by: Robin Bielman
Series: Take a Risk
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 14, 2015
The Take a Risk bundle by USA Today bestselling 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.
From One Night of Risk Novella
He grinned and the potency of it stole her breath. His dimples should come with an advisory label: Will cause hearts to flutter and panties to spontaneously combust. “What about you?”
“What about me?” She swallowed the lump sitting in the back of her throat.
“You haven’t told me why you’re here.”
She took a step back. His intuitiveness made her jumpy. But worse, his nearness made her light-headed and warm in places she shouldn’t be. She seriously thought about stopping the conversation by flinging her arms around his neck and kissing him until talking was the last thing he wanted to do.
Which would be a huge mistake. She may secretly crave to be a little bit bad, and remember how good being bad with Clay had felt, but right now, given the situation with her mom, her emotions were too raw. She was too vulnerable.
“I’m here for a little R&R and to spend time with Kalani.” That’s what she’d told everyone. With a busy studio and all her free time spent with her mom, she did need a little mental break. A few days to lose herself.
You could lose yourself in Clay.
He narrowed his eyes and eliminated the space she’d put between them. “You also here to excavate?”
His smug smile made her mad…and somehow hotter. Dammit, why did he have to make her feel stuff? Then he licked the pad of his thumb and proceeded to wipe the corner of her forehead. “You’ve got a little dirt here,” he said, his voice and touch equally seductive. “And”—he dropped his arm—“under your fingernails.”
She stared at him. For several long, agonizing seconds.
He could probably tell her what color her bra and panties were with his insane powers of deduction.
“Still the strong silent type when things get uncomfortable.” The annoyingly sexy turn of his lips grew a little bigger.
for One Night of Risk
One Night of Risk is the fourth and final novella in Robin Bielman’s Take a Risk novella series. Sadly, this is my first time reading a book from this series. The good part is One Night of Risk is a standalone read. However, Clay does make appearances in the three previous books. I can definitely understand why readers have been asking for his story.
One Night of Risk is a second chance love story, taking place about ten years after Malia and Clay break up as teenagers. Clay Doherty has always wanted to save the world. That desire propelled him to become a Navy SEAL and now a security expert for the World Heritage Foundation. Malia Davis is a middle child and has pretty much gotten lost in the pecking order. She has a caring nature and one of the reasons why she and Clay connected as teenagers was because he actually saw her as a person.
The two accidentally meet up again in Kauai, Hawaii. Clay is there to hopefully capture someone he’s been after for awhile now. Malia is there to get the one thing she thinks will help make her sick mother a little more comfortable. Neither expects their old feelings for each other to still be there. Neither expects to actually want more than one night or their designated time in Hawaii to end. But when Clay’s work and Malia’s secret plan collide, the two are going to have to be prepared to risk it all for love.
I loved these characters. You can actually feel their love for each other through the pages. The romance is perfect. It’s not closed door, but it also isn’t explicit. While the blurb doesn’t allude to the story having suspense elements, reading it I got a feeling it would. My biggest disappointment with the story was that the suspense that could have been there had a flat resolution and became an afterthought to the couple conflict.
Regardless of the suspense element, I have no doubt fans of this series will love One Night of Risk. In fact, all of the past characters make an appearance and you get to see how life has treated them. Now, I have to find time to go back and read the rest of this series. I know overall, I will not be disappointed.
**Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
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USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and one crazy-cute dog who loves to chew on everyone’s socks. When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also likes to run, hike, eat cupcakes, and dip her toes in the ocean. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.
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