Review of Risking Love by Toni Shiloh

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About the Book

Risking Love  by Toni Shiloh.

Risking Love by Toni Shiloh.

Book: Risking Love

Author: Toni Shiloh

Genre: Christian fiction, contemporary fiction, diverse fiction

Release date: June 25, 2019 [available now for pre-order on ebook version only]

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

Author Toni Shiloh

Author Toni Shiloh

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.

More from Toni

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 heartI 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.

Wrong.

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.

Blessings,

Toni Shiloh

Risking Love Blog Tour with  Celebrate Lit .

Risking Love Blog Tour with Celebrate Lit.

Blog Stops

Be sure to stop by all the stops for the maximum entries into the giveaway!

Melissa Henderson, July 1

Inklings and notions, July 1

Among the Reads, July 2

Through the Fire Blogs, July 2

Blossoms and Blessings, July 3

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, July 4

Remembrancy, July 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 5

janicesbookreviews, July 5

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 6

Mary Hake, July 6

Back Porch Reads, July 7

Emily Yager, July 7

Simple Harvest Reads, July 8 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Creating Romance, July 9

Texas Book-aholic, July 9

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, July 10

A Diva’s Heart, July 10

Britt Reads Fiction, July 11

Cultivating us, July 11

Reading Is My SuperPower, July 12

KarenSueHadley, July 12

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, July 13

Just Your Average reviews, July 13

A Reader’s Brain, July 14

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Toni is giving a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and a finished copy of Risking Love!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e544/risking-love-celebration-tour-giveaway

Lila’s Opinions:

I absolutely loved this novella! This was my first by Toni Shiloh, and it will not be my last! Even though this was technically the fourth in the Maple Run series, it wasn't necessary to have read any of the others previously, though I'm sure if you had, you would have enjoyed the cameos from previous couples.

I absolutely loved the characters! Both the hero “Shorty” and heroine Nikki were so relatable, admirable but real. I loved how the hero was actually a strong Christian guy who was willing to wait for and be faithful to the girl he'd fallen for. But he still doubted whether she was the right one for him, and so he continually prayed to the Lord. And Nikki, even though I couldn't relate to her circumstances, I loved her transformation, fueled by Scripture verses and people who really cared about her.

Without giving any spoilers—which is hard!—I will just say that the ending few chapters were so satisfying, with a touch of humor. I laughed out loud and almost swooned with giddiness. It was perfect!

The only two things I disagreed with were:

  1. In Chapter 5, when the author says, “Everyone on earth was His, but only a few answered the call of His heart.” That is technically not theologically correct, as only those who have “answered the call of His heart” in their hearts by faith, accepting salvation by grace, are called His children. Of course, God is the Creator of each one in their mother's wombs, and as such has ownership of all people, but I wouldn't say that this was what the phrase “everyone on earth was His” implied.

  2. In the Epilogue, during the vows, they both repeated that they would be responsible “for her every necessity” and “for his every necessity.” I'm sorry, but only God can meet every need. This is one of the misconceptions that leads to unhappy marriages, that your spouse is to meet your every need. That makes them your god. We need to find our ultimate satisfaction in God alone.

I did love some of the little details. As a lover of music and worshiping, I loved the reference to a contemporary Christian song in chapter 11. :) Even though the author couldn't legally include the lyrics, I started singing the song right away, and I love the symbolism to Nikki's life.

I also enjoyed the art references. Yes, the “purple pen” in chapter 12 would soothe me, too. There is just something about the color purple that seems to speak to us creatives. ;)

And the reference in chapter 18 to ordering nachos at the movie theater? Yes! Finally someone who gets me. :) I'm not a popcorn person, and I always order nachos when I can afford them. ;)

All in all, it was one of my favorites of the year so far! I adored it and will be re-reading this one often, which is the ultimate stamp of Lila's approval. ;)

Favorite quotes:

“I'm not sure I can handle the conflict. I'm not even sure there will be conflict, but anxiety is trying to rise and take over in my mind.” (chapter 9)

“...That I'll wait for a yes until I'm old and gray.” “Oh, goodness. Finish your speech, and you'll get your yes.” I cracked up laughing! Maybe my favorite proposal ever!!! (chapter 21)

(I received this book for free from Celebrate Lit. The decision to write a review, as well as the opinions expressed in it, are all my own. I was not compensated for this review.)