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?
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One of my pet peeves about the contemporary romance genre is that usually the heroine is fresh and never been kissed. Just how realistic is that when most women have been kissed at least once by the time they make it out of their teenage years. That goodness Lola has already been married and has a lot more experience then kissing.
In fact, I really appreciated the fact that both of the main characters are in their thirty's and come complete with the baggage from their past experiences. Lola has always put everyone else's needs before her own and needs to learn that to be happy, she needs to put herself first. Harry knows what he wants but it seems as though his family is against him starting his own company. And his girlfriend left him because he doesn't want a 9 to 5 job and a steady paycheck.
I really like SUDDENLY DATING because circumstances allow Harry and Lola to become friends long before they add the benefits into the package. I had to chuckle at Lola's clumsiness during intimate encounters because who hasn't had to deal with that. I sympathized with Harry as he wonders if he is going to be able to keep sinking money into his new business. Both characters felt as though they were old friends that I was rooting for.
I do recommend SUDDENLY DATING to any of my readers who enjoy contemporary romances that are real. There are some sex scenes but nothing explicit.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.