20 October 2014

The Doctor's Fake Fiancée (Red River #3) by Victoria James

The Doctor's Fake Fiancée (Red River #3)
by Victoria James.
Audience/Genre: Adult,Contemporary Romance.
Publication: October 20th 2014 by Entangled.
Their marriage bargain is just what the doctor ordered…
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.

Reviewed by Kelly.

I found myself sobbing at the end. I knew where the story was going but still had me use up a few Kleenexes at the things that made it unique.

Grace has lived a hard life but she stayed true to who she was and what she wanted to be as a mother. She has lived in homeless shelters before and has very little possessions. But she has her art as her passion and a portfolio that she really hasn’t been able to do anything with in order to provide for her son.

There was an accident where Grace and her son were trapped in a car a year ago. Then a man said he was a doctor and was getting them out of the car. He got her son out second and both suffered for it. The man was a surgeon who couldn’t do surgery anymore because of the burns he suffered from the accident. For the next year, Grace tried to track him down to thank him for helping them. When she tracks him down, he needs a secretary for the doctor’s office he is covering for. He also needs a wife for the CEO position he wants for a plastic surgery’s company. So, he offers her the job and asks her to pretend to be his fiancé for the company’s gala because they are a family company and he wants the job. To me, that was silly, family and plastic surgery don’t go together.

Anyway, I didn’t like Evan at first. He was selfish. He wanted a career over family and told Grace that. He gave stuff to Grace and a place rent free that was way more than Grace could ever afford. Grace was thankful and the more kindness Grace showed him and the more Grace’s son talked to him the more they got under his skin. But he was determined to get the job and put Grace and her son away from his life.

I loved Evan’s family. I read the first book in the series and still need to read the second. It took me a while if not even close to the end to finally like Evan. I enjoyed watching Evan see the error of his ways! I loved Grace’s son Christopher. Little kids can be so honest that it’s funny and we get to see a lot of that. I loved the small town life; the people are so funny when they have known you since birth.

If you like small towns, families, overcoming hardships, medical stuff, and finding what you really want and that family is important in life than this might be for you.

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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