Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Review - The Love Shack

  The Love Shack
Author:  Lori Foster
Series:  Indiana Summer Series #3
Publisher:  HQN Books
Genre:   Romance
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   336
Date of Publication:   June 11, 2024
My Rating:   5 Stars


They’ve been trying to avoid each other.

But this town has other ideas…

When Berkley Carr opened The Love Shack Animal Haven, she thought she’d finally put her past behind her. But sometimes she feels the sting of the scandal from her youth, especially when she keeps crossing paths with her handsome neighbor. So, she keeps her head down and pours all her love into caring for animals.

Lawson Salder moved to Cemetery, Indiana, to escape from the grinding poverty of his childhood. He barely knew Berkley from their old neighborhood, but every time he sees her, the shame and pain come crashing back. He knows she’s got major baggage of her own. They're better off just avoiding each other.

But that’s downright impossible in a town full of matchmaking busybodies. Then there’s the hard-to-ignore attraction they feel every time they see each other. When the universe is conspiring to bring them together, will Berkley and Lawson let past hurts go and embrace the love they deserve?


Berkley Carr has done her best to put her unfortunate past behind her. She grew up under difficult circumstances, and left with a scandal behind her as well. She is now living in the town of Cemetery, Indiana and is running The Love Shack Animal Haven and would rather that no one ever know of her past. It must really be a small world because Lawson Salder grew up in the same neighborhood as Berkley and he is now living in Cemetery as well. Both Berkley and Lawson have done their best to leave their poverty stricken lives in their rear view.

Berkley in no way wants to be reminded of her past life. However, Cemetery is a small town and not only are their business is close proximity to each other's, but they are rather close neighbors as well. Avoiding Lawson will be next to impossible for Berkley, and she cannot help but to realize how drawn to she is to the handsome man. 

With Cemetery being as small as it is, everyone knows everyone else's business. Once the residents, most notably Betty Cemetery, the spry octogenarian, realizes that Berkley and Lawson would be perfect for one another, it seems that a bit of matchmaking will be at play. 

Betty is a great character, as are Berkley and Lawson, and as always in this Indiana Summer series, there is also the unique character of Katherine. I love the special role that she plays in these endearing stories. But the hero of this story is Hero, and I simply could not think of any other way to say this. Hero is Berkley's brindle pit-bull boxer and the emotional connection he has to Berkley and then Lawson truly made my heart sing. 

The first two books in this series are The Honeymoon Cottage and The Little Flower Shop. Each story is wonderful and this third book is equally so. I really hope that this series continues with new couples finding love, and that we always have Betty and Katherine along for the ride.

Many thanks to HQN Books and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Lori Foster is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author with over 10 million books sold. She received the Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews and her books have been chosen as editors picks by Amazon multiple times. Foster is actively involved in charity work, and all of the author proceeds from her anthologies have gone to various organizations, such as the Animal Adoption Foundation, the Conductive Learning Center, and One Way Farm. She lives in Ohio with her high school sweetheart.

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