Love Next Door – Helena Hunting

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Montlake
Pages: 304
Release Date: July 27, 2021

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.

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Love Next Door is a fun and cute summer read. Readers follow Dillion as she returns to her hometown to help her parents with the family business. Once there, she meets Donovan and sparks fly. Love Next Door is your typical beach read. It’s a light hearted romance with just enough substance to give readers something to hold on to. 

I identified immediately with Dillion. She spent her whole teenage life wanting to leave the town where she grew up only to have to go back. Throughout Love Next Door, Dillion learns a lot about her past and present self. I’m a sucker for novels where the protagonist goes back to her hometown and has to deal with what she left behind.

Donovan strikes a good balance between sensitive and assertive. There are few moments that his assertiveness comes out and they were fantastic. The majority of the plot revolves around Donovan and the reason for his stay at Pearl Lake. It’s an interesting aside that resolves quickly and efficiently. 

The tension between the main characters was minimal for a typical Hunting read. If you’ve read her others novels, you’ll find Love Next Door tame in comparison. However, Dillion and Donovan’s connection feels genuine and destined to be.

I wish Love Next Door was a little longer and featured scenes from the past. However, I think this would have changed the dynamic of the narrative, but it would have been interesting nonetheless.

Overall, Love Next Door is the perfect summer read. It features a beautiful romance, wholesome characters, and an interesting side plot.

*** I received an ARC via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

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