Love on the Lake, a beautiful small town standalone romance filled with laughter and tears from New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting, is live now!
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?
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Love on the Lake is the second book in the Lakeside series by Helena Hunting. I love Helena and her books and I’m really loving this series. This is Teagan and Aaron’s story. Teagan is Van’s sister and she’s trying to find out what she wants to do with her life. What will make her happy. What she’s good at. Turns out, she’s good at a lot of things so she takes on multiple jobs to see where her heart is happy. Her first day in Pearl Lake, she sees Aaron again and he’s a total jerk to her. Then she sees how nice and flirty he is with everyone but her. She’s not deterred, everyone likes her so she’s going to find out what his problem is. Aaron has a reputation as a playboy, but that’s not really who he is and that lifestyle is over. He’s just working and trying to be. Until Teagan shows up. He knows she’s different and could complicate his life so he’s a total donkey to her (when he admits his donkey behavior was one of my favorite scenes!). When she finally calls him on his behavior he admits he’s attracted to her and wants her. One kiss sparks more and more. He can do this, he can try to have a relationship. He even wants to tell her something no one else in his life knows. Everything seems to be perfect until he notices changes in Teagan. She’s sleeping less, eating less and something just isn’t right. When he calls her on it, it doesn’t go over well. Teagan knows she’s working too hard and not sleeping enough but she’s making it work. Until she’s not. Teagan has choices to make. Things to do to heal herself. Aaron is going to be by her side for whatever she needs. It’s not going to be easy. It won’t happen overnight. But it will happen. I wasn’t prepared for the emotional roller coaster, but I loved it! Her anxiety gave me anxiety, but it was worth it. What she was going through isn’t unique and I loved the way it was handled. And Aaron, that poor man! He’s dealing with so much and Teagan just helps him and makes his life better. And of course, I love that he works with his shirt off and his hat on backward, that’s always a plus! Overall, I laughed, cried, was emotionally invested and looking forward to more in the series!
ExcerptShe crooks a finger, beckoning me closer. But there’s only six inches separating us. If I take a step forward, my boots will touch her toes. So I bend instead, until my ear is next to her lips, like I’m waiting for her to tell me a secret. For a moment I consider the fact that I’ve been up and down the stairs to the loft at least a dozen times. The only air circulation in here is from a portable fan, so I’ve been sweating and shirtless for several hours. I might not smell all that fresh. But that thought disappears when her fingertips drag along my collarbone and I feel the warmth of her breath at the edge of my jaw. “Aaron.” Her palm wraps around the back of my neck. So soft. So warm. I swallow and grind out, “I’m listening.” Her thumb finds that spot between my ear and my jaw, and she presses, gently at first and then more firmly. Her lips brush the shell of my ear, and she whispers, “Look at me.” I feel like a marionette, and she’s pulling all my strings. I turn my head toward her, and her lips brush across my cheek, sending a hot shiver down my spine, lighting me up like a pinball machine. Teagan Firestone is a dangerous woman. Sweet, beautiful, broken, and yet . . . bold and resilient. She’s a lethal combination, and it’s all compounded when those soft lips meet mine. I don’t even know what’s happening. Well, I know. I’m kissing her. Or she’s kissing me. She definitely started it. It’s like an explosion. Like an entire warehouse of firecrackers igniting at the same time. I groan into her mouth and wrap an arm around her waist, pulling her flush against me. Our tongues tangle, and her other hand grips my biceps, sliding up and over my shoulder. She knocks my hat off my head, and it drops to the floor behind me. And then both of her hands are in my hair, sliding through the damp strands, gripping at the crown, angling my head farther to the side. Deepening the kiss. Dragging it out.
About Helena Hunting
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 writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.
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