Suddenly Dating

Suddenly Dating

by Julia London


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If only Lola Dunne had the time—and the courage—she’d write her novel, and maybe even start dating again. When her friend offers the use of her summer home overlooking Lake Haven, Lola sees the chance to focus on herself for a change, and she eagerly accepts.

Engineer Harry Westbrook is waiting for his ship to come in. But it’s not happening soon enough for his girlfriend, who’s left him for good…again. To nurse Harry’s heartache, his pal extends an invite to his lake house in East Beach.

When it turns out that Harry’s and Lola’s friends are a divorcing, not-on-speaking-terms couple sparring over the same house, the strangers find themselves accidental (and reluctant) roommates for the summer. They agree to make the best of it, even posing as a couple to mingle among East Beach’s well-heeled crowd. But the ruse is starting to feel real—and romantic. Are they brave enough to reveal their feelings before the summer nights turn cold?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503937796
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 11/08/2016
Series: A Lake Haven Novel Series , #2
Pages: 310
Sales rank: 569,015
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 16.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Julia London is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than thirty romance novels. Her historical titles include the popular Desperate Debutantes series, the Secrets of Hadley Green series, and the Cabot Sisters series; her contemporary works include the Lake Haven series, the Pine River series, and the Cedar Springs series. She has won the RT Bookclub 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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Suddenly Dating 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
julieford More than 1 year ago
Suddenly Dating is about finding the courage to take chances, leaving your comfort zone, and that second chances at love can happen. The characters are quirky, lovable and realistic. The story is heartwarming, funny at times and flows with passion. Lola Dunne has lived a tough life, protecting her siblings and taking care of her abusive mother. She was dumped by the man who promised to love her forever and is still reeling from it. She decides to quit her job and write a novel. Harry Westbrook quit his cushy job to start his own company and follow his dreams. His girlfriend is not happy with the changes and leaves him. They are both given secretive permission to live in a house on Lake Haven and the adventure ensues. What starts as animosity towards each other changes to sparks of desire and they must decide if love can happen a second time around.
gypsydi72 More than 1 year ago
The second novel in a Lake haven series takes you back to the beautiful lake with the quirky town people we all love. Both Lola and Harry have been given a break by their friend. A rent free stay in the lake side house that is currently involved in a nasty divorce. The funny thing is that it they are both given permission by different spouses. Harry has just went through a rough break up. He is having trouble keeping his business afloat and when his friend Zac offers him the chance to stay at the lakehouse in Lake Haven for freee he jumps at the chance. It will allow him to sell his apartment to get some much needed cash flow in his business. When he comes home from a long week at work he is stunned to find a strange women in the house he is living in. Lola has always put everyone before herself. From her ex husband, to her siblings, and even her abusive mother. Everyone takes priority over her. When her friend Sara offers her the chance to focus on herself for once and spend the summer in Lake haven pursing her dream of writing she finally takes a chance on herself. Let does she know that the house is already occupied. The two roommates start out at each others throat. Neither wanting to give up their space in the house. They come to a agreement and both decide to stay. As they continue to bicker with one another, they start to find that they have a lot in common and over a plate of lobster mac and cheese a friendship is born. But as the two find that they have a great deal in common the sparks start to fly. As they realize that this might be something more than a summer fling their new romance is challenged by an old flame and insecurities. Great story. Hope to see another in the series soon.
RobertaCapizzi More than 1 year ago
Cute and funny “polar opposites attract” romance, with just a bit of steam, Suddenly Dating is a nice book without too much angst, that will make for an ideal weekend read. What happens when you put a neat freak and an exuberant writer who doesn’t understand the meaning of order under the same roof? Disaster waiting to happen would be the perfect way to describe the premise of this book. The story is entertaining and there are some funny moments that will make you laugh out loud. I enjoyed seeing how Lola’s “disorganization” drove ultra-organized Harry insane. I loved the constant banter, and when they had to pretend they were a couple, in front of the town residents, even though they couldn’t stand each other I couldn’t wait to see what would happen. Suddenly Dating is a light-hearted read, without any particular edge-of-the-seat moments, although it does have some moments when everything seems lost, but it will keep you turning page after page, as you become involved in the story and want them to get to their happily-ever-after. If you’re looking for a quick and funny romance, I think Suddenly Dating might be just what you need. ***I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed the book. I wasn't compensated for my review***
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Harry and Lola's story! It's a forced roommate/fake relationship/friends with benefits mashup kind of book (sounds confusing, I know--though it does feel a bit schizophrenic at times, it manages to work somehow) that had me both shaking my head and smiling at turns. Though I desperately wanted Lola to just put her foot down about a million times, I also got why she had so much trouble doing it. Thank goodness for Harry--he at least stayed focused on getting what he wanted from page one, even though his witchy girlfriend dumped him because of it and his mother was about a million times worse. Actually, a whole lot of the secondary characters in this one leave much to be desired. Fortunately, Harry and Lola spend the bulk of their time together in an absolutely fantastic summer home that doesn't belong to either of them and that they shouldn't be in in the first place...but I digress. They're alone, in their own little bubble of total luxury, and it's better that way. Swimming and cooking and trashing the kitchen (that part's Lola) and freaking out about the trashed kitchen (Harry) and enjoying their mutual benefits and falling in love. Sigh :) And now it's time for me to leave my Harry and Lola bubble and go back to reality...until the next book, that is. (Suddenly Dating is the second book in the series, but it absolutely works as a standalone. Mia and Everett from book one make an appearance, but they are very minor characters here, and there really isn't even a hint of their backstory, so...) Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Suddenly Dating, A Lake Haven Novel Book 2,  Julia London Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  General fiction, Romance  It took me a while to warm to this read, I wasn’t keen at all on Lola, but as the story went on and I learned more about her, about just how she’d struggled, putting aside her dreams of a career writing so her siblings could further their education, holding the family together despite a dead father and deadbeat alcoholic mother I realised just what a gem she was. Harry I liked from the start – he’s a sweetheart though when he meets Lola for the first time they Really don’t hit it off :-) Its a fun read, with rich entitled people who don’t work, but who sit back and look down at others, along with ones who are hard workers. There’s the lovely Mallory who’s struggles with her dyslexia, and whose dad just doesn't understand it, can’t see why she’s making a mess of the books of the sweet shop he set up for her – I can see that scene all too well. Then of course Harry and Lola, who are total opposites and yet searingly attracted to each other, Harry’s awful parents, Lola’s siblings who still look to her for help all the while, Harry’s ex, Melissa, and the wonderfully OTT and people user writer Lola so admired (Birgita? I’m terrible with names...). Its a kind of Harry and Lola get to know each other first, then others get drawn into the story, there are wonderful parties with the rich crowd, mixed up with scenes of Lola's mum demanding everyone dance to her tune, the contrast of Lola’s struggling and very poor background thrown in with Harry’s rich, brought up by Nanny childhood, and slowly things get revealed, we see people aren’t always as seemed, that riches don’t make for happiness, that trust is precious and the ending was excellent. Its a fun read, its not one I’d reread but I did really enjoy it. Stars: Four, a great fun read with some very real issues mixed in.  ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher 
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Lola Dunne was too good. She's always there to help pick up the pieces. As a child she held her family together after her father's death and her mother's drug use made her unable to care for her family. As an adult she let her husband walk out on her after he was caught having an affair. When a friend tells her to wake up and quit being a doormat, Lola decides enough is enough. she accepts her offer to stay in her house in Lake Haven. She will follow her dream and finish writing her novel. She'll be successful. Right? It might be harder than she thinks. Suddenly she has a sexy, stubborn man as an unexpected roommate. Harry is a bridge builder. He's talented and struggling to keep his business afloat. When he has to sell his New York apartment, his live-in girlfriend broke up with him. He needs to stay in Lake Haven. Can he and Lola share this lake house without killing each other? I loved this romantic tale. Lola and Harry come from different worlds, but they both have family issues. They may fight, but their attraction grows and they become romantically involved. I cared about these two and I wanted them to find happiness together. It was a rocky romance when Harry's ex-girlfriend comes back. I didn't want Lola to be noble and walk away. She deserves to be happy. The beauty and luxury of Lake Haven was the perfect setting for a HEA. Lola's fertile imagination made me laugh. Her book was quirky. Julia London writes such amazing characters. I couldn't put down Suddenly Dating. I wanted to know How two people who are complete opposites could overcome their differences and make a life together.
Robyn_Nichole More than 1 year ago
Suddenly Dating is the 2nd book in the Lake Haven series. Although, the first book, Suddenly in Love, doesn’t need to be read before this, I thoroughly recommend it because it was a great book. I really enjoyed the characters and story-line in Suddenly in Dating. I really connected with Lola who is always putting others before herself and is basically a doormat for her family and friends. I tend to have that problem also and it was nice to see a realistic issue being written about. It is hard to change that behavior and can’t be instantly done. I’m glad that Lola didn’t just become a totally different person by the end of the book and is still a “work in progress”. The banter and the situations between Lola and Harry trying to figure out their living arrangements was so funny and I couldn’t get enough of it. Overall I would totally recommend this book to someone looking for a funny contemporary romance book. I can’t wait to see who else pops up with stories in this series.
MSalmeron More than 1 year ago
What happens when you throw two unlikely strangers in a house, for the duration of the summer, in a small community? Lola Dunne is finally taking some time for herself to work on her book, when her friend Sara offers the use of her lake house. Harry Westbrook needs a place to stay to concentrate on salvaging his construction company. A surprise encounter with Zack, a former co-worker, lands Harry a place to stay. The hilarity the ensues when Lola and Harry learn that their friends, who are currently going through an ugly divorce unknowing lent them their lake house at the same time had me laughing out loud. After a rough start, Lola and Harry come up with a working arrangement and settle in as roommates. Roommates with benefits. As with all plans, things go awry. Their budding feelings get put on hold because Lola can't put herself first. Harry can't be with someone who doesn't want him. They must face their childhood demons before they can embrace each other. This is the first Julia London book I've read and it will not be the last. It made me laugh and it made me cry. Suddenly Dating reads like The Odd Couple and No Strings Attached. I could relate to OCD Harry and Lola, who always put the need of everyone else before herself. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! I really enjoyed these characters. They were very well developed and the writing in this book is great. There's a nice easy flow to the story and lots of good humor. All combined it makes for a very entertaining read. Harry Westbrook is working hard to get his bridge building construction company off the ground but it's taking everything he has. Financially, emotionally, and physically. His live in girlfriend doesn't understand why he wants this so bad when he could have a perfectly fine job at the firm he just left. When she calls it quits and he finds himself homeless when his apartment sale goes through he takes a friend up on an offer to stay at his lake house. Life is going fine until Lola Dunne shows up. She's an aspiring author and was offered the lake house from a friend of hers to get away from her troubles and concentrate on her writing. These two in one house is a recipe for disaster or maybe a recipe for happily ever after if they will just take a chance. I highly recommend this one.