And here comes another epic read from Helena Hunting. Love Next Door is the first book of Helena Hunting’s new series Lakeside. I can easily call myself a bookaholic, on average I read more than 150 books a year and I never felt this connected to heroin before. When I started reading the book, it felt like I was reading my life story. The events Dillion had to face, moving back home, family problems, and all the things she had to shoulder, I have been there. The difference between our stories is, she was lucky to find the love of her life.
Dillion did everything to get out of her little hometown Pearl Lake as soon as she graduated high school. She moved to Chicago for college, and she never looked back. She stopped contacting her friends back home, spend as little time as possible back in Pearl Lake. But now her two-year-long relationship came to an end, she lost her job and in a couple of days, she won’t have a place to live. She plans a short trip to visit her parents until she receives a call from her dad and learning her brother has been in an accident and her father needs help. So now instead of a couple of days, she will be back till her brother get better and support her dad with his construction company. She is sad that her neighbor Bee, who was her confidant, biggest supporter, will not be there. Even though Dillion knew Bee wasn’t there as the executor of her will, the first thing Dillion does is to go to Dee’s cottage and see how everything is. What a surprise she had to endure, coming face to face with a naked hottie. Donovan, aka Van, is Bee’s oldest grandkid and he was the only one that spent all his summer vacations with her after his mom passed away. He is a successful, sought-after architect. Van finally got a chance to take some time off from work and decide to deal with Dee’s estate, which now belongs to Van. Unfortunately, the moment he arrives at Pearl Lake, he hears the news of being accused of stealing 3 million dollars from his mother’s memorial foundation. And on top of that because of the news, he gets fired. Now that he has a lot of time on his hands and needs to stay away from the city, he decides to stay and do some renovations on the cottage. Until the naked run-in with Dillion, he thought he was e-mailing with a guy but facing the prickly hot woman was a surprise. From the first moment they met, Van and Dillion’s chemistry was off the charts, and the banter and bricking were fun. I loved all the puzzle pieces Bee left for them to unrevealed and without each other, I don’t think they would have figured out everything. It felt like she planned everything and placed clues all over the place so that two people she loved the most had a chance to end up together. Of course, everything wasn’t rainbows and butterflies, they had one too many bumps on their journey. As for the side characters I loved Van’s sister Teagan. I also want to see more of Terror Trifecta and Aaron.
Love Next Door is a sweet, heartwarming, slow-burn romance. If you enjoy reading small-town and enemies to lovers trope, this book is a must-read. Hopefully, the next book will be Teagan and Aaron’s. Their attraction was pretty obvious, and I am curious to see what will come out of it. Having a brother with mental issues, I want to thank Helena once again for pointing out the importance of mental health.
- Would I recommend this book: Yes
- Would I re-read this book: Heck yeah!
- Would I read future books by this author: Yes
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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’s writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.