Just for Appearances by Jenna Rutland
Series: Lake Bliss #2
Published by Entangled Publishing on April 14th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Hot man for hire...
Rachel Clarke is a single mom with three boys, and she needs help. Now. Unfortunately, her only option is John MacDonald-her high school sweetheart and the disgraced hometown hero who's just returned to Lake Bliss. He's perfect for the job. He cooks, he cleans, and he's amazing with kids. He's also still far too sinfully hot for Rachel's comfort...
Rachel is just as gorgeous as John remembers. But in order for his new youth activity center to be a success, John needs Rachel's help to earn the town's trust back. In exchange, he'll take care of her boys for the summer while she works. Except keeping their relationship strictly business is harder than he imagined. But summer can't last forever, and when it ends, so will their arrangement-and John's time in Lake Bliss
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I liked the idea behind this book but in actuality didn’t love it. It felt like there was a lot going on, but at the same time, nothing ever happened… it was confusing as hell.
We have Rachel, a single mother of 3 boys after divorcing her somewhat of a douche husband. He pays alimony because he’s pretty much loaded but she doesn’t want to depend on him so she is starting a new job. For the duration of the summer break, she needs a nanny who’ll keep up with her very active little rascals and still give her peace of mind so she can do her work well.
Unexpectedly, the guy she fell for in high school comes back to town to open some type of youth activity center and oh-won’t-you-look-at-that: he just happens to be available to help her out during the whole summer since that is the time this center will need to be built. Old feelings come back, they win over internal struggles, yadi yadi yada… you know.
I felt like a lot of things were just thrown in to make the plot last longer. Most of them were left unresolved or unexplained which deprived me of feeling closer to the story. For example, some random girl making a play for him, her ex-husband suddenly wanting to get back together, the issues behind their break-up, and even his relationship with his dad. But what really really bugged me was his constant mention of being undeserving of her that stemmed from his daddy issues…
This book is well written, not much for sexy scenes: it’s more of those frantic kissing, fade to black…and the next morning. I just couldn’t feel with the characters, they lacked depth and everything else could have done with something more too.
It could have been a great book. But it just wasn’t for me.
Sparkle’s Rating: 2.5 Stars
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