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What will it take to make Risking Love worthwhile?

About the Book

Book: Risking Love

Author: Toni Shiloh

Genre: Christian fiction, contemporary fiction, diverse fiction

Release date: June 25, 2019

Risking Love eBook cover

Nikki 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?

Click here to purchase your copy.

Book Review:

Once again, I find myself here at the computer, mindlessly tapping my nails on the keys as I ruminate on my latest Toni Shiloh book. I’m so wonderfully spellbound I can’t figure out where to begin. And since I still don’t know, let’s jump right in and see where it goes.

Nikki and Shorty, a tragedy, a long-term recovery, and a love that covers all. First off, Nikki breaks my heart. I can’t imagine what she’s gone through and the inner strength pushing her. God has a lot to do with her strength. One thing I’ve discovered about these books, Toni Shiloh never hesitates to fill her books with prayer and spiritual fortitude.

I’ve still not read the entire Maple Run series, so I can say that Risking Love can be read as a stand-alone. I can also say, I’ll be going back and reading the other books in this series as soon as I can.

Nikki’s story and her way of coping echoes with truth and a deep-rooted fear. I appreciated Toni Shiloh’s ability to take something so ugly and write it for God’s glory. Nikki and Shorty’s story is a true experience in overcoming fear in order to take a chance on love. Nikki must also find a way to forgive, which seems impossible but is the only way to find true healing.

I’ve come to think of Maple Run as a real place with real people. That’s how well these books are written. They matter to me, and I want them all to find their happily ever after.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys contemporary Christian fiction with a little meat on the bone. There are moments of lightheartedness to help keep the darkness at bay, so please don’t think the book is only heavy trauma and drama. Toni Shiloh knows what she’s doing when it comes to pacing the reader.

I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author


Toni 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

More from Toni

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 heartI 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

4 thoughts on “What will it take to make Risking Love worthwhile?”

  1. This series sounds wonderful. The description caught my attention and brought me back in time to seventh grade when I had a teeny crush on a guy whose nickname was “Shorty.”

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