Worth the Risk
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Author's Note: This book was originally published in 2013 by Etopia Press in digital format only. All rights were transferred back to me in January of 2016. This book has been revised and updated to enhance the characters and storyline, but the content has not been significantly altered, meaning the original plot remains intact. Approx. 1200 words were added, as well as a beautiful new cover. This book is now available in both digital and print formats.
- SubSeries: Not applicable
eBook Release Date
- Release Date (digital): March 7, 2017, hotRom publishing
Print Release Date
- Release Date (print): March 7, 2017, hotRom publishing
Audio Release Date
- Release Date (audio) January 2014; Etopia Press
A weekend of hot sex can’t erase past heartbreaks, but it might lead to a better tomorrow.
Molly arrives at a beautiful park, ready to spend the 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.
Years ago, Molly Simpson broke his heart. When the woman he loved told him she needed space, Tanner gave it to her—for ten long years. Now he’s back. He’ll settle for closure but hopes for a future. Sex with Molly is scorching hot and brings back plenty of memories. When they’re together, it’s clear they were never meant to be apart.
It may be time to deal with the past. But is reliving it worth the risk?
Praise for Worth the Risk
For full review: Mallory Heart Reviews “ 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 Reiter~ for full review: http://riverinaromantics.blogspot.com
“As Molly and Tanner reunite through numerous steamy sexual encounters (and there are A LOT of encounters) we get brief glimpses of a fun and supportive group of friends and I was intrigued by all of them. It was easy to immerse myself in this story as each member of the group was easy to relate to. On a whole this story was sexy yet heartwarming, intensely emotional and painful with an epilogue that’s uplifting and joyous. Ms. Lange has created a wonderful hero and sets us on an emotional roller coaster ride that ends in an immensely satisfying conclusion. So take a risk and read Worth the Risk.”
For full review: J.Falty’s Words of Wisdom from the Scarf Princess “Worth the Risk starts off pulling the heartstrings of the reader. The story involves a woman’s search for self, making a decision that cuts to the marrow. Then the story shifts forward to the reunion of Molly and Tanner. Their lost love demands a reconnection, and then Tanner very much becomes a man on a mission. The sexy scenes deliver up the goods and the story weaves angst coupled with rocking desire. I look forward to Anne Lange’s next book. Keep them coming!”
For full review: Book Reviews and Peeks “The romance in this story was hot and passionate! The scenes between Molly and Tanner were well written and will leave you looking for a fan or a tall glass of ice tea. Great job. I was very pleased with the ending. Thank you Ms. Lange for the opportunity to read your work. I recommend it to anyone looking for a contemporary heartfelt and tender reunion romance.”
For full review: Krystal Shannan, Satin Sheets Romance
“The story was well paced, and the flow was smooth enough to follow without getting pulled out of it. For a novella there were quite a few sex scenes, but all of them were scorching hot! Thunder storm – enough said. The first scene was a little unexpected, but since those two never stopped loving each other, even after ten years, I got it – feelings, opportunity, desire all led to “deed now, talk later”. I loved the ending in the form of an epilogue. It was perfect for them, and Tanner became more swoon-worthy in my eyes. If you love second chances, toe-curling moments, and happy ending that put a perma-smile on your face, this story is for you. It’s definitely Worth the Risk. I would definitely read more books by Anne Lange.”
For full review: Michelle W “MsRomanticReads”
“I’ve never forgotten you or what we had. You meant everything to me.” He put it out there. The pain he’d held in since that day she’d told him it was over, laced his words.
Molly dropped her gaze. “I never meant to hurt you.”
Shifting to the left, she made a move to step away from the tree, away from him, but he edged in close, stalling her. He placed his finger under her chin, tipping her face toward the moonlight. He gazed down into her eyes. “Why then? Why did you end it the way you did?”
“I had to… I… Never mind, I just had to.” She trembled as she choked out the last.
“I don’t understand. Did I do something wrong? Did I hurt you somehow?” His mind raced over their past, as it had many times, trying to figure out what happened. When things changed.
“Of course not.” Her conviction put him at ease, a little bit at least.
“Did somebody else do or say something?” Unexpected rage ripped through him. Good God, had somebody hurt her?
“No. No, it wasn’t anything you or anybody else did.” She tried to pull out of his grasp.
He held steadfast, closing the distance until his chest grazed hers. He pinned her to the tree.
“Please. Let me go.”
“I want answers.”
Standing this close to her, for the first time in years, her heart beating a rapid flutter against his chest did wild things to his body. His heartbeat sped up, sweat popped out on his forehead, and his cock hardened to steel. He dropped his gaze to her mouth. Her lush lips parted, warm breaths blew out in little spurts, fluttering against his neckline. He knew he shouldn’t rush this. He’d come with a plan to get her back, if she’d take him. But no way could he stop.
“I want the truth. I suppose I can wait a little longer if you’re not ready.” For answers. He could wait for answers. Touching her, tasting her, was a different thing altogether. “But I do have something I need to give you.” He hesitated, questioning his intention. Screw it. “I’m sorry, but I can’t resist, and you’re too desirable.”
He bent his head low, paused, and pressed his lips to hers. It should have been gentle, but it wasn’t. Unless she pushed him away, or told him no, the need to kiss her was vital, her taste essential.
He tensed, expecting her to do just that when she raised her arms and placed her palms against his chest. He held his breath, his body trembling while he waited. A heavy sigh escaped her mouth, and she curled the tips of her fingers into his shirt. With a soft whimper, she lured him closer, leaning into his body, taking his kiss.
A flood of emotions strangled him—anger, relief, basic sexual need. Pressing his highly aroused body solidly against hers, he flattened his palms against the tree on either side of her head. A moan rose from his chest. He swept his tongue inside her mouth, dueling with hers. He touched the soft insides of her cheeks and the smooth surface of her teeth, absorbing her unique essence, which was even better than he remembered. He drew back to lick along her bottom lip, placing small kisses at the corners, and then dove back in for more, angling for a closer connection. A sense of urgency began to build.
God, he’d missed this.