Friday, August 16, 2013

Review: The Best Man's Baby by Victoria James

Title: The Best Man's Baby (A Red River Book)
Author: Victoria James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher Request (Entangled: Indulgence)
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

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. 

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 important part to me).

Claire is convinced that Jake doesn't have it in him to settle down and be responsible.  He seems to prove her right when he takes off for six weeks after their one night together - after his brother's wedding.  Pregnancy hormones and the fact that she's just plain pissed off lead to quite a scene when Jake finally comes back to town.  This one scene made me fall in love with Claire and never look back.  Jake is shocked to find out that he is going to be a daddy and furious that Claire seems to have written him out of their lives before he even know his child existed.

The book shows us Jake's uphill battle in gaining Claire's trust and proving to her that he can be everything she needs.  Claire needs to let Jake in enough to give him a chance, and to help him finally deal with some very deep childhood demons.  Demons that his brothers don't even know about yet.

With touching scenes inserted in all the right places, and some great side characters that make it their mission to get these two together and keep them that way, the story was just plain fun to read and had quite a few laugh out loud moments (my family looked at me funny).

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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