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The Doctor's Fake Fiancée

(Red River #3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  836 ratings  ·  91 reviews
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 resc
Published October 20th 2014 by Entangled
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Originally posted on The Book Nympho

Quick summary
Three years ago, Evan Manning rescued a woman and her baby from their burning car following its collision with a truck. His heroism exacted a high cost as he seriously injured his hand...a career ender for a surgeon. Flash forward to the present and Grace Matheson is trying to find the man who saved her son.

The heart of the story
Grace has struggled to keep a job that will adequately provide for her son and give her the flexibility needed by a sin
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I make no secret that I am a huge fan of Victoria James. She has a gift of creating captivating romantic journeys with characters to fall in love with who frustrate me as much as I adore them. The Doctor’s Fake Fiancée is a delightful third addition to her Red River series; this beautiful picturesque small-town stole my heart long ago with its close, welcoming and interfering residents, and my love has continued to grow with each addition. Evan Manning had a lot to live up to, because believe me ...more
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
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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
The three Manning brothers are a riot together. Add their spouses and the crazy townspeople of Red River into the mix and you get a fun and enjoyable read. How could City ER surgeon Dr. Evan Manning even think he could live without them?

Evan was on the fast track to becoming chief of surgery when a year ago he'd injured himself while rescuing a mother (Grace) and her three-year old son (Chris) from a car-accident. Because of the injury he's unable to do surgeries anymore. Moreover, his girlfrie
Melody Cox
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
***4.25 Stars***

I really enjoyed this book as I have the others in this series.

Evan is a gifted surgeon and witnessed a terrible accident. He rescued the woman and her son from their burning car but in the process his hand was badly burned and damaged. His surgery career is over and he is not exactly sure what he's going to do now.

He is in the running to be the administrator to oversee North America's most exclusive plastic surgery clinics that cater to the very wealthy. It really isn't who he i
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Red River Series Fans
GREAT STORY! Grace is a single mother, who raises her four-year-old son by herself. One day, Evan Manning rescues her and her son from a car accident. However, Evan cannot perform a surgery anymore due to the accident. To thank him, Grace comes to Red River, and she not only becomes Evan's receptionist but also becomes his fake Fiancee.

I always like the way Victoria James tells story!If you love reading A Risk Worth Taking (Red River, #1) and The Best Man's Baby(Red River, #2) , this is a must-
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 r
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Not as good as book 1. Quite cheesy and sappy.
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sweet story of single Mom of 4 year old boy and the surgeon who rescued them from car accident.The latest in the " Red River" series which were enjoyable reads.
Maree Repa
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing

High Hopes for Love

Five Amazing Stars

I was now absolutely pleased to receive nor the third book of this wonderful series, Red River. Written by my most favourite author, Victoria James. I was so completely excited to read this unbelievable romantic story about Evan Manning. Who is a Doctor by trade, but still seeking out a woman of his own!

Dr Evan Manning was now wishing for a lot now in his life. Now his surgery might as well be closed. He was angry and upset. Without many patients coming to s
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
In August of last year, I stumbled upon the Red River series, in the midst of a weekend full of DNFs.  (You can read about it HERE )  The Red River series had me completely hooked and the only thing I really needed was Evan's book.  Cue to now, over a year later!  I was pretty much salivating for Evan and Grace's story and the bookend to this series.

I have to admit that I had a hard time liking Evan.  He was so focused on his career and what he thought it meant to be successful that he placed v
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
Oh where to begin. This book was, simply put, wonderful. Such a feel good story. The two main characters, Grace and Dr. Evan Manning were brought together one fateful night a year ago when he saved her and her toddler son from a burning car. That fateful night changed both of their lives, forever.

Fast forward a year. Grace is a single mother with no family or close friends, struggling to survive and take care of her adorable little boy. Feeling the need to thank the man that saved them she drive
Rosemary K
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love the Red River series and this was another fab instalment. I love how Victoria takes a romance trope, puts her own spin on it and makes me fall in love with the characters. Every single time she has me glued to the pages and silently cheering for a HEA.

I have a tendency to re-read the first two when I need a feel good book, I think this has just been added to the list :)
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I LOVED IT! This story made me laugh and brought tears to my eyes. This story was just so much fun to read. I honestly was not planning on finishing it tonight but I just could not put it down. If you are looking for a good contemporary romance that will leave you smiling look no further.
Bette Hansen
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, contemporary
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books for 10/23/14.

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 pur
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My review of The Best Man's Baby:

Evan Manning was a high society surgeon at the top of his game when he witnessed a horrific accident involving a semi and a car. The injury he sustains helping the mother and young son escape puts him on the sidelines, crushing his career as a surgeon. One year later, Evan finds himself back in his hometown of Red River helping out at the local family practice after the physician has a heart attack. He's only a couple week
Monica Cardoza
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A life you think you want can change the moment that someone makes you reevalute what you wanted

So this is a series that I know I need to catch up with because there is so much I know that I have missed. I love Ms. James writing style it flows smoothly and descriptive. I love getting lost in a story and how everything around me just fade off. I knew from the beginning that I missed something big in Evan’s family life because of his way of thinking. Then there were little snippets about his relat
Sheri (Tangled Up In Books)
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 everyb
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Posted on What I'm Reading

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 R
Char (1RadReader59)
What do you do when you are an up and coming star on medical surgery team, a mover and a shaker, a the top of your game and then you do an heroic deed of saving a single mother and her son from their fiery car? Making you permanently unable to ever do surgeries again. Not to mention you lose you fiancée and lose most of your friends by this act of kindness. Well meet Evan Manning our hero.
To show your willingness to be a team player you take a 5 week job in the hometown you swore never to come
Barb Lie
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, talente
April Symes
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
****A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review****

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
Paula Legate
I loved this book! The book starts out with Grace and her little son being in a car wreck. Evan is a doctor and stopped to help. He was so calm, and talked to Grace while she was trapped. He found a way to pull Grace and Christopher from the car. Evan wound up hurting his hand while helping with the accident. Afterwards he could no longer be a surgeon. He found himself back in Red River surrounded by family. He was working and filling in for a small town doctor when Grace came by to thank him fo ...more
I thought I loved the other books, but this is hands down my favorite of the series! Jake/Claire's story was heartbreaking with the subject matter. Grace's story gutted me. I think I read this entire book with a lump in my throat. From the opening pages, Ms. James pulls you into these character's struggles and heart break. So many moments had me in near tears, particularly the scene at the river with Holly, Ella, Evan, and Chris when Grace shouts at Chris to stop talking about when they came hom ...more
Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Overall, this was a very sweet book (albeit a bit too cheesy at the end) but what let it down was the opening couple of chapters.

I know that at the core of every romance is the cliché and the exceedingly good luck that the paths of the Hero and Heroine cross but seriously, the day that Grace shows up at the clinic is the day that Evan's receptionist quits and, holy mackerel, how lucky that Grace is a medical receptionist (seriously,
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