Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Love on the Lake by Helena Hunting

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Love on the Lake; Lakeside #2
(A standalone within a series)

Publication Date: March 15, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Small-Town/Contemporary Romance

Author: Helena Hunting

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



I loved this contemporary addition to Hunting’s small town romance series. Fresh characters who stole my heart.

Teagan’s life was very different in the first book. She lived an entitled, has everything at her fingertips lifestyle, that in an instant is gone. Now, she’s taking stock of her life, wondering what exactly she enjoys doing and trying to take back the power she feels she’s lost. The first step in finding the new Teagan, moving out on her own, well as much as she can with no job, and into her brother’s garage apartment. The next step is finding her passion with a new job.

I really admired Teagan’s gung ho attitude, while I completely empathized with her ability to never say no. I also spent my entire youth having that same affliction. I often wondered if youth played a part in that role, or if it’s like Teagan, trying to find yourself, and what you want to excel in, or if it’s just the thought of slowing down that is terrifying. Again, I understand no matter what the reason is.

When she runs into the man who is finishing her apartment, the same man she’s met before, it doesn’t exactly go smoothly. Aaron is gruff, standoffish, and a touch rude. Teagan tries not to let it bother her, but after running into him again and again, she notices that the only person he seems to have a problem with is her. He’s easy going and flirty with everyone around him. So getting underneath the reason why he seems to dislike her upon sight becomes her priority.

Aaron is a mixed bag of personality. On the outside he may seem fun, easy going, and super flirty, but inside he’s a man of many secrets. A darkness swirls inside that no one knows about and it’s that darkness that swims to the surface anytime Teagan is around. She makes him feel things he really shouldn’t, but he can’t seem to help himself. For the first time ever he wants more than he should, but he doesn’t think he’s allowed. He’s an interesting character and one I really enjoyed reading.

These two are combustible, in a…chemistry, burning bright way. They understand each other in a way they never saw coming, but also in a way and on another level that could hurt each other deeply because of it.

There is a huge twist to this story that I never saw coming and it completely shattered me. Like a soul crushing, weeping type of shattered.

A beautiful story of compassion and healing, wrapped up in second chances.


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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