REVIEW: The Risk by Caitlin Crews

Posted October 1st, 2019 by in Blog, Dare, Harlequin Mills&Boon, HJ Top Pick!, Review / 3 comments


The Risk by Caitlin Crews is a sexy romance between a daring ballerina and a wealthy businessman who can’t forget their night together and wants more, at any cost.

Darcy has spent several years in the ballet corps of a well known New York dance company when her best friend and fellow dancer Annabelle convinces her to take her place for a night at an exclusive Parisian nightclub as a burlesque dancer. It’s an opportunity to let go of the rigid expectations of her current dance position and contains an impossible to resist twist – the chance to fulfill a fantasy of spending a night with a stranger who will take control and let her submit to his sexual whims.

When Sebastian makes eye contact with the lithe, enchanting woman on the stage, he knows he must have her no matter the price she’ll charge for her time with him. When she agrees to accompany him to a suite and lets him fulfill his and her desires, it’s an explosive encounter that isn’t easily forgotten. Though she disappears the next morning, Sebastian is able to track her down and proposes a relationship full of hot sex – but draws the line at romance and love. For Darcy, it’s hard to resist the man who makes her fantasies come true. But will it lead to a real happy ending?

Be prepared to have steam curling off of your kindle with this one! Sebastian and Darcy’s first encounter is one of the hottest things I’ve read by this author. Even though she knows it’s only for one night, Darcy can’t stop herself from telling Sebastian her real first name which is how he’s able to track her down eventually. It’s the second part of their relationship that brings them into deeper emotional bonds. Sebastian opens up about his past, his fraught relationship with his brother Ash (hero of The Debt by Jackie Ashenden) and how he’s been punishing himself for years for his missteps. Darcy is the one who makes him feel he is worth something, a feeling that scares him into pushing her away before he realizes his mistake, one he must fix if he’s going to get her back.

Besides the intense relationship, I really enjoyed the dance theme of this story. The harsh reality of life as a ballet dancer with its strict forms and rules and how Darcy feels about dance is a key part of the plot and it’s her night of burlesque dancing that starts to unravel her dedication to ballet. She also has a complex relationship with her parents that is entwined with her dancing that is explored in the novel. If you’re looking for a compelling, sensual character driven story, I highly recommend The Risk. I can’t wait to read more in The Billionaire’s Club quartet!

Book Info:

Publication: Oct 01, 2019 | Harlequin Dare | The Billionaires Club #2

In the second installment of The Billionaire’s Club quartet, arrogant billionaire Sebastian Dumont risks everything for one night with an exquisite dancer…whose dark fantasy leaves him wanting more.

Love is a risk I will never take, a prize too good for a man who betrayed his family. That’s why I prefer to keep things transactional. So when I see the exquisite tiny dancer in the exclusive Parisian billionaire’s club, turning her burlesque into an erotic art form, I’ll give whatever it takes to have her…

She is mine for one night, to do with as I please. But following my commands seems to bring her as much pleasure as it does me. And I can’t help wondering at her performance. She almost makes me believe this is a fantasy of her own making.

I’m not ready to let her go after just one night, but I never imagined my hunt would lead me to New York City, or to a restrained and disciplined ballerina. Stoking the fire that rages between us could be the biggest risk I’ve ever taken…one that may cost me everything, including my damaged heart.



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