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Peek Inside The Bad Boy's Baby

Cam Brantley is the town’s bad boy, a soldier, a protector, but never a dad. Until he returns home from military duty to discover the girl he had a one-night stand with, Emma, is now mom to a two-year-old girl with his eyes. Cam and Emma are both shocked to discover he truly wants his daughter in his life. But as the long-simmering heat between Cam and Emma reaches a boiling point, he’ll have to work past his demons in order to be the man both girls need.

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There are certain words that have always described Cam Brantley: Town bad boy. Soldier. Protector. But never, ever dad. Until he returns home from his latest military tour to discover the girl he had one smoking-hot night with is now mom to the adorable two-year-old Zoey. Who has his eyes.

Plenty of words could describe Emma Walker these days. Mom, dutiful granddaughter, budding designer, the town’s golden child. But when her longtime crush Cam Brantley comes back to town, she knows the perfect word to describe herself: screwed.

Cam and Emma are both shocked to discover he truly wants Zoey in his life. But Cam’s not sure he’s ready to be a dad, and Emma can’t gamble her daughter on maybes. As the long-simmering heat between Cam and Emma reaches a boiling point, he’ll have to work past his demons in order to be the man both girls need.

Each book in the Hope Springs series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Series Order:
Book one: Second Chance Ranch
Book two: Crazy for the Competition
Book three: The Bad Boy's Baby


"The Bad Boy's Baby by Cindi Madsen was a sweet, heartfelt tugging romance that will be sure to leave readers smiling big." ~Michelle T., Netgalley review

"If you are looking for a light hearted, well written, standalone baby romance, definitely give this book a read - you won't regret it!" ~Lucia, Goodreads review

"Pure perfection! A sweet and warm-hearted romance about second chances, forgiveness, open mindedness, communication and the most important of them all: family." ~Katrina B., Goodreads review

"Cam is this huge gruff soldier...watching him melt for this curly headed little two year old completely and totally melted my heart." ~Christi, Smitten with Reading Blog

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633756380
Series: Hope Springs, Book 3
Release Date: May 16, 2016
Page Count: 284
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary, military/men in uniform
Tropes: baby on the doorstep, bad boy/bachelor/playboy reformed, one night stand, unrequited love

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By Irene May 20, 2016

4.5 "why" stars

The Bad Boy's Baby was such a wonderful read, loved it!

Cam and Emma shared one night of passion before he was deployed overseas.
When he comes back 3 yrs later he's surprised to learn the woman that invaded his dreams is now a mother, and that little girl has his eyes...
The one thing ...more

By Elaine May 09, 2016

What a great second chance romance! When local golden girl Emma Walker had a night to remember with local bad boy and her secret crush Cam Brantley just before he went off on another tour of duty neither had envisaged their being any consequences . . . but there were! Emma has refused to say who the ...more

Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

"Secret baby" type books have never been a favorite of mine in fact I usually find myself getting all kinds of mad at the mother for keeping the child away from his/her father, but I've enjoyed the other books in this series and I didn't want to ...more

By KAS May 28, 2016

5+ stars. I absolutely LOVED this book!!! Thanks Cindi for another beautiful love story and awesome read!

Talk about a yummy storyline ..... A one night stand between Cam, the town's sexy "bad boy", home on leave from the Army, and Emma, the town's sweet "good girl". Cam leaves for another tour rotat ...more

By Susan (susayq ~) May 13, 2016

Cindi Madsden has a new fan! This was the perfect blend of falling in love and angst over what they should do and if it was the right thing. And did I mention there was a surprise baby story line? I am LOVING those right now!

Emma Walker had just enough to drink one night that she was able to talk to ...more

Being fan of Cindi Madsen and having read the last two Hope Springs book it was a no brainer to read this book. I just love all her books.
They always nicely balanced, great characters and a nice HEA for all of them. This book was no different.
But I must say when I first read the blurb I wasn’t sur ...more

By Fizza May 16, 2016

I loved the story. It's a fun read. Both Cam & Emma are amazing characters. I liked how the developed their relationship, slowly, taking their time and having fun along the way. It is and interesting book which I'd recommend to all romance lovers.

Cam and Emma had a one night together and then Cam wa ...more

By Bette May 10, 2016

I loved this one!! It's a sweet small town second chance romance that filled me with all sorts of emotions. The way Cam interacted with Zoey and his immediate love for her was heartwarming. No excuses, no anger, just acceptance and love. It was perfect. The attraction between Cam and Emma could be f ...more

By Ayekah November 07, 2017

Emma, the one night she decides to cut loose and prove to herself her ex was wrong and she is not boring; her night ends in a glorious steam fest in Cam Brantley's truck. Cam is deploying again the next day and out at the local bar with his brother when he sees Emma. Their encounter leaves Emma with ...more

By Romancing the September 10, 2019

Reviewed by Heather
Book provided by the publisher

I fell in love with The Bad Boy’s Baby pretty quickly. The blurb had me really interested before I ever read the first sentence. The story line wasn’t original, but the way Madsen writes is amazing. She took a common story line and raised the bar ...more

By Michelle April 16, 2016

ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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The Bad Boy’s Baby by Cindi Madsen was a sweet, heartfelt tugging romance that will be sure to leave readers smiling big. This is the second book that I have read from Cindi Madsen and so I was excited to be reunited with the cast of Hope ...more

By Christi May 16, 2016

My Review:

I really enjoyed this story. Usually secret baby stories aren't my thing, but the story on this one tempted me enough that I accepted it for review. I'm so glad that I did, because the story was excellent.

Cam and Emma had a one night stand the night before he deployed three years ago. The ...more

By FMR Book Grind May 18, 2016


This story was everything I was hoping it would be. I love stories about second chances and especially when there is a surprise baby in the mix. I love the feelings and emotions that come out while the characters are dealing with the secrets, the hurt and betrayal, and the new fo ...more

By Elizabeth May 15, 2016

Emma has gotten used to her new life, though she still feels overwhelmed at times. But to her it's all worth it because she has Zoey, her adorable two-year-old daughter. Her life hasn't gone as she had planned, but she's making the best of it. Until she runs into him, Zoey's father. But Cam doesn't ...more

By Kim Reads May 18, 2016

Cindi Madsen is one of my favorite authors. She has this ability to make readers or at least me, fall for a hero within ten seconds of him showing up on the page. Cam Brantley was no different. While The Bad Boy’s Baby is a standalone read, Cam’s name was mentioned in Crazy for the Competition, his ...more

By Books and Spoons May 23, 2016

Adorable story about second chances, about finding your home, your place in the world, learning to see all the possibilities we have within ourselves, and not to judge ourselves, or another by our history.
Because history in the small town of Hope Springs Cam and his family had. History, that he, an ...more

By Suze December 26, 2016

Emma is a single mother and she loves her little girl. Zoey is the best thing that ever happened to her. When Zoey's father Cam is back from the army to help running a lodge and organized tours he finds out that the person he had one fantastic night with is back in his life and is working with his f ...more

By Kelly May 16, 2016

What a fun read! This is also probably more realistic where a guy, Cam, with an abusive father and an absent mother would have anger issues. He is out of the military. He escaped there. Now Cam is back to work with his brother on a lodge in the mountains. Little did he know that he had a two year ol ...more

By Teresa April 11, 2016

***I received a copy of the book via Net Galley and Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review***

The Bad Boy's Baby is book 3 in the Hope Springs series and can be read as a stand alone. I haven't read the first two but was able to follow the story easily.

Cam Brantley was a notorious bad ...more

By A May 09, 2016

Let the refreshingly romantic sweet book cover entice you to delve into this one, my romance book-loving friends. Except for Cam’s previous mantra of “never want to be a father, because I’m afraid I’ll be like my dad” and bluntly asking the dreaded question, “Are you sure it’s really mine?”, Cam did ...more

By JoDeen May 14, 2016

I loved The Bad Boy's Baby By Cindi Madsen !! Its was a wonderful contemporary romance .

In this book we follow Cam and Emma .They are so adorable together . Cam founds out that he is the father of Emma very adorable little girl Zoey and this is really where the story takes off . I love how Emma was ...more

By Jeanne May 16, 2016

I love "Bad Boy" books, but I was in for a surprise with this one.

Emma Walker is working on a resort project with Heath Brantley and his fiancee', Quinn. Unbeknownst to her, Cameron Brantley has returned from the army to become a partner. When Emma sees him, she knows she's in trouble.

Three years ag ...more

By Laura August 01, 2016

A fabulous second chance romance and wonderful return to Hope Springs!

Emma is a smart, single mom who is hoping her current job overseeing the renovations at Mountain Ridge will lead to a better opportunity as an architect at a firm in a larger city. Emma had one indiscretion in her life, with long ...more

By April May 22, 2016

This was a sweet and emotionally telling story that will grab at the heart strings. Cam Brantley & Emma Walker had spent one night together before he shipped out for his last tour in the military. Now Cam is home from his latest tour and out of the military. He is shocked to see that Emma is still a ...more

By Isha May 12, 2016

My favorite stories to read are the ones involving surprising twists. There are no road maps in life, it's the little things that determine the directions taken. I received a copy of The Bad Boy's Baby in exchange for an honest review. I'd like to say it was obvious what was going to happen when I w ...more

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Cindi Madsen

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Cindi Madsen

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

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