#BookReview #Giveaway – Risk and Reward by Rachael Duncan

Title: Risk and Reward
Author: Rachael Duncan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 6, 2017

Grass isn’t always greener…


I never dreamed this would become my reality. 
But it is.
After feeling neglected and alone for far too long, I end it,
Blindsiding my husband in the process. 
He’s hurt, torn, and confused, 
Never expecting me to leave.
His pain tears at my heart, begs me to stay.
And I almost do.

Moving on isn’t as easy as it seems.
The memories tap at my conscience,
Reminding me of what I’m missing,
What I used to have.
But, I walked away,
From the man I promised forever,
Possibly making the worst mistake of my life.

I’ve let go, given myself a promise of a new life, new hope.
But does the other side have more risk than reward?


I give Risk and Reward 5 stars for touching on a couple of very sensitive life issues and showing that sometimes taking a risk will bring you great rewards. I went through so many emotions while this story unfolded, sad, content, scared, frustrated, just to name a few. Having been where Charlotte was in her marriage, I definitely was sympathetic to her plight.

Rachael Duncan is a new author to me and I was very impressed with this novel. I’ll definitely be reading more from her. I loved the strength of her characters and how the story unfolded. The story flowed easily, and there was never a dull moment.

Charlotte and Nate Townsend have been together seven years, married for five, and she is miserable. His job requires a lot of travel, and a lot of hours even when he’s home. When they split and go their separate ways, she begins to wonders if she’s done the right thing. Is the grass greener on the other side?

Charlotte isn’t happy. Nate is always working and even when he’s home he’s preoccupied. She wants out. She gets a job and an apartment and begins her new life as a single person. Is this really what she wants or has she made a mistake?

Nate Townsend always wanted the assistant athletic director position. Although he loves his job he didn’t bargain for the amount of time it would consume. When Charlotte announces she wants a divorce, he’s heartbroken. Will she give him a second chance?

Risk and Reward is a contemporary romance novel that shows how a marriage needs to be nurtured or one of the two parties will definitely want out. There were twist and turns that I definitely did not see coming, but I would say the bigger the risk the better the reward.

I flew through this book and just could not put it down.

 Reviewed by Susan

It’s easy to recognize the bad when you’re in the moment. All the good is erased and you’re blinded by the negative. Each fight, every moment of hurt starts as a small scab. If taken care of, it’ll heal. But the more you pick, the worse it gets until it festers and infects everything. Is that what I let happen to my marriage? What if I had tried to fix my initial hurt instead of internalizing and letting it fester?

Rachael Duncan is an Army wife and mother to two beautiful girls. She grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and went off to graduate from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in political science. With initial plans to work in politics, she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked on Capitol Hill for a House Representative. After a short time, she realized it wasn’t for her and began pursuing other careers until she started writing. She’s the author of Tackled by Love, The Lies and Truth Series, and Hopeless Vows.