Title: Suddenly Dating
Author: Julia London
Series: Lake Haven #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
If only Lola Dunne had the time—and the courage—she’d write her novel, and maybe even start dating again. When her friend offers the use of her summer home overlooking Lake Haven, Lola sees the chance to focus on herself for a change, and she eagerly accepts.
Engineer Harry Westbrook is waiting for his ship to come in. But it’s not happening soon enough for his girlfriend, who’s left him for good…again. To nurse Harry’s heartache, his pal extends an invite to his lake house in East Beach.
When it turns out that Harry’s and Lola’s friends are a divorcing, not-on-speaking-terms couple sparring over the same house, the strangers find themselves accidental (and reluctant) roommates for the summer. They agree to make the best of it, even posing as a couple to mingle among East Beach’s well-heeled crowd. But the ruse is starting to feel real—and romantic. Are they brave enough to reveal their feelings before the summer nights turn cold?
Source: ARC from Montlake Romance via NetGalley
The second book in the Lake Haven series can easily be read as a standalone (there’s only a blink and you’ll miss it reference to the characters of the first book) full of second chances and dreams needing to be fulfilled. It’s easy and enjoyable and fun in places, with plenty of interesting – if not always likeable – characters.
Lola is a woman who can’t say no. Her family take her completely for granted, her ex-husband treated her like dirt, and she’s basically lived her whole life in an attempt to keep everyone else happy enough so they can chase their dreams. Except now it’s her turn, and when it comes to Harry she doesn’t seem to have any problems standing up for herself. In fact, there’s a definite disconnect between the Lola we first meet and the Lola in Lake Haven. She isn’t the same character at all with Harry, and while this is a good thing, it made it all the more infuriating when she lets other people run roughshod over her.
Harry is a bit oblivious when it comes to pretty much everything except his own dream. It’s great that he’s setting up his own business and going for it, but there were times I wanted to knock him on the head just to get him to look around occasionally. Still, no one can say he doesn’t work hard, and I liked the way he and Lola challenge each other and bring out sides that no one else has ever bothered to get to know before.
Away from the romance there are tales of friendship and family drama, famous authors and rich locals, not to mention a certain ex. The whole thing bubbles along nicely with a good bit of heat and Lola’s book is hilarious. It might not have been the most memorable read I’ve had from this author, but I still enjoyed it and I’ll be intrigued to see what the series offers up next.
Suddenly Dating is Out Now.
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