Series: Once a Marine

Exposing the Heiress by Jennifer Apodaca

Posted September 28, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

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.

Exposing the Heiress by Jennifer ApodacaExposing the Heiress by Jennifer Apodaca
Series: Once a Marine #3
Published by Entangled: Ignite on August 6, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 248
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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This Marine will protect her at all costs...

When wealthy heiress Alyssa Brooks finds out her stepfather has been paying her fiancé to marry her, she's humiliated and betrayed. She quickly breaks the engagement, only to be blackmailed by her now ex-fiancé, who threatens both Alyssa and the son she gave up for adoption. With nowhere to go, she turns to the one man she can trust.

Former Marine sniper Hunter Reece's lethal skills could save Alyssa's life. But his little sister's best friend has turned into a woman, who is an irresistible mix of secrets and sexiness. And while Hunter can trust himself to protect her, he can't trust himself to keep his attraction hidden...or even pretend to be the man that Alyssa remembers.

Because the only way to keep the lovely heiress safe is to become the one thing he knows she could never love...a killer.


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Heiress Alyssa Brooks learns her fiancé, Nate, has ulterior motives in marrying her so she breaks the engagement. His reaction frightens her so badly that she runs to her childhood crush, Hunter Reece, for protection. He’s a former Marine sniper, now an operative with Once a Marine Security.


This series has turned out to be one of my most pleasant reading surprises. Each book has featured women and men of substance who are making the best of troubling circumstances and this one is no different.


Hunter struggles with nightmares resulting from all of the kills in his career and turns to his sculpting for relief and release. Alyssa uses her photography as an outlet to express her true self, very different from her public image as a spoiled rich girl. I loved their relationship for its honesty and sincerity. They had deeply rooted feelings for each other stemming from their childhood and it was a great foundation for their developing romance. It was really well done, in spite of Hunter’s fears that his past service made him unloveable.


The tension related to Nate’s threats provided an element of suspense that made an already good story better. I loved and respected both characters as well as the romance. This series will continue to be an auto read for me.

About 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 a 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 perusing 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. A mere eight years later, she published her first book DATING CAN BE MURDER. In her career, Jen has written a fun and sexy mystery series and a variety of contemporary romances. Taking the pen name of Jennifer Lyon, she also created a dark, sizzling paranormal series, and most recently, The Plus One Chronicles, an emotional and sexy adult contemporary series.

Jen has achieved many of her dreams except for attaining a self-cleaning house, a latte delivery service, and finding the holy grail of nonfattening wine and chocolate. She can live with those disappointments as long as she can keep writing the stories she loves to share with readers.

Let’s Make it Permanent! Her Temporary Hero by Jennifer Apodaca

Let’s Make it Permanent! Her Temporary Hero by Jennifer Apodaca

Posted November 13, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

In recognition of Veterans Day, this week we are honoring the men and women of service..military, firefighters, policemen…by presenting stories that represent them well.     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 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. The issues Logan is a former Marine suffering from PTSD […]

Review: The Baby Bargain by Jennifer Apodaca

Review: The Baby Bargain by Jennifer Apodaca

Posted May 23, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

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 “cute” story I thought it would be. It has a really strong mystery/suspense element underpinning the romance and there’s quite a bit of conflict.   The Set Up Megan Young dated Adam Waters in college but they went their separate ways when he wasn’t able to sustain a committed relationship because of some serious emotional trauma from his childhood. She’s now a veterinarian with her own practice in […]