Title: Suddenly Dating (Lake Haven #2)
Author: Julia London
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Expected publishing date: November 8, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Page/word count: 320
Format: eBook, Paperback
Rating: 2 Stars
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?
♦ Personal Thought ♦
I’ve only read Julia London‘s historical romance before and I picked this title on a whim just from reading the blurb. The second entry of Lake Haven series, Suddenly Dating could be read as a standalone. This might be personal take, but I haven’t read the previous one yet having no difficulty following the story.
While it’s not an entirely flunked experience, for me this had been grabbing-my-head-in-frustration ride because of the characters. And THAT not only the annoying ones surrounding the main casts, but the hero and heroine themselves!
Granted, the root of the matter here was heroine’s nature of difficulty to say no; thus often had her taken for granted or manipulated by others to do something for them. But GADS, how Lola tried my patience! I couldn’t even justify the humor tone in the story to swallow her meek acceptance over and over.
On earlier pages, I was having the same issue with Harry. But at least he grew a pair, took matters to task, and move on. He was definitely the plus point in the book for me.
Other exasperating point in here was the number of annoying female secondaries in the story. On top of a meek heroine, this didn’t really put female in good stead.
That saying, the story might work for others. After all, reading is a personal experience and those who don’t share the feeling I do might love this book instead.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.