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Peek Inside The Baby Bargain

For Megan Young, Adam Waters is an ex-Marine, ex-boyfriend...and still extremely dangerous territory. He doesn’t know the secret she's been keeping from him, and she wants to keep it that way

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He bargained to save his child, not lose his heart…

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…



"Beauty and the Beast at its hottest!" Jennifer Apodaca's tale of a sexy war hero tamed by a pretty town vet with a secret sizzles on the page. You won't want to miss this dynamic love story!-- Susan Mallery, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author

5 Stars! So heartwarming it brought tears to my eyes! -Corrine from Reading in Pajamas
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I can't even put into words how much I loved this book. Adam's belief that he is "damaged" makes you feel for him. Megan has worked so hard to be a good mom, to do better for her son and herself and she is such a great heroine. The story is gripping, the characters, the back characters, the dogs...  --Mommy Ives from
4.5 Stars for The Baby Bargain!, 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. --  ~Nina~ "Nina's Literary Escape"

A Must Read! Jennifer Apodaca weaves such emotion and visualization into this tale that once you start you won't want to stop till its conclusion. -- nyrican4t "Bibliophile"

Jennifer manages to bring out a variety of emotions in the reader, laughter, on the edge of your seat suspense, love, and yes, even a few tears!  -- HarlequinJunkie Reviewed at\
Jennifer writes a heartwarming story of lost love, broken promises and the ability to let go of the past. --S. Schairer from The Reading Cafe

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622660735
Series: Once a Marine, Book 1
Release Date: Mar 11, 2013
Page Count: 184
Imprint: indulgence
Genre: contemporary, military/men in uniform
Tropes: blackmail, reunited lovers, secret baby

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By Jonetta May 22, 2013

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 ...more

By Susan (susayq ~) August 12, 2013

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 balanc ...more

By Tami February 03, 2019


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 ...more

Kitty's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

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 an ...more

By Dianne January 23, 2015

3.75 stars ...more

By Damla October 01, 2016

Tamam dövmeyin biliyorum söz verdim çok yakın bir zamanda aşk romanı okumayacaktım ama n’apayım Kalbim Aşktan Yana kitabının kapağına vuruldum. Çok şirindi, çok şekerdi, çok tatlıydı. Onu en yakın zamanda okumasaydım çok üzülürdüm. Affedin n’olur! Ayrıca hem elimdeki aşk kitapları bitti ki başka kal ...more

By Nina March 16, 2013

**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 ...more

By Michelle March 17, 2013

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 sh ...more

By Silver March 12, 2013

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- ...more

By Victoria September 07, 2015

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. ...more

By Laura March 18, 2013

An emotional, sexy read!! Loved it! ...more

By Wit & Wonder Books December 09, 2017

** 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 se ...more

By Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe) April 03, 2013

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 ...more

By Big Joe December 15, 2018

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 ...more

By Tia August 13, 2016

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. ...more

By Sheryl C. Nash March 11, 2013

Bloody freakin' - heartbreakingly wonderful - sexy as hell - beautifully BRILLIANT!!!!! ...more

By Janeiowa February 16, 2015

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. ...more

By Julie October 02, 2016

This is a heart wrenching story. You smashed open my heart, but piece by piece put it back together.

I don't cry or tear up in books, but you had a lump in my throat more than once whilst reading Adam and Megan's story.

What starts as Meg being threatened you can't help but be 100% behind her, rooting ...more

By Crystal April 19, 2013

My Rant: My heart poured out to this story. It was hard to work through some of the emotional ups and downs but that alone made this story so amazing. The plot was written in the POV of the two leading characters Adam and Megan. Which made it easy to get a glimpse in to the scene and view some of th ...more

By Sandy S March 09, 2013

THE BABY BARGAIN by Jennifer Apodaca (Jennifer Lyon)

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release date March 2013

THE BABY BARGAIN is the latest contemporary romance release novel from author Jennifer Apodaca (Jennifer Lyon). The storyline focuses on veterinarian Megan Young and retired marine Adam Waters. Adam has reluct ...more

By Jessica April 01, 2013

View more of my review and others at my blog:

Oh Adam…I would love to be swept away by you. Trust me everyone will be swept away by Adam and his demanding tone. And he’s an ex-marine. *Biting bottom lip. I fell for Adam the moment he came into her Veterinary clinic ...more

By Julie March 23, 2013

Life for Megan is slowly unraveling…..

Megan was in love once. Adam was the key to the future Megan desired most….a family, the white picket fence, the happily ever after. Adam - however - did not want the same thing. He was a Marine - focused on his career, running from his past, and he just couldn’ ...more

By Victoria March 19, 2013

I loved it :)!

We have our tortured hero (Adam) and our heroine (Megan) has some issues too. I related to her so easily. We had almost exact same father.

Megan is a vet who has just been offered a money to lie about a dogs health so the local golf hero (Nathan) can win custody of said dog and breed he ...more

By Anita September 01, 2016

The Baby Bargain is a short, sweet, wonderful romance with a hint of mystery/suspense. I loved it. I would really like to see Jennifer Apodaca take on a full length romantic-suspense, I think she would be very good at it.

Megan is a veterinarian in Raven's Cove and the single mother of 2 year Cole. ...more

By Erotica Book Club July 15, 2013


THE BABY BARGAIN (Once a Marine series book #1)

By Jennifer Apodaca

Megan Young and Adam Waters dated in collage when he left her to persure a career in the marines and broke her heart, when he returned to their home town for his parents funeral they slept together th ...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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