The Naked Men don’t have anything to hide. Now the sexy control freak in this “purely delightful group of buddies” (Publishers Weekly, starred review of Wanting It All) meets his match: a free spirit who’s as beautiful as she is reckless.
Order. Attention to detail. Never leaving anything to chance. These are the qualities that make Riley Ness such a terrific federal agent . . . and a pain in the ass to everyone else. The only time Riley lets loose is when he’s hanging out with his closest pals. So when he’s thrown together with gorgeous, flighty Summer Sheridan, Riley’s brain tells him she’s a ticking time bomb—but his body doesn’t want to play by the rules.
Riley has to be the most irritating man Summer has ever met. The brooding hunk thinks he needs to teach her a few lessons about real life, while she’d rather show him how to enjoy it. But her BFF’s all but engaged to Riley’s best friend, and besides, their intense physical chemistry is all too real. Summer just needs Riley to try to meet her halfway and take a chance with the one thing that matters: his heart.
Catch all of USA Today bestselling author Christi Barth’s charming Naked Men novels:
RISKING IT ALL | WANTING IT ALL | GIVING IT ALL | TRYING IT ALL
Praise for Trying It All
“The novel is filled with moments of humor and searing sexual tension, and its lighthearted approach to life-altering events adds depth and breadth to the passion.”—Publishers Weekly
“Fun and entertaining yet complicated and emotional, not to mention supremely satisfying, Trying It All is a fantastic addition to Christi Barth’s Naked Men series.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
“Christi Barth is a master of making sexual chemistry leap off the page. Trying It All is a book you’ll wish you could step right into, with a hero you’ll want to claim for your next book boyfriend.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne
“Sigh-worthy! Barth delivers rich, distinctive characters, and a story that grips your heart.”—Jessica Lemmon, author of Eye Candy
“For those who want a hate to love romance, I recommend Trying It All by Christi Barth. It is the fourth in the Naked Men series, all of which I highly recommend, and although it can be read as standalone, with this series it is best to start at the beginning to get the full background and friendships.”—Harlequin Junkie
“I wish I had been able to sit down and read this straight through because I didn’t want to put it down. Unfortunately, I had to stop to get some sleep. I’m really looking forward to reading the next book which I hope will be about Josh, the last Naked Man standing.”—Xtreme Delusions (five stars)
“I always enjoy my visits with The Naked Men!”—Thoughts of a Blonde
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
In Barth's fourth Naked Men contemporary (after Giving It All), a woman who doesn't believe in commitment meets a man who has backup plans for his backup plans. Buttoned-up National Transportation Safety Board agent Riley Ness is one of five men who have formed a solid brotherhood born out of past tragedy. That tragedy shaped Riley into the controlling man he is today. His careful attention to detail is what keeps him anchored in reality. It's no wonder that seemingly flighty clothing store owner Summer Sheridan, the best friend of his buddy's girlfriend, drives him crazy: her zest for life comes with a devil-may-care attitude. Yet Summer's larger-than-life personality developed out of her own trauma after a mass shooting during college. Neither can deny their combustible attraction, and when they look beneath each other's surfaces, they both begin to understand themselves. The novel is filled with moments of humor (much based on previously established events) and searing sexual tension, and its lighthearted approach to life-altering events adds depth and breadth to the passion.
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TRYING IT ALL Christi Barth
I always enjoy my visits with The Naked Men! :) With the fourth book in this series, we get Riley Ness' story. He's super serious and rigid, but we get the story behind why he is the way he is, and we also get to see him lighten up a bit as love comes into his life. The characters are always great and we get to enjoy the guys and couples from the previous books. This one drifted away from the blog/podcast a lot though, so that was a little bit of a different aspect from this series. I wanted more time to enjoy them as a couple once they got together, but overall, a fun addition to the series!
Riley Ness is the serious one of the bunch! He plans his life rigidly and always watches out for everyone else. He lets down his guard with his buddies, but he doesn't live dangerously. That's why Summer Sheridan and her fly by night attitude drives him up the wall!
Summer's best friend Chloe is all but engaged to be married to Riley's best friend Griff, so they are thrown together a lot in social situations. The gang has gotten used to hearing them banter and complain about each other. When they decide they need to try getting along better for Chloe and Griff's sake, they realize they actually have a hot attraction for each other! Will hearing about each other's life stories and knowing the reasoning behind their different ways of life help them understand the other or will it just be one more thing they fight about?
Life Changing Moments
Summer is a carefree spirit. She lives life as if each day were her last. She's willing to try anything once, except love. It's not that she doesn't believe in love. Summer had wonderful examples of love in her parents. Her best friend even found the love of her life--one of the "Naked Men". It took one life changing moment to make her believe that she may not have a tomorrow, so she's built a wall around her heart believing that a future isn't in the cards.
Riley is your typical nerdy, geeky, hard-working man. Although he hopes to win his parent's approval, it's not his main goal. He works hours on end to make sure nobody has to go through what he and his friends did as teens. Riley's ultimate goal is to educate people on preventable accidents, while teaching survival skills in case the worst does occur. He does not and will not place himself in situations where someone can get hurt, until Summer.
While these two have clearly experienced life altering incidents early in life, they have extremely different approaches on how to live their lives. Summer lives in the moment, doesn't plan, and has fun. But she isn't really "living" her life if she shuts out the possibility of love, a future. Riley is the extreme opposite. He follows the rules and plans ahead for every possible outcome. He is so tied to "planning" and expecting the worst, he too doesn't truly live his life. Riley doesn't realize that it is impossible to plan for EVERYTHING.
This novel was the fourth in The Naked Men series. I haven't read the other three, but definitely need to. There was enough back story so that you didn't get lost, but I wanted to know more about each of the other Naked Men! This novel was a perfect blend of sadness, happiness and witty banter. The sexual tension between Riley and Summer was also amazing. While they wanted to kill each other, they also couldn't keep their hands off each other! I highly recommend this novel! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
On the surface, this looks like an opposites attract story but as Riley and Summer get to know each, and we get to know them, it is revealed that they are more alike than either of them realize.
Riley is one of the ACSs, a group of men who survived a near fatal accident in the mountains of Italy ten years ago. Each one of the men in this group was impacted in a different way. Riley learned that he always needs to be prepared and thinks of all of the possible outcomes of every situation that he may be in. He's a super uptight Type A and tries to control everything around him. Summer survived a mass shooting on her college campus and, after nearly losing her life, has lived as if today may be the last day she has so she must live life to the fullest. Whenever Riley and Summer are together, they do nothing but fight and snipe at each other but there's a thin line between love and hate so once they cross the line, their chemistry is explosive. The differences between them seem to fade away the more they learn about each but, as with any person who has experienced the type of traumas they have, the baggage can get in the way.
I loved Summer and Riley. They're both hilarious and care more about the people around them than anything else in the world. Even though they seemed like opposites in the beginning, I loved learning all of the ways they are similar and perfect for each other. This is only the second of this series that I have read so I *need* to go back and read the first two. I love so much about this group and I can't wait to see where the series goes next.
*This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*