including The Opposite of Right, Up to Me and
Cruising Toward Love (3 Winners, 1 Title each)
Naked Men #4
Although I haven't read the other books of this series, this story can easily be read as a stand-alone, and it's a story I really enjoyed from the prologue. The way this story starts introduced me to the hero and what he went through years ago that's made him the man he is now. The sort of man desperate to plan for any contingency and can hopefully control a situation if the unexpected occurs. Will he make Summer realize that being prepared is a good thing? Will Summer realize that the way she lives her life is a tad selfish, because there's more people to think about than just herself? However, it was from the moment Riley and Summer came face-to-face for the first time in this story that made it very interesting, as their relationship is a mix between like and dislike. Since it seems they can get along for a few moments at a time without being at odds with each other.
Both the main characters had me completely hooked due to their back stories, as they've been through so much with having both survived a tragic situation that's made them take different courses of action in their lives. Summer is all about living each day as it comes and is up for trying anything, where as Riley is the complete opposite. He's cautious about any situation that might be dangerous, which is understandable, as he believes he could have prevented what happened to him and the friends in the past. Has he come to realize that there was nothing he could have done? Moreover, I liked how fearless the heroine was and that she managed to get Riley to let down his guard and see that being spontaneous isn't always a bad thing. However, I could understand why the hero was determined to play it safe. If his planning ahead could prevent a tragedy or help him save a life than everything he has sacrificed or done in his life is worth it.
Overall, Ms. Barth has penned a really good read in this book where the secondary characters entertained me just as much as the main ones did, because they have such a tight bond after what Riley and his friends survived; and where the romance was hot and illustrates how right these two are for each other, if they can overcome the obstacles they face on their journey to happy ever after. The way this story ended had me smiling, because both believed that they were in the wrong when it came to the moment when they went their separate ways. Yet, I loved how things worked out between Riley and Summer and the words they say to each other, as both realize that stepping out of their comfort zone can be good. I would recommend Trying it All by Christi Barth, if you enjoy the opposites attract trope or books by authors Audra North, Katee Robert or Avery Flynn.
Christi can always be found either whipping up gourmet meals (for fun, honest!) or with her nose in a book. She lives in Maryland with the best husband in the world.