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Love on the Lake (Lakeside Book 2) Kindle Edition
From USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting comes the second installment in the Lakeside series, where a gutsy heroine confronts family secrets and personal struggles in the town of Pearl Lake.
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 one 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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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author 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 comedy.
- ASIN : B09B724MSP
- Publisher : Montlake (15 Mar. 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 4300 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 317 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 17,715 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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TW: addiction, bereavement, grief, anxiety
Love On The Lake is the second book in the Lakeside series by Helena Hunting, following Van's sister Teagan and his colleague, Aaron. Billed as a grumpy/sunshine enemies-to-lovers, there's a lot to love. It also addresses some complex themes including addiction, grief, and anxiety.
I LOVED Aaron, pretty much from the start. I found his ineloquent 'I'm a donkey' declarations adorable. And he's what I would describe as a really good guy. I'm not sure I would describe him as grumpy though. I understood his initial annoyance, although he did go a little too far, but it was pretty obvious that there was some kind of connection early on. Even then, it was a bit of a 180 how quickly they got down to... ahem... business (not that either of them were complaining). I was incredibly moved by his back story.
I had mixed feelings about Teagan at certain times. I had no doubt she was sweet and had taken on a lot in her life, and I loved the connection between her and Aaron. But having family members (including myself) with both insomnia and anxiety, some of her behaviours just didn't mesh for me. She's an intelligent person, so the fact that she was habitually drinking alcohol and energy drinks with her meds was an immediate red flag to me. I realise it was part of her overall 'journey', but it felt obviously self-destructive, and when she asked Billy to keep her secret, I lost a tiny bit of respect for her. The decision to rope someone else with addiction and mental health issues into her lies, just didn't sit well with me at all, even though I get that she was spiralling by this point.
I was so relieved when Aaron confronted her. I thought her deception and deflection were written really well. It always staggers me how easy it is to get so many potentially dangerous medications on prescription in the US, and as such her battle was written sensitively. I appreciated that the HEA felt earned, rather than rehab being a cure-all.
Overall Rating: ❤❤❤❤
Heat Rating: 🔥🔥
Emotional Rating: 🥰💓😬😢😍
Helena has combined her wonderful storytelling skills with beautifully written & developed characters to give us a love story that feels real and made me swoon.
Aaron and Teagan both have issues from their past they need to overcome to move on with their lives. Teagan seems to have things together, she's made changes to life but is it really that easy to change. Aaron on the other hand keeps his life close to his chest. He has secrets which have made him detach himself from his life, he flirts but doesn't connect.
Helena’s portrayal of a person with anxiety and ADHD feels realistic and is dealt with a great deal of empathy, & compassion.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story.