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Risking Love by Toni Shiloh

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About the Book

Book: Risking Love

Author: Toni Shiloh

Genre: Christian fiction, contemporary fiction, diverse fiction

Release date: June 25, 2019

Risking Love eBook coverNikki Gordon lives with a perfect trifecta of noes. No guys. No dates. No way.

The past holds her bound with ropes made of fear-infused steel, and she’s determined that no one will ever cut through them. If only her heart would cooperate whenever Shorty comes around. Things go from complicated to confusing when he appears at The Maple Pit in the company of another woman—a drop-dead gorgeous one at that.

With everything to lose and to gain, Nikki steps out in faith and prays for the courage to let him in… before it’s too late.

Gregory “Shorty” Smalls finally has the chance to take his burgeoning business to the next level. Then maybe, Nikki will quit seeing him as a goof-off and give him a real chance.

Finding out he isn’t the problem? The best and worst news possible.

Just how much healing has to take place before he has a chance to move from friend zone to love of her life?

And does he even have a chance?


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Finding the ability to trust herself and others is a real struggle for Nikki. She knows how she should handle relationships yet there is internal turmoil.
Not wanting to hurt anyone, especially a certain someone, Nikki contemplates her life decisions and how to handle friendships and more.
Each day is a struggle to deal with painful memories in hopes of dealing with what happened and trying to handle new relationships in life. Wanting to move on and not knowing how to open her heart to the possibility of love, Nikki searches for answers.
Will the certain someone have patience and wait for Nikki to begin to trust again? Or will there be a loss of friendship and more?
This is a story filled with painful memories, heartache, love, forgiveness, finding trust, and more.
Author Toni Shiloh draws the reader into each story she writes by sharing great characters, descriptions and story lines. Bring the tissues for this one.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and the author. No review was required.

About the Author

toniToni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys in northern Virginia. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Virginia Chapter. You can find more information at

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Risking Love has been a long time in coming. You see when I wrote Buying Love, book one in the Maple Run series, I had only intended for it to be a standalone. But soon the other characters clamored for attention and you, the readers, sent me messages asking for Shorty and Nikki’s story.

Like any good writer, I sat in front of my laptop prepared to whip out their story in the speed in which I wrote Buying Love. Yeah, it did NOT go as I anticipated. You see, Shorty and Nikki refused to talk to me. They wouldn’t answer my questions about their past, about how it affected them. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

So I wrote book two, Finding Love, featuring Luke and Delaney. They were more than willing to share their heart. I fully intended to then make Shorty and Nikki’s story book three. I figured they’d had enough appearances through book two that they were fully ready to reveal all to me and let me write their story.


As you know, if you’ve been reading chronologically through the series, book three is about Belle and Micah. They spoke with me freely. I just couldn’t understand why Shorty and Nikki wouldn’t be so candid. Fortunately, while writing Belle and Micah’s story, Nikki began to speak. Then Shorty spoke, and I knew I’d finally be able to write their story.

Y’all, writing Risking Love was tough! They fought me at every turn. I can’t recall how many times I complained about them. Thank goodness my critique partners had patience with me as I fought for every word in this story. And now that their story is out in the world, I’m wrecked with nerves. Will they live up to your anticipation? Will the story truly show how tenuous the relationship between these two are?

As you began to read Risking Love, I pray it blesses you. Whether you’re reading strictly for entertainment or seeking God’s greater truth, I pray you experience those things. And more than that, I thank you for picking up their book and joining me once more in Maple Run. It’s been a blessing as I return to tell the stories in this fictional Virginia town.


Toni Shiloh

Blog Stops

Melissa Henderson, July 1

Inklings and notions, July 1

Among the Reads, July 2

Through the Fire Blogs, July 2

Blossoms and Blessings, July 3

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, July 4

Remembrancy, July 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 5

janicesbookreviews, July 5

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 6

Mary Hake, July 6

Back Porch Reads, July 7

Emily Yager, July 7

Simple Harvest Reads, July 8 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Creating Romance, July 9

Texas Book-aholic, July 9

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, July 10

A Diva’s Heart, July 10

Britt Reads Fiction, July 11

Cultivating us, July 11

Reading Is My SuperPower, July 12

KarenSueHadley, July 12

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, July 13

Just Your Average reviews, July 13

A Reader’s Brain, July 14


To celebrate her tour, Toni is giving a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and a finished copy of Risking Love!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

  • Savoring Sixty and Beyond
    Posted at 11:23h, 01 July Reply

    Thanks for introducing me to this author! I love to read and look forward to her work.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 12:21h, 01 July Reply

      Toni Shiloh writes great stories. I always look forward to her creativity.

  • Toni
    Posted at 11:58h, 01 July Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 12:21h, 01 July Reply

      You are one of my favorite authors, Toni Shiloh. I always enjoy reading your stories. 🙂

  • James Robert
    Posted at 12:03h, 01 July Reply

    Congrats on this tour and thank for the opportunity to read about another great book out there to read. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

  • debraemarvin
    Posted at 12:17h, 01 July Reply

    I’ve been reading more and more contemporaries and this one is definitely on my list! I’ve heard great things about it and that’s what it’s all about!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 12:22h, 01 July Reply

      Toni Shiloh writes about interesting characters and settings. I enjoy all her stories. 🙂

  • Vickie's Kitchen and Garden
    Posted at 13:04h, 01 July Reply

    Sounds like a good book and I’m entering the giveaway. Thanks!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 13:29h, 01 July Reply

      Yes, this is a wonderful story. Good luck on the giveaway. 🙂

  • Jill Weatherholt
    Posted at 16:39h, 01 July Reply

    Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the review, Melissa. 🙂

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 17:11h, 01 July Reply

      You are welcome! This is a great read. 🙂

  • Ashley Roberts
    Posted at 00:00h, 02 July Reply

    I LOVED Risking Love!!!!! It was amazing and everything I hoped for! Toni has made her way into my favorite authors list and I left a 5 star Amazon review. I cleared my calendar to read the new Toni Shiloh book and I was totally bummed out when I finished because there aren’t anymore Maple Run characters to look forward to.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 00:05h, 02 July Reply

      Toni Shiloh writes stories that stick with me. I want to read everything she writes. 🙂

    • Toni
      Posted at 12:43h, 02 July Reply

      Thank you so much, Ashley! It is sad that I have no more characters makes me want to see what I can cook up. 🙂

  • ordinarilyextraordinarymom
    Posted at 03:16h, 02 July Reply

    This so sounds like a book I would read. It reminds of the books I used to read before I stopped reading. Now that I have redeveloped the habit, I hope to get a few extra dollars to check this one out.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 13:02h, 02 July Reply

      Toni Shiloh writes stories I always enjoy. Hope you get to read this one soon. 🙂

  • Emma
    Posted at 03:38h, 02 July Reply

    This sounds like an interesting story!

  • James Robert
    Posted at 10:46h, 02 July Reply

    Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read. I enjoy these tours and finding out about many terrific books.

  • Invisibly Me
    Posted at 12:39h, 02 July Reply

    I find a good book is one where the author can bring to life the characters and really ‘draw’ the reader into the story, as you say. I like the idea of the depth of this one, with love, trust, painful memories and more, it sounds quite evocative. Very concisely reviewed 🙂
    Caz xx

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 13:02h, 02 July Reply

      Thank you. Toni Shiloh is one of my favorite authors.

  • 🌸 Marisela 🌸 (@mari_zuniga94)
    Posted at 01:15h, 03 July Reply

    This sounds like a great book, thank you for sharing

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 16:44h, 05 July Reply

      I enjoy reading all of Toni Shiloh’s stories. 🙂

  • Debbie P
    Posted at 22:01h, 03 July Reply

    This book sounds like a fantastic read.

  • carylkane
    Posted at 22:17h, 03 July Reply

    Melissa, Thank you for the wonderful review and being part of the tour.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 16:45h, 05 July Reply

      Glad to be part of the tour and promote great authors. 🙂 Toni Shiloh is one of my favorite.

  • Julie Waldron
    Posted at 21:10h, 08 July Reply

    This sounds like a great book that I would enjoy. Thanks for the review!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 02:28h, 13 July Reply

      This truly is a great story. I love everything Toni Shiloh writes. 🙂

  • Melissa McLaughlin
    Posted at 16:10h, 12 July Reply

    Thank you, Melissa, for this wonderful book review. Sounds like a compelling series and I’m excited to learn about Tori Shiloh, a new author to me. You’ve sold me. I plan to get started on this series soon! Blessings to you, Tori!

    • Toni
      Posted at 16:26h, 12 July Reply

      Blessings to you as well!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 02:29h, 13 July Reply

      Wonderful! I love all of Toni Shiloh’s stories. 🙂

  • Caitlyn Santi
    Posted at 11:33h, 15 July Reply

    Fabulous review! I loved this book too! 😊

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 12:52h, 15 July Reply

      I always look forward to Toni’s stories. 🙂 Have a great week!

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