Series: Red River #1
on March 11th 2013
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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...
Victoria James does have a sweet way of portraying relationships and the angst that comes with them. It was hard however, to believe that Quinn and Holly could pick things up so easily after 10 years.
I felt in particular, that there were some issues (such as Quinn’s hasty relationship with Christine immediately after Holly’s departure despite him wanting her) that hadn’t been satisfactorily resolved – and shouldn’t be explained away with a single line that glibly says ‘it was a painful period of my life’. It’s all well and good that he wanted to make amends and all, but this story was pushing too much towards the future while not sufficiently dealing with the past and the unrequited love that Holly carted around for so long.