Henry’s the odd man out. All his friends are settling down, and his reputation as the Hook-Up King of London seems more like a curse than a blessing these days. Especially when it keeps photojournalist Ivo, his best friend and the brilliant man he’s loved since they were fifteen, at arm’s length. But that’s where Ivo wants him, right? Putting aside his feelings, Henry decides to give up casual sex and look for the real deal. After all, he has no chance with Ivo - or does he?
Henry is everything to Ivo. Best friend, soul mate, the one person who has never let him down. The one person he is loyal to above everything and everyone. But Henry’s in a box marked best friend and that’s where Ivo’s kept him for nearly twenty years, despite steadily falling in love with the gentle man. And besides, why would Henry want to date Ivo? Burned out and injured, he’s the walking embodiment of damaged.
Distance has helped Henry and Ivo keep a lid on their attraction, but when they find themselves in the same city for a change—Ivo hurt and needing assistance, and Henry more than willing to provide it—the two best friends grow closer than ever, forcing a realization, and a decision. Risk their friendship for their hearts? Or can they have both?
From the bestselling author of Rule Breaker and Deal Maker comes a tender love story about two best friends who are perfect for each other, and always have been - if only they knew it.
This is the third book in the Mixed Messages series, but it can be read as a standalone.
My Rating - 5 Stars!
What a wonderful love story! Risk Taker, by Lily Morton is fantastic!
From the very beginning, the mood had me riveted. I instantly fell for Henry and Ivo. Henry's father was vile but Ivo stood up in support of Henry during their first meeting.
They were step-brothers for a short time, during which they became best friends. They spent many years apart though, seeing each other only briefly in between Ivo's photography assignments.
Ivo has now returned to their home, which was left to them together by Henry's father, after Ivo has been shot. As in the past, both men secretly love the other, but refuse to take a chance and tell the other, due to some past events.
Both push people away, one with words, one with distance. But it has always been the two of them against the world. Now that they are physically together for a while, others are trying to show them that they belong together. Both are terrified to lose their best friend if something goes wrong though, but if they take the risk, they might find the best thing that's ever happened to them.
One of the best parts of this romance is the snark, wit and banter between the men. It's seriously some of the best stuff ever! Just be warned that you'll be laughing out loud, so be aware of your surroundings.
Risk Taker is beautifully written, with so damn much heart and feeling. The connection between the men is so strong and emotional. I highly recommend this story by Lily Morton!