Title: Trusting Jake (Blueprint To Love book 1)
Author: Lauren Giordano
Release Date: September 26, 2015
Publisher: Harvest Moon Press
Broken down at the side of the road, Jenna Stone’s life is like her car. In need of a jumpstart. Tired of playing by other people’s rules, the widowed single mom guards her new freedom by keeping her deadbeat husband alive . . . in name only. But meeting Jake Traynor makes her question the merits of lying. Will he break down the fortress around her heart?
Falling for a married woman was never in the blueprint. The definition of responsible son, workaholic executive Jackson Traynor is driven to prove his father right in promoting Jake to run the family construction company. He’s all business. No pleasure. Until assisting a beautiful redhead with her broken down car reminds Jake what he wants.
What if the only person you want is the one you can never have? Battling their deepening attraction, Jake must question everything he’s ever believed– because Jen and her kids are the family he’s always dreamed of. Jenna must choose between a safe life and the one of her dreams. When Jake’s company is threatened, she will risk everything to protect him– even if it means exposing old secrets.
Damn this was such a great book. Seriously, a great book. One of those feel good books that makes you sigh at the end. At least for me. I love a contemporary where the heroine (Jenna) is strong in spirit, drive, smart and above all a great person to be around. If I had to find a fault is that did lie about her past. Of course, I completely understood why she did it but at times the self loathing got a bit tiring.
Jake was a dream come true for me. Well, almost. He did treat his mother badly until Jenna showed him the error of his ways. Actually a good whop upside the head would have been better (lol) but it wasn’t until he realized his true feelings for Jenna and her lies that he finally got it. *sigh*
There are children in the book, Alex and Megan. I’m a sucker for children in books and they didn’t disappoint me. Ms. Giordana wrote then realistically and with humor. Never coy or with cuteness overload, they were perfect. Of course, the whole subplot with the “classified” deal that Alex had with Jake and then Megan wanted in on the action. Typical kid stuff but again, never overplayed. In fact, the classified thing came into play at the end that was spot on.
Having family issues in a book is always a tough one to write. Jake’s issues with his parents divorce still haunts him 10 years later and with Jenna’s douche of a husband and her own parents, its a wonder that these two grew up to be strong people. I loved Jenna’s brothers and let’s just say I can’t wait for Hoss and Jefferson’s books. If you read this book, you get a taste for Hoss’ book. Squee! Talk about uptight and rigid. Can’t wait to read it.
The long and short of it of the review is if you are looking for a great contemporary that deals with family/marriage issues with kids, this book is for you. The sexual tension that builds is next to perfection. They don’t act like horny teenagers but carefully weigh the consequences of their actions and what would happen IF they got together. Plus, there is that one lie…
About the Author
Lauren Giordano writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her next series, Blueprint to Love, will start in September, 2015 with the first book, Trusting Jake. When not writing, she is usually burning something in the kitchen. A book lover of all genres, Lauren is always searching for her next great read. She lives in the mid-Atlantic with her husband, daughters and two vacationing cats who never seem to leave.
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