Publisher: Embrace on August 4, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Standalone Reading Challenge
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A new adult title from Entangled’s Embrace imprint…
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…
The Summer of Jake follows Annalise and Jake. Annalise had been in love with her best friend’s brother Jake for years. She is surprised when Jake calls her out of the blue and needs her help to impress another girl. However, the more time that they spend on this mission, the more Annalise’s feelings reemerge and the more Jake begins to feel for her. Unfortunately, due to Jake’s father’s background in booze and failing relationships, Jake is discouraged to take a chance on Annalise. Will he take that leap or will their feelings for each other fade?
The Summer of Jake was your typical cutesy summer read. It wasn’t anything spectacular but it definitely wasn’t boring. It kept my interest for the majority of the novel. The pacing was a bit slow at time which tempered with my interest but for the most part, I enjoyed following Annalis and Jake’s story.
Annalise was a designer who was fired on her birthday. So when Jake offered her a deal she couldn’t resist: putting her designs in his surf shops, she was all for it no matter what her feelings for him. In my opinion, Annalise wore her heart on her sleeve and that made her both more vulnerable and likable. I really enjoyed her character. She was really relatable in her personality and attitude. She didn’t let Jake just treat her any old way.
Jake definitely had layers. He was suffering from feelings of impending failure and turning out like his father. He was very closed off when it came to emotions so at times it was difficult to read his intentions. However, he always gave off a genuine and laid-back vibe. He was definitely an interesting character and I loved discovering all the layers that he had.
The romance in this novel was slow building due to Jake’s daddy-problems. There was tension from the beginning though. I liked that one person, Annalise, was going off of existing feelings while Jake was developing new ones. This gave the novel a unique vibe because I haven’t seen that much in other contemporary novels. Their romance was sweet because it was one of those friends-to-lovers things but it also had the forbidden-romance feel as well because Jake was Annalise’s best friend’s brother. I just loved it overall. They were good together.
Overall, The Summer of Jake was a cute contemporary read. Perfect for a lazy day!