Sundae With Nuts – Review of Risk Factors by Calisa Rhose

March 23rd, 2014

There’s been lots of rescheduling for Lyrical authors at the moment, and my Nut for today has rescheduled to align her post with her new release. Which is fair enough! We want to get those buy links out there. But it did give me a chance to do another review, and a book that I’ve been meaning to read for a long time. But with editing duties recently, I don’t have much time on my hands! So I’m glad to have had the opportunity for today.

Without further ado…

Review of Risk Factors by Calisa Rhose

Anyone who knows me, knows my fascination with helicopters. I dreamed of being a helicopter pilot when I was younger – a midst the rage of new adult hormones and the desire to do something significant with my life. No, more than that – profound. And exciting and different than your normal nine to five office job. And I wanted a career where I helped people.

So, the hero, Connor, got me right from the start. Not the pilot of the helicopter, but still so dreamy as a first responder, a Medi-flight nurse. Miss Calisa got that right. For who among us doesn’t adore a man who would give his life for another? Not many could do that job. He is also a single father with the love of the cosmos for his daughter. That touches my heart immediately as I have two wee sons of my own. And I think this is an important factor that we need to remember about books. There will be elements with the story that we identify immediately with because of who we are and what is in our life at the moment.

Risk Factors is a touching story, full of heart. It is real life about the complexities of a relationship when working around children. Many can relate to this being single parents. How do we find love again for ourselves, yet always put our children first?  I believed in this partnership immediately. I wanted them to be together – to love, to become a family.

But I have yet to say anything about our heroine, the lovely Vivian, who also has a job worth applaud, as she calls herself, “a pet doctor.” For many of us, our pets are part of our family, and the kindness she shows her patients is beyond compare. Viv navigates a rocky relationship with Conner with a grace and goodness that I doubt I could esteem to in a lifetime. Even with her own baggage from the past, she is still a woman that I admired and could relate to.

Miss Calisa is a prolific writer, imagery and introspection both, with a feel in the book that she may have lived some of the scenes herself – it felt that close. Wonderful descriptions and words. My favorite? “Connor laughed. The slow, husky sound curled Viv’s toes several times, like one of those party favors that rolled tight, and then straightened with each breath.” Just lovely.


Or if you would like to see Calisa’s original interview for Sundae With Nuts, click HERE

Happy Sundae folks!

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