The Bad Boy's Baby by Cindi Madsen ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@CindiMadsen, @wordsmithpublic)

The third book in the Hope Springs series was released this week. This was a sweet read, about two people meeting up years after their one night stand. I really enjoyed this one.
The Bad Boy's Baby
Title: The Bad Boy's Baby
Author: Cindi Madsen
Series: Hope Springs #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: May 16th 2016

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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…

I read my first book by Cindi Madsen last year (Getting Lucky Number Seven) and I really enjoyed it. I saw The Bad Boy's Baby and decided to give it a try, not realising that it’s the third in a series, but can definitely be read as a standalone. It was also written from third person perspective; where as her other series was written from the first person point of view. But regardless of the writing style, Cindi Madsen showed me that she’s, indeed, a great story teller, creating characters that got a second chance together.

Emma and Cam’s story begins three years after the one night stand that turned Emma’s life upside down. The details of the night weren’t revealed immediately, but it was still good to see that she was still focused on her career as well as raising her child. When she realised that Cam was back she knew that she had to tell him about Zoey, but was unsure how to do it and was afraid of how he’d take it.

When Cam first saw Emma, he remembered their one night stand. He wasn’t ready for her secret and didn’t handle it well in the beginning. But after spending time together with Zoey, I could see that he was trying and that he was a good, reliable guy. The sparks between Emma and Cam resurfaced too, with some casual flirting and working close together. I liked seeing that their daughter brought them closer together, and that they were beginning to tell each other things that they hadn’t shared with anyone else.

However, there was a little bit of drama that had me pulling my hair! One little hiccup had Cam overacting and Emma sorry that she let someone into her heart! It’s hard when a child is involved and I thought they both could’ve handled it better. But regardless of that moment, it all tied up nicely and I was happy with the direction Madsen took it! It ended up being a delightful read and I want to go back and see how the other couples got together in the previous books.

Complimentary copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

*** Swoon Thursday was first bought to us by YA Bound. Since they are no longer with us, and with permission from Trisha Wolfe, I have decided that those of us that love to swoon need a central meet up point.  So here it is ladies! I have a link up for everyone at the bottom of the post you can add your swoons to, and I’ll set it up every week! So tell all other swooners out there to come on over, link up so we can visit each other! ***

I thought this was a cute moment and it made Emma blush!

“Not that you don’t have it under control. I thought maybe you just pointed and gave the orders, but obviously you know what you’re doing. I’m impressed.”
“Yeah, give me a hammer and screwdriver and I can bang and screw with the best of them.” Her face flushed pink, the brown eyes he’d wanted another look at flying wide.
“Trust me, I remember,” he said, shutting his mouth too late to keep that thought from popping out.

Kindle Arc Loc 172
Originally inspired by YA Bound
USA Today Bestselling author Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she'd be even crazier. She has way too many shoes but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they're sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

Other reviews featuring Cindi Madsen 
Getting Lucky Number Seven  

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