Review: Constructing Us a love story by C.J. Lake

Posted 26/11/2014 by Isabelle MBTL in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free from Wordsmith Publicity in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Constructing Us a love story by C.J. LakeConstructing Us a love story by C.J. Lake
Published by Snow House Books on July 18, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 230
Source: Wordsmith Publicity
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*Contains explicit/steamy scenes that are intended for mature readers.

When Andy takes over the lease on her friend Ethan's apartment, he warns her about his roommate, Tragan. According to Ethan, Tragan Barrett is self-centered and often inconsiderate, caring more about hanging out with his friends and hitting the local casino than straightening the living room or keeping up with his laundry. Andy isn't too concerned, though, because she isn't moving in to make a friend.

Intended as a short-term living arrangement, the apartment is close to the hospital where Andy is participating in a drug study for a rare disorder she was diagnosed with when she was twenty. Now, fresh out of college, she is trying to figure out her life--and also how to live with the uncertainty of her condition. Figuring she'll go one way and he'll go another, Andy is surprised to learn that Tragan is not exactly the way Ethan painted him. In fact, there's a whole other side to the darkly sexy construction worker...especially when it comes to Andy.

Can an unlikely friendship turn into something much more?

Also by this author: A Hot Winter



Andy is in treatment for a rare disease when she takes over her friend’s lease of his apartment when he moves to London. He warns her about his roommate, but he offers the wrong tips. He tells her how he is a bit of a jerk, but he never mentions how hot and sweet he can be. Will she be taking over more than she has ever dream of?

Tragan is tricked by his old roommate. He is told about his new roomie, but Ethan forgets to mention his new roommate is a girl. When he feels an instant attraction, he doesn’t know what to do. Suddenly she is more than he has ever dream, and he will do anything to construct a life with her. Will she take him on?

Constructing Us is a great romance novel. All characters are well developed, easy to love and connect. Several secondary characters are fun enough to make you wish for a book of their own. The plot is well written, with some very good passionate scenes. The climax has a little twist to it, that only adds to the whole story.

Ms. Lake has created an amazing love story that will have you cheering them on and hoping for the best. It’s a modern concept of a fairy tale, with believable facts and characters that you would like to be friends with. It doesn’t have an antagonist per se, but a few people that acts against the couple a few times.

This is my first book by the author, and I was very pleased with it. I will definitely be looking at other works from her, and I hope this book has a continuation. I have high hopes for some other characters and I believe that characters such as Jamie and Emma deserves their own story told.

You may read this because you enjoy a love story; you should read this because you like Ms. Lake’s work; but you MUST read this if you like your romance with a little spice and some hot scenes!

“Here Brad had planned a special romantic night for her. What had Tragan done? Gotten jealous, gone out drinking, then come home reeking of tequila and ended up taking her on the floor.”


About C.J. Lake

C.J. Lake is a storyteller who is passionate about art, surfing, and skiing/snowboarding. Residing near the coast of Massachusetts, C.J. is currently working on a new book. Meanwhile, readers can check out her first novel, Constructing Us, which is the story of Andy and Tragan.

Readers can get in touch via email ( or follow C.J. on Twitter @brightbluesurf.

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Overall: four-stars
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