Book Review

Sunny Shelly’s Review: Love on the Lake, by Helena Hunting

Love on the Lake, a beautiful small town standalone romance filled with laughter and tears from New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting, is live now!

Teagan Firestone has always been the dutiful daughter, especially since her mom died. But as her father finally begins to move on, it’s her turn to do the same. Her destination: Pearl Lake, a close-knit community with an entrepreneurial spirit and secrets of its own.

One of them is Aaron Saunders, who dropped out of college to work construction for Pearl Lake’s upper class. He’s a mystery and has a playboy reputation—that is, until he meets Teagan. Neither of them is looking for love, but in a town this small, it’s hard not to let your heart get involved.

As their romance heats up, Aaron’s elusive past comes to light and Teagan is there for him, bringing them even closer together. But when Teagan is forced to face her own demons, her inability to accept the support of friends and family threatens the life she’s worked so hard to build.

Can Aaron love her, even when she can’t love herself?

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She crooks a finger, beckoning me closer. But there’s only six inches separating us. If I take a step forward, my boots will touch her toes. So I bend instead, until my ear is next to her lips, like I’m waiting for her to tell me a secret.
For a moment I consider the fact that I’ve been up and down the stairs to the loft at least a dozen times. The only air circulation in here is from a portable fan, so I’ve been sweating and shirtless for several hours. I might not smell all that fresh.
But that thought disappears when her fingertips drag along my collarbone and I feel the warmth of her breath at the edge of my jaw.
Her palm wraps around the back of my neck. So soft. So warm.
I swallow and grind out, “I’m listening.”
Her thumb finds that spot between my ear and my jaw, and she presses, gently at first and then more firmly. Her lips brush the shell of my ear, and she whispers, “Look at me.”
I feel like a marionette, and she’s pulling all my strings. I turn my head toward her, and her lips brush across my cheek, sending a hot shiver down my spine, lighting me up like a pinball machine.
Teagan Firestone is a dangerous woman. Sweet, beautiful, broken, and yet . . . bold and resilient. She’s a lethal combination, and it’s all compounded when those soft lips meet mine.
I don’t even know what’s happening. Well, I know. I’m kissing her. Or she’s kissing me. She definitely started it.
It’s like an explosion. Like an entire warehouse of firecrackers igniting at the same time. I groan into her mouth and wrap an arm around her waist, pulling her flush against me.
Our tongues tangle, and her other hand grips my biceps, sliding up and over my shoulder. She knocks my hat off my head, and it drops to the floor behind me. And then both of her hands are in my hair, sliding through the damp strands, gripping at the crown, angling my head farther to the side. Deepening the kiss.
Dragging it out.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

It took me a little longer to get into Love on the Lake than it did with Love Next Door… but once I got into Teagen and Aaron’s story, I was hooked. This book has the same Hallmark movie feel as LND, and I am loving this Lakeside series!

Teagen is Van’s sister from LND, and Aaron is one of Van and Dillon’s colleagues. Aaron and Teagen definitely get off on the wrong foot, and it leads to the town flirt being all surly and grumpy around this ray of sunshine. Until he’s not. Swoon! Underneath that anger was an adorable teddy bear of a guy.

But Teagen and Aaron’s path to forever is kinda bumpy. The guy is hiding some big secrets, and Teagen has a plethora of baggage stemming from her family’s financial problems. I loved how Teagen tried to adjust to being working class after growing up a spoiled princess. She definitely made the most of it, trying to find herself and what she liked, and now appreciating all the things that she used to take for granted. Aaron was great in guiding her along the way, trying to get her to stop feeling guilty about where she came from and to embrace the person she is becoming.

This book starts out rather lighthearted, but the second half packs quite a punch. Aaron’s secrets come to light, and Teagen’s demons threaten to destroy everything she’s built for herself in her new home. This story took a turn I wasn’t expecting with the deeper plotline in the second half, but I was rooting for Aaron and Teagen all the way and was so happy to see them come through the other side.

I received a complimentary copy and voluntarily left a review.

About Helena Hunting

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.

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