Just For AppearancesTitle:  Just For Apperances
Series:  Lake Bliss
Author:  Jenna Rutland
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  April 14, 2015
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

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.

Read on for my thoughts on Just For Appearances.  no true spoilers, promise.

John hadn’t wanted to leave Lake Bliss all those years ago.  Leaving Rachel broke his heart, but in the end, he really had no other choice.

Now, years later Rachel is a single mom with three young boys, one divorce behind her, a useless ex-husband and a lot of wasted years to make up for.  She has just gotten that well deserved promotion and she’d be working a lot of hours.  She needed help, but why did that help have to be in the shape of the now grown up boy she’d loved so long ago.

John had taken his life back, doing the thing he loved the most – creating recreational centers for kids.  But his past glory days are long gone according to the good citizens of Lake Bliss.  He’s going to need some help getting the townsfolk behind him again.  The one person who might be able to help him with that is Rachel.  She’s been convinced that John can look after her kids during this summer vacation.  And he is good with the boys, and he takes care of everything needed for them.  It’s obvious that the boys love him and the feeling is returned.  But Rachel cannot let go of the past.  To do that she’d have to trust John again and she’s not sure if she can.

Just For Appearances is more than a charming story.  It is an involved tale of love lost and perhaps found again, if they can let go of what was and grab onto what is now.  Rachel and John’s relationship is complicated, touching, sexy and realistic.  It’s not easy to trust again, but the rewards are unbelievable.

Love happy endings?  Want a deeper story?  Then check out Just For Appearances.  It’s well worth your time.

*I received an e-ARC of Just For Appearances from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*