Friday, September 7, 2012

Contemporary eARC Review: That Thing Called Love by Susan Andersen

Series: Razor Bay #1
Format: eBook via Netgalley
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: HQN (July 31, 2012)

He’s the last man on earth she should want…

For a guy she’s fantasized about throttling, Jake Bradshaw sure is easy on the eyes. In fact, he seriously tempts inn manager Jenny Salazar to put her hands to better use. Except this is the guy who left Razor Bay—and his young son, Austin, who Jenny adores like her own—to become a globetrotting photojournalist. He can’t just waltz back and claim Austin now.

Jake was little more than a kid himself when he became a dad. Sure, he'd dreamed of escaping the resort town, but he’d also truly believed that Austin was better off with his grandparents. Now he wants—no, needs—to make up for his mistake. He intends to stay in Razor Bay only until he can convince Austin to return with him to New York. Trouble is, with sexy, protective, utterly irresistible Jenny in his life, and his bed, he may never want to leave…
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Jenny Salazar has known Austin since he was a baby. She loves him as a little brother and is given temporary guardianship after his grandparents die while they try to locate his absentee father, Jake Bradshaw. Jake was 19 when he left Austin with his grandparents to college. But his life as a photojournalist didn’t allow for his son to be with him and now 13 years later he needs to step up and be a father.

When he shows up two months after the funeral he finds himself facing off with a petite spitfire. Jenny refuses to let him waltz into Austin’s life and take him away. He agrees to get to know Austin but Austin wants nothing to do with him. As he tries to win his son over Jake finds himself trying to win Jenny over too.

Jenny knows that Jake plans to take Austin away to New York. She also knows that getting involved with him isn’t a good idea. He plans on taking away someone she loves but she finds herself getting pulled into Jake.

I am usually a HUGE fan of Susan Andersen but this just didn’t do it for me. I wanted to like Jake. I kept waiting for him to redeem himself with his son, and he does, sorta. Yes, he was young when he left Austin, and yes he had a bad childhood but he was just a little too self-centered for me. Plus, I swear at some points he’s still a 19-year-old guy. I loved Jenny and how she stood up to Jake in the beginning. She truly loves Austin and wants what’s best for him.

But by far, Austin stole the show. He pushed against Jake as his father but you got glimpses of him as a vulnerable boy who missed his father. Then there was his little crush on Bailey that had me sighing.

While I loved Jake and Jenny’s relationship I wanted more from Jake and Austin. That was a big part of the story that just didn’t flow for me. I loved meeting Max, Jake’s half brother, and their evolving relationship and hope that we get more of Max in the future. I enjoyed him more than Jake.

Favorite Quote
“But you cop to the pretty and nice?”
“Hell, yeah.” She gave him a cocky smile. “Surely you’ve heard I’m Razor Bay’s reigning beauty? It’s common knowledge. And I’m so nice, goodness sheds from me like stardust. There’s often a stampede to collect the glittery wake I leave everywhere I go.”
That Thing Called Love just fell a bit flat for me. We get a lot of the past thrown at us, both Jake’s and Jenny’s that made the story a bit disjointed at points. Yes, some is necessary to understand their motives but I just didn’t connect with it. I wanted to love this so much but I just couldn’t. Not my favorite Susan Andersen book.

***review copy provided by publisher via Netgalley***

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