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.
Source: ARC from Entangled Indulgence via NetGalley
This review is for the fourth and never-before-published novella in this bundle – One Night of Risk – because it’s the only one I was sent to review. Despite this being my first taste of this series, I found it both fun and enjoyable and if it’s a good indication of what to expect from the rest of the series, then I think I’ll be buying this bundle myself soon.
At its heart this is a sexy second-chance romance, between good girl Malia and bad boy Clay. They were secretly in love as teenagers, until Clay upped and left without a word and broke Malia’s heart. When Malia returns to Hawaii to track down some sacred peridot to help heal her sick mother, the last thing she expects to find in her family home is the man she once loved. But Clay has more things on his mind than rekindling his romance with Malia – or at least, that’s what he keeps telling himself.
I have to admit that while I found the romance scorching and thoroughly engrossing, the other side of the plot was… less enthralling. The whole idea of Malia turning up at a special historical site and just digging stuff up struck me as fairly ridiculous – especially as she’s hopeless about it. I can understand her wanting something special for her mother, but was that seriously the only peridot she could source or that would work? As for Clay’s side of things, I found that a bit disappointing. He doesn’t really do any work, he just worries about it and has sex with Malia. As for the whole rusty nail incident? It seemed a touch unnecessary.
But if you ignore all that fluff and stuff and concentrate on the romance, then this is great. The chemistry is hot, Malia is nice without being a pushover and Clay may have a bad boy reputation, but he’s pretty sweet underneath. In all it makes for a short, hot read that I thought could have been even stronger without the silly side bits. It did, however, leave me thoroughly intrigued about the rest of the bundle.
So, if you like hot, protective guys and women who are smart enough to match them, with an added touch of historical monuments then this bundle might just be for you. The reads are quick, the chemistry is hot and the romance is satisfying – which is exactly what I would expect from a Robin Bielman book.
Take a Risk Bundle is out September 14th!
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