Worth the Risk

Worth the Risk

by Robin Bielman
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Worth the Risk 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting premise - two rivals for a contract to direct the historical restoration of Route 66 meet. He's the son of the owner of the company that is awarding the contract, but broke away from his father's company and is now trying to convince his father to award the contract for his small but upcoming firm that is willing to push the envelope with new techniques. He's the adventure risk taker, and apparantly well off (despite the "my firm needs this" plotline), since he can afford rides in the vomit-commet (weightless airplane) for a spur of the moment date, and meets up with her later on a private charter aircraft. She's smart, pretty, but never really got over her carefree summer of adventure with him that inspired her current career choice, or her father's anger that she didn't stay under his thumb at a prestigious law firm. However,she's determined to win the Route 66 contract to cement her position as an environmentally conscious historic preservationist, and thrown off balance in meeting her competition for the contract, because he's the same guy who left her years ago, and never called. Lots of name dropping about interesting places and sites, but overall the story feels a bit choppy. There's not enough background on some af the dramatic angst that drives the two main characters, and minimal character development for her. As a female lawyer, strong enough to break with her father, and a strong contender for the contract, she seems too split on the romantic front -- telling herself "no" about repeating a relationship with someone who hurt her emotionally five years before, but then engaging in four-minute-long kisses with the same guy in a hotel bar, and falling into passionate sex with him back at her hotel room. This one's ok for a light read (only 111 pages), but not enough fascination with these characters to want more.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
This series introduced me to the whole heritage architecture theme - the fixing up of old historic buildings, landmarks, and in the case roads, to bring the back to life again. Samantha has a passion for the industry that seems to be unmatched. But the reason she found that passion may just cause her to lose out on the biggest job of her career (more about that later). Sam is a very fun woman with a lot of personality and I really liked her, but she was just a tad one dimensional - I didn't see a lot of development in her and I crave that in a story.  Now Dean on the other hand was quite a character. While he was a bit too confident for my tastes, he was definitely that way for a reason. I don't think the man had ever lost in his life! Of course, Sam may just be the first thing he really wants and can't have. This leads to a very interesting weekend stand agreement - this seems to be a new trend in writing and I'm starting to like it. It's a great starting point that is more believable than a one-night stand love story.  I also like that these two books have at least mentioned the state of some of our historic landmarks. I don't know if that was Robin Bielman's intent, but she mentions things just enough to make you think about it a little - but she steers far from banging you in the head with it. I enjoyed book two a little more, but I just bonded with those characters better. Worth the Risk is a very good place to start.  *This book was received in exchange for an honest review* 
MarilynBrant33 More than 1 year ago
Robin Bielman has written such a compelling, fun and sexy novella with WORTH THE RISK! I truly enjoyed every moment of this contemporary romance, from the earliest pages where Samantha Bennett and Dean Malloy cross paths again for the first time in five years...to the final chapter where we get to see the resolution of their love story. The pages in between are packed with both steamy scenes and the dramatic tension that comes from two hardworking, passionate people who are competing for the same job. I really had no idea which of the two would earn the contract until it was revealed, so that mystery kept me turning pages until late into the night. Plus, the "hot sauce kissing scene" was fantastic! A highly recommended romantic read!!
AMR0406 More than 1 year ago
Great weekend read! This was a great weekend read! Dean and Samantha find themselves competing for the same contract for their companies. Five years has gone by since the two of them shared the best summer of their lives. The feelings they had for one another have come to the surface once again and only increase after spending the weekend together. I thought Robin did a wonderful job on this story. The characters had the right amount of chemistry and guarded emotions that you would expect and it was fun to see how they were going to handle this. She did a great job with the intimate scenes making them very romantic. I also wasn’t sure who was going to get the contract at the end and that was one of the reasons I kept reading! This was a very sweet book that reads very quickly with believable characters and a happy ever after.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
A quick read that I did not want to see end. Samantha and Dean had a fling five years ago, that Dean broke her heart. Now they are pitted against each other for a job. They soon find themselves taking up where things were left off. Loved the re connection of Samantha and Dean, they are so perfect for each other.
Megan_BedroomBookworms More than 1 year ago
I had no idea what I was getting when I clicked on Worth the Risk. I’m sure when I added it to my kindle it was a story line that sounded interesting to me, but I couldn’t remember the story details by the time I actually started reading it. Turns out, Worth the Risk is a second chance love story, which I have been feeling lately. They aren’t my normal choice, but I’ve read quite a few these last few months and have been enjoying them. Just more proof that we should vary our reading from time to time right? Worth the Risk is a cute and quick read (I finished in a little over an hour) for those that like a more traditional romance read. You won’t find a lot of angst in the story and the plot draws on quite a few often used devices, but there are still some good words to be read. The biggest factor that brought my rating of the book down was how much time we spent on descriptions. At one point there were pages used to describe just one kiss. ONE kiss. I need more butt kicking in my reads. There is also quite a bit of time spent in our heroine’s head analyzing how hot our hero is and how much she missed him during their time apart. Maybe it’s because I’m a cold-hearted wench but I often get bored when I find this in books. This is totally a reflection on me and not on the author or the writing of the book. It’s just one of those personal preferences things. Like I said, Worth the Wait is just a cute fluffy romance. It’s a nice escape if you’re looking to spend an hour or two lost in a simple love story. If you’re looking for something with a bunch of character growth or angst, you probably want to look elsewhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Connected with the second chance Sam &Dean have. Always wish the good books were longer or had a sequal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dean and Sam They broke each other hearts 5yrs ago. Now there fighting for the same job. They fall back where they left off but this time its a happier ending.
ssmommie75TB More than 1 year ago
This is a good book and a quick read. I enjoyed Sam and Dean having a past that drew them together again and made it worth fighting for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! Enjoyed it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For a short read nothing felt rushed. Well written. Must read
CherylS62 More than 1 year ago
An excellent debut, this story of reunited lovers kept my interest and kept me turning the pages. While I appreciated the glimpses of the history of Sam and Dean's first encounters five years ago, I sometimes felt a little too much attention was paid to the details of the past, if that's possible. But Robin did give us our happy-ever-after and did so in style. I really did enjoy this book.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
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.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Robin Bielman writes with passion and humor. This novella is a perfect example. Lovers meeting after a long absence set the stage for a passionate reunion. Their parting broke both their hearts even though they won't admit it. The hurt still remains as does the desire. The author shows us the deeply buried emotions of her characters. She has the talent to write multilayered people that the reader can empathize with. I was drawn into the story from the first page. I liked Samantha and Dean. They are delightful characters. The emphasis on historic preservation was an interesting touch and struck a cord with me. The secondary characters added to story as did the Idaho setting. This was a very enjoyable and romantic escape.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
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. Highly recommended.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
This story is about Samantha finding that ONE person, Dean, that makes her heart beat just a little faster and then watching him walk away towards bigger and better things. Falling apart then pulling herself back together and five years later, seeing him again and all those feelings she thought she'd already dealt with come rushing back. After a weekend together, she has to watch him walk away AGAIN! How long will it take her to forget about the man she's fallen in love with? Does he feel the same way about her? It's a story about love lost and found again. It's about family and forgiveness. I loved it! A few times I was very irritated with Dean but then he'd make up for it. 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. This is book one in the fantastic series Take a Risk by Robin Bielman. I can't wait to read book two. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
This was perfect Sunday morning romantic reading and I lay prone on the sofa from the moment I picked it up until I flicked the final page. Robin Bielman never fails to bring a feel-good romance, with wonderful loveable characters and a lose-yourself storyline, to life. Samantha and Dean had a meaningful holiday romance and parted on a misunderstanding five years previously. When they discover they are pitched against each for the same business contract their feelings are instantly reignited. And I'm all for mixing business with pleasure when it's as sexy and romantic as this... I simply loved the romance. I like my angst but I also love my books where I can completely lose myself in a sweet sexy romantic journey that has intimacy and passion that makes me feel all tingly inside. I adored Dean and Sam and with a five minute kiss that was just exquisite, Worth the Risk is exactly all this; many shorter reads have a habit of falling a little short for me, but this has left me a happy satisfied girl. Well worth reading. I received a copy of this courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Meli Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Samantha Bennett is a woman determined to make her father proud. The thing is that lot’s of things have happened since she set out to win this big account. Main thing and probably the biggest of her life is seeing the man that broke heart again. Dean Mallory was everything for her and the only guy to really understand her. I loved that even though they have been separated for years their love is stronger than ever. This is the first I have read from Robin Bielman and have to say it was really good. There is romance, sexual chemistry leaping off the first chapter and a man determined to make all the past regrets well a past. The storyline was smooth and easily kept my attention wanting to find out what will Sam do with a man like Dean Mallory getting to heart all over again. Great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first taste of this author, I read this delightful novella in one sitting. I'll definitely be watching for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this short story... Excellent characters and very good story line... Quick read (only 100+ pages)... Held my interest and I enjoy Ms. Bielman's writing style... She writes with a flair and a sense of humor... Her characters could be my friends and while sexy her love scenes are always in good taste...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read all 3 this author has available and really enjoyed each one. They are not long books, but they are great stories.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am new to the romance novels, but, I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Robin Bielman is a wonderful writer who has crafted intriguing characters and wrapped them up in a compelling story. I had a hard time putting her book down and am ready to read more of her works! I would heartily recommend this book to anyone and everyone.