Book Tour: The Best Man’s Baby by Victoria James

Book Tour: The Best Man’s Baby by Victoria James

Book Tour: The Best Man’s Baby by Victoria JamesThe Best Man's Baby by Victoria James

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indulgence on August 12, 2013
Pages: 179
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
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three-half-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.

Being the good girl has gotten Claire Holbrook no where in her desire to be the one Jake Manning loves. When her best friend Holly marries Quinn, Jake’s brother, Claire has no ulterior motives. When the two meet up at the bar after it’s all over, sparks fly that the two cannot deny. But in the morning Jake leaves, thinking he just isn’t good enough for Claire.

Six weeks later, Jake is back from his road trip and trying to ignore his feelings for Claire, but Claire has news for him that will jolt his system and bring up very bad memories of his childhood. Claire tells Jake in style that she is pregnant and so begins a short but heartfelt story of family, healing and love.

While we see some of the love scenes, make no mistake, this is not a steamy romance. The love scenes were lukewarm at best, which left me disappointed. Jake has some deep baggage on him and Claire’s father know about that he must share to finally start to heal and take on being a father. Claire also needs to stand up for herself with her mother and the image her mother has of her as a beng the socialite beautiful daughter to the minister.

This had me reminiscing of Harlequin novels I grew up on. Man meets woman who has had a crush on him since high school. They hook up and get pregnant. Move on to the healing of the past  and the joy of finding love, resolving their issues and moving on to being parents.

This was the second book in a series and I felt a little lost about Holly, Quinn and their daughter Ella. Evan’s book is up next, being the only Manning brother unattached. Even Claire’s parents have a reawakening of their relationship. Not very long, this book was a fun escape in the afternoon.

EXCERPT

“I never had you pegged as a whiskey drinker,” a deep voice said close to her ear. Her body and mind recognized that voice at the exact same time. She closed her eyes and took a deep breath.

He’d come back. Jake was the only man who could fill the void that was threatening to consume her tonight. She could feel the heat emanating off his body. He was standing directly behind her, close enough that if she leaned back an inch or so, she would be against Jake Manning’s hard chest. She slowly turned around, heart hammering, senses buzzing, and looked up into his blue eyes. Try to be cool, Claire. Sultry. “And what kind of drink do you think I would have ordered?”

A leisurely smile graced his handsome face, revealing straight white teeth. “A Shirley Temple.”
Her mouth dropped open. The man thought she was a child. “Thanks,” she muttered, determined tonight she would change his opinion of her. “I bet you your Harley you don’t know a thing about me.” She finished off the remains of her whiskey and licked the moisture from her lips. Jake’s gaze went from her mouth to her eyes, and then he took a drink. He placed his empty glass on the counter, his arm brushing against her bare shoulder.

“Can I buy you another one?”

“It’s an open bar, but I guess old habits die hard. Woman at bar. Buy drink. Score,” she said, tapping her finger against his hard chest.

“I’ll have you know it takes a lot more skill than that,” he murmured, his voice low and delicious, each syllable resonating inside her body.

“I’ve seen the women you hang out with. I’m sure it doesn’t.”

“I wasn’t aware you were keeping tabs on me.”

Delighted Reader Giveaway

Victoria will be awarding a $50 Starbucks GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

To enter, leave a comment below. For more chances to win, follow Victoria on her tour!

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • Heather Beyer

    While it’s new to me; it sounds like something I will be reading very soon! Thank you for a chance to win! 🙂

  • Thanks so much for hosting me and the review, Shari! Thanks for commenting, Heather 🙂

  • laurie g

    While it’s new to me; it sounds like something I will be reading very soon! Thank you for a chance to win! 🙂

  • Rita Wray

    Nice excerpt, thank you, I enjoyed it.

  • Andra

    Hi Victoria!

    I’ve been excited for this tour since I read your blurb on GoddessFIsh! I love accidental romances, whether the MC’s have been brought together by chance or a baby! I look forward to following you and hearing more!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

    • Aww, thanks so much, Andra! Glad you liked the blurb! 🙂

  • Melanie J

    This book sounds great. Can’t wait to read it.

  • Thank you for hosting today.

  • Tiffany Tosh

    Thanks for the opportunity to read a good book, and for the chance to win great stuff!!!

  • Connie Fischer

    This sounds like a really great novel to read. I’m always intrigued by a plot featuring an unexpected baby. Always a delight to read. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • Bobbye

    This looks very good 🙂

  • Joanne B

    Congrats on the new release. The Best Man’s Baby sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the honest review, excerpt, and giveaway.

  • momjane

    I think this book sounds really interesting. I love romance novels that are the kind that redeem people

    • Thanks-I love writing/reading those redemption books too!

  • Cali W.

    This book sounds really unique and thanks for the giveaway. <3

  • Diane Sallans

    I know I’ll enjoy this book! I want to see this couple get their HEA!

  • Angela Simmons

    I just discovered this book! I cannot wait to read it!

  • bn100

    Nice excerpt and review

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  • SHELLEY S

    GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BOOK AND THE TOUR! THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY!

  • Kate

    An excellent giveaway! Thank you very much 🙂

    hense1kk (at) cmich (dot) edu

  • Lori Ha

    This sounds and looks like a great read. Best of luck on your new book release.
    Thanks 🙂

  • Sandy S.

    Congratulations Victoria on the new release. I ordered my copy today..looking forward to reading.

    thank you for the giveaway opportunity

    pharmx_2(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • Michelle Fidler

    I’d love to win a gift card!

  • Linda Henderson

    This sounds like a book I’d really enjoy, I think my daughter would too. I am adding it to my wishlist.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  • Violet Bick

    High school crush? Good girl, bad boy? (OK, “lone wolf”). Count me in!

  • Heather Beyer

    Thank you got the chance to win! The synopsis of your book sounds great!!! 🙂

  • Sandy Xiong

    I have this book and read it already on my nook and I love it! It has its humor that made me laugh and it’s tense scenes that I got curious about because of the secrets. But I enjoy this book a lot…mostly the part when Claire “told” Jake he was a daddy.

  • Natasha D

    Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com