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Peek Inside Her Temporary Hero

Wealthy, sexy, and emotionally haunted Logan Knight needs a temporary wife. Enter former beauty queen Becky Holmes. She and her baby are on the run from her dangerous ex and she’ll do anything to protect her child...even agree to a sham marriage if it means protection. But Becky and her baby trigger Logan's darkest memories. While he tries to keep his distance, he can't. His attempt to have it all backfires into a betrayal that forces Becky into a heart-wrenching choice no woman should ever have to make.

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Logan Knight’s last mission as a Marine left him with more than one kind of scar and a dream of helping other veterans dealing with the same pain. He has the money. He has a plan. Now, he just needs his portion of the family’s property. But, years ago, his father made him sign an agreement that the land is only his if he’s married by 30. With just a few months until his birthday, Logan needs a temporary wife.

Becky Holmes and her baby are barely scraping by, on the run from her ex. She’ll do whatever it takes to protect her child. When the wealthy, sexy, emotional haunted Logan, offers a solution, it seems like it just may be her only option. It doesn’t hurt that he’s kind and makes her feel wanted in a way she never has.

As they spend more days––and nights––together, Logan wants to make their relationship real. But his attempt to have it all backfires into a betrayal that forces Becky into a heart-wrenching choice no woman should ever have to make.

Each book in the Once a Marine series is STANDALONE:
*The Baby Bargain
*Her Temporary Hero
*Exposing the Heiress


"Her Temporary Hero is a fast, romantic ride through betrayal and the love that can change everything. Jennifer Apodaca is a guaranteed great read!" --Maureen Child, USA Today Bestseller

"Jennifer Apodaca, has once again combined just the right amount of romance, drama and suspense into the book to keep you reading until the end." --Claire Robinson, Goodreads

"From the moment I picked it up I was captivated, because aside of a hot marine-slash-cowboy to sigh over, it has a heartwarming touching storyline that encompasses fear, fight and determination from both our leading lady and gent." --Nicola, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622667628
Series: Once a Marine, Book 2
Release Date: Jul 14, 2014
Page Count: 242
Imprint: indulgence
Genre: contemporary, cowboys, law enforcement/firemen
Tropes: baby on the doorstep, marriage of convenience

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By Jonetta November 09, 2014

Originally posted on The Book Nympho

Quick summary
Becky Holmes is struggling to make ends meet for her and her 3-month old daughter, Sophie, but she's pulling it off. That is until her abusive ex-boyfriend (and the baby's father) gets an early release from prison and threatens her safety and plans to ...more

By CC June 16, 2015

i liked this story a lot more than I expected. I liked the plot, the hero and heroine. Of course I loved baby Sophie and Jiggy. Becky was so likable. I normally do not warm up to heroines, especially ones who are so saintly. But dissing Becky would be like kicking a puppy. She was sweet, kind, hard ...more

By NMmomof4 July 26, 2017

3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was a sweet read. I really like the single parent theme, so I was happy to jump right into this one. I wanted more interaction between the H and the baby, but I understand that it is hard for an author to write those connections when it's a baby (I love it when it's ...more

By Anita June 03, 2018

I really like this series and this author. I'm really picky about the romance genre books I read. Don't tolerate angst, hate whiney, and just too cute can take a hike. My heroines have to be something other than a victim too. Humor and a touch of suspense get bonus point from me.

Becky Holmes made a ...more

By Claire July 08, 2014

3.5 - "No one's ever loved me enough to stay." Stars!

The Once A Marine series is definitely improving with each book, I really enjoyed Adam and Meg’s book (The Baby Bargain), but Logan and Becky’s story was even better. Jennifer Apodaca, has once again combined just the right amount of romance, dram ...more

By Rachel July 06, 2015

Overall rating: 4 "Sugar" stars!

Cheating: (view spoiler)
Love triangle: (view spoiler)
Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)
Intimate pasts: (view spoiler) ...more

By Nicola July 08, 2014

I am a sucker for a marine. I am also a sucker for a cowboy. So when I discovered that our hero was an an ex-marine turned cowboy...


The second book in the Once A Marine series was a delight. From the moment I picked it up I was captivated, because aside of a hot marine-slash-cowboy to sigh over, it ...more

By Darcy November 28, 2014

I really liked this one. Becky and Logan so needed each other, they just didn't know it. Being stuck in their agreement gave them the time they needed to get to know each other and to realize the other was perfect for them. I liked that Logan was able to let Becky see his PTSD and help him and that ...more

By Victoria September 02, 2015

4.0 RATING- When I saw Her Temporary Hero on sale and read the blurb, I snagged it up. I can't resist a damsel in distress story line! The writing was good and the sweet parts were evened out with the a few nicely done steamy parts. Nothing over the top but appropriate for the type of book this is. ...more

By Jamie March 25, 2017

Originally read : November 2015
Re-read : March 2017
5 stars both reviews!! ...more

By Silver July 16, 2014

A cowboy marine, a woman in jeopardy and a baby. What's not to love?!?! I've been waiting for this book ever since I finished Ms. Apodaca's THE BABY BARGAIN. Logan Knight, former marine, has abandonment issues and now, the one place where he goes for solace is about to ripped out from under him by h ...more

By Kathie (katmom) July 16, 2014

Happy Release Day!

I enjoyed this one. The trope of the good girl with a baby who both need protection is one that I like. Becky's ex-boyfriend is such a jerk, and scary, too. He's the kind of character that you really want to see HURT. Thankfully, Logan seems like the right guy to do it. What with h ...more

By Nina July 06, 2014

I have been waiting for quite some time for the second installment of Jennifer Apocada's Once a Marine series to release. When I saw Her Temporary Hero on Netgalley I jumped for joy. I read The Baby Bargain more than a year ago and I immediately knew that this was going to be a series I was going to ...more

By Tori July 18, 2014

Everyone wants a hero in their lives but Becky never thought she would actually find one. Marriage of convenience is a favorite trope of mine and Her Temporary Hero brings it to the table with a wealthy sexy war hero suffering from PTSD and an overbearing father together with a young beautiful singl ...more

By Lori July 11, 2014

OMG! I did not want this book to end! I couldn't put it down to save my life... let alone feed me kids (So not getting mommy of the year...again). Everything about Her Temporary Hero appealed to my reading tastes. I got a sweet yet hot romance, a little mystery, and a lot of action!

I'm more than lo ...more

By Bette July 20, 2014

Hot, wealthy, ex-marine cowboy...what's not to love! Add in a feisty heroine, a cute baby and adorable dog and this one has all the bases covered!!! Very well written, this story warms your heart. I definitely recommend this book. ...more

By Carmen August 20, 2015

This was a really sweet read with just enough angst and drama to keep it fresh and interesting. Loved it.


By Jackie November 29, 2014

Review pending - 4.5 stars ...more

By Sandy S July 26, 2014

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date July 14, 2014

Former beauty queen Becky Holmes and her baby are on the run from her dangerous ex. With her dreams of love and marriage destroyed, she’ll do anything to protect her child…even agree to hide out in her boss’s cousin’s house while he’s away.

Wealthy, sexy, and ...more

By TashNz July 10, 2014

Her Temporary Hero, written by Jennifer Apodaca is a July 14 2014 release from Entangled Publishing and the second book in the Once A Marine series.

Set in a small Texan town, Becky Holmes is on the run from her baby's daddy, son of one of the richest families in town. He's dirty dirty dirty and is s ...more

By Shayna July 17, 2014

I ABSOLUTELY ADORED Her Temporary Hero by Jennifer Apodaca! This book took a chunk of my heart and ran away with it. It was incredibly moving, emotional, and sexy! You can NEVER go wrong with a damaged ex-marine cowboy with a body like a god and an incredibly beautiful soul. Her Temporary Hero is bo ...more

By Victoria July 22, 2014

I'm really enjoying The Once A Maine series. I had never read a cowboy book before so Logan was my "first" ;) and I loved him.

I think Jennifer really captured the essence of suffering form post traumatic stress without going overboard. She shows Logan's limitation without making him look weak. This ...more

By Reading In Pajamas July 14, 2014

Her Temporary Hero (Once a Marine Series) by Jennifer Apodaca
Publication Date: July 14, 2014
Reviewed by: Reading In Pajamas/ Cori
Rated: 5 Stars
SPOTLIGHT, Review & Giveaway:

I loved it! Becky is a single mom on the run from an abusive and dangerous ex and Logan Knight ...more

By Faith_Bookluvr July 25, 2014

I've read Jennifer Apodaca's Samantha Shaw Mystery series, which I enjoyed a lot, so I know she can write a great character. I didn't know what to expect from her romance, and I was pleasantly surprised.

By Chapter 3, I was in love with Logan and couldn't put the book down. A little racy in parts, ho ...more

By Crystal August 05, 2014

This is an absolutely wonderful story. I instantly fell in love with Logan and Becky. The writing just flowed and told a wonderful story about love and the challenges you sometimes have to overcome to claim it.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great romance. A definite must read! ...more

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Jennifer Apodaca

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Jennifer Apodaca

Award winning author Jennifer Apodaca grew up in Southern California and met her very own hero at the dog pound. She worked there, he came in on business, and it was puppy love. They married and had three wonderful sons. While her husband worked on his master's degree, Jen did the mom thing by day and went to college at night with the intention of pursuing a marketing degree. But her true passion was writing. With time at a premium, she had to make a choice. Choosing writing, and with the full support of her husband, she poured herself into her dream.

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