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(Sweetbriar Lake #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  214 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Book one in the Sweetbriar Lake series of standalone novels.

Elle Hastings flees to the small town of Sweetbriar to put some distance between her and the cheating ex-boyfriend who broke her heart. When a black-tie ball provides the perfect opportunity to show him what he’s missing, Elle enlists the help of a personal trainer to make her look irresistible. She didn’t plan o
Published July 31st 2017 by Blue Tulip Publishing
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I loved Elle, Ryan and all of the supporting characters in Sweat! This is a great entertaining read that I couldn't put down. I can't wait to read Spar, Book 2 of A Sweetbrair Lake Novel Series by Rebecca Jenshak! ...more
Carmen Rae
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports, meh, a-rr-review
I was scrolling through KU when this popped up as a recommendation and I have to say after I stopped drooling over the cover I clicked it. I really liked the Smart Jocks series by Rebecca once I looked at that.

Initially the writing style made it hard for me to get into the story. Then Elle was acting like a bit of a doormat in regards to her ex and I was thinking about putting it down but my stubbornness kicked in. And honestly I am glad. The writing style grew on me or maybe it was more that I
Lula Pantoofle
I’m DNFing at 55% guys. This book just missed the mark for me. Elle our heroine, flees to the quiet safety of Sweetbriar to work at a small law firm whilst she gets over her breakup with Brock. Brock, we find out from page one, is a cheater, so Elle removes herself and tries to salvage their relationship long distance. In an effort to impress Brock she signs up for a three week training class with gym instructor Ryan. Queue romance!

What I did like.

On paper it sounded great. I love a transformati
Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
Reviewed on behalf of KU Book Reviews. ...more
Annabelle Anders
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So, I opened up my Advanced Reader Copy of SWEAT with every intention of taking a look at the first chapter and then getting back to the editing I need to do... and then – 3 hours later – realized I had to set it down and get ready for work. I've been writing, and rewriting and editing so much lately that I just haven't allowed myself to do something I love more than anything else in the world: READ.

The characters in SWEAT, gave me permission.

The setting is small town America, and the girl, Ell
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
New Author Alert !!! Rebecca Jenshak gives you this sweet romance that will make you fall in love with the main characters.

Elle is a Lawyer who has moved to Sweetbriar and away from her scumbag cheating ex. Let me tell you I wanted to maim his parts as he clearly doesn't know a good thing if it smacked him in the face with a lawsuit. Her ex will be coming to town for a black tie charity ball and Elle decides to sign up for a personal trainer.

Enter, sweaty, sinfully gorgeous Ryan whom I loved i
Rebecca Jenshak
Jul 05, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote this book so if I don't think it's 5 star worthy, who will? :) I hope you enjoy the first sexy, standalone novel in the Sweetbriar Lake Series.

Katy Birch
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A sweet, touching read that gives you the feels. You route for them from the very beginning. A great emotionally driven romance. Good read!
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really like the chemistry between Ryan and Elle! And I want to be in Ryan's circle of friends lol! I enjoyed this sweet read and hope to get more of Ryan and Elle in the future. ...more
Janet McKale
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Reading!

This was such a happy read. I loved the interaction between the characters in the little town of Sweetbriar. Elle and Ryan are so cute together. I know that this will be a great series and I can't wait to see what happens next.
Emma Johnston
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I saw this author's book and one clicked it, before I knew it I had finished it in one sitting of about 2 hours. I was hooked from page one and wow I can't believe this is a debut novel!

I am so excited for book 2!
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Rebecca you did a great job in the first book of this series. Humor, mystery, and happy ever after come together to start you off in the small town of Sweetbriar Lake. The city girl meets the small town boy.
Elle finds out her boyfriend Brock cheated on her and now she needs her space. She takes a job in the town her parents reside in and decides that she needs to get in shape to show Brock what he's been missing for the last 6 months. Her co-worker hooks her up with a trainer and the sparks fly
We Like them Dark Book Blog
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Whew! Once you get past the cover- (I mean, REALLY, can't you just stare at it all day?) you'll quickly fall head over heels in love with Elle and Ryan. Elle moves closer to her parents, in a small town of about 5,000 named Sweetbriar, after she catches her boyfriend cheating on her. Elle has her heart set on a fancy job at a top law firm, but when she moves to the small town temporarily she knows she has the best mentor and boss she could ask for while she takes a break from her life that now s ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Small town romance

Hero, Ryan = 4/5
Heroine, Elle = 4/5
Secondary Characters = 5/5
Chemistry = 4/5
Sex = 4/5
Plot = 4/5
Mystery = 2/5
Action =  2/5
Darkness = 1/5
Humor = 1/5
POV = third person
Ending = HEA
Stars =  4 ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Author = Rebecca Jenshak
Would I recommend this book = Yes
Would I re-read this book = Yes
Would I read future books by this author = Yes

Definitely will not be my last read by this author.

What a great small town romance. The plot was great and was drawn in from the start.
Ryan and Elle h
Renee Entress
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 star

I was pulled right into this story. This is the first story I have read by this debut author but will not be the last. The story has laughs, pain, and heartbreak.

This is Elle and Ryan’s story. Elle flees to a small town after she finds out her ex-boyfriend is a cheater. When she knows she must see him again he wants to look her best. She decides she is going to get a personal trainer to help her look her best. Ryan wants Elle as soon as she comes into his office but he holds back. Not goo
Renee Entress
4 star

I was pulled right into this story. This is the first story I have read by this debut author but will not be the last. The story has laughs, pain, and heartbreak.

This is Elle and Ryan’s story. Elle flees to a small town after she finds out her ex-boyfriend is a cheater. When she knows she must see him again he wants to look her best. She decides she is going to get a personal trainer to help her look her best. Ryan wants Elle as soon as she comes into his office but he holds back. Not goo
Cynthia Tatum reichel
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that I have read from this author and I am hooked. This story is about Elle and Ryan in a small town in Missouri , my home state. There were ups and downs, misunderstandings and moments you want to scream. There are funny spots and spots where you want both of them to win. Elle is a lawyer who's plan is to not stay there, however through the book she falls in love with Ryan, gains friends and loves the little town. Ryan does not get the whole story and runs. Rebecca is a s ...more
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
new to me author, but I will be reading more of her work. This was well written and very entertaining.
Michelle Abascal Monroy
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Sexy Personal Trainer Stars !!

ARC Generously Provided by the Author

Sweat is the first book in the Sweetbriar Lake series by Rebecca Jenshak. We meet in this book a Elle who is a lawyer looking to expands her work, but at the same time she has a broken heart thanks to her cheating exboyfriend. Then a great opportuny is presented to Elle, so she can show her exboyfriend what is he missing so she enlist to receive personal training at the gym and look stunning to the event where her ex boy
Bookworm Between the Sheets
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I LOVED Sweat by Rebecca Jenshak! This is a perfect, well written romance novel with a premise that you don't read about, ever! A lawyer hiring a personal trainer = romance, I could not get enough of their story!!!! It is a more lighthearted story, but it is packed with plenty of steamy romance and enough sweaty drama (I needed a gym analogy, hehe).

"Graduate Law School. Check.
Find future husband. Check.
That left only two items on her life-goal checklist.
Make partner.
Live happily ever after."

I h
Jackie Ashmead
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. Elle moves to Sweetbriar to get away from her cheating ex and makes plans to show him what he's missing out on and win him back. But ends up meeting Ryan and falling for him hard and fast. I never expected some of the surprises that happened in the book to happen that happened and that definitely added to the excitement while reading the book. Overall I enjoyed the book and would definitely recommend this book to others to read. ...more
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Elle was the girl who had her life mapped out. Make partner and start a family with her boyfriend were very real attainable goals. One day she receives news of her boyfriends betrayal and she runs back to Sweetbriar to lick her wounds.

Ryan had a budding football career until an accident altered his future. Finding out he truly enjoyed fitness he opened a gym. He is happy in his life but feels something is missing. One day a woman literally runs into him and he starts to think maybe he's ready f
Krista Richardson
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really, really enjoyed this book! Elle really grew in to herself and it was great being there with her. Ryan is just a sweetheart but most of all, normal. They both are. They both get attached when they don't want to and emotions are in okay. There are miscommunications, fights, sadness, love and happiness. Most importantly, they have great friends to help them out. I'd definitely recommend this book and I can't wait for the next book!! ...more
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
This was a good book, but I was skeptical about the heroine Elle. I thought she was nuts still wanting her ex back. I have to say that was my biggest hangup on her. Then she met Ryan and he showed her how a man is supposed to treat a woman. Opened up her eyes to what she really wants. Elle thinks small town life isn't for her, but she will see all the unexpected benefits she never realized. The book has a nice flow and pace that kept me in the book. There was some humor that just added
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sexy and heartfelt. I have saved this book for a month so I could focus when I read it because I knew from browsing it that, once started, this book would need to be binged. The novel introduces an ensemble of delightful and well rounded characters that promise an intriguing world to get to know.
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book for the first about 80% of the book. Ryan and Elle were adorable and fun and I liked the friends to lover progression. Elle moved to Sweetbriar Lake as a last ditch effort to get her ex to pay attention to her. It didn't work. She was going to see him during a black tie event so she decided to get to the gym to get in shape to get him jealous. There, she meets Ryan, who was awesome. I would love to get a trainer like him. I also loved Elle's growth as a character. My iss ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The premise of this book was amazing! A lawyer, Elle, hires a personal trainer to help her get a revenge body after realizing her cheating ex would be attending the Law Ball her boss was hosting. What Elle didn't expect was to fall for her trainer, Ryan. Ryan, who makes a point in not getting involved with clients finds it extremely difficult to remain only professional with Elle.
I loved Ryan and Elle and their chemistry was amazing from the beginning! The characters were well-written and I hop
Lisa Guzman
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read

This was a quick read for me. Elle just found out her boyfriend was cheating on her. She decides to head back home. Once there she takes on a job at the local lawyers office and meets some great new friends. Elle has it set in her mind that this job and living in a small community is just temporary. Well as temporary as it can be until Ryan enters her life. Sometimes the life you have planned out doesn’t always go the way you want. Things change. Wants change. That’s exactly what happ
Lori Amey
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ryan and Elle

This was my first book by this author. The story was beautifully written and I felt like I was part of Ryan and Elle's journey. It was packed full with love, mystery and suspense. My emotions were all over over the place with a I didn't see that coming moment. I highly recommend that you read this book, get your copy today.
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