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A Risk Worth Taking: a Red River novel by [James, Victoria]
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"A Risk Worth Taking has everything and more you could expect and want from a contemporary romance, with her captivating writing style, engaging characterization, witty humour and steamy scenes, Victoria James gifts us with another keeper. A Risk Worth Taking is a wonderful first instalment to this new series, I can't wait to read about the other Manning brothers. Readers, you'd better put A Risk Worth Taking on your to-be-read lists, trust me, you don't want to miss this series!" -Stella, Ex Libris

"...A wonderful contemporary romance that is funny, sexy, fast paced, with some sad moments, and some really heartwarming ones.  Quinn is a total hottie. I mean the man just has it going on... 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...A Risk Worth Taking is something you should definitely check out." -Ellen, Always YA at Heart

"...Through the pages you can see how their love helps each one to heal and find the courage to love each other...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 for Cocktails and Books

"...Quinn is patient, sexy, and strong! I would definitely take the risk with a guy like him. Victoria manages to make us laugh, sigh, and hope for a happy ending in A Risk Worth Taking."-Harlequin Junkie

"...Awesome read.  I'm so glad I got a chance to read this story. A Risk Worth Taking had me chuckling, had me near tears, and the ending gave me that warm-fuzzy feeling."-Melody

About the Author

Author Victoria James is no novice in the fields of ministry, education, and entrepreneurship. After graduating from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland with a degree in human services, James received a master's degree in educational counseling from Wilmington College. Drawn from research, archives, private collections, and personal interviews, this pictorial history reminds readers of the instrumental people who established, maintain, and preserve the community of Dunleith.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1267 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Bliss (March 11, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 11, 2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BQMOHNC
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,188 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It was so sweet. I adored the main characters. I did feel bad that he did not wait for her like she did for him and how he went and slept with the woman he married soon after the heroine told him she loved him when they were younger. I wish he would have divorced his wife and waited for her after that. I mean he made a mistake with that woman and it seems instead of trying to fix it and seeing if the heroine and him still had something, he continued to be with other women while the heroine stayed faithful to her love for him. It is always unfair that the heroes are man whores and the women are faithfully in love for life. That gets me fired up really fast. Why can't men just admit to love and stop sleeping around in these books??? I mean seriously, be a "man" and go after what you want and stop being such a darn coward!!
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A Risk Worth Taking is a really heartwarming story. I enjoyed reading this second chance at love story and found both Holly and Quinn enjoyable and their connection easy to read. This is a great quick read that has little angst, and an HEA which is sweet and makes this entire story worth the look. I'd recommend anyone looking for an escape into a world where there is tragedy, however this is about healing, not the sadness, and humour, love and great banter. I loved every page and will absolutely be picking up another book by Victoria.
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I read this book after I read the second one...well the novella.

Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the other.

I enjoyed Quinn but his hesitation and lack of self esteem due to his past killed me. I'm not used to that in a man. I wish he were different and had more strength in himself.

I did love the way that Holly did taking care of her niece after such a tragedy. I wanted to hold her and hug her after all she's been through.

I still think this book should be read and will be recommending it to others.
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This wasn't a bad book, but it just didn't meet my expectations. For one - I usually love the trope of a previous unfulfilled tryst between the H and h and I just didn't feel that this book utilized this set-up well. And my bigger complaint is the the baby, Ella, was not really a character but just a plot device. There was no description of anything she did except cry at inconvenient times or get sick to bring the H and h together. Really, the book was just too short for me.
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I enjoyed this book. It was sweet, sad and emotional, with a healthy dose of unrequited love thrown in to the mix. I also really enjoy reading books set in Canada. I lived there for a year and loved it, so it's always nice to revisit it even if only in print.

Holly has been thrust into the role of parent to her niece Ella after the sudden & tragic death of her sister and brother-in-law. What I liked about how this was handled was that Holly wasn't made out to be some clueless dummy. She's like any new parent, getting through each day learning something new about this little person in their lives. It's just the method in which she becomes a parent that differs from most. I also really appreciated that there was no evil grandparents or aunts threatening to take Ella away.

Coming home after 10 years to find your contractor is the guy you made a fool of yourself over before you left would be a little mortifying. Quinn comes across as a really nice, thoughtful guy with a whole lot of sexy and heroic about him. He really wanted Holly back in the day, but didn't want to be what held her back from fulfilling her dreams. I like that this past event wasn't over-used as a source of conflict, as it quite often can be.

The romance between Holly and Quinn was slow-burning (well, 10 years is a pretty slow burn) and very sweet. Don't go into it expecting any crazy hot sexytimes, it's just not that kind of book. And it didn't need to be - the attraction played out at just the right heat level.

After a recent read where plot moppets were in abundance, I enjoyed reading a child in the storyline that was real and not just used to advance the plot artificially.

I have not read anything else by Victoria James, but based on this, she is definitely an author I'll keep my eye out for.
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I've loved every other book that I've read by this author and this is the weakest. I read it out of sequence and the 2nd book about Jake and Claire was way better. I found that this lacked depth and I was frustrated that the h 'waited' 10 years for the H, whilst he married and moved on. It's not a storyline that I love.
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One of the biggest (and best) surprises of 2012 was discovering Victoria James and reading her debut novel The Billionaire's Christmas Baby. So as you can see A Risk Worth Taking started with an unfair head start it had to measure up to its predecessor, and I am very happy and relieved to report that not only did it not disappoint, it was just as wonderful as Victoria James' previous novel!

A Risk Worth Taking is the first book in Victoria James' new contemporary romance series taking place in the small town of Red River and featuring the Manning brothers (Quinn, Jackson and Evan). A Risk Worth Taking is Quinn's, the eldest brother's story.

Our heroine, big city girl, successful interior designer Holly suddenly becomes the guardian of Ella, her little niece of 6 months when her sister and her husband are killed in a car accident. She goes back to renovate her childhood home and sell it to put the money in a trust for the baby and since Quinn is the local and successful contractor who will help her with her plans.

Holly was a heroine I not only liked but admired. She was ambitious yet warm-hearted and she took on the role of guardian of her orphaned niece even though she didn't know anything about babies or mothering. Not only was she grieving for her sister (and her husband), she also felt guilty for being the one alive to take care of Ella and scared that one day when was all grown up she would resent her and hate her because it was Holly who brought her up and not her own mother. My heart went out to her when reading about her grief and vulnerability, but her strength and how she tried to cope with these were admirable.
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