This is honestly going to be part review, part dedication post to the fictional man I am now head over heels for: Jakob King. So bear with me as I attempt to make all of this make sense whilst trying to persuade you to read Returning His Favor by Jacqueline Francis.
Returning His Favor
Written and Published by Jacqueline Francis
Published February 14, 2019
Goodreads Rating: 4.63 Stars
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Curvy bombshell Melissa Danzer spends her days working on her photography business in Willow Falls, Wisconsin. Alone in the world except for her sister, Melissa is running away from her traumatic past.
A brooding and bearded giant, Jakob King is a successful business owner with secrets of his own. As an ex-Amish, he struggles to cling to something real in his new life. When he sets his sights on Melissa, he’ll stop at nothing to have her, to protect her, and to claim her as his own.
As danger lurks and their worlds collide, will Melissa and Jakob be able to overcome what life throws at them, or will the be driven apart?
Melissa is the quintessential 2019 romance heroine. Finding heroines in 2019 who don’t come with some sort of baggage, some ghosts we want locked in our closet and a laundry list of why we meet with a therapist bi-weekly is few and far between. She has her reasons why she is out on dating websites, meeting guys but not totally upset when it doesn’t work, because the more fun it stays, the better. Then she runs into Jakob. Well, more like his dog runs into her.
I feel like what Jackie *I call her that, because that’s what she goes by on Instagram* does in this book is basically give us the hero we need and deserve in 2019. We have met some great ones along the way and they have all prepped us for the force that is Jakob King.
Jakob has left the Amish community although with the passing of his father, he still goes back to help with the yearly harvest and Keeps in touch with his mother and siblings. There is a sort of loneliness to him which is totally understandable being that he is on kind of the other side of the fence from his family.
I remember being in a class back in 2011. Class was over one day and we were outside getting ready to leave for the day. I was chatting with one of my classmates and she told me, “Don’t waste your time on anyone who isn’t absolutely crazy about you.” Jakob King was totally crazy for our heroine, Melissa and I think that’s what I loved most about this story. Reading through the passages and being overwhelmed with the feeling that “she has him.”
“Nothing you could tell me about your past would make me change my feelings for you.”
“The thought of trusting someone the way she trusted Jakob made her want to vomit. And yet, here she was, sitting in front of a man who, regardless of all her faults and imperfections, loved her.”
Jakob is the guy who will politely threaten your creepy stalker from online to leave you alone, basically putting your mind at ease because the creep never randomly shows up again.
I love a gruff man’s man. Jakob is the guy getting down under your car to figure out why it keeps giving you problems. He’s up on time without having to be reminded that it’s time to go to work. He prides himself on a hard day’s work.
He loves, respects and adores his Mother. He keeps himself physically fit, taking care of his body.
Even during the dark moments, he was supportive. He’s the right amount of protective without being overly protective.
“I think I fall in love with you a little bit more every minute.” Not allowing her a chance to answer, he kissed her once more, assertively claiming Melissa’s mouth, capturing it and making it his. She leaned into the kiss, wanting everything he was offering.”
Our heroine had herself convinced that she didn’t need a man and although I don’t doubt that at all, it was a wild ride witnessing the armor and walls she’d built around herself begin to tumble thanks to Jakob. Women nowadays have to have a thick skin. Not everyone always has your best intentions in mind, so it was a rollercoaster sitting back and seeing Melissa come to the realization that Jakob intentions were genuine. That can sadly be so hard for us as women..to trust the right guy when he comes along.
I can’t recommend this romance enough. It will have you on the edge of your seat for a few chapters. It’s sexy as hell. It has a wonderful sister relationships and about halfway through the book, a friendship I grew to love. It has quite a few layers to it, but I thought everything came together perfectly.