Book Review: Just for Appearances by Jenna Rutland

Posted April 18, 2015 by love2dazzle in Fiction, Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: Just for Appearances by Jenna RutlandJust for Appearances (Entangled Bliss) by Jenna Rutland
Series: Lake Bliss
Published by Macmillan on April 14th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance
Pages: 206
Source: Entangled Publishing
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three-half-stars

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.

This story is about second chances for John and Rachel. John and Rachel dated in high school, but it ended so abruptly. Rachel called things off as soon as they got physical with each other. Now it is ten years later and they both have failed marriages. When John returns back home, he learns from his mother that Rachel needs a nanny for her boys. John decides to take the job. He seems to be the perfect man. He cleans, cooks, and keeps the boys active. Now John and Rachel just have to figure out if there is still feelings there for each other?

I thought “Just for Appearances” by Jenna Rutland was really cute. This wasn’t my favorite Bliss novel but I thought that Rutland did a decent job with the plot. She was able to make the story and the characters interesting. I did feel like the story was a little too short and I didn’t get to have as much as I would have liked. I did like the fact that John’s mom kept playing matchmaker with the couple and then both John and Rachel had great interactions with each other.

three-half-stars

About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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