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Take a Risk Bundle by Robin Bielman
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Aug 18, 2015

it was amazing
bookshelves: 5-star-reads, fully-reviewed-books, anthologies-or-collections

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
In this fun and sexy story we meet Connor and Charlize. Connor runs a heritage preservation society and Route 66 is his latest project. When he is reluctantly forced into having a reporter tag along for a week's drive on the route to aid in the publicity for its preservation, Charlize turns out to be nothing like what he expected - a newbie (though she tries to hide it), but not just that, she's fresh and charming and knocks his socks off. But Charlize is keeping a secret - when it comes out (as they always do), will Connor be able to look past it and still see the girl he's fallen for?

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
When Malia returns to the island of Kauai in hopes of obtaining a special crystal from a site sacred to her people, one that she believes will give her mom hope in her fight against cancer, she doesn't expect to run into her teenage boyfriend Clay. Clay broke her heart years ago, and seems fixed to do it again when it turns out he's in charge of security at the site where she plans to dig up the crystal. The attraction between them is just as strong as ever - can they find a way to trust each other again, with their hearts and their future?

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.

Note: a copy of this set of stories was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review.
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Reading Progress

August 18, 2015 – Shelved
August 18, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
September 1, 2015 – Started Reading
September 1, 2015 –
September 9, 2015 – Shelved as: 5-star-reads
September 9, 2015 – Shelved as: fully-reviewed-books
September 9, 2015 – Finished Reading
April 2, 2016 – Shelved as: anthologies-or-collections

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