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Peek Inside The Best Man's Baby

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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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

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622661756
Series: Red River, Book 2
Release Date: Aug 12, 2013
Page Count: 182
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: accidental pregnancy

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By Vashti August 14, 2013

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 Clar ...more

By Melody June 30, 2020

***4.75 Stars - Highly Recommend***

I really did love this book. I have read Books 1-3. This second book is my absolute favorite. Book one was awful and the third wasn't much better! Who I did not love were the hero's two brothers. I simply could not tolerate them at all. This would have been a five ...more

By Jonetta February 17, 2015

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 com ...more

By Kim Reads August 12, 2013

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 Holbr ...more

By Monique August 11, 2013

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. It ...more

By Jasmyn August 16, 2013

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 imp ...more

By Lu July 08, 2017

UPDATE: Re-read 08 July 2-17
Gostei muito e vou tentar ler os outros da série! ...more

By Viviana January 31, 2016

4 stars. ...more

By Ana Luisa August 14, 2013


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 the o ...more

By Maree June 20, 2017

A Pregnant Pause

Five Amazing Stars

I was so absolutely thrilled to now enjoy the second book, Red River. I was so pleasantly surprised to now enjoy yet another wonderful romance from this most sweetest town ever. I loved all this amazing kind friends. I was so excited to find out more about the marve ...more

By Angie October 13, 2014

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. Th ...more

By Dalia September 06, 2013

4.5 stars
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 vulnerab ...more

By Paula October 22, 2014

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 a ...more

By Esther August 20, 2013

What a great book. Loved the H & h and their romance. This book had me laughing, sighing and crying. Beautiful love story! ...more

By Brenda January 27, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had its sweet, fun and emotional moments. I liked that Jake had a responsible side to him. He wasn't a footloose womanizer as one thought him to be at the beginning of the book. I liked the moment when he finally tells his brothers --with Claire's encouragement-- the ...more

By Staci August 09, 2013

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 on ...more

By Fiona August 19, 2013

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 I g ...more

By Angie June 16, 2015

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 openin ...more

By Sometime August 18, 2019

I've read so many poorly written ONS baby stories that it was delightful to read one that was done right. And the opening scene at the BBQ was awesome! I like this one.

Safety:(view spoiler) ...more

By Sarina November 30, 2013

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 thei ...more

By Lisa July 09, 2014

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 epilogue w ...more

By Chu October 06, 2013


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 anyt ...more

By Sapphyria January 01, 2019

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 be ...more

By Valerie August 16, 2013

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 from ...more

By Melody August 07, 2013

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't ...more

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Victoria James

About the author

NY Times Best Selling, USA Today Best Selling Author

Victoria James

I always knew I wanted to be a writer and in grade five, I penned my first story, bound it (with staples) and a cardboard cover and did all the illustrations myself (if you've ever seen my drawings you'll know how horrible they must have been. I still draw stick figures). Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again. In high school I fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, I married my own hero, pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened my own business. After the birth of our first child, I knew it was time to fulfill the dream of writing romantic fiction. I'm a hopeless romantic who is living my dream, penning happily-ever-after's for my 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 I'm quite content living in suburbia with my husband, our two young children, and very bad cat.

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