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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.
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
"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
So , how do you tell your only ever one night stand that he is going to be a daddy after he runs out on you in the early am.
You tell him in the middle of a family bar b cue when you storm over to him and stab your pregnancy stick in his fresh of the grill hamburger,that's how!
This is how C... ...more
My initial thoughts
I started this book not really knowing what to expect but felt this would be a fairly light-hearted story. But, with what I knew of these two characters from the first book, I couldn't imagine them being "frothy." My instincts were correct as both Claire and Jake had depth and... ...more
Reviewed by Kim
for Read Your Writes Book Reviews
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 Ho... ...more
Aww... This was brilliant!!
Disclosure: I received this book free of charge from the publisher. All comments and opinions are my own. This is a completely honest review.
This is the second instalment in Victoria James’ Red River series. Even though I haven’t read the first book, I loved this book.... ...more
The Best Man's Baby is a great mix of the cliche and the unique. There are lots of books about the best man falling in love at the wedding. And there are lots of books where a one night stand ends up in a baby. The thing that makes this book stand out are the characters (they are always the most... ...more
Victoria James is another unknown author in Portugal. She lives near Toronto, in Canada and writes for Entangled, Indulgence. I feel sad when I read such great books as “The Best Man’s Baby” and realize that are so many good authors out there waiting for th... ...more
This book was so well done. It felt a bit shorter than the average full length book, but in no way is the reader cheated. From beginning to end the characters and storyline are well developed and written. Although this could be read as a standalone, Claire and Jake are introduced in the 1st book.... ...more
I enjoyed reading this book. A lot.
It's a good girl and a bad boy story. It has the perfect combination : a very emotional storyline, a humorous writing style and lovable characters.
I liked Claire and Jake and rooted for them to find their HEA.
Claire is a mixture of strength and vulne... ...more
I normally do not finish books in one day. What can I say? This was an exception. I received this as an ARC and had not read the first in the series. I was concerned that perhaps I shouldn't dive into a book that is a sequel, but this is a stand alone story. Each book plays on the other, but each... ...more
I am so glad that I discovered Victoria James and her amazing Red River series. After reading A Risk Worth Taking, I was excited about reading Jake and Claire's story because I knew they would not disappoint me in providing an entertaining story--and they definitely delivered! From one of the ope... ...more
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. Jake, and Claire pulled me right into this book. I laughed so hard when I read how she told Jake that he was going to be... ...more
Readers come in two categories--those who are or are not fans of baby trope books. I like them, because parenthood is serious stuff, and in a romance involving babies, none of the angst has to be manufactured. It's all very real. And this book is quite well written. I loved Claire and Jake, and t... ...more
I love when a book takes me by surprise. This was such a sweet and emotional story. I adored both Jake and Claire and their love story was funny at times, charming and wonderful. Their journey to their HEA was an emotional roller coaster but the reward at the end was a perfect ending. The epilogu... ...more
Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak
Rating: 4.5 Stars
First I fell in love with the plot, then the characters and then finally, the whole book.
Claire Holbrook has been the perfect daughter, the perfect friend, the perfect girl. She had been very nice to everyone all her life, she never wanted a... ...more
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... ...more
4 stars - This book has that perfect balance of emotional pull and authentic plot.
This is book two in a companion series. It's not necessary to have read the first one and I didn't. I am thinking I want to go back and read it now, though. I picked this one up because I loved the premise. Crush fr... ...more
Posted on What I'm Reading
A few months back I read A Risk Worth Taking by Victoria James. I thought that book was pretty awesome. Now Victoria has a new book which is The Best Man's Baby, which I believe is better than A Risk Worth Taking. I'm not kidding; I started this book yesterday and couldn... ...more
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 lifetim... ...more
-Rated a 4.5-
(it's probably more of a 4 star rating, but I'm bumping it up for my enjoyment!)
I normally stay away from books with ridiculously cheesy (and bad) covers, along with a ridiculously cheesy title but the plot sounded adorable and when I previewed a sample on amazon, I was hooked.
I was... ...more
I'm Glad I Got an ARC Copy. This was a really good book.
Claire Holbrook: Claire is a Reverend Daughter. She owns her own business, which is a florist shop. She is a nice girl, but very shy.
Jake(Jacob)Manning: Jake is the guy that Claire has always had a crush on and is suppos... ...more
This is the first of Victoria James Manning Brothers books I've read. It comes second in the series and the first one has been on my want to read list since I first saw it. I received an ARC for this review.
I didn't find it a problem not having read the first book but will certainly read it when... ...more
This book is going down as one of my favorites from the Indulgence line. I’m a sucker for a good romance, but this book was so much more. It was about coming to grips with your past and recognizing that while it may have shaped you, your past doesn’t have to define you. Jake and Claire had a lot... ...more
The Best Man's Baby was a great read! It was packed full of angst and swoon! This book is part of a series, but you don't have to read the first book in order to know what's going on. I'm kinda glad that I read this one first. I love Jake, and once you figure out why he's so dark and broody, you... ...more
Review Posted on HarlequinJunkie.com
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 book... ...more