Book Review - Suddenly Engaged (A Lake Haven Novel Book 3) - Free on Amazon Unlimited!


Single mother Kyra Kokinos spends her days waiting tables, her nights working on her real estate license, and every spare moment with her precocious six-year-old daughter, Ruby—especially when Ruby won’t stop pestering their grumpy next-door neighbor. At first glance, Dax Bishop seems like the kind of gruff, solitary guy who’d be unlikely to offer a cup of sugar, let alone a marriage proposal. But that’s exactly what happens when Ruby needs life-saving surgery.
Dax showed up in East Beach a year ago, fresh from a painful divorce and looking for a place where he could make furniture and avoid people. Suddenly his life is invaded by an inquisitive munchkin in sparkly cowboy boots—and her frazzled, too-tempting mother. So he presents a practical plan: his insurance will help Ruby, and then they can divorce—zero strings attached.
But soon Kyra and Dax find their engagement of convenience is simple in name only. As their attraction deepens, a figure from the past reappears, offering a way out. Can Kyra and Dax let go so easily—or has love become a preexisting condition?


This was a quick but emotional summer read.  I really loved the relationship between Dax and Ruby and how he cares so much about the little girl that irritates him so much early on.  Kyra and Dax are both well- developed characters as well and I particularly liked the complexity of Dex being more than just a guy coming in to save the day.  It was Kyra and Dax as a couple that fell a little falt for me. I am huge fan of Julia London's other books and the story in this one didn't feel quite as strong as some of the others but was still enjoyable.  I just didn't feel the pull between Kyra and Dax.  I still very much recommend the book, the story is really well done and better than most in the genre, and fans of London will not be disappointed.

MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy


Julia London is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than forty romance novels. Her historical titles include the popular Desperate Debutantes series, the Cabot Sisters series, and the Highland Grooms series. Her contemporary works include the Lake Haven series, the Pine River series, and the Cedar Springs series. She has won the RT Book Club Award for Best Historical Romance and has been a six-time finalist for the prestigious RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction. She lives in Austin, Texas.


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