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The Independent One

(Billionaire Bride Pact)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  327 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Enjoy this bestselling sweet romance by Cami Checketts
Single mom, Haley Turnbow, escapes to the tropical Isla del Sol for an ideal vacation with her five-year old. She's planning on lazy beach days, great food, and a happy kid. She doesn't plan on the resident hotel ghost stalking her and the island's fine-looking owner drawing her in with his confident, fun personality.
Kindle Edition, 181 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Birch River Publishing
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Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Umm...yeah. So that happened. We have soo many tropes. We have a single mom with a mischievous little boy who keeps stealing the show. Then we have the handsome billionaire who takes one look at our gorgeous single mom and falls insta love. (Cause that happens). But, hark! Our struggling single mom is too proud to accept anything from the billionaire, including his heart.
Umm...right. Ok. My advice? Just don’t sign the prenup.
Mindy Lou's Book Review
I borrowed the audible on KU and LOVED the narrator. I think she did a fantastic job and will seek out more books she has done.

As for the book itself. I loved the hero, I did not love the heroine. This could have been a great Cinderella type trope but she basically ruined it. Way too defensive and stubborn. Also, the 5 year old boy was also a bit much. It was cute in the beginning but then just tipped overboard.

If the heroine was more open to the hero, I really think I would have enjoyed this b
Katie W
This Billionaire Bride Pact series has me feeling like I'm sitting in front of a big bowl of deliciousness. As hard as I try, I just can't stop myself from gorging on it. I devour these books and honestly love each and every one of them!

Haley, a strong and capable woman, wins a vacation to the lush and tropical privately owned island of Isla del Sol and takes a much needed break with her adorable and precocious son, Taz. A great first-meet brings Cal, a kind and persistent man, into her life and
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Another great book. These Billionaire Bride Pact novellas are all quick reads but I have very much enjoyed them. Skip the movie or TV show and read this instead. Fun setting and endearing characters.

Content: Clean (just kissing - there is talk of rape but no details)
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Kathy Jo
4.5 Stars

Haley is a single mother to an adorable little boy named Taz. He is full of energy and is constantly keeping her on her toes. When they escape to the tropical Isla del Sol for a much needed vacation, she never imagines the adventures that are in store for them. From hiking, to playing on the beach, to whale watching, to catching the eye of the gorgeous Cal, she is enjoying herself way too much to even think about worrying over the resident ghost who seems to be stalking her.

When Cal fi
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Is having the cutest shoes on your book cover a "thing" now? I've been reading so many books with the cutest shoes on them. I love the shoes on this cover. How cute are they? I wish I were young enough to wear them. :)

I'm always so happy to read books by Cami and I happen to really love this whole series which includes different authors writing about a group of girls who made a pact at a summer camp one year. They can all stand alone and be read independently but when you read in order, sometim
Tamera Westhoff
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another great billionaire matchup

Haley and her son, Taz are doing pretty well together, and then comes Cal... Haley had a rough go of things being drugged and raped, so she had Taz. She wasn't able to convict the guy that did it, so he keeps bugging her! All the "porn star" talk was blech,but understandable. Cal is amazing and very rich. He did not have it easy convincing Haley to give him a real chance. Taz had no problem! Lots of bad stuff keeps happening to Haley and Cal comes to the rescue.
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
We met (Cal) Johnson in The Feisty One and I fell in love with him then so I started reading this book as soon as I finished The Feisty One. Cal owns the island and resort Isla del Sol. He dates a lot but has never found anyone as great as Maryn (his best friend Tucker's wife). Until Haley Turnbow shows up as a guest in his hotel with her adorable (and I mean really adorable) 5-year-old son, Taz. It was cute to see how Cal interacted with Taz. Another fun story in the Billionaire Bride Pact Roma ...more
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Sometimes it's hard to read these billionaire romances cuz I would like to be one! hahaha,no but seriously, it would be fun to throw money around a little.

But back to the book. It was a great one, as all of these Billionaire Bride Pact Romances' have been that I've read. Fun and flirty and hot guys with endless amounts of money.

Moral Note: Date rape, attempted rape, stalkers, not a ton of detail but a couple of intense scenes. No language, some kisses and innuendos.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
We’d all like to win a vacation on a private island then fall in love with the owner of said island. That’s exactly what Haley got to do.
Enjoyable. However too much happened in too little time. And the bad guys were absolutely over the top. With that said, I’m still glad I read it and will look for the other books in the series.
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My strong woman is very strong and her son is a handful. I enjoyed reading about her son and the reason he has a certain nickname. I loved this book.
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am loving these Billionaire Bride Pact Romances! Each of them is cute, clean, romantic and fun! I was really excited when I was able to beta read this one before it came out last month!

Let me tell you about some of my favorite things about it! I loved Haley, she's a single mother trying to do her very best for her adorable son. She's won a trip to the fantastic Isla del Sol and she's determined to enjoy every bit of it. Within the first few minutes she's at the hotel, she meets the handsome o
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Billionaire Bride Pact series is a fun, romantic collection of stories about a group of women who met at summer camp as girls. They made a pact that they would each marry a billionaire when they grew up. This newest addition to the series, The Independent One, is my favorite so far. It has a good mix of romance, suspense, fun, and seriousness. I only have two criticisms: first, the chances that all of these ladies would ever meet, let alone marry, a billionaire are so slim that it makes the ...more
Julia Lance
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome! I couldn't put it down and read it in a day! I LOVE this series. Every book in the Billionaire Bride Pact series is amazing! Haley has had a rough adult life trying to be a single Mom and all she wants is to be able to take care of herself and her son. She wins a free vacation and the last thing she needs on the trip is to find a man or to deal with a ghost but both end up happening. We have seen bits and pieces of Cal Johnson in some of the other books so it was fun to se ...more
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Yay! Another Cami book! I always look forward to her new releases. I know that whenever I download a Cami Checketts book I'm going to get lost in it for a few hours, forgetting anything else around me exists.
In this latest story of the billionaire bride series, we learn more about Cal Johnson, the buff ex-military/ex-sniper, and Haley and her adorable son, Taz. Filled with romance and a little action and suspense, this latest addition to the billionaire brides pact collection is a fun escape fro
Jeanette Dummer
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have loved this series! I liked this story but I do feel it wasn't well named. I wouldn't call Haley independent by any stretch of the imagination. She was far too willing to have a stranger swoop in and save the day. Not that I'm complaining, cause Cal was awesome but seriously. If she was independent she would have kicked him to the curb right off the bat.
I felt the ghost story could have been a little more developed but I suppose that's not what the story was about.
Overall, a good, fun re
Donna Campbell
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one day and fell in love with the main characters. I especially loved the little boy. He was cute, funny and made me laugh out loud. A great clean romance with some mystery thrown in. I would definitely recommend this book.
Tina "IRead2Escape"
4 stinking cute 5 year old boy stars.

Haley had every reason to want to crawl into a hole and just give up on life. During a night out with her childhood crush she was drugged and raped ending up in a pregnancy. We meet Haley 5 years after the fact as she is raising her little guy and doing it well. Understandably she is cautious around men and very protective of her son. Especially considering his "dad" still lives in their town and holds over her head that he can go for custody anytime he choo
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I have to say, first and foremost, that I absolutely LOVE Ms. Checketts novels! They are wonderful and beautiful, and it is not every day that you find a truly Christian romance novelist! I am so lucky to have stumbled upon her work, and I am looking forward to reading more and more of her stories!

"The Independent One" is actually the forth novel in this wonderful series; however, it is the first one that I ended up reading. It was excellent, just the right amount of romance with a twist of act
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
A quick fun read

I can't help but read another book by this author. I really enjoy her books. That being said, this book wasn't my favorite in this series. I liked the storyline overall- a bit of suspenseful moments interwoven in the romance- but I definitely got frustrated by some things. The protagonist has a five-year-old little boy that while adorable, is quite a handful. Coming from a parent of a five year old, as well as a kindergarten teacher of five year olds, I really felt frustrated at
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun, fast paced read!!! Didn't want to put it down!!! I am getting rather attached to the characters in this series. Each book stands alone, but you little peaks I to the lives and of characters from past books. The beach setting is gorgeous and fun. Haley's son Tas is hysterical. Cal is dreamy... All the elements of a great story. I kinda lost track of how many different people tried to harm Haley. That part seemed a bit over the top. Still, a fun read that makes me want to go read Isaac's st ...more
Susan Carroll
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vacation in Paradise

Haley is on her own, with a five year old ball of energy, nicknamed Taz. Proud of her independence and small business, she manages her money carefully. But a free vacation to an exotic island is turning her world upside down, and her heart inside out! The attentions of the owner of the resort to Haley and her son, are the stuff dreams are made of. Does she dare dream those dreams, and trust him with her son and her heart?
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Whirlwind romance

So much is happening in this vacation romance. There's a strong woman and her fiesty son with a vacation of a lifetime. Meets the hotel owner that is lacking in answering a question completely. Add in a couple men lacking in scruples. Makes a great story. I totally enjoyed the book.
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another Great One

Haley & her son Taz are going to a resort on a vacation she won. When they get there it is beautiful. She has a tight food budget. She is trying to carry their luggage up the stairs when he falls. Cal, who is the owner comes to their rescue. He upgrades them but he doesn't tell them he is the owner. Things get interesting. Cal he prove he is a gods rich guy.
Paula Bothwell
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Independent One (A Billionaire Bride Pact Romance) - PG
Violence: intimation of sexual assault, no details; attempted assault, no details
Language: one swear word
Sex: no sex, some kissing

Novella sized. Last 10% was advertisements for other books.
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Independent One review

The Independent One is another outstanding book in the Billionaire Bride Pact Romance series written by author Cami Checketts. Sweet story with wonderful characters, especially a very funny kid.
Emily F
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sweet and fun island adventure!

This is a fantastic book! It has a little bit of adventure, a lot of fun (Taz is a hoot!), and of course, a good dose of sweet romance. There is some innuendo and reference to a rape, but it is done tastefully. Sweet and clean with a PG rating.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, suspense
I really enjoyed this suspenseful romance. The characters were great. I enjoy the overlap with the other books in the Bride Pact series.
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm so glad we got Cal's story...I loved him in The Fiesty One! It was great to get to know him better and see him interact with Haley's son.
Stacie Marquart
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i loved this book great read.
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