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Peek Inside The Firefighter's Pretend Fiancee

Ben Matthews is the same sexy, sweet man Molly Mayberry left behind years ago...and apparently still her fiancé.

The Firefighter's Pretend Fiancee

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Leaving Shadow Creek nine years ago was the hardest thing Molly Mayberry’s ever had to do…except maybe returning. She’s never regretted her choice, but a chance of a lifetime position at the local hospital means going home and facing her past, including her shrew of an estranged mother and the fiancé she ran out on. Ben Matthews is still the sexy, sweet man she left behind…and apparently still her fiancé.

Ben has been doggedly pursuing the position of fire chief since he was a teenager. There’s just one problem—he has to show his boss he’s ready to settle down. No matter how silly the condition, Ben will make it happen. And apparently so will his brother when he opens his mouth and decides to tell everyone Ben and Molly are engaged. Now the one woman he never stopped loving is living with him in a fake relationship, driving him crazy. Pretending only reminds him how right they were once, but if Ben gives in to the heat building between them, heartache is sure to follow.

Each book in the Shadow Creek, Montana series is STANDALONE:
* Christmas with the Sheriff
* The Baby Bombshell
* The Doctor's Redemption
* Baby on the Bad Boy’s Doorstep
* The Firefighter's Pretend Fiancee
* A Christmas Miracle for the Doctor


“Adorable and fun. I swooned so much reading this story. I absolutely fell in love.” -Melissa P., Goodreads

“This is the first book that I have read by Victoria James and I have to say that it blew me away. This book was full of so much emotion both happy and sad that it literally gutted me. Victoria James really knows how to tell a story and how to keep you on the edge of you seat until the very last page.” -Sherri B., Goodreads

“This is a beautiful and heartbreaking second chance romance.” -Shea T., Goodreads

“This story was the perfect combination of romance and humour with just the right measure of angst, and Ben and Molly’s reconnection is one of love, hope and new-beginnings. If you love a sweet small-town romance, you definitely want to pick this one up.” -Nocola a., Goodreads

“This is such a sweetly poignant story. There is a level of love and intimacy between Ben and Molly that shows the strength and depth the author has gone to create these characters.” -Suzette P., Goodreads

“Victoria James is one of my favorite authors because she makes me believe in love.  She makes me believe that true love knows no distance or time.  And with the right person, it can heal the most battered heart and soul. The Firefighter’s Pretend Fiancée was classic Victoria James.  This is a story of friendship, forgiveness (not only of others but also yourself), and redemption.  It’s full of heart and passion.  This was definitely a tearjerker so have tissues handy.” -Read Your Writes

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640636484
Series: Shadow Creek, Montana, Book 5
Release Date: Sep 10, 2018
Page Count: 232
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary, law enforcement/firemen
Tropes: fake engagement, opposites attract, second chance

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By Nicola September 05, 2018

It’s no secret that if Victoria James writes it, I will read it and the fifth novel in her Shadow Creek, Montana series sees her weave her magic on the second chance and fake-relationship plotlines.

description I don’t know how to fake being engaged. Even the idea of being engaged…um, not to you personally o ...more

By BookLover September 23, 2018

ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

“You can pretend that we’re back together. That we’re engaged.”

I was so excited to take a trip back to Shadow Creek and see what everyone in town was up to. Add in a “fake fiancée” and s ...more

By Jonetta October 14, 2018

Molly Mayberry left Shadow Creek nine years ago, inexplicably breaking up with the love of her life, Ben Matthews, by telling him an awful lie. Now she’s returned as the hospital’s new pediatrician, both reluctant and anxious to face him, knowing he probably still resents her betrayal. Ben is a capt ...more

By Claire August 28, 2018

4 - "Maybe... I just needed you." Stars!

We return to Shadow Creek, Montana for the fifth book of the series giving us Molly and Ben’s second chance reconnection. Having had many issues with its predecessor, I must admit I started The Firefighters Pretend Fiancée with more than a little trepidation.

" ...more

By Irene August 27, 2018

4.5 stars ...more

By Beth September 02, 2018

He kissed her, remembering the girl she was, the girl he’d lost. He kissed her, the woman she had become, the one he knew he still loved, the one he wanted to have another chance at forever with.

It always seems to go the same way for me when I read a book by Victoria James—I start, I get sucked in ...more

By Kim Reads September 10, 2018

Victoria James is one of my favorite authors because she makes me believe in love. She makes me believe that true love knows no distance or time. And with the right person, it can heal the most battered heart and soul. I’ve read every single one of her books (fifteen and counting) and I know each ti ...more

By Books and Spoons March 10, 2019

Oh, the feels! Victoria James's stories manage to pull me into that amazing reader space where everything that exists is the story and the characters, where there are laughter and tears, where the angst ties you into a knot yet the jubilee of life and love breaks all the shackles in your heart and m ...more

By Bree September 05, 2018

It's the week of release (September 1oth, 2018)
Make sure you add it to your Want to Read shelf!

Okay I am not going to lie when I first saw the cover of The Firefighter’s Pretend Fiancée I was not sold. It looked very outdated to me, like it was written years ago, or it was going to be about a m ...more

By Becky September 11, 2018

Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books.

The Firefighter's Pretend Fiancee is a sweet, second-chance, fake relationship romance set in Ms. James's fictional (unfortunately!) town of Shadow Creek, Montana. Molly's back in her hometown after nine years away--she never intended to come back, but a one-year ...more

By Elaine September 10, 2018

Rating 4.5/5*
I really enjoy books by this talented author and this is a great addition to her Shadow Creek series. Although this is the fifth book in this series, each story is written to be a standalone read, so don’t let that put you off reading this fantastic small town romance! Growing up Molly ...more

By Christina August 27, 2018

Wow, so many emotions running through this book that I’m sad it’s done. I’ve enjoyed this series & will definitely have it on my to reread list. The characters of Molly & Ben are so broken all from a lie that you actually feel the pain they’ve been suffering through but you had to laugh when Finn (B ...more

By Sherri September 03, 2018

This is the first book that I have read by Victoria James and I have to say that it blew me away. This book was full of so much emotion both happy and sad that it literally gutted me. Ben and Molly have been given a second chance at love but it is all not happy sunshine and roses. Molly left Ben nin ...more

By patrick October 03, 2018

Molly Mayberry is back home after nine years and she figure’s her fiancé from back then Ben is probably married and has children, she is wrong. He is still single still in love with the one women who broke his heart and is now standing on the sidewalk and apologizing for spilling coffee on him. Moll ...more

Thank you to NetGallye, Victoria James and Entangled Publishing for an ebook copy for review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. As alway, an honest review from me.

At first I was a little skeptical based on the title. I assumed the p ...more

By Linda August 25, 2018

Another winner in Shadow Creek! I loved Molly and Ben's story and found myself flipping pages just as quickly as possible. This is a compelling romance that is compelling and poignant.

Ben is the classic hottie with a side of recklessness that finds himself held back from the promotion he want to fi ...more

By Melena September 04, 2018

I have enjoyed all the books in the Shadow Creek series, and this one was no exception. It is the beautiful story of Molly and Ben and their second chance at love.

The story unfolds at just the right pace with Molly and Ben each trying to make it through the fake relationship they find themselves in. ...more

By Becky August 19, 2018


These are just a few of the words that I’d use to describe this story. There was a myriad of emotions flowing throughout, including subtle humor laced in. Banter between Ben and Finn was typical brotherly love and priceless, while the forgive ...more

By Lori August 27, 2018

Oh my goodness this story grabs hold of your heart and does not let go. Both Ben and Molly are very likeable characters and you want them to reunite from the get go. But wow, Molly went through hell and back. Her secrets were hinted at, but once they were revealed, holy moly, that was tough. Ben was ...more

By L.H. September 07, 2018

(Just to get this out of the way)
PLEASE tell me the next book is about Finn!

(Now for the real review)😊

No matter how much you try to prepare yourself, YOU WILL CRY. Molly & Ben are just the absolute cutest thing ever. 😍
It's horrible what Molly had to go through. It's horrible the way her mom manipula ...more

By Suzette September 10, 2018

This is such a sweetly poignant story. There is a level of love and intimacy between Ben and Molly that shows the strength and depth the author has gone to create these characters. The familial relationship between the Matthews and the Mayberrys are diametrically opposite and is reflected in the dif ...more

By Shea September 03, 2018

This is a beautiful and heartbreaking second chance romance. It's a great addition to the Shadow Creek Series but can certainly be read as a standalone as well. Don't let the title fool you into thinking there is a fauxmance here...Molly and Ben don't have to fake it. They were always in love but Mo ...more

By Nicole September 10, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. I'm a big fan of this series. I will say this book brings the emotion. I found tears in my eyes a few times while reading this book. What Molly had gone through broke my heart and made me cheer for her to get her second chance with Ben. These two deserve a HEA. Ben and hi ...more

By Urvashi August 24, 2018

Ben and Molly were on love with each other and planned to get married. But then Molly broke Bens heart and left town.
Now 9 years later, they have been given a second chance. Molly is back in town and because of Bens brothers manipulation living together, pretending that be engaged.
Will they be abl ...more

By Karla August 24, 2018

Aww! I literally cried several times in this book. So much love, a hurt, and passion for one another. Man, molly went thru the ringer. That one event, she needed someone to hold her not say it was her fault. She lost her fiancé, her sisters, and really her life. My heart hurts for her and anyone tha ...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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