Book Review - Worth the Risk (St. James Book 3) by Jamie Beck


When Jackson St. James decided that six weeks in Vermont’s Green Mountains would help him get his life together, he didn’t anticipate replacing his craving for whiskey with a craving for his alluring new landlord, Gabby. Now, instead of prioritizing his sobriety and the resolution of the lawsuit threatening his business, he’s making excuses to spend time with the spunky young landscaper whose candor is more than a little addictive.
Gabby Bouchard refuses to let her pill-popping mother and unreliable baby daddy turn her into a cynic, so she doesn’t fight her attraction to her enigmatic new tenant. Although Jackson’s smile rarely reaches his eyes, his generosity and dependability make her willing to overlook his demons. But once she convinces him to give in to temptation, Gabby’s jealous ex threatens to disrupt the life she has built for herself and her son.
With so much at stake, Gabby and Jackson must decide if love is worth the risk.


Jamie Beck writes great emotional stories and Worth the Risk is no exception.  Jackson's story was the one that called to me the most it is obvious from the very beginning that he damaged and not quite ready to face it, but still a good person.  Books so often put characters in boxes, such as "mean alcoholic" or a character who has hit rock bottom before they can see they need help.  Jackson isn't quite at the bottom, and he isn't a terrible person, but he does have flaws.  Pairing him with Gabby, who is the daughter of an alcoholic and drug attic who did hit rock bottom and was mean, made for a great story and conflict and was well done by Beck.

Overall I recommend this story to anyone who loves a good romance.  Beck does a great job of tackling serious topics while still keeping it somewhat light and optimistic.  

MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy


Jamie Beck is a former attorney with a passion for inventing realistic and heartwarming stories about love and redemption, including her popular St. James and Sterling Canyon series. In addition to writing novels, she enjoys dancing around the kitchen while cooking, and hitting the ski slopes in Vermont and Utah. Above all, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family. Fans can learn more about her on the web at and on Facebook at


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