears Nick wants to take advantage of her vulnerable state over the holiday. Boy, is she wrong.

Nick wants little to do with Cisney. She drives him crazy with all her sticky notes and quirks. He extended an invitation because he felt sorry for her. Now he’s stuck, and to make matters worse, his family thinks she’s his perfect match. He’ll do what he can to keep his distance, but there’s just one problem—he’s starting to believe Cisney’s magnetism is stronger than he can resist.

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My Review

When I saw the cover on this book in Netgalley I knew I had to read it.  It looked like it would be a fun and entertaining read.  I can honestly say that it did not let me down.  This book was awesome.   It was such a heartfelt, funny book.  A Rom-Com like the movie with Sandra Bullock “The Proposal”.  

In this story Cinsey Baldwin has just been dumped by her boyfriend over the phone.  Yes!  I said over the phone.  What a jerk!!  Well Cinsey is devastated and her co-worker Nick LeCrone invites her to spend the Thanksgiving Holiday with his family instead of alone crying.  Cinsey accepts his invitation.  I mean what is worse.  Spending the holiday with strangers or home crying her eyes out.

Nick is kicking himself.  Why did he invite Cinsey to spend the holidays with his family?  Because he doesn’t know how to deal with a crying lady.  Ugggh  could this be a mistake.

He has stressed to his family that she is only a co-worker.  But when a pearl ring is on the wrong finger rumors fly and things get worse for Nick.  How will he let his mom down without breaking her heart.

Cinsey shows her real side to his family and they are eating her up.  Nick is kicking hisself harder.  Why does she have to be so perfect?  Why can’t she be the mess that she is at work?  What does God have in store for him?

I fell in love with the characters in this book.  They were so down to earth and sweet.  Cinsey is so full of life and she holds back her true self in order to please her father.  Nick is sweet, caring fun and a believer.  He is stuck in a group that hides his true self.  He really comes alive around his family and shows his true nature.

The story was wonderful and it flowed so smoothly.  It is a page turner for sure.  I could not put this book down.  Just reading about Cinsey and Nicks adventure to self discovery is an amazing journey that you would not want to miss.  I highly recommend this book to all you romantics out there.

*ARC provided by Netgalley and Pelican Books



Zoe M. McCarthyA full-time writer and speaker, Zoe M. McCarthy, author of Gift of the Magpie and Calculated Risk, writes contemporary Christian romances involving tenderness and humor. Believing that opposites distract, Zoe creates heroes and heroines who learn to embrace their differences. When she’s not writing, Zoe enjoys her five grandchildren, teaching Bible studies, leading workshops on writing, knitting and crocheting shawls for a prayer shawl ministry, and canoeing. She lives with her husband in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Zoe blogs regularly at

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