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.
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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The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌏
Character development: 😕🤬🤯😎🥰
The heroine(s): Teagan Firestone – she is twenty-six, lives with her father and she works at his financial company. She comes from a very wealthy background but found out that it was all a mirage and they were deeply in debt. So she stayed with her father to help him change his life and get out of the hole they were in. Meanwhile moving from a mansion into an affordable house on a budget.
The Hero: Aaron Saunders – lives in Pearl Lake and works at the construction company owned by Teagan’s brothers fiancé’s family. He does construction projects on many of the McMansions across the lake and has a reputation for “mowing the lawns” of many of the rich bored women from that side of the lake.
The Story: When Teagan’s father moves his girlfriend into his house, Teagan figures it is time she starts to live for herself and figure out what she wants in life. So she moves into the garage apartment of her brother Van in Pearl lake. She meets Aaron and they get off to an acrimonious start.
Teagan can’t figure out why Aaron seems to dislike her so much when he flirts with all of the other women in the small town of Pearl Lake. Aaron is the kind of guy to star in fantasies. He is 6’5”, hard muscles and handsome to boot.
I really liked this book. Helena Hunting is really good at writing chemistry between her characters. I could feel the heat between these two from the start. I also loved the fact that they were like real people. Not an anti-hero and a virginal good girl. I didn’t have to wait half or three quarters of the book for the steam between them to ignite.
There is nothing wrong with two people enjoy being intimate so I don’t know why so many romances have to have either virginal heroines or women ashamed of their pasts. I like it when the heroine can own her sexuality without it being an issue.
This book was dual POV and included some mystery with both Aaron and Teagan having secrets and issues. The world building was terrific. I have a lake home in a small town in Wisconsin where some of the homes are modest and filled with locals and some are grand mansion getaways for the wealthy. I could easily imagine the world of Pearl Lake and its residents. Either way, life on the lake is a great getaway. I haven’t been to my lake home in a while so this was nice.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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