The Take a Risk bundle by USA Today best selling author Robin Bielman includes three of her popular Take a Risk novellas plus an additional, never-before-published novella, One Night of Risk.
Worth the Risk
Samantha Bennett put Dean Malloy out of her mind five years ago, when he broke her heart after a summer fling. But now he's back in her life, and ready to steal a heritage protection contract that could make or break her career-if he doesn't steal her heart first. Samantha's vowed to hate him, but one wild weekend could change everything.
When Keats McCall catches Lucy Davenport 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 watch her. But what he isn't prepared for is just how close he wants to get.
His Million Dollar Risk
Charlize Beckett is in deeeep trouble. This is her one chance to prove to her publisher dad that she's a serious reporter, even if she has to pretend she's someone else. And the subject of the story, Connor Gibson, is way too charming for her to maintain any objectivity, or even keep her from getting into all kinds of sexy trouble. By going off the record, Charlie is putting both her reputation and her heart on the line...
One Night of Risk
With her mom sick, good girl Malia Davis has returned to Kauai in order do something bad-retrieve a piece of crystal believed to have healing properties. She thinks her only problem is accessing the "closed to the public" temple. She's wrong. She has an even bigger problem-former Navy SEAL and security expert Clay Doherty, the guy who broke her heart ten years ago who she still wants. Certain that Malia is up to no good, Clay will do whatever it takes to protect her...even if it means losing her for good.
About the Author
When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can't live without jumpstarts all of her story ideas.
Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it's real. She cherishes her family and friends and loves to connect with readers. Get the scoop on Robin, her books, and sign up for her newsletter on her website at http://robinbielman.com
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By Robin Bielman, Adrien-Luc Sanders, Stacy Abrams
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Somewhere between the first and third floors of the high-rise office building, Samantha Bennett leaned against the wall of the elevator and willed her rising temperature to cool it. She couldn't show up to her job interview looking like she'd run the six blocks from her hotel.
The strangers filling the elevator on their way to work weren't helping to ease her anxiety. And she really wanted to figure out who had decided to douse himself with cologne and tell him that less was more. Instead, she slid one sweaty palm down the skirt of her new black suit while the other squeezed the handle of the umbrella she'd bought this morning. Thank you, gloomy Idaho sky.
Five floors and a few deep breaths later, the nerves bunched across her shoulder blades had finally drifted away. But when the elevator doors opened and her gaze fell over the shoulder of the woman crowded in front of her, her legs shook. The man squeezing into the front swept a new kind of panic over her.
Quivers traipsed down her spine. She angled herself for a better look, but hopefully one where he wouldn't notice her.
God, he looked good. Better than she remembered. His caramel-colored hair was streaked with lighter shades, indicating he still spent a lot of his time outdoors. It hung a little longer now, more surfer-chic than Indiana Jones. Shoulders broader and a chest more developed hid behind a thin khaki Tshirt. Longing overcame panic. Her body tingled. Everywhere.
All the women in the elevator were eyeing him.
His nearness made everything she'd fought to forget come roaring back to the surface. Samantha worried her bottom lip. She wavered slightly, her hand twitching around the umbrella stem. The elevator doors shut, and —
The umbrella opened.
"Oh my God! I'm so sorry!"
The expanding nylon whacked several people in the back as bodies bumped. Gasps of annoyance filled the tiny space. Flustered, Samantha took a few seconds to close the damn thing.
Once the umbrella shut, she snuck a peek in his direction. He'd turned his head, but a swift duck while she'd gathered her dignity saved her from meeting his gaze.
"Sorry," she muttered again, feeling her cheeks heat and perspiration slide down her side.
His face was the same. The same one she'd dreamed about countless times over the past five years: the square jaw, slightly crooked nose, piercing aquamarine eyes that never wavered during a conversation. The tiny smile that had passed over his lips had her itching to see if he was still ticklish in that little spot on his hip.
Get a grip, Sam.
At this moment, if he asked her, she'd forget all about the job interview and once again follow him from Yosemite to the Badlands.
No, she wouldn't. She was indifferent to him now. And she needed to focus on the meeting, on landing the contract, or she might not be going anywhere but the unemployment line.
It should have been a done deal. The World Heritage Fund was the largest international nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving historical sites. Global climate change contributed more and more to the organization's plight, and they were looking for a partnership with another environmental company to preserve Route 66. The famous highway, stretching over two thousand miles from Chicago to Los Angeles, had been replaced by an interstate highway system a long time ago, but a recent bill signed into law to preserve and restore historic features like gas stations, cafés, and trading posts along the route had put it back on the map.
Samantha's employer, Global Site Preservation, wanted the job. It meant national exposure. It meant an unprecedented alliance. It meant Samantha's freelance position with the company could turn into something more permanent. If she didn't come through with the account, she feared they'd start looking for someone more established.
That could not happen. She needed to keep this job more than she needed anything else. It would prove to her father that she could make it on her own. His scathing words when she decided to leave his law firm still flooded her with sadness. And doubt.
The elevator doors chimed and people exited. Her body tensed at the loss of barriers. At the next floor, the woman she'd been trying desperately to hide behind abandoned her, leaving her feeling exposed. Naked. Uncomfortable in her own skin. She prayed Dean wouldn't turn around.
He'd left World Heritage Fund a year ago to start his own preservation company — Monument & Heritage Recovery — and Samantha hadn't been able to resist keeping track of the California-based organization. Dean had gained a great deal of respect in a short time. So why was he in town? If she'd known he'd be here, she could have prepared herself. Or better yet, done everything possible to avoid him.
The risk he posed to her was too great, even after all this time.
Dizziness swooped in as she realized they'd be getting off the elevator at the same floor. She blinked back the disorientation to glance at her watch. Was there time to pass her floor and circle back after he departed?
He'd probably come to town for a simple visit. His father owned World Heritage Fund, after all, and while everyone in the field knew Dean's departure had strained the father-son relationship, she imagined he still came to Idaho now and then.
Dean. His name conjured up all sorts of images she needed to extinguish from her mind. Pronto.
"Thank you," a woman said, exiting the elevator while he held out an arm to hold the doors open.
"No problem," he replied, his familiar voice causing all sorts of flutters in her stomach. Dammit. The smooth texture of his tone still affected her in ways she was powerless to control.
You don't care about him, remember?
She focused on the metal doors closing. If she didn't, she'd slide down the elevator wall like hot fudge on ice cream. There were only two more floors to go, so she needed to buckle down. She could do this. She had to do this. Sure, his presence rattled her, but she was meeting with his father, not with him. Besides, five years had passed since they'd seen each other. Reason indicated they could offer each other friendly hellos and be done with it.
Unless Samantha took into account the broken heart he'd left her with. The broken heart she hadn't let anyone else come close to healing.
Suck it up, she thought. The job matters and nothing else. She'd dedicated the past few years to getting herself to this point, and she had no intention of blowing it now just because Dean Malloy stood three feet away from her.
Finally they arrived at the twenty-third floor. She waited, pretending it wasn't her stop, so that Dean would exit first. After he did, she followed, catching the closing elevator doors with her trusty — not! — umbrella.
Hanging back, she watched him greet the receptionist before moving deeper into the office and disappearing from view. The sight of his broad shoulders, nice-fitting khakis, and easy swagger sent her entire body into an unwelcome mess of memories. She wondered what it would be like to touch him again, to hold his hand, to kiss him.
"Good morning," she said to the receptionist, her voice more strained than she would've liked. She cleared her throat. "I have a nine o'clock appointment with William Malloy. I'm Sam Bennett."
The fifty-something woman with warm eyes moved a mouthpiece away from her lips. "Yes, Miss Bennett. Have a seat, please, and I'll let him know you're here." She gestured toward a sitting area with dark green couches.
Sam willed her body to relax as she grabbed a magazine off the table beside the couch. It wasn't easy in her suit, the skirt riding up a little higher than she'd realized it would. She pressed her knees together, sat taller, and tried to pull it down. No luck. With a defeated sigh, she opened the magazine to a photograph of a backpacker on a mountain.
The image immediately reminded her of Yosemite, and the first time she'd met Dean. She'd decided to take a month off before law school to journey around the western part of the country, wanting to see the great outdoors that her uppity father had deemed too incidental for their family vacations. On her second day there, she'd bumped into Dean at the top of Vernal Falls.
Fresh off graduation ceremonies at Harvard, Dean was the daring adventurer she'd always dreamed of meeting. Not to mention his adorable charm and irresistible smile made her eager to follow him wherever he might go. Left to her own devices, she would have stayed on the straight and narrow, covered the routes most taken, and missed seeing anything out of the ordinary. Dean had offered more.
Her stomach knotted at the memory. She'd been unable to resist him.
His voice shook her from her memories, and she scrambled to lift the magazine in front of her face.
"Do you think you could get Henry O'Neill on the phone? He's supposed to meet Dad and me for lunch today."
With trepidation, Samantha peeked from behind her magazine. Dean stood at the reception desk — all calm, cool, six-foot-two-inches of him. His approachable posture, his muscular biceps, his confidence, were an irresistible combination that made her want to jump up and shout, Look over here!
But she didn't. She couldn't. The way her heart pounded in her chest, the way her body warmed in all the wrong places, the way she still daydreamed about him ... it wasn't indifference she felt. And she'd promised herself to forget any feelings of attachment where he was concerned.
Damn him for being here.
She tried to drag her eyes away, but she failed. Honestly, looking at him was better than looking at a sunrise, or a rainbow, or a snow-capped mountain. He must have sensed her heated gaze, because he turned to look in her direction. With about the swiftness of a three-year-old, she whipped her face back behind the magazine, lowered her chin, and squeezed her eyes shut.
"Henry," Dean said a moment later, saving her, she hoped, from discovery. And major embarrassment.
Samantha didn't dare look at him again, and she prayed his conversation would be short, because her arms were beginning to get tired from holding up the magazine. It was a good thing her pre-adolescent dream of becoming Nancy Drew hadn't panned out. She sucked at covert operations. Even at twenty-seven.
Thankfully, Henry quickly agreed to the time and place for lunch. Sam opened her eyes to read about "35 Dream Jobs: Turn Your Passion into a Paycheck" and wondered if someone were trying to tell her something. Footsteps, she assumed Dean's, sounded, then quieted, relieving her once again. Sort of. Just knowing he was in the same office created nervous tension inside her. No way would her mind win over her body's reaction to Dean, so she'd have to do whatever it took to stay away from him.
This was supposed to be a done deal, she thought again, willing her mind back to the task at hand. Then her body stiffened. Was Dean the hotshot environmentalist World Heritage Fund was also accepting a proposal from?
She dropped the magazine into her lap.
"Sam," Dean said, sitting across from her with a smile that slayed her.CHAPTER 2
It was her. His girl of summer all those years ago.
The pair of powder blue eyes he couldn't look away from made his gut clench. Her startled expression amused him. Her floral fragrance immediately unlocked memories he'd tried not to think about, and a smile he couldn't contain spread across his face. Lingered.
He'd noticed her the second he'd stepped back into the lobby. No. That wasn't true. He'd noticed her on the elevator, but he hadn't thought it possible she was the girl he'd spent a few summer weeks with. Now he knew.
To his surprise — and delight — her close proximity quickened his pulse and stimulated blood flow to all sorts of body parts. A rush of feelings bombarded him — heat, joy, desire, fear. The simple act of seeing her again stirred far too many complex feelings, emotions he thought he'd left on mountaintops and hiking trails of national parks years ago.
"Dean," she said, so softly, so innocently sexy, that his groin tightened.
They stared at each other. Speechless.
She still looked like an angel with a devilish edge he knew could be coaxed out with the right words. Her luscious heart-shaped lips spoke to him without movement. Honey-colored hair neatly pulled back indicated a more manicured appearance, yet there was no mistaking her youthful spirit. Her hiding behind a magazine confirmed that.
"Wow. It's good to see you." He stood and leaned over to kiss her cheek. The contact sent a jolt of electricity through him.
"Oh my gosh. It's good to see you, too." The corners of her mouth pulled upward to reveal a killer smile that brightened her almond-shaped eyes.
He carried her sweet smell back with him as he sat, and images of the two of them assaulted his mind. Like a thirty-second film clip, memories bombarded his brain in rapid succession: he and Samantha holding hands, laughing, touching, kissing, undressing.
Pausing for a moment before speaking, he really looked at her. God, she was even more breathtaking now. He couldn't believe he was seeing her in the flesh.
He could tell by the way her eyes narrowed that she was sizing him up, too. The trance between them filled the air with wonder and ... curiosity? Was she as interested in him as he was in her? It honestly felt like no time had passed since he'd last seen her, and suddenly he wanted something lengthier than a brief hello and how are you.
What the hell was he thinking?
He'd come to town to get a job. A very lucrative job that would catapult his company to the top of its field and give him the distinction he craved. His father wasn't handing over the partnership for Route 66, but was making Dean work for it. And adding competition from Global Site Preservation, a renowned environmental company based in Chicago with a much longer track record and better-known reputation than Dean's.
Hooking up with Samantha would be a really bad idea. He didn't need or want any distractions. Besides, the last time he'd seen her, she'd broken his heart.
"How've you been?" he asked, snapping the charged tension between them.
"I'm really well, thank you." She cleared her throat. "And you?"
"Good. Really good." He relaxed into the couch, his gaze stuck on the flecks of green in her blue eyes. "I'm surprised to see you here."
She squirmed a little, her hands gripping the magazine. "I could say the same to you. I'd read you started your own company in California, contributing to the preservation of important sites and striving to guarantee future generations get the privilege of knowing their history."
"Wow. You sound pretty knowledgeable on the subject. Have you been influenced by all the hype over environmental issues and climate change, or are you just keeping tabs on me?"
Her cheeks reddened and he imagined he'd caught her off guard with his directness. He remembered seeing her blush on several occasions that had been much more intimate. Shit. If he weren't careful, he'd get a hard-on right here in front of her.
"Last I remember," he continued, "you were headed to law school and then a career with your father's firm, doing contract law, I think it was." He had deliberately changed the topic of conversation to her.
"Actually, I'm in environmental law and preservation now." She sat up taller, straightened her back. "After law school I did work for my father, but then decided to go to night school to get my MBA in Environmental Policy and Management, too. Some guy I'd met really made an impression on me, and I didn't want to be stuck doing estate contracts the rest of my life." Her flat tone left no doubt that she wanted to keep her distance from him.
"Sounds like a smart guy."
"I've met smarter since."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Worth the Risk, Book #1, 5-Stars This is a story about love lost and found again. It's about family and forgiveness. A few times I was irritated with Dean but then he'd make up for it in some way. He and Samantha had amazing chemistry in and out of bed. The joy they experienced together, especially when they went zero – G, was so contagious that I found myself smiling right along with them. Great start to a fantastic series! Risky Surrender, Book #2, 4-Stars I love the way this author connects these characters and pulls the reader into the romance. Even though I usually enjoy books longer in length, I did joy this story. I think there could have been more story line during the romance because it did feel a bit rushed but it was still a fulfilling HEA with a good beginning and ending. His Million Dollar Risk, Book #3, 5-Stars 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 she's 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. One Night of Risk, bonus novella, 3.5-Stars This is a good second chance story. Clay and Malia have amazing chemistry. The romance was sizzling but the story running in the background was lacking in substance. BUT...the ending was a true HEA. At the end of the day, this Take a Risk Bundle was a fantastic read! I always look forward to reading anything written by this totally amazing author. I was not compensated for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
TAKE A RISK bundle-release September 15, 2015 Robin Bielman’s TAKE A RISK Bundle is engaging and impassioned. The premises are heartwarming, encouraging and inspiring; the characters are colorful and engaging; the happily ever afters are the stuff of fairy tales and hopeful futures. Each of our couples is fated by circumstance and passion with an intense love for the person who calls to their heart. The novellas are quick and easy reads with emotional fall outs and intense interactions but all are connected through the World Heritage Fund and the love of preservation and heritage protection.
I have previously read and posted reviews for the first three stories in this bundle so I will focus on the final story, One Night of Risk for this review. The opening of this story reunites Clay and Malia after 10 years apart. It appears that it will be a short-lived reunion but Miss Bielman treats the readers to a wonderful journey guiding Clay and Malia to their very own happily-ever-after.
*Copy provided for honest review* I am a new reader to Robin Bielman, and I was blown away. I wont sit here and tell all about all of the books n the bundle. If I did that I would be here for a life time.... What I will say is that I loved everyone of the stories, I wasnt able to put it down and begged for more at the end. The author spins well written stories that leave you gasping, swooning and begging for more. I can't wait to pick up more work from this author.
Review for ONE NIGHT OF RISK (Book 4) Reviewed by Kim One Night of Risk is the fourth and final novella in Robin Bielman’s Take a Risk novella series. Sadly, this is my first time reading a book from this series. The good part is One Night of Risk is a standalone read. However, Clay does make appearances in the three previous books. I can definitely understand why readers have been asking for his story. One Night of Risk is a second chance love story, taking place about ten years after Malia and Clay break up as teenagers. Clay Doherty has always wanted to save the world. That desire propelled him to become a Navy SEAL and now a security expert for the World Heritage Foundation. Malia Davis is a middle child and has pretty much gotten lost in the pecking order. She has a caring nature and one of the reasons why she and Clay connected as teenagers was because he actually saw her as a person. The two accidentally meet up again in Kauai, Hawaii. Clay is there to hopefully capture someone he’s been after for awhile now. Malia is there to get the one thing she thinks will help make her sick mother a little more comfortable. Neither expects their old feelings for each other to still be there. Neither expects to actually want more than one night of their designated time in Hawaii to end. But when Clay’s work and Malia’s secret plan collide, the two are going to have to be prepared to risk it all for love. I loved these characters. You can actually feel their love for each other through the pages. The romance is perfect. It’s not closed door, but it also isn’t explicit. While the blurb doesn’t allude to the story having suspense elements, reading it I got a feeling it would. My biggest disappointment with the story was that the suspense that could have been there had a flat resolution and became an afterthought to the couple conflict. Regardless of the suspense element, I have no doubt fans of this series will love One Night of Risk. In fact, all of the past characters make an appearance and you get to see how life has treated them. Now, I have to find time to go back and read the rest of this series. I know overall, I will not be disappointed. **Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
Worth the Risk: This book was a quick hot read. Sam and Dean had a great connection. I always love the second chance at love premise. Theirs was one of pure gold. The way the met five years before was young and fun. Their reunion was grown up and mature. The way they never lost their true feelings was sweet. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. Ms. Bielman never disappoints in her books. Risky Surrender: 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! 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. One Night of Risk It's always interesting to think back on your first love and wonder what if or what would that person be like now. Malia and Clay got the opportunity to find out...and it was a smoking hot reunion. Despite all the old hurts, their connection was still strong. I love this theme because it is so relatable. And for them to quickly fall back into their old friendship was a beautiful thing. There was a point in the story that got my heart racing, frustration and me asking, "Why are you doing this?" Luckily it worked out in the end and had a perfect ending, including glimpses of the previous couples. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
A perfect blend of sweet and hot romance, intrigue, humor and heritage preservation! “If I stay, it’s going to be in your bed.” Her pounding heart relaxed, the fear that he’d reject her floating away like tiny grains of sand in the wind. “I know.” “And we’re not going to sleep.” “I’m good with that, too.” The TAKE A RISK BUNDLE by Robin Bielman combines all four novellas that have made up her Take a Risk series - one of which was previously unpublished up till now! Each of the stories in this heartwarming series have had an interwoven conservation message within the sweet and hot romance. They each work well as standalone stories, if that is your preference, while they share the theme of love and of heritage preservation. This anthology includes the first-time release of ONE NIGHT OF RISK with an awesome epilogue that does a great job of wrapping up all four novellas with a pretty tidy bow. All the heroes and heroines from the previous books make an appearance in the epilogue. Did you hear my contented smile? It wouldn't have been a more perfect ending. I have previously reviewed the first three novellas on our blog. You can find those reviews at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Here's a quick listing of the books and the rating I gave them: Book #1 - WORTH THE RISK - 5 Wine Glasses l Book #2 - RISKY SURRENDER - 3.5 Wine Glasses Book #3 - HIS MILLION DOLLAR RISK - 4.5 Wine Glasses l This review will be for Book #4, ONE NIGHT OF RISK. It's the story of former Navy SEAL and security expert Clay Doherty and his childhood sweetheart, Malia Davis. As the story opens, we learn that Malia's mother is very sick and Malia has returned to Kauai, her childhood home, which is near a protected temple to harvest a healing peridot crystal to take to her mother. Malia did not expect to find her former boyfriend staying in her home and working as the World Heritage Fund's chief of security at the shrine. Ten years ago, Clay and Malia were young and hopelessly in love. Then, Clay, believing Malia deserved better than him, walked away in a misguided move to give her the life that was her due. Clay never thought that he would run into the girl who haunts his dreams every night again. Now, a decade later, fate has bought them both back to the lush Hawaiian island that holds so many memories and they've been granted another chance. The tale started a little slow, but quickly snared my interest once the romance ignited making it impossible to put it down from that point forward! My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there! 4 1/2 Wine Glasses!
This bundle is the perfect way to read this 4 novella series. All in one spot!! Each story is independent yet connected through location, characters, and the belief in heritage preservation. I would recommend this collection to everyone! Worth the Risk - Fun, sexy, heartwarming read that I hated to see end. One summer five years ago Dean and Samantha had the summer of their life and neither one forgot the other. This is the story of when the meet again. It's a great quick read you don't want to miss. Risky Surrender - She's trying to steal a historic artifact. He's trying to preserve a historical site. Opposite sides most definitely but their attraction pulls them together. This is a great quick read that is totally entertaining. His Million Dollar Risk - 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! One Night of Risk - A fantastic second chance story that rounds out the series beautifully. Malia Davis is back in Kauai to retrieve a piece of "healing" crystal for her ailing mother. The last person she expects to see is the man who broke her heart, Clay Doherty. More troubling yet is the fact that the spark and attraction is still there but can she live through him walking away again?? Very enjoyable read!!
This is a review for two of the stories in this bundle of four sexy novellas linked by characters who are friends and colleagues. His Million Dollar Risk 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. One Night of Risk There's a lot of sweet and sexy in this reunited lovers story, and I enjoyed both the main characters quite a bit. Malia is torn in her quest to help her mother - she knows that taking a crystal from the sacred site is stealing, but her mom means everything to her and she's willing to take that risk. Knowing Clay is involved with security on the site makes things ten times harder, as she hasn't forgotten the youthful love they shared, even though he left her without a word and broke her heart. Malia was a sweet and feisty woman, and it was easy to see how torn up she was inside over what to do. Clay is the strong alpha male type, but not without a heart and being back in the same place as Malia has brought back all sorts of old feelings that he thought he had buried. Leaving her in the first place (for reasons!) was hard enough the first time and he would like to keep his heart under control. They have a strong sexual chemistry that leads to some steamy love scenes between them and the rekindling of old wants and desires. I like the way the plot was resolved so that they both get what they need, and a happy ending too. 4 stars.
In the past I have had the pleasure of reading each book from this set. The Take A Risk series is how I became acquainted with author Robin Bielman. With titillating characters, well rounded stories and hot situations this box set is a wonderful gift. My favorite aspect of these novellas is that they bring the emotion but also drive the point home that falling in love is the ultimate risk with the biggest payoff.
This is a Terrific Set of Reads and an Awesome Deal! I am so thrilled to have discovered this new to me author. I was generously offered a complimentary copy of the bundle via NetGalley for an honest review, and after reading the blurb, and an editorial review "If you're looking for an easy, sexy and enjoyable read with men you can have a bit of swoon over and ladies you want as your best-friend, than look no further, because Take A Risk has four fabulous couples that fit the bill. ~ Nicola, Goodreads" I was all in. This author has stacked up a set of four really awesome reads, with some totally drool-worthy men and some really awesome ladies. You will not want for anything with this set, there is heat, steam, electrifying chemistry, love, laughter, and all with really great stories. I am hard pressed to pick a favorite, but if I really have to choose I will pick Sam and Dean in Worth the Risk. (To the people that know what a Supernatural freak I am, the irony will not be lost on you :) They are the epitome of the perfect second chance couple. Their story is sexy, funny and totally goes straight to your heart. My second Fav is Connor and Charlie in His Billion Dollar Risk. This is a seriously opposites attract love story, with humor and light, and love that blooms on the road. All of the reads are easy and interesting and all of the characters are so lovable that I have to put this one down as a must read. I am so intrigued with the author's writing and can't wait to read more from her.
Robin Bielman is one of my favorite authors. I realize this is something I have in common with many romance fans, but the Take A Risk bundle showcases why she’s at the top of our must-read list! Although these four novellas share a common thread, each stands alone as its own separate masterpiece of sexy, sweet, suspenseful…um, did I mention sexy?…contemporary romance. The characters and stories are distinct, well crafted, and Bielman’s voice always engages, but what really comes through in this boxed set is her versatility. Some authors have archetypes they write again and again—the cowboy, the dirty-talking alpha, the sassy heroine—but Bielman offers us fresh, realistically nuanced characters every single time. I know I’m going to like them, but I also know I haven’t read them before. I never get that deja-vu feeling like, “Hey, I remember these two from three books ago, when their names were different but their core conflicts, strengths and shortcomings were exactly the same.” I’ll be honest and admit I purchased these books as they were released, which means I’d bought and read all but ONE NIGHT OF RISK by the time this bundle came out. However, the price of the bundle equaled what I spent, on average, for the stand-alone novellas, so I didn’t see this as paying for books I already owned. I saw it as paying for ONE NIGHT OF RISK, (and receiving a complimentary compilation of previously released “keepers” all in one place). If you’re buying the bundle having read none of the stories, congratulations, you’ve hit the mother-load. But if you buy the bundle to get the new title, rest assured, ONE NIGHT OF RISK is a full-length novella, not a quick bit of bonus content. In fact, it’s my favorite of the bundle, and that’s saying a lot! Clay Doherty is arguably Bielman’s strongest, hottest, most irresistible hero to date. The scene that kicks off with, “Being polite is the last thing on my mind…” Holy freaking smokes! There’s also an adorable, satisfying, and oh-so-sexy epilogue that gives a peek at the progress of all the couples. You don’t want to miss it!