A Risk Worth Taking: A Red River Series Book [NOOK Book]

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Interior designer Holly Carrington worked hard for her success. Then tragedy struck, leaving Holly the sole guardian of her infant niece. Now she’s swapped her designer purse for a diaper bag, and is going ahead with plans to renovate—and sell—her childhood home in Red River. But facing her past also means coming face-to-face with Quinn Manning all over again...

Quinn was the object of her girlhood crush—and heartbreak— and is more gorgeous than ever. He’s also the only person...

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Interior designer Holly Carrington worked hard for her success. Then tragedy struck, leaving Holly the sole guardian of her infant niece. Now she’s swapped her designer purse for a diaper bag, and is going ahead with plans to renovate—and sell—her childhood home in Red River. But facing her past also means coming face-to-face with Quinn Manning all over again...

Quinn was the object of her girlhood crush—and heartbreak— and is more gorgeous than ever. He’s also the only person qualified to oversee the renovation. Now they’re butting heads every step of the way... and their attraction is more electrifying than ever! But once the house is sold, Holly needs to return to her real life. And falling for Quinn all over again is one risk she can’t take...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622660728
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/11/2013
  • Series: Entangled Indulgence
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 170
  • Sales rank: 686
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author



Victoria James always knew she wanted to be a writer, and in grade five, she penned her first story, bound it (with staples) and a cardboard cover, and did all the illustrations herself. Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again. In high school she fell in love with historical romance, and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, Victoria pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened her own business. After her first child, Victoria knew it was time to fulfill the dream of writing romantic fiction. Victoria is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-afters for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she’s quite content living in suburbia with her husband, their two young children, and a very bad cat. Victoria loves connecting with readers, and you can find her online at victoriajames.ca and on Twitter: @vicjames101.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Ugh

    This book was lacking feeling. I mean no real plot just that she was scared to love. I really didnt enjoy it and i felt it was a waist of my time. Could have been a good book. Short only about 140pgs

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2013

    Holly has had so much loss in her life, loss her mother and gran

    Holly has had so much loss in her life, loss her mother and grandparents, but she refuses to let it hold her down.She leaves her small town pursue her dream of interior design. She made it, just got a huge promotion a senior designer, she's ecstatic. Then with a phone call her whole world changes. The death of her sister and brother-in-law, leave her a new mother and the feeling that she has no one left. Deciding to go back to her hometown, where she hasn't been in 10 years, to renovate and sell the family home, to ensure a secure future for her niece. Well she is there her perspective on life changes.




    Quinn is a old friend of Holly's family, he also runs a large contractual business. Holly hires his company to complete her renovations. During the time spent together there is a lot of tension between them. Before Holly had left for school she had professed her love for him, he turned her down and now realizes that was a mistake.




    I thought this was a wonderful story, that has a beautiful lesson. I felt for Holly and her fears that she had developed through her life. I loved Quinn!!! All the characters were very likable and relatable!!! I can't wait to read another of Victoria James books!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2013

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    I loved this contemporary romance. It's been 10 years since Holl

    I loved this contemporary romance.
    It's been 10 years since Holly Carrington lived in Red River.  She left at the age of 18 to go to school and pursue a career in interior design, which she has become very successful at.  She has finally achieved her goal and worked her way up into the position of senior designer.  The only family that Holly has left is her sister, brother-in-law, and baby niece Ella, who she adores.  When she receives word that there has been a tragic car accident that has taken the life of her sister and brother-in-law, she is completely devastated.  Thankfully, baby Ella is fine, but now Holly finds herself as Ella's sole guardian, a task that she fears she can't handle or live up to.  Having already planned to take 2 months off to renovate her grandparents home in Red River for her sister, she and baby Ella pack up and head home.  Home has lots of memories, good and bad....memories that Holly doesn't know if she can handle.  She has called Quinn Manning to head up the renovation project for her and is really nervous about seeing him again.  She has had a crush on him since she was big enough to have a crush.  At 18, she confessed her feelings to Quinn, who was 25 at the time, and was crushed when he didn't reciprocate, telling her she was too young.  When she sees him again, all those feelings come back to the surface, the crush and the hurt caused by Quinn's rejection.  Quinn is also faced with his feelings, the past, and has his own wounds and guilt to deal with.  Will these two be able to overcome the obstacles set before them and find love once again, or will Holly's fears for the future and Quinn's guilt from the past be more than they can overcome?




    I really loved A Risk Worth Taking.  Holly's character was great and I enjoyed getting to know her as she transitioned into her role as Ella's mom.  Her Coach bag, which was once a symbol of her success has now become a diaper bag, and her fancy clean car is now filled with baby stuff.  Holly is very strong and very stubborn, but she also has a lot of hurt that she has buried deep inside.  She totally adores Ella, and Ella is an absolute doll that will melt your heart, a fact that Quinn Manning finds out shortly after meeting her.  Quinn is a total hottie.  I mean the man just has it going on.  He steps in to help Holly in any way he can, but  soon realizes that the feelings he once had for her are still there, and the feelings that he has for Ella really throw him for a loop.  Quinn and Holly are both stubborn, and dealing with the renovation of the house proves to be both entertaining and challenging, with some really humorous situations that I totally enjoyed.  The chemistry between Quinn and Holly is undeniable, and I loved watching their relationship develop as they dealt with their desires, their hurts, and their fears, butting heads along the way.  I found A Risk Worth Taking to be a wonderful contemporary romance that is funny, sexy, fast paced, with some sad moments,and some really heartwarming ones.  If you are a contemporary romance fan, then A Risk Worth Taking is something you should definitely check out.  

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Don't bother

    ## This was so awful, I could barely finish it. The heroine was supposed to be this amazingly independent, successful woman, yet she couldn't do ANYTHING. It absolutely drove me crazy. She said she could assemble a crib; she insisted she could hang a lamp; she boasted again and again that she could take care of herself. NOT. She couldn't even give a baby tylenol. Constantly dropping things and stumbling. And she was a 28 year old virgin? Puh-leez! She is permanently in my TSTL (too stupid to live) catagory. And the hero was such an unlikeable, arrogant ass. His only redeeming quality was the way he treated the baby. Even the ending sucked. Don't bother with this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2013

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    Victoria James paints a poignant picture using words in this sto

    Victoria James paints a poignant picture using words in this story of unrequited teen love and the losses that happen to all of us as we journey through life. I absolutely fell in love with these characters and you will too.




    Holly Carrington is promoted at work and in the next few moments her joy is overtaken by intense sorrow after being informed that her sister and brother-in-law are dead. Holly takes custody of her niece and returns to her hometown to remodel her grandmother's house and sell it. She has chosen Quinn Manning's company to do the renovations. Quinn is the man Holly has loved all of her life. It's too bad he turned down an opportunity to be in a relationship with her when she was 18.




    This is the classsic the one that got away story with a twist that involves an adorable baby girl, Ella. I loved that both characters were honest, had integrity, and courageously shared their vulnerabilities. I enjoyed how the author allowed the reader to understand the backsory to Quinn and Holly's romance. Quinn was such a strong, sensitive character that showed love for Holly and Ella. Holly experienced the loss of her parents, grandparents, and her sister. She was afraid to open up and love anyone because she felt that it would destroy her to lose anyone else. For anyone that has ever felt the loss of someone you loved with all of your heart it's easy to see how Holly would withdraw from an emotional attachment with Quinn. Quinn felt that he was undeserving of happiness because he wasn't a good husband to his former wife.




    Through the pages you can see how their love helps each one to heal and find the courage to love each other and take ""a risk worth taking"". There were some romantic scenes and definitely chemistry that crackled between them. The real treasure is the emotional connection between the two of them. The story is well written and the characters will stick with you long after you put the book away.




    Reviewed by Michelle for Cocktails and Books

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2013

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    This was a cute story about Holly Carrington. She left home at

    This was a cute story about Holly Carrington. She left home at 18 to pursue college and then a career but she left behind the man she always wanted. When she had to step up and raise her niece, she went home to renovate the family home in order to sell it. Holly thought that Quinn never cared for her but he was seven years older and wanted her to pursue her dream. However now that she was back, he didn't want to let her go. Holly was afraid to love again because every time she did she lost that person. She was hurt when Quinn rejected her all those years ago and had waited 10 years to be with Quinn and now that she had, will she be able to walk away? It was nice to see the relationship develop between Quinn and Holly. He was very patient with Holly and he also fell in love with Ella. Holly was unsure of her ability to be Ella's mom and it was inspiring when she realized that she could do it.

    Rating-4

    Reviewed by Donna McClaugherty,My Book Addiction Reviews

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    Sizzling Chemistry, Heartwrenching Romance! I loved this book!

    Sizzling Chemistry, Heartwrenching Romance!
    I loved this book! Very surprised. New author for me. I was entertained and invested in the heroine's life right from page one. Fast-paced, clever dialogue. The hero was exactly what a hero should be: strong, smart, with a very tender side. Highly recommend!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2013

    Hot Chemistry, Heartwarming Romance! I normally don't pick


    Hot Chemistry, Heartwarming Romance!



    I normally don't pick up books by new authors, but I saw a review for this one and it sounded pretty good. I was pleasantly surprised!! I was so surprised by the depth of emotion in this book. The heroine was strong, stubborn, but had a very soft, vulnerable side to her. The hero was one of the best Alpha's I've read-hot, strong, and tender. Beautiful love story. Amazing dialogue-it read as though people were actually talking. Really witty banter-I was laughing out loud more than once. The characters came alive-even the supporting characters which I'm assuming are going to be in the next book. I love stories about brothers so can't wait to see which brother's story is next-both seem very hot too. I will definitely look for more from this author! Excellent contemporary romance, highly recommend!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Highly Recommend. This is a definite must-read if you love reuni

    Highly Recommend. This is a definite must-read if you love reunion romances-or any contemporary romance. I really enjoyed the premise, and the characters were totally relatable. The hero, Quinn and heroine, Holly had lots of chemistry, and there were certain scenes that brought tears to my eyes. Some really funny moments too-and great dialogue. I loved that Quinn and Holly didn't hate each other-they were both stubborn, both headstrong, and had tons of passion. I thought the author did a great job with baby Ella too. Usually kids are in the background-but she had a personality and totally melted my heart. Especially the scenes with Quinn and Ella. Definitely a feel-good read that reminds me of why I read contemporary romance. I'll be looking out for the next book from this author for sure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Liked this book

    really enjoyed this book and the 2nd book. Can't wait for the next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Great

    I really enjoy this series. A quick read.

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  • Posted June 19, 2013

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    By: Victoria James Published By: Entangled: Indulgence Age Recom

    By: Victoria James
    Published By: Entangled: Indulgence
    Age Recommended: Adult
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Rating: 4
    Book Blog For: GMTA
    Series: A Red River Series Book
    Review:

    "A Risk Worth Taking" was a contemporary romance of a story of a "woman becoming a mother and a man finding himself a family." This is a love story that started during their teenage years that for a while was put on the back burner but as life would have it a second chance will come for Holly and Quinn.

    Who knew after Quinn's rejection many years ago would bring them together again. The author did a wonderful job giving very lovable characters with a intriguing romance scenes that at time were very hot and less not forget the 'witty humor.' This is one of those novels that will remember long after the read.


    "A Risk Worth Taking" was a good story that did offer a beautiful lesson and I would recommend this novel as a good read.

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  • Posted June 15, 2013

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    Reviewed by: Crystal Book provided by: Publisher Review original

    Reviewed by: Crystal
    Book provided by: Publisher
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book




    I had the privilege of reading this author’s first book so I am glad that I got to read the second one.




    Holly is finally getting the job that she has worked hard for, for six years. It just seems everything in her life is finally going the way she wants it. That is until she gets a phone call that will change her life forever. Now she has to become a different person so that she can take care of her niece Ella.




    Quinn is the guy that has been through some things in his past and he never wants to get married again. He is the oldest in his family and he has taken care of his two brothers. He has a great business. He just does the same old thing everyday until he gets that call from Holly that she’s coming back to town.




    This is a very warm story. It touches that place in your heart that you forget that you have. In this story you find out that it doesn’t matter what plans you make for your life, they can change in a blink of the eye. It is up to you how you how you plan for it to go after that.




    I loved how the characters finally tell each other about the feelings that they had in the past. It is up to them to figure out what they want for their future. I love how they take nothing for granted. This story makes you sit back and think and to make you feel thankful for the people that you have in your life. Even if we have lost love ones we need to be thankful for the time that we had with them.




    So I recommend that you get this book and find you a quiet place and sit back and relax. This story will really touch you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Great story

    Must read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Good one

    This is a great quick read.i loved the story. Can't wait to read evan and jakes stories.

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  • Posted April 23, 2013

    This is a tear-jerker. Who says you can never come home again?

    This is a tear-jerker. Who says you can never come home again? Holly only planned to return to Red River with her sister to renovate their family's home. As an interior designer they could finally make their dreams come true and renovate the house for her sister to live in with her own family. Then tragedy strikes and she is the guardian of her niece Ella. Now she is returning home to renovate and sell her home. The problem is Quinn, the man she fell in love with when she was in high school. Quinn let her go once and doesn't plan on doing it again. He has his work cut out for him though because she has no intention of getting close to anyone ever again.


    Holly has endured more heartache than any person ever should. No-one can blame her for wanting to protect herself from more loss. I spent a large part of the book wondering when she was going to realize her heart already belonged to Ella. Now she has to figure out that Quinn isn't a risk but someone to help her hold it all together.


    Thank you To Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for allowing me to read.

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

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    Your first love? The boy next door? The one that got away? Who c

    Your first love? The boy next door? The one that got away? Who could resist? I am a sucker for a coming-home-romance. And then you throw in a baby and I am a goner. I smiled, I cried a bit (little bit), and I laughed. I enjoyed the overly determined Holly, and the protective Quinn...oh, Quinn. Hannah has had it rough. She's lost everyone in her life and is going back to the house that reminds her of them the most. And she comes back to find that the man she has always loved is still there and looking better than ever. But what is she going to do? She's created a life for herself in the city and doesn't have any plans of staying in the country.
    Oh Victoria James...you sure know how to lure a girl in. I fell for Quinn...who wouldn't? And sometimes, some of things he said made my toes curl.




    Good:




    Quinn--Hot handy man alert! ¿ I want one.




    Bad:




    Not too sure if I was feeling Hannah




    Sadly, there wasn't a lot of depth...although their past relationship did make me feel it a little, but I felt like there was something missing to make this romance mind-blowing.




    Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):




    Overall, it was a very good read. I didn't have any issues with the writing, other than the plot was missing a little something.




    This book was provided courtesy of the author/publisher for review; however, this is no way affected my review.

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