Friday, May 16, 2014

Review: Worth the Risk (Take a Risk #1) by Robin Bielman

Title: Worth the Risk (Take a Risk #1)
Author: Robin Bielman
Source: Entangled - Indulgence
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: April 26, 2012
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 3

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?

Yet another series that I've been reading backwards - it must be my new "thing" to do.

Book Two: Risky Surrender - Review

This series introduced me to the whole heritage architecture theme - the fixing up of old historic buildings, landmarks, and in the case roads, to bring the back to life again.  Samantha has a passion for the industry that seems to be unmatched.  But the reason she found that passion may just cause her to lose out on the biggest job of her career (more about that later).  Sam is a very fun woman with a lot of personality and I really liked her, but she was just a tad one dimensional - I didn't see a lot of development in her and I crave that in a story.

Now Dean on the other hand was quite a character.  While he was a bit too confident for my tastes, he was definitely that way for a reason.  I don't think the man had ever lost in his life!  Of course, Sam may just be the first thing he really wants and can't have.  This leads to a very interesting weekend stand agreement - this seems to be a new trend in writing and I'm starting to like it.  It's a great starting point that is more believable than a one-night stand love story.

I also like that these two books have at least mentioned the state of some of our historic landmarks.  I don't know if that was Robin Bielman's intent, but she mentions things just enough to make you think about it a little - but she steers far from banging you in the head with it.  I enjoyed book two a little more, but I just bonded with those characters better.  Worth the Risk is a very good place to start.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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