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Calculated Risk

by Katherine Rupley

Ex-US national rock climber Leslie McAllister finally has her life right where she wants it. When she’s asked to accept a new position in Boston, she must decide whether to stay in her comfort zone or take a leap and trust she’s anchored herself well enough to not fall.

Stuntwoman CJ Broadmore has big dreams and a big problem. She needs to learn to climb, and fast, if she wants to do stunt work on a new movie. Enter Leslie McAllister, who not only sparks an attraction, but who may be CJ’s ticket to success.

CJ and Leslie must calculate each step, weigh the risks, and work through their fears as they reach for the top—and toward each other.





Genre Romance
Length 222 pages
Publication Date September 16, 2021
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642472660
Editor Ann Roberts
Cover Designer Heather Honeywell



"Leslie’s story has been in my head for years and now it’s written in this book. It brings together some of my loves, strong women doing cool things, rock climbing, movies, Joshua Tree National Park, and supportive communities. Before time and wandering attention distracted me, I spent many happy hours in climbing gyms and outside climbing crags. I loved rock climbing because unlike my real life, there was a problem to solve with a beginning, middle, and end. I have so many fond memories of climbing. My first experience climbing was with a group of women camping in Indian Cove, a campground on the north side of the Joshua Tree National Park. I just thought it was going to be a fun weekend but I got my first taste of climbing. First lesson: hiking boots are not the best climbing shoes but are way better than bare feet."

For more on Katherine's thoughts about Calculated Risk read her post on Bella Media.

—Katherine Rupley

  • A Bella Debut Novel.

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