Posted:  Oct. 22, 2014

The Doctor's Fake Fiancee: a Red River novel (Entangled Bliss)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.

   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 back to but to do day visits with the family you don’t really care for or least that’s what you say.  You see the doctor that Evan followed around like a puppy dog since he was a little boy and wanted so badly to be like had a heart attack and needs him so he comes.  Saying it will look good to the place he is trying to get to hire him so he can get back on top again.  But surprise surprise the place is not even a place where he will be doing doctoring, he will be a CEO.  But for now he is in Red Rock.  The place he hates and tried so hard to get out of.  But he hoped it would look good on his resume.  Since he wants to work for Metcorp in a CEO Position to be back on top basically selling his soul to the devil.  Yet, they are a family oriented company so he needs a family fast.
     When a year after the crash Grace Matheson and her son Christopher walk into the office that Dr. Chalmers’ nurse just walked out on Evan for being a task master.  It couldn’t be more perfect timing, When Grace and Christopher walk in he comes up with a perfect idea and he wasn’t beneath using a little guilt to get her to go along with it.
     The thing that startles him is that not only is he attracted to this frumpy single mother, he’s starting to enjoy her company, and the thing that he really likes is her precocious 4 year old son Christopher.  He reminds him a little of himself as a kid. 
     At about 80% into the book the mood takes on a dark change and makes me think oh no are we going to go south after going so well.  But no it goes to the dark side of their personalities to get to the heart of the relationship and then is takes a turn and unusual turn.  The rawness that Ms. James pulls from her characters is gut wrenching.  She has the ability to Make you just laugh out loud with Christopher, Grace’s son.  He is outspoken and lacks an edit button but that is what makes him so endearing and funny as hell. Also seeing Evan have to deal head on with his past is just gut wrenching at times.  I give this book 5 stars.  Provided by Net Galley.  Follow us at:  

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