Title: Dream Lake (Friday Harbor Series)
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Paranormal Elements
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, August 2012 (preorder available)
Source: Free for Review from Amazon vine Program
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
Dream Lake takes readers once again to the exquisite setting of Friday Harbor, and tells the story of Zoe Hoffman, an innkeeper who has all but given up on love. She’s a gentle, romantic soul, but has been so hurt in the past that she dare not trust her heart with anyone. Especially not Alex Nolan. Alex is the most haunted of all the Nolan brothers. He drinks to keep his demons at bay and not only has he given up on love, he has never, ever believed in it. Zoe and Alex are oil and water, fire and ice, sunshine and shadow. But sometimes, it takes only a glimmer of light to chase away the dark.
This is the Third novel of Lisa Kleypas set in Friday Harbor and it surprised me by the addition of a ghost. Not a terribly scary ghost, he is just hanging around haunting Sam Nolan’s renovation when Sam’s Brother Alex shows up and the ghost discovers that Alex can see and hear him. The ghost latches onto Alex and won’t stop haunting him until he helps the ghost find out his name and why he must haunt the renovation. This is a most entertaining side story to the romance that evolves haltingly between Chef Zoe Hoffman and Alex who is helping her renovate her grandmother’s cottage.
Ms. Kleypas can weave a plotline and develop characters which makes her a favorite read of mine. This novel was a bit heavy on the tortured hero and the way too sweet and understanding heroine, but in Kleypa’s hands it all meshes into a very readable story with supernatural elements aiding in the quest for a happily-ever-after. The side story of the ghost was so interesting that I wished for his own book. The author gave a very credible view of Zoe’s grandmother’s dementia and the care it involved. All the Nolan brothers make an appearance and add to the story. This book can be read alone but reading the preceding novels in the series would make it even more enjoyable.
Friday Harbor Series by Lisa Kleypas
1. Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor (Mark Nolan’s Story)
2. Rainshadow Road (Sam Nolan’s Story)
3. Dream Lake (Alex Nolan’s story)
4. Crystal Cove ( coming in 2013)