Book Review – Emerett Has Never Been in Love by Anyta Sunday

Love, Austen #1
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 197
Characters: Lake/Knight
POV: 3rd
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?

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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.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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