Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Worth The Risk - Interview & Giveaway

Title: Worth the Risk
Author: Robin Bielman
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 160 pages
Release Date: April 2012
Imprint: Ever Afters

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 it worth the risk?

My Review:

Robin Bielman has given us a contemporary romance novel, this is what I call my Sunday afternoon reading, and it was a romance novel with a happy ending.  I enjoyed Robin Bielman writing, her characters felt real, the plot was good and if you’re a fan of romance this is a book for you to read.


We meet Samantha Bennett who is trying to follow her dream and if she doesn’t win this contract she knows she may be out of a job.  Her father has pretty much disowned her, she is lonely and still in love with a man who broke her heart 5 years ago and today she just wants to secure the job. On her way to the interview she sees him in the elevator Dean Malloy the one who broke her heart.  All she can do at this moment is pray he doesn’t see her.   But of course like any great romance novel they are destined to bump into each other and to make matters worse they both are trying to secure the same contract. 


They talk….they agree to meet for a drink………can she do this? What if she loses the contract and end’s up jobless…? Will he break her heart again? Will she lose everything?


The answers to these questions can only be found by going out and picking up this book.  Worth the Risk is a fantastic romance novel, it is well written and I enjoyed it immensely.  Robin Bielman made the characters come to life and I loved the romance,  she add  a bit of suspense and I didn’t put the book down praying I was going to get my happy ever after ending. If you love a good romance novel this is the one to read!
I have rated it 4 stars and would recommend it to any of my friends who love a great romance story.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You can read the first two chapters of Worth the Risk here:

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Robin Bielman lives in Southern California, a bike ride away from the ocean if she’s feeling really adventurous. She loves books and baking and running on the treadmill while watching her favorite TV shows. When she’s not reading or writing her next story, she’s spending time with her high school sweetheart husband and two sons, most likely watching, playing, or discussing baseball. She drives too fast, drinks too much caffeine, and if every day were Cupcake Day, she’d be a happy camper! She loves to connect with readers. You can find her online here:

Interview with Robin Bielman

Now, enjoy the interview!

       Thanks so much for having me here today, Tana!

1. Did you always want to be a writer? And what inspired you to write?

I’ve always loved writing, but didn’t actually think about being a writer until I was in my twenties. My first job out of college was with a film company and I read scripts and wrote synopses. That led to a job with a local production company where I wrote commercials, infomercials, corporate videos and cable television shows. And during all of this, I never actually considered myself a “writer.” If people asked what I did, I said, “I work for a production company.” When I had my children, I turned to freelance writing and still didn’t call myself a writer. It wasn’t until I started writing romantic fiction in pursuit of publication that I finally let myself believe I was indeed, a writer! Inspiration originally came from a fellow freelance writer who encouraged me to write romance. Now, so many amazing authors inspire me to write and improve my craft.

2. How would you describe Worth the Risk?

Worth the Risk is a reunion story. Dean Malloy and Samantha Bennett spent a summer together after college, fell in love, and then went their separate ways. Five years later, they’re face to face again competing for the same job. When Dean proposes they spend the weekend together, they struggle with their unresolved feelings and have to decide if love is worth the risk.

3. Which character did you have the most fun writing?

I loved writing both characters. Dean is loyal, protective, approachable and stubborn. He’s an outdoor junkie, incredibly passionate about the environment, and a guy I hope readers will fall in love with. With Samantha, I wanted to write someone who was smart and competent, but who was also vulnerable with the same uncertainties we all have. She’s a bit of a klutz too, which I hope makes her someone readers can quickly relate to.

4. What was your main source of inspiration for the story?

I’m a big fan of Outside magazine, and I was reading an article about the Best Jobs when one on heritage protection really resonated with me. I decided right then I was going to write a story about a guy with that job, and who loved the environment more than anything else. Then I came up with the girl from his past that he’s never stopped loving, and who makes him rethink his bachelor status.

5.   What should readers expect from Worth the Risk?

Readers can expect lots of romance, wanderlust, adventure, a big first kiss, and I hope enough fun to keep them quickly turning the pages.

6.   How did you come up with the title of your book?

I have a pretty easy time coming up with titles. And I have to have a title before I start writing! I’m not one of those authors who can work with “Untitled Project.” I came up with Worth the Risk in hopes of capturing the feeling of wanderlust and forever love and how the best things in life are always worth the risk.

7.   As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Growing up I wanted to be either a professional tennis player or a marine biologist. I lived and breathed tennis, traveling all over for tournaments until I got to high school. During my school years, science, specifically biology, was my favourite subject. That combined with my love for the ocean and I thought marine biology would be awesome. Once I got to college, though, and realized all the other classes—chemistry and math? ack!—that I’d have to take, I majored in communications, minored in biology and visited Sea World a lot.

8.   Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

Oh my gosh! Hearing from readers is the BEST! I’ve gotten some amazing reviews from the nicest readers/reviewers and I can’t tell you how much their kind words have meant to me. They’ve put huge smiles on my face, and I am so happy and grateful that my story has meant something to them. (And just today, I got an email from a reader who said she LOVED my book!)

9.   Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?

I hope to make a career out of writing! I couldn’t imagine ever not writing and want to continue to tell stories for a long, long time.

10.   What were your feelings when your first novel was accepted/when you first saw the cover of the finished product?

Worth the Risk is my debut, and I was over the moon! I’m still over the moon! It’s surreal sometimes, seeing my book for sale and knowing people are reading it. I’ve had the best experience with Entangled Publishing and couldn’t have asked for a better start than with them.

11.   Are you working on any books/projects that you would like to share with us?

I recently finished a second novella that features McCall, a character I introduced in Worth the Risk. I’ve paired him with the perfect girl to mess up his life – the widow of his best friend – and had a great time writing it! I’m also finishing up revisions on a YA.

12.   Is there anything additional you would like to share with your readers?

I’d just like to say thank you so much for your support! And I love hearing from you, so please feel free to contact me.

13.   Who designed the cover?

The amazing Adrien-Luc Sanders designed my cover. He is super talented in so many fields! He captured Samantha perfectly.

Any last thoughts or words of wisdom you would like to share with the readers?

Happy reading!

Thanks again, Tana! I’ve enjoyed visiting with you!

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