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The Best Man's Baby: a Red River novel [Kindle Edition]

Victoria James
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Florist Claire Holbrook has always played by the rules her entire life, but breaks them to spend one night with sexy lone wolf Jake Manning, a man she's adored since she was a teenager. Six weeks later, things get complicated when she discovers they created a bond that will last a lifetime

Jake has never played by the rules. Getting Minister Holbrook's daughter pregnant wasn't part of any life plan, but he won't run from his responsibilities. He'll step up and be the best man he can, even if he doesn't have a clue where to begin. The more time he spends with Claire, though, the more he wants her, and the harder it is to get close, because that would mean sharing the one thing he hasn't with anyone--the truth and his heart.


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"Every now and again an author is able to write a book that you fall in love with, and engages you in such a way that even when you have finished reading, the story seems to live on in your soul. The Best Man's Baby by Victoria James is one of those kind of books. It held my heart in a vise from beginning to end...I recommend it highly. This story is filled with raw emotions from both main characters. When Claire cried, my heart was breaking with her. When Jake got emotional, my eyes teared. This story is the perfect combination of romance, intricate plot, angst and love. I will be anxiously waiting to read the third book in the series when it is released sometime this winter." -Harlequin Junkie Book Review

"Ms. James is hands down one of the best authors that I have had the pleasure of reading! She has a way of writing that pulls you in, so that you feel what they feel. AMAZING!! It was an emotional roller coaster and I loved it! Her books are definitely on my "have to buy" list!" -Priscilla, Amazon Review

"The Best Man's Baby is my first Victoria James book. I can say without a DOUBT, it will not be my last. I was sucked into the book immediately...The journey these two go on is frustrating, touching, heart-wrenching, and amazing all at the same time...There are not enough words to express how much I loved this story." -Read Your Writes Book Reviews


"I absolutely loved this! Such and emotional book. I laughed out loud, cried and my chest hurt because I can feel their pain! Such a beautiful love story and definitely worth the money. Victoria James will be on my auto buy list now! I've read all of her books and this one is the best one yet! Can't wait for Evan's story!" -Casacass, Amazon Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 1140 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1502813858
  • Publisher: Entangled: Bliss (August 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DXIFORA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,679 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Written With REAL Emotion August 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I have not read book 1 in the series...yet (I just purchased it from Amazon) but I found that I really didn't need to in order to enjoy The Best Man's Baby.

Claire Holbrook is the daughter of a Reverend, who has had a mad crush on Jake Manning, a man with a reputation, since grade school. When her best friend, Holly marries Jake's brother, Quinn, Claire throws caution to the wind and, with the help of some whiskey, ends up in bed with Jake. Her first, and only, tryst results in pregnancy but Jake up and disappeared right after their hook up six week prior.

When Jake comes back after being out of town for a construction job, he doesn't realize just what happened that night. He knows that he took Claire's virginity, left her alone afterwards, didn't call, and, above all else ~ had the single best time he'd ever had in bed with a woman. Feeling guilty and unsure of how to handle everything, Jake did what he always does ~ he ran away from the problem.

When Claire jams a positive pregnancy test into his hamburger at the family get-together, everything comes crashing down around him. Not because she's pregnant but because of the secret he harbors and the shame he feels in taking advantage of the daughter of the man that kept Jake grounded and somewhat steady during his entire childhood and teen years. He can't nurture a family of his own until he releases the secret that has kept him at arm's length from almost everyone.

Claire can't believe that, at the age of 30, her very first sexual encounter results in her getting pregnant. And the father is the man of her dreams....or rather was the man of her dreams until he had sex with her and then abandoned her right after.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved, loved, loved this book!!!! August 12, 2013
By Kim
Format:Kindle Edition
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The Best Man's Baby is my first Victoria James book. I can say without a DOUBT, it will not be my last. I was sucked into the book immediately. I couldn't wait to find out the secret Jake was carrying around and the outcome for this couple.

Claire Holbrook is the best friend of Jake's new sister-in-law, Holly. Holly and Quinn Manning's story is told in A RISK WORTH TAKING. The Best Man's Baby starts out at the wedding reception of Holly and Quinn. Claire decides to be wild for one night and comes on to Jake. Jake decides that he's tired of fighting his attraction to Claire and the two take things to a hotel room upstairs. Afterwards, Jake leaves a heartbroken Claire and disappears for six weeks. When these two come face to face again, things get a little heated and embarrassing to say the least. Let's just say some things do not go well with a burger. But this is a confrontation that will change their lives forever.

Claire has always has been the good girl trying to do the right thing. She has issues from her childhood that she thinks she's overcome but hasn't. She's a successful florist and has a killer personality. When pushed to the limit, she has a backbone that's to be admired. Jake Manning is a tortured soul who doesn't really know where he fits in. At a young age, he learned something about himself and still fifteen years later is trying to overcome it. It's a secret he has kept from everyone, except for one person. Jake has a history of running when things appear to be too serious, but his running is really only just a cover.

When Jake learns he's going to be a father, he immediately steps up and is willing to do whatever is necessary to be the ONLY father in his child's life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this Romantic, Emotional, & Engrossing Story August 22, 2013
By Nina
Format:Kindle Edition
What can I say other than I loved The Best Man's Baby! I'm usually quite stingy with giving out 5 stars, but this one took me on a ride I didn't want to end. It grabbed me from the very beginning and didn't let me go until the very last word was read. It was emotionally intense, sweet, romantic & with a touch of sexy (sex scenes were fade to black). Just because sex scenes were fade to black doesn't mean this book wasn't sexy. It certainly was! There was great chemistry between Jake and Claire and the sexual tension was nicely written. I could truly feel the air sizzled whenever they were together.

There were hints within the story that there was something going on with Jake or that something bad had happened to him and so that provided a bit of a mystery within the story. I was intrigued definitely and when the time came for Jake to tell Claire his secret, it was such a heartbreaking one. His story was one that pulled at my heart strings. I admit, I cried while reading because it was just highly emotional. I just wanted to crawl into the story and hug Jake for everything that has happened to him.

The Best Man's Baby also featured a rich cast of secondary characters that played a great supporting role in the story such as Holly, Quinn, Evan and of course Ella. I especially loved Jakes' niece Ella. She was completely adorable! Here is an author who can write a toddler who really acts like her age & not like I'm reading about an adult two-year-old.

Overall, The Best Man's Baby was a fantastic read. It hit all the points in what makes a great romance story. I read this in one sitting and although it was 2 am in the morning, I couldn't care less that I didn't get enough sleep the next day. It was definitely a story worth losing sleep over. Once again, I loved this one & would highly recommend it to readers!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet romance, I would read more by this author
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Surprisingly Good Novel
Surprisingly this was an excellent book, I am not sure why I thought it might not be (probably the cheesy title) but it was very entertaining and totally character driven. Read more
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Such a wonderful story, and so full of emotions. I didn't realize until the end that this was book two the a series of three, each about a brother and how they found love. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Charlie
3.0 out of 5 stars The Best Man's Baby: a Red River novel
This is the second book I read by Victoria James. This 2nd book's story line was okay. I liked the scene with Ella she so adorable & funny. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Liz
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book
This book is enjoyable and made a good read. Lots of good scenes, romance and intrigue to keep you interested. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ! Loved it!
This is a must read. I laughed, and cried within the chapters of this delightful story. The story is told with so much emotion. I will be adding this one to my favorite's list. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun quick read.
Predictable but fun romance. There were no surprises. I have to say it always amazes me how crowded small towns are in books and movies. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
About two people who at her best friends wedding decide on the spur of the moment to end up in bed, he leaves scared and she ends up pregnant letting him know six weeks later at a... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Has funny parts
A romantic story that's both humorous and endearing. I'm glad I picked this one up.
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More About the Author

Victoria James always knew she wanted to be a writer and in grade five, she penned her first story, bound it (with staples) and a cardboard cover and did all the illustrations herself. Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again.

In high school she fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, Victoria pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened her own business. After her first child, Victoria knew it was time to fulfill the dream of writing romantic fiction.

Victoria is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after's for her 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 she's quite content living in suburbia with her husband, their two young children, and very bad cat.

Victoria loves connecting with readers, you can find her online at www.victoriajames.ca and on Twitter: @vicjames101

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