Conklin’s Blueprints (Conklin’s Trilogy #1) by Brooke Page
Released: September 30, 2013
Genre: Contemporary romance
Reviewed by Sarah
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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?
Becca Stine has had quite a good life from a superficial view. She’s part of an influential picturesque family and wants for no material thing. Upon finishing her graduate education, it becomes clear that things aren’t always what they seem. Her mother constantly berates her appearance, her childhood best friend keeps taking things from her including the men in her life, and the final blow she can’t get a job anywhere but her hometown and mostly likely only because of her last name. She strives to stand on her own two feet but can’t stand up to those that prevent it. After a hiatus year living it up, she returns home armed with her college best friend to make a new life for herself and hopefully one on her own terms.
Although young, Tyler Conklin finds himself in upper management at the family architecture firm. He’s a somewhat quiet and strong-minded man; often times he comes across as grumpy. He appears to be a bit of a player and yet never has had a true relationship. He, like Becca, has familial issues. With a philandering father and drunk mother, all he had to look up to were his grandparents until there passing. Now he seems to be left on his own with little benefit from his brothers.
This story is a page turner! It reminded me a bit of Fifty Shades and Crossfire but still has its own identity. Tyler is a mystery throughout. With his constant mood changes, you have to wonder if he’s on the rag. He also has this crazy anxiety about being touched. The origin of this fear is mentioned but I suspect not fully so. I do love Tyler’s character. Aside from his family problems, he seems to be relatively level headed which makes for a complimentary match to Becca. I have very mixed feelings about Becca. Sometimes she comes across whiney and almost seems like she enjoys the victim mentality, yet at the same time I understand both the need for the traits within the plot and can even empathize with her inability to stand up for herself. Worry not; after a lot of building animosity, she finally boils over and in epic fashion. Even I didn’t think she’d go as far as she did. Truly, it is amazing! I’m thinking much of the fallout will be in the second book…that is until I read RJ’s prologue. Bam! Suddenly this trilogy appears to be taking off in an unexpected direction. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Rating: 4 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.