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That Thing Called Love

(Razor Bay #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,706 ratings  ·  157 reviews
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
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
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
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 s
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (On Hiatus)
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 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,
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 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 back int
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
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 accept being calle
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I am disappointed in Susan Anderson this time around. This book does not have the zing, zip or humor her other books always have. Not to mention, her other books always have a hint of mystery or suspense - That Think Called Love, nothing. What I really liked about this book was the location and the peek into boating/resort life. That was fun.

The story has Jake returning to claim the 13 year old son, Austin, he left as an infant. Austin has been living with Jenny since both grandparen
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
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 realize
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. N
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 tra
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
A solid contemporary. I'll post a review sooner or later. But all in all it was decent.
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!
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.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A cute romance novel that was an easy read and had a story that actually showed people with struggles that you can relate to!
Caitlin Stewart
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quite enjoyed.
May 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Pretty boring and so predictable, will not be bothering to read any more in this series
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.
Sweet but boring.
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, series, romance, review
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“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.

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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 clai
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.
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 a
Sharon Redfern
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in the new Razor Bay series and it is a great start. Jenny Salazar has been the caretaker for her 13 year old “brother” Austen for several months since the deaths of his grandparents. Austin is not related to her by blood but since Jenny worked for his grandparents since she was 16 years old, they have grown up together. Jenny knows it is a matter of time before Austin’s father, Jake Bradshaw, comes back into Austin’s life but is surprised when he shows up unexpectedly. ...more
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