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Take a Risk Bundle by Robin Bielman
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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 reviewed each individual storyline below:

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WORTH THE RISK
(Take A Risk #1)
by Robin Bielman

Original Release Date: April 2012
Re-Release: September 15, 2015 as part of the TAKE A RISK bundle by Robin Bielman

ABOUT THE BOOK;

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 between them.

With sparks flying across the conference table and sizzling in every touch, Dean proposes a weekend liaison. Anything to have Sam again; anything to get her out of his system. But the unresolved feelings between them complicate both their personal and professional lives, and one wild weekend could turn into a disaster that would destroy the one job that means more to Samantha than anything. For a shot at love…is it worth the risk?

REVIEW: WORTH THE RISK is the first installment in Robin Bielman’s adult, contemporary Take A Risk romance series. The series focuses on The World Heritage Fund which specializes in the restoration and preservation of historic sites and archaeological digs-a non profit organization dedicated to heritage protection. WORTH THE RISK follows restoration and preservation experts Samantha Bennett and Dean Malloy’s and the preservation of US Highway Route 66.

Told from dual third person perspectives WORTH THE RISK is a second chance storyline for Dean Malloy and Samantha Bennett. Dean and Sam haven’t seen one another for close to five years following the day Dean walked away without with explanation or future contact. Fast forward to present day where Dean and Samantha find themselves in a bidding war for the same restoration contract through World Heritage Fund, but Dean has an advantage-the company doing the hiring is Dean’s father’s company, but Sam believes her company-Global Site Preservation- is more than capable of handling whatever is offered.

The history between Dean and Sam is one of summer love and heartbreaking regret. Sam was devastated when Dean walked out of her life, and in the ensuing time she has never moved forward with her heart. Meeting Dean after all these years, brings back happy and familiar memories-ones she and Dean are hoping to make again. The $ex scenes are sensual and seductive. The flirty small talk was sexy and fun. There is no over the top graphic sexual imagery.

WORTH THE RISK is a quick read-a little longer than a novella with a reconciliation and a happily ever after. It is a story of second chances; environmental protection; and falling in love. The premise is interesting as the storylines focuses on the historic sites along Route 66; the characters are colorful and believable; the happily ever after and conflict are quick to resolve. The majority of the storyline focuses on the rekindling of the relationship between Sam and Dean.



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RISKY SURRENDER
(Take a Risk #2)
by Robin Bielman

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Original Release Date: August 2013
Re-release: September 15, 2015 in the TAKE A RISK anthology by Robin Bielman

Archeologist Lucy Davenport made a promise to retrieve an elusive piece of history buried in the walls of an iconic Indian village. But when she draws unwanted attention that interferes with her secret plans, she’s forced to risk it all with a man who threatens not only her goal, but the walls she’s carefully constructed around her heart.

Keats McCall is an environmental preservationist navigating the globe on behalf of heritage protection. When he catches Lucy at his latest project, he suspects she’s up to something. She’s secretive, sexy as hell—and has trouble written all over her. He devises a plan to keep her close so he can keep an eye on her. But what he isn’t prepared for is just how close he wants to get.

REVIEW: RISKY SURRENDER is the second installment (and novella) in Robin Bielman’s contemporary adult TAKE A RISK romance series. This is archeologist Lucy Davenport and environmental preservationist Keats McCall’s storyline. We were first introduced to Keats in book one Worth The Risk. RISKY SURRENDER can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty.

Told from dual third person perspectives RISKY SURRENDER finds our heroine in a precarious position as she is tasked with seeking out rare finds and historical objects for a man whose reputation is less than worthy. Enter Keats McCall whose business is to protect the archeological and historical finds, and with it comes the suspicion that Lucy has not been honest about her appearance at Keats’s latest dig in an iconic Indian Village. What ensues is a building relationship, built upon a lie, that finds Keats and Lucy falling in love knowing that there is an expiry date upon their relationship when the truth about Lucy’s presence is finally revealed.

RISKY SURRENDER is a storyline wherein our heroine has lost everyone she has ever loved but has found herself in the unenviable position of retrieving the ‘unobtainable’ for a man who likes to collects things that are truly not collectable. Her latest task finds Lucy adhering to a promise she made to her late father but in the end old habits diehard when someone Lucy loves is threatened if she does not retrieve the latest, ancient artifact.

Lucy and Keats’s relationship begins with secrets and lies. Lucy is an archeologist who collects things for other people, and in this Keats sees Lucy as a thief and a threat. Their attraction to one another is immediate; the $ex scenes are seductive. Sam and Dean (WORTH THE RISK #1) make a cameo appearance for a bit of cohesion between stories. Like in the first storyline, there is no over the top graphic sexual imagery.

RISKY SURRENDER is another fast paced, easy read with adventure and the hunt for buried treasure but I felt the character development was a lacking due to the novella length storyline. I am not a fan of ‘info dumping’ but sometimes a couple of paragraphs about personal history and background goes a long pulling the reader into the story. Third person perspective allows for reflection and rumination, and there was room for a little more in Risky Surrender.



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HIS MILLION DOLLAR RISK
(Take a Risk 3)
by Robin Bielman

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Original Release Date February 9, 2015
Re-Release: September 15, 2015 as part of the TAKE A RISK bundle by Robin Bielman

Determined to make his latest preservation project on Route 66 a success, Connor Gibson will take any good press he can get. Even if it means spending a week with a reporter. And even if it’s one from a publication he has good reason to hate. Connor certainly isn’t expecting a spontaneous and undeniably attractive blonde who makes him seriously hot for the press…

Charlize Beckett is in deeeep trouble. This is her one chance to prove to her publisher dad that she’s a serious journalist, even if she has to pretend she’s someone else. Worse though, is trying to maintain any objectivity with the way too charming Connor. She can’t help but get into all kinds of sexy trouble with him. But by going off the record, Charlie is putting both her reputation and her heart on the line.

REVIEW: HIS MILLION DOLLAR RISK is the third installment in Robin Bielman’s adult, contemporary Take a Risk romance series focusing on a tight knit group of friends. This is millionaire and preservationist Connor Gibson and journalist Charlize (Charli) Beckett’s storyline. Connor was quickly introduced in book two Risky Surrender. HIS MILLION DOLLAR RISK can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty.

Told from third person point of view, the storyline follows Charli as she sets out on a cross country journey along the infamous Route 66 with Connor Gibson. When Charli’s best friend and fellow journalist Ashley becomes ill, and is unable to travel, Charli jumps at the chance to fill in for her best friend’s assignment with Connor Gibson-an assignment that finds Charli impersonating Ashley in a case of mistaken identity. As Connor and Charli set out on their journey along Route 66, Charli will discover that her connection to Connor goes much deeper than an interview for a magazine. There is a tainted connection and history between our couple-one if discovered by Connor-could very well destroy Charli’s career and their building friendship.

The relationship between Charlize and Connor begins tentatively. Connor abhors journalists; his family history with the media predisposes his dislike for all things relating to interviews and journalism but his desire to promote the preservation of Route 66 finds him reluctantly allowing Charli along for the ride. Charli’s interview with Connor will reveal some secrets that hit too close to home. The developing friendship will quickly turn to lovers when our couple is confined with one another 24/7 but Charli’s continuous lie about her true identity is about to come crashing down and destroy her hopes for a future with the man with whom she is falling in love. The $ex scenes are passionate and moving.

The secondary and supporting characters include some of the colorful people Charli and Connor meet along Route 66. Charli’s BFF Ashley is but one phone call away at all times; and Connor’s friends will reveal Charli’s true identity.

HIS MILLION DOLLAR RISK is a fast paced, sweet but predictable read with a little bit of fun and romance, a little bit of $ex, and a little bit of historic scenery. Robin Bielman will captivate your imagination as your travel along with Charli and Connor down the infamous Route 66.

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One Night of Risk
(Take a Risk Bundle 4)
by Robin Bielman
Release Date: September 15, 2015

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.

REVIEW: ONE NIGHT OF RISK is the fourth installment in Robin Bielman’s adult, contemporary TAKE A RISK romantic novella series focusing on the men who work for the World Heritage Fund- a non profit organization dedicated to heritage protection. This is yoga instructor Malia Davis, and Clay Doherty, former Navy SEAL and head of security for WHF. Clay was first introduced in book two Risky Surrender. ONE NIGHT OF RISK can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty.

Told from dual third person perspectives ONE NIGHT OF RISK is a second chance storyline for Malia and Clay. Ten years earlier Clay enlisted in the military, walking away from Malia, the woman he loved, without a word or a glance. Fast forward to present day and our heroine’s mother is ill. Malia has returned to Kauai in search of a Peridot Crystal long believed to be imbued with healing powers. But Clay is head of security at the Halia Alika Temple where Malia has set her sites on the ancient burial grounds in the hopes of unearthing the gemstone to potentially help heal her mother. What ensues is the rekindling of a romance, and Malia’s heartbreaking pain when she goes home empty handed-without the Peridot and without the man.

The relationship between Malia and Clay is one of love that has never faltered although Malia harbors hatred and sorrow for the decade she lost with the man that she once loved. The $ex scenes are provocative and steam, and a little more erotic than in the previous storylines.

All of the previous storyline couples play a secondary and supporting role as we get a glimpse into their current lives, expanding families and professions of love and a happily ever after.

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