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?
4 ‘I love every version of you’ Stars!
ARC provided via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.
Small-town romance is one of my top favorites to read and Helena Hunting is doing a great job with her Lakeside series. As much as I enjoyed the first installment, I have to say this one is even better. Helena deepens into these complex characters and their brokenness as years pass. Aaron and Teagan still gave the best of what a small-town romance is, but they also show us the consequences of dealing with loss and how that affects their relationship. So yeah, this is not the easiest book to read at times, but the happy ending is totally worth it!
So, Love on the Lake is the second installment in this series and it focuses on Teagan Firestone’s story after she decides to make some changes in her life and start a new one in Pearl Lake with her brother and her new fiancée (who we all remember from the previous book in the series). Enter Aaron Saunders, an apparent playboy who lives a very mysterious life and he is not liking what Teagan is making him feel. Like at all. A back and forth starts between these two until they finally act on their feelings. But what happens when secrets get in the way of their happiness?
There’s something about Teagan. Under the metallic-pink ridiculousness and that bright, sunshine smile and her bubbly personality is a layered and complex human being. One I sincerely want to get to know better. Because I feel like behind all that sunshine is some darkness. The kind of murky shadows that might match mine.
Well, this was a crazy roller coaster! While I felt Love Next Door was a bit less dramatic, I can assure now that Love on the Lake gets you right in the chest with a whole array of feels. Both main characters are dealing with consequences of their past and it’s not easy to read how they deal with that sometimes. While Aaron feels extremely guilty about his secrets, Teagan is dealing with anxiety, insomnia and consequently an addiction to medication. That complicates their relationship to a whole other level, but it also makes it even more special when they are finally able to face their fears and find their much-deserved happy ending. I loved this couple and I am so glad they found happiness together.
“You deserve a better version of me.”
“I’ll love every version of you.”
Therefore, I am rating Love on the Lake with 4 STARS because, while it maintains the small-town romance feel, it’s a love story of two broken people who heal thanks to their love and support for each other. This book definitely is more emotional than the first installment, but it was just as good. I loved Aaron and Teagan together and I loved seeing more of these characters we met in the previous novel. I am not sure if we are getting more stories in the series, but I do hope Helena Hunting writes more small-town romances because she is doing a great job with this series!
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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.
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’s writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.