Release Date: March 15, 2022
Haven’t read the first novel, Love Next Door? Check out my review HERE!
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?
Love on the Lake follows Teagan as she moves to Pearl Lake to discover who she is and wants to be. She immediately begins to ingratiate herself in the community and quickly becomes irreplaceable. She also meets the brooding Aaron who seemingly dislikes her for no reason. Not to be deterred, Teagan sets out change her life and may have bit off more than she could chew.
When I immediately finished Love on the Lake, I thought that it was a cute romance with more substance than I expected. Upon further reflection, Love on the Lake is more than a cute romance that happens to be more than surface level. Love on the Lake is a genuine portrayal of addiction that isn’t shoehorned into the novel. Both Teagan and Aaron wrestle with their own issues throughout the novel and do not face them until it’s impossible to continue ignoring them.
Teagan is at the heart of this novel. She’s trying to find her place in the world while navigating her own past traumas in the only way she knows how. Hunting’s foreshadowing became obvious near the end of the novel as the climax hit. It wasn’t until I finished the novel that I appreciated the small hints peppered throughout.
What I enjoyed most about this novel was Teagan and Aaron’s relationship at the beginning. It’s a no strings attached, light, and fun coupling that is quickly obvious to readers that something more is going on. What I also loved about their relationship is how much they were still two different individuals trying to find their way, but when they came together it was explosive.
Overall, Love on the Lake was a pleasant surprise that focuses largely on Teagan’s mental health. Hunting approaches this topic with care and is genuine in her portrayal of addiction. Love on the Lake is still a Hunting novel, so Teagan and Aaron’s relationship is explosive and steamy.
*** I received an eARC from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.
Will you be reading Love on the Lake?