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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Although this is the second book in the series it can be read as

Although this is the second book in the series it can be read as a stand alone and well, I might just have to read the first book because of its loveable characters.

This was a great read and it was a great short read indeed! I think it’s a novella for this whole serie...
Although this is the second book in the series it can be read as a stand alone and well, I might just have to read the first book because of its loveable characters.

This was a great read and it was a great short read indeed! I think it’s a novella for this whole series but all is great! I absolutely loved Kissing the Maid of Honor and I’m getting into her other book: Yours at Midnight. And absolutely can’t wait for Her Accidental Boyfriend~

So as you read the synopsis Lucy is a solo archaeologist digging up artifacts and is even called a thief for taking historical objects from its home sites. Well, they weren’t uncovered by the Historic Society and so she took it upon herself to find them, so why not take them? But anyways, that’s her job and she’s on her last mission to retrieve a statue she’s promised to find and then move on with her life and no one is going to stop her from finding it! Not even the handsomely rich and all-in-your-business Keats McCall. Well, there’s lots of tension and irritation in between but all is going in a great direction~

McCall is very much into Lucy from his first sight of her at an event out in the open waters. She very much stole his heart and an object she found on the Historic ship they were on! So when they met again he knew what she was up to and he’s got a plan to keep her close to find out what she’s going to steal now besides more of him. And he does it in style of course! Bribing her of a comfortable bed, because she’s a traveler and money is low, but also with some great food. But his intentions are even more risky, making her open up to him and trust him enough to let her treasure hunting days end, and maybe even stay beside him forever.

I really like how we got to see both POVs from these characters. It really made the story great and enjoyable knowing their feelings and intentions. But then it did make matters worse because they kept those thoughts to themselves!!! On the other hand we wouldn’t have all these great sexually driven tensions leading to great explosions~ LOL

But from these POVs, I found I really adore McCall. His thought process is what I really loved about him. He was willing to wait it out with Lucy to tell him her thoughts and reasons as to why she was where she was. Even if he already knew why she was there, he was patient enough to wait her out and trust her. But also at the same time showing her the land and the people that live in the area and convincing her to the importance of preserving historic sites and its treasures. He is just amazing.

But also, since this was a short story the pace for the characters’ development was good. It wasn’t rushed but wasn’t slow either. And of course the relationship development worked well because the tension has been there since their last encounter.

So, this really is a great read. :D

If you want to know, this has very hot tensions, a very cold and lonesome archaeologist, a very conversational preservationist being all-in-your business, a lot of disagreeing and pushes and pulling, a small fire that caused a tumble to the ground and some very close action *wink wink*, some sneaking around and digging for treasure, plus some secrets and pain exposed, and dangers abound. Oh, and some high treetop action!

This eARC was provided by Entangled: Bliss Publisher.

posted by kipha on September 29, 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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  • Posted August 26, 2013

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    All Lucy Davenport, archeologist, wants to do is fulfill the pro

    All Lucy Davenport, archeologist, wants to do is fulfill the promise she made to her father and husband before they died in a Guatemalan cave two years ago. Keats McCall, preservationist, thought he'd found a thief, but what he'd found was an archeologist with questionable motives. Lucy's task is in direct conflict with the job Keats is assigned to do. Does he allow her to fulfill her promise illegally and possibly go to jail or does he find a way to help the woman he's fallen desperately in love with? 




    I love the way the author connects the two main characters and pulls the reader into the romance. Even though I usually enjoy books that are a little longer in length, I did enjoy this one. I think there could have been more storyline during the romance because it did feel a tiny bit rushed, but it was still a fulfilling HEA with a good beginning and ending. I look forward to reading any books written by Robin Bielman in the future.

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