Recent graduate Becca Stine’s all to perfect and predictable life went spiraling out of control when her supposed childhood friend committed the ultimate betrayal. Following college, Becca attempts to bury the pain by retreating into a dangerous lifestyle with her best friend, Jamie Rae. She decides it’s time to grow up after being irresponsible, broken, and out of control. To Becca’s horror, her only option is to return to her hometown of Grand Rapids. Worried she will forever live in the shadow of her prominent family’s notability, Becca decides moving is her only opportunity to get her feet back on the ground. With her best friend in tow, Becca reluctantly heads home to attempt to live her ideal life.
Little does Becca know the owner of the architecture firm she lands a job with has an intriguingly mysterious son. Tyler Conklin is infatuated with Becca, yet is apprehensive about a public relationship because of his hidden baggage. Not wanting anyone to know about his slight obsession with her, their potential relationship must be kept a secret. Will Becca put up with Tyler’s untold story for long? Will she tolerate being his secret?
Title: Conklin’s Blueprints
Author: Brooke Page
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release: September 30, 2013
Date read: November 27, 2013
Rating: 4.5 stars
Cover designer: Amber Beacham/Cover Photo by Steve Page Photography
Cover thoughts: Original, really like it! I’m a fan of covers that don’t have people on it, but so many of you love covers with sexy people so I’m curious what you think!
Ahhhh, what a great book! Tyler Conklin…yum!
This book immediately hooked me and I couldn’t willingly put it down. The few times I was forced to it never left my mind. Brooke Page weaved a captivating story about two completely broken people who just want to be loved despite their previous less than desirable experiences with love. The storyline itself isn’t necessarily original, but the characters make it feel that way.
This book has an odd combination. Although the characters are somewhat dark/Debbie Downers who are continuously trying to overcome their pasts.. the story itself is really enjoyable and fun. You would have thought I was the one dating Tyler Conklin as much as I swooned. My husband repeatedly asked, “What the hell are you grinning about over there?” lol. I couldn’t help it, these two had great chemistry! And to those who care about the sex – it was pretty steamy and definitely NOT overdone or repetitive.
Becca is our heroine and I’m conflicted as to how I feel about her. Throughout most of the book she is a stage 5 clinger with over-the-top self-esteem issues. I get that she faced the ultimate betrayal and that she has mommy issues, but I still had trouble understanding some of the irrational thoughts that went through that poor girl’s head. Becca is also a huge push over. I, myself, am a pushover and avoid confrontation like it’s the plague, but the things Becca put up with were outlandish. I wanted to reach through the book and shake some sense into her multiple times. That being said, I didn’t hate her and fortunately she finally had a breaking point (one of my favorite scenes in the book). She was much more likeable/tolerable after that.
Then we have Tyler Conklin (I’m smiling just thinking about this guy).. he’s the mysterious, sexy, strong, silent type. Tyler’s family owns the architecture firm that Becca works for. He’s had a similar past as Becca.. just a much more dark and demented version. He’s not one to attach himself to people and doesn’t do relationships, but when he meets Becca he’s unable to stay away (as long as they are in private and away from prying eyes that is). Becca’s low self-esteem combined with him wanting a “secret” relationship sets the path for a bumpy ride, and Tyler has to choose between revealing the dark secrets of his past or risk losing Becca.
The characters are well developed and I’m a little sad to see it’s only a trilogy because the character spinoff possibilities are unlimited. The Conklin’s in general are a fascinating bunch.. even RJ. Their personalities are very different and distinguishable. From the book 2 teaser that is at the end of the book it looks like we will be getting to learn a lot more about the Conklin’s and I can hardly wait! Conklin’s Blueprints is NOT a cliffhanger, but be warned that the teaser for Conklin’s Blueprints: Revised will have you aching for more!
This book is a must read, so check it out! For 99 cents it’s a steal!
(Check me out .. I simultaneously read “Photoshop for Dummies,” so Conklin’s Blueprints got to be my first graphic… the models aren’t ideal matches.. but it’s what I had to work with :)
Brooke Page is the independent author of Conklin’s Blueprints. She and her husband live with their two children in the suburbs of Grand Rapids, Michigan. When she is not writing, she enjoys using the pottery wheel and reading.
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