Title: Conklin’s Blueprints
Author: Brooke Page
Published Date: September 30, 2013
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Recent college graduate Becca Stine’s predictable life went spiraling out of control when her childhood friend committed the ultimate betrayal. She attempts to bury the pain by retreating into a wild lifestyle with her best friend, Jamie Rae. After a hair-raising event, she decides it’s time to grow up. Her only option is to return to her hometown of Grand Rapids. With her best friend in tow, Becca reluctantly returns to her home town to attempt to live a normal life.
Becca meets the intriguing and mysterious son of the firm’s owner and any hope of normal seemingly flies out the window. Tyler Conklin is infatuated with Becca, yet is apprehensive about a public relationship because of his personal baggage. Not wanting anyone to know about his interest in Becca, their potential relationship must be kept a secret. Will Becca put up with Tyler’s secretiveness and his desire to keep her a secret?
***Contains Sexual content, Language, and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***
***Julie, #NerdGirlJulie’s Review***
This is an adult romance. There are some sex scenes, but they are more romantic and loving than overly graphic. Conklin’s Blueprints a good first outing by Brooke Page, and I predict she will continue to grow as an author with each new book she publishes.
I enjoyed the plot of the story. The characters are imperfect, their families complicate their lives and their baggage is weighing them down. It was a refreshing change to have both romantic leads be equals in their socioeconomic class. It was also a delightful change that the female lead was a nubile, experienced woman instead of a naive virgin.
Becca and Tyler are well developed characters but their flaws seem a bit dramatic. The other characters were a little flat; the story would have benefited from secondary characters being developed and having more interaction and dialog with the main characters.
The pace of the story was a bit slow for me, and the addition of more interaction with secondary characters could have made up for that. The climactic conflict is not completely resolved by the end of the book. The story is someone ended on a “tomorrow is another day” line which could be a cliff hanger for further installments in a series.
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