New Release & Review – The Five Year Lie, Sarina Bowen

May 8, 2024 | Posted in Release Day Blitz | By

“I devoured this book in one day, and I guarantee you will too.”—Julie Clark, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Flight and The Lies I Tell
“An expertly woven story of love, revenge, and murder. In a world where so many books feel so similar—this was a refreshingly unique read and an addictive blend of love and mystery that I couldn’t put down. This is storytelling at its finest and I can’t recommend this book enough.”—AR Torre, New York Times bestselling author of Every Last Secret
Bestselling romance author Sarina Bowen’s debut thriller, about one woman’s search for the truth after receiving a text from her deceased ex.
Dead men don’t send texts . . .
On an ordinary Monday morning, Ariel Cafferty’s phone buzzes with a disturbing text message. Something’s happened. I need to see you. Meet me under the candelabra tree ASAP. The words would be jarring from anyone, but the sender is the only man she ever loved. And it’s been several years since she learned he died.
Seeing Drew’s name pop up is heart-stopping. Ariel’s gut says it can’t be real. But she goes to the tree anyway. She has to.
Nobody shows. But the text upends everything she thought she knew about the day he left her. The more questions she asks, the more sinister the answers get. Only two things are clear: everything she was told five years ago is wrong, and someone is still lying to her.
The truth has to be out there somewhere. To safeguard herself—and her son—she’ll have to find it before it finds her. And with it, the answer to what became of Drew.
For fans of Laura Dave and Julie Clark, but with a heart-stopping romance that only Sarina Bowen can execute, The Five Year Lie is a page-turning, spine-tingling thriller that will have you guessing until the very end.
5 out of 5 stars

I don’t read a lot of romantic suspense, but when I do it’s from my favorite authors whom I already trust. :). Sarina has been a go-to author for me for a very long time so I didn’t even blink to get this new genre from her. It still has her voice and so much of her style, but it’s different enough to applaud her branching out. What happens when Ariel gets a text message from someone she thought was dead? It completely shakes her world. Was it real? What did it mean? Now she’s curious and needs to know what it meant. She enlists the help of a friend to try to figure out why Drew left so unexpectedly and has her wondering if he’s even really dead. It seems that every string they pull unravels something new and they can’t stop looking. But as the picture becomes more clear it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad ones. Now Ariel needs to keep her son safe while she’s looking for a dead man and the answers. She has to remember every little detail of what he said to her all those years ago when they were together. She has no other choice, it could save their lives. I really enjoyed the story. I was invested in the search for the answers and in Ariel and Drew’s journey. I saw some of the twists coming, but a few snuck up on me. Overall, it had enough suspense to keep me interested, but not stress me out and the humor, snark and romance were perfect!


New Release & Review – HEA: Happily Ever After, Lucy Lennox & Molly Maddox

May 3, 2024 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By


Have you heard the expression “twelve times a groomsman, never a groom”? Neither had I… until it suddenly became clear that every man I dated found their One True Love in the person they dated after me.

Now I’m writing Best Man speeches for my former boyfriends twice a month, the “After Oscar” thing has become a legend, and I have finally accepted that Oscar Overton is nobody’s Happily Ever After.

Which is fine.

Between running my investment company, providing for Frank, my emotional support hedgehog, and keeping my enthusiastic family from getting in my business, my life is plenty busy. The last thing on my mind is a relationship.

Until Hugh Linzee.

One hot night with the gorgeous wedding photographer somehow turns into a text conversation I just can’t quit, but I’m determined to keep my distance. Hugh has ideas… ideas about romance and fireworks and capital-L love… and I care about him too much to let him get those ideas about me.

Fate keeps throwing us together, though. After an accidental all-night phone call and a convenient wedding run-in, suddenly I find myself agreeing to be his fake boyfriend, and distance quickly becomes a thing of the past.

But how long until Hugh figures out he’ll only get his HEA… After Oscar?


Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

HEA: Happily Ever After is the fifth and final book in the After Oscar series by Lucy Lennox and Molly Maddox. I have been patiently and not so patiently waiting for Oscar’s story. This series is fantastic and Oscar has been in every book as the ex of one of the heroes who finds their happily ever after in the next man they dated after Oscar. It’s a legend much like the man himself. On the surface, Oscar is rich, polished, handsome and likeable, but also closed off. His friends and family know he’s sweet and nice and caring, but very few people know the real Oscar. He stays friends with all his exes and is even the best man at their weddings. So many weddings. So many best man speeches. At one of them, he meets the sexy wedding photographer, Hugh. He’s gorgeous and incredibly funny. But loves weddings and love and is looking for The One. Oscar wants no part of that, but definitely wants to take Hugh back to his hotel room. It’s one amazing night and then he walks away. Only to end up months later texting him for a friend’s wedding. From then on, they become text only friends. No calling, no in person meetings. Over text they really get to know each other. They share things with each other that no one else knows. Hugh noticed Oscar right away. He didn’t care about his wealth or his connections. He just cares about the man. Their friendship is important to him and he would rather have him as just a friend if he can’t have more. One drunk call to Oscar and things change. He needs a favor and Oscar is happy to deliver.   Hugh needs a date to his sister’s wedding celebration and Oscar needs a date to his sister’s wedding. So fake boyfriends it is. Even though it looks real and feels real. Oscar doesn’t know what he’s feeling and first and when he realizes it’s Feelings with a capital F he fights it and fights it. Hugh knows exactly how he feels but he can’t let Oscar know or he’ll run for the hills so fast. He’s determined to fight for him, not give up and prove that he’s not going to leave him. Oh my Lord! This story was so freaking good! Yes, I wanted to shake Oscar, but he was just scared and didn’t know what was going on in his own heart. He such a sweet, sappy and lovable man! I love his family and their banter and how Hugh showed him how to open his heart to them. Hugh is so funny and such a romantic. He’s the perfect man to show Oscar he’s worth loving and is able to love in return. I cried a few times and just loved every minute of it! It was the perfect ending to the series!


New Release & Review – Nine Month Contract, Amy Daws

April 12, 2024 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By






Author: Amy Daws
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: April 11th, 2024

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From Amazon #1 bestselling author Amy Daws, comes an all-new small town, spicy romance sure to hit you in the gut with laughs, feels, and mountain man grunts.

Help Wanted: Grumpy Mountain Man seeks baby momma. Job is an incubator position only. Surrogate must be impervious to grunting in the form of communication and nosey brotherly neighbors. Rustic mountain range housing available upon request.


I wanted to pummel my irritating brothers when they posted their own version of a wanted ad to help me with my life.

But I can’t fault the results once the right woman lands on my lap.

Becoming a single father is not a decision I made lightly. In fact, it’s the biggest decision of my entire life.

Which is why when I interview Trista, I know she’s perfect.

She’s wild, she’s opinionated, she wears cowboy boots. Even my pet goat loves her…

She’s the exact type of person I was holding out for.

And to my great horror, I realize on our first night of attempting this baby making dance…when the lights are low, the cheap wine is flowing, and the home insemination supplies are laid out on the kitchen counter…

I want to do a lot more than just make her my surrogate.

I want to make her mine.



Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Nine Month Contract is the first book in a the spin-off series from Amy Daws about Max’s brother! These Fletcher brothers are going to steal our hearts! Wyatt is a super grumpy man who’s happy living on his mountain with his brothers. The only thing he really wants is a child. So he decides to find a surrogate and not bother with a relationship. After looking and looking, he finally meets Trista by chance and he instantly knows she’s the one. Trista wants to help Wyatt, but she also wants to open up an animal sanctuary. This is the perfect deal, place to live, barn to keep her pet and money to start her business. She didn’t expect to find Wyatt so damn attractive and nice and even a little sweet. He actually wants her to be comfortable and finds ways to make her life easier. Her family was absolutely awful so she has no idea families could actually like each other this much. She tries to fight her attraction but it’s no use. But there have to be rules. Just until the baby is born then she’s off. You know what they say about plans! Once Wyatt realizes he wants Trista as much as he wants their baby, he’s not going to let her go without a fight. I couldn’t get enough of their banter! It was so funny and ridiculous and fun. I enjoyed watching this Mountain Man fall for his Lucky charm! Loved seeing old friends I’ve missed! Looking forward to getting to know Luke and Calder and seeing more of all the Fletchers!


Release Day & Review – To Have and To Hold, Nicole Edwards

April 9, 2024 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

From New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Nicole Edwards comes the eleventh installment in her Brantley Off the Books series.

The moment everyone’s been waiting for!

Brantley Walker and Reese Tavoularis are counting down until their wedding day. Only seven more days to go, with plenty to do, they are enjoying some downtime with friends and family while checking off the remaining boxes on JJ’s checklist.

While everyone is preparing for the big day, Atticus James returns to Coyote Ridge to find he has options. Not only does he get to choose which address he wants to call home, but there are two men looking to make him more than merely a roommate. The hardest part is figuring out which one to choose. Or whether he has to choose at all.

Provided everyone survives the bachelor party, makes it through the rehearsal dinner unscathed, and works through their wedding day jitters, they’re home-free.


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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

To Have and To Hold is the eleventh book in the Brantley Walker: Off the Books series by the fabulous Nicole Edwards. This book is fan-freaking-tastic! We’ve been waiting a long time for Brantley and Reese to get married and the day is finally here! I loved everything about this book from the wedding countdown (Reese, you romantic man!) to the bachelor party weekend (I laughed out loud the entire time) to all the love and lust (Atticus, Slade and Carson!) and just all the family and friends and all the damn feels! Brantley and Reese’s journey hasn’t always been easy, but now the day they’ve been waiting for is almost here. They just enjoy being together, letting JJ tell them what to do and when do to it, spend time with their families and work crew and have time to just be happy. I couldn’t love this book more if I tried! As always, looking forward to more books in the series to see what happens next!


Release Day & Review – Up All Night, Annabeth Albert

March 28, 2024 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By


A new small town universe from author Annabeth Albert starring first responders in a small mountain town. Full House meets 911 Lonestar for emotional, uplifting happily ever afters for a tightknit friend group with each book featuring a fresh, stand-alone story. Book one, Up All Night, features a sunshine/grump pairing with a forty-something firefighter on a path of self-discovery.



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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Up All Night is the first book in a new series by Annabeth Albert. It’s a small town romance series with first responders. I’m a huge fan of Annabeth’s, her writing and her heroes. This is Sean and Denver’s story. Sean is back home after his divorce staying with a friend who lost his partner. He’s filling in for a firefighter and enjoying being with his family and oldest friends. Then he meets the cook at the diner and is instantly intrigued by him. The first man he’s ever been attracted to. Denver doesn’t do relationships or roots. He’s a nomad and just works and stays somewhere for a while and then moves on. And then he meets Sean. He can’t seem to stay away from him or stop thinking about him, but he doesn’t want to be an experiment for the newly out firefighter. Sean wants more with Denver but knows he’s skittish. He has to figure out how to prove to him that he’s worthy of love, family and loyalty. I really enjoyed this story! Sean is so open about his feelings and doesn’t freak out about being attracted to Denver. Denver has a rough past so he just never learned how to trust anyone. I loved the secondary characters at the firehouse, Sean’s friends and his family. There was a weird interaction with Sean’s son at the end that didn’t sit well with me, but hopefully that will resolve itself. I’m looking forward to the next in the series!


New Release & Review – Mr. Important, Lucy Lennox & May Archer

March 14, 2024 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By


One New Year’s masquerade. One anonymous hookup. One billionaire-sized mistake.

Once upon a time, someone looked at my scrawny, impetuous eight-year-old self and nicknamed me Mr. Important… and I believed them.

That was my first mistake.

Two decades, a dozen failed careers, and a thousand meaningless hookups later, I’ve made more mistakes than I can count. My parents have decided I’m purely decorative, my brother thinks I need pep talks, and the gorgeous billionaire who hired me as a favor to my dad? He’s forgotten I exist.

So I’m done with mistakes.

Call it my New Year’s resolution. From now on, I’m going after what I want… starting with the mysterious silver fox in the Roman warrior mask who approached me at the charity gala and offered me a scorching, anonymous one-night stand.

Unfortunately, when our masks come off I realize mistakes are not done with me.

Because the bossy guy who blew my mind? He’d thought I was someone else. Worse than that, he’s my father’s friend. A supposedly-straight workaholic. The person I’m stuck on a road trip with for the next two weeks. And, oh yeah, my actual boss.

The farther we get from New York, the closer we become, and the harder it is to pretend I’m not falling for him. But I can’t see how someone as brilliant, controlled, and successful as Thatcher Pennington would risk everything to be with someone like me… even if he makes me feel like I’m finally Mr. Important.



Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Mr. Important is the next book in the Honeybridge series by Lucy Lennox and May Archer. This has some of my favorite tropes: Age gap, father’s friend and forced proximity. We met Reagan and Thatcher in Firecracker and I was so happy to hear this was their story. Older, billionaire friend of his dad’s and his boss who he has to spend weeks with on a bus cruising around the country for work. After one hot as sin night together. What?! Reagan is young, but he’s not innocent or naïve. He’s had a crush on Thatcher for a long time and now he has to pretend he doesn’t while he spends all day and night with him. Thatcher can’t stop thinking about the night they spent together. After spending time together he realizes Reagan is smart, dedicated, talented and nothing like his father always said he was. He’s captivating and charming all the people he meets. Most of all he’s charming Thatcher. Time’s almost up and Thatcher can’t stay away from Reagan anymore. Once he touches him again, he knows he’s going to want more and more. When they need to make a stop in Honeybridge, they have to deal with Thatcher’s son Brantleigh (who we also met in Firecracker), a disgruntled employee and Reagan’s family. It takes Reagan needing him for Thatcher to jump into action and want to be there for someone he loves. Yep, he fell in love with his friend’s son. But he’s not going back. I loved, loved, loved this story! Reagan and Thatcher are so fun and great together. They work so well together at the company and in the bedroom. I also loved McGee and some of the secondary characters. Don’t forget to get the bonus story!


Release Day Blitz & Review – Small Town Swoon, Melanie Harlow

March 4, 2024 | Posted in Release Day Blitz | By


Only in the movies does the Hollywood heartthrob fall for the small town diner waitress.

So when Dashiel Buckley returns to Cherry Tree Harbor for a wedding, I’m determined not to let my massive crush on my best friend’s older brother hijack my good sense.

(It happened once before. Do not recommend.)

But when my hand is injured, it’s Dash who steps in at the diner. The moment he realizes I can’t afford to fix my car, he takes care of it. And when he hears about the way my toxic ex treated me, he refuses to let it go.

Now it’s not just his blue eyes and sexy smile that have me swooning, it’s the way he wants to help me. Encourage me. Protect me.

I can’t resist.

Our text messages heat up. Our phone calls melt all my defenses. “Just friends” turns into “just once,” and “just once” becomes a distant memory. Night after night, he warms my bed, my body, and my heart.

But it can’t last.

Our dreams have us on two different paths–Dash wants the lights, camera, action of Hollywood, and I’ll always be a small town girl.

If only I could be his.

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Small Town Swoon is the fourth book in the Cherry Tree Harbor series by the very talented, Melanie Harlow. You can read each book as standalone but I highly recommend reading the series. The Buckley men are swoon-y, sweet, protective, and full of surprises.

Dash needed to dig deep with his emotions to further his acting career and that first starts with going home. Then stripping down to his purest self (literally! Lol). He was headed home for his brother’s wedding so why not go early and be surrounded by the ones who know him best. What he didn’t expect was to want to spend so much time with the woman who hated him most. Or so he thought…

Ari has loved Dash since she was sixteen. After one humiliating night, she had tried to stay away from the famous actor. And now he was back and being all nice and $hit. He was showing over sides to him and she is here for it. Her walls are coming down but should they? After the wedding he was going back to LA and she was staying in Cherry Tree Harbor. Can they really go back to being friends after spending night after night in each other’s arms?

This might be my favorite of the series. I loved these two! The support they have for each other’s dreams is swoon-y in itself. Then add in their connection, it’s truly beautiful. I loved their journey! 





Release Day Blitz & Reviews – The Surrogate, Penelope Ward

February 26, 2024 | Posted in Release Day Blitz | By


Title: The Surrogate
Author: Penelope Ward
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Age Gap/Widower/Found Family
Forbidden/Enemies to Friends to Lovers
Release Date: February 26, 2024



From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward comes a new, STANDALONE novel…





I’m falling for the father of the baby I’m carrying.
The problem is: it’s not my baby.
And the broody widower is not looking for a long-term partner.
As a surrogate, the deal was that I’d only be in England long enough to give birth.
At first, the man seemed as pretentious as his name: Sigmund Benedictus.
He and I butted heads.
Sig challenged my intentions, accused me of just wanting to do this for the money.
Gradually, he learned to trust me.
He even became protective.
Over time, our heated animosity turned into fiery chemistry.
I was falling in love with him.
But my time here had a limit.
I needed to protect my heart from the devastatingly gorgeous older man who’d end up breaking it.




When my in-laws told me they wanted to use my dead wife’s eggs to conceive a grandchild, I wasn’t immediately on board.
They swore that on her deathbed Britney told them it was what she wanted—but only if I fathered the baby. Her parents insisted they would be the ones to raise it.
Against my better judgment, I agreed.
I vowed to keep my heart out of it, though.
I’d continue to pretend it wasn’t happening and live the empty, single life I’d become accustomed to the past five years since Britney died.
And despite the fact that a certain younger American named Abby Knickerbocker had awakened things inside me that I thought were long dead…
I most certainly wouldn’t fall in love with the surrogate.






The Surrogate is Penelope Ward’s newest epic romance. If you read The Aristocrat then you have met Sigmund, Leo’s cousin. If you follow my reviews then you might know that I don’t read blurbs unless it’s a new-to-me author until I need to write the review (don’t want those spoilers) so I actually didn’t even know it was going to be his story. Once I discovered that it was it, I was obsessed. And the obsession just grew and grew from there. The blurb is perfection so I don’t want to get too much into the storyline.

Abby and Sig’s relationship is complicated times ten but from the meet-cute, I knew it was going to be a crazy, beautiful, and emotional ride. And a fun one too!! I loved their journey, it’s so unique and I felt I was right there with them along the way. In London. In the countryside. Like I was a guest in the inn Abby was staying in. I was invested. They just made me laugh, cry, swoon, and just think, really. It’s one of my favorite books of 2024. One of my favorite books ever. I loved it so much, it’s hard to put into words. Just read it. Period. It’s an unforgettable story.

The Surrogate is Penelope Ward’s newest romance and one of my favorites from her! I didn’t have the pleasure of reading The Aristocrat, but I still loved Sig from the start. He’s complicated, but deep down is a loving, sweet man. He’s still heartbroken after losing his wife, and really not sure what he’s doing with his personal life. When his in-laws want to use a surrogate to have a grandbaby from their daughter’s frozen eggs who passed away a few years ago and they ask for Sig’s sperm, he’s not sure what to do. He agrees to meet the surrogate even though he doesn’t trust her. He’s instantly attracted to her and that is bad, bad, bad. They can’t stop fighting and exchanging barbs. He can’t fall for her. She can’t want him. But oh do they and they can! I loved watching Sig and Abby fight and then really get to know each other. It’s a complicated relationship and situation, but it’s fun, emotional, sexy and I loved every minute of it!











Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.


She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.
With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over forty books. Her novels have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.










Release Blitz – On the Edge, K. Bromberg

January 18, 2024 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By



On The Edge by K. Bromberg is now live! 


A spicy, only-one-bed, Formula 1 romance from New York Times bestselling author, K. Bromberg.


Surely this can’t be the only solution to overhaul my tarnished rep— faking a romance with the good girl intern?


But that’s what my agent says. Just a few months of taming my ways—of shedding Formula 1’s party boy image—will land me a lifetime branding deal. One I desperately need.


The key condition?


Pretend I’m madly in love with my new girlfriend. The quiet wallflower who I figured wouldn’t put me in my place. Yeah. This girl is anything but that.


Maddix Hart is defiant and intelligent. Loyal and real. Determined and sexy. And damn it to hell, before I know it, she’s in my head, in our bed . . . and if I’m not careful, she’ll see there’s more to me than the man I show the public. She’ll discover the man I hide from the world. The one who struggles to live up to the unrealistic expectations that should never have been mine.


All I have to do is make sure no one sees the truth behind our farce.


But instead, I let my heart get involved. I begin to believe the lie. And now with everything on the line—the deal, a championship, us—am I willing to risk it all to make her see what the rest of the world believes? That we belong together.


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New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary romance novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines and damaged heroes who we love to hate but can’t help to love.


A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow and her mind scattered in too many different directions.


Since publishing her first book on a whim in 2013, Kristy has sold over one and a half million copies of her books across eighteen different countries and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over thirty times. Her Driven trilogy (Driven, Fueled, and Crashed) is currently being adapted for film by the streaming platform, Passionflix, with the first movie (Driven) out now.


With her imagination always in overdrive, she is currently scheming, plotting, and swooning over her latest hero. You can find out more about him or chat with Kristy on any of her social media accounts. The easiest way to stay up to date on new releases and upcoming novels is to sign up for her newsletter ( or follow her on Bookbub (


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Release Blitz & Review – What Happens at the Lake, Vi Keeland

January 15, 2024 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By


Title: What Happens at the Lake
Author: Vi Keeland
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Trope: Grumpy-Sunshine
Release Date: January 15, 2024




When life took an unexpected turn, I decided to get out of New York for a while. What better place to go than the idyllic small town my father spoke about so fondly when I was growing up? Laurel Lake held the title America’s Friendliest Town for seventeen years running, and friendly was just what I needed right now.


Unfortunately, friendly wasn’t the welcome I got when I arrived.
Instead, I got Fox Cassidy. My tall, dark, and burly neighbor, who grunted at me instead of saying hello.
Okay, so I might’ve had his mailbox in my hands the first time we met. And it might’ve been a little crushed after removing it from under my tire. And I might’ve needed his help breaking into the place I was staying in after the key broke off in the lock. But still…he didn’t have to be so grumpy.
As time went on though, I started to notice things about Fox other than his glares. Like how he watched me when he thought I wasn’t looking, or how fire ignited in his eyes whenever we bickered. Though I was in Laurel Lake to escape my problems, not create new ones. And getting involved with a man like Fox screamed trouble, even if he was gorgeous and unlike any man I’d ever met.
But alas, problem seemed to be my middle name this year. So why not have some fun while I was here for the summer? It seemed like a good plan. At least until it was time to go home…
They say what happens at the lake, stays at the lake. But it’s not so easy to walk away when what stays behind…is your heart.



5 out of 5 stars

What Happens at the Lake is Vi Keeland’s newest standalone. If you follow my reviews then you know I don’t read blurbs until I need to write the review so I don’t spoil anything so all I knew was that there was a lake involved. Lol. It’s a beautiful setting, really. I fell for Laurel Lake and the people living there.

Josie grew up in Manhattan but her father was raised in America’s Friendliest Town, Laurel Lake. She always wanted to visit the town her father was so fond of but her mother never wanted to go back. Now, was her chance after a tenant moved out of her father’s home, the one she inherited when she was only thirteen. She had three months to give the home a little TLC and get to know the town her father loved. When she got there, the unexpected happened… She met the grumpiest yet hottest man she has ever laid eyes on. Her neighbor. A man who spoke in grunts.

Fox didn’t need this woman living next door, even temporarily. She was a hot mess emphasis on hot. He knew she was trouble. Not just because he knew he would end up helping her with the house but because this town was about to make the phone lines spark with gossip. Small-town living, right? He loved and hated it at the same time. He knew he was an asshole but it is what it is. He didn’t like change…

And everything was about to change.

Damn…I love a grump, especially one with a good heart deep down. I also love a woman who doesn’t give up when trying to find that good heart. Vi absolutely killed it with these characters and their story. It’s fun. It’s sexy. It’s emotional. Oh, did I mention that Fox is an ex-pro hockey player? Extra yum!

P.S. I love Daisy Duck 🦆

Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

What Happens at the Lake is Vi Keeland’s newest romance and I loved everything about it. Grumpy hero, smart, capable heroine who are next door neighbors! Josie is looking for a place to heal so she goes to her dad’s hometown. She never thought she’d fall so fast for the town and its people. On her very first day, she hits her neighbors mailbox and he’s less than thrilled. But even though he’s the grumpiest grump alive, he keeps showing up to help her. Just little things and then more and more. Fox does not have time for his sexy new neighbor. But he can’t keep his eyes or his thoughts off her. He eventually gives in and helps her fix up her house. The more he gets to know her, the more he wants to know. And for the first time in a very long time, it’s more than just sexual attraction. He likes her. She makes him smile, and he never smiles. Everyone notices, especially Josie. He just can’t stop himself so he asks her out. Knowing the gossip mill is going to explode. He doesn’t care. He wants her and that’s it. When his past threatens to upend the new life he wants he needs to make a big decision. Let Josie go or chase after her. Oh my word! I loved this story. I laughed out loud so many times I lost count. I smiled, snickered and had to fan myself. I love Laurel Lake! Josie founds more than Fox there, she found her old self. She found a new family. Josie brought Fox back to life and reminded him what’s it feels like to be happy. Overall, I loved it. Every page, every character, everything. I even loved Daisy the duck! Ha!




Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles are currently translated in twenty-seven languages and have appeared on bestseller lists in the US, Germany, Brazil, Bulgaria, Israel, and Hungary. Three of her short stories have been turned into films by Passionflix, and two of her books are currently optioned for movies. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.