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Guest Review: The Baby Bargain by Jennifer Apodaca

Posted April 22, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Tracy’s review of The Baby Bargain by Jennifer Apodaca.

Seeing Adam Waters is the last thing veterinarian Megan Young expects. Ex-Marine. Ex-boyfriend. And still extremely dangerous territory. But Adam doesn’t know the secret Megan has been keeping from him. The secret that was created three years ago, after their last night together…Adam returns to Raven’s Cove to sell his home in a final break with the town and memories that haunt him. The problem is that his attraction to Megan is as blazing hot as it ever was. But when a vicious smear campaign against Megan turns ugly, Adam learns the truth he never knew—he has a son. Now the only way Megan can protect her child is to strike a bargain with Adam. And it’s a bargain that looks a lot like blackmail…

Megan is a Vet who is on her way out of the office when the man of her dreams walks in with an injured dog. The man is Adam Waters and yes he was the man of her dreams once, before he left her 3 years prior with no contact info. Megan has mixed feelings about seeing Adam again but the physical attraction is still there for both of them.

Megan decides that’s it ok to get a tad bit involved with Adam she doesn’t want him to know that when he left 3 years ago he left her pregnant. She knows that Adam is emotionally unavailable and had said in the past that he never wanted to get married or have kids and he was very adamant about that. Now Meg wants to get a little closer to the man to see if he still feels as strongly about being the lone wolf.

Adam is a tortured soul. We know that his parents, who are now deceased, were horrible to him and we get small clues throughout the story as to why but we don’t get the whole story until almost the end of the book. Suffice it to say that he is an island and is completely emotionally locked down. When he eventually finds out about Cole his is beyond pissed that Megan never contacted him. He feels a responsibility to his son, Cole, but he knows he can’t be the father that the boy needs…or can he?

While Megan and Adam are trying to work through their many feelings, Megan is being framed for a dog kidnapping. She is accused, which she knows is ridiculous, but she has no idea who would set her up like that.

The story was very sweet in a kind of angsty way. Megan was a pretty upbeat woman in general but Adam was really damaged by the way he had been raised. I felt so very sorry for Adam, especially after reading about the cause of it all. His parents were horrible people and I didn’t like them at all!

The romance in this book was almost something that happened in the background while the rest of life was happening, but it worked. Between Adam dealing with his anger over Cole and Megan dealing with whoever was trying to frame her, they because closer to each other. They saw in each other someone that could enrich their life and I was happy to see that they each decided to take a chance.

Adam was the owner of Once a Marine Security and he had ex-Marine’s who were in his employ. I couldn’t help but wonder if this will be the start of a series where we get to read about the rest of the secondary characters, Hunter, Griff, Cooper, Logan and of course Adam’s best friend’s widow, Sienna. I think it would be a good series and one I would definitely read.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

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This book is available from Entangled Publishing. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.

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What I Read Last Week

Posted March 18, 2013 by Tracy in Features | 6 Comments

What Beautiful Monday! 

They said it was supposed to be overcast today but so far it’s a gorgeous day here in Southern California. I did have a bit of a shock this morning on my way to work. After dropping the kids off in beautiful weather I drive down the street a couple of miles and found a wall of fog. Weird. (Not sure if you can see it)

Yesterday the girls and I went to the mall to buy a gift for one of their friends and my youngest found these glasses. I couldn’t believe the amount of “stache” stuff they had on hand! Funny. 

Since I’m sharing pictures I thought I’d add this one in of my oldest and my kitteh, Echo. So cute together. If anyone else in the family tried to do that to the cat she’d run like hell. lol (It’s a little grainy, sorry)

So I started off the week with Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs. I just LOVE the Mercy Thompson series so much (thanks again, Renee) and this one was no different. In this story Mercy is almost on her own as she searches for the entire pack after they’re kidnapped. She gets help from unlikely sources and of course kicks some ass. As a bonus in this story we got 2 whole chapters from Adam’s POV! Woohoo! Good stuff! 4.5 out of 5 

Next up was The Baby Bargain by Jennifer Apodaca. This story is about Adam who’s pretty messed up from his childhood and his horrible parents as well as another incident that is undisclosed. He is back in his hometown after being gone for years to sell his parents home with no plans to remain after the sale. That’s before he sees his old love, Megan, and the old feelings start to stir. Pile those feelings on top of the fact that he finds out he has a son and someone is framing Megan and Adam is suddenly feeling things he never thought he would, nor does he want to. This was a good category length story with a definite alpha hero. 3.75 out of 5 

Still Life with Shape-Shifter by Sharon Shinn was not the shapeshifting paranormal story I expected. It was 2 stories in one that eventually intersect for a very short time. I can’t possibly even give you a little without telling you a lot of the story. It’s somber and dark and has to do with loving and losing those you love and how you deal with those people in life and in death. My review will post on Thursday over at Book Binge if you’d like to read more about the story. 4 out of 5

No Turning Back by HelenKay Dimon was a contemporary read about three brothers who claim a house that their grandmother had left them. Their father was a con man and he once stole from the town. Now there are more than a few that want the brothers gone, including Mark Baron. Mark’s daughter, Leah, was raised to hate the Hanovers and it’s her job to get them out of town. She’s nicer than her father though and while she’s trying to move them out she’s falling in love with brother number 2, Declan. This was an angrier book than I expected. The brothers have their issues with the town, the townspeople are divided on their feelings toward the brothers, Mark Baron is a complete ass and treats his daughter like dirt. Yes, there was an HEA for the most part but lots of things were left open when the book ended. It just wasn’t a happy tale to me, at all. 3 out of 5  

Bite Me, Your Grace by Brooklyn Ann is the story of a woman who is caught in a compromising position (kind of) and ends up having to marry the Duke that lives nearby. He’s a vampire though and there are lots of things going on with her not wanting to marry him at first and with him trying to decide what to do with the little wifey in the future when she starts aging and he doesn’t. It was a decent read that was entertaining. 3.5 out of 5  

Last for the week was Steamroller by Mary Calmes. How do I describe this story? Carson is a star player on the college football team – famous really – and he wants Vince. Vince has no idea that Carson knows he exists but when Carson makes his move there’s nothing Vince can say to deter Carson from his chosen path. The love story in this book happened SO very quickly but it was so well done that I was totally rooting for the guys to stay together. Carson was the steamroller and I loved his confidence in himself as well as the confidence he had in Vince. Really good. 4 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Mating Instinct by Katie Reus
The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl by Gina Lamm
From Here to Eternity by Paige Cuccaro

Happy Reading!

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