Review Tour: What Happens at the Lake by Vi Keeland

Title: What Happens at the Lake
Author: Vi Keeland
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Trope: Grumpy-Sunshine
Release Date: January 15, 2024


When life took an unexpected turn, I decided to get out of New York for a while. What better place to go than the idyllic small town my father spoke about so fondly when I was growing up? Laurel Lake held the title America’s Friendliest Town for seventeen years running, and friendly was just what I needed right now.

Unfortunately, friendly wasn’t the welcome I got when I arrived.

Instead, I got Fox Cassidy. My tall, dark, and burly neighbor, who grunted at me instead of saying hello.

Okay, so I might’ve had his mailbox in my hands the first time we met. And it might’ve been a little crushed after removing it from under my tire. And I might’ve needed his help breaking into the place I was staying in after the key broke off in the lock. But still…he didn’t have to be so grumpy.

As time went on though, I started to notice things about Fox other than his glares. Like how he watched me when he thought I wasn’t looking, or how fire ignited in his eyes whenever we bickered. Though I was in Laurel Lake to escape my problems, not create new ones. And getting involved with a man like Fox screamed trouble, even if he was gorgeous and unlike any man I’d ever met.

But alas, problem seemed to be my middle name this year. So why not have some fun while I was here for the summer? It seemed like a good plan. At least until it was time to go home…

They say what happens at the lake, stays at the lake. But it’s not so easy to walk away when what stays behind…is your heart.



Vi Keeland once again produces an amazing book. As usual, I went into this book completely blind. It starts out with Josie hitting the mailbox of her new grumpy neighbor. She had inherited a house from her dad when he passed away and up until recently, it had been occupied by an elderly, hoarding tenant. The realtor informed her it just needed a little TLC but when Josie got there it was in desperate need of a complete overhaul.  We find out that Josie holds a PhD in pharmaceuticals and her job caused her severe anxiety and depression that lead to a month long inpatient stay in a mental facility. Once she is discharged, she’s still not ready to go back to work so she decides to stay at the house she inherited in her dad’s hometown. 

Fox has a bit of a past as well which attributes to his perpetual grumpiness. He’s a giant, sexy ex hockey player turned contractor that always finds himself helping out his new neighbor. 

I love how this book navigates mental health. I have never read a book that approached it the way this one did and it was refreshing to read. I love Josie!  She’s such a bad ass that never wants to give up no matter how difficult her task seems. Of course I love Fox!  He is a great guy at heart also and is aptly described as a coconut, hard on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside. I read this book in one sitting as it was a quick read and I couldn’t put it down. As always, it was packed with all the emotions that I’ve grown accustomed to feel in a Vi Keeland novel. It was an amazing journey of perseverance and personal growth. I definitely recommend this one!


Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles are currently translated in twenty-seven languages and have appeared on bestseller lists in the US, Germany, Brazil, Bulgaria, Israel, and Hungary. Three of her short stories have been turned into films by Passionflix, and two of her books are currently optioned for movies. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.





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