A Risk Worth Taking

A Risk Worth Taking

by Victoria James
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glandavazo More than 1 year ago
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!!!
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
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.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Jae_Eli More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Samantha_B More than 1 year ago
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!
Emily_CareBear More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series! This book especially had me laughing out loud a lot!! The back and forth dialog between Mal and Ann was great! Great story line and very sexy too! Can't wait to read books 3 and 4!!
CDKeith More than 1 year ago
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.
shannschoice More than 1 year ago
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
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
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
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this first book in the series very much... Holly and Quinn (oldest brother of the three Manning brothers) were "friends" as kids... Quinn was seven years older than Holly and although she told him she loved him he kept his distance since he was 'too old for her". He watched her go off to college and never saw her again for ten years.. When she came back to town with her sister's infant daughter (sister and husband had been killed in a car accident) Quinn had been married and divorced... The rest is a sad, happy history that made for good reading... Short book (approx 150 Nook pages) that could have used a little more editing..
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ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim I don’t remember the last time I’ve read a book and had a heroine who was so broken, with the hero being the one pushing for the HEA. I’m a HUGE fan of Victoria James and I managed to read the Red River series out of order. I heard that Quinn Manning was a swoon worthy hero, but I will admit, I wasn’t buying the hype. Man, oh man. Or should I say Quinn, oh Quinn, oh Quinn. Quinn Manning is simply amazing and then some. Holly Carrington is driven by success. For years, she has worked her butt off at Martin Group to become a Senior Designer and she finally gets the position of her dreams. But her life gets turned upside down and inside out, when her sister and brother-in-law die; leaving her the sole guardian of their infant daughter, Ella. Holly returns to Red River to renovate her grandparents’ home, the one that her sister and brother-in-law planned to renovate and move into. Only Holly doesn’t plan on staying around. She wants to fix up the house, sell it, and get on with her life. But Quinn Manning, the man who broke Holly’s heart years ago, has other plans. Not only is Quinn going to repair the house, he’s going to repair Holly too. Quinn is the oldest of the three Manning brothers and he take his responsibilities very seriously. He doesn’t shy away or run from a challenge. There’s nothing more amazing than watching a man and a child together. Quinn and Ella take to each other like they were meant to be together. I love this couple so much because they consistently butt heads, but they are so right for each other. Quinn is like an anchor and a lighthouse, helping Holly find her way as a single mother and deal with the loss of her family. A Risk Worth Taking is simply a must read. It’s heartbreaking, but in the end leaves you smiling with this happy feeling inside. In fact, I was smiling from page one. Rating: 5 Personal Purchase
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a solid enjoyable read not fantastic or famous but a good read nontheless
BMM61 More than 1 year ago
After reading the first book in the series, I immediately purchased the second. Both books were awesome reads with in depth characters willing to defend themselves but not destroying options in the mean time.
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really enjoyed this book and the 2nd book. Can't wait for the next!
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I really enjoy this series. A quick read.
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arlenadean More than 1 year ago
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.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read
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