Worth the Risk

St. James, Book 3
Narrated by: Scott Merriman
Series: St. James, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (704 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Jackson St. James decided that six weeks in Vermont's Green Mountains would help him get his life together, he didn't anticipate replacing his craving for whiskey with a craving for his alluring new landlord, Gabby. Now, instead of prioritizing his sobriety and the resolution of the lawsuit threatening his business, he's making excuses to spend time with the spunky young landscaper whose candor is more than a little addictive.

Gabby Bouchard refuses to let her pill-popping mother and unreliable baby daddy turn her into a cynic, so she doesn't fight her attraction to her enigmatic new tenant. Although Jackson's smile rarely reaches his eyes, his generosity and dependability make her willing to overlook his demons. But once she convinces him to give in to temptation, Gabby's jealous ex threatens to disrupt the life she has built for herself and her son.

With so much at stake, Gabby and Jackson must decide if love is worth the risk.

©2016 Jamie Beck. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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I read to the end

Tempted many times to STOP...as the situations and what constitutes conflict were so NOT realistic. Social opinion on addiction recovery was set back at least 50 years, and the part of Our Hero struggling with an alcohol problem seems to have been written by an alcoholic in denial: " Doc says that someday I will be able to enjoy an occasional drink" said no addiction therapist EVER. Still, I read on. One reason was the possibility of a really good twist to bring it all together: the characters were SO picky and easy to call anything a real problem, I wondered what would happen that would appease these people and make it OK for boy meets girl to call it happily ever after. But instead of a twist to make them ponder deeply and realize love trumps all, they just copped and said, "OK." It seems the author got tired of making nothing into something and put them together. Another reason I stuck with it was the unbelievable character of Jackson. This guy was like your best gay guy friend turning heterosexual! He not only talked about feelings and relationships, he built swingsets and fixed things AND had sex with females, but not excessively. I was willing to go to impossible land with Jackson! *wink* OK it was a fun story in places.

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Worth Reading!

I was convinced I had covered this series but was happy to find I hadn't. I enjoyed this very much, as I do most of Jamie's books. The only con for me was having a male narrator all the time. Men just can't get female voices! Otherwise just great.

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Vivi

It drove me crazy that the performer was mispronouncing Vivi’s name. You’d think he’d be sure of the pronunciation! But other than that, I loved it!

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Great Finale!

Narrating, not so great. Not consistent to the other two books in the series. Voices were pretty corny too.

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Worth The Risk

This series has been great and now we have the conclusion with Jackson's story. Each of the siblings have had their problems and dealt with them in different ways. Jackson dealt with his demons by diving into a bottle of booze. After an altercation at work his family forces an intervention and he leaves his business in the hands of his best friend and goes on vacation to Vermont to get his head together. What he doesn't expect is to meet Gabby, his landlord's daughter, who is a single mom who has a strength to rival any man. She was just what Jackson needed. Will they be what they needed for each other? This was a great series and I recommend it.

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Great Series about Family bonds and true love.

Read (listened to) all three books in a row in 3 days! Story of family struggle, friendship, and love. The characters were down to earth with real life emotions and I looked forward to hearing how each of them found comfort, forgiveness and love. Sometimes I would "roll my eyes" and think, "oh, get over it already", but all in all, I enjoyed the series. In book 3 I couldn't seem to get past the narrator saying "ViVi" when in the first two books her name was clearly ",Vivee", but maybe that's just me.

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I'm so tired of the same books. Same story, different title.

I don't even know how to review this identical HEA books. They're all the same. I have lowered my standards a lot when it comes to books I grab from Kindle Unlimited that include the audiobook, so I guess it can have 3 stars. The reader mispronounced a name that had been correctly pronounced in the two previous books ("Vivi". Who sees that & says "Veevee"?) which seems to happen in some book series where a narrator changes, so again, I guess OK, whatever. I hope young people, hell, all of us will start demanding excellence in books again. I grew up loving books, learned to read before Kindergarten, have always been surrounded by wonderful books. Now so many seem like a game of "Mad Libs" . Same story, just sub in different names, places. What an easy way to make a living. Unless WE STOP buying this crap & calling it good! I read/listen to the HEA (Happily Ever After) books for one reason: If I have to choose between sex & violence/murder/rape? Give me the HEAs. I wish these weren't the only choices, but at least in KU, these seem to be the choices. If a man magically shows up in your small town just when you were bemoaning the lack of hot, rich, single men in town? By all means, downvote this review. Or if you are a woman who recently was dumped, moved back to the small town (who knew small towns were such magical places?) you grew up in to live with your parents, & at the same time, a very rich rockstar 's bus broke down in the same town, so he has to stay there for six weeks, you fell in love & were married in the Epilogue? Definitely tell me I'm not helpful! :0) These books are really good to fall asleep to. That's the best thing I can say. I wanted to turn this thing off so many times, but I'm a sucker. I kept hoping somehow, it would get better. I'm sorry I can't be more positive, find the good. I liked the protagonist when he proved to be a natural with a little boy in the story, that made me briefly smile. But this guy feels so sorry for himself so often, & having seen real suffering in life, way more often than I wish were the case, I just have no time for this guy - and if the book's protagonist isn't someone we readers want to cheer for... what's the point? Three stars for "Average".

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Jamie Beck books!

I love this series. Great writer and great story line. Can't wait for more books from Jamie Beck!

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A TRUE ROMANCE

This book is full of love and twists. With Jackson getting away from the city and his family so that he can relieve the pressure he's been under for such a long time you don't expect him to find a place outside of his life to be so comfortable. He finds a small town and a great doctor to help him heal from his past. Finding a woman on the side of the road with car trouble is just a start to him finding a young woman who is wise beyond her years. She helps him get through a lot of his problems while she shares hers with him. Having Jackson to help her when her father has a stroke is only the beginning. She has a young son named Luke, whose father is a pain of a cop that tries bullying her on a regular basis. When Jackson makes his mind up all bets are off and he changes the way his family has always expected him to be.

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Vivi - worth the listen but so frustrating

Having the name of a beloved main character pronounced wrong pulled me out of the story every time so I could not enjoy it. How does this happen? Might as well call Jackson Jake. Jackson reflects many times the impact of Vee-vee on his life, so you would think he would know she is Vih-vee. It is disappointing to end a good series this way. The voices were already set, why mess with the narrator? David sounded so nasal and old, not the vibrant character he is. We fell in love with these characters, so they need to be true even if smaller parts in this book. I have liked this narrator in other books, but so off here.

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Completes the Saint James Journey

This is the third in the Saint James trilogy. I'm writing this review to cover all 3 of the novels.

What I enjoyed most about them all was the way that they all linked into each other neatly. The stories continued into the next novel even though we had had a traditional conclusion. Only Gabby transpired to be the newcomer to the clan.

However this finale was more heavy going than the others. Covering deep topics like substance dependence, single parenting and step parenting among others. So the narrative wasn't an easy one to hold onto. I felt that this story was 'tidied away' too quickly and glibly, given that there were law suits, man management and big business stories thrown in too. Another 4 chapters seem necessary to flesh out more details and tidy sections away.

As I'd listened to these stories back to back, I was a little discomforted by the change in narrator. It made sense to do so, but I confess that I didn't like David's 'new' voice on this recording, but on the whole, both narrators were fine. The novels need to be read in the correct order, starting with Worth the Wait - David's story. These are best read all together in my opinion, as they make a lovely whole. But Jackson's story - this one - doesn't bear the weight of standing alone.