Love, Austen #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
A man who acts before he thinks, a man who thinks before he acts, and the ensuing mishaps on the path to the ultimate love match.
Emerett “Lake” Lakewood has a healthy ego and a flair for the dramatic. After losing his best friend to marriage—completely crushing his heart—he deems it prudent to distract himself, and what better way than playing cupid?
He’s already got his eye on two young men desperately seeking romance, and he has a plan to hook them up.
Reciting Shakespearean love declarations.
Lake is killing it. Love is positively pulsing in the air. Anyone could see it.
Well, anyone other than Knight, his best friend’s dad, who cautions Lake to stop meddling. To leave love to its natural course.
Lake has always valued Knight’s frankness, but this time he’s wrong. Without him, two hearts might be doomed never to find love.
Besides, what does Knight know about romance? He’s barely dated in all the seven years Lake’s known him. He’s clueless.
Though, there’s a thought. Knight has everything going for him. Sensibility. Kindness. Generosity. And for a forty-four-year-old, he’s—objectively—freaking hot.
Why is he single?
I enjoyed this fun retelling of Emma. Lake and Knight are wonderful opposites attract, and a May/December romance. I liked how Lake loves matchmaking but totally misses all the signs about who is attracted to whom, yet tries to pair everyone up.
Lake and Knight are both great guys, but very different from each other. I liked how Lake rushes into everything feet first, without thinking, yet only has the best of intentions at heart. He makes mistakes, yet makes up for them with his generosity, and apologises where he has to. Knight is the opposite, and sees everything Lake’s missing, and reads people so much better. However, they’re both clueless when it comes to each other, which is sweet, and fun. I liked how Lake and Knight balance each other in personality which makes them a perfect match.
I liked the set up with Cameron’s passion for Austen and his planned video ‘column.’ I liked most of the supporting cast—except for Phillip—and how their stories unfold despite Lake’s not so great matchmaking skills.
I thought this was a fun read, and I’m interested in the Austen take in the next in the series.
The only thing that yanked me out of the story was the word ‘faucet’ instead of ‘tap’ as it’s set in New Zealand, but that’s probably something that someone who isn’t Kiwi wouldn’t notice.
4 out of 5 stars.