Title: The Baby Bargain (Once a Marine #1) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Jennifer Apodaca
Publisher: Entangled Indulgence
Release Date: March 11, 2013
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One Line: A very fun and entertaining read with quite a few surprising and suspenseful moments I highly enjoyed.
About the Book: 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…
Going into The Baby Bargain, you basically know what kind of book you’re going to get. The two main characters can’t resist the attraction they have for each other, but the guy is hesitant (he ran away for a specific reason), and the girl is hiding the fact that they had a baby together. The basic structure of this book holds true, which is great and I actually like reading books like that, but what I loved about this one in particular was the drama that goes on with Megan that really sold this and had me flipping the pages like a mad woman.
Megan is a great female protagonist and I enjoyed every aspect of her character. Yes, she hid the fact that she had a son with Adam, but her reasons were justified and she’s done well by her child ever since. I like that she’s a successful vet, well-liked by the community, and has such a passion for animals. When things with Adam get heated, she holds her own and remains pretty strong throughout the story. Adam pushes her away a lot, but she never gives up. I also loved the motherly aspect in her, since I am a mother, and the way she cared for and tried her best to protect her son is admirable.
I really liked Adam. The poor guy had a pretty traumatic past, given that he was in the Marines, which is stressful in itself, but he is also harboring a secret from his past that makes me want to shy away from Megan, a family, and anything dealing with emotions at all. Granted, it takes a minute to really feel for him because he comes off kind of careless and guarded, wanting to see Megan for a particular reason, getting things started again knowing that he’s only in town for a little bit. Also, when he finds out about the baby, he reacts in a way that made me really hate him and honestly, I wanted to punch him right there. But, once he got over the shock of it, that’s when his character really shined through and he proved that he was a good guy.
I think, if you enjoy this type of book, you’ll be even more pleased with what Jennifer has to offer because not only does she deliver the drama, sexual tension, and passionate love between two great characters, she also adds one heck of a twist with the right amount of action, suspense, and thrills. It kind of ties in with the “vicious smear campaign” and made me love this book even more because the book had substance and a real plot in addition to the romance and characters.