Determined to make his latest preservation project on Route 66 a success, Connor Gibson will take any good press he can get. Even if it means spending a week with a reporter. And even if it's one from a publication he has good reason to hate. Connor certainly isn't expecting a spontaneous and undeniably attractive blonde who makes him seriously hot for the press...
Charlize Beckett is in deeeep trouble. This is her one chance to prove to her publisher dad that she's a serious journalist, even if she has to pretend she's someone else. Worse though, is trying to maintain any objectivity with the way too charming Connor. She can't help but get into all kinds of sexy trouble with him. But by going off the record, Charlie is putting both her reputation and her heart on the line...
Each book in the Take a Risk series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Worth the Risk
Book #2 Risky Surrender
Book #3 His Million Dollar Risk
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Robin Bielman lives in Southern California, a bike ride away from the ocean if she's feeling really adventurous. She loves books and baking and running on the treadmill while watching her favorite TV shows. When she's not reading or writing her next story, she's spending time with her high school sweetheart husband and two sons, most likely watching, playing, or discussing baseball. She drives too fast, drinks too much caffeine, and if every day were Cupcake Day, she'd be a happy camper! She loves to connect with readers. You can find her online at www.robinbielman.com or on Facebook and Twitter.
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His Million Dollar Risk
A Take a Risk Novella
By Robin Bielman, Wendy Chen
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Robin Bielman
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Connor Gibson didn't mind being the center of attention—when that appreciation came from a woman's deliberate eyes and soft, kissable lips in the close confines of a bedroom. Scratch that, he didn't care where they were as long as it was just the two of them.
Sitting poolside at the trendy Sunset Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona, he could do without the constant awareness. He'd politely refused several drink offers from Spring Break coeds and declined pickup lines that might have worked if he'd been in a better mood. He'd only sat in the late-afternoon sunshine because he'd gotten to the hotel earlier than planned.
A lounge chair, cold drink, and rare nap had sounded like a good plan. Once he hit the road tomorrow morning he'd have very little down time.
Or peace of mind.
For the umpteenth time he thought about "accidentally" forgetting he was supposed to pick up a reporter from NaturalWorld.com and have her accompany him for a weeklong interview on his stops along Route 66. He hated reporters. He hated liars.
His muscles tensed and he squeezed his hands around the edge of the lounge chair. Okay, so he probably shouldn't label all reporters as liars and hate the whole lot of them. If the article were for any other magazine, he would have been okay with it. But no way in hell could he forgive what Natural World had done to his mom. If not for the fact that Route 66 was his baby, that no one knew the project as well as he did, Connor would have assigned the exclusive interview to one of his VPs. But this was a chance to bring national recognition to the Route as World Heritage Fund's preservation efforts were coming to a close, and Connor had the most at stake. He'd worked nonstop for two years and wanted the country to take notice.
He unclenched his hands and laced them behind his head. House music streamed out of speakers disguised as large rocks at the base of several palm trees. A game of Chicken took over the shallow end of the pool. He lifted his Oakley sunglasses away from his face and wiped the perspiration under his eyes.
"Is that chair taken?"
Plenty of lounge chairs remained vacant around the pool, including the one between him and a woman asleep on her stomach to his right. He eyed the sleeping beauty with her fair skin, blond hair, and shapely curves. She hadn't moved a muscle since he sat down an hour ago.
"Yes," he said, turning his head to address the woman who'd asked the question. He liked his view and didn't want to disturb it.
"Oh. Okay." She batted her eyelashes anyway, but he didn't take the bait.
His friend and work colleague Clay had told him numerous times his indifference only made women more interested. Made them look at him as a challenge. Apparently, his I'm-unavailable vibe flashed like a beacon today.
"Cannonball!" some guy shouted before he leaped into the air and landed with a splash in the deep end of the swimming pool.
The jump sent drops of water into Connor's lap. The spray must have also hit his neighbor because she stirred.
Then bent her legs and wiggled her feet in the air as if to shake them dry. After a few moments she straightened her long, toned legs and slipped her hands to her sides to retrieve the ends of the bikini top she'd unhooked. With her head canted down and away from him, blond hair that had been loosely piled behind her neck fell over her shoulder.
Connor watched as she lifted up slightly to reach behind her back and connect the ends of her top. She tried unsuccessfully for several seconds before letting out a sigh and releasing the straps to relax her arms.
Offering to help crossed his mind, but the way his body had suddenly perked up told him that was a bad idea. A very good bad idea, the devil on his shoulder said.
That devil had gotten him into trouble before. Just because he found it nice that this girl was the one woman yet to lay eyes on him didn't mean he should lend a hand.
Her back rose and fell, and she went to grab the ends of her bikini top again. It looked like the clasp on one end had gotten stuck to her towel because she shimmied her hand against her side while her other arm stretched across her back.
A muffled "dammit" reached his ears as she laid her chin on the front edge of the chair. He really was a jackass for not volunteering to lend a hand, especially since she'd probably decline assistance from a total stranger.
She tried again. This time she raised enough to give him a peek at the outside swell of her breast as she wrestled with the uncooperative bathing suit.
His gaze traveled down the slope of her back to the curve of her ass. Her angles and edges looked soft and inviting. Not too small and not too large. She looked just right.
Goldilocks in the flesh.
He zoned out for a second, lost in the smooth texture of her skin, so he had zero time to react when the bikini top flying through the air hit him in the chest.
"Oh my God!" she said.
Connor blinked and watched as Goldilocks sat up, one arm covering her chest, followed quickly by the other for double protection. He reached down and picked up the red top, a hell-yeah smirk on his face.
"I can't believe that just happened," she said. "I'm so sorry. The hook got stuck on my towel and then I guess I pulled too hard." Her hair fell in waves down her back, sleep lines creased her cheek, blue eyes bright with embarrassment stared at him.
"I'm not," he said, swinging his legs off the lounge chair so he sat facing her.
She narrowed her eyes. "You're not what?"
"Sorry it happened." Elbows on his knees, he toyed with the bikini top, but kept his attention on her.
"Do you mind?" she asked, eyebrows raised, her tone flustered.
It had been a while since he'd flustered a woman.
"Mind what?" Yes, he was messing with her, but her cheeks had reddened and he suspected it wasn't from the warm temperature. "A beautiful woman loses a piece of clothing, it's no bother whatsoever."
His gaze slid down the pretty column of her neck, down to her chest. He knew she couldn't see his eyes behind his sunglasses, so he didn't feel the least bit insolent checking her out. Her arms did a nice job of covering her breasts, but didn't detract in the least from the sexiness of her pose.
She contemplated the ground for a second. "I'd like my top back, please."
"I don't know," he teased. "It could be construed as a deadly weapon."
"Excuse me?" Her lips parted in charming confusion.
"I think I've got a knick right here." He glanced down and pressed a few fingers to his abdomen.
"Shut up." By the sound of her voice, she got that he was poking fun. Still, she studied his body—for a little too long.
"Injury aside, there's also the fact that there's not a lot of material here." He examined the strapless top like he hoped to figure out a tough mathematical problem.
"So?" She dropped her chin and looked around her chair. Probably searching for her shirt or cover-up. He appreciated that besides her embarrassment and impatience, she'd taken the situation lightly. The girl had spunk.
"So. Are you trying to cause an accident? Because this could make a guy forget to watch where he's walking."
Her attention shot back to him. She gulped, and he got the feeling she didn't receive many flirtatious compliments. Hell, he didn't usually give them. Women sought him out. His position as president of field operations for World Heritage Fund, the largest and most influential nonprofit organization dedicated to heritage protection, garnered him plenty of notice. But it was his family and the wealth that came with his name that really had women clamoring to get close to him.
When he had a few moments of free time.
He smiled. A genuine, feel-good grin he hadn't had the pleasure of in a long time.
She broke eye contact and bent forward to retrieve a pale yellow T-shirt under her chair, careful to keep one arm firmly locked across her chest. A sketch pad sat underneath where the shirt had been.
Once she had the garment and sat back up, though, Connor could tell she had no idea how to get it on without using two hands. A second later she lifted her bottom and pulled the towel out from under her. Goldilocks paid him no mind as she managed to get the towel underneath one arm, then the other, before letting out a deep sigh. She tossed her shirt into a bright pink bag and finally her sapphire-blue eyes registered on him again.
"Could I have my top back now? I, uh, need to get going."
A tiny smile pulled at the corners of her seductive mouth. "I think it's for the best."
"I hate to see the best thing to happen to me all day walk away." This girl intrigued him and he wouldn't mind spending more time with her.
She laughed, the sound easy on his ears. "That's nice of you to say, but I'm not here alone."
Damn. "Boyfriend?" She wasn't wearing a ring so he didn't think she had a husband.
Double damn. "Oh. Well, she's a lucky girl." And his luck sucked. Goldilocks equaled the perfect distraction for tonight. Maybe too perfect. His bet with Clay flashed through his mind and the million dollars he had on the line. He gave himself a mental shake. Better for her to leave.
She grabbed her sketch pad and bag and stood, wrapping the towel all the way around herself. "It's not like that," she said before smirking. "But it was cute of you to think so."
He got to his feet, too. "You think I'm cute?"
Goldilocks rolled her eyes. She put out her hand, palm up. Connor really didn't want to give up the bikini top since it was the only thing keeping her there, but he did. With his elbow at his side, he dangled it in front of his chest.
Pursing her lips, she reached out and snagged it.
"Well, it's been a pleasure ..." He trailed off, hoping she'd fill in her name.
"Charlie," she said before she took off like a pack of wild dogs were on her ass.
* * *
Charlie leaned against the elevator wall as the doors slid shut. Her legs were still shaking and her heart was still under attack, the beats pounding in her chest and ears.
That guy, whoever he was, had been too gorgeous. Too charming. Too intimidating. Guys like him didn't normally notice her.
She pressed the button for the eighteenth floor and took a deep breath.
Somehow, she'd kept her composure while he teased her about her bikini top. How humiliating to fling it at him! Talk about mortifying. He'd stayed cool the entire time, amusement playing in those very fine lips of his. She couldn't fault him that. The situation was ridiculous. Add it to her long list of mishaps.
Add being half-naked in public to a reputation that lately seemed to focus only on her failings. She needed to go from accident-prone to flawless sophisticate pronto if she had any hope of getting her father to take her more seriously.
Pool guy's half-nakedness had been quite all right, though. Men didn't really have abs like that. Or shoulders. Or arms. Or smiles that showed off perfect white teeth and said, Hi, yes I'm beautiful, but I'm friendly too. Only this one did. He was hotness on a stick and no doubt every girl who looked at him wanted a taste. Good thing she hadn't been able to see his eyes or she might not have been able to walk away. She had a thing for eyes and no doubt his matched the rest of his unbelievable self.
The elevator doors opened, and she headed down the hallway. "Hey, I'm back," she called out as she entered the hotel room. "Are you feeling any better?"
Charlie and her best friend, Ashley Morgan, had taken a little road trip from California so Ash could do some research on Route 66 in preparation for her big interview for Natural World, the largest online magazine focused on anything and everything outdoors. Charlie wrote for the company, too. Only her pieces were all fluff, never substance.
The owner and publisher, Thomas Beckett, didn't think she was ready for more. Just like he hadn't thought her ready to get her ears pierced until she turned thirteen and date until she was seventeen, and ...
"Charlize Beckett, where have you been? I think I'm dying." Ashley lay curled up in a ball on the bed with her hair matted to her forehead and all the color gone from her face.
"I'm so sorry." Charlie rushed to her side. "I fell asleep. And then ... It doesn't matter. You're feeling worse?" She put the back of her hand on Ash's forehead. She hadn't wanted to go lay out by the pool, but Ashley had insisted, saying it silly for both of them to be cooped up. "You feel warm."
"I think the chicken I ate last night has zombified and decided it would be fun to tear the lining of my stomach to pieces."
"We should get you to an emergency room. It could be serious, like your appendix." Charlie jumped to her feet. She dropped the towel and found some clothes to put on. "Which by the way has nothing to do with your dinner so don't think you have to stop eating chicken." Picky didn't begin to describe how Ash felt about food.
"Why were you topless?"
"I'll tell you on the way. Come on." Charlie helped ease Ash into a sitting position. "You can do this, right?"
"As long as you get me to a doctor and not lost, yes."
"Hey, I'm not that bad at directions. We'll ask the concierge and be on our way." She grabbed their bags and waited for her friend to slide her feet into flip-flops.
"You can never even find where you parked." Ashley clutched her stomach and stepped slowly out the door.
"Well it's a good thing we valeted the car then."
Ashley gave a small chuckle. "Yeah. And whatever this illness is, it has to be gone by tomorrow morning. I've got to be ready to hit the road at nine."
Charlie put a hand on Ash's arm. "You'll be fine."
Only she wasn't. While sitting in the waiting area of the emergency room Ash's appendix ruptured. Emergency surgery followed and the doctor wanted to keep her for at least another twenty-four hours to guard against infection.
"You can," Ashley said in a groggy voice from her hospital bed a couple of hours after surgery.
"I can't," Charlie answered, shaking her head. She sat in a vinyl chair next to Ash. She wanted to say she could, but if she messed up, it wouldn't be just her head. It would be Ashley's, too.
"This is the opportunity you've been waiting for. An assignment like this doesn't come around very often. Read through my notes and you'll be good to go."
"The guy is expecting Ashley Morgan. You've written dozens of stories on important people and events. My pieces are on gear and getaways."
"And they're most excellent," Ash said on a yawn.
Charlie glanced at the wall clock. Almost midnight. "Why don't you just call the guy in the morning, tell him what happened, and join up with him in a couple of days?"
"Or you can meet him, introduce yourself, and write a kick ass story that gets your father's notice."
"My dad will be furious."
"He'll get over it. Look, I really think this is the only way to handle it. Schedules are tight, and you know how I hate when things start off on the wrong foot. It's not like you don't work for Natural World. Just explain the situation and the guy won't mind one bit."
"What if he does?"
"He won't." Ashley's eyes drifted shut.
"If I screw up—which you know is a possibility given my track record with things—then I'm putting Natural World's reputation at risk." Charlie shook her head even though Ash couldn't see her. "No, I think this is a bad idea."
"All you have to do is be a passenger, ask a bunch of questions, take really good notes, and be your naturally wonderful self. We can write the story together if you want." Ash opened her eyes. "How's that sound?"
A mixture of excitement and nervous energy raced through Charlie. This was exactly what she wanted, wasn't it? To prove herself as a journalist and gain greater respect from her father and peers.
"I'll feel bad leaving you."
Ash waved a weak hand. "I'm perfectly capable of taking care of myself. Just like you're perfectly capable of writing this story."
"You'll do it?"
"Yes." Charlie rose and gave her best friend a hug. "Nine o'clock in the lobby, right?"
"Right. He said he'd have on a shirt with a World Heritage logo, and his name is Connor Gibson. I don't know much more about him, but there's a bio in my notes."
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Cute love story
My Thoughts: Another winner from the Entangled Indulgence line! This is my second book by Robin Bielman, and I loved this one more than the first. It's engrossing from the start and it keeps you hanging on right until the end. Charlize, otherwise known as Charlie, is taking over for her friend Ashley on this job. It's a sticky situation for her since Connor isn't a fan of her father, but she's willing to risk it. Unfortunately (or fortunately), they hit it off. Pretty soon they're in so deep that Charlie knows it won't be long until her cover is blown, and she's afraid of what she'll lose now that she knows how much she cares for Connor. His Million Dollar Risk was a sweet little road trip love story. I loved seeing both Charlie and Connor getting to know each other and watch their romance grow. Definitely one of those books you can't help but adore. My Rating: Very Good
Years ago, his mother was publicly crucified by the press. Despite this issue he had with the press, Connor Gibson would do anything to get Route 66, his latest preservation project some press. Even though it means spending time with a reporter. To top it all up, it’s with the publication he hated the most. But the reporter wasn’t what he expected to be… Charlize Beckett would do anything to prove herself to her father. But she got herself in a very deep trouble when she posed as her best friend in order to get the interview with Connor. She tries to maintain the professionalism between the two of them, but he was just way too charming. Will she be able to tell him the truth without ruining them? What I love most in this novel is that this is one heck of a road-trip. All those vividly-described sites along the way would make you want to join these two love-birds. Their banters would entertain you along with the scenes, would make you smile and turn the pages. The two of them proved that opposite attracts – fun-loving, outgoing and unpredictable Charlie was perfect for the Type-A personality, control freak Connor. Truly a short, entertaining read.
Impressive romance that makes reader believe in Prince Charming and love ever after.
This novella is literally packed full of humor, depth, romance and fun. I enjoyed it literally from Page 1 and the first scene at the pool had me chuckling away. Connor did not trust reporters especially after an article that was reported wrongly was on his mum. Charlize spent her life trying to fit into her 'given' role as a reporter even though she hasn't been able to prove herself much since she was only given small assignments. A turn of events resulted in Charlize going in for the gig which was to report on the Route 66 Preservation Project with non other than Conner. I really like Charlie. There's just something about her... she is confident yet insecure but what I loved most was her positivity, her enthusiasm, her spontaneity, her sense of humor and her free spirit. Conner on the other hand, while he takes pride in his work, he keeps his schedules and duties in check and is always all business and no play. And he's not liking that Charlie is getting under his skin and finding himself attracted to her. I couldn't help but enjoy together with both Charlie and Conner as they embark on their journey along Route 66 from one spot to another. Robin Bielman has indeed painted a beautiful scene of the Route 66 along with the Dandelion field and the Ferris Wheel. I was totally surprised to read about tiny island Singapore, which is where I reside in mentioned in one of the scenes. The build up and chemistry between them definitely felt genuine, heartwarming and sweet. I swooned at the scene when Connor met up with Charlie in LA. This is definitely a book to check out and this can be read as a standalone even though it is the 3rd book in this series. I'm so gonna catch up on the earlier 2 books. I was gifted an advance copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Connor Gibson hates the press. They attacked his mother by printing lies and half truths. Why is he going to spend a week with a reporter? Because he needs to promote his Route 66 preservation project. What's going to happen when he and Charlie spend time alone? This is a fast paced, romp across the countryside. Attraction and desire blossom between Connor and Charlie. He doesn't know that she's really Charlize Beckett. Her father is the owner of Natural World, the magazine that had libeled his mother. Her friend needed surgery and couldn't do the interview. Now Charlie is using her name. What could possibly go wrong? Charlie is such a fun character. She's a free spirit who lives life to the fullest. Her joy is contagious. I loved her. Connor is full of pain and anger. When he told Charlie to leave, my heart broke. He was so cruel. These two were good together. It made me sad that he would turn away from her. I loved that Route 66 provided the background for this novel. The setting added so much to the story and taught me about this historic landmark. Robin Bielman's story made me both happy and sad. I loved His Million Dollar Risk.
I loved this one. Very sweet, sexy and a whole lot of fun. The places Connor and Charlie visited were so well described that I would love to do a road trip down Route 66 myself. I loved their chemistry and the fun times Charlie made Connor have. And in turn he built her up too. Perfect complements for one another. In true Robin Bielman form, the ending was amazing and heart touching. I love gestures like this. It only makes the book, story, and characters that much more memorable. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the author.
awesome read with fantastic background landscape ****A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*** Fun story set along the Route 66 route. This is in Robin Bielman’s Take a Risk series. This story is filled with humor, hot sexual chemistry, laughter, misunderstandings, tears and best of all, love. In this story, we meet Connor and Charlie. Connor is forced to take a reporter along on his project for saving the route 66 but he feels he needs all the best press he can get so he reluctantly takes Charlie along. Charlie is a reporter for a magazine owned by her father; however, she has only written soft pieces. She wants to write real journalistic pieces and to be taken seriously. She had an opportunity present itself: her best friend, Ashley, who is a great reporter, get sick, and not get to go on this week long road trip with Connor, the owner of the company that saves historical sites. Charlie told Ashley she will go in her place and write the story. Their story starts out and there are some twists and turns in their story-some hot and sexy chemistry. Some hurtful , painful wounds caused by Charlie’s father toward Connor’s mother which Connor holds Charlie responsible for. Throughout the story, one thing holds true--- Connor and Charlie have this chemistry which is hard to let go of and they are pulled toward each other. It is wonderful to read and as the reader, I really enjoyed the background of Route 66. I highly recommend this story. Charlie and Connor are a great couple to root for. My rating: 4.4 stars ****
This newest book by Ms. Bielman has indeed followed the precedent set by other stories I've read by her. The story started out with well-written characters that you immediately connected with. Throughout the story, Ms. Bielman added layers and depth to Connor and Charli's personalities that guaranteed you would become emotionally invested. Nothing would do but that they both get the happy ending you know they both deserved and that Robin Bielman delivered. Wonderful story that left me smiling.
4 stars His Million Dollar Risk was a fun and entertaining read, I really enjoyed it. I'm a big fan of Robin Bielman's writing, and this was another entertaining and fun read. I highly recommend it! =)
His Million Dollar Risk is quite an enjoyable read. It is book three in the Take a Risk Series but can be read as a standalone. In addition to the well-developed characters, I enjoyed the occupation of the hero, Connor, the dream job of the heroine, Charlie and the overall adventure you are part of. After finishing the book, I really want to travel Route 66 for a road trip! Connor is not looking forward to taking a week-long trip with a reporter especially since the magazine in which the reporter is from posted a false article about his mother, so he starts out pretty angry and defensive. Charlie is filling in for her reporter-friend at the last minute and doesn’t really know what to expect. She just wants to prove to her father (head of the magazine) that she can do this job. Things don’t start out too well… I thoroughly enjoyed Charlie’s character. You just like her from the very first scene. She isn’t perfect, but she makes you forget all the things that have to do in the future and reminds you to live in the moment. Connor is very regimented with his schedule and likes control. Charlie challenges that big time. Slowly but surely, Charlie got through that rough exterior of his and helped him to relax his schedule in a most entertaining way. Robin does a fantastic job merging the overall story plot with the romance between Connor and Charlie and the relationship struggles that Charlie has with her father. Add in some very steamy intimate scenes (love the ones outside the bedroom), a road trip adventure and you have a wonderful short contemporary romance story! I have always enjoyed the smoothness of Robin’s writing and the engaging characters in her stories. His Million Dollar Risk is no different. If you have yet to read this author, pick up this book and give it a shot. *Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
Fasten your seatbelts, pack some snacks, and get ready for the funniest, sexiest road trip you've ever taken. Why? Because you're traveling Route 66 with billionaire conservationist Connor Gibson and media heiress undercover, Charlize Beckett. Attraction, chemistry, secrets and more fuel every stop on this journey. As a reader, I got to enjoy the road trip without packing a bag, snoozing in the car, or pumping gas. But I got great destinations that meant something to the characters, great interactions between Connor and Charlie, and, frankly, a great big valentine to taking a risk on love! HIS MILLION DOLLAR RISK is absolutely risk free. You're flat out gonna love it!
Connor Gibson was giving a week long interview with a reporter from a magazine he didn't like. The only reason he was doing it was that it would be good for his company's restoration project. The owner of said magazine allowed one of his reporters to slander Connor's mother, without apology. Ashley was supposed to do the interview but she got sick, so Charlie agreed to do the interview instead. Charlie never imagined Connor Gibson would be the guy she met by the pool the day before and that he hated her father for the article about his mother. Charlie's father owns the magazine that's doing the interview. Is it any surprise Charlie told him her name was Ashley and when is the right time to tell him the truth? Loved it! This is a complete, well thought out story with strong characters. How can you not be drawn to a character like Charlie? She takes care of business but also very spontaneous and takes the time to enjoy the little things. She teaches Connor to appreciate life again. These two have chemistry in spades! I truly enjoyed reading this book and I look forward to reading more from this fantastic author. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
His Million Dollar Risk by Robin Bielman was a fun book to read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Connor Gibson’s and Charlize (Charlie) Beckett’s road-tripping down Route 66. I laughed out loud several times while reading Charlie’s mishaps and Clay’s bantering. My heart went out to Charlie with the issues she dealt with her father and I loved Clay and his sense of honor to the past. This was a light read that I highly recommend. I’d like to disclose that I received a copy of His Million Dollar Risk in exchange for a fair and honest review.
3.75 stars-fast paced, sweet, predictable: 3.75 stars-- HIS MILLION DOLLAR RISK is the third installment in Robin Bielman’s adult, contemporary Take a Risk romance series focusing on a tight knit group of friends. This is millionaire and preservationist Connor Gibson and journalist Charlize (Charli) Beckett’s storyline. HIS MILLION DOLLAR RISK can be read as a stand alone. Told from third person point of view, the storyline follows Charli as she sets out on a cross country journey along the infamous Route 66 with Connor Gibson. When Charli’s best friend and fellow journalist Ashley becomes ill, and is unable to travel, Charli jumps at the chance to fill in for her best friend’s assignment with Connor Gibson-an assignment that finds Charli impersonating Ashley in a case of mistaken identity. As Connor and Charli set out on their journey along Route 66, Charli will discover that her connection to Connor goes much deeper than an interview for a magazine. There is a tainted connection and history between our couple-one if discovered by Connor-could very well destroy Charli’s career and their building friendship. The relationship between Charlize and Connor begins tentatively. Connor abhors journalists; his family history with the media predisposes his dislike for all things relating to interviews and journalism but his desire to promote the preservation of Route 66 finds him reluctantly allowing Charli along for the ride. Charli’s interview with Connor will reveal some secrets that hit too close to home. The developing friendship will quickly turn to lovers when our couple is confined with one another 24/7 but Charli’s continuous lie about her true identity is about to come crashing down and destroy her hopes for a future with the man with whom she is falling in love. The $ex scenes are passionate and moving. The secondary and supporting characters include some of the colorful people Charli and Connor meet along Route 66. Charli’s BFF Ashley is but one phone call away at all times; and Connor’s friends will reveal Charli’s true identity. HIS MILLION DOLLAR RISK is a fast paced, sweet but predictable read with a little bit of fun and romance, a little bit of $ex, and a little bit of historic scenery. Robin Bielman will captivate your imagination as your travel along with Charli and Connor down the infamous Route 66.
Loved this book by Robin Bielman, the third in the series but can be read as a complete stand alone. I could not put this book down, I was laughing out loud at times at some of Charlie's antics. You first meet Charlie and Connor at the hotel with a pool mishap. Then the next morning Charlie has to stand in for her friend as a reporter for the next week on a week long job with interviewing Connor. The interview takes you along on a wild, epic journey down Route 66. The only problem is that Charlie has lied about her name, Connor thinks it is Ashley. Charlie is the daughter of the owner of the magazine, doing the interview. It turns out Charlie's dad lied about a previous story involving Connor's mom. When the truth comes out can Connor forgive Charlie, or as he calls her Goldilocks. Loved the opposites of these characters, Charlie is so care free and Connor is so much serious. Charlie does her darnest to bring out some fun in Connor. There is a great sexual chemistry between two. I really enjoyed their road rip.
Charlie was the star of the story. She was full of life and energy and took each stop along Route 66 and made it into something magical. Living the road trip through her made me really want to go visit all these places along the way. I think these are the same reasons that Connor fell in love with her as well. They get off to quite an unusual start which had me chuckling, but it also led to a big old lie - and those I'm not a big fan of, but once Connor starts talking about what he thinks of Charlie's dad - I at least sort of understand why she didn't speak up earlier. It was a very fun journey, with a bit of a rushed ending. But I enjoyed every minute of it. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
Really enjoyable read that I found filled with humor, sexy, and completely entertaining. This couple has a great way of balancing and bringing out the best in each other. Connor is all business and very serious about his current preservation project and wants as much good press as he can get. Charlie is fun and carefree but desperately wants her fathers approval. So when the reporter who was to cover the story becomes ill, Charlie steps in to spend the week with Connor and write the story. Their journey begins but it isn't exactly what either of them thought it would be! This is a good one! I highly recommend it.
In this fun and sexy story we meet Connor and Charlize. Connor runs a heritage preservation society and Route 66 is his latest project. When he is reluctantly forced into having a reporter tag along for a week's drive on the route to aid in the publicity for its preservation, Charlize turns out to be nothing like what he expected - a newbie (though she tries to hide it), but not just that, she's fresh and charming and knocks his socks off. But Charlize is keeping a secret - when it comes out (as they always do), will Connor be able to look past it and still see the girl he's fallen for? This was such a fun and enjoyable story! From their first meeting there are sparks of attraction that just ramp up as the story goes on. Connor is a wonderful character as a somewhat reserved but fair man, who is reluctant to bend to Charlize's charms at the beginning though it doesn't take long for him to start to enjoy her unique approach to life. Charlize is equally charming, flirtatious and innocent and sweet all rolled into one friendly woman. She helps Connor see the beauty of the route he has preserved and leads him off the beaten path in more ways than one. I really enjoyed the trip down the highway as from one spot to the next, a bit of the history of this cross America drive is revealed. The love scenes between them are exciting and steamy and there is no doubt that they are falling for each other, even as their time together on the road is drawing to a close. It was a wonderful read - a definite 5 stars for me.
Fun, sexy and enjoyable, His Million Dollar Risk is a great addition to Robin Bielman’s Take a Risk series. And when Connor Gibson and Charlize Beckett take a business trip along Route 66, that business soon risks ‘I think you're proving to be a distraction I didn't count on this week.’ Robin has a gift of creating a couple with a natural chemistry bringing everything from humour to the heartfelt. Charlie is spontaneous, flighty and sweet and the way she knocks Connor off his stride is fabulous. She unleashes his less serious, fun side and, add to that the fact he’s sexy and unaffected, they’re a couple you simply can’t not love. But with a little white-lie leading to the chance of fallout, the path of true love is unlikely to run smooth. ‘So, bad boy, whatcha wanna do?’ ‘You.’ Whilst I must confess I would have liked a little more focus on Charlie because she was a strong heroine, I can safely say, if you’re a fan of Robin and her writing (as I make no secret of being), I doubt you’ll be disappointed. And with some excellent humour and banter provided by Clay, I look forward to seeing who steals his heart. ‘When you talk, I don't just listen. I hear you.’ (Whilst His Million Dollar Risk is the third book in the series, it could easily be read as a standalone). Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews. Copy generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
His Million Dollar Risk was such a fun romantic story with elements of road trip adventure that had me hooked from the start. Not having read anything by Robin Bielman before, I was immediately attracted to the gorgeous cover of the book, and the synopsis. I've always wanted to go on a trip through Route 66, and reading about the places that the characters go to throughout their little adventure I was intrigued. Connor Gibson runs preservation projects, his love for Route 66 has made his family recognized, but sometimes having a known name can hurt one's reputation. That was exactly what happened to Connor's mother after getting caught in a misunderstanding, a famous publishing company ruined her reputation. Hence, Connor's hatred towards journalists. He hates having to deal with the press, afraid of being caught in the same situation that broke his mother's feelings. Now he is working in his latest preservation project on Route 66, and he needs good press to get it to be a success. So, he invites a journalists from Natural World (also the one who published a story against his mother), a prominent magazine to visit a few stops throughout Route 66. If things go well, he will be able to bring national recognition to the Route, and make everyone in his family happy. But meeting his said “reporter” by chance, things quickly start to change between them, and he starts to question how professional he can be with her while they spend the week together. Charlize Beckett always wanted her father's approval, and no matter what she does for the magazine, she still wants to please her dad. As she goes off on a trip with her friend Ashley (a reporter for the magazine), she has a few embarrassing moments in front of a handsome stranger. Unfortunately, her friend ends up getting sick, and she has to cover for her on a job that she is working on for the magazine. All she needs to do is meet with the representative that is working on Route 66, and interview him while they spend the next week together. Little did she know that the handsome stranger that she met at the hotel earlier is non other than Connor Gibson, the one that she has to interview. She immediately finds herself telling him that her name is Ashley/Charlie, and that she is in fact interviewing him for the magazine. What started with them being professional, later on she finds out about the hatred that he has for her father, and that leaves her wanting to keep her identity a secret even more, but as the two start to get more emotionally attached, she questions whether or she should tell him the truth before it's too late. The characters in this book felt refreshing, as well as the story line. I love the road trip vibe that I got from reading it, and I couldn't stop from reaching for it every minute I got. Both characters have their own secrets in the book, that is no surprise, but as I read through the book, the chemistry between them grow in every scene. I love the scene when they are at some type of amusement park, and Charlie gets Connor to get her a stuffed animal from one of the booths (that scene was adorable!). Needless to say, I really enjoyed reading this book, everything was well-written, and well thought out. I highly recommend checking it out. ***ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***