Sunday, July 14, 2019

Risking Love by Toni Shiloh

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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My Review

So I am not the biggest romance fiction fan, but our author made me a definite fan of hers! The plot, characters, romance, and Biblical truth were all woven together so beautifully! This book hit me in all the emotions, and I really felt the heart our author wrote this story with. While the romance was so artfully and beautifully done in a slow bloom, the Biblical truth seemed so natural and so real in a tough situation. The way our author shows the reality of the aftermath of what our heroine has been through in every part of her life is relevant today, and a story that needed to be told. (Obviously, this could be a trigger for some). Props to the author for diversity as well- we need more of this in Christian fiction! My heart was so blessed by the truths found within, and I really felt like I was good friends with Nikki & Shorty by the time I finished reading. Heartwarming yet raw and emotional, I recommend this read for contemporary romance readers, or those looking for an emotional perfectly executed fiction. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are entirely my own. 

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

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 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. 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

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