Lake + Manning

Book Review - Lake + Manning by Jessica Hawkins

What a way to conclude a series that has left my emotions all over the place. This ride has been angst ridden, heartbreaking, frustrating at times and is exactly what I absolutely love in a book or series. Lake and Manning their journey has been a roller coaster of Fuck. And more then once I’ve wanted to pitch my kindle across as room for all the obstacles they have had to overcome. For me this book was raw with emotion. Because an HEA is not paved with an easy map. It’s got landmines and it can get messy but it’s how you get through those land mines together that makes love worth it. Yes I want a epic romance and yes I want a happy HEA that makes me sigh blissfully but I also want to see that not everything is perfect not every road is paved smoothly and this book gave me exactly that. It was beautiful, heartbreaking at times and it even made me wanna choke a bitch. Yes I got angry at some of the actions of these characters but I also loved those actions because they represented for me that in a relationship emotions get the better of us and sometimes we say or do things that we shouldn’t but that is what makes us human. And boy did I relate to parts of this story and at times I had to take a break from it cause it hit me a little too close to home and unleashed some feelings toward my own situation. A great book will do that to you. I loved this book and I don’t think that this series would be complete without it. It was the perfect conclusion to a love story and for the romantic in mean hit me in all the right spots.


The final book in the Something in the Way series, a love saga. Manning and I have what happily-ever-after is made of . . . A home he built us on the unshakeable foundation we fought for. A life of laughter carved out of heartache and betrayal. A love story to stand the test of time. But between a trust that can’t be broken, joy that can’t be bridled, and passion that would scorch the sun, the empty spaces are becoming more and more difficult to ignore . . . Fears that keep Manning up at night as he slips from our bed. Our complicated relationship with a man he respects and one I don't know how to forgive. And a sprawling, beautiful home with one small room I'm afraid I'll never be able to fill. Manning and I have what happily-ever-after is made of . . . But I'll beg the heavens for just one thing more.

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Chapter One

Blueberry Pie

Winter 2008

Chapter One

With oven mitts tucked under one arm and my cell balanced between my ear and shoulder, I stepped over Blue. Every winter since we’d adopted her two years ago, the dog had taken to lying in the middle of the kitchen whenever I baked.

“One sec,” I said into the phone and bent at the waist. I flipped on the oven light and a blueberry pie appeared, crust browning right on schedule. “Perfect.”

“What’s perfect?” Val asked on the other end of the line.

“The pie I’m baking Manning.”

“Good. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”

Not exactly. After over a week away from Manning, food would be the second thing on his mind. “They need to think a few inches lower.”

“You’re such a wife, and you’re not even married. I bet you’re wearing an apron and everything.”

“I am. It has birds on it.”

“Okay, that’s weird. Birds have nothing to do with cooking,” Val said.

“But here’s what you need to do. Once Manning is full of pie and bear meat, or whatever a human his size eats, and he’s half-asleep, ask him why.”