REVIEW: What Happens at the Lake by Vi Keeland


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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.

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I am a huge Vi Keeland fan. Whether it’s one of her collaborations with Penelope Ward or a solo release, I love Vi’s writing, and her storytelling skills absolutely shine in What Happens at the Lake. A heartwarming grumpy/sunshine, neighbors-to-lovers romance set in a charming small town, Keeland masterfully crafted the electric energy between these grumpy and sunny personalities. Undeniable chemistry and snappy banter fueled the build-up of Josie and Fox’s relationship, and the cozy backdrop brimming with endearing side characters captured the essence of community and love in this a picturesque lakeside town.

A wonderfully addictive blend of humor, heart and heat, What Happens at the Lake was a captivating page-turner and the perfect platform for showcasing Keeland’s storytelling prowess. A must-read for fans of small town romances and the opposites-attract trope, Josie and Fox’s love story was as steamy as it was sweet. Five smooches from me for What Happens at the Lake by Vi Keeland!

~Danielle Palumbo



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