Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Review ~ JUST FOR APPEARANCES by Jenna Rutland

Just for Appearances (Lake Bliss, #2)
by: Jenna Rutland
Series: Lake Bliss
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Source: Publisher ~ Entangled Bliss via NetGalley


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.

REVIEW
Ten years ago, Rachel Clarke and John MacDonald were high school sweethearts, until Rachel sacrificed her heart for John’s future.  Now, Rachel is a divorced mother of three energetic boys, who is finally ready to get on with her life.  

She just accepted her first full time job in years.  She just needs a nanny to take care of the boys for the summer and so far is not having any luck finding anyone.  That’s where John comes in.  His mother, Carol, has been serving as surrogate grandmother for the boys and she suggests John for the job.  In return, Rachel will help John improve his reputation with the people of Lake Bliss, so that they will back the kids center he’s going to build.

Just for Appearances has all the makings to be a really good, wonderful story. It just falls short with unaddressed details and issues, being predictable, and not truly original.  It’s been two years since Jenna Rutland debuted her first novel, Just for the Summer.  I was on pins and needles waiting for this book.  I have to admit that I feel a little let down that this book doesn’t come anywhere close to the the caliber of the first book.  With the three boys being the catalyst for John and Rachel coming back together, I really thought they would have played a bigger role in the story than they did.  

**Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased review.**

Rating: 3

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