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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Straight up I loved this book. I'm a big fan of Robin Bielman an

Straight up I loved this book. I'm a big fan of Robin Bielman and loved Worth the Risk. I was equally anticipating Risky Surrender
and Ms Bielman again delivers.

The tension sizzles between Keats McCall and Lucy Davenport. The setting is gorgeous! The dialogue is snap...
Straight up I loved this book. I'm a big fan of Robin Bielman and loved Worth the Risk. I was equally anticipating Risky Surrender
and Ms Bielman again delivers.

The tension sizzles between Keats McCall and Lucy Davenport. The setting is gorgeous! The dialogue is snappy,
the characters are people I really enjoyed meeting. McCall is one hot tamale! I particularly loved the tree-top scene which
is now on my bucket list to do. I really liked Lucy. She was vulnerable but tough. Watching McCall peel away her layers was
 a joy to read. The chemistry between the characters flamed up the pages. I so enjoyed meeting up with Dean and Sam from
Worth the Risk.
If you want a fast, fun, flirty read then this book is for you.

It is certainly on my too-read again list

posted by SandiiM on September 10, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Risky Surrender was an enjoyable read, but felt a bit uneven.

Risky Surrender was an enjoyable read, but felt a bit uneven.




There were some really neat things about this book. Archaeologists, in my opinion, are one profession that should definitely be featured more often in romance books (Indiana Jones, anyone?) and I loved th...
Risky Surrender was an enjoyable read, but felt a bit uneven.




There were some really neat things about this book. Archaeologists, in my opinion, are one profession that should definitely be featured more often in romance books (Indiana Jones, anyone?) and I loved the setting of an ancient Aztec village--actually, I'd like to have "seen" more of it. The hero and heroine spent a day geocaching--again, awesome. As an added bonus, they took a group of students with them, as McCall apparently does every time he's at a site near a geocache--seriously, how fabulous is this hero?




Overall, I thought Keats McCall was definitely the stronger character of the two. He was instantly likable, and continued to behave in a consistent manner throughout the book. Although I'm still not a hundred percent sure of what his job exactly entails, it is clear that he enjoys his work and is a strong and loyal person. I loved his interactions with the other characters--his friends and coworkers Connor and Clay especially--and, of course, his growing protectiveness for Lucy really made the book.




I found Lucy, on the other hand, to be a less consistent and sympathetic character. She spent a lot of time giving Keats mixed messages, and though she did have a difficult history, it didn't seem to warrant her attitude towards relationships in general and him in particular. I felt that he'd proven himself worthy of trust far before she came even close to giving him any, and it was frustrating.




In a nutshell: I really enjoyed the hero, and perhaps with more page time, I could have come to appreciate Lucy's character more. I was intrigued enough to pick up a copy of the first book in the series, Worth the Risk, and am definitely interested in seeing what Ms. Bielman has in store for us next, even though this one didn't quite work for me.




I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

posted by beckymmoe on September 5, 2013

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  • Posted September 7, 2013

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    **Review Copy Provided By Publisher** So I'll admit that I went

    **Review Copy Provided By Publisher**

    So I'll admit that I went out and bought the first book in the series to read before reading this one because I was intrigued by the description and in doing so meeting Keats McCall (and BTW, I love the name) - so I was intrigued about him from then. Although, I will admit, that if I hadn't been introduced to him in the book, I might not have been as interested in him, because I think his characterization in the book itself was lacking something. But Lucy was an intriguing character - she kind of reminded me of Anne Hathaway as the cat burgler in the most recent Batman movie...yes, I know a weird comparison, but hey it works...

    the story of Keats and Lucy was mildly entertaining and slightly different from a lot of the contemporary romances out there, but Lucy def. had a few TSTL moments which irked me (hey, what can i say, they really irk me). And the evil/bad guy just didn't really intrigue me - I think that storyline needed to be more developed - in the short context of the book, it was just too empty (for lack of a better word). But don't get me wrong, the story wasn't bad - it was just lacking in a few places...but overall, I gave it 3 stars and will likely be checking out more by the author in the future.

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  • Posted September 5, 2013

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    Risky Surrender was an enjoyable read, but felt a bit uneven.

    Risky Surrender was an enjoyable read, but felt a bit uneven.




    There were some really neat things about this book. Archaeologists, in my opinion, are one profession that should definitely be featured more often in romance books (Indiana Jones, anyone?) and I loved the setting of an ancient Aztec village--actually, I'd like to have "seen" more of it. The hero and heroine spent a day geocaching--again, awesome. As an added bonus, they took a group of students with them, as McCall apparently does every time he's at a site near a geocache--seriously, how fabulous is this hero?




    Overall, I thought Keats McCall was definitely the stronger character of the two. He was instantly likable, and continued to behave in a consistent manner throughout the book. Although I'm still not a hundred percent sure of what his job exactly entails, it is clear that he enjoys his work and is a strong and loyal person. I loved his interactions with the other characters--his friends and coworkers Connor and Clay especially--and, of course, his growing protectiveness for Lucy really made the book.




    I found Lucy, on the other hand, to be a less consistent and sympathetic character. She spent a lot of time giving Keats mixed messages, and though she did have a difficult history, it didn't seem to warrant her attitude towards relationships in general and him in particular. I felt that he'd proven himself worthy of trust far before she came even close to giving him any, and it was frustrating.




    In a nutshell: I really enjoyed the hero, and perhaps with more page time, I could have come to appreciate Lucy's character more. I was intrigued enough to pick up a copy of the first book in the series, Worth the Risk, and am definitely interested in seeing what Ms. Bielman has in store for us next, even though this one didn't quite work for me.




    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

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    I didn't even realize this was a series until I went to write my

    I didn't even realize this was a series until I went to write my review - so it's safe to say this can be read as a complete stand-alone.




    I grew up loving archaeology and historical sites, so this book seemed like it would be right up my alley. Lucy is a bit of a tomb raider type - only not nearly as destructive. She prides herself on getting in and getting out with the artifact without being caught or causing any damage. Keats prides himself on restoring sites and keeping everything where it belongs - which is not in Lucy's hands. They first meet as she gets away with an artifact on his boat and when she shows up again at another preservation site, he knows he's in trouble.




    Sparks flew for Keats the moment he first met Lucy, he just didn't know who she was or how to find her (and the ring she stole). He's determined to show her that her skills can be put to a more legal use and her life should be spent with him. Lucy isn't so sure. She's used to being on her own and has quite a bit of personal baggage she carries around with her. 




    I loved their chemistry and how their interests were so similar, but still kept them in different worlds. Their relationship was a hard one to get started, and you're never quite sure if it really will succeed until the very end. With a couple outside characters that help breathe some life and humor into the story, as well as a great atmosphere this was a very enjoyable read.

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