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Monday, September 26, 2016

Made the Grade: Hope Springs Series, Book 3

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Paperback - Pages: 260; Kindle Edition - File Size: 1270 KB | Expected Release Date: May 16, 2016 | Publisher: Entangled Publishing : Bliss | Obtained: NetGalley

"The Bad Boy's Baby" [Hope Springs Series, Book 3] by Cindi Madsen

Author's 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.

Daddy duty might be his toughest mission yet…

Series Order:
Book #1 "Second Chance Ranch"
Book #2 "Crazy for the Competition"
Book #3 "The Bad Boy's Baby"

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! Around two years ago feeling a bit sorry for herself, Emma dolled up, went for drinks at the local bar, and “picked up” her longtime crush the local “bad boy” Cameron (Cam) only a few hours before he was being sent out to deploy again. During their evening together, Emma ended up pregnant and because of a few different circumstances, she never informed Cam about him becoming a father. Now Cam is back in town for good, with plans to bring his brother and his dream of the Mountain Ridge to life. Though he is unprepared for both Emma and his little daughter coming into his life, Cam soon falls for them both. However, as they both deal with their new circumstances and grow closer as a family their pasts and future plans come between them. Can they be able to compromise for the sake of each other or will everything fall apart?

While not quite what I expected, I was happy to escape back into Hope Springs to catch up on old and new characters. This contemporary romance has a cleverness that charmed me. Along with a spunkiness in the form of Quinn (from “Crazy for the Competition”) that made me laugh a LOT in this novel. Nevertheless, though I loved the characters (Cam, Emma, Zoey, and all the previous main characters especially) by 80% of the way through for this novel I started giving up on it as once the “big drama” hit the pace seemed to slow down giving me trouble keeping my interest. While I’m happy I pushed myself to stick with this novel, as the ending is quite sweet and I liked Cam with Emma, it was hard to do so at times.

As a family Cam, Emma, and Zoey were as cute as can be. Minus his darker attitude towards himself (at times), Cam is one hot dreamboat. I liked Emma because I could see myself in her, a natural introvert desperately trying to “break out of her shell.” Overtime Cam and Emma find they have more in common than they ever expected, from their childhood upbringings to how they like to escape into the wilderness as much as possible. They work well together and seeing their relationship grow delighted me. It was easy to root for them. I hope to hear more about them if this series progresses.

Overall, I recommend this novel and series to those who are fans of Ms. Madsen. Also, to those looking for a sweet contemporary romance!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : Shop Your Indie/Local Bookstores (IndieBound - Paperback) USD : Second Chance Ranch (Book 1) | Shop Your Indie/Local Bookstores (IndieBound - Paperback) USD : Crazy for the Competition (Book 2) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : Second Chance Ranch (Book 1) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : Crazy for the Competition (Book 2) | Amazon (Paperback) USD : Second Chance Ranch (Book 1) | Amazon (Paperback) USD : Crazy for the Competition (Book 2)

Shop Your Indie/Local Bookstores (IndieBound - Paperback) USD : The Bad Boy's Baby (Book 3)
Kobo (e-Book) USD : The Bad Boy's Baby (Book 3)
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Amazon (Paperbacks) USD : Hope Springs Series

My Previous Guest Post(s) by this Author : Cherry Pie Submitted By: Cindi Madsen - August 2016 | Cindi's Answer to What YA Retelling She'd Like to See in 100 Words or Less by Cindi Madsen - September 2016

My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 2

My Previous Mention(s) of Cindi Madsen's Books/Characters : Cover Reveal: All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen | New Year’s Bliss Bash Announcement & Release Day Launch‏: Love Songs for the Road | Second Sentence Saturday: Crazy for the Competition | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2016 | Entangled Bliss Pie Bake-Off Booth at Entangled Publishing's Summer Carnival | Blog Tour, Guest Posts, Spreading the Word & Shari’s Berries Classic Cake Pops Giveaway | Blog Tour - Entangled TEEN's YA Retellings Blog Blast | Guest Posts, Spreading the Word & THREE Special Giveaways

Author's Novel Extras : The Bad Boy’s Baby released this week!

"The Bad Boy's Baby" Playlist :

Author's Series Extras : Second Chance Ranch Release! | NEW RELEASE!

Book Teaser(s) :
"But what about pizza?" Emma asked Zoey.
Zoey held up the box of mac and cheese. "Cheese."
"Pizza has cheese, and you love pizza, remember?" She loved to pick off the cheese and leave the tomato sauce and crust, anyway.
Zoey's eyebrows drew together and she held the box of mac and cheese higher. Nothing made you feel more in control of life than losing an argument with a two-year-old. ~ within Chapter 6
The second Quinn hung up, she let loose a squeal. "Oh my gosh! I just got the best news! A pipe burst and it flooded the park!"
Emma drew her eyebrows together. "I never took you for someone who'd take joy in damaged parks."
Quinn grimaced. "Yeah, that came out wrong. ..." ~ within Chapter 17

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