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Peek Inside A Risk Worth Taking

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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Holly Carrington is a rising star at a successful interior design firm. Everything she has worked for is coming to fruition. But when tragedy strikes and Holly returns to her hometown to secure her orphaned niece’s future, she finds herself in over her head—in more ways than one.

Quinn Manning can’t believe Holly asked him to help her renovate the house she grew up in. The last time they saw each other Holly confessed she loved him. He walked away, even though all he wanted to do was kiss her. The chemistry between them now can’t be denied. But can Quinn convince Holly to give up her big-city dreams and risk her heart, or are they destined for heartbreak…again?

Each book in the Red River series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Red River novels by author Victoria James:
Book one: A Risk Worth Taking
Book two: The Best Man’s Baby
Book three: The Doctor’s Fake Fiancée
Book four: The Rebel's Return


"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

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622660728
Series: Red River, Book 1
Release Date: Oct 20, 2014
Page Count: 171
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: reunited lovers

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By Stella March 21, 2013

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... ...more

By Jennifer April 05, 2013

Victoria James did it again. She pulled me into the story with her wonderful voice and amazing characters. I couldn't help but identify with Holly and the tough decisions she has to make not only for herself but the child she's caring for. And Quinn, her high school crush, is definitely sexy. Thi... ...more

By Ellen March 11, 2013

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 th... ...more

By Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe) March 18, 2013


This book had me invested in Holly’s life by the end of the first chapter. It was heart-breaking. It’s her big day at work, and she has worked the last ten years for this moment. Her wardrobe was carefully picked out, and she is glowing with happiness. She is finally going to be made a par... ...more

By Jonetta May 20, 2013

Holly Carrington worked hard to finally make a name for herself as an interior designer with one of the top firms in the country. On the day she was promoted, she got that awful phone call, learning that her sister and brother-in-law were killed in a car accident, leaving her as guardian to their... ...more

By Valerie April 24, 2015

4. 5

When I read 'The Billionaire's Christmas Baby', I fell in love with the story, the characters and Victoria's way of bringing a great romance to life. I was sad to know it was her only book at the time. But really excited when I knew she'd have a new series coming soon.

'A Risk Worth Taking'... ...more

By Vashti August 14, 2013

This is the first book in the Red River series and it was beautiful. I was introduced to this author with the second book in this series and was simply hooked.
Holly,the heroine ,is still recovering from the death of her sister and brother in law.She became an instant mom to their baby Ella.... ...more

By Tina "IRead2Escape" April 02, 2013

4.5 stars

Ack! I loved A Risk Worth Taking by Victoria James. This book was light on the graphic sex scenes, but you didn’t miss it so much. This was a sweet romance with witty banter and a wonderful, sweet, sometimes heartbreaking story.

Holly Carrington has had so much tragedy in her fairly shor... ...more

By Angie Elle September 21, 2014

***This book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.***

Judging this book by its cover:
The cover is OK. I would have liked it to be a little more in line with the book. If the female character was dressed in an outfit that was sophisticated and the male character as he is it w... ...more

By CD April 01, 2013

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. Th... ...more

By Tracey April 02, 2013

4.5 of 5
A very sweet and funny read with lots of heart tugging tenderness.
Holly not only has to cope with tragedy, but the responsibility of bringing up her baby neice. To add more complication to her once ordered life, step forward Quinn, her hot schoolgirl crush and the only man able to renovat... ...more

By Alison December 28, 2013

Okay, so I completely read this series out of order. Funny thing, though is, it didn't seem to matter. I loved this story! Holly and Quinn are THE perfect couple. And I love his interaction with Ella. Nothing wins me over like a masculine guy wrapped around a baby's little finger.

Great storyline,... ...more

By Alison September 18, 2016

Very emotional storyline but didn't way you down too much.

I love small towns & alpha brothers ...more

By Diah Didi April 04, 2013

4.5 stars.
I loved it! My very first of Victoria James, and already I couldn't wait for the next two books.

When I requested it from Net Galley, I didn't really expect it to be good. Simply I was just attracted to the cover, and the title. Not really into this old-crush thing, but I got curious. Wh... ...more

By Stephanie April 02, 2013

I enjoyed this quite a bit due to the fact that there were real issues discussed and handled. Nothing seemed completely far-fetched or forced between the main pair.

Holly has worked extremely hard to get where she is at in the interior design firm she loves. Just as she is getting the news of a m... ...more

By Maureen February 14, 2015

In ‘A Risk Worth Taking’ we meet Holly Carrington, a successful twenty eight year old interior designer. Holly had everything in her life planned, becoming a senior interior designer and spend time with her family, that is until a horrible accident makes Holly the sole guardian of her baby niece... ...more

By Kim Reads December 03, 2014

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 Mannin... ...more

By Cocktails and Books April 09, 2013

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... ...more

By Vi (the Vi3tBabe) December 24, 2015

A Risk Worth Taking had be surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I really loved Holly’s story and empathized with her situation. Quinn is a typical male protagonist, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I loved them together. Their chemistry was great, I loved their banter, and their heat... ...more

By Romancing the June 15, 2013

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 everythi... ...more

By Melody August 07, 2013

Originally posted on What I'm Reading

Hey everyone I was able to read A Risk Worth Taking by Victoria James on Monday. Let me tell you it was pretty awesome read. Before I share my thoughts, I better share what the book is about.

Holly Carrington is an interior designer aiming for the top when she... ...more

By Emily March 12, 2013

Ten years ago Holly Carrington bared her soul to the one man she loved only to be rejected because she was to young, amongst other things. Who would have thought that after the deaths of her sister and brother-in-law leave her an unexpected guardian to her niece, Holly needs Quinn Mannings help.... ...more

By Erotica Book Club July 15, 2013


A RISK WORTH TAKING (A Red River Series Book)

Victoria James

Holly's sister and brother-in-law die in an accident and Holly is left to raise her baby niece Ella, so she moves back to her hometown to refurbish and sell her Grandparents/childhood home.

Quinn is Holl... ...more

By Jane April 11, 2013

Holly's sister and brother-in-law die in an accident and Holly is left to raise her baby niece Ella, so she moves back to her hometown to refurbish and sell her Grandparents/childhood home.

Quinn is Holly's first love and he is hired to help with the refurbishment and sparks fly, they have a grea... ...more

By April March 30, 2013

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... ...more

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Victoria James

About the author

NY Times Best Selling, USA Today Best Selling Author

Victoria James

I always knew I wanted to be a writer and in grade five, I penned my first story, bound it (with staples) and a cardboard cover and did all the illustrations myself (if you've ever seen my drawings you'll know how horrible they must have been. I still draw stick figures). Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again. In high school I fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, I married my own hero, pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened my own business. After the birth of our first child, I knew it was time to fulfill the dream of writing romantic fiction. I'm a hopeless romantic who is living my dream, penning happily-ever-after's for my 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 I'm quite content living in suburbia with my husband, our two young children, and very bad cat.

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