Tuesday 17 December 2013

Review - Conklin's Blueprints by Brooke Page



Recent graduate Becca Stines 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 its time to grow up after being irresponsible, broken, and out of control. To Beccas horror, her only option is to return to her hometown of Grand Rapids. Worried she will forever live in the shadow of her prominent familys 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 Tylers untold story for long? Will she tolerate being his secret

Review by Janeane - ARC received for honest review

The basis of Becca and Tyler's story is not an original one - in fact it seems to be popping up everywhere these days.

Girl with no confidence meets confident and sexy millionaire, then hijinx ensue.

Becca's self esteem is through the floor since her long term boyfriend cheated on her with her friend.

Tyler doesn't do relationships (sound familiar??), but he is enthralled by Becca.

Add family she will never be good enough for, and a secret that Tyler thinks will push Becca away forever, and you have the basis for Conklin's Blueprints.

The ex boyfriend and the ex friend are just.... aargh!  Ashlynn is just a spoilt selfish bitch who I wanted to throw under a bus.  Connor at least has the decency to seem ashamed of his actions.

I wanted to slap Becca every time she felt she had to do something for that pair.  Really?  She needed some sense slapped into her for about 60% of the book!!
 Tyler ran so hot and cold.  Swoonworthy in private, but at work he's a bit of a cold fish, completely ignoring Becca.  Though these were kind of sweet
There were some pretty good secondary characters.  Becca's best friend Jamie and Tyler's brother Nathan were interesting.

Though Becca felt whiney and pathetic for most of the book, towards the end of the book she finally grew a pair and let fly at everyone, I mentally fist pumped for her.

This turn in Becca's character has kept me interested enough to read the next book when it comes out.  And Tyler has some major kissing up to do in the next book.

At the end of the day, I was cheering for these two to get their shit together and make a go of this relationship!

One thing that I did notice though was a fair few grammatical errors.  Mustard instead of mustered, jester instead of gesture.  Hopefully these errors will be flushed out for the next book.