About the Book
Book: Risking Love
Author: Toni Shiloh
Genre: Christian fiction, contemporary fiction, diverse fiction
Release date: June 25, 2019
Nikki Gordon lives with a perfect trifecta of noes. No guys. No dates. No way.
The past holds her bound with ropes made of fear-infused steel, and she’s determined that no one will ever cut through them. If only her heart would cooperate whenever Shorty comes around. Things go from complicated to confusing when he appears at The Maple Pit in the company of another woman—a drop-dead gorgeous one at that.
With everything to lose and to gain, Nikki steps out in faith and prays for the courage to let him in… before it’s too late.
Gregory “Shorty” Smalls finally has the chance to take his burgeoning business to the next level. Then maybe, Nikki will quit seeing him as a goof-off and give him a real chance.
Finding out he isn’t the problem? The best and worst news possible.
Just how much healing has to take place before he has a chance to move from friend zone to love of her life?
And does he even have a chance?
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About the Author
Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.
She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys in northern Virginia. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Virginia Chapter. You can find more information at http://tonishiloh.com.
This story was very emotional to read. It brought some bad memories ans I was a bit hesitant to read it. Nikki
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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.
This story was very emotional for me to read. It brought back some bad memories and I was a bit hesitant to read it. Nikki has been through a very traumatic event and decides to move away from her town to try to heal and start fresh. She has always been close with her brother but now they were distant to each other. Nikki won't let anyone in and I could really relate to her. Her trust is gone and all she wants to do is work and then go home to her place and be alone. But was she really living? Her joy had been taken away and she needed to find a way to overcome her pain and fear.
Shorty is the perfect example of a gentleman. He likes Nikki but knows something is holding her back. I loved how he approached her as a friend and never pushed. The scriptures they start texting each other was a great way to communicate and share their heart with each other. His gentleness towards Nikki is so nice and I loved how he never crossed boundaries.
The author offers many scriptures in the story that really help Shorty to encourage Nikki that she is special and worthy to be loved. She sees herself as damaged goods, but Shorty sees a woman who is beautiful, caring and needs someone to show her how a gentleman treats a lady. The story is well written and shares insight into a broken family that needed healing. Nikki make amends to her family. But more importantly, she needs to forgive herself and know it wasn't her fault. As she digs deeper into scripture, we see glimpses of a heart beginning to heal. Will Shorty be the man she learns to trust? Can he show her how blessed he is to have her in his life?
It is a beautiful story that takes a tragedy and turns it into healing and freedom from the past. I felt like Shorty had so much patience and never gave up on Nikki. He is a true example of a Godly man. I hope you grab a copy of this book and let Nikki and Shorty's story fill you with hope, forgiveness, freedom from the past and unconditional love.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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