Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Review of The Summer of Jake by Rachel Bailey

The bit on the back…

Falling in love wasn’t part of the plan…

Life is just dandy for aspiring fashion designer Annalise Farley. She has a great job (or she will once her designs are discovered), parents who only slightly disapprove, a cat that thinks she’s a dog, and a best friend…even if she hasn’t seen her in a while.

But then Jake Maxwell saunters back into her life. Jake, the love god. Jake, her best friend’s older brother. Jake, who broke her heart at sixteen without realizing it, then left to become a pro surfer. Now he’s back, having taken the surfing and business worlds by storm, and he’s ready for a new challenge—catching the eye of another girl. And he wants Annalise’s help.

Helping Jake land his next girlfriend is too fraught with emotional danger for her liking, but then Jake offers to put her designs in his shops. Is that the sound of her life cracking at the seams? It’s hard to tell with Jake smiling at her like she’s the only thing that makes him happy…

Firstly thank you to Entangled publishing for approving me for a review copy of this book on Netgalley!

The story is all about two main characters Annalise and Jake. Jake is the older brother of Annalise’s best friend and her teenage crush, but years later when he insists she’s the woman to help him the force of her crush comes rushing back to her.

The story started off with the two characters getting back in touch after nearly a year and we get to see that Annalise still feels something for Jake. This sets you up for the rest of the story because instantly my interest was piqued. I was intrigued by the premise of the story because I’m quite a fan of the whole no-strings turns full on relationship storyline so I was glad to be approved for this read.

The characters take turns with the narrative which I enjoy in a book so was glad to see that here. I felt like you needed to see Jake’s side of things because his teenage feelings towards Annalise were completely unknown. It was good to see his adult feelings and then get more and more of a glimpse back to his teenage self.

Both characters have family issues with different expectations placed upon them which is something that they both struggle with. This makes them both more relatable as their lives aren’t completely perfect. Jake and Annalise had a chemistry from the beginning of the story which I think is mostly due to their past connection. I loved how the innocence of their teenage relationship had been replaced by Jake's seductive charm which made him quite swoonworthy.

The setting is sunny Australia where Jake is a well-known surf champion, and the description of the setting really brings the book to life drawing on each of your senses. The story is quite short so can definitely be enjoyed in one sitting. 

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