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Just for Appearances

(Lake Bliss #2)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  42 reviews
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...

ebook, 159 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by Entangled Publishing, LLC - Bliss
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Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 who has received a job promotion that required more of her time. The kids were out of school for the summer so she needed someone to help watch them for her. John was her first love back in high school, bu
May 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2015
While this a "Bliss" title it pushes the limits for Entangled's "cleaner" romance line. This felt much more like it should be a "Red-Hot Bliss" as the focus of the book was on the main characters' desires to hook up. Honestly it was just lacking a few more sentences and then it would have been a better fit as a Red-Hot Bliss.
Wish the heroine's children had played a bigger part and that more time had been spent on the couple's relationship and issues instead of just focusing on their desire to sl
Jessica Alcazar
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 brokenhearted and this small town they live in very disappointed in him. And now it's present day and John is back and trying to start up a youth center. Rachel is now a single mom to three kids. Feelings and 'thi ...more
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it
The first book in this series has always been one of my favourites from the Bliss imprint. And having waited quite a while for this, I was very much looking forward to returning to Lake Bliss. Second-chance love is a trope I'm fond of, and with a romance between the town's once golden-boy and the town's sweetheart on the cards, it enticed.

"I've never forgotten you...Can you say the same"

Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this as much as Just for the Summer which was a real shame. I had such high
Bette Hansen
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 help and it appears the only one who can give her the help is old flame John MacDonald. Now if she can just balance going back to work, the guilt of leaving her kids, and the attraction that is obviously ...more
Sheri (Tangled Up In Books)
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books

I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating.

There's nothing like a good second chance romance and Just for Appearances was just that. It was very sweet and full of surprises. I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. I mean, I expected it would probably be cute and sweet and I'd enjoy it but not to the point where I hardly did anything else until
Char (1RadReader59)
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 John cut down on visiting his mom to save his mom from his dad’s wrath. Once he had custody he for the most part ignored John like he did before the divorce. He just took custody out of spite. No unusual. W
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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 ever wanted but refuse to admit. Smart, funny, and sensual I loved this story of a single mom realizing that she needs more in her life and a man realizing that he is worthy of everything he ever wanted
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 romance with a second chance love story as its theme, one that I've often enjoyed reading because there's history between the lead characters and they finally get their shot at having their happily ever aft
April Symes
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
***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 for the summer so she needed someone to help watch them for her since his ex-husband is no help to her. Her friend and her ex-boyfriend’s mother, Carol, suggests her son, John as a possible babysitter for
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 "It didn't really work for me" Stars

*I received a complimentary copy from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I liked the idea behind this book, but in actuality didn’t love it. It felt like there was a lot going on, but at the same time nothing ever happened… it was confusing as hell.

We have Rachel, a single mother of 3 boys after divorcing her somewhat of a douche husband. He pays alimony because he’s pretty much loaded but she doesn’t want to depend on him so she is starting a
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
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 wasted years to make up for. She has just gotten that well deserved promotion and she’d be working a lot of hours. She needed help, but why did that help have to be in the shape of the now grown up boy she’d
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 Clarke she is a hard working single mum with three rambunctious boys, and know she just needs a little help. But she has a dilemma and she only has one option and that is John MacDonald her high school sweet
Ash P Reads
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ash P by: NetGalley
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 the summer. With the help of some innocent meddling on the part of her friend Carol, who enlists her son John to watch her boys, Rachel has the ideal opportunity to fulfill her dreams. But the history be ...more
Alima Livzletlivz
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 sons for the summer as she starts a new job, and in return John needs Rachel’s help promoting John’s idea of building Lake Bliss Youth Center. Just for appearances they are employer and employee.

But they h
Tory Michaels
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 understandably is a little overwhelmed as she tries to get back into the work force. Everyone needs a little help and she's not ashamed to admit it, even when it ends up coming to her in the form of gorgeous John Ma
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews
by Kim

Ten years ago, Rachel Clarke and John MacDonald were high school sweethearts, until Rachel sacrificed her heart for John’s future. Now, Rachel is a divorced mother of three energetic boys, who is finally ready to get on with her life.

She just accepted her first full time job in years. She just needs a nanny to take care of the boys for the summer and so far is not having any luck finding anyone. That’s where John comes in. His mother, Carol, has b
Monica Cullip
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it

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 find a babysitter for the boys. Her mother suggests she give John MacDonald a try. Now she and John have a history, they were high school sweethearts before she broke things off so he could purse his dream
Cheryl Sanders
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 being the nanny to her boys, John wants Rachel to help him earn back the trust of the townspeople. In high school, instead of staying and bringing the football team to a state championship, John left to go l ...more
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 attraction is still alive. Sparks literally fly around them when they are in the same room. He asks her to let him be her nanny. Her three sons love this idea too. Can she keep her hands off him if she is hi
Lindsey Gray
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 her. Since his mother took on the role of surrogate grandmother to Rachel's boys, he learns of the nanny dilemma. One look at Rachel and all those old feelings came rushing back. What he didn't know was t
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.

I really enjoyed the characters, they pulled at my heartstrings. John was the perfect man, cooks, cleans, active with the boys and loves Rachel, but only for the summer. He is quite adamant that he is on
Mar 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: single-parent
ARC from NetGalley for honest review.

3.5 Stars.

My main issue is that she was a single mom to three boys and he was their nanny but there wasn't a lot of time spent with the kids in the book.
There just wasn't enough to this book for me. There should have been more time with kids and more details all together.

I felt a little disconnected to the H/h. I don't know if it was just me but I couldn't really get fully invested with them like I usually do with the characters.

I wanted to LOVE it! But I co
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 voila instant nanny. The connection between John and Rachel was as strong as it was when they were in school together. They were so cute and yet hot with their perusal of each other. This was a very reali ...more
Isha Coleman
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 left a good impression on the town because of his abrupt departure years ago and needs help from Rachel who had her heart broken by John. Ultimately an agreement is made, John will help Rachel if Rachel hel ...more
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars

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 this time?
If your looking for a sweet romance then I highly recommend Just for Appearances and the Lake Bliss series.

Thank you to Entangled Bliss via Netgalley for the advance copy in exchange for my honest
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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 balance work with taking care of her three boys. Although they thought it would be temporary, the happily ever after in this book is definitely heartwarming! This is a well written story, I enjoyed the ...more
Just for Appearances was cute and sweet. John and Rachel dated when in High school. He was the Football star quarterback and she was the nerd who kept him in school and on the field, but She had to make the sacrifice and let him go so he could follow his dreams.

now a decade later he needs her to help him win over the town and she needs him to care for her boys so she can make it to work. An unlikely pairing will put these two back in each others paths. Divorces, hurt, failed dreams, will being
Mar 27, 2015 rated it liked it
A very enjoyable read.

I liked John and Rachel and their second chance love. It was great seeing them opening up to each other little by little. They both had things holding them back, but it was good that they gave each other a chance.

I hated her ex though, what a jerk, and I was so glad she got a second chance at being with someone else. Not only for her, but for her children.

Really cute.

*Thank you to Entangled Publishing for providing an ARC in exchange of my honest opinion*
Keysmash Blog
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 the "girl is a spitfire" trope, but the writing is good enough to overlook things that might tire you out in other less well written romances.
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Jenna Rutland lives in a small Michigan community with her husband. She has two grown children and two granddaughters.

While her days are spent working as a medical transcriptionist, her nights are filled writing contemporary romance—stories of love, laughter and happily ever after. Guess which occupation is more fun?

She is a member of RWA and Maumee Valley Romance Authors, Inc. Jenna takes pleasur

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