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Peek Inside The Summer of Jake

Life is just dandy for aspiring fashion designer Annalise Farley. She'll have a great job once her designs are discovered, and she knows that will happen soon. There's nothing more she wants...until Jake Maxwell, the guy who broke her heart at sixteen, saunters back into her life needing her help. Helping Jake land his next girlfriend is the last thing Annalise wants to do, but Jake's a shrewd businessman and makes her an offer she can't refuse. Now Annalise has to decide if having her designs in Jake's surf shops is worth having her heart broken again.

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Falling in love wasn’t part of the plan…

Life is just dandy for aspiring fashion designer Annalise Farley. She has a great job—or she will once her designs are discovered—parents who only slightly disapprove, a cat that thinks she’s a dog, and a best friend…even if she hasn’t seen her in a while.

But then Jake Maxwell saunters back into her life. Jake, the love god. Jake, her best friend's older brother. Jake, who broke her heart at sixteen without realizing it, then left to become a pro surfer. Now he’s back, having taken the surfing and business worlds by storm, and he’s ready for a new challenge—catching the eye of another girl. And he wants Annalise’s help.

Helping Jake land his next girlfriend is too fraught with emotional danger for her liking, but then Jake offers to put her designs in his shops. Is that the sound of her life splitting at the seams? It’s hard to tell with Jake smiling at her like she's the only thing that makes him happy…


"It keeps you rooting for the characters and isn't without the moments that tug on your heartstrings. I would definitely recommend." --Lost to Books

"This is SUCH a fun read, even if you don’t read it in your head using an Australian accent like I did...It was funny, lighthearted, and a great beach read... " --Brittany's Book Bumblings, Goodreads

"Loved this book it has a bit of everything. It was funny, sweet, emotional, serious, and romantic it was everything and yet not overwhelming in the least." --Kate H, Goodreads

"I loved it all and highly recommend this book!!" --P, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633750180
Series: The Summer of Jake, Book 1
Release Date: Aug 4, 2014
Page Count: 290
Imprint: embrace
Genre: contemporary, new adult
Tropes: older brother's best friend, reunited lovers

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By Rebecca November 26, 2017

3.5 Super sweet stars!!
This ARC was kindly provided by the publisher through NetGalley

This was a quick, light, and super sweet read. The perfect, lying in your hammock, enjoying a beautiful day with a good book kind of read. The summer of jake is a story about Annalise who is a fun young fashion des ...more

By Barbara July 25, 2014

I've been a BIG fan of Rachel Bailey's books for a long time so when I heard she had her first New Adult title out I was very excited. 'The Summer of Jake' has all the things I love in Rachel's books - kicker story, stacks of emotion and a great romance - but the best part of this one for me was the ...more

By Desere July 24, 2014

Most people will tell you that falling in love is never part of the grand master plan of their lives. Most plan their careers, their vacations, the car they want to buy but planning on falling in love is just never as easy , nor is it what everyone plans on doing.

Yet it is exactly what Annalise doe ...more

By Brittany's July 25, 2014

This is SUCH a fun read, even if you don’t read it in your head using an Australian accent like I did. The inside of Annalise’s head is a brilliant place to be (I imagine the inside of her cat/dog’s head is pretty entertaining, as well). Between raising a cat that thinks it’s a dog, speaking to her ...more

By Heather July 18, 2014

I don't think Jake can help himself it's in his nature to flirt, "nope. I like jeans. Don't you like me in jeans?" He gave me a mischievous grin." He's also not dumb, especially when it comes to Annalise, "you sometimes look at me with sadness in your eyes, and I wondered if someone had hurt you. I ...more

By Sienna July 23, 2014

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I will admit, when I first read the title for this book it didn't really capture my attention. However, I'm quickly growing to love books by this publisher so I decided to give it a go as combined with the cover it looked like a feel-good read.

This wa ...more

By Kate July 22, 2014

Loved this book it has a bit of everything. It was funny, sweet, emotional, serious, and romantic it was everything and yet not overwhelming in the least. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting. I cannot wait to read this author's other works. ...more

*Review to come* :) ...more

By Bec July 25, 2014

The Summer of Jake by Rachel Bailey

Book Summary
Published by - Entangled Publishing, LLC
Release Date - 4th August 2014
Pages - 288
My Rating - 4 Stars

Oh how I love a good Aussie read!!! There may not have been my favourite outback or country areas in this book, but it was still written about the greatest state and city in the ...more

By Carmen July 18, 2014

I read this in a day, so caught up was I in the swoon-worthy Jake! You're not supposed to date your friend's sister, it's a sin (lol), but what about your sister's friend? Age, and the rule, turned his attentions elsewhere, but Jake suddenly needs Annalise's help (to win over another gal!) and she a ...more

By Phoenix July 22, 2014

This was a very sweet book where Jake has to grow up and become a man. It was more than the typical teen fantasy of big brother falls in love. It was about change and heartache and growth. This book captures love in its rawest form and explodes with passion and angst. The connection between the main ...more

By Victoria June 27, 2015

I liked this book. I did skip some parts but it was good. I love when Annalise told Jake was a coward then then the next day his sister tells him he's an idiot. That was funny. I also love when Kelly was playing matchmaker for Annalise and Jake to come to her house. And when there sitting then Annal ...more

By Hot Stuff Book Reviews August 01, 2014

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I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

This book surprised me a little. I was expecting the usual type of NA Contemporary Romance novels — which wouldn’t have been a bad thing — and instead I discovered a book that is mo ...more

By Aaly November 05, 2014

grinned a lot! If a book can cheer you up, that’s this one!
I enjoyed reading the story of Annalise and Jake, researching for love but also for the satisfaction of their desire for personal growth and fulfillment.

Annalise is a promising clothing designer, beautiful, full of life, and had a big crush ...more

By *P August 07, 2014

5 Star Review

Jake Maxwell is a former pro surfer who owns multiple shops and has been leading a great life. Now he is a little bored and is trying to pursue someone from the legal department involved with his business. His concern is that he needs to update his image, look more the sophisticate than ...more

By Kirsty & Erin August 12, 2014

Firstly thank you to Entangled publishing for approving me for a review copy of this book on Netgalley!

The story is all about two main characters Annalise and Jake. Jake is the older brother of Annalise’s best friend and her teenage crush, but years later when he insists she’s the woman to help him ...more

By Melanie August 13, 2014

The Summer of Jake was a really quick read for me. Its not often you have a book thats such a delight to read that you don't simply want to put it down, but literally want to consume it. The only problem with books like this, they do end and then you are left thinking, 'What happens next?'

What I lov ...more

By Daisy August 07, 2014

I LOVE the best friend's older brother plot. Seriously. As a teenager I used to wish one of my friends had an older brother that I could fall in love with, but sadly, that never happened. So I live vicariously through stories like this.

I really liked Annalise! She has spunk and is a little quirky, w ...more

By Jessica September 06, 2014

Annalise Farley's has always had two dreams. One: Be a fashion designer. Two: Jake Maxwell, the man who broke her heart as a teenager.

When Jake walks back into Annalise's life wanting advice on impressing his next conquest, Annalise uses it to her advantage to get her fashion displayed in one of Ja ...more

By Ann August 05, 2014

can never get tired of stories about teenage crush magnified a hundred million times when they meet again when they're all grown up. It's a fun thing chasing after this crush even if he never notices. And in this story it will take a while before Jake realizes how Annalise can be the love of his lif ...more

By Jina August 23, 2014

* I will try not to include spoilers.

The Summer of Jake by Rachel Bailey

Annalise Farley is recently out of work but has always had a talent for designing. One day she receives a phone call from her best friends brother, Jake Maxwell. Jake asks Annalise to meet him for coffee to ask a favor of her i ...more

By Jen September 26, 2015

Growing up, Annalise always had a crush on Jake, her best friend's older brother, a crush that was never reciprocated nor noticed. After having spent a few years away, garnering success as a pro surfer and a businessman, Jake returns to ask Annalise for getting the attention of another gir ...more

By Anna August 04, 2014

Annalise has always had a crush on her best friends older brother Jake. He is a famous successful surfer/businessman who has a lot of baggage from past relationships and a complicated relationship with his father. She is a aspiring, quirky fashion designer who has an unhealthy attachment to her car. ...more

By Helen July 29, 2014

This is a wonderful story that has everything it is fun sensual and heartwarming, Annalise had a crush on her best friend Kelly's brother Jake when she was 15 Jake is a champion surfer and now owns his own business and is very sucsessful and also very good looking Annalise is a fashion designer an o ...more

By Secretly Adorkable Readers August 05, 2014

A Summer Romance between Annalise Farley and Jake Maxwell

Annalise has been in love with her best friend Kelly's brother since she was a younger teen. Jake Maxwell has implanted inside his soul that he will never fall in love and have the HEA because of his famous rock star father's past.

"The moment ...more

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Rachel Bailey

About the author

Rachel Bailey

Rachel Bailey is a lover of books, chocolate, dogs, and ice cream. Luckily, she has three dogs, an ice cream maker, a steady supply of chocolate, and bookshelves overflowing with books, so she's covered on all fronts. Despite spending her life trying to scam more time to read, she's managed to graduate with degrees in psychology and social work, and now has her dream job - making up stories for a living. Her books have hit the USA Today bestseller list, are published in over twenty-six countries and have been translated into sixteen languages. She lives on a piece of paradise (ten acres of native trees on the side of a hill, within driving distance to the beach) on Australia's east coast with her own personal hero. She loves to sit with a dog or two, overlooking the trees and read books from her ever-growing to-be-read pile.

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