What Happens at the Lake by Vi Keeland

In “What Happens at the Lake” by Vi Keeland, readers are treated to a compelling tale of love and healing set in the charming town of Laurel Lake. The narrative unfolds around Fox, a former pro hockey player turned grumpy neighbor with a complex past marked by the loss of a fiancée and a brother. Despite his tough exterior, Fox’s true character is revealed through his construction business and his willingness to lend a helping hand. Keeland skillfully portrays a man who has built walls around his heart, emphasizing the profound impact of tragedy on his soul. 

Enter Josie, the heroine of the story, who arrives at Laurel Lake seeking solace after facing heartache. Inherited property becomes the backdrop for her journey of self-discovery. Josie exudes silent strength, openly sharing her struggles with mental health. She emerges as the vibrant counterpart to Fox’s grumpiness, bringing sunshine and color to the narrative. Keeland masterfully crafts Josie as a character with unwavering honesty, making her relatable and endearing. 

The novel weaves a tale of quiet strength and the search for belonging. Keeland’s storytelling prowess shines as she navigates the complexities of human emotions, drawing readers into a world where walls are dismantled, and hearts are mended. The chemistry between Fox and Josie is palpable, with Fox’s dirty talk adding a spicy layer to their romance. 

The small town of Laurel Lake becomes a character in itself, complete with a rapid gossip train. Despite the town’s penchant for rumors, the sense of community and the interconnectedness of its residents add richness to the narrative. The cast of characters, intricately woven into the story, enhances the overall experience, creating a tapestry of relationships that captivates readers. 

Vi Keeland’s narrative prowess is evident throughout, delivering a story with both heart and allure. “What Happens at the Lake” is a testament to Keeland’s ability to enchant readers with engaging storytelling and multifaceted characters. For enthusiasts of small-town romances infused with depth and spice, this novel is a compelling choice. In the hands of Vi Keeland, every page becomes an entrancing journey into the complexities of love, loss, and the resilience of the human spirit. 

Book Stats:
Rating 4.5/5
Tropes: Grump-sunshine, neighbors, close proximity, Opposites, after sports, blue collar, small town
Content Warnings: Deal with deal of family members, addition issues with loved ones, and depression and mental health.
Pop: 51%