Author: Lisa Kleypas
Series: Friday Harbor, 3
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They say that opposites attract. But what happens when one of them has been devastated by betrayal and the other is so damaged and jaded that his heart is made of stone? In New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas's Dream Lake, readers well enter the world of Friday Harbor, an enchanting town in the Pacific Northwest where things are not quite as they seem and where true love might just have a ghost of a chance. . . .
Alex Nolan is about as bitter and cynical as they come. One of three Nolan brothers who call Friday Harbor home, he’s nothing like Sam or Mark. They actually believe in love; they think the risk of pain is worth the chance of happiness. But Alex battles his demons with the help of a whiskey bottle, and he lives in his own private hell. And then, a ghost shows up. Only Alex can see him. Has Alex finally crossed over the threshold to insanity?
Zoë Hoffman is as gentle and romantic as they come. When she meets the startlingly gorgeous Alex Nolan, all her instincts tell her to run. Even Alex tells her to run. But something in him calls to Zoë, and she forces him to take a look at his life with a clear eye and to open his mind to the possibility that love isn’t for the foolish.
The ghost has been existing in the half-light of this world for decades. He doesn’t know who he is, or why he is stuck in the Nolans’ Victorian house. All he knows is that he loved a girl once. And Alex and Zoë hold the key to unlocking a mystery that keeps him trapped here.
Zoë 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, and sometimes love can reach beyond time, space, and reason to take hold of hearts that yearn for it. . . .
My Thoughts on the Book:
I wasn't sure I could like this series more but then came Dream Lake with the cheerful Zoe and the gruff and cynical Alex. I think this is actually my favorite of all of them.
Zoe is a divorcée who helps her cousin Justine run a bed and breakfast. Justine does the financial and Zoe runs the kitchen to perfection. After Lucy (from Rainshadow Road gets hit by a car and ends up recuperating at the Nolan house; Zoe heads over with muffins to brighten her friends day only to run into Alex who is instantly uncomfortable around the cheery and beautiful Zoe.
Alex can't put his finger on what bothers him about Zoe but whatever it is he's drawn to it like a moth to a flame and it doesn't help he's being haunted by a ghost that once lived in his brother Sam's home but has somehow latched onto him!
I adored the conversations between Zoe and Alex and some of the best moments where in the beauty and caring of another human being. Alex, while gruff and cynical, has a good heart that has been abused too much. One would think he'd be cruel and yet at every turn Alex surprises us and Zoe!
Zoe is lighthearted and cheerful which can be highly annoying in a character but in this case not only does Zoe know when to back off with her cheeriness but so does Kleypas. Zoe is the type of person who knows when to push and when to just be there and smile politely. I really liked her as the heroine!
Great read and one I would highly suggest. Now onto the next in the series!