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.
This story really took me by surprise. In the best way possible.
Jenna is keeping her dead husband alive to protect herself in a harsh business – and I can understand that. She wants to create a new world, a better place for herself and her children. Safer.
Jake is all about business and never thought he would fall so hard for Jenna. After he helped her when her truck died, he ended up offering her a job in his business. He has a hard time figuring her out, but all he knows is that he wants her. All of her.
I fell hard for this story. Lauren weaves a wonderful story about failed marriage, old scars, new love and hope. To see how Jenna and Jake circles each other, both hoping and wishing – it was amazing.
I loved to see how Jake steps into the family, how he becomes a part of it, without really knowing it. How he helps them all when everything starts to crash around them.
At the same time, I cried for Jenna. She has been hurt so many times previously by her dead husband – she can barely trust anyone around her anymore. When circumstances brings her in contact with someone from her past, she has the chance to run away or step up and protect the company – and man she loves so. No matter the outcome. I am humbled by the way she reacts throughout the book. I admire her for having the guts to start over, to take back her life, take the reins and move forward.
One thing is the relationship between Jenna and Jake. Another thing is every other character Lauren wrote into this book. Jake’s family is fabulous. The way she describes them makes me want to become a part of it. They made me laugh and I could practically feel the warmth and love radiating through the pages. It was wonderful.
Trusting Jake is not just a love story. It’s a story about strength, courage, love, hope and trust. It hit me hard and even after closing the book, I couldn’t let it go. Not really.
I love Lauren Giordano’s writing and this is definitely not the last book I will read by her. Thank you for creating such a wonderful and captivating story.
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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THIS girl *points at myself* was so insanely lucky to receive an ARC of Love Always, by Candace and Sonya. I’ve known these ladies for years now and I absolutely adore their stories. They always manage to enthrall me with their worlds and keep me coming back for more over and over. Even though they tear out my heart and stomps on it – multiple times.
So when they announced they wrote a book together… Well, it was a given I would read it. And boy, am I glad I did!
Bring forth the tissues my friends, because you will definitely need them before the book is over. Fair warning *smiles*
Maggie is the daughter of a fisherman and she has a free spirit. In a way. Let me explain. She sees the world in a different way than others might. She appreciates the small and big things. Embraces every opportunity she gets tossed her way. She’s like a wild horse – running free. She’s also afraid of letting her heart go. She guards the one thing that is most precious to her and in doing so, she has closed herself of from one of the most beautiful things in this world.
It’s not that she isn’t capable of loving, she is. She loves her father, her friends. She loves the work she does with the kids, but she has closed herself off from falling in love. Afraid of being trapped, of being hurt.
Phillip is the son of a wealthy family. His entire life consists of schedules, appointments, lunches, doing things he would rather be free off. Every detail of his life is planned.
By his mother.
All his life he has done what was expected by him. Doing tennis because his mother proclaimed that was what a proper young man should be learning, wearing the right clothes, buying the right things. Everything to behave like a son of a wealthy businessman should behave.
For Phillip this has been normal, the way it was supposed to be. But one afternoon, he gets enough. Being forced to take a walk with the beautiful but spoiled Sophia is more than he bargained for. She’s the daughter of a friend of the family. Also from a wealthy family, mind you. Phillip’s parents wouldn’t want him to be seen with anyone less than stellar. *rolls eyes*
And in comes Maggie. With her orange hair, her “who gives a shit” attitude and her rollerblades, she rolls right into Phillips life and tears it into tiny pieces. One by one, Phillip begins to realize that life can be so much more than plans, order and expectations.
But it isn’t only Phillip’s life that is changed. Remember I told you about Maggie being closed off from love? Something she chose herself, I might add. Phillip opens that door and forces Maggie to take a good look at her own life, her own decisions.
Three weeks is suddenly way to little time.
As you know I stated earlier that I loved Sonya and Candace’s books separately. Each of them are unique and they have an amazing way to pull me in as a reader and make me go through the whole rollercoaster of angst, horror, gasping, anger, hurt, joy, love and utter surprise. Yes, they have more than once knocked me over with a feather –or quill if you like. There are messages from me to them where I have cursed at them for doing stuff to their characters. Other times I have cried my heart out (particularly The Summer I Fell, but that was also due to stuff happening in my own little world that collided with stuff that happened in that world.), and I have loved every second.
Love Always, is just as good. Just as heart breaking, provocative and filled with love and hope as their individual stories. Except…
In Love Always, they have taken the best from themselves and matched it.
I cried. I cursed. I read 70% of it in one go. I couldn’t go to bed once I was done, because my heart was racing so badly. (No cliffhangers, I might add)
The relationship between Maggie and Phillip is honest. It feels realistic, they leap off the pages and it felt like I knew them before the book was done. I got so caught up in the story that I actually yelled at my kindle when I found out what ******* was up to in the end (sorry, the name had to go LOL – spoilers you know *winks*).
And OMG love letters. That was just a freaking awesome detail and I loved it every time I got to read one of them. It was a peek into their thoughts, their memories and it was beautiful.
Love Always, is a story about love, honesty. The pull between doing what everyone thinks you SHOULD do and what you WANT to do. Expectation, tradition and free will.
Three words to describe this book?
Expect the unexpected.
I’ve met boys like him before. Rich. Bored. Always wearing a silver-spooned smile. But there is something different about him that piques my curiosity. The way he looks at me, like he is staring through the bars of a gilded cage he’s never left. Like he is one breath away from suffocating beneath a mound of responsibilities. He is different from the rest because he doesn’t wear his money… his money wears him. I just don’t think he knows it yet.
She’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. She’s everything I’ve never been able to be. Carefree. Whimsical. A dreamer. Her laugh is infectious. She is irresistible. I can’t help but be drawn to her with an intensity that steals my breath and muddles my senses. I want to know her, need to know her, but how can I allow myself that liberty when I don’t have the freedom to make my own choices?
Phillip and Maggie think they have it all. Even though they come from opposite backgrounds, they each have bright futures paved out, with no distractions holding them back.
Until the fateful day they meet each other.
After a brief, adventurous time together in The Hamptons, Maggie and Phillip find themselves saying goodbye just as the spark of love flashes intensely between them. Can their budding connection be enough to survive the pulling tides of change, or will they drift apart before they even have a chance to explore what could have been?
Sonya Loveday, first and foremost is a reader, an avid one. It is of that love that brought her to purchasing her first laptop in 2009, and publishing her first novel, Casted, in 2013.
In early 2014, Sonya expanded Casted and then went on to publish Spelled, the sequel to Casted in March, wrapping up the series, and her stint with Paranormal Romance. For now.
Not long after the completion to the Casted Series, Sonya tried her hand at New Adult/Coming of Age, a sub-genre of Contemporary Romance. Thusly, the Six were born with The Summer I Fell, which released at the end of July 2014. The demand from readers was instantaneously, which brought about End Note, the second book of the series in December 2014, and book three, If Ever I Fall, in June 2015.
To date, Sonya lives in Central Florida with her husband, and two kids, and is currently working on the fourth book of the Six Series. Be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming news on Sonya's website!
Books By Sonya Loveday
The Six Series:
The Summer I Fell (Book 1)
End Note (Book 2)
If Ever I Fall (Book 3)
The Casted Series:
Casted (Book 1)
Spelled (Book 2)
Books By Candace Knoebel
The Night Watchmen Series:
Everdeep (Night Watchmen, #4) Coming Winter 2015
The Born in Flames Trilogy:
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