I am super excited my share my review with you on Blog Tour today for Risking It All by Stephanie Harte
Gemma is about to risk it all for the man she loves. Will she survive entering into a life of crime?
Gemma has always been there for Nathan. He’s the love of her life and she made a commitment to him, one she’d never consider breaking… until smooth-talking gangster Alfie Watson comes into their lives and changes everything.
Alfie doesn’t care about true love – he wants Gemma, and the gangster always gets what he wants. When Nathan ends up owing him money, Alfie gets payback by recruiting Gemma to carry out a jewellery heist. To everyone’s surprise, she’s a natural. Until Alfie forgives Nathan’s debt, she has no choice but to accompany the gangster on more and more daring heists – even though one slip-up could cost her everything.
Nathan might have fallen under Alfie’s spell, but it doesn’t take long for him to realise that he needs to save Gemma from his own mistakes if their marriage is to have any chance of surviving. But when that means taking on the East End’s most notorious gangster at his own game, will he find himself up to the challenge?
I am so excited to tell you that there is a new Grit Lit author in town. Those for you that know me, know how much I love this genre. So I couldn’t wait to get my teeth into this beauty.
The author doesn’t disappoint and bringing us a nail biting, addictive read. Risking It All is a different grit lit read. Normally they are packed full of characters. And one of the things I loved about this story is the fact that it only has a hand full of characters.
We follow a story that alternates between them told from their POV. Where we meet Gemma and Nathan who get involved with bad boy Alfie. After Nathan takes a loan out with him and the debt gets bigger and bigger. To pay it back Gemma finds herself involved in a jewellery heist and that’s just the being!
This is such a simple story that captures your imagination. Making the reader feel the tension and emotion the characters go through. I was absolutely gripped. It is full of twists and turns and OMG moments.
I loved Gemma and Alfie they are very strong characters. Nathan is just Nathan he loves Gemma but sometimes I just wanted to shake him for being so stupid. Alfie is everything you would expect a gangster to be. I must admit I had a soft spot for him.
Has the story unfolds Gemma’s character grows stronger when the pressure is on. There is so much I want to say about this book but you will have to read it and find out for yourself.
This is one hell of a debut novel and an author to look out for. I cannot recommend it enough giving it all the stars. If you love Kimberly Chambers, Kerry Barnes and Dreda Say Mitchell you will love this.
Thank you to Vicky at Head of Zeus for a copy and for the blog tour invite
About the Author
Stephanie Harte was born and raised in North West London.
She was educated at St Michael’s Catholic Grammar school in Finchley. After leaving school she trained in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy at London College of Fashion.
She worked for many years as a Pharmaceutical Buyer for the NHS. Her career path led her to work for an international export company whose markets included The Cayman Islands and Bermuda.
For ten years, Stephanie taught regular beauty therapy workshops at a London based specialist residential clinic that treated children with severe eating disorders.
Stephanie took up writing as a hobby and self-published two novels and two novellas before signing a contract in March 2019 with Aria Fiction.