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Peek Inside Just for Appearances

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. Except keeping their relationship strictly business is harder than they imagined. But summer can't last forever, and when it ends, so will their arrangement—and John's time in Lake Bliss.

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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.

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"I could sympathize with everything they (John and Rachel) went through, just as if it was my own life. When a writer can hijack my feelings like that, I have no other choice but to give them 5 stars and tell everyone they need to read it!!!" ~ Sheila   
       
"This is just one of most sweetest love stories I've read recently. Jenna does a super fine job with the narration and the flow of the story. It's charming, it's emotional, it's witty and one heck of a romantic read for everyone!" ~ Alima Livzletivs  
      
"The twists kept me on the seat of my pants. The author knows how to get you involved and make you root for John and Rachel...she knows how to get you and your feelings involved right from the start." ~ April Symes
 
"Smart, funny, and sensual I loved this story of a single mom realizing that she needs more in her life and a man realizing that he is worthy of everything he ever wanted. While this is a sweet romance, don't let that stop you from checking this one out because sometimes getting "there" is half the fun especially when there is a lot of teasing, verbal foreplay, and a whole lot of working up to that perfect moment. From beginning to end I loved this couple and their story!" ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
 
"I loved the ease in which this story was written. It wasn't angsty and dramatic, instead the author chose to give us a fun-loving, heartwarming tale and second chances and love reunited. It was refreshing and I loved it!" ~ Jessica Alcazar "Scoopy"

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633750579
Series: Lake Bliss, Book 2
Release Date: Apr 14, 2015
Page Count: 206
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: fling, in love with the nanny, overcoming odds, road romance

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By April April 14, 2015

***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review***
Rachel Clarke is a single mom with three boys and she just got a job promotion that needed a lot of her time but she also needed to be with her boys. She was conflicted and didn’t know what to do. The kids were out of sch... ...more

By Marsha December 31, 2015

First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

John hadn’t wanted to leave Lake Bliss all those years ago. Leaving Rachel broke his heart, but in the end, he really had no other choice.

Now, years later Rachel is a single mom with three young boys, one divorce behind her, a useless ex-husband and a...

By Jen April 08, 2015

Check out my full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Entangled Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Just for Appearances is the second book in the Lake Bliss series by Jenna Rutland but can be read as a standalone. This is a contemporary...

By Sheila April 06, 2015

I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. After much consideration I changed my review from 4 stars to 5 stars. I'll explain in a bit.
I loved this book. The whole "single mom and a guy that loves her kids" trope tugs at my heartstrings. Rachel was a single mot... ...more

By Bette April 09, 2015

Really enjoyed this one! The characters really dug their way in to my heart. The kind loving way John handles Rachel's kids was beautiful and I felt badly for both John and Rachel as the truth of the past ending to their relationship is revealed. Single mom Rachel Clarke is in desperate need of h... ...more

By Jessica April 14, 2015

This was a sweet story and very fun to read. The story goes like this .... John and Rachel knew each other back in the day. They more than knew each other, they were madly in love as teen, or as madly as nay teen can be lol. John up and took off. No warning. So clearly that left Rachel brokenhear... ...more

By Char (1RadReader59) April 22, 2015

How parents hurt their kids in divorces or separations its numbers are too large to count. For John MacDonald it was overwhelming. It burned bridges that his son never even knew would be crossed someday.
To be mean John’s dad took full custody away from his mom. To make life easier on his m... ...more

Slick's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

I am so happy to be back in Lake Bliss with author Jenna Rutland and another couple determined to stay just friends for the summer. Just For Appearances reunites young lovers in a totally unusual way and leaves them discovering everything th...

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3.75 avg Goodreads.com rating
Jenna Rutland

About the author

Jenna Rutland

Jenna Rutland lives in a small Michigan community with her husband, son and senior cat. Her daughter and son-in-law have recently given Jenna the awesome title of grandmother! While her days are spent working as a medical transcriptionist, her nights are filled writing contemporary romance-stories of love, laughter and happily ever after. Guess which occupation is more fun? Jenna takes pleasure in spending time with her family. She also enjoys reading, gardening and loves the challenge of a new recipe. Jenna welcomes the chance to connect with writers and readers.

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