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The Baby Bargain

(Once a Marine #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  3,992 ratings  ·  307 reviews
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 tha
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Published March 11th 2013 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Indulgence)
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****I was given an ARC of this book for my honest review****

Megan is the woman left behind. She dated Adam for two years in College, but he wanted his Military career and nothing was going to stand in his way.Then a few years after being in the Marines he comes home for his parents funeral. Megan is there to comfort him, feeling bad for his suffering... they end up in bed. Next morning, Adam breezes back out of her life again...not knowing that he has left something behind. When Megan fin
I downloaded this book a few weeks ago when I was in the mood for a sweet contemporary romance after all the murder mystery and serial killer stories I’d been reading at the time. Well, I shifted out of that mode but still had this book to read and was really pleased to discover that this wasn’t the “cute” story I thought it would be. It has a really strong mystery/suspense element underpinning the romance and there’s quite a bit of conflict.

The Set Up
Megan Young dated Adam Waters in college but
Mar 17, 2013 rated it did not like it

I had so much trouble getting into this book, and in all honesty I never did.
It had promise until Adam (douchebag) showed up and the two main characters interacted. There was no chemistry whatsoever.
I found they're relationship to be shallow, superficial.
It seemed like they were just two strangers talking.

Adam, is a selfish douchebag.
Megan, is an idiot.
It's all lust.
I don't even know why they "love" each other. Just that they were together in college.
He left cause he wan't no family c
Sweet and Hot All Rolled Into One

The Baby Bargain has a little bit of everything. Second chance love story? Check. Secret baby plotline? Most definitely. Hot alpha ex-marine turned security expert that wants the love of a good woman but fears he has nothing to offer her? You bet. Suspense revolving around the theft of a famous show dog? Ummmmm, well, yes.

Megan and Adam had a relationship in college but Adam, bound for life in the Marines, broke it off after graduation because he wanted no part
Claire Robinson
3 - "Even when I'm mad as hell at you, I still want you." Stars.

Jennifer Apodaca is an author that I have read and enjoyed before, so it was no surprise that I got pulled in and swept up with Megan and Adam’s story.
Who doesn’t love a well written second-chance love story, especially when a little suspense and a cute toddler are thrown into the mix as well.

Adam is your typically tortured hero, but still a true gentleman even though he believes he is incapable of offering a full commitment. Return
Dec 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trash-bin
Short, stupid and unbelievable. The only positive thing I can think of is that it's cheap.
The problem is that cheap isn't a good thing.
Here cheap is something beyond the 0.99 tag. It's the really bad cut, the I don't know what I'm doing one, the plastic material this dress is made of. The result is a really ugly dress that makes even the mannequin look bad.

The MC are pathetic, he is an a***hole and a jerk. His PSDT is an offense to people suffering from the real problem. She's beyond stupid. Th
Susan (susayq ~)
After spending 10 hours writing lesson plans for 2 hour and 45 minutes of instruction time, I finally had some time to myself and picked up this book to read. It was just what I needed. It was well paced (for the mist part- it did take Meg almost half the book to tell Adam her secret), a good balance between the love scenes and action and the characters were likable. What I think I liked most was that these two had a history and were already in love with one another - they dated for several year ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary

Secret baby, second chance contemporary romance. He was a former Marine from a grief stricken and very dysfunctional family. She was being blackmailed by a rich ex-golfer during his divorce and ensuing custody case of that family's show dog. A nice story written by a new to me author.

This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
J. Grayland
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
An ex marine returns to his home town to sell the family home and bumps into the woman he dumped three years earlier. Vet Megan Young has been keeping a secret from Adam Waters for the last three years, now he's back in town and she's torn with telling him the truth. This is a second chance romance and considering Megan strongly professes that she doesn't want to have anything to do with Adam after he dumped her without any explanation leaving her full of hate for him this doesn't stop her from ...more
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4.5 Stars

Jennifer Apodaca is another new author for me and I thoroughly enjoyed reading “The Baby Bargain”. A little bit of love, a little bit of sex, a little bit of intrigue and one great big secret. What a wonderful recipe for a hot Marine and a sexy veterinarian.

The story starts off with Megan being black-mailed by Raven’s Cove local celebrity, Nathan McCray, an ex-pro golfer with lots of money, a bitter divorce and a custody battle over
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
DNF at 22%.

This book is only about four years old but it reads as if it was written decades ago. Maybe it's because it's past 1 am on a school night and I'm tired and grouchy but puhleease!

Adam Waters and Megan Young had two one night stands a few years apart. Each time he walked away without a word and doormat that she was Megan just let him. The second time she was pregnant. Now he's back in town after leaving the Marines unexpectedly and Megan doesn't know whether to tell him he has a son - d
Mar 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, read-2013
I was a little nervous that we would not find out about the child, Cole, until closer to the end of the book, but that did not happen. As soon as Adam found out about his “C-Man” (I loved that nickname that Adam gave his son) the story took off.

Megan was a great heroine. She was sweet and understanding, but strong at the same time. I was upset with the fact that she did not tell Adam about Cole until he was 2 years-old. I think a man should always know. However, we learn what happened in her li
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
**4.5 Stars**

The Baby Bargain by Jennifer Apodaca is the perfect read if you're looking for a sexy & tortured ex-marine hero to fall in love with.

Adam is an ex-marine with plenty of his own demons to fight. Megan is a veterinarian with her own emotional baggage and secret. They both had a past and one night of unbridled passion resulted in their son, Cole. However, Adam walked away from Megan without a backwards glance that morning after and told her he wouldn't be back. Three years later,
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Jennifer Apodaca is the alter-ego of Jennifer Lyon, when I heard she was releasing contemporary works under a different name I couldn't wait to read them and I wasn't disappointed.

In The Baby Bargain we meet Megan Young a small town vet with a big heart, she has worked hard to get where she is and when she is confronted by her past in the form of ex-boyfriend Adam Waters she feels the walls she has built around herself start to crumble. Megan and Adam had a relationship years before, f
Silver James
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Contemporary romance readers, romantic suspense readers
The Baby Bargain is the current release from Jennifer Apodaca, and signals a return to her contemporary romantic suspense roots. Jennifer writes compelling paranormal romances under her Jennifer Lyon brand. Personally, I'm a huge fan of both! This story touches on some tried and true romance tropes--including a secret baby--and Jennifer handles the story with an adept hand, lots of tension, and a satisfying conclusion that doesn't rely on the tried and true. And there are dogs. Two of them. Okay ...more
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A great read beautifully written and crafted a story that flowed really well from chapter to chapter. I loved the character's of Single mum Megan and her ex-marine/ Boyfriend she has got a secret that she has kept from him for three year's and she knows that she can't keep it now he has returned home to sell his family home and to leave the town that has too many memories and demons, That he can't forget and still hurt him deep down and always will, There is only Megan who can help him but he ke ...more
3 ⭐⭐⭐
Adam and Megan

Light Romance with HEA 😊
Adam w/ his tortured past that caused him to leave Megan
Megan who is a single mom that was traumatized by how her father rejected her

Both were given a 2nd chance to fall in love again..
It was a quick read for me as it has a very light plot

Over all, this book was enough to keep me interested to finish it. 👍
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5-3.75 RATING- Secret babies and guys that are emotionally closed off aren't really my things and that's why this book didn't rate higher with me. Still, it was a solid book and I did enjoy it. I just didn't love it. I definitely liked the second book in this series more.
Laura Wright
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An emotional, sexy read!! Loved it!
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** Copy provided by the author for an honest review **

Former Marine. Veterinarian. Secret baby. What do these things have in common? They make for one cute story in Jennifer Apodaca’s The Baby Bargain.

Megan Young never thought she would see her ex again. But Adam Waters is back in Raven’s Cove to sell his home and make a break with the town that holds too many haunting memories. The attraction between Megan and Adam is still strong, even three years later. Megan is keeping a secret from him thou
❀ Crystal ✿ -
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-s, 2013-read-list
*ARC Provided by NetGalley for an honest Review*

Blah…. That was my response while reading and after reading The Baby Bargain. Normally, I’m a sucker for a baby story, especially when we get to see the father and child interact. Nothing mattered in this story. It’s like something you've read fifty times before and it lacked any sort of originality. I found myself staying up late to finish the book not because I wanted to but because I wanted to be done so I could move on to bigger and better thin
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
Courtesy of Entangled Publishing through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Oh Adam....

Hot sexy tortured hero guy alert!

All it took is one night getting caught up in the heat of passion and heartache for Megan Young to get pregnant after their last night together. What she didn't expect was to see Adam Waters again after the night that he left her behind three years ago come waltzing through the doors of her veterinarian practice in the after hours with an injured dog. Adam doesn't know
Big Joe  Rossi
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Adam Waters hates Raven's Cove it was a prison to him. All his memories of the place are sour...except one... Megan Young. He is back in town to sell his parents house and get out of there as soon as he can. A wounded dog leads him to a veterinary clinic and, now vet, Dr. Megan Young.

Seeing Adam is a shock. Worse a worry. She has a huge secret and she isn't sure she wants him discovering it. When he pursues her her attraction to him risk him learning her secret. Once he learns that everything i
Re-read today so I could include spoilers for safety gang. But honestly there is nothing to spoiler. There is zero discussion or thoughts of OW. Heroine thinks about the fact that she had dates over separation but they turn out to be a couple of fruitless lunch dates. She does have a two year old!

I am not a fan of second chance books. I usually cannot get over the break up. This one did not bother me so much. They were college bf/gf who broke up and then years later had a one night hook up. He d
Mar 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yine sevmediğim kitaplardan biri. Maalesef konusu da karakterleri de kötüydü.
Yani ben böyle cins karakterleri beyaz dizilerde görmeye alışığım da romanlarda sevmiyorum. Sen defol git, gel yıllar sonra, iki yatar sonra yine yolumuza bakarız de ve kız senden bir şeyleri gizleyince köpür. Oldu canım, oldu paşam, başka emrin var mıydı? Hayır yani bunları hangi kafayla yazıyor acaba bu yazarlar.
Baştan sona kötüydü diyebilirim kısaca. Yazarın 10 kitabı daha çevrilse, mecbur kalmazsam birini bile oku
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one. It was a great novel. It had mystery, romance and action drama. I was on the edge of my seat for some of it, in tears for some of it and feeling the love between Megan and Adam. Definitely worth the read.
Bloody freakin' - heartbreakingly wonderful - sexy as hell - beautifully BRILLIANT!!!!!
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Don't be misled by the tacky cover and title. This is a well-written book of romantic suspense.

I look forward to others in this series.
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Received in exchange for a honest review.

Megan is very stubborn. She tries so hard to exclude Adam from her life that she almost loses out on things that are good. She is a good person just stubborn.

Adam comes back to town for work. Not thinking he will stay but his world gets upside down when Megan comes into his world. He is still attracted but afraid due to his past. he doesn’t want her out of his world though. So he starts to reevaluate and sees things differently. As he is figuring things o
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Also writes paranormal romance under the pseudonym Jennifer Lyon.

I went back to college after my three sons, Matt, Gary and Paul, were born. Beginning with a vague idea of earning a marketing degree, I ended up pursuing a writing career with the full support of my husband, Dan.

First I tried to tame my naturally edgy voice into writing romance, but dead bodies and quirky humor turned up with alarmi

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