The Doctor's Fake Fiancee: a Red River novel

The Doctor's Fake Fiancee: a Red River novel

by Victoria James
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The Doctor's Fake Fiancee: a Red River novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Sheri_B1975 More than 1 year ago
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating! This book has my heart. From the moment I started it I could tell this book was going to wrap me up in feels. It begins with the accident mentioned in the summary for a prologue that instantly had my heart racing. It pulled me in, took hold of me and wouldn't let go. I love the small town, everybody knows everybody and their business feel. As well as the numerous characters that I couldn't help but love. It was the whole package. Grace is my superhero. She's a single mom who was very easy to identify with even though she's had it more rough than I did in that department by leaps and bounds. She has this amazing inner strength and determination. She comes from nothing and anything she does have goes to her 4 year old son Christopher, she puts him above all else in her life. She's a very inspirational character. And her little guy Chris steals every single scene he is in. He's one of those kids that is very curious and bright and will talk your ear off flipping between subjects in the blink of an eye without even stopping to breathe between subject changes. Most of the time...without a filter, much to the dismay and embarrassment of Grace. I loved how when he would be talking about something that happened in the past he'd say stuff like; "When I was younger, like 3 years old..." and he's only 4. So. Stinking. Cute! I want to eat him up! I very nearly didn't think I was going to like Evan. He has a brief moment in the beginning where he uses the accident to attempt to manipulate Grace into taking the job and posing as his wife/fiancée. I was ready to write him off with a one way ticket to Jerkville. Like I said it was brief though and his actions throughout the rest of the book outshine that tiny moment of bad judgement. He's not perfect, he's damaged but he grows. The way he interacts with Chris melts my heart like no other. Chris views him as his superhero. The strong guy who saved him and his mom from a crash, it's beyond sweet and it's beautiful to watch him worm his way into Evan's heart and watch Evan fall in love with not just Grace but Christopher as well. I haven't yet, and I do mean yet, read the first two books in this series but I do have them both on my Kindle and I am really looking forward to reading the stories about Evan's brothers Jake and Quinn. They're both in this book as well adding a bit of comic relief every now and again. I quickly got attached to both of them and their families. I do recommend reading them in order though. If I realized I would've had enough time to do so before starting this one I would have. There is one family secret that I'm sure gets revealed in Jake's book that I now know but it isn't going to stop my from enjoying it that's for sure! This one book was all it took and I'm an instant fan of Victoria James and I can't wait to read more of her in the future. Thank you Entangled Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read, but of course if it is from Victoria St.James then it would be. I have read Jake Manning's story and fell in love with the series. I fell in love with Evan and Grace too. Well written story as are all the Red River series. Read it. You will not be disappointed. I was given a complimentary copy in return fir an honest review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic story! This one made me smile from the very first page. Grace and Evan are a perfect couple even with the baggage they both bring to the relationship. The love and care Evan takes with Grace's small son seals the deal for me. Loved this one! I highly recommend you read it.
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
This would have been a 5 Star Plus if not for the editing... Absolutely awful!! Don't know who to blame, the Publisher or the Author... All three books were bad but this was the worst and yet probably the best of the three in terms of story, characters and the emotion it generated.. That said, a great story about Evan the doctor, Grace the struggling artist and single mom (excuse the order), an awful accident and a very happy ending... So much to like I feel really bad about the rating...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome series & wonderful author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best romance stories with real life emotions and inner feelings ....highly recommended for all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really loved this book.
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Aleec More than 1 year ago
This was a great love story!
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
This was a different book, at least in the reason the two initially meet up. I really liked the fact that Evan's rescue of Grace at the beginning of the book had such an impact on both of their lives (saving Grace and destroying his surgeon career) and that Grace was so touched by his efforts to save her, she never stopped looking for him. Evan I think had the most growing up to do though. He's definitely more of a bachelor type for much of the book, despite having been almost married once before (and his ex was quite a piece of work), but it was delightful to see him continually pulled not just toward Grace, but toward Red River itself despite the fact that his gaze has always been on bigger and better things (as far as his career). The resolution was nice as well, and I loved how these two finally fell in love and made it official. It wasn't overly angsty in most places, which is always a plus. Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
SullyGirl More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait to read Evans story in book 3 of Victoria James Red River series since I loved Jake and Quinn's stories so much. I'll be honest though, it took me a while to warm up to Evan. I felt he was selfish and misguided, especially in relation to Grace, who's practically saint-like! Her name now makes sense to me!! Grace is a single mom who does everything she can to make her son Christopher's life better with their very limited resources. Evan is mourning his former life as a surgeon because of injuries he suffered while saving Grace and Christopher from a car accident. He wants to keep his emotional distance from Grace and her son, but they start to settle into his life and heart. I did grow to like Evan and I just loved little Christopher...wanted to hug that sweet boy! But to me, Grace is the real hero of this book. I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review.
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
Before you even start Victoria James's The Doctor's Fake Fiancée, grab a box of tissues. I'm not kidding Victoria had me crying from the first couple of chapters. It did lighten up, but it might be a good idea to keep them near by. The ending did me in. Granted it was one of the sappiest endings, but it still got to me. However, this book is FANTASTIC! I absolutely loved this story even though I was crying through most of the book. So, if you have read the previous Red River books you would remember at the end of The Best Man's Baby Evan Manning was in an accident that caused serious damage to his hand. This caused him to quit being a surgeon and the lost of his fiancée. Well, if the girl is going to leave after a tragedy, good riddance. Anyway, we didn't know exactly what happen to Evan's hand, so we were left wondering. Finally the answer was reveal. Evan is a hero.  All right, we have Evan who is trying to piece back together his life, and he's doing his mentor a favor by helping him out in Red River. Family Practice never held any appeal to Evan, so this is his time spent in hell. He's just biding his time.  Grace Matheson and her son Christopher have hit a couple of rough patches since the accident, but they manage to get up again. Grace wanted to thank Evan properly for saving her son and herself after the accident that had change his life.  Prior to the accident, Evan was pretty self-absorbed, and the sad thing was he didn't realize it until he got to know Grace. Now Grace is an open kind person, who has rotten luck in her life. A lot of my tears came from Grace's situation, but she's a fighter. She could have given up on life so many times or given up her child when her boyfriend left, but she didn't. She did everything she could for Chris. When hears about Grace's situation he kind of did a scummy thing and manipulate the situation so it would benefit his situation.  Evan slowly realizes there is more to life, but he almost let his ambition get in the way of real happiness. I love that Grace sticks up for herself when Evan was being a douche. It took Grace leaving him to realize that his life was hallow.  I absolutely love The Doctor's Fake Fiancée. I think this was even better than The Best Man's Baby, and I absolutely LOVED that story. This is an emotional roller coaster and a lot has to do with Grace's circumstances. While I was reading this story I tweeted that about sending my gut to Victoria cause it would have been easier to deal with than the gut punches.  This is my final thought: The Doctor's Fake Fiancée by Victoria James will tear you up. If not, you have a heart made of stone.  Copy provided by author (Later purchased)
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
The Doctor’s Fake Fiancee by Victoria James is the 3rd book in her Red River series. When I decided to read this book, I was concerned that I had not read the first two books. I did not need to worry, as this was a wonderful book that read very well as a standalone. This story started off with a bang,. Our heroine Grace was driving her young son to school, when a trailer truck over turned trapping her in the car. A doctor comes to her rescue, and saves both of them. The story flips to three years later, when Grace finally finds the name of the doctor, and travels to Red River to meet him and thank him for saving her life, as well as her sons. Evan is our hero, and he is only in Red River temporarily helping the old time resident doctor, until the job he has been waiting for comes through. We learn early on that Evan suffered a hand injury in that accident three years earlier, not allowing him to do surgery anymore. He is very anxious to get this new job that would make him the CEO of a major clinic. The company is family oriented, and wants to know that their new ceo is the same. He knows he needs to present himself to them, and plots to find a fake fiancée to help him. Evan will let nothing stand in his way, and he can’t wait to get out of Red River, though his family still lives there. This is where Grace enters the practice to find Evan and thank him. Grace has trouble holding a job, and barely makes ends meet. She is a budding artist, but has not had an opportunity to show her work. When she does meet Evan, in a short time, he begs her to help him be his fake fiancée for a few weeks. He offers her a job as a receptionist at the doctor’s office, a place to stay, and even buys her clothes to fit the part. After some doubt, she finds it difficult to refuse, especially since she could save some money, and work on her art. What follows is a wonderful sweet story, with great characters, including many of the secondary characters. Grace’s son Christopher is a charmer, and so much fun. The slow to build romance between Grace and Evan was great, with both attracted to each other, but they each had their own past issues. The Doctor’s Fake Fiancee was an enjoyable heartwarming story; filled with pure romance, humor, super characters, that I found myself so entranced that I read it all in one sitting. I really loved reading this book, and was so impressed with Victoria James writing, that I plan to go back and read the first two books in this series.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Grace Matheson and her son were in an accident and were both saved by Dr. Evan Manning. Over a year later she and her son finally track him down to say thank you. As it happens, the doctor Evan was filling in for needed a receptionist and Grace just happened to be looking for a job. Evan offered it to her and as part of the job, he needed her to pretend to be his fiancee for one month. He was applying for the position of CEO of Medcorp and Medcorp is very family oriented. A little wary of the deceit, she agrees. Being Evan's fake fiancee and working with him every day is going to test Grace's self control. She must keep reminding herself that he's leaving and he doesn't want to be a small town doctor with a ready made family. After meeting and spending so much time with Grace and her son, will Evan still long for the big city life or can he be satisfied with a small town practice? This is a small town feel-good story with smart women and gorgeous, sexy men. I love stories with a strong sense of family.  Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story recommend
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Evan Manning wants to focus on his career as a Doctor. Since he's a confirmed bachelor, he wants to reclaim what he lost when he saved a woman and her child. Now he's back home working in a family practice while Doctor Chalmers recovers from a heart attack. Grace Matheson arrives to thank the Doctor for his heroism. She's down on her luck so when he asks her to be his fake fiancé, She reluctantly agrees. Can these two damaged people find happiness as a family? Grace is a wonderful character. Her gentle and loving spirit are her strength. She is first and foremost a mom. Her world revolves around her son, Christopher. Evan is afraid love will make him weak. It was touching seeing him interact with Christopher. I liked watching him with his family. Their dialogue is often humorous and low key. This is the way Evan hides his pain. When Grace and Evan grow closer, you feel their attraction grow along with their hope and desire.This story is wonderful. I was drawn into their world. It was so easy to care about them. I want them to find forever love. Red River provides the perfect background for this feel good romance. All the characters are charming and likeable. This book had me shedding tears. Victoria James writes from her heart. I love reading about the Mannings of Red River. What a family!
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foxreads11 More than 1 year ago
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.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4.5 Heartwarming stars The Doctor's Fake Fiancée was a beautiful and heartfelt read. Loved Grace and her little boy Christopher, their story made my heart ache for them. It was beautiful seeing Evan and Grace come together, they were perfect for each other. Loved all the characters and the banter between the brothers made me laugh, loved how they teased each other =) This was a heartwarming and emotional story, the relationship between Evan and little Christopher brought tears to my eyes, that little boy made the story for me, loved him! If you're looking for a beautifully written, heartwarming read I highly recommend The Doctor's Fake Fiancée and all the books in the Red River series.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Reading the teaser blurb for this one at the end of The Best Man's Baby, I knew I was going to have to read this one ASAP. But I was going to have to wait, of course... And oh, Evan's story was so worth the wait!  Sure, the inciting incident hinges on some pretty big coincidences (namely, Grace, trained as a medical receptionist, showing up at Evan's office the day his other one quits), but hey, I can absolutely live with that. They served the purpose--to get Evan and Grace together--and the story was just a whole lot of fun to read, with characters it was so easy to root for. Evan Manning is the classic "thinks he knows what he wants but he's dead wrong" character. Unable to continue his career as a surgeon due to the accident, he's all set to take over as CEO of a group of private plastic surgery clinics. First, though, he's back in his hometown for one month, filling in for the man who inspired him to become a doctor in the first place. He's only there marking time before moving on--he resents his chatty patients, wishes his brothers and sisters-in-law weren't quite so busy-bodyish, and believes he is, as his father often told him, bigger than the small town he grew up in. He knows having a family isn't for him, and the only kids he gets along with are his niece and nephew. (Contemplating his awkwardness around children, he reflects that, "Luckily for him, they [Ella and Michael] probably assumed his weirdness was due to the gene pool he shared with their fathers." An LOL moment.) Nothing, he's sure, could ever be more important to him than his job. Oh, and then he thought those four words that are a death knoll to the singlehood of romance heroes everywhere. As he considered his plan to get Grace to agree to be his fake fiancee to better his chances at being hired on as Medcorp's CEO, the words, "What could go wrong?" ran through his head. Yep. They caused me to snort unattractively. Obviously he doesn't read romance novels. I loved the character of Grace. She's funny and friendly and honest and always puts her son first. She volunteers at the places that have helped her in the past--like the shelter she and her mom stayed at--even though she herself is only a step or two above the women there whom she is helping. She ties her hair back with a Spider-Man shoelace and writes her very detailed daily "to do" lists in crayon. Heck, anyone who can refer to herself (referencing her curly auburn hair) as "[Ronald McDonald's] older, crazier-looking, dark-haired sister" is going to be a favorite in my book. Christopher was adorable, and had a tendency to steal the scene when he showed up. At times his conversation was a bit too adult to be believed, especially when he'd call Evan "Dr. Nevan" in the next sentence, but those parts were few and far between. Revealing all of his mother's secrets, though? Totally spot-on. (And as a former preschool teacher, I can just guess what he was saying at school--poor Grace!) The family relationships were some of the best parts of this novel--Evan and his brothers, Evan and his niece and nephew, Evan and his sisters-in-law, Grace and Christopher--their interactions were at times touching, sweet, and wickedly funny. (The conversation Evan and Quinn had about buying Jake a pink box of tissues? Another snort-laugh moment.) These scenes all rang true, and made it a joy to read. And of course the romance was just so sweet and sigh-worthy. Until it isn't. But then Evan eventually pulls his head out of his butt and figures out what he really wants--and sigh. I read The Doctor's Fake Fiancee in an afternoon--I couldn't put it down! Victoria James is quickly becoming a must-read for me. Rating: 4 1/2 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
so sweet. broken souls come together = HEA--author has surefire hit. MUST READ This story grabs your heart and twists it around so many times until …well, until everything is aces. Evan Manning and Grace Mattenson are IT together. They meet when Grace is in a car accident – because of that car accident, and Evan trying to save Grace and her little boy, Evan ends up causing damage to his surgeon’s hands. Fast Forward to a year later, Evan has lost everything that meant something- his girlfriend & the ability to be the best surgeon there is. Grace has finally found Evan and she wants to repay Evan for his saving her son’s life and her life. Evan thinks that Grace is down on her luck and offers her a temporary job until she can get back on her feet. He hires her to work as the office manager of the family practice he is filling in for with the stipulation that she pretends to be his fiancée so he can land a job of a lifetime. In Grace’s eyes. Evan’s offering her not just a job and a place to stay but a life line. She hasn’t had a good life or really anyone to be there for her and her son. Grace has never had an easy life. She believes in working very hard and making sure that her son, Christopher is first and foremost in her life and with what Evan is suggesting, her son may be hurt. Destiny and fate work together to bring these three people together to be the family they so desperately need. Evan thinks small town living isn’t for him but with Grace and Christopher is in life, he’s happier than he’s ever been. There are some emotional twists and turns and several times I was yelling at Evan to get his head out of his rear because he just was so afraid to risk his heart. This story Is so good. This is my first time reading this author but I will now go back and buy the other books because I REALLY enjoyed this book so much. My rating: 5 stars *****       ****A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review****
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book and this is a great series to read
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down, read in one evening. I fell in love with the characters, Evan and Grace. Christopher, Grace's son was so cute. Everyone should have a super hero in their life, and that is what Evan is to Christopher. I was so happy that Evan finally decided what is important in life, and might not be what his initial plans were. This is my first book by Victoria James, and I have already bought her other Red River books, to catch up. I was not lost in this story at all, can be read as a stand alone. Highly recommend. I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim Have you ever read a book and loved it so much you weren't sure where to start with explaining it? That's how I am with The Doctor's Fake Fiancée. The book had me laughing and crying and just wanting more. Evan Manning and Grace Matheson are simply great. And oh my gosh, Grace's four-year-old son Christopher is a handful, but in a good way. Don't let it ever be said that kids aren't smart and don't pay attention. A year ago, Evan lost everything that truly meant something to him, when he rescued a woman and little boy who were facing sudden death from a car accident. By rescuing them, he suffered an injury to his hand that cost him his ability to be a surgeon. He also lost his girlfriend because without being able to operate, he was no longer the best. In The Best Man's Baby, Evan found out things about his family that rocked him big time. His whole life he was pushed to be the best. He was always told that he had to be at the top. Now, all he’s left with is a nagging voice that keeps reminding him that he MUST be the best. "Things happen for a reason." A year after having Dr. Evan Manning save her and her son, Grace finally tracks him down. Sensing she is in need of money, Evan makes Grace an offer she can't refuse. He hires her to work as the office manager of the family practice he is filling in for with the stipulation that she pretends to be his fiancée so he can land a job of a lifetime. For Grace, Evan is not only offering her a job and a place to stay, but a lifeline. Grace has never had an easy life. She believes in working hard and making sure that Christopher is first and foremost in her life. They are all each other has and there isn’t anything she wouldn’t do for him. Being in Red River gives Grace friends she’s never had and a community who cares for her and her son; something else that she’s never had. While working together and pretending to a couple for a few events, Evan and Grace discover that there’s more than attraction between them. But Evan is only able to offer up a short, one month relationship. Grace is a forever kind of girl. She can’t afford to let someone get close to Chris and then disappear out of his life. Destiny and fate work together to bring these three people together to be the family they each desperately need. There’s this saying that grace will lead you home. For Evan, that is SO true. Evan thinks small town living isn’t for him but with Grace and Christopher is in life, he’s happier than he’s ever been. One of the best things about the book, and there are A LOT of good things about The Doctor's Fake Fiancée, is that the book brings back brothers Quinn and Jake, as well as their wives, Holly and Claire along with the kids. This is simply a really really good book. Oh my gosh, I feel like I’m cheating on Jake by loving Evan. I don’t know what it is about Victoria James....I’ve read three books by her so far and I have cried some serious tears with them all. Her stories are emotional, heartfelt, and touching. She manages to write heroes that you want to be yours and heroines you want to be be friends with. Be sure to have tissue because you are going to find yourself laughing and crying. But it is SO worth it. **Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest unbiased review. But also purchased the book myself.**
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Wow, another utterly awesome book from author Victoria James! The Doctor's Fake Fiancée grabs you right from the gut-wrenching prologue and the plot's fiery intensity never lets up. The two primary characters, Grace Matheson and Evan Manning, have amazing yet complicated chemistry and their blossoming relationship is replete with appreciation, gratitude and love. Ms. James is an excellent storyteller and her words kept me captivated from beginning to end. Grace is a devoted single mother, talented artist and friend. She and her four-year-old son Christopher, are alone in the world and have only each other to count on. Grace does everything she can to provide her son with a happy and healthy life, which has been truly difficult since they were both in a near fatal car accident about a year ago. Recently finding out that Evan happened to be the one who rescued them, Grace drives her clunker to his homey, small town of Red Ridge to personally thank him for his heroism. Little did she know that a quasi-quick trip from Toronto would evolve into a lifetime of happiness. Evan's plans for being a well-known and talented surgeon are completely obliterated when he injures his hand while rescuing Grace and her young son. Now he is on the cusp of regaining a top level position by becoming the CEO of Medcorp, the parent company of exclusive plastic surgery clinics. All he needs is a fake fiancée to seal the deal, since Medcorp prefers that its employees are part of a family. Evan's luck continues to get better when Grace walks into his life. This book is filled with raw emotions from both main characters. When Grace suffered, my heart was breaking for her. When Evan got emotional, my eyes teared. This story is the perfect combination of romance, intricate plot, angst and love. I immediately connected with Grace, Ethan and Christopher, and there was never a moment that I did not want them to be together. The secondary characters are unique in their own right and add a ton of background story to the present happenings. Overall, this is a tremendous read. Complimentary copy provided by the author.