Saturday, May 4, 2013

VBT: Review, Giveaway and Guest post by Anne Lange author of Worth the Risk

Anne Lange has been kind enough to guest post for me today!

Taking Risks by Anne Lange

We all take risks every day in our life. We drive cars. We cross busy streets. We start new projects. We start new jobs or new relationships. We buy lottery tickets. We go on job interviews. We say “I do.” It’s simply a part of life. But it’s scary. What if it doesn’t work? What if they don’t like me? What if I get hurt? What if I do get that new job? What if I win millions of dollars?

A risk is an event that has a certainly probability of occurring. And if it does occur, it will come with certain consequences. Those consequences can be good (an opportunity – you win money, or get a new job offer, or a new assignment). Or, they can be negative (it could cost you more money, take you more time, end up with a loss of profit, clients or even yours or somebody else’s life).

My husband’s job is workplace health and safety. He makes sure the people who work for his employer goes about their daily tasks in such a way that they prevent themselves and others from getting hurt. Or, that they do their job, clearly aware and understanding of the risks involved, so that they can plan their actions accordingly.

In my day-time job, I help others understand the concept of risk management. What it means to them and to the organization as a whole, how to identify the risks they may face, how to assess them, and then how to deal with them so they lessen the exposure.

We face challenges every single day at work, out on the roads, and in our home, but we typically—consciously or not—take certain steps to try our best to minimize the impact of that unknown. You can’t always prevent it altogether, but you can lessen the damage. After all, our goal is generally to protect ourselves, isn’t it?

In Worth the Risk, Molly and Tanner took a chance on love when they were young. Then an unforeseen event occurred, something neither considered nor planned for, and Molly decides to lessen her exposure and protect herself, ending their relationship. Ten years later, they must decide if they still love each other enough to risk the same thing happening again. Is love enough? Is it worth the risk?

About this Author:

Anne Lange grew up with a love of reading. In fact, if you take a close look, she’s got a book with her where ever she goes, and will usually sneak in at least a chapter or ten whenever she can spare a few minutes. She reads many genres of fiction, but prefers to write sexy romance with attractive men, strong females, and always a happily ever after.

While embarking on a career as a romance author, Anne juggles a full time job and a family. She grew up in Southern Ontario (Canada), but now makes her home in Eastern Ontario where she lives with her husband and three children, and Rocky the bearded dragon.

To connect with Anne:

Web Page/Blog / Facebook Author Page / Facebook

Twitter / Goodreads / Pinterest


Even the hottest sex might not be enough to ease the pain of the past…

Molly Simpson arrives at a beautiful provincial park, ready to spend the May Two-Four holiday camping with friends. This weekend is the highlight of her year—or it was, until Tanner Daivies showed up. Her high school crush is all grown up, sexy as sin, and he’s demanding answers—answers Molly isn’t sure she can give him. She had her reasons for leaving him all those years ago, but now, sex with Tanner is scorching, and when they’re together, it’s clear they were never meant to be apart. But the past doesn’t want to stay buried, and Molly isn’t sure reliving it is worth the risk…

Title: Worth the Risk

Author: Anne Lange

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Length: Novella

Word Count: 26,491

Page Count: 118

Price: 3.99

ISBN: 978-1-939194-51-0

Heat Level: 4

Editor: Rachel Firasek

Cover Artist: Annie Melton

Release Date: 1/4/2013

Buy Links:

Amazon / Barnes and Noble / All Romance Ebooks / Kobo

Here's an excerpt:

It was really him. Curiosity got the better of her, and she glanced back over her shoulder. Memories assaulted her as he removed his six-foot-plus frame from the car to stand in the center of the welcome circle. Her friends were all talking at him, their voices filled with excitement. Judging by his glazed expression, their reaction left him a little overwhelmed.

Ten years. She rubbed her chest, thinking back to the invisible ache that had bothered her earlier on the drive here. She’d struggled the entire two hours to keep her focus on the road and not on painful memories from her past.

She flexed her fingers. Maybe the cause of her earlier distress was the fact that this year served as a milestone. Ten years since graduation, ten years since she last saw Tanner, and ten years since…fuck. When did she start counting? Molly searched the area for possible escape routes.

Colleen’s gentle shake brought her back to the moment. “Brad texted me earlier and said he took the afternoon off. He also said he was bringing a surprise with him. He’s been dating somebody new. I just assumed—”

“Um…yeah. I wouldn’t have expected Brad’s surprise to be Tanner either. It…ah…caught me off guard. That’s—” Oh, crap. “I just need a few minutes.”

“You’ve got no color in your face. I’m sure it will be OK. Awkward, yes, but probably fine.”

Molly’s heart palpitated. Colleen’s mouth moved, but the buzz in her ears drowned out the words. She swallowed hard. Air, she needed air.

“Besides, the others won’t let him cause a scene. You’re the one we’ve stayed close to over the years, not him. Our allegiance is to you, honey.”

Molly swung her gaze to where her childhood friends had gathered around the car, effectively pinning Tanner against it. Sam and Olivia, a couple since they were in diapers, were married now, and both glowed like beacons.

Violet, a transplant from Toronto when her parents divorced, hovered close, waiting for her turn to say hi.

Brad and Tanner had been best friends through grade school and high school. Brad had been pissed when Tanner left town without a word to anyone. Looked as though he got over it.

Molly had never told anybody why she and Tanner broke up. She’d stressed over it at the time, deflecting comments from friends about him disappearing days before graduation. She hated the thought of being subjected to the pity she’d see on their faces if they knew the truth. Everybody just assumed the breakup had been his doing. She never corrected them, just implied she’d agreed with his decision.

Colleen’s words began to cut through the insistent noise. Molly nodded. “Thank you. That means more to me than you know.” Unshed tears burned her eyes. She opened her mouth and sucked in a shaky breath, but at least she had oxygen in her lungs now. “You’re right. It will be…fine.” She gulped. “Why don’t you go over and say hi?”

“Are you sure?”

“Yeah. I’m going to wait here for a few more minutes.” She began calculating the odds of sneaking past her friends and making a quick getaway before any of them noticed. She made a mental note to back her car in next time.

“OK.” Colleen gave her a final squeeze and walked over to join the others.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Molly closed her eyes, wishing for a paper bag. A really big one. She so did not need this in her life right now.


4.5 Stars

"Worth the Risk is my first book by Anne Lange and I loved it. For a short story it piled on the personality and hot scenes. I never felt like anything was being rushed along because of the length of the book. If you are looking for a sweet, fun, hot read to pass a few hours this is the one for you."

Tina "coffee and books"

5 stars

"A smoothly-written and well-executed erotic romance novel, “Worth the Risk” immediately captures the reader’s attention and emotions and maintains that grasp throughout until the ending, leaving the reader to relax in satisfaction with a “well done!” to the characters and the author."

Mallory Heart Reviews

My Thoughts:

Worth the Risk is bittersweet. It was a second chance type erotic romance.

Molly broke up with Tanner 10 years ago. It broke her heart to do it but guilt was eating away at her. Although she knew it would hurt him too, she wanted to give him a chance to find happiness with someone else.

She is shocked when he appears at the yearly campout that she and her friends have. She wants so badly to know how he is and what has been happening. She has so many questions ~ Can he forgive her? Does he still care?  She doesn't dare to hope.

Tanner wants answers from Molly and is determined to get them. He still loves her and wants to know why she broke his heart.

He gets his answers and he is shocked.

This book is meant for adults. There are many scorching scenes. ;-) 

Worth the Risk was a short read but had depth. There was more than just good s*x going on between these pages. :D

I'd recommend this to those of you who like your books fast and hot, also for those of you who like some second chance romances. You'll see this book is Worth the Risk! ;-) 

I received a copy of this book from CBLS in exchange for my honest opinion. It was hot with a plot. What's not to like?

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  1. i guess we have the annuela " birthday" party i organise for the roleplaying club but it's not necessary "friends" each years and the people changes like the members of the club so i don't sure it qualify.
    i really don't see anything else that could though

    since i nearly died, i've got panick attack ( less at teh moment but it's unpredictable) so i'm trying not to lesser teh risks but to avoid them completely ( i guess the first exception was when i started my blog)i'm don't feel strong enough to take risks now( which is quite different from the child i was^^ adventurous and determined)

    1. I don't have anything like that either but I think it is an awesome idea!

      I'm sorry to hear that you have panic attacks. They are so not fun!

      Hopefully one day you won't have to deal with them anymore. :D

  2. The May 24th thing is a tradition in Canada. It's our official start to the summer season. And camping is quite the norm for celebrating it. It's the time people "open" their summer camps or cottages, and the provincial parks officially open. Not always the nicest of weekends though and has often been cold and raining, but we stick it out. And if you don't camp then it's the first big BBQ party of the summer!

    Taking risks does not come easily to many people. Certainly doesn't to me, though I'm a little more willing to as I get older (odd hmm) I think because I'm at a point in my life that I take a "calculated risk" meaning the result if positive will be fabulous, but if negative - well, at least I gave it a shot.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting. And thank you Brenda for hosting me today! :)

    1. You're welcome. Thank you for the info on Canada's camping tradition. I think it's awesome!

  3. Worth the Risk sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing the excerpt and review.
    I have lost track of my classmates from high school, so we don't get together. I didn't know about the May 24th camping tradition in Canada. I will have to tell my husband about it, because he travels to Canada on business a few times a year.

  4. No no yearly things. We all just sporatically do stuff together. This does sound really good.