Title: A Risk Worth Taking
Author: Victoria James
May Contain Spoilers
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 partner at the prestigious design firm where she’s employed when she gets the call that makes her realize how pointless her achievement really is. Her sister and brother-in-law have been killed in an accident, and now she’s left reeling, the guardian of her infant niece. How can she raise a child alone? How will she recover from yet another loss? Everyone she has loved has died – her parents, the grandparents who raised her and her sister, and now her sister’s gone, too. It’s just too much, and Holly is devastated.
Returning to her rural hometown to renovate and then flip her grandparents’ house, she is confronted with painful memories of her past. She has loved Quinn for a lifetime, but he rejected her when she was eighteen. Now she has to put on a brave front and face him, and all of her childhood memories. All she wants to do is get the house finished and get out of town, and back to her life in the city where she’s so busy she doesn’t have time to dwell on the emptiness of her life.
I enjoyed A Risk Worth Taking very much. I loved the interactions between Holly and Quinn, and even enjoyed Ella, Holly’s little niece. I usually am not a big fan of babies in romances, but Ella wasn’t just window-dressing here. She was central to the storyline, and she helped both Holly and Quinn’s hearts to heal. Despite her best efforts to not get caught up in her feelings for Quinn, which still burned bright, Holly’s resolve crumbled as he became an important addition to her new family. And Quinn, though he didn’t feel worthy of Ella’s love or trust, was able to put his painful past behind him with the baby and Holly’s help.
A Risk Worth Taking is a feel good read. You’ll get caught up in Quinn and Holly’s romance, and cheer along as they both learn to trust again. As Holly puts aside her sadness, she begins to remember all of the happiness she has turned her back on. As she remembers what is really important in life, she is willing to face the risks, and the rewards, of loving Quinn.
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Edited to correct Ella’s name – oops!