Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Bad Boy's Baby by Cindi Madsen

Book Description

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.

AVAILABLE: May 16, 2016

Hope Springs Series
Second Chance Ranch (Book 1)
Crazy for the Competition (Book 2)
The Bad Boy's Baby (Book 3)

The Bad Boy's Baby is the third book in Cindi Madsen's Hope Springs series.  This is also the first book that I've read by this author.  Each book can be read as a standalone without missing anything in each individual story.

Emma Walker had big dreams that involved moving to a big city and getting a great job at architecture firm.  But after one drunken night with the town "bad boy", Emma's plans were put on hold to have her daughter, Zoey.  She was unsure how to tell the father since he was deployed and she didn't know how to get in touch with him.  But now he is back, and Emma knows he has a right to know.

Cam Brantley is returning home from a decade in the army.  All he wants to do is help his brother get Mountain Ridge up and running.  But coming home to find out a one-night-stand he had the night before a deployment resulted in a daughter (an adorable daughter with his eyes), Cam is completely thrown for a loop.  He never wanted kids.  Not after the way he and his brother were raised.  But one look at his little girl he KNOWS that he wants to be a part of Zoey's life.  

And the more time he spends with Zoey, the more time he wants with Emma too. 

This book was kind of... dull/bland for me.  I don't know what it was exactly, but I felt somewhat bored with Emma and Cam as a couple.  I didn't feel any chemistry/passion/heat/attraction between them.  The highlight of this book for me (at least) was the relationship that Cam formed with their daughter, Zoey.  I also didn't get a "bad boy" impression from Cam (in the past or now).

Rating: 2 out of 5

**I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.**