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Summary

Powerful CEO Garrett Emerson's life and corporation are built on a foundation of risk-taking and top-secret priorities. He works hard, but plays even harder. When tragedy strikes, the charismatic and sexy billionaire takes the gamble of his life by bringing a beautiful consultant into his inner sanctum, exposing her to his exclusive society of extreme athletes who are adventurous both in business and pleasure. Inexplicably drawn to the intriguing woman, Garrett teaches her to face her fears, bringing them both to new levels of ecstasy.

Selby Reynolds, a high profile technology specialist, reluctantly accepts an engagement at Emerson Industries. Discovering secrets and uncovering clues to a murder, she's swept into Garrett's dangerous but seductive life of luxury. Captivated by the world-renowned capitalist and adventurer, she's convinced he could crush her heart. As he pushes her sexual limits and their erotic play intensifies, Selby finds it impossible to resist the one man who turns her darkest fantasies into a reality. When Selby's life is threatened by a killer, carnal lessons of trust are put to the test, forcing them to choose who is friend and who is foe. Can Selby give her heart to a man who revels in the excitement of flirting with death?

Will they prevail against an enemy who threatens to tear apart Garrett's world, including the fragile connection with the woman he seeks to claim as his own?

©2015 Kym Grosso (P)2015 Kym Grosso

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  • V from Kansas
  • 24-02-16

Not Immortals from New Orleans, but not bad

I felt like the introduction of the main characters was a little weak but the there was an unique storyline and, in Kym Grosso fashion, hot sex. I wish there was a little more focus on "The Gatherings" at Club Altura. Maybe there will be in later books. It's definitely worth a credit. Ryan West, the narrator was as good as always.

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  • CAROLYN
  • 21-09-15

COMPELLING, INTENSE, HOT... & JUST WOW

Well if the cover doesn't pull you in then the fantastic story will because, as always, Kym Grosso has delivered yet another awesome book and this one, as the title would suggest, is one hot listen..... but it's so so much more too. Billionaire Garrett is loveable, sexy, charismatic and all Alpha - he's CEO of a company that has Top Secret files but it primarily caters for people who want the 'extreme' adrenaline high lifestyle whether it's skydiving, mountain climbing, surfing or sex. And Garrett works hard but plays harder and he loves his life and the 'highs' it brings..... that is until tragedy strikes leaving him devastated.

So he is reluctantly forced to hire a new I.T. Specialist - the gorgeous intelligent Selby and she is the complete opposite of Garrett due to a childhood drama which causes her to have many anxieties, phobias and panic attacks. However, the saying 'opposites attract' proves to be so true in this case because as soon as she goes to work for Garrett the sexual attraction and chemistry is way way off the charts and he can't help but bring Selby into his world and skilfully teaches her to let go of her fears and sexual inhibitions and brings her darkest fantasies into orgasmic realities.

But there's someone trying to get to his Top Secret files which leads to murders, mystery, suspense, danger and plenty of drama and poor Selby has an important secret that she finds impossible to share.... until her world suddenly comes crashing down on her. And, as the body count rises, so too does suspicions, mistrust, tension, anxieties and tempers intensify because Garrett just doesn't know who to trust anymore and unfortunately this becomes toxic and heartbreaking to their new found happiness.

This is a gripping story with a very hot and wonderful romance surrounded and entwined around suspense and industrial espionage. There's quite a bit of personal growth as Garrett and Selby's characters slowly meld together because Garrett the lion may have started out as the predator in this story but Selby the lamb ends up taming her very contented lion. And, as we're introduced to the inner sanctum of Club Altura, there's a variety of interesting characters that drift in and out of the storyline.

Worth a credit? A great dual POV story and it's no wonder Ryan West seems to be picked to narrate all of Kym's books because his Hero's voice is perfect, there's clear differences between each of the character's voices and Ryan manages to do convincing and plausible female voices too which changes a good listen into a great listen. So, bottom line, this is a great start to a new series, definitely worth a credit and the Epilogue is a brief teaser for her next riveting well written book.

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  • SarainAZ
  • 13-01-17

Ugh

Slow, boring, repetitive. Could eaisly cut out half and still have the same book (unfortunately.) Narration: Ridiculously melodramatic. Don't waste your money or a credit.

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  • Leah
  • 29-11-15

Over the top and cheesy....

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Not terrible but quite cheesy and unrealistic (despite the unrealistic premise to start with). Maybe if someone is attempting to kill you you shouldn't purposely keep yourself as distracted as possible from what is going on around you? I thought the characters were supposed to be smart?

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  • oceaninmotion
  • 13-10-15

No.no no no and no.

What disappointed you about Carnal Risk?

.The story itself was such a let down. I expected more of the extream sports and how each character related to these sports..It was non discriptive. It just isn't enough just to say it, I want to ,as a reader, feel it. Be transported into the story and get an idea of what its like. I all ready know that they flirt on the edge of danger. Jumping out of an airplane pretty much implies that. I wanted more from the Author.A flutter in the belly? The fire is missing.They infered about meets and even had a lesson for the herrorine about how to surf.. I knew she was going to hit her head and be resucued. No surprise.The murder mystery. Not so much.The sex sceens were just flat. They read more like a manual.

What was most disappointing about Kym Grosso’s story?

That this book had such potential and she dropped the ball. I hope she piicks the ball up and slam dunks it on the next one. I wish her much luck.

What didn’t you like about Ryan West’s performance?

I was set to like his voice. Its a good voice, but then I found myself counting his cadence and tempo like a walz playing a one two three one two three rhythem in my head on each sentence ughhh. Happily I upped the speed on my player and was able to mix it up. He sounded better.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Carnal Risk?

This is where the no no no comes in. This story needed additions not subtractions.More discriptions, more information on extream sports, more emotions more excitement. We are talking about Extream sports here. Someone was murdered. Some humor. Yes tragic strikes and there can be humor somewhere in the book. I know there is a following for Kim Grosso. I have read other books by her that I liked.

Any additional comments?

vanila. The book lacked fire. It lacked depth. I would not waste a credit nor go on with the series myself.

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  • KimberlyReads
  • 09-10-17

Great Mystery

Mystery, suspense, murder and lust. A Great book, great characters and great narrator . Love the series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-08-17

I loved it!

Now I can't wait for book two. This steamy story was filled with twists and turns and a hot romance too. How could you go wrong? Oh, and besides the fantastic, mad writing skills, the narration was excellent.

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  • Mercedes Prizmonte
  • 01-10-16

Romance &Thrills

Good romantic suspense book.
Like the plot and characters.
Good drama, action,intrigue and romance. .
Enjoyed reading.

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  • Pete Sanders-Nesbitt
  • 11-02-16

Kym, Kym, Kym

Have you listened to any of Ryan West’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Ryan has Kym's characters down to a very artful science. He makes my feel everything I think Kym intended her readers to feel.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I totally listened to this book all in one sitting.

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Wow Kym surely knows how to spin a tale. Garrett and Selby are one on FIRE couple. You know exactly what kind of heat you are in for from the very beginning. And I totally love the mystery who done it vibe that runs through this book and I can't wait til the next Club Altura book comes to Audible. I'm on the edge of my seat!!!

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  • Kim D.
  • 01-02-16

Slow start, action packed ending

This book started out really slow, I nearly gave up on it. The first few chapters are mostly about business details and how things are run. Everyday life in an office job and contract details... Not something you want to read about.

Once the story started to pick up the pace though, it never stopped. The chemistry between the characters was great and there were plenty of hot steamy scenes mixed into the mystery and thrill of a murder on the loose.

There were a few things I was interested in learning more about, furthering the plot in a different direction, but I'm hoping it's something we will explore in a future book.

If you take out the first few chapters, or add something more interesting to mix it up, then this would be an excellent read! As it is, 4 stars for a mostly entertaining night.