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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 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 mother wh... ...more
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
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
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 mom Joh... ...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 they... ...more
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 rom... ...more
***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 school fo... ...more
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 lot of wast... ...more
While I found the initial premise a little convenient, in the end it didn't disrupt my enjoyment of this book at all.
Rachel - being a mother myself WITH the help of their father, I'm in awe of the woman's ability to raise three children, no, three BOYS alone. She's done her best and understandab... ...more
After wasting 10 years in a one-sided marriage to which she sacrificed her education and youth, Rachel finally has the opportunity to make a career for herself, to stand on her own two feet and make her own life. But with 3 boys under the age of 8, she needs someone to help take care of them for... ...more
Dang!!! I’m such a sucker for love stories and happily ever-afters, for guys who can work as nannies in all their sexy hide and independent woman who try not asking for help, yet want to be taken care of and doted.
“Just For Appearances” John MacDonald is helping Rachel Clarke take care of her son... ...more
I was gifted a copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion and a review.
This is the second book in the lake bliss series, where say i wasn't all that fond of it this book i really enjoyed, It was very well written and at an easy pace to enjoy.
In this book we meet Rachel Clar... ...more
Just For Appearances
This story was given to me in exchange for an honest review by Net Galley.
Rachel Clarke is the mother of three young boys with an ex-husband that is never around. She has recently gotten a new job and needs a lot of help. She is having a hard time doing everything and cant fi... ...more
Rachel Clarke is a single mom who wants to re-join the workforce. She no longer wants to be dependent on the alimony from her ex-husband. With three boys she'll need a full time nanny. In walks John MacDonald. Rachel's high school sweetheart and he's asking for the nanny job. In exchange for bein... ...more
John and Rachel's story starts back in high school. They were certain it was love even then. They were destined for greater things. At least, he was. His father talked her into breaking up with him and sending off to football greatness.
Now, both divorced and back in Lake Bliss, they find the attr... ...more
Rachel loved John so much, she told a lie to set him free. Now she's divorced with three sons and in need of a last minute nanny for the summer.
John was crushed when his girlfriend Rachel broke up with him soon after they made love for the first time. Years have passed, but he's never forgotten h... ...more
A second chance romance between, John and Rachel, whom dated in high school and ended abruptly. Fast forward ten years with failed marriages, John returns home for the summer to Lake Bliss. Rachel is just starting a new job and needs a nanny for her three boys, perfect job Nanny McHeartbreaker.
Such a sweet sincere story! I loved John in the entire book. He was so sweet, loving with Rachel's boys and dove right in to helping her and them. Rachel was an amazing mom who was a little overwhelmed with a new job and no childcare for the summer. A little matchmaking on John's mom's part and v... ...more
John and Rachel fell in love as teenagers. Their relationship did not end well. Feelings were hurt. Hearts were broken. As adults each is trying to find their way. Rachel now the single mother of three boys, John is looking for help in order to open a youth center. Unfortunately, John has not lef... ...more
What a wonderful story of love reunited. Rachel has her hands full as a single mom and her high school sweetheart has to mend some relationship fences. After John left the Town in what they perceived as a lurch while in high school, he and Rachel join forces to repair his image and to help Rachel... ...more
Just for Appearances was a sweet, fun and heartfelt read.
I enjoyed the characters, both John and Rachel were likable and very relatable. Enjoyed seeing them reconnect and open their hearts to each other.
John and Rachel have a second chance at love, will they find a way to make it work thi... ...more
I'm such a sucker for a romance with kids involved. Especially when the guys are as good with the kids as John is.
I read this when I was suffering from a romance OD, but it was still fresh enough to not make me want to roll my eyes and give up. It still suffers from the too-drawn-out angst and th... ...more
I thought this was a very good lighthearted book. This was the first romance book I read about a single mom that. I think that some of the struggles she faced were very realistic. I adored the relationship that Mac had with her kids. I feel like if a mom is looking for someone new in her life, th... ...more
Rachel and John was a hoot. Giving into what your heart wants and needs is always a sacrifice but the rewards are so much better. I enjoyed the innuendo and the fact that they were tasteful and in good fun. This romance novel is a quick fun read about second chances and giving in to your wants an... ...more