The Best Man's Baby (A Red River Book) by Victoria James
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.
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A Red River Series Book, Book 2
As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly
4 out of 5 Licks
I really enjoyed this book. It was fun and although a baby isn't necessarily a lighthearted matter, the storyline stayed fun throughout. There were a few moments that were sad, but when Claire finds her strength it was clear that nothing was going to stop her. Jake's determination to stay by Claire's side makes you fall in love with him. He may come across like a bad boy who doesn't care, but it's clear from the start that Jake has a softer side. There isn't a lot of conflict in this story other than between Jake and Claire, but that is enough to keep you well engrossed in the book. The two of them are so good together you can't help but route for them to wind up together. I definitely want to read the first one in the series now-I need to know how Holly and Quinn came together.
Devoured in one day!
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 one is a different brother's story and are chronological in nature.
I devoured the story of Jake and Claire. From the prologue I was sucked in. I had to make myself not jump to the end of each page because I was anxious to see what happened next. Buy this story! You will not regret it!
Claire has a one night stand with the man of her dreams and wakes up to find him gone. Ok, so her heart was broken, but she can recover right? Wrong! She discovers she is pregnant and must tell her crush from high school that he is going to be a father. Claire owns her own business and her own home. Pregnancy was not in the cards for her at this time. She is a planner and this is unfamiliar territory.
Jake, to the casual observer, is a bad boy. He isn't one to settle down and runs from confrontations. Take the one night stand with Claire, for example. He had wanted her for quite some time, but she was too good for him. A one night stand should not have happened. She deserved better and her father certainly wouldn't approve. Jake tries to shake his desires for Claire by leaving town on business and not contacting her. Little did he know that the night they shared would change his life.
Jake must prove to Claire that his feelings for her are not because of the baby. But before they can move forward, they both must confront their own problems. Their story is one of past trials, self discovery, and love.