I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Her Temporary Hero by Jennifer Apodaca
Series: Once a Marine #2
Published by Entangled: Indulgence on July 14, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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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.
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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 get custody of the child he doesn’t even want. Her boss provides her a temporary place to stay in her cousin’s cabin. See, Logan Knight is supposed to be out of town for awhile but, as luck will have it, returns that same night.
Logan is a former Marine suffering from PTSD as a result of his last mission in Afghanistan. He’s working for a private security firm, Once a Marine, and is looking to create a refuge on his portion of the family’s Texas ranch for other veterans who are suffering from the same syndrome. Unfortunately, his father made him sign an agreement years ago that returns the land to him if Logan isn’t married by age 30, which will be in the next three months. He needs a temporary wife and Becky needs a temporary husband to maintain custody and have a safe place to live.
What I liked
In spite of her circumstances, Becky was resourceful, never giving in nor looking for a handout. She and Logan fit well, not just because of the outside demands bringing them together. While the story tips more on the romance scale, it still had enough suspense to fit the genre, especially with the threat always being in the background. I loved their romance and how Logan’s PTSD issues were portrayed, nothing over the top but a realistic view of how debilitating the syndrome can be. He’s an honorable man, trying to do the right thing in spite of his issues.
The bottom line
I enjoyed the story for its likable characters, sweet romance and underlying suspense. Though it’s part of a series, it really can be read as a standalone as the characters from the previous story don’t have substantive roles in this one.
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