Review: The Best Man's Baby by Victoria James

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Book: The Best Man's Baby (Red River Series)
Author: Victoria James
Publisher: Entangled: Indulgence
Date Published: August 12th, 2013
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***Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for my Honest review***
4 out of 5 Stars

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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 So I've got to admit that this one made me cry, this could in fact be because I'm almost five months pregnant and my crazy hormones took over, but I  like to think most readers would agree that Jake's backstory was pretty heart-breaking. After I read it I kind of fell in love with him myself! I don't want to give any spoilers away though, and I don't think that this is one because the author hints at it throughout the book.
Both Claire and Jake are very detailed characters that both have real life problems and issues, and I think that is one of the reasons that I really liked this book. The characters are really relatable. You'll want to cheer them on, because you feel like you really know them.
Overall, it was a really good and quick read. This romance is not heavy on love scenes, actually I don't *think* that any of them are too graphically detailed. I do think most any romance fan would enjoy the fabulous love story that takes place with Claire and Jake though. It was sweet and real, and it kept me flipping through my kindle as fast as I could.
One of my favorite parts:
Claire's eyes locked with Jake's blue ones and the panic she read in them made all of this oh so worth it. She forced herself to turn her lip upward, hopefully pulling off a Mone Lisa-type smile. She strode over to Jake, her strappy sandals clacking confidently on the flagstone patio.
Claire clutched her precious piece of evidence in her right hand, holding it like a knight would hold a sword, ready to pierce his opponent through the heart.
Jake opened his perfectly chiseled mouth. "Claire."
"Welcome home, daddy." She stabbed the positive pregnancy indicator stick through his hamburger with enough force that it could have killed the cow had it still been alive.

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