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That Thing Called Love (Razor Bay #1)

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He’s the last man on earth she should want…

For a guy she’s fantasized about throttling, Jake Bradshaw sure is easy on the eyes. In fact, he seriously tempts inn manager Jenny Salazar to put her hands to better use. Except this is the guy who left Razor Bay—and his young son, Austin, who Jenny adores like her own—to become a globetrotting photojournalist. He can’t just walt
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 26th 2012 by Harlequin (first published 2012)
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3/5 Stars

This is a story about Jenny Salazar, Jake Bradshaw and Austin Bradshaw. I will include Austin as we got to read a lot about him and his thoughts and feelings etc, so it was definitely a book about the three of them.

Jake was returning to Razor Bay after a 13 year absence. In high school his girlfriend Kari had got pregnant and although he had a scholarship set up he did what was right and they got married, but sadly she died fairly soon after Austin was born. Kari’s pare
Because of my mad love for Susan Anderson I gave this 3 stars. Jake was a jerk, who abandoned his kid. Now admittedly he was very young when Austin was born and the grandparents stepped in, but there was no excuse once he was out of college...none. He never really redeemed himself in my eyes. Now to be fair, I have really hard feeling about guys who abandoned there kids, so there was really nothing that he was going to be able to do that was going to make this right for me. Even there at the end ...more
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
Really did not fancy the charters or the narration .... :/

overall this book kinna sucked for me.

i definatly wont be recommending this to anyone,anytime soon.Not even as a light one time read. sorry :P
Susan Andersen is an author that I loved reading way back when. I loved her books Obsessed and Present Danger. They are dark, sexy, and gritty. She quickly left dark and gritty and became funny, cute and lighthearted. Suffice it to say I really want dark, edgy and sexy back!

Jake is a famous professional photographer who has traveled the world over all the while neglecting his home of Razor Bay – and more importantly his son whom he left behind. He hasn’t been a father figure in any sense of the
Susan Andersen is an author who I always read as soon as her books are out. That Thing Called Love is the start of her Razor Bay series and has a very intriguing setup, a hero who isn't really heroic, after all he hasn't seen his thirteen year old son since he was born, so I was mighty interested in how we could fall in love with Jake and by the end of the book I did warm up to him a bit if not fall over him.

Jake is a famous photographer who carries his family history like a shield, after all hi
This was a decent read, but I'm deducting a star because the hero pissed me off so much. He gets off way too easy -- after being an absentee father for his son's entire life, he comes home to a mini-him who loves everything he loves, so he barely has to work at it to make his kid love him. And after starting off the story as such a jerk, adding in a little sexual humiliation of the heroine was really overkill. Everything is served to Jake on a platter -- he just barely gets a dark moment.

The be
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: 2.5/5

Jake has been absent from his son’s life from almost his birth, leaving him in his Grandparents care when he left to go to college at 19. He became a photographer, traveling around the world and never stopped to go see his son. I’m not going to lie, the hero dug a huge hole for me right off the bat. Now, his son, Austin’s Grandparents have both died and the woman in Austin’s life, Jenny, is his temporary guardian. She’s known him since h
Lisa Filipe
May 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, arc
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So I FINALLY finished this book last night. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. Something was just missing.

Jake Bradshaw comes back to Razor Bay, where he grew-up, after almost thirteen years of being away. He has come home to finally meet his son and hopefully become the father that he is sure Austin needs. Jenny Salazar, the woman who is caretaker of Austin now that his grandparents have both passed away, has a BIG problem with Jake waltzing
Yelania Nightwalker
Tardé mucho en decidirme a leer esta novela porque no conocía de nada a la autora y me daba cosa, sin embargo hace unos días decidí probar surte y wow! Desde que agarré el libro no lo quise soltar. De inmediato Jenny y Austin se ganaron mi simpatía y cuando entró en escena Jake, casi morí de emoción. Me gustó mucho la manera en que los personajes crecieron a lo largo de la historia. Sobre todo la relación entre Max y Jake, que dejaron de guardarse rencor por cosas en las que no habían tenido de ...more
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
That Thing Called Love is Susan Andersen’s latest release and the first in her new Razor Bay trilogy.

Jake Bradshaw left Razor Bay when he was eighteen and set off for college. Now he’s a globe-trotting photo journalist. He never liked small town living and never looked back, even though he left his infant son in the care of his maternal grandparents. He’s back now and wants to rectify his past mistakes.

Jenny Salazar knows heartbreak. A father involved in Ponzi schemes, a mother who could never
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
Quanto mi piace questa autrice *__*
Ancora una volta ho fatto nottata per finire un libro della Anderson XD Mi piace molto come scrive questa autrice, è semplice ma mi assorbe completamente. Jake si è ritrovato con un padre assente, un fratellastro che lo disprezza, vedovo e con un figlio appena nato appena compiuti 19 anni. Quando i suoceri gli propongono di affidargli il piccolo Austin Jake, confuso e spaventato, accetta e parte. Diventato un fotografo affermato non è mai tornato nella piccola
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I have been enjoying the works of Susan Andersen for a while now and this one ranks right up there as one of my favorites from her. Something about this book seems different than her past writing and it really stands out as one of her best. The characters of this book are simple and everyday people. I loved the fact that Jenny was not some supermodel or something. She is on the petite side and while they can joke with her about her size she will not accep
Kelly Moran
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Razor Bay Inn manager Jenny Salazar wants nothing more than to help young Austin through the ordeal of losing his grandparents. With his mother gone, Jenny has always been like an older sister to him, and all they have now is each other. But when his globe-trotting photojournalist father, Jake Bradshaw, returns to the resort town claiming he wants to suddenly be a part of his life, things change on a dime.
I normally love Andersen, but for the first time ever, I just didn't love this one. Not wit
Jake and Jenny
What a disappointing book. This is the first SA book I haven't been able to read cover to cover. I found myself skipping the last 30 pages or so to find out the ending (which was so predictable).
Jake and Jenny had zero chemistry. Jake is a sleazeball. I don't care about your angsty need to break free of your small town chains. You have an effing child, man up. I couldn't get over how he played such a victim in this book. Please, what about Austin?
Jake and Jenny's characters had n
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jake Bradshaw had every intention of coming back and getting to know his son, when he allowed his son's grandparents to raise them. When his grandfather passes away, Jake is back to step in and become the father he always should have been. Having his son Austin accept it though is harder than he accepted, especially when Jake meets Jenny Salazar who has become Austin's surrogate mother.

Jenny doesn't plan to make it on Jake, but is willing to help him find his way with Austin. She realizes Austi
Booklover, Indianapolis
(Oct) I didn't think I'd like this at all! Susan Andersen's older books are some of my favorites, but I have been more than underwhelmed with her last few. Plus, the Hero, Jake, is a guy who abandoned his baby shortly after he was born and didn't bother coming back until the kid was 13 - I hate "bad parent" books, find it is hard to redeem them. But...I got Jake. I think it was pretty realistic to have him not want to be a dad at 17, not want to give up his life, his future, for this baby he'd n ...more
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love Susan Andersen. But I was prepared not to like her hero, Jake Bradshaw, because he's basically the anti-Matt Fletcher. He knocked up his high school girlfriend and then, with strong motivation to do so, bailed. (This is not a spoiler, it's pretty much the premise of the book.)
But Susan Andersen makes it work. The kid Jake leaves behind is convincingly drawn, the setting is great, the heroine is a sweetheart, and Jake does eventually man up and redeem himself. All with Andersen's trademark
Ashley Jackson
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This will probably become a re-read or me. I really enjoyed the story and loved the characters. Two thumbs up for this one!
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
A solid contemporary. I'll post a review sooner or later. But all in all it was decent.
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a good story though I really found it had a bit of a slow start and struggled to like the chatacter Jake. The book did get better though as Jake got to know his son who he had ignored most of his life. Also as the attraction between him and Jenny increased. I usually really like Andersens books but did not find this as good as some of her other books, not sure if this was because of the storyline or the history of the characters though. Either way it was a good story and will continue i ...more
Wendy Kalthoff
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the beginning and the end of the book but found the middle of the book very predicatble. I liked tasha, jenny, and Austin. Jake was not my favorite character, and I had trouble understanding him a lot of the time. My favorite parts were near the end, and when Jenny and Ausin get together.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay. I struggle with forgive and forget and didn't really feel the efforts put forth here warranted the ending in the timeline.
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, series, romance, review
Gone Pecan

“Shit.” He looked at her more closely. “You’re hammered.”

“I am,” she agreed and, smiling happily, scooted down to his end of the couch She climbed onto her knees facing his right side. “I’m feeling way better than I did when I got home.” She angled a friendly arm across his chest, curling her fingers over his shoulder. He was so warm and hard-bodied. “Let’s get it on.”

“What? No!” He lunged to the edge of the couch, knocking her loose.

Jake lost his wife when he was 18 years old and left
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3.5 Stars

He’s the last man on earth she should want…
For a guy she’s fantasized about throttling, Jake Bradshaw sure is easy on the eyes. In fact, he seriously tempts inn manager Jenny Salazar to put her hands to better use. Except this is the guy who left Razor Bay—and his young son, Austin, whom Jenny adores like her own—to become a globe-trotting photojournalist. He can’t just waltz back and claim Aust
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
A total loser for a hero character. I understand writing a book about redemption, but this character sucked. I was extremely impatient with him and in real life, I would have told him to quit whining and be responsible. Plus maybe rendered a kick to the seat of his pants. Alas, didn't happen in the book.

I am not sure how to rate a story that is well-written but has a character so horrible. I'm going with 2 stars.
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เราอานเลมนีจบไปพักใหญแลวละคะ แตเรืองไมไดมีอะไรนาสนใจมากพอทีจะเขียนถึง (คงมีคำถามตอวา แลวเขียนทำไม คำตอบกเหมือนเดิมคะ ถาไมเขียน อีกหนอยกคงจะลืม แลวจะกลายเปนการอานทีเสียเวลาในชีวิตไป) ซึงเปนเรืองนาเสียดายมาก ๆ นะคะ เพราะเราชอบงานเขียนของซูซาน แอนเดอรเซนมาก เคยมีอยูชวงนึงทีเราถึงกับรอคอยงานเลมใหมของเธอแบบใจจดจอ แตนันกเปนเพียงอดีต

เราไมแนใจนะคะวา ปัญหามาจากการทีเธอพยายามจะเขียนเรืองรักในเมืองเลกตามสมัยนิยม ซึงสำหรับเราแลว ไมใชแนวถนัดของเธอ เราชอบเรืองแนวโรแมนติกสืบสวนของเธอมากกวา ทำใหพออานเรืองนี กเล
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, ebook-arc
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I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher for review.

I thought That Thing Called Love was one of those books that I love to read but never seem to like. I read them because I hope that one day I will come across an adult romance with characters I don’t want to throttle and romance that is completely believable. Well, today might just be that day.

The truth is that I rather unexpectedly loved this book. It came out of left field and took me comple
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich habe schon seit Ewigkeiten kein Buch mehr von Susan Andersen in die Hand genommen. Da ich ihre Bücher jedoch (fast) immer mochte, wurde es mal wieder Zeit, eines ihrer Bücher zu lesen. Dabei habe ich mich für "Verküsst und zugenäht", dem ersten Band der "Razor Bay"-Trilogie entschieden. Meine Erwartungen waren ehrlich gesagt nicht allzu hoch, da ich aktuell nicht besonders viel mit dem Genre anfangen kann, dennoch war ich am Ende wieder einmal von der Autorin begeistert.

Susan Andersen verwen
Sep 03, 2012 rated it liked it
* Originally Posted at Romancing Rakes For The Love Of Romance

Jenny Salazar has known Austin since he was a baby. She loves him as a little brother and is given temporary guardianship after his grandparents die while they try to locate his absentee father, Jake Bradshaw. Jake was 19 when he left Austin with his grandparents to college. But his life as a photojournalist didn’t allow for his son to be with him and now 13 years later he needs to step up and be a father.

When he shows up two months a
Oct 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review
I always enjoy books by Susan Andersen so it wasn’t a surprise that I wanted to read this one. When Jake Bradshaw blazes his way into Jenny Salazar’s life, she’s prepared to despise him for abandoning the boy who’s come to mean a great deal to her. In Jenny’s mind, Jake didn’t want to have anything to do with Austin for his ENTIRE life so he should just stay away and let Austin grow up, happy and with people who love him….but at the same time, she can’t begrudge Austin the chance of getting to k ...more
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