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Series: Shadow Creek, Montana #5
Title: The Firefighter’s Pretend Fiancee by Victoria James
Author: Victoria James
Publisher: Entangled Bliss, Entangled Publishing
Published: September 10th, 2018
I really enjoy books by this talented author and this is a great addition to her Shadow Creek series. Although this is the fifth book in this series, each story is written to be a standalone read, so don’t let that put you off reading this fantastic small town romance! Growing up Molly Mayberry and Ben Matthews loved each other and planned on having their HEA together. However, Molly unexpectedly broke off their relationship, leaving him heartbroken, before she went back to study to become a doctor. That was nine years ago. Now she’s reluctantly returned to Shadow Creek for the first time to work for a year in the local hospital but she’s dreading reconnecting with family and friends from her past.
Ben never left Shadow Creek and is a firefighter with a chance at becoming the fire chief but first he has to show his boss that he really is in a relationship with someone and ready to settle down. When he tells his brother, Finn, he didn’t expect Finn to tell their ill mother that Ben is engaged to Molly again! This is the start of a fake relationship that both struggle to keep fake. However, Molly’s real reason for breaking off their original relationship, her manipulative mother and fate may still thwart their chances of achieving their happy ever after once more…
I love small town romances where the reader can get to know the members of the community and relate to them through the stories and this is an excellent example of just such a series. The angst and turmoil in this story was horrendous! You really get to feel for Molly and everything she went through and as for her mother, well, words fail me – you’ll have to read it yourself to discover why. Ben is such a brilliant character, a real hero in every sense of the term. It is a story of coming to terms with events, accepting the past, forgiving yourself and moving on to the future. I really enjoyed it and hope that the next story in the series will star Finn – I need to know how he gets on. I’d also like to know what Molly’s mother does after Ben spoke to him!
I requested and was given a copy of this book, via NetGalley. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
Leaving Shadow Creek nine years ago was the hardest thing Molly Mayberry’s ever had to do…except maybe returning. She’s never regretted her choice, but a chance of a lifetime position at the local hospital means going home and facing her past, including her shrew of an estranged mother and the fiancé she ran out on. Ben Matthews is still the sexy, sweet man she left behind…and apparently still her fiancé.
Ben has been doggedly pursuing the position of fire chief since he was a teenager. There’s just one problem—he has to show his boss he’s ready to settle down. No matter how silly the condition, Ben will make it happen. And apparently so will his brother when he opens his mouth and decides to tell everyone Ben and Molly are engaged. Now the one woman he never stopped loving is living with him in a fake relationship, driving him crazy. Pretending only reminds him how right they were once, but if Ben gives in to the heat building between them, heartache is sure to follow.
Each book in the Shadow Creek, Montana series is STANDALONE:
* Christmas with the Sheriff
* The Firefighter’s Pretend Fiancé.