Monday, October 20, 2014

Celebrate the Release Day of The Doctor's Fake Fiancée (Red River, Book 3) by Victoria James with a 5 Star ARC Review

Their marriage bargain is just what the doctor ordered…

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About The Doctor's Fake Fiancée: 

Former surgeon and self-professed life-long bachelor Evan Manning has one thing on his mind—to reclaim the career that a car accident stole from him. But when he’s forced to return to his hometown of Red River, Evan comes face-to-face with the gorgeous woman who’s haunted his dreams for the last year—the woman he rescued from the burning car that injured his hand. Now Evan needs her help. In a month, he'll have the job opportunity of a lifetime...he just needs a wife to get it. Artist Grace Matheson is down on her luck again…until she walks into Evan Manning’s office. When her sexy former hero hears that she needs work, he offers her a job and a home—if she’ll pretend she's his fiancée. Grace knows she shouldn't fall for him. Once the month is up, Evan will be back to his old life. But the more time they spend together, the more real their feelings become—and the more likely heartbreak is.

Book Details:

Kindle File Size: 1036 KB
Print Length: 185 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Bliss (October 20, 2014)
Sold by: Macmillan
Language: English

Sapphyria's Review:

My review of The Best Man's Baby: 

Evan Manning was a high society surgeon at the top of his game when he witnessed a horrific accident involving a semi and a car. The injury he sustains helping the mother and young son escape puts him on the sidelines, crushing his career as a surgeon. One year later, Evan finds himself back in his hometown of Red River helping out at the local family practice after the physician has a heart attack. He's only a couple weeks away from being able take back control of his career, except there's one problem: He needs a wife, and fast.

Grace Matheson can hardly believe her luck in finally identifying who save her that fateful day one year ago in Toronto. If not for him, she and her son, Christopher, would be dead - victims of that fiery crash. Set on thanking him properly, Grace packs Christopher in the car, along with the gifts for Dr. Manning, and head three hours away to Red River.

The emotions when Evan meets Grace and Christopher are palpable and I found myself fully engulfed in them as he looked back on that fateful day. He actually forced himself to avoid those he saved and didn't like to talk about that day. He harbors some deep-seated resentment since he lost his surgery career and his girlfriend walked away from him. At that point, Evan turns into a jerk and I just wanted to slap him.  He becomes manipulative, playing off of Grace's need to make it up to him.  Next thing you know, Grace is his new receptionist at the practice.  Not only that, she gets to  pretend to be his fiancée so he can score a CEO position and get out of Red River and back to Toronto.  

Grace knows that what she's agreeing to is against the grain - her grain.  She also realizes that for:
One ~ this is going to be the only way to repay the man that saved her and Christopher.  
Two ~ she knows that this will help her gain some financial ground since she's been doing nothing but scrape by since the accident. 
Three ~ it will allow her and Christopher to start over in a place where no one know who they are or where they came from.

Neither Grace nor Evan expect anything out the arrangement other than what they agreed upon and Grace even goes so far as to add in a clause about Christopher.  Sometimes, however, the heart doesn't necessarily follow the plan.  Plus, as Evan's sister-in-law says, "Everything happens for a reason."

 There are wars that rage within the minds of Evan and Grace and the author, Victoria James, reaches into their pasts and brings forward the pain that clearly has molded them into who they are today.  The back story of Evan is somewhat revealed in Book 2 when Jake's story is on display.  There's more to it and Evan is forced to confront it all head-on and make decisions that were never, ever things he had to consider before now.  Grace has gotten the short end of the stick from the time she was a young girl.  She does what she has to do to survive and take care of Christopher but it's wearing on her.  If Evan and Grace go outside of the boundaries of their special arrangement someone is bound to get hurt.

I love Evan's family:  Quinn and Holly, Jake and Claire, and, of course, the kids.  So warm and welcoming they were that it's no wonder Grace felt at home in a town where she knew no one.  They were in the background mostly and didn't overshadow anything in the story.  

Victoria James is a very powerful author, evoking full and total emotional connection with the characters!!  There were three sections of The Doctor's Fake Fiancée that I had to read twice - not because they were confusing but because I was so filled with the emotions of the scenes that sometimes the words were a little blurry.  I didn't sob, I gently wept as the emotional connections that were written played themselves out.  The scene between Evan and Grace at the hotel stirred so much within me that the tears just ran down my face on their own accord.  Every time I wiped them away, more found their way down my cheeks.  Victoria writes with passion and depth and all of her characters have dimension, not at all flat, one dimensional, or unrealistic.  Victoria's stories are emotional and believable.

Review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

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Amazon Purchase Link:
The Doctor's Fake Fiancee: a Red River novel (Entangled Bliss)

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