An Interview & Giveaway with author Robin Bielman

An Interview and Giveaway with author Robin Bielman

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TRC: Congratulations on the June 2017 release of TALK BRITISH TO ME

Robin Bielman

Robin: Hi! Thank you so much! And thanks for having me here today.

TRC: We would like to start with some background information. Would you please tell us something about yourself?

 

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Robin: I’m married to my high school sweetheart. We have two boys and a mini labradoodle named Harry, and since it’s baseball season, that’s what’s on TV all. the. time. 🙂 Right now I’m on a taco kick, and since it’s been quite warm in So Cal, an ice blended vanilla latte kick, too. 🙂

TRC: Who or what influenced your career in writing?

Robin: I’ve always enjoyed writing, but it took a long time for me to figure out it was romance novels I wanted to write. The first romances I read were by Carly Phillips and Vicki Lewis Thompson, so I’d say they had a big influence on me as I learned the craft.

TRC: What challenges or difficulties have you encountered writing and publishing your stories?

Robin: Time is probably my biggest hurdle! I also have a part-time day job, so between that and wanting to be with my family, too, I often struggle with managing it all.

Talk British to MeTRC: Would you please tell us something about the premise of TALK BRITISH TO ME and the WHEREVER YOU GO series? Will Harper and Levi’s story be next?

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Robin: The book takes place in Los Angeles and centers around Mateo and Teague. Mateo is The Dating Guy on a popular morning radio show and he uses a British accent and fake name (Bennett) to stay anonymous. Teague works for the biggest wedding planner in Beverly Hills and has a huge crush on “Bennett.” When she meets the all-American Mateo IRL, friendship and sexy shenanigans ensue as the two navigate their feelings for each other. 🙂 And yes! Harper and Levi’s story is next.

TRC: Do you have any plans to participate in another multi-authored series similar to the Bachelor Auction?

Robin: That was so much fun to write and I loved working with other authors, but no. Right now I have no plans for another series like that. I am, however, co-writing a book with the awesome Samanthe Beck, and I’m super excited about it. It’s scheduled to release early next year.

TRC: What kind of research/plotting do you do, and how long do you spend researching /plotting before beginning a book?

Robin: I am a huge pantser! Which means I write by the seat of my pants, and don’t spend a ton of time plotting before I start writing. I do flesh out my characters and have a brief outline so I have some idea of the story, but basically I love to just jump in and go where my characters take me. Sometimes this backfires on me, and I stare at my computer screen for hours before typing a word, and on those days I wish I was a plotter! LOL

TRC: How did publishing your first book change your writing process?

Robin: I don’t think it changed my process. However, having deadlines now means I have to get the words on the page no matter what.

TRC: What was your hardest scene –ever-to write?

Robin: Ever? Hmm…I think it’s one in my next book, actually. I can’t give it away, but it involves Harper and her past.

TRC: There is a fine line between romance, erotic, and erotica in many of today’s popular contemporary fiction. Many authors are re-issuing their previously erotic story lines with ‘cleaner’ versions without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. What do you believe has precipitated this move or change in direction?

Robin: I think it’s probably to reach a broader audience. I love reading all kinds of romance, but I think universally, what we all love is the “will they?” or “won’t they?” and that’s written in the sexual tension between characters, not the actual act.

TRC: Do you believe the cover image plays a deciding factor for many readers in the process of selecting a book or new series to read?

Robin: Definitely.

TRC: When writing a story line, do the characters direct the writing or do you direct the characters?

Robin: My characters totally lead me!

TRC: The mark of a good writer is to pull the reader into the story line so that they experience the emotions along with the characters. What do you believe a writer must do to make this happen? Where do you believe writer’s fail in this endeavor?

Robin: Have a good editor. For me, I’m lucky in that my amazing editor always knows where to help me dig deeper so that readers will hopefully feel what my characters are feeling. It’s hard to always get what’s in my head on the page and that might be where we all falter without some assistance from someone who is reading the story with fresh eyes.

TRC: Do you listen to music while writing? If so, does the style of music influence the story line direction? Characters?

Robin: I don’t listen to music while writing, but I often listen before I write. Usually when I’m on my treadmill. That’s where I do my best thinking!

TRC: What do you believe is the biggest misconception people have about authors?

Robin: That writing a book is easy. It’s hard!

TRC: What is something that few, if anybody, knows about you?

Robin: Growing up, I played competitive tennis and had dreams of being a professional.

TRC: On what are you currently working?

Robin: I’m currently working on the third book in my Wherever You Go series. It’s Elliot’s turn!

TRC: Would you like to add anything else?

Robin: Thanks again!

LIGHTNING ROUND

Favorite Food: Tacos, sushi, strawberries, cinnamon toast

Favorite Dessert: Anything chocolate

Favorite TV Show: I have many, but currently it’s Younger (love that show!)

Last Movie You Saw: The Mummy

Dark or Milk Chocolate: Both

Secret Celebrity Crush: Chris Hemsworth (although it’s not so secret)

Last Vacation Destination: Big vacation: Australia (it was amazing) Small vacation: San Diego (it was wonderful)

Do you have any pets? The best dog ever!

Last book you read: The Last Guy (loved it!)

TRC: Thank you Robin for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations on your new release.

Robin: Thank you so much!! xoxo

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Talk British to Me (Wherever You Go #1) by Robin Bielman-Review & Book Tour

TALK BRITISH TO ME (Wherever You Go #1) by Robin Bielman-Review and Book Tour

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TALK BRITISH TO ME
Wherever You Go #1
by Robin Bielman
Release Date: June 19, 2017
Genre: new adult, contemporary, romance

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date June 19, 2017

As the Dating Guy on L.A.‘s top morning show, I give the single guy’s perspective on dating, love, and sex—and I give great advice. Everyone’s hooking up…well, except for me. Sure, I can get any woman I want, but I’ve got a “no relationship” clause in my contract and the only woman I want has “relationship” written all over her. Probably stamped on her ass, too. And wouldn’t I like to confirm that.

Unfortunately, she wants nothing to do with me. At all. Something about the next Ice Age might have even come up in her rebuttal. Adorable. Because she’s determined to ignore what one simple kiss proved: she wants me as badly as I want her.

Everything in me is screaming to go after her, but I’ve got a secret that I’m fairly certain will end up with her roasting my nuts over an open fire. So, job on the line? Check. Nuts on the line? Check. Can’t get her out of my head? Nail…meet coffin. But what a way to go…

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REVIEW: TALK BRITISH TO ME is the first installment in Robin Bielman’s contemporary, new adult WHEREVER YOU GO romance series This is radio host twenty three year old Mateo ‘Bennett’ Gallagher, and twenty two year old barista/PA Teague Watters’ story line.

Told from dual first person perspectives (Teague and Mateo) TALK BRITISH TO ME follow the forbidden relationship between barista/PA Teague Watters, and radio talk show host Mateo Gallagher. Mateo is the ‘Dating Guy’ and does a weekly radio show talking about his dating experiences but a stipulation in his contract states that he must remain single. Enter Teague Watters-the woman who has caught Mateo’s eye-and a woman who is off limits in more ways than one. What ensues is the building relationship between Teague and Mateo, as Teague battles to keep her job as the new PA to one of L.A.’s most prolific and notorious wedding planners; and Mateo struggles to keep his personal and professional life separate.

As part of the job Mateo is expected to serial date-a new flavor of the week every weekend, but our hero never expected to fall in love- a complication that could affect his job and his on air personality. Not only was Teague not one of Mateo’s weekly dates but our heroine never knew the professional side of the man with whom she was falling in love, and in this Mateo’s secret life begins to take its’ toll on our story line heroine. Teague Watters battles between her head and her heart knowing that to get involved with Mateo Gallagher would mean risking her job and reputation.

There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including
Teague’s extended family, her best friend Harper, Teague’s roommates Elliot and Levi. We are also introduced to several wedding and bridal clients –some of whom are very close to the Gallagher family. There is some definite history between Harper and Levi-history that has yet to be revealed or explored.

The world building focuses on the relationship between Teague and Mateo from friends to friends with benefits, to lovers and so much more; Teague’s struggle with her attraction to a man who has been declared off limits; and Mateo’s battle to keep secret the on-air personality of the Dating Guy. With the introduction of family and friends, there is plenty of opportunity to continue the Wherever You Go series.

TALK BRITISH TO ME is a sweet, sexy, and passionate story about two people with different plans for the future. The premise is entertaining with a little bit of humor, fun, drama and romance. The characters are intelligent, colorful, dynamic and charismatic; the romance is seductive; the $ex scenes are limited without the use of sexually graphic, over the top language and text. TALK BRITISH TO ME is a lighthearted, heartwarming and energetic tale that will captivate your heart with its’ delightful story.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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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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Bachelor For Hire by Charlene Sands / Falling For Her Bachelor by Robin Bielman-Reviews, Book Tour & Giveaway

Bachelor For Hire by Charlene Sands / Falling for Her Bachelor by Robin Bielman-reviews, book tour and giveaway

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Bachelor For HireBACHELOR FOR HIRE
(Bachelor Auction #1)
by Charlene Sands
Genre: adult, contemporary, romance

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date April 5, 2016

She needed him to guard her body, in more ways than one…

Ex-Army sergeant and security expert, Cody Matthews recently walked away from his company to work The Lucky B Ranch just outside of Marietta, Montana. The ranch is his refuge, but his hiding out is short-lived when he’s recruited into the Marietta Bachelor Auction and his high school ex-crush bids a small fortune to spend one weekend with him.

Hollywood starlet, Hayley Dawn O’Malley has had decent, honest, sexy Code Matthews on the brain ever since she left Marietta after high school to pursue her dreams. But now she’s back in town and someone is threatening her. Code, a natural-born protector, is the only man she trusts to keep her safe.

Spending their weekend date in a remote cabin, Code plays the role of reluctant bodyguard, yet Hayley isn’t going to let the tormented man deny his feelings for her, no matter the threat to her body or her heart.

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REVIEW: BACHELOR FOR HIRE by Charlene Sands is the first installment in the multi-authored, contemporary adult BACHELOR AUCTION romance series. Marietta, Montana’s medical center is in need of funding for a helipad, and what better way than for Marietta’s high school alumni -the school’s four most popular heroes- to return for Marietta’s Bachelor Auction. This is ex-Army sergeant/security expert Cody Matthews, and Hollywood star Hayley Dawn O’Malley’s story line.

Told from dual third person perspectives (Cody and Hayley) BACHELOR FOR HIRE is a second chance romance for two people whose lives went in different directions twelve years earlier. Cody and Hayley were childhood sweethearts; Cody the protector, and Hayley the beautiful young girl who wanted something more in her life. When Hayley headed to Hollywood, Cody and his broken heart enlisted in the Army, and following two tours in the Middle East, Cody returned to the States, and started Code First Security Firm. An invitation to participate in the town’s fund raiser finds Cody back where it all began, facing the woman he lost years before. What ensues is the rekindling of a romance between Cody and Hayley, and the threats against Hayley by an unknown source.

The world building focuses on the rebuilding relationship between Cody and Hayley, and Cody’s dogged determination to protect the woman with whom he was once in love. Hayley wants a second chance at love with the man whose heart she broke twelve years earlier but Cody has a hard time letting go of the past-a recent past wherein Cody lost someone he had sworn to protect. When threats against Hayley becomes personal and real, Cody knows that to fall in love with his latest assignment would probably bring heartbreak when Hayley walks away-again.

We are introduced to the secondary and supporting characters including the other three potential bachelors up for auction: Nick Palotay, Gavin Clarke and Colt Ewing. Nick’s story will be told in book two-FALLING FOR HER BACHELOR. Cody’s Uncle Brand plays a central role in our hero’s life, and we are also introduced to a number of townsfolk who like to gossip and keep a close eye on the comings and goings of their local heroes.

I will admit I did have an issue with the revelation of the ‘guilty’ party. I am not sure if the reasoning made sense; it seems to be a little convoluted and not quite believable but, once again, it is a story meant to entertain, and I was ….entertained.

BACHELOR FOR HIRE is a quick and sexy read. The premise is spirited and heartwarming; the characters are a mix of colorful and animated; the romance is a struggle towards a happily ever after.

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Falling for her BachelorFALLING FOR HER BACHELOR
(Bachelor Auction #2)
by Robin Bielman
Genre: adult, contemporary, romance

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date April 12, 2016

When Navy firefighter Nick Palotay returns to Marietta to go on the bachelor auction block for a good cause, he expects it to be risk free. But when he needs someone safe to bid on him and his sister’s best friend is coaxed into stepping up, Nick isn’t prepared for the effect Cassidy has on him. She sends his mind to all kinds of dirty places…places his battered heart can’t afford.

Freelance photographer Cassidy Ware is in waaay over her head. She’s always been Nick’s other little sister, but she’s all grown up now and just a glance from him leaves her hot and bothered. Still, she can stay immune to his charms and keep him at an emotional distance because she’s got an agenda, too. She’ll help the too-handsome Nick with his charitable deed, and, in return, he’ll help her keep an unwelcome suitor at bay.

A deal’s a deal, but when their “business transaction” turns into more pleasure than duty, can they walk away from each other without losing what matters most?

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REVIEW: FALLING FOR HER BACHELOR by Robin Bielman is the second installment in the multi-authored BACHELOR AUCTION romance series focusing the small town of Marietta, Montana. Marietta, Montana’s medical center is in need of funding for a helipad, and what better way than for Marietta’s high school alumni -the school’s four most popular heroes- to return for Marietta’s Bachelor Auction. This is Navy firefighter Nick Palotay, and photographer Cassidy Ware’s story line. FALLING FOR HER BACHELOR runs parallel to the timeline in book one- Bachelor For Hire.

Told from dual third person perspectives (Nick and Cassidy) FALLING FOR HER BACHELOR finds Nick targeted by the town ‘crazy lady’ at Marietta’s Bachelor Auction and devises a plan to ensure someone, anyone else, win his offer for the weekend. When his sister Rowan gets her best friend Cassidy to bid for Nick, Nick knows that he may have made the biggest mistake of his life. Cassidy has had an unrequited crush on Nick since high school, and Nick is in no place for any romantic entanglements in his life. What ensues is a weekend of fun, relaxation and a ‘friends with benefits’ arrangement that sees Cassidy falling deeper in love, and Nick choosing to walk away in the end.

Cassidy is Nick’s little sister’s best friend, and he has always seen Cassidy as a little kid. Nick has lost a number of people in his life, and he isn’t ready for a permanent arrangement. Cassidy and Nick have choices to make, and Cassidy is ready to move on without the man with whom she has fallen in love. The $ex scenes are seductive and provocative without the over the top graphic sexual scenarios and text.

The world building continues to focus on the bachelor auction but also on the small town of Marietta, Montana and the people who live there. We learn a little bit about Cassidy and Nick’s back stories of loss, love and pain. The premise is enjoyable and romantic; the characters are engaging and passionate; the romance is heartbreaking and emotional-knowing that in the end, this may be all there is. Robin Bielman adds a fun, sexy, and emotional installment to the Bachelor Auction Series o Marietta, Montana.

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Hey everyone! Charlene and Robin here. We’re so happy to be celebrating the release of our Bachelor Auction books together! And being that we’ve never personally participated in a bachelor auction, we thought we’d have some fun and share our dream auction participants with you today.

It was tough narrowing it down to four, but since our series centers on four guys—high school football friends reuniting for a worthy cause—we picked that special number. So, here they are! The guys we’d like to bid a chunk of change on are…

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Sign us up for any outdoor activity with the sexy, hot Chris Hemsworth!

We know we’d laugh until our stomachs hurt with the adorable Chris Pratt.

That tie is definitely coming off gorgeous Theo James if we get our hands on him.

And the very handsome Shemar Moore makes us want to stay quiet so we can just stare at him and listen to him talk all day.

So tell us, who is your ultimate bachelor auction pick?

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Charlene SandsCharlene Sands

Charlene Sands is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and historical romance. She has been honored with the National Readers Choice Award, the Booksellers Best Award, The Cataromance Reviewers Choice Award and Romantic Times Magazine’s Best Harlequin Desire Award of 2014.   She is an active member of Romance Writers of America. When not writing, she spends time with her four “princesses”, enjoys sunny Pacific beaches and yummy chocolate mocha cappucinos! Sign up for her newsletter for fun and exclusive prizes at www.charlenesands.com and on FB and Twitter!

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Robin BielmanRobin Bielman

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.

She loves to connect with readers. Learn more and sign up for her newsletter on her website at http://robinbielman.com.

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Take a Risk Bundle by Robin Bielman-Review and Book Tour

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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

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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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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.

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-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?”
What?
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.

 

 

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Robin BielmanUSA 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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His Million Dollar Risk (Take a Risk #3) by Robin Bielman-Review and Book Tour

His Million Dollar Risk (Take a Risk #3) by Robin Bielman-Review and Book Tour

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His Million Dollar Risk
Take A Risk #3
by Robin Bielman
Release Date: February 9, 2015
Genre: adult,contemporary, erotic, romance

His Million Dollar Risk

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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.

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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 sexy millionaire and preservationist Connor Gibson and journalist Charlize (Charli) Beckett’s storyline. HIS MILLION DOLLAR RISK can be read as a stand alone.

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 you travel along with Charli and Connor down the infamous Route 66.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Take A Risk #1
by Robin Bielman
Genre: adult, contemporary, romance
Release Date: April 26, 2012

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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?

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Take A Risk #2
by Robin Bielman
Genre: adult, contemporary, romance
Release Date: August 26, 2013

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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.

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Robin BielmanWhen 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 all of her story ideas.

She longs to go on adventures and there are many places she really wants to visit – Paris, Ireland, Costa Rica, Italy, London, and so many more. She wouldn’t mind indulging her sweet tooth along the way either! In her spare time she tries to put her treadmill to good use while watching her favorite TV shows, loves to frequent coffee shops, and plays a mean game of sock tug of war with the cutest dog on the planet, Harry.

Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real. She cherishes her family and friends and loves to connect with readers. If you’ve got a minute, come hang out with her at her other online spots:

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YOURS AT MIDNIGHT
by Robin Bielman
Genre: adult, contemporary, romance

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Yours at MidnightLyric Whetsone only had eyes for Quinn Sobel’s brother Oliver, until a car crash took Oliver’s life on New Year’s Eve. Then, a moment of shared grief between Quinn and Lyric became something more impassioned, something that frightened Quinn so much he ran from Lyric’s bed and her life, disappearing for four long years.

Now Quinn’s back for another New Year’s Eve, struggling for closure, desperate to leave his grief in the past and make amends with the girl of his dreams.

But Lyric has a secret–one that could drive Quinn from her life forever. Will Quinn run away from the love and acceptance he’s always wanted…or will he claim his New Year’s kiss and make her his at midnight?

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Keeping Mr. Right Now by Robin Bielman – a Review

Keeping Mr. Right Now by Robin Bielman – a Review

 

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A temporary agreement neither could keep…

Brainy, organized Sophie Birch is no beach bunny. In fact, she’s totally out of her element among the sun-bronzed crowd at a film festival in beautiful White Strand Cove. When a surf lesson introduces her to Zane Hollander, suddenly she’s up close and personal with the world’s sexiest surf star. But what can a great-looking, experienced athlete possibly see in a klutzy out-of-towner who’s never set foot in the ocean?

Zane Hollander’s playboy reputation has never been a problem…until recently. Now his management team wants him on his best behavior to entice a meaningful new sponsor. Sophie Birch is the perfect girl to help reform his image. She’s genuine and respected—and their relationship is purely fictional. But the more Sophie blooms under the beachy sun, the more Zane knows he’ll just break her heart. Because nothing’s more important to Zane than following the tide.

 

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4 out of 5 for this reader folks!

What happens when you just can’t seem to find Mr. Right? You search and find Mr. Right Now!

Keeping Mr. Right Now by Robin Bielman is a wonderful contemporary romance that revolves around one lovely geek girl and a beautiful surfer dude. A light and predictable story that engages the reader right from the start and reveals that beauty doesn’t always exist on the surface alone, but goes deep down where it truely counts.

Zane Hollander is a surf professional, bad boy, who enjoys women falling all over themselves over him. The guys loves his athleticism and babe catching ways, the girls love … well just about everything. Zane is attempting to catch the eye of a prosperous and much admired sponsor and is told that his “bad boy” ways have to go. Serious about this future career changing move, Zane agrees to find the perfect person for his image.

Sophie Birch is the epitome of geek. She is kind, very smart, super klutzy, serious, mature and REALLY beautiful underneath her black rimmed glasses . When she takes a surf lesson from Zane, the prospect of her helping his image blooms and once she is confronted, she agrees to spend public time with Zane in hopes that the sponsors see his serious side.

The inevitable happens however, once these two begin to spend time with the other. Sophie embraces beach life and Zane cannot believe the transformation she goes through. Zane also realizes that his attraction to the hot geeky girl has nothing to do (well mostly nothing … lol) with her outer beauty, and more to do with her inner beauty. Sophie also sees a side of the stud like Zane that is not typical of a bad boy. Suddenly these two realize that Right Now just may be RIGHT but a few hurdles have to be jumped first.

I can see this being a great beach read. It’s heart warming and I found I smiled quite a bit throughout. Quite PG compared to some of my other reads (which is refreshing) there was a nice build up of sexual tension, a genuine falling in love, a conflict and a happy ending. My only real negative comment is that it was a little slow. I had to push myself through some pages and I had that “let’s get on with it already” feeling a few times. On a positive note, I think Sophie’s geek and Zane’s sensitivity is what made them so hot and perfect for each other.

I am looking forward to the next book of this series which may just have been built up for us!

HAPPY READING! 🙂

Reviewed by Rachel

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Veiled Target (Veilers #1) by Robin Bielman-Blog Tour and Review

Veiled Target (Veilers #1) by Robin Bielman-Blog Tour and Review

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Veiled Target
Veilers #1
by Robin Bielman
Genre: paranormal, romance, shifters
Release Date: July 27, 2014

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Tracking down Veilers—non humans—is only a sideline for Tess Damon. Vengeance for her fiancé’s murder is her reason for living. But with two botched jobs on her record, if she fails to eliminate her next mark, she’s dead. She’s not afraid to die, but not before she gets even. Too bad fate has a really bad sense of humor.

Hugh Langston, a wolfen half shifter, lives to keep both humans and his pack safe. But when rogue humans kidnap his apprentice, his rescue mission is compromised by a hot-as-hell, kick-ass woman who makes him think only one thing: mine.

Tess tries to ignore her feelings, but temptation trips her up. Especially when Hugh figures out he’s her next target and forces her into an inconvenient alliance that tests all the laws against their attraction. Now, with the line between good and evil getting blurrier by the minute, it becomes clear Tess’s only hope of living to see another day—and finding a murderer—lies with the one man she’s supposed to kill.

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As an eliminator for Private Investigations and Elimination, or P.I.E. – the clandestine government-sanctioned organization that investigated and removed dangerous non-humans, or Veilers – Tess always worked alone.

Tess thought she was damn good at her job. When her mentor/boss threatens to eliminate her services if she fails her assignment, she had no choice but to take it as was seriously intended. The fact that her target was a wolfen was enough to keep her focused – thank goodness for vendettas. Easy peasy, right? Not when Hugh Langston, the “mark”, upends her world, breaks down her prejudice, and makes her melt. Shi* just got real! You all know my absolute bias towards vampires, but Robin Bielman’s Veiled Target has managed…to make me swoon for a wolf(en)! Let’s take this one book at a time, though – baby steps, please. 😀

When Hugh reveals his identity and mission to find his second-in-command, his attraction to Tess aside, her knowledge of the veiled community and her fearlessness (general badassness) brings him to his knees; he knows he’s a goner. Of course that only makes him dig his heels and dismiss those feelings as fast as they stir him up! I found their banter sexy and charged; their sexual desires hard-fought against logic. When they finally kiss, it was almost comical (almost). Hugh is poisoned during an attack by a supernatural creature and the antidote is nowhere to be found. Tess learns her saliva contains life-saving properties. Talk about taking sexy out of a deep kiss! Quite the opposite, I’m happy to report.

Hugh parted his lips and hers immediately followed. His tongue swept into her mouth and swirled around in such a delicious way that she forgot about everything she hated. Forgot about what day it was, what year, what name she’d been given. Everything inside her turned pliant, soft, agreeable.

Now…wasn’t there elimination business…wasn’t Hugh supposed to be Tess’ target?! Awkward. The magnitude of Tess’ noble kiss, lol, takes on deep impact (which they’re both denying) and simultaneous conflict of interest. I voted for chucking the job and rendering more “first aid” services, but Tess decides to capitalize on Hugh’s abilities. As pack leader of the Night Runners, she’s asked Hugh for help to find out who killed her friend five years ago (you think Hugh’ll freak out when friend = fiancé?) Of course that will complicate matters, not to mention feelings, because you’re not supposed to bite the hand that feeds you, right? (Does that adage even apply here? Uncharted grounds with wolves, I tell you!)

Lots going on, right? Indeed, but it’s not convoluted – Ms. Bielman addresses each subplot with equal attention and passion. I loved them all! And if that wasn’t enough, she delights with secondary characters as well: Blanche was a doll, Dane is a puzzle, Trey and Gavin, charmers both. I was intrigued by everything she offered.

Hugh and Tess work so well together, lines blur (are obliterated, more accurately). Tess owes everything to P.I.E., the agency that raised her, straightened her out as a too young foster kid of 16. When information gleaned suggests subversive purposes are at hand, enlightenment is an understatement. The relationship she’s formed with Hugh gives Tess the courage to question the integrity of her role at P.I.E. Can Tess and Hugh be brave enough to fight for each in love instead of war?

I devoured this book voraciously, but savored it all the while. This book will make you postpone that new recipe you’ve been dying to try and opt for yummy take-out. Don’t forget a glass of your favorite drink…and your partner…whoooo wheeee!!! Soooo.freaking.good.

P.S. I’m not entirely backpedaling, buuuut: It’s the alpha qualities that made me love Hugh. Robin Bielman just made me dislike wolves…less. Ahahaha…but seriously, look at that book cover! Swoooon…

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Reviewed by Carmen

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“Cut the crap, Tess. Why were you following me?”
“How do you know I was following you?” Oops. She meant to say, “What makes you think I was following you?”
He gave a knowing smile—that looked ridiculously sexy rather than irritating. “I know you don’t want to insult my intelligence so let’s just say for argument’s sake, if you were following me, why would that be?”
At least she’d gotten him to change his tone.
“Truthfully?” She leaned a little closer to him. She couldn’t help it.
“That would be nice.”
“I’m really not a very nice person,” she announced.
“Neither am I.” He reached out and moved a strand of hair behind her ear.
Was he trying to confuse her? Because it was working. She’d nearly fallen into his hand before he pulled it away. He was indeed a very bad man.
“That’s good. I hate nice guys. So where does that leave us?”
“I haven’t got all night, Tess.” He lowered his chin, indicating—she presumed—he was growing tired of their banter.
She lifted an eyebrow. “No? That’s too bad. I’m a night owl. I can—”
“Answer my question before I haul you to your car over my shoulder.” His tone sent a little zing of pleasure right to the tips of her breasts.
“As if you could—” She was over his shoulder in one second flat. He moved swiftly, quietly and with superhuman strength. Uh oh. “Hey, put me down!”
He started down the alley, seemingly unbothered by her spastic attempts to get him to let her go. “You ready to walk and talk now?”
“Fine,” she conceded, although the view of his backside was pretty damn good.
When both feet securely hit the ground, she tugged down her dress and shifted the V-neck into place. He watched her squirm to put the rest of the material back where it belonged and his roving eyes heated her from the inside out.
“I followed you because I wanted to help.”
He started walking. “Do I look like I need help?” A little gleam—and major interest?—flickered in his sideways glance.
“Well, no. But I’m very capable and I didn’t feel like going home, so I decided there was no harm in making myself available to you should you need me.” She took a deep breath. It was time to put the question out there. “Did you know Dane is a—”
“Wolfen? Yeah I know.”
“How do you—”
He stopped and turned toward her with confusion and passion in his deep blue eyes. For several seconds he stared at her, like he was trying to get inside her head. Guess what she was thinking. “I’m the leader of the Night Runners,” he finally said.
She imagined he’d told her something he’d never told another human being before.
What the hell was she going to do now?

 

 

 

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Robin BielmanUSA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and crazy-cute mini Labradoodle, Harry. When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also likes to run, hike, and dip her toes in the ocean. Filled with wanderlust, she longs to visit many different places and fulfill her curiosity. She wouldn’t mind indulging her sweet tooth in every location either. She’s a lover of sticky notes, cable television shows and coffee drinks. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.

She writes contemporary and paranormal romance and loves to connect with readers. Learn more and sign up for her newsletter on her website at http://robinbielman.com.

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Wild About Her Wingman by Robin Bielman – a Review

Wild About Her Wingman by Robin Bielman – a Review

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Playing it safe never felt so risky.

Erin Watters is her small town’s resident wild child—she doesn’t do boring, and after having her heart annihilated, she definitely doesn’t do relationships. Her friends have other ideas, though, and when they throw down a matchmaking challenge, impulsive Erin can’t ignore it. Even when the annoyingly hot Troy Strieber accepts the matchmaker role…

As a rescue paramedic, Troy’s used to watching out for people. Never mind the bet he made with his buddy to play Erin’s wingman. But the more time he spends with the sexy, charismatic woman, the more he discovers a side of her she doesn’t let many see. Soon what started as an innocent game of matchmaking has them both thinking about the person right under their nose. But Troy’s a play-it-safe guy, and he won’t let a woman who lives for risk ever steal his heart.

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When Troy’s reputation as matchmaker extraordinaire extends to Erin, a gal whose wild streak is out of his comfort level, the challenge becomes unique.  Erin’s been burned by love, so she’s a bit jaded; he’s got to figure her out.  But the real problem is that TROY has to step out of the way.  Now, what happens when you set up friends?  You try to find common interests, similarities.  Before long, Troy believes HE’s Erin’s perfect match.  Delish or what?!  Robin Bielman tells just this story in Wild About Her Wingman, an entertaining read that is perfectly timed for summer reading!

“All I’ve got to do is find her a guy she wants a second date with.  This challenge has nothing to do with getting her to fall for someone.”…

“I said find Erin’s dream guy, but you know, I’m feeling generous so let’s just say a guy she wants to keep dating.”

Shit.  He had said that, hadn’t he?

Before wingman duties go into overdrive, Troy has to face personal demons of his own.  While he may have a flare for pairing up people, his own bachelor status stems from his girlfriend’s fatal hiking accident.  When his captain at the firehouse encourages Troy to pursue “exposure therapy” to rid him of his acrophobia (fear of heights), Troy never expected Erin to be his therapist (she’s a grad student).  Their connection was already forming pursuant to the dating challenge, so you can imagine how attuned they were.  Before long, Troy and Erin are collaborating and more interested in each other than any of the wingman set-ups.  Unfortunately, Troy and Erin get in the way.  Now that he’s her thesis subject, and they both believe they’re too different for each other, distance becomes necessary.

If she were ever dumb enough to act on her attraction, and it got out, his squeaky-clean image would ruin the carefree, hasty reputation she’d spent years nurturing, and no way could she have that.  And no way could she trust herself not to let her heart get involved.  Because Troy was just the type to make her woozy with affection and attachment.

A few critiques, if I may.  I couldn’t quite get into the rhythm Ms. Bielman set.  Erin was reputed to be the “bad girl”, but I didn’t read about reckless behavior (adolescent mischief more accurately).  Scenes would flow then segue rather abruptly.  It also got interrupted by a change of writing styles; as if the author included all her thoughts instead of filtering some out.  It led to a crammed, “don’t let me forget this detail” read.  And treating Troy’s phobia, while she suffers from one herself…it didn’t lend itself to credibility of her own profession.  In the end, it’s about healing body and soul and this couple would offer the other no less.  Don’t expect steam here, however.  It heads that way, but you’re left *gasping* to vivid imaginations…

All in all, this was a sweet story of overcoming adversity with the one you love.  A plot like this never goes out of style. 

Reviewed by Carmen

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