Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ARC REVIEW: The Doctor's Fake Fiancée (Red River #3) by Victoria James

Title/Series: The Doctor's Fake Fiancée | Red River #3
Author: Victoria James
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Published: October 20th 2014
Format: eARC | Pages: 240
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Publisher
★★★★★ (5/5) Stars!!!

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Their marriage bargain is just what the doctor ordered…

Former surgeon and self-professed life-long bachelor Evan Manning has one thing on his mind—to reclaim the career that a car accident stole from him. But when he’s forced to return to his hometown of Red River, Evan comes face-to-face with the gorgeous woman who’s haunted his dreams for the last year—the woman he rescued from the burning car that injured his hand. 
Now Evan needs her help. In a month, he'll have the job opportunity of a lifetime...he just needs a wife to get it. 

Artist Grace Matheson is down on her luck again…until she walks into Evan Manning’s office. When her sexy former hero hears that she needs work, he offers her a job and a home—if she’ll pretend she's his fiancée. Grace knows she shouldn't fall for him. Once the month is up, Evan will be back to his old life. But the more time they spend together, the more real their feelings become—and the more likely heartbreak is.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating!

This book has my heart. From the moment I started it I could tell this book was going to wrap me up in feels. It begins with the accident mentioned in the summary for a prologue that instantly had my heart racing. It pulled me in, took hold of me and wouldn't let go. I love the small town, everybody knows everybody and their business feel. As well as the numerous characters that I couldn't help but love. It was the whole package.

Grace is my superhero. She's a single mom who was very easy to identify with even though she's had it more rough than I did in that department by leaps and bounds. She has this amazing inner strength and determination. She comes from nothing and anything she does have goes to her 4 year old son Christopher, she puts him above all else in her life. She's a very inspirational character. And her little guy Chris steals every single scene he is in. He's one of those kids that is very curious and bright and will talk your ear off flipping between subjects in the blink of an eye without even stopping to breathe between subject changes. Most of the time...without a filter, much to the dismay and embarrassment of Grace. I loved how when he would be talking about something that happened in the past he'd say stuff like; "When I was younger, like 3 years old..." and he's only 4. So. Stinking. Cute! I want to eat him up!

I very nearly didn't think I was going to like Evan. He has a brief moment in the beginning where he uses the accident to attempt to manipulate Grace into taking the job and posing as his wife/fiancée. I was ready to write him off with a one way ticket to Jerkville. Like I said it was brief though and his actions throughout the rest of the book outshine that tiny moment of bad judgement. He's not perfect, he's damaged but he grows. The way he interacts with Chris melts my heart like no other. Chris views him as his superhero. The strong guy who saved him and his mom from a crash, it's beyond sweet and it's beautiful to watch him worm his way into Evan's heart and watch Evan fall in love with not just Grace but Christopher as well.

I haven't yet, and I do mean yet, read the first two books in this series but I do have them both on my Kindle and I am really looking forward to reading the stories about Evan's brothers Jake and Quinn. They're both in this book as well adding a bit of comic relief every now and again. I quickly got attached to both of them and their families. I do recommend reading them in order though. If I realized I would've had enough time to do so before starting this one I would have. There is one family secret that I'm sure gets revealed in Jake's book that I now know but it isn't going to stop my from enjoying it that's for sure! This one book was all it took and I'm an instant fan of Victoria James and I can't wait to read more of her in the future.

Thank you Entangled Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!

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