Lucy Davenport made a promise to her father and husband right before they died and she's vowed to keep it at any cost. But when she draws unwanted attention to her secret plans, she's forced to risk everything she's kept guarded. Because the man standing in her way threatens not only her goal, but the walls she's carefully constructed around her heart.
Keats McCall is an environmental preservationist navigating the globe on behalf of heritage protection. When he catches Lucy at his latest project, he suspects she's up to no good. She's secretive, sexy as hell--and has trouble written all over her. He devises a plan to keep her close so he can keep an eye on her. But what he isn't prepared for is just how close he wants to get.
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
About the Author
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.
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A Take a Risk Novella
By Robin Bielman, Wendy Chen
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It wasn't that the woman standing in front of him wasn't intelligent and beautiful. The problem was she spoke exactly like all the others that had tried to get his attention. And Keats McCall would rather throw himself over the side of the historical iron windjammer than make small talk with the well-rehearsed socialite seeking a wealthy husband.
"Excuse me, would you," he said, phrasing it as a statement and cutting her off mid-sentence.
The woman blinked in astonishment. He hadn't wanted to be rude, but he'd finished mentally ticking off what needed to get done this coming week, and in good conscience he couldn't keep nodding without listening.
He smiled and stepped away to search for a few minutes of peace and quiet on the century old, California Historical Landmark, Star of Aesa. When he'd agreed to attend the annual heritage protection fundraiser on the seaworthy museum ship, he'd forgotten how much he dreaded his bachelorhood being up for negotiation.
"McCall." His friend and work associate Connor Gibson called out before he could make his escape. "There's someone I want to introduce you to."
"Give me a minute." McCall lifted his chin and backed away. It never got easier mingling with the rich and famous even though he fell into the same category.
Letting out a deep breath he took two more steps back and then turned to round the bow mast. The late afternoon sun cut a nasty glare and for a moment he couldn't see where he was going.
He could feel, though. And hear.
A warm body brushed up against his. Something clattered as it hit the hull. And an irate but sexy-as-hell voice said, "Goddammit. Watch where you're going."
His arms instinctively went around the woman to stop her from falling after colliding with his much larger frame. Soft yet solid, her body made contact with his in all the right places and triggered a visceral response that surprised him. She smelled amazing. Like — like no other woman he'd been this close to. Soap. She smelled like good, old-fashioned soap and woman.
Before he was ready, she pushed his chest away.
He finally blinked away the sun's rays and his gaze locked on captivating green eyes. The woman stared back, her breath hitched.
Then she dropped to pick up the silver tray and chicken satay appetizers that had scattered around them.
"I'm sorry," he said, bending to help.
"I've got this." She practically shouldered him out of the way. "You can get back to the party."
"I'm right where I want to be." His hand grazed hers when they reached for the same skewer, sending a hot current through him.
She yanked her arm back and glanced at him. Flecks of brown in her green irises created an earthy and seductive combination that he imagined rendered many men incoherent of thought.
For example, he couldn't for the life of him remember what his name was so he could introduce himself.
"Well I don't want your help." She gathered the rest of the mess onto her tray and stood.
He rose as well, taking in every inch of her. Black pumps, black skirt that hit above the knee, tight white button down shirt. She was a waitress. And drop dead beautiful. "Not the usual language or disposition for the catering crew," he said.
But it wasn't just her looks that sucker punched him. It was her attitude. She could give a flying fuck about him.
Her full lips pressed into a tight line. "You're right. I apologize for my obscenity, sir."
Sir? His father and grandfather were sir. Not him. "Thanks, but uh —"
"Have a nice time tonight." She turned to go, cutting him off mid-sentence.
"Hang on." He lightly gripped her upper arm. He wanted to tell her to drop the formality. Hell, he wanted to tug her with him somewhere secluded. He needed to know more about her.
"Sir," she said with distaste in her voice, her attention on his hold.
"Could you please drop the sir?'"
"Could you please drop my arm?"
He did. And she made a quick getaway without further word or acknowledgement.
Damn, but he couldn't remember the last time a woman had turned her back on him. Probably not since high school when he was a sophomore and tried to look down the senior homecoming queen's dress.
"Dude, I need you now." Connor came up beside him, his hand loosening the stiff collar of his dress shirt. His friend hated business attire, preferring the T-shirts and shorts he wore out in the field while preserving historical sites. "I'm being bombarded with questions only World Heritage Fund's President of Field Operations can answer."
McCall followed Connor to the stern and a small circle of environmentalists keen on helping raise awareness for WHF. With a cool San Diego breeze at his back, the smell of salt in the air, and the Pacific Ocean surrounding them, McCall could be in a lot worse places.
A few minutes later, a flash of reddish brown hair caught his attention and his pulse sped up. His waitress flitted by, her hands empty, her eyes narrowed in concentration. She stopped at the entrance to the quarters below deck and looked over her shoulder.
Directly at him. McCall kept talking as his body came alive with the intensity of her stare. She bit the corner of her bottom lip. He had to look away before he did something foolish like follow her.
"Work on the Aztec village starts next month then?" the man to his left asked.
"Yes. I'll be overseeing the start-up before returning to several spots along our current project, Route 66. Then it's off to Greece and the First Cemetery of Athens." McCall glanced back in her direction. She was gone. He looked around, but only came across the interested glances of the women he wanted to avoid.
Without further distraction, he finished his conversation, securing support from the restoration ecology firm he'd been hoping to partner with on the Aztec village. The iconic Indian village might be in the middle of the dessert, but once revitalized the surrounding land needed attention, too.
"Gentlemen," he said, excusing himself to look for the woman he couldn't get out of his head. Another waitress passed by with a tray of stuffed mushrooms. Her nametag read Stephanie. Huh. His mystery woman hadn't worn any identification.
Now more curious than ever, he walked the circumference of the ship. When he didn't find her, he took the steep wooden steps below deck. Guests mingled around the dining room table in the mess hall and sat on the upholstered couches. The hanging lanterns and ornate wall sconces cast a pleasant glow over the area. Preserved in its original state, the living quarters were admirable. McCall sighed in appreciation.
He acknowledged acquaintances with a nod and smile and hurried to the kitchen. It bustled with activity, but no sign of his waitress.
Where the hell had she disappeared to? She'd interested him and usually that took some doing. The fact that she'd drawn him in like a magnet with just a few choice words and eye contact made her even more captivating.
And he had to see her again.
* * *
Lucy Davenport squeezed her eyes shut and took a slow, deep breath. She'd locked the door to the captain's quarters, but still didn't want to take longer than necessary. The quicker she got off the ship, the better off she'd be.
Especially since she'd drawn unwanted attention.
Attention that did things to her body she hadn't felt in a very long time.
She reached back into the bottom left opening of the eight-keyhole china cabinet and got back to work. The serving table at her waist held fine porcelain china and the tools she'd brought to excavate what she'd come for.
After a month laboring over the ship's design and history, Lucy knew that the antique emerald ring was somewhere in these walls. A quick pass over the aged wood planks with her hand-held metal detector and the gem was right at her fingertips.
Freedom was, too.
This was the last job for her employer, billionaire collector Malcolm Holmes. After she handed over the ring, estimated to have a value of over nine hundred thousand dollars, she would owe him nothing. She could sever all ties and start making her own choices.
One more cut and ... bingo. She carefully pulled free the wooden square she'd chiseled out and put it down next to her hammer. At the turn of the century, the ship's heedful captain had hidden the ring from pirates who boarded the ship and killed him. The woman he'd planned to propose to had mourned his death until her own forty years later.
That kind of love and devotion took Lucy's breath away every time she thought about it. She'd loved and lost and it hurt. It hurt like hell.
Lucy shook her head to rid thoughts of Matt and her dad and reached into the hole. She lifted on tiptoes to reach further.
Behind her, someone jiggled the door handle. She didn't panic. She wiped the perspiration from her forehead and took quick inventory for a hiding spot in case the person had a key to enter.
A moment later the intrusion quieted.
Having learned from experience that she didn't get second chances, she quickly leaned her body against the serving piece and stretched her arm as far as she could back into the hole. It took some feeling around, but she finally found it — a two-carat round cut emerald with a cluster of small diamonds on each side of the gold band. It was the most exquisite ring she'd ever laid eyes on.
She put the cut wall piece back in place and gathered her tools into her small black pouch, looping its string to the thin utility belt around her thigh. She smoothed her skirt and pressed her shoulders back. Mission almost accomplished.
She strode down the empty hallway, completely focused on getting off the boat. She was so focused that when she turned a tight corner, the big, hard male body she bumped into took her by surprise.
For the second time.
"What are you doing down here?" she asked, hyperaware of his broad shoulders, incredible smell, and impossibly attractive smile.
"What are you doing down here?" he threw back, before glancing over her shoulder. "The kitchen's the other way."
Lucy had two ways to play this since she couldn't seem to avoid Mr. Blue Eyes. She could be the seasick waitress on her way back to the kitchen. Or she could be the flirty waitress who was hoping for a little adventure away from the job.
The guy had hero written all over his face so she went with the latter. It would be quicker to ditch him that way than risk him trying to help a supposed damsel in distress.
"I got bored and wanted to look around." She slid a finger down his arm. "I hear jewels are hidden somewhere on this ship."
He chuckled. It had been a long time since she'd made someone laugh and her heart perked up. But it wasn't her intention to amuse him. She wanted to entice him. So much for her womanly charms.
"The only jewels on this ship are on the guests." He leaned closer so that his very fine mouth hovered at her ear. "But you strike me as someone who could care less about wealth."
She didn't want his words to affect her, but they did. Growing up with thrift store clothes and just enough to keep her and her dad going, she'd learned her place in the world at an early age. If her father hadn't made her feel important and cared for, and loved her with all his heart, she would have believed the unkind words from the popular girls.
"You're right," she whispered back.
"I always am." He kept his close proximity, caging her against the wall.
His nearness started an amatory ache deep in her belly. She hadn't been this affected by a man since Matt. "Really?" she managed to say with disbelief in her tone and not like he'd just tilted her world.
"Need more convincing?" He lifted his arm and put his hand on the wall just above her head. His lips hovered far too close to her neck.
"As a matter of fact, I do." She moved around him, careful to avoid any further contact. "Let's talk about it on deck." Where she could breathe easier and be closer to her escape.
"After you," he gestured for her to lead.
She felt his eyes on every inch of her backside and she had to fight the urge to flee. Butterflies filled her stomach. No one had paid her any attention for the past two years. That was how she liked it.
Above the stuffy lower quarters, the setting sun painted red and orange streaks across the cloudless sky. She always noticed the sky. Matt had spent an entire month's paycheck to skywrite his marriage proposal after their senior year of college.
Lucy made her way to the port side of the ship. She leaned against the railing and crossed her arms over her chest as the guy took the spot beside her. "So, Mr. Always Right, what am I thinking right now?"
His arm grazed hers and she took a step away. He cut her a sideways glance that screamed confidence. "That you'd like to get the hell off this ship."
She almost swallowed her tongue. "What makes you say that?" Did he know who she was? It wouldn't be the first time she'd had competition. She was part of a small group of archeologists who recovered important artifacts. And while she did her best to remain anonymous, her last find for Malcolm, a copper scroll dating back centuries, had garnered closer attention than usual from those in the know.
"The fact that you've abandoned your job, for one. And two, you're tense."
"I am not." She didn't show weakness to anyone. Even under pressure. There was no way he could see that she was anxious to be done with this job. His scrutiny really got on her nerves.
"I make you nervous."
"Ha! Don't flatter yourself."
"If not me, then what?" He turned and looked at her with playful, interested turquoise eyes. She lost herself in them, just as she had when they'd first collided.
Time to go. "Fine. I'll tell you. But first I better see if I'm needed. The other waitress likes to flirt with the waiters rather than work."
"Wait." He caught her hand just after she'd inched by him. "What's your name?"
She tried to pull her arm back at the exact same time he looked at her hand. She wore the emerald on her left middle figure, turned so no one could see the stone, and he'd felt it on the inside of her palm.
He lifted her wrist. "What's this?" He twisted the ring around.
Lucy tried to wiggle free, but it was no use. His eyes widened when he saw the one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry.
Her heart rate kicked into double time. "It's my grandmother's." She yanked free of his hold and stood confidently. If she made a quick getaway now, he'd definitely suspect something and follow her.
He eyed her cautiously. "You weren't wearing it before. When I helped you pick up the appetizers I knocked over."
He'd checked out her hand for a ring? "Sure I was."
"Did you steal it?" His voice was void of all tenderness now and she gulped.
Not because she was afraid she'd be caught, but because he'd drawn that conclusion so quickly and easily. And while he was at it, she could see the attraction he'd felt for her vanish.
"I don't steal things." She took them within the confines of the law — she just needed to bypass the red tape and rules so that she could complete Malcolm's jobs as quickly as possible. Occasionally, a site protected under cultural heritage laws housed an artifact Malcolm wanted. Technically, no one was supposed to excavate for artifacts in those instances, but she always worked with care and tried to leave minimal disruption to every site.
She ignored the tight bundle of nerves at the base of her spine. One more time, then I'm through.
"McCall. Jesus, where have you been?" A good-looking guy with wavy hair and sunglasses hanging off his shirt collar approached them.
McCall took his attention off her for a split second and that was all the distraction she needed. She wove her way through the guests to make her way to the starboard side of the ship.
Once there, she got into one of the motorboats used to transport guests to and from the party and fired up the engine.
She looked up. McCall had his hands braced on the railing, ready to jump overboard to catch her. With a tight grip on the steering wheel, Lucy gunned it. And she couldn't help it — she waved goodbye, twisting her hand at the wrist like they do on parade floats, so that he'd be sure to see the emerald ring on her finger.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
I really enjoyed Robin's latest book. Read all of them and like each one better each time. Risky Surrender I found to be a quick read-thoroughly absorbing. Love the characters, their attraction to each other and love reading how the action will play out. Can't wait for the next book.
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
**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.
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.
McCall is the ideal hero - rich, handsome, and bored to death by all the socialite women trying to get his attention. Lucy is a thief - or is she? She intrigues him, and while they are at cross-purposes - she is trying to locate a secret historical artifact, while he wants to protect it, they can't deny the attraction between them. Disclaimer: I'm acquainted with the author through a local writing organization. I loved Lucy's independence and struggle to reconcile her quest with the death of her husband and her father. This didn't take the turns I was expecting, and I LIKED that, for a change, but, as a romance, yes, there's a happily ever after.
Great short read
Keats intrigued me from the first book Worth the Risk. I was so looking forward to his story. Robin Bielman did not disappoint. Keats and Lucy were amazing together. They had amazing chemistry. She was so fierce and independent. I loved her. She was so strong but felt so loved by Keats. He is an amazing strong male. I am glad I read this book. I enjoyed it even more than the first one. Great couple with a great story!
This novella is packed full of action, suspense and romance between and Keats. Loved the chemistry between these two characters, sizzling right off my kindle. A real page turner. Another winner from Robin Bielman. I recommend for fun quick read.
Although I read the first book in this line, Worth the Risk, I'd have to say that Robin's second book grabbed my attention and I didn't stop reading until I turned the last page. And then, I was sad that this story had ended. There was such wonderful depth of character in addition to a plot that kept me on the edge of my seat. I definitely was rooting for a solution to allow Keats and Lucy to end up together . . . the author did not disappoint. A really, really well-written story that I'm glad I got the chance to read.
Risky Surrender is the second book in the Take a Risk series. I was so happy the Keats McCall got his own story. He was introduced in Worth the Risk and is definitely a charmer. Now he's met his match. Lucy Davenport is an archeologist who searches for important artifacts. He has what she wants. These two have a fiery attraction that leads to much more. However, Lucy has a mission. Can Keats convince her to believe in him? Lucy and Keats are amazing characters. They are caring and passionate about what they do. This book is smartly written and is impossible to put down. I love the romance and humor between these two lovers. They share a love of the past. I enjoy that Robin used historical preservation as the backdrop for this book. It adds relevance to her story. The secondary characters are delightful and full of promise. I hope that Clay gets his own book very soon. I also enjoyed the cameo by Dean and Sam (Samantha). I didn't want to put this book down until I knew that Keats and Lucy had the HEA. This story will make you smile.
Oh McCall...he is a treasure. This is the fifth book I have read by Robin Bielman and the fifth I have given 5 stars. She never fails to bring a man to fall head-over-heels in love with and a lady you would want as your best friend. Keats McCall and Lucy Davenport are exactly this. Whilst it can be read as a standalone, I had read Worth the Risk previously and McCall did feature. He hugely surprised me and despite his wealthy playboy reputation, he is a grounded, kind, patient man with a relentless determination. And he is sexy. Oh so sexy. Archaeologist Lucy is a feisty independent lady, who has loved and lost. Her pain is her driving force and whilst not exactly all above board her heart is in the right place. McCall's historic site has something she needs but therein lies the problem. McCall. Their chemistry was fabulous and their growing feelings created friendship, romance, wit, intimacy and passion. The first book made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside and this did exactly the same; I flicked the final page completely satisfied and with a huge happy sigh. This lady has a gift of creating the perfect lose-yourself romance with that air of realism that I love and Risky Surrender is a treasure I highly recommend. I received a copy of this courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion
A fascinating setting and a well-executed story! Highly recommended.
I am a fan of Robin's work and this book was no disappointment. I enjoyed the interaction between Lucy and Keats. There was definite chemistry there. There's one scene on the treetops that has me thinking nature might be sexy, too lol I admit that the story was a little slower to start than I'm used to but the wait was definitely worth it. The plot held substance, making it about more than just romance. If you're looking for a sweet simmer, this is the book for you!
Lucy Davenport is an archaeologist who hunts for historical treasures. After spending her last few years repaying a debt, she is finally free, just after one more hunt. The only thing standing in her way is Keats McCall, President of the World Heritage Fund and sex incarnate. They both fight (and do not so good a job) the growing attraction between them. With her determination on finishing what she has set out to do, and him on protecting his latest project site, sparks are sure to fly. This book instantly brought back childhood dreams of being an archaeologist (I may have watched Indiana Jones one too many times.) The chemistry between the main characters is so well done, nothing feels forced. Both characters are well flushed out. Lucy is independent and dedicated, while at the same time unsure of her future and trying to move on from her past. McCall is used to being seen as a dollar sign to the opposite sex, until Lucy, and that excites and unnerves him. The flirty banter and sexual tension between Lucy and McCall seemed to wrap me up as a reader. The love scenes are scorching hot and the story its self was very interesting. This is a book that I found nearly impossible to put down, and I believe you will to.
Risky Surrender is a short, enjoyable read. I loved the loved the scene where they first met. The characters were fun and the storyline was engaging. I didn't realize Risky Surrender was part of a series, so needless to say it could also be a stand alone. Looking forward to the next novella in this series.
Let's get one thing straight, when I started Risky Surrender I didn't really know what the story was about. I kind of glanced at the book blurb, but I didn't really paid attention to the blurb. However, I saw that it was written by Robin Bielman, and I have loved the stories I have read. I figure I couldn't go wrong. Which I was correct. In Risky Surrender, Robin brings us a story about a young archeologist by the name of Lucy Davenport. Lucy is after one particular artifact that will help her lay to rest the guilt she feels for losing her father and husband. Darn those past demons, they will always get you. While trying to find this particular artifact she runs into Keats McCall. The funny thing is the artifact she needs is an area where he's trying to preserve. Oh great, sounds like things will be getting a bit complicated. I actually thought Risky Surrender was a delightful read. Basically, you have a nice story line that isn't too complicated and works well to give you a satisfying ending. Sometimes novellas can be little rush to get to the happy ending, but Robin manages not rush the story. Honestly, it has a nice pace. Lucy and Keats are great together. One thing Lucy isn't fawning over Keats, because he's rich and handsome. Instead she's trying to go under his radar. Yet, Keats isn't going to have that. Actually he wants to help Lucy, but she just needs to be forth coming in whats going on in her life. They do have a great dynamic together. Overall, an enjoyable novella. So, if you are looking for a quick read that isn't too rushed, you might want read Risky Surrender. Copy provided by publisher
I had not read Worth the Risk - the first book in this series, but was still able to enjoy this romantic story on its own. I so enjoy reading a story with strong and interesting characters. Robin Bielman delivers in this one. The archeological background makes this story "not your average" romance. It did seem a bit rushed, but the tree climbing adventure and the chemistry between Lucy and McCall made up for that. Certainly a good read! Thanks, Robin Bielman, for another great book!
Risky Surrender is full of suspense, romance, and seduction. Right from the start you realize that Lucy is fierce, smart, sexy, and stubborn. She is on a mission and she will not let anyone stand in her way. She did not count on Keats. Keats is sexy, hard headed, walking temptation, and stuck to her like glue. He knows she is up to something and he is not going to let compromise his project. This story takes you on an adventure full of danger, romance and intrigue. The attention to detail makes you feel like you are standing right beside Lucy and Keats in the hot sun. This is a story that you will not be able to put down. The characters draw you in and wrap themselves around your heart. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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.
I’m not going to summarize the story for you. The blurb can do that far better than I ever could. What I can do better than any blurb is tell you how much you’re going to LOVE this author! Robin Bielman delivers every single time. She writes these fully-drawn, multi-dimensional heroines a reader can really relate to, (and aspire to). Lucy is no exception. And her heroes...holy smokes! Her guys are amazing, sharp, witty, swoooon-inducing! Keats is the best one yet, (and I can’t wait for more). The plot engages from the jump. She packs so much action and emotion into her stories, there’s literally no good stopping point. Thankfully, because it’s a novella, you can read it in one sitting…and prepare…’cause you will!
I received an ARC from author for an honest opinion. LUCY DAVENPORT FEMALE INDIANA JONES WITHOUT THE WHIP OR HAT BUT STILL PRETTY AMAZING BOOK Robin Bielman knows how to write a romance novel which is light hearted as well as deep. I love the by play between the H/h. Keats and Lucy had great chemistry. It's a fun read to enjoy on a lazy day Saturday. I hope there is a story for CLAY in the future because I love me some Navy Seal. It broke my heart that Lucy had to go through all the tragedy in her life but I am happy she found KEATS McCall(love the name). so if you are looking something light hearted and a great romance novel with no cliff hangers and TSTL hero or heroin movements. DO NOT MISS RISKY SURREN
By: Robin Bielman Published By: Entangled Publishing, LLC Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4 Series: Risk It #2 Review: "Risky Surrender" by Robin Bielman was the second in this Risk It series. This read was a contemporary romantic novella was simply sweet delightful read. These two...McCall and Lucy were so funny(the flirtatious behavior between these two) to read about and that made it such a good enjoyable novella. I did find the first section of the novel a little slow but it did pick up and that part gave us some sweet 'sex scenes' that you will not be able to put down until the end. The story as well as its characters being so well developed and intriguing really made this a good love story. We find at the very beginning 'sparks will fly off this pair from the moment they meet by accident and simmer relentlessly while they are working on a Aztec village project." Lucy is an archaeologist whose husband and father has died and she is left feeling like she must 'fulfill the debts that she feels that she owes to them.' Lucy will meet McCall who is a environmental preservationist and this is where they story really gets hot. I enjoyed how this author was able to imply the intimate scenes making them very tasteful. Will there be something that will grow with these two? What secrets will be revealed? As they get closer will there be 'obstacles and threats' put in their way? Well, I will only leave you with two quotes... quotes: "You make it hard to breathe, Lucy." and "I want you with me, Lucy." Now, just from those quotes you can see how hot this novella is and this is where I say you must pick up "Risky Surrender" to see how this author is able to bring it all out to the reader. If you are looking for a well written novel that is of a sweet intriguing romantic story, I would recommend "Risky Surrender to you. Thank you Ms. Bielman for letting me read your novella and also giving to your readers a good read.
Lucy is an archeologist that plays with the boundaries of law. When she loses everything and she needs to keep her promise to get a sculpture from an Indian village illegally, she stumbles upon Keats McCall. McCall is a character we have already met in "Worth the risk". He is a an environmental preservationist whose job is to protect the village's history from people like Lucy. What happens when they meet? Sparkles fly and their story begin. Lucy is very independent and needs nobody's help.She is smart, secretive but also vulnerable and lonely.When McCall gets to know her a little better, he understands that he needs to protect and keep Lucy close.He is playful, sexy and he shows Lucy that he cares about her. They experience new things which bring them closer and it is natural for them to fall in love. Obstacles and threats though get their relationship tested. Lucy has to decide if she is going to trust McCall and give their love a chance. I really loved the story and their characters. We also have a guest appearance from Sam and Dean from book one "worth the risk" and we get to know how their relationship is going. Robin's writing is getting better and better and i would recommend it to everyone that loves a romantic story with a little bit of adventure.