Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review: Her Temporary Hero (Once a Marine #2) by Jennifer Apodaca

Title: Her Temporary Hero (Once a Marine #2)
Author: Jennifer Apodaca
Source: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel
Release Date: July 14, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

Can one woman handle two dominant men intent on staking their claim?
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 emotionally haunted Logan Knight needs a temporary wife to get his land, per his dad’s rules. No wife, no inheritance. But when that wife lands on his doorstep and comes with a baby, his darkest memories are triggered. He tries to keep his distance, but his efforts are shattered when he starts to have real feelings for his fake wife and child.

Just as Logan begins to think he may have a future with Becky, 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.
This was a really fun and incredibly exciting romantic suspense novel.  While it is number two in a series, it does very well as a stand alone, so don't let the fact that you haven't read book one stop you.

Becky was an interesting combination for a character.  As a former beauty queen she knows all the tricks - how to walk, how to smile, how to make her hair do that really cool blowing in the wind thing (even when there isn't wind) - and it drives Logan crazy.  But what drives him crazier is her attitude.  She's a tough cookie that will do anything to protect the very little family she has left, her baby.  When an ex threatens her she finds herself thrown in with Logan in a very unusual way, but it may just work out well for both of them.

Logan has a strange past as well, and it wraps up with a contract saying he has to be married by the time he's 30 to inherit the land his father promised him.  That's a problem until Becky shows up and a plan begins to form in his mind.  She needs protection, he needs a wife - perfect - until they start to fall for each other (it is a romance after all).

What I liked best was that neither of them fell too hard or too fast.  They both held back and they did get to know each other a little before diving into a more serious "real" relationship.  I also enjoyed Becky's little girl - she's a doll and I can just see her come to life in every scene.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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