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Love Next Door (Lakeside, 1) Audio CD – MP3 Audio, July 27, 2021
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“Love Next Door was a delight to read with its pleasing blend of humorous banter and heartfelt moments.” ―Harlequin Junkie
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author 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 comedy.
- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (July 27, 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1713593874
- ISBN-13 : 978-1713593874
- Item Weight : 2.71 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.3 x 0.4 x 6.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,916,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It has wit, it has charm, and it has antagonists who may or may not be as awful as they seem at first glance. The story is layered and complex with a energetic and fun pace so there was never a second of boredom. I couldn’t put it down! I adore everything about Dillon and Donovan, and their love is the kind we all hope to find in our own HEA.
This is your next amazing summer read, and one of my very favorite reads this year. Run to the 1-Click and clear your calendar, because this phenomenal store is an absolute must-read!
Donovan comes back to Pearl City after his beloved grandmother dies and leaves him her home. He has a lot of great memories from there and he loved his grandmother dearly. He was the only one of his siblings to spend time there, after their mother died.
But soon after Donovan (Van) arrives his world starts to fall apart. His dad is under investigation and Van loses his job because of it.
Dillon's house is right next to Van's grandmother's house. Add to that that she is staying in a pop-up trailer next to his property and you've got a recipe for sparks to fly. Dillon doesn't trust Van and he has no idea why. They get to know each other and things change. Add in a self-absorbed ex, a former frenemy with an grudge and big brother issues for each of them and you have a seriously great story.
I loved this book! I have to tell you that at first, I wasn't sure that I was going to like Dillon very much. But I soon learned more about why she felt the way that she did about Pearl Lake. It's the mark of an awesome author to be able to take a character that you aren't so sure of and show us what is inside and make our feelings about them do a 180.
And Van... I adored him! He had such a good heart. I felt so bad about everything he was forced to deal with.
This book has a great HEA. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Curiously, the two protagonists aren’t really townies. Donavan Firestone, a.k.a Van, is a big-city guy and Dillon Stitch’s return wasn’t on her agenda. Their first encounter had me in stitches and just wow, does she have attitude or what! Although Van constantly rubs her up the wrong way, sparks fly. Neither did they see eye to eye, but observing them reminisce about a loved one and getting to know Dillion’s backstory was engrossing. Van has history too, but for some reason, hers seemed to affect me more.
I couldn’t help falling for Van. If I were sold on his wicked wit and gorgeousness, Dillion’s sharp comebacks impressed me even more. And get ready for small-town gossip at its very best! It’s amazing what you’ll find out whilst eavesdropping on acquaintances in such a tight-knit community. The angst turns up a notch or two when Van’s dilemma reaches its peak, and despite having my suspicions as to whom was behind the deed, that didn’t stop me from lapping up the story.
I loved how they both questioned their feelings silently, the way they began to value what was around them without realising that perhaps a future was nearer than they had thought possible. The dual narrative overflowing with flirtatious banter and snappy dialogue in a breathtaking setting was the cherry on the top. Not mentioning the hot get your fan ready scenes. Hunting surprised me! Going back to Pearl Lake brought back many happy memories, but I had trouble getting my head around the actions of one individual until all was revealed. What I’m getting at is that it felt real. That, readers, is so important to me.
I can’t go as far as to tell you how the ending was without spoiling the read. I can’t even tell you which side of the lake was better. Also, sometimes we have to live with our lot, do our best regardless of the situation or go to extremes and take flight. Don’t judge any of the characters too quickly. Just read it! Bravo, Hunting! Five stars!
The writing is also okay but the descriptions often show that the author is trying to hard and they do not hit my ear right. So instead of painting a picture I would replay the sentence in my head.
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Back home she living in a trailer in her parent’s driveway, adjusting to family life again & starting to organise the business. Dillion runs into Donovan, the grandson of their old neighbour Bee. As executor of her will Dillion has been in touch with Donovan by email. He doesn't connect Dillion with Lynnie his Grammy Bee used to talk about when he visited.
This story is a gentle burn with some angst, a bit of intrigue. I enjoyed the relationship between Dillion and Donovan. They are good together and have a shared history even though they'd be never met. I loved that Grammy Bee was still a big part of the story. Helena always writes the sassiest of heroines in her stories and Dillion is certainly that, she takes no nonsense from anyone and isn't letting anyone walk over her.
I will say its not for me the usual full of hilarity and banter Helena story but it is a story full of small town beach vibes that is still a great read.
Dillion grew up in small town where everybody knows everything about everyone and cant wait to move out and live in the big city but when the family amd the family business go through some problems she realises its time to head home and help out.
Growing up extremely close to neighbour Bee over the years she's not ready to say goodbye to her house after sadly losing her to old age.. but when she finds Bees grandson Donovan there the story starts to change.
Donovan is also from the city and is here to sort of his grandmother's will and to avoid some issues back home. .queue some twists ... a large amount of surprises and some fab characters.
Very easy to read story that keeps you going from start to finish.
"I feel like you see me. Like it doesn't matter what I say or do. I'm transparent, and you're already under my skin.”
Dillon and Van get off to an inauspicious start! LOL. Things seem to go from bad to worse, until they find even footing and all the snarkiness between them smoulders into something more.
This was a fabulous, sweet, sexy romance. Dillon and Van had great depth as characters, as we follow their interactions with each other and their friends and families. They had a great connection as they found more common ground between them and I just adored how their romance developed. This was an ideal feel-good summer read with fun characters, a fab small-town setting, a little bit of angst, and a little bit of mystery.
It was heartfelt and full of banter, angsty yet funny and so chockfull of amazing chemistry between Van and Dillion. Their banter killed me and they were so sweet and sincere towards the other. I loved how both of them were basically forced to this small town but grew to love it.
This story was a slow burn but so easy to read and I have a feeling we're going to have an amazing journey ahead of us with all these characters. Can't wait to return to the Lakeside world.
P.S I loved loved loved the details in this books. Pay attention, and I'm sure you won't miss it.