The Summer of Jake

The Summer of Jake

by Rachel Bailey


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The Summer of Jake by Rachel Bailey

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...

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ISBN-13: 9781500529000
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/16/2014
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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The Summer of Jake 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
BottlesAndBooksReviewsJA More than 1 year ago
Annalise Farley's has always had two dreams. One: Be a fashion designer. Two: Jake Maxwell, the man who broke her heart as a teenager.  When Jake walks back into Annalise's life wanting advice on impressing his next conquest, Annalise uses it to her advantage to get her fashion displayed in one of Jake's stores, but what happens when Annalise finds herself falling for the boy who once broke her heart - without knowing her did?  Jake, finding himself restless needs Annalise's help to get the attention of his newest conquest. But when he finds himself spending more time with Annalise will he fall for her or will his sights remain on course for the other woman? The Summer of Jake is a wonderfully written book of first love, second chances, romance and passion. The book explores those awkward teenage years and adulthood and how second chances can be the best thing to ever happen to you. Rachel Bailey's writing is incredible and leaves you breathless. With each page turned, The Summer of Jake leaves you wanting, no, needing more. The chemistry between Jake and Annalise is written on every page even when they try to deny it for themselves. The passion between them heats up the pages and leaves you cheering for this couple from the very first one.  The Summer of Jake is a five star, oh my god, give me more read. Rachel Bailey has official turned me into a fan girl who needs more of her work. I absolutely loved The Summer of Jake and think it's the perfect beach read for all of you still lounging in the sun and enjoying the last rays of summer. 
micharch More than 1 year ago
This was a nice and easy read for me.  Rachel Bailey tells us of Annalise's crush on Jake since she was a teenager.  Jake requests her help in trying to catch the attention of another woman.  Annalise goes along with his request and barters for an agreement with him to get some of her designs sold in his surfing stores that he owns.  Jake and Annalise then find themselves being drawn to each other and neither one of them wants to get hurt.  The story flowed well and had a nice ending.  Overall a good read for a nice summer day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Solid story, hilarious, main characters are well developed, some emotional scenes, worth the money
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Annalise Farley had a teenage crush on Jake Maxwell, but he never knew she was there. Now they are all grown up and Jake comes to her with an offer. He wants her to help him smooth his rough edges so that he can attract another woman. Since she's currently unemployed, she agrees. In exchange he will feature some of the clothing she designed in his successful surf shops. Perfect plan. Not really! Annalise still desires him. The Summer of Jake is a romantic friends to lovers story. Annalise and Jake are complex and well written characters. They love and interact with so much passion. The beautiful beaches are a perfect background for their romance. The dialogue is witty and humorous and the secondary characters add so much to the story. The book is well plotted and flows smoothly. I wanted Annalise and Jake to find their HEA. The Summer of Jake is a perfect summertime treat. Rachel Bailey wrote a wonderful story.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
What a sweet story of friendship that blooms into something more.  Jake and Annelise made a beautiful friendship and took the time to get to know each other.  I loved this.  They had some witty banter along with chemistry.  The build up to their intimacy encounter was so good each taking turns putting on the brakes.  I enjoyed reading this book but the ending totally made the book for me.  It has to be one of the most romantic and sweet endings I have ever read. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is SUCH a fun read, even if you don’t read it in your head using an Australian accent like I did. The inside of Annalise’s head is a brilliant place to be (I imagine the inside of her cat/dog’s head is pretty entertaining, as well). Between raising a cat that thinks it’s a dog, speaking to her libido, etc., I just wanted to stay inside there. It was funny, lighthearted, and a great beach read (too bad I started it on the way home from sand and surf). Yes, Annalise and Jake both do their fair share of pining after the other, but there’s no overdramatic angst or fake depth. Instead, there’s awkward moments and tons of sexual frustration and tension. That’s not to say there’s no depth – it’s just not overdone, like most books. Annalise has always had a thing for Jake, but she realizes the depth of her feelings and it leads to a moment of total clarity regarding past relationships. Jake grows up, comes to terms with things said to him in the past, and makes a conscious decision to change. Speaking of Jake, most of this book I wanted to slap him on the forehead, “Shoulda had a V8!”-style. But in a loving way, of course. How could you not love him? His favorite movie quote is from P.S. I Love You. He’d just been holding on to so many things from when he was, like, 7-years-old, that he couldn’t see them from an adult’s perspective, just how he saw them when they were said. But then he “manned the eff up” and I wanted to climb him.
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
This book is a good read. Annalise and Jake story is sometimes love hits you when you least expected but following your heart is everything you wanted.
BAB56 More than 1 year ago
Rachel Bailey’s The Summer of Jake is a bittersweet romance. When Annalise was a teenager, she had a crush on best friend’s brother, Jake. Annalise designs clothes, and Jake is a surfer and successful owner of surf shops. He wants to impress another woman. He asks Annalise to help make him over so that he can appear classy for the other woman. Needless to say the sparks fly between Annalise and Jake. It takes Jake a long time to get rid of the emotional baggage he has been carrying around. Once he is able to acknowledge and accept that he is not the person he thought he was, he then has the strength to go after what will truly make him happy. Received copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Annalise has always had a crush on her best friends older brother Jake. He is a famous successful surfer/businessman who has a lot of baggage from past relationships and a complicated relationship with his father. She is a aspiring, quirky fashion designer who has an unhealthy attachment to her car. Needless to say her life blows up and when Jake approaches her to help him with a conquest, and she agrees provided he sell her designs in his store and a consultant fee. Needless to say, Annalise crush develops into real feelings and Jake starts to his sister's friend in a new light. I really enjoyed the setting, pacing, and humor of this book. The book is set in Australia, but the slang that is used is easily understood. The relationship between Jace and Annalise is realistic and develops at an appropriate pace. I also loved the relationship between main characters and their families/friends. I laughed out loud several times and plan on reading it again. This is a new adult book that didn't feel stereotypical, and made me want to visit Australia. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
psee More than 1 year ago
5 Star Review Jake Maxwell is a former pro surfer who owns multiple shops and has been leading a great life. Now he is a little bored and is trying to pursue someone from the legal department involved with his business. His concern is that he needs to update his image, look more the sophisticate than the surfer. Enter Annalise his little sister's friend. She is a designer and likely the most sophisticated person he knows and he is hoping she will help him land this girl from legal. Poor Annalise. What Jake doesn't know is that Annalise has crushed on him for years. But Annalise is a good person and she is willing to help Jake. Plus, she will be getting a pretty sweet deal for herself as Jake agrees to take on two of her designs in his shops as part of the deal. What happens along the way is Annalise realizes she not only still crushes on Jake, but she actually is in love with him and always has been. Jake recognizes his attraction to Annalise and wonders if he is pursuing the wrong girl, but then again, he knows he is not relationship material. He is just like his dad and he remembers all to clearly how his dad left his mom. So this book was a great read. I was able to get through it pretty quick and it was better than just your "brother falling for little sister's friend" book. Jake had some issues he needed to deal with, and his interaction with his family and his surfing mentor were touching. This book also comes through with some pretty amazing character chemistry. The boat scene was hot!!! There were also some really funny parts too. Their interaction and discussion at the family dinner was hilarious. There are also tender moments, and I especially loved when Jake was talking with his mom. On top of that, it was great how Jake comes through wonderfully in making up to Annalise. I loved it all and highly recommend this book!! Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
ysar More than 1 year ago
Annalise has been head over heels for Jake, her best friend's older brother, since she was fifteen years old, and while many years have passed, when she sees him again, those feelings haven't changed. So when Jake asks her to make him over so he can land a date with the incredibly attractive Scarlett, she's thrilled to spend time with him, though she knows the situation will break her heart. Jake's never been one for long-term relationships. The son of a famous musician known more for his womanizing and partying, Jake knows from experience that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, and while he may not be as callous as his father was, he also knows it's not in his blood to love someone for the long run. If there was ever a woman he wanted to do that for, though, it's Annalise. But she's off limits, his little sister's best friend, too good for him by a long shot. Only he can't seem to get her out of his mind. The Verdict: The Summer of Jake is your classic story about the good girl who harbors unrequited love for the seemingly out-of-her-league and off-limits boy whose warped self-image but ultimately good heart has kept him out of the relationship game. But the ways the characters are developed and the plot unfolds makes it stand out. Annalise, though still crushing on Jake after all these years, is not your typical invisible admirer. Sure, she wishes he was hers, but she hasn't spent the years pining uselessly over him. She's pursued her passion — fashion design — and struck out on her own, with a few failed relationships along the way. And while she may be starry eyed when Jake approaches her for help with his next dating conquest, she remembers herself and bargains to get her designs showcased in his shop. Their interactions are really cute, with lots of smart banter and good-natured teasing, and she manages to keep her heart from showing for the most part. Jake was a little frustrating because the basis for his belief that he wasn't relationship material was pretty thin. One girlfriend had refused to take the next step with him because he was too laid back and interested in having fun rather than building stability. And there were the many times people had told him he was so much like his dad, but those mentions seemed rather vague. He took them to mean that he wouldn't be able to settle down and remain faithful to one woman, but for all we know, those people could have been complimenting him on his karaoke skills. If he'd had a string of failed relationships behind him, a penchant for drugs, or a tendency to let everyone down, his reluctance would have been more believable. I did enjoy the way both characters seemed to lay it all on the table instead of internalizing everything. Annalise kept her feelings to herself for as long as she could, but when the moment of truth came, she held nothing back. Jake wasn't quite so forthcoming with his words, but his actions made it clear that he held Annalise in different light than most women, and when he finally came to his senses and decided to just go for it, he put his whole heart on the line. The Summer of Jake is a sweet romance with none of the overdone angst I expected — and the best cat ever. It's absolutely perfect for readers who are tired of characters who sabotage things to hide their feelings and prefer a slow build with plenty of chemistry over the usual fall-into-bed-too-soon mess that other romance novels serve up. *Rcvd free in exchange for honest