Conklin’s Foundation by Brooke Page
Released: February 12, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by Sarah
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Becca finally found her courage and faced her tormentors head on to get what she deserved: respect and Tyler Conklin. Becca’s faith in Tyler is solid, but is he willing to completely open up to her? They both have past baggage, and as Becca says, Tyler’s is particularly old.
With everything they have been through, Becca and Tyler know that secrets get them nowhere. They have made great leaps and bounds in their relationship, but Becca can’t help but feel he is still keeping something from her. Between the local detective snooping around and asking questions at the Conklin building and Tyler’s evasive answers, Becca remains skeptical about his excuses. The detective seems more interested in Tyler’s father’s “projects”, but Tyler’s hands seem to be in the pot as well.
Unfortunately, Tyler’s past comes back in his face along with his shady business. Will Becca hold true to her new found confidence and claim what’s hers… including Tyler?
This is the second book in the Conklin’s trilogy; you’ll need to read Conklin’s Blueprints first to enjoy this one.
In this continuation, we begin to see subtle changes in the main characters. After having ending the previous book going completely ballistic on everyone, Becca starts to short out relationships in the aftermath. There’s some damage control while others she ignores entirely. Fortunately she grows as a character. She comes across a bit stronger and we get to see her journey as she comes into her own. She grows with confidence and even starts to build her self-esteem and a healthier relationship with her body. It’s completely satisfying to see how she starts to stand up for herself with people other than Tyler.
Tyler is so complicated and continues to be so here. While he’s opening himself up to their relationship, he still has a long way to go. He has let down many of his own walls and is more open with Becca but he still makes a few mistakes. Although he means well and has good intentions, he continues to keep secrets from her. Some of these mysteries have a way a blowing up and causing more grief.
The focus on this portion of the trilogy is the growth of their relationship. They both must learn how to move forward; away from their pasts and insecurities to have a future together. From Blueprints, you can surmise there will be a run in with the nanny and while not as epic as I had expected, it is integral to their connection. Perhaps more important than Margo is the infamous businessman, Lee Chino. He is undoubtedly at the crux of the story in the final book.
Overall, this second book felt a little slow through the middle but it has been set up Conklin’s Corruption to perhaps be the best of the three. In the last 10% a significant event occurs and seemingly comes out of left field but on second thought makes perfect sense and builds tension. I can’t wait for the final part of this trilogy. There are many subplots currently in a state of limbo which should be wrapped up. It will be interesting to see how everything falls.
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.