Posted:  April 22, 2015

Just for Appearances by Jenna RutlandHot 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...

Rachel is just as gorgeous as John remembers. But in order for his new youth activity center to be a success, John needs Rachel's help to earn the town's trust back. In exchange, he'll take care of her boys for the summer while she works. Except keeping their relationship strictly business is harder than he imagined. But summer can't last forever, and when it ends, so will their arrangement-and John's time in Lake Bliss.

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.  When he noticed John’s grades were tanking he hired a tutor.
     This tutor Rachel Clarke tutored John in Math and English as time went on they got closer.  He took her to his senior prom where they made love after in her dorm room.  His dad found out because he went home and told his father he didn’t want to go to USC or UCLA he wanted to go to UW.  So, that’s when his father knew they were more than tutor and student.  Mr. MacDonald went to her and told her she could hold him back to end up in a small town in nowhere or let him move on to have a real future.  She needed to tell him she didn’t love him and never did or he would never leave.
     That crushed John (her too to have to say those words was like a knife to the heart.)  She thought it was the right thing to do.  You make sacrifices for those you love.  When Rachel went off to school after that horrible day it ripped her heart out.  She soon met her now ex-husband and thought she really loved him now she knows that was not the case at all.  Soon after she quit school to work two jobs full time in order to pay for him to go to law school and once he got in to this high power firm he dumped her basically.  He never saw the children because the firm he worked with had him abroad more than in the states, hell it was few months before he saw the twins and 9 months before he saw their third son.  Fast forward to her youngest being 5 years old and the twins being 7 years old and its summer now.  That’s the bad part, Rachel has gotten herself a job, and she no longer wants money from her ex for herself for the children fine but not for her.  The bad part is that it is starting in a week not in September like she thought and she has no one to watch the children. 
     That left her needing a sitter.  Now she had become best friends with John’s mom and her boys thought of her as grandma.   She had told her she knew of someone and would bring them by.  While she was out gardening a truck drives into her driveway.  She can’t see who it is due to the sun.  When they get out and speak she nearly drops to her knees and all she can think of is murdering John’s mom.  Because there stood John himself right there in her front yard, the thing is she never thought she would see him again.  She ask what he’s doing there and he responds by saying his mom said she was in need of help and a nanny and he was there to help.  That in fact he had a proposition for her where she could help him too.
     See how these two maneuver a past that at first neither wants to deal with.  Eventually, they have no choice.  See how they react to the hurt, pain and time lost to a misunderstanding and communication glitch. I give this book 5 stars.  Provided by Net Galley.
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