The Baby Bargain (Once A Marine #1) 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…


I found The Baby Bargain an Okay read. I can’t say it thrilled me to read it but I honestly can’t say I wasn’t looking forward to going back to it when I had to step away for a moment.Written in third person (and switching sides between Megan and Adam), The Baby Bargain turned out to be one of those perfect ‘filler reads’. Something you’ll pick up when you just want to sit back and chill with a book. You don’t get emotionally invested, you don’t ache as the plot progresses, there’s no nail biting involved. But even so it’s not a bad read at all. The plot or at least the entire story isn’t a new concept either. It’s the same second chance romance situation that focus around a couple who met years back, separated because the guy couldn’t find it in himself to commit or rather he didn’t believe he was good enough to commit – so he left even though he really did love or like the girl. Then the girl found herself pregnant, raises the kid alone but she’s happy to do so. A while later the guy returns. He doesn’t know he’s a father, but the attraction for the woman is still very strong and they rekindle. Then he finds out he actually has a kid with her and he lives in denial for a while or get’s angry because she kept it from him or maybe he didn’t ever want a kid… but eventually he comes around and they live Happily ever after.You know what I’m talking about… They usually all go in the same direction and result in the same conclusion. The basic premise of the story chances slightly, the characters are of course different but the crux of the story remains the same in the end. So yes, although I did enjoy The Baby Bargain, it wasn’t anything unique or climatic. I also saw someone mentioned or at least labeled it BDSM… that’s way way off… it is not even close to BDSM. It’s definitely a contemporary romance with mild sexual content. I wouldn’t even call it mild erotica. It’s just not that dirty a read at all.There are a few things I’m a little bummed about. For one, I have no idea what the characters look like. There isn’t much description of them at all. I don’t have an image of Adam or Megan in my head. Not even a slight image. That’s a lack of info I noticed and since I did, I feel its something I should mention. In fact now that I think about it, there is very little descriptive info in this book. I don’t have a clue where they live. It might have been mentioned, but not at all enough for me to take note of. There are a few characters that just arrive out of the blue and you are told so and so is Megan’s best friend… but she’s in the book for like two minutes then she’s gone again so I thought that bringing her in and awarding her the BFF status wasn’t necessary since she didn’t really become a feature at all.There were other things that were added unnecessarily and some that were left unresolved in the end. It felt as if they were added either in afterthought or to help build the book – none of them actually adding any relevance to the book at all or the main plot.But with that said I can’t say it really fazed me all that much. I wasn’t that invested in this book to make a statement or rant about it. But I’m pointing it out just so you know.I can’t really say that this book has made much of an impact on me. Like I said, I’m categorizing it as a ‘filler read’ for times when you just want to relax with a somewhat decent book.Another point I wanted to mention was that although Megan was a relatively nice character, I’m not so sure about Adam. At first he was Alpha-ish… then he became all soft. That threw me off a little to. I don’t know what to make of his character at all. I also didn’t think that his whole tragic past was all that gripping either. Furthermore… I seldom enjoy books that are written in third person POV … but even more so when the authors switch suddenly between the two characters. Sometimes I wasn’t sure who she was talking about and even at times I didn’t know which dialogue belonged to who. There were very few ‘he said’ / ‘she said’ and I didn’t know who was saying what to who. I had to often reread to figure that bit out. Other than that I’m happy with my experience with The Baby Bargain. I can’t say I’ll be falling over my own feet to pick up the next book in this series but I wont rule out the possibility of reading the next book in the Once a Marine Series either. I can however say that when it becomes available, it will be added to my TBR list, but not bumped to the top. It will be one of those books I’ll read when the mood strikes.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

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