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Worth the Risk

(Take a Risk #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  1,118 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews
Their love was ancient history...until their paths crossed again.

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 it's more
ebook, 160 pages
Published April 26th 2012 by Entangled Publishing (Ever After) (first published April 25th 2012)
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I’m beyond confused as to how the book that should get a 4-star rating from me could turn out to be a subpar read at best. The story started off very well and I was hooked instantly. But as I read further into the book, I found that there was too much filler and not enough actual substance to the story for me. Despite the fact that this is a novella, it's still overly long.

A weak plot was not my major problem, but what upset me the most was that there was no groveling! Where was this part when,
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Robin Bielman has given us a contemporary romance novel, this is what I call my Sunday afternoon reading, and it was a romance novel with a happy ending. I enjoyed Robin Bielman writing, her characters felt real, the plot was good and if you’re a fan of romance this is a book for you to read.

We meet Samantha Bennett who is trying to follow her dream and if she doesn’t win this contract she knows she may be out of a job. Her father has pretty much disowned her, she is lonely and still in love wit
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Quick review:

Cover: Okay
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess: Steamy
Thumbs Up: 4.5
Overall: Well written romance
Characters: Solid
Plot: Romance in the air and I could feel it.
Page Turner: Yes.
Series Cont.? N/A
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Dean

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
The title is worth the risk. And you ask is it worth a read, and I say yes. This was a solidly written contemporary romance. Very believable with an interesting plot line to move the story along. I really liked Sam a lot and her attitude
Tina Vaughn
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Yay! I have another go-to contemporary romance author to add to my list of automatic buys. :)

Robin Bielman excels at plot, prose, dialogue, sexual tension and characters--the entire package. There is no part of this story that is cliche or predictable.

After five years apart, Dean and Sam are reunited when they compete for an historic preservation job. I love that the hero and heroine connect on so many levels. While there's definitely chemistry in the bedroom, there's a real connection in their
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. An
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson

First a HUGE THANK YOU to Danielle over at Entangled for allowing me to read this book. Lord the cover does not do it any justice at all. Sam and Dean met five years ago and had a whirlwind summer. You know those summer romances never last but sometimes they leave a very strong impression on the couple. This is what happens to Dean and Sam.

So when they see each other five years later they are taken by surprise because they
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Worth the Risk by Robin Bielman was such an adorable read! I simply devoured this one and I just fell in love with both the story and the characters.

Dean and Samantha had such chemistry, and Robin Bielman builds this up right away. The sparks were definitely flying between the two of them. The other elements of the plot beyond just Dean and Samantha's relationship were great as well.

I just didn't want this one to end. Robin Bielman stole my heart on page one with this one, and it was just so mu
Caryn Caldwell
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novellas
When Samantha Bennett and Dean Malloy both show up at the same job interview, they discover that they're competing for the same coveted partnership. Before the jobs interview and, later, while they spend the weekend waiting to find out which one of them earns the position, they also rekindle a hot romance that ended in heartache several years before. But when the winner of the job position is announced, will it end their growing love?

I loved this novella! It was fun and funny and sexy. I loved t
Kayleigh {K-Books}
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: entangled
Worth The Risk Review on K-Books

"Happy feelings drugged her body, so much that she thought she might lose consciousness."

Worth The Risk is another short romance title from the incredible Entangled Publishing so when I got the chance to review this book I couldn't turn it down. There is not one Entangled title that I have read and not completely and utterly loved. This was no exception and I loved every moment of it.

Samantha has done everything she can to make it on her own. After falling head-
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Yup, that pretty much sums it up.

I've officially changed my mind about novellas/short stories. They can be pretty amazing and this book proved that because it had me smiling and swooning in such a short time. I started reading Worth The Risk late last night and I picked it up because I knew I didn't want to stay up all night reading again. I wanted a quick, happy read and Worth The Risk was perfect for that.

Dean and Samantha share a past together, they're each other's first and onl
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nice easy romance.

Five years ago Dean Malloy broke Samantha Bennetts heart, after a summer fling he just left leaving her broken and she's struggled to get over him ever since and she's done it or she thinks until she sees him again and everything comes rushing back. Fate must truly be against her when it becomes apparent that they're up against each other for the same contract.
Despite the fact that Dean walked away and left her broken hearted he's not immune to her and just seeing Samantha agai
Hayson Manning
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved the story of Dean and Samantha. Lovers reconnecting. I couldn't put it down. Beautifully written with emotion and tension with hot sex scenes and the 'will they, won't they' had be enthralled to the end. I'm looking forward to Robin's next release.
Jennifer (random jendsmit)
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
**You have been warned**

Worth the Risk by Robin Bielman
Their love was ancient history...until their paths crossed again.

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 it's more than anger heating the competition bet
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Debut author Robin Bielman has a brilliantly entertaining read on her hands.

After stepping away from her father’s law firm, Samantha Bennett must prove to herself, and her controlling father, that she can make it on her own, doing what she loves. When a remarkable opportunity to work with one of the largest historic preservation companies comes open, Sam jumps at the bit. This is just the job to prove she has what it takes to make it.

Dean Malloy stepped away from his father’s company, World He
R.C. Matthews
Jun 14, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a nice short story to pass the time but it isn't one that I would go back and read over again. The fact that I read it yesterday and couldn't recall the names of the main characters today to write the review is telling.

Dean and Samantha spent one month trekking through the wildness five years ago and both fell in love, but neither was willing to admit it out loud and so returned to their normal lives. Both are now bidding on a large environmental restoration project on a Friday afternoon
Christi Snow
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
I really enjoyed this book. Sam and Dean were an item for a summer filled with adventure and love five years ago. Both were devastated when it ended and never expected to see each other again. Since then, things have changed a lot for both of them. Sam left her law practice. Dean started his own company. Now they are both competing for a contract to work on revitalizing Route 66 and they both want this contract really badly. For Sam, it's a chance at financial security with a full-time
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Author: Robin Bielman
Published By: Entangled Publishing
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: Great Minds Think Aloud


"Worth The Risk" by Robin Bielman was a wonderful romantic read. The author did a wonderful job presenting these two people. Wow, is all I can say for a well written romance. Certainly, Ms. Bielman knows how to bring out the plot, good dialogue, sex, and the adding other good characters.. to only present a good contemporary romance and
Heather in FL
I'm a sucker for reunited love stories, and that's what this one was. At first, I couldn't figure out why they'd let five years go by. I understood why Sam didn't track Dean down, but I didn't get why he didn't track her down. (view spoiler)

I thought the backstory was an interesting idea -- to rehabilitate and reinvigorate Route 66 as a national landmark -- though what they were competing against each o
Cheryl Sanders
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 sa ...more
Sara  HarlequinJunkie
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Worth the risk was a interesting and fresh take on what happens when we have to decide between letting go of the man we love or go flat out after the career we so desperately want. It was a quick, fun and easy read.

Dean and Samantha were each in their own right brilliant and entertaining characters but together they were pure romance and fun! I loved how the author let the the wheels turn and instead of Dean being the one to leave the relationship as in the past this time around it was Sam that
Amy R
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Marilyn Brant
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 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
Bette Hansen
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lynne Marshall
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
A wonderful debut by Robin B. Solid writing. Sweet to spicy hot romance. Dean and Sam are believable and likeable and they deserved their happily ever after. I loved the field of business they were both in, too.
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I liked the sexual tension between the two main characters and the hot scenes between them. Dean is my new book boyfriend.
Dee Adams
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this debut by Robin Bielman. The sexual tension/chemistry between the h/h made the pages sizzle and the best part was the resolution. Love those happy endings! Can't wait for more from RB!
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review coming soon.
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just bought this-a former parent of mine when I taught 3rd grade! Can't wait to read it!!!! Robin is great! :-). Cute story! Robin-congrats! I really enjoyed this story!
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-reads, own, gifted
Excellent debut! Can't wait for what Robin offers up next!
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a much shorter read than the other books and doesn't quite have the depth and spark, but a good quick read nonetheless.

Samantha and Dean have history, a one time fling and now they are facing off over a contract that will make or break her career. Dean proposes they spend a weekend together to get each other out of their system. Right. .... I don't know. Dean made me nervous at times. But Dean saw this as a way to get it all out there in the open. When he thought this would put an end to
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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 most of her story ideas.

She loves to frequent coffee shops, take hikes with her hubby,

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