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Love Next Door (Lakeside Book 1) Kindle Edition
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting comes an evocative small-town romance about family loyalty, finding oneself, and falling in love.
When Dillion Stitch left her hometown, she had no intention of going back. But when her brother gets into trouble, Dillion reluctantly agrees to return home to take her place at the family business.
Being back in Pearl Lake after all these years feels familiar but also brings a few surprises. She’s quick to notice that someone new has shown up at the cottage next door. Dillion gets more than an eyeful when she goes to check out the newcomer and meets Donovan “Van” Firestone—her beloved neighbor’s grandson—in all his unclothed glory.
Having gotten off to a rocky start, it’s not long before they begin bickering with each other all over town. All that back-and-forth inevitably sparks an undeniable attraction. But Dillion’s family has issues, Van’s family resents him, and neither Dillion nor Van feels truly at ease in the small town. For these Pearl Lake exiles, home isn’t just where the heart is—it’s where things get complicated.
“Love Next Door was a delight to read with its pleasing blend of humorous banter and heartfelt moments.” —Harlequin Junkie
About the Author
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 : B08NJHHKBN
- Publisher : Montlake (27 July 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 3942 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 299 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 13,415 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 July 2021
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Back home she living in a trailer in her parent’s driveway, adjusting to family life again & starting to organise the business. Dillion runs into Donovan, the grandson of their old neighbour Bee. As executor of her will Dillion has been in touch with Donovan by email. He doesn't connect Dillion with Lynnie his Grammy Bee used to talk about when he visited.
This story is a gentle burn with some angst, a bit of intrigue. I enjoyed the relationship between Dillion and Donovan. They are good together and have a shared history even though they'd be never met. I loved that Grammy Bee was still a big part of the story. Helena always writes the sassiest of heroines in her stories and Dillion is certainly that, she takes no nonsense from anyone and isn't letting anyone walk over her.
Dillion and Van have to overcome several family problems while re-assessing their personal lives. This is Helena Hunting on top form. The chemistry between Dillion and Van is incendiary, but it's their quieter moments that I particularly enjoyed. The Pucked and All In series Easter eggs are a lovely touch as well. Cannot wait for the second book! That tease at the end left me swooning!
Overall Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤
Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥
Emotional Rating: 💓💓😂😂😢
I will say its not for me the usual full of hilarity and banter Helena story but it is a story full of small town beach vibes that is still a great read.
Dillion grew up in small town where everybody knows everything about everyone and cant wait to move out and live in the big city but when the family amd the family business go through some problems she realises its time to head home and help out.
Growing up extremely close to neighbour Bee over the years she's not ready to say goodbye to her house after sadly losing her to old age.. but when she finds Bees grandson Donovan there the story starts to change.
Donovan is also from the city and is here to sort of his grandmother's will and to avoid some issues back home. .queue some twists ... a large amount of surprises and some fab characters.
Very easy to read story that keeps you going from start to finish.
Donovan looses what he has worked so hard for through no fault of his own due to someone close meddling with his life while he deals with his grandmother 's will , he decides to go in person to deal with it.
Donovan and Dillion meet after years apart, not knowing that they lived in the same city. Chemistry between them starts and the road is a bumpy one however the highs out weigh the lows.
"I feel like you see me. Like it doesn't matter what I say or do. I'm transparent, and you're already under my skin.”
Dillon and Van get off to an inauspicious start! LOL. Things seem to go from bad to worse, until they find even footing and all the snarkiness between them smoulders into something more.
This was a fabulous, sweet, sexy romance. Dillon and Van had great depth as characters, as we follow their interactions with each other and their friends and families. They had a great connection as they found more common ground between them and I just adored how their romance developed. This was an ideal feel-good summer read with fun characters, a fab small-town setting, a little bit of angst, and a little bit of mystery.
It was heartfelt and full of banter, angsty yet funny and so chockfull of amazing chemistry between Van and Dillion. Their banter killed me and they were so sweet and sincere towards the other. I loved how both of them were basically forced to this small town but grew to love it.
This story was a slow burn but so easy to read and I have a feeling we're going to have an amazing journey ahead of us with all these characters. Can't wait to return to the Lakeside world.
P.S I loved loved loved the details in this books. Pay attention, and I'm sure you won't miss it.