His Risk to Take - Tessa Bailey

After reading Protecting What's His, I was eager to read this book right after. Unfortunately, this one didn't do it for me in the same way. There's only the loosest of connections between this book and PWH so this can be read as a stand alone. I would have liked a little catch up on Ginger and Derek but that's not what bothered me. Mostly, I felt like the author found a formula that worked in PWH - a plucky, feisty heroine from a less than Norman Rockwell-esque upbringing and a dirty-talking, sexy alpha hero who runs in and saves her from the bad guys - and she went with it. Because I read them back-to-back, this book felt too similar to PWH for me. BUT...while Derek and Ginger's story was flowed well, Troy and Ruby's chemistry felt like a forced race to HEA. The lack of an epilogue was also disappointing considering the fast-paced story. I felt like Troy and Ruby's story wasn't done yet.