The Best Man’s Baby
by Victoria James
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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.
He stood behind her and whispered in her ear. “I’m not leaving.”
She sighed and turned around to look at him. They were standing a few inches apart, and for what had to be the hundredth time in two days he wondered how he’d never noticed her eyes.
Big and bright, but with a soul that hinted at such emotion and fire, it filled him with the need to see how deep it went.
“What are you doing here?”
“You have never been back here in all the years I’ve been in business.”
“Things are different now. We’re having a baby.”
“Shhhh!” He bit back another grin as she turned her head around wildly to make sure no one had heard.
“Listen, you’re not getting rid of me. I’m here to help. Then when you’re finished, I’m going to take you out for dinner.”
He saw her cheeks flush, then she shook her head. “I have a long day ahead of me. No time for any distractions.”
“Perfect, so afterward you’ll need some time to relax. I’ll take you out to your favorite restaurant.”
“You don’t even know what that is.”
“Then you can tell me.” It was simple, really. He didn’t understand why that would upset her.
“You should know what it is. In the Claire Holbrook world, the father of my child should know my favorite restaurant,” she whispered.
“Just tell me and we’ll go,” he said with a shrug.
She shook her head, her ponytail swinging back and forth with the motion. He wondered what she’d do if he pulled her hair free, letting his hands run through it as it tumbled around her
shoulders. He stared at her mutinous expression. She’d probably try to deck him.
When I first read the description I thought this would be just another bad boy takes the good girl romance. Yes, I admit it is that but so much more.
Jake is not actually a bad boy any longer. He has changed. That change came but he did not tell anyone else he allow others (especially friends and acquaintances) to believe that he was still the bad boy out to do what he wanted and TO HELL with the opinion of everyone else. You really have to admit that people like this are not bad people they are just confident in them self and are not concerned with appearances or how others view them. Sadly we live in a world where actions sometimes do not speak louder than appearances.
Jake went and got a woman pregnant. Well you really have to admit he was not alone in that happening. But the woman was not just your average female. Her father was a minister. People hold minister’s and their family up to a higher standard. People forget they are human just like everyone else and capable of mistakes.
Claire is a successful business woman. Her business is thriving she really does not have time for children BUT she never ONCE thought about abortion. When I got to this part in the book it went from being the average bad boy / good girl to something that had meaning.
James has created something that allows readers to see all the options even if abortion is not one of them. In Best Man’s Baby, readers who have been in the same spot a Claire will feel a special bond. Some readers fell that an unplanned pregnancy is sometimes the best thing to happen.
This was a sweet book that I would give my 16 year old niece to read.
Thanks for such a wonderful read.
Victoria James always knew she wanted to be a writer and in grade five, she penned her first story, bound it (with staples) and a cardboard cover and did all the illustrations herself. Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again.
In high school she fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, Victoria pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened her own business. After her first child, Victoria knew it was time to fulfill the dream of writing romantic fiction.
Victoria is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after’s for her 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 she’s quite content living in suburbia with her husband, their two young children, and very bad cat.
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