SPOTLIGHT, Review & Giveaway: Risky Business (A Bomb Squad Novel) by Melissa Cutler


Risky Business (A Bomb Squad Novel) by Melissa Cutler
Publication Date: August 19, 2014
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori
Rated: 4.5 Stars

Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of Bomb Squad–an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. But the season’s biggest match-up isn’t on the ice as one of their own prepares to go head to head with his new boss…

Allison Whitely’s ex left her with a mountain of debt and Cloud Nine, a struggling boat rental business. With zero job skills, her only hope of getting back in the black lies in a brooding ex-soldier who has her seeing red…

Theo Lacroix’s teammates are counting on their star player to help them win an upcoming high profile hockey game. But when a sexy tornado of a woman sweeps into Destiny Falls and expects him to help her with Cloud Nine, Theo is tempted to skate away from it all.

Theo vowed never again to be someone’s knight in shining armor, but his feelings–and desire–for Allison are becoming harder to ignore. He longs to save her, but to win Allison’s love, he’ll have to throw out his old playbook and take the ultimate risk…playing from the heart.

Risky Business is the first book in Melissa Cutler’s new series, The Bomb Squad. I love Melissa Cutler’s books and was really looking forward to her new series. After reading the first book I’m hooked. Hot military guys that play hockey together. Ummm…yep that sounds good to me. I loved it and can’t wait for more books in the series. Risky Business is full of action, suspense, and steamy romance. It captured and held my attention from start to finish. I highly recommend this book for romantic suspense lovers.

*Review copy provided by Berkley/NAL in exchange for an honest at review.

Kindle $4.27 | B&N $4.99 | Kobo $4.99


What Do You Call A Soldier Wearing Ice Skates?

What do you call a soldier wearing ice skates? A Bomb Squad team member, that’s what! Bomb Squad is the name of the men’s league ice hockey team that Theo, the hero of my latest contemporary romance, Risky Business, plays on. The team is only open to veterans who have been wounded in combat, and, because of that, the team members have formed a strong brotherhood that I’ll be exploring throughout the series.

Why Ice Hockey?

For a few reasons, the first being that ice hockey is my favorite sport and I’ve always wanted to write a romance featuring an ice hockey player. Then, the initial idea to write a series about a group of combat wounded veterans and their post-military lives came to me about the same time as the last winter Olympics, which were followed by the Paralympics. I wanted the ice hockey sled teams with awe. Those athletes are amazing! Which got me thinking…was there a standing paraplegic hockey team? And, of course, I soon discovered that there are tons of them the world over.

But even if you’re not a hockey fan, this book is for you because it’s a sweet and sexy contemporary romance, first and foremost. You’re going to love Allison, the woman who wins Theo’s heart. I have to say, their road to happiness is a bit bumpy, though. As you can tell from this scene…

A Sneak Preview of RISKY BUSINESS:

As of a few hours ago, Allison had a new mantra. Don’t think about it.
She could live with the aggravation and desperation that Theoren evoked in her, as long as it kept her from the other thought threatening to take precedence in her mind—that thought being about how he’d looked wearing nothing but a pair of sopping wet boxer shorts, as he had been a few short hours earlier on the deck of his houseboat.
Nope. Because she was his boss and that would be totally inappropriate.
He paced to the sink and paused to stare out the window. Allison’s eyes settled on his backside, now clad in worn jeans.
Don’t think about it.
She wrenched her gaze to the table and the cup of chamomile tea she’d poured an hour earlier. It was cold now, but she couldn’t bring herself to bully past him to the microwave to warm it up.
“Theoren… will you just sit down so we can talked about this civilly?”
“It’s Theo. And what was it that you wanted to civilly talk about?”
For the moment, annoyance won the battle over her desperation—and lust. “Don’t play stupid. You know we have a lot to talk about or else you wouldn’t still be here throwing a tantrum like a…like a…hungry bear.”
He prowled to the table, narrow eyed, and braced his hands on it, leaning toward her. “Have you ever seen a hungry bear? Because they don’t throw tantrums. They devour.”
She mimicked his pose, leaning in, getting in his face. “Are you going to devour me?” The second the words crossed her lips, her cheeks heated.
Stop thinking about that, Allison. For real, this time.

(I love that scene so much! That Theo is such a grouch sometimes… *swoon*)

And don’t forget to add Risky Business to your GOODREADS shelf:


Giveaway: I’ve got a special treat for one lucky commenter. My reader friend Jackie has created handmade wallets with all three Bomb Squad book covers on them. I took the liberty of adding a $10 Starbucks gift card into the one I’m giving away on Reading in Pajamas blog today. For a chance to win the wallet and gift card, please comment on this post and let me know what your favorite sports and/or sports romance book is. Good luck! – Melissa Cutler

Bomb Squad Series by Melissa Cutler
Risky Business (A Bomb Squad Novel, Book 1) – August 2014
Undefeated (A Bomb Squad Novel, Book 2) – November 2014
Game Changer (A Bomb Squad Novel, Book 3) – April 2015

Melissa Cutler knows she has the best job in the world writing sexy contemporary romances and romantic suspense. She was struck at an early age by an unrelenting travel bug and is probably planning her next vacation as you read this. When she’s not globetrotting, she’s enjoying Southern California’s flip-flop wearing weather and wrangling two rambunctious kids. She loves hearing from readers at, or on Facebook ( ) and Twitter (@m_cutler). Visit to learn more about Melissa and her books and don’t forget to sign up for her newsletter:

29 thoughts on “SPOTLIGHT, Review & Giveaway: Risky Business (A Bomb Squad Novel) by Melissa Cutler

  1. I love Jaci Burton’s Play By Play series so I’m going to say The Perfect Play since it started the whole series.

    Linda Henderson

  2. I do love reading about sports heroes! My favorites have been Rachel Gibson’s Chinook series and Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Chicago Stars series!! I can’t pick my favorite book out of either though so I”ll say I love them all 🙂 Looking forward to checking out your Bomb Squad series!

  3. I’m a huge lover of sports romances. Jaci Burton’s Play by Play series, Lori Foster’s SBC fighters, Rachel Gibson’s Chinooks, Anna Sugden’s New Jersey Ice Cats, Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s Chicago Stars and Catherine Gayle’s Portland Storm are the books that come to mind when I think of my favorites. It’s too hard to pick just one! And I’d definitely love to add the Bomb Squad to that list!

    • Hi Ada,

      I love meeting fellow readers of sports romances! I had the best time writing Risky Business and the sports element definitely contributed to that. I hope you enjoy Risky Business and the rest of the Bomb Squad series. Thank you for stopping by the blog!


  4. Yeah, another kool series to add to the list…Love Basket ball and Volley ball… Lori Foster’s SBC fighters is one of many for me.

    • HI Michelle,

      I love football, too! And I really hope you’re inspired to start watching hockey after reading my Bomb Squad series. Let me know if that’s the case 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by the blog!


  5. I love Jill Shalvis’ baseball romances. I’m thinking I need to give some hockey ones a try though. 🙂

  6. Game Misconduct by Bianca Sommerland is one of my favorite sports romances. Even thought it is erotica also. 🙂

  7. Soccer is my favorite since my husband loves it & my son-in-law coaches it! Always hunky guys on the World Cup team too!!! Shared the giveaway too!!!

  8. I love all sports related romance books. I am definitely reading Risky Business. Congrats and thanks for the giveaway!!

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