Lake + Manning

· Jessica Hawkins
58 reviews

About this ebook

The final book in the Something in the Way series, a love saga. Now a USA Today and Google Play bestseller.

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. 

Ratings and reviews

58 reviews
The Book Bee
February 16, 2018
REVIEW: 5 FINAL STARS "You know I'll always move the stars for you if need be. Whatever it takes." I'm sure I can hear you saying this now...."Oh sure, another 5 STAR review from Bee for another Jessica Hawkins book." Well, you have to know I've never lied about her ability to feed your emotions and turn you inside out!! Right? I'm sure you've all taken my advice with the first three books already, so you know I mean business! Right? I thought so! So, with that being said, just go ahead and bypass all my giddiness and grab the book HERE. If you are willing to see what the book made me feel, read ahead.....but remember, if I thought the ending of Move the Stars was left in a perfect spot for us to carry on with our own imaginations as to how life was going for Birdy and Bear, then the ending to this one is drop-down-to-your-knees-and-bow-down worthy. Yep. Worthy. First and foremost, we got to see a very protective and powerful side of Manning in this book. OMGosh....he was everything for me. Everything. He wanted to possess her with this ferocity because his entire world rested in her being. He mastered the art of seduction. He honed the skills needed to calm an emotional Lake. He owned her heart outright and took care of it amazingly well. I swooned hard every time he spoke to her, calmed her, confirmed her, loved her....anything and everything he did was FOR her and I couldn't sigh enough. He just made me smile. There was nothing he did that I didn't trip over. He was everything. Jessica is the purveyor of amazing Book Boyfriends. "You'll have to be satisfied knowing it'll only be you and me - but it'll always be you and me." Lake. My heart hurt for her. To not give anything away, Jessica did a phenomenal job writing her torment. Writing her perceived failure. I wanted to hug her through the pages and hold her while rocking. I couldn't stop reading her story, but I knew that no matter what, Jessica would do it justice. The emotions in this book are heavy, ones that you can just feel. They are palpable. They are gritty. They are raw. And they are emotional! I loved this last look into Bear and Birdy's world that gave us just that little unexpected bit more of them. It was an emotional journey how they battled all the issues plaguing them after finally deciding that they were the ones that belonged together, no matter what. Lake + Manning was beautiful and painful, tragic in some spots, but beautiful nonetheless. Jessica writes emotion with such passionate conviction. I wish I knew how she did this. How does she make me feel every single syllable she writes? Every single book. Every single character. Every single storyline. Sucks. Me. In. There is nothing better than a book that can make me feel. One that can pull me in with relatability and reality, consequences and truths. I love that Jessica makes her books so real. There is always an element of truth, something you can grasp onto and actually understand and empathize with. She has been my go-to favorite author since December 2013, and this series is proof as to why. She never fails at making me feel her books. All the emotions. Every time. "No matter what, the story would only ever be about us." ~BEE
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Cindy Green
February 13, 2018
5 Summer Triangle Stars! SPOILER FREE REVIEW My thoughts are all over the place where Lake + Manning are concerned. How do you even begin to convey what reading their love story means, what feelings it will evoke and how you’ll manage the ups and downs. This is not just a story full of angst, hope, frustration, love, anger, hatred, etc., etc. This is a journey. Jessica takes you on a journey that will captivate your heart and soul in a way you never thought possible. Nothing about Lake + Manning or their relationship has been an easy road to follow. Their love is all consuming, but sometimes fate likes to step in and test you again and again. Even so, Manning is strong and will do everything in his power to make sure his Birdy is safe, well taken care of and happy. To see Manning in is element, acting all alpha, “great bear” with his girl is soooooooooooooo sexy! Oh em gee this man, this is the Manning I absolutely love and adore. Lake is Lake, I’ve admired her from the start and that feeling has only intensified while following her through this bumpy life. When she loves, she loves with every fiber of her being. She’s honest, she’s real and I can honestly say I’m one of her biggest fans. I loved this story and the entire series. The characters have captured my heart, it will never be the same. Yes, I’m pretty sure there were multiple times my heart broke in two and I thought I might not survive. But with the love and support of my book girls, I made it through and I feel like I have a new family. Lake + Manning’s love story is a journey worth taking and one you won’t forget. The conclusion of Lake + Manning’s story is nothing short of perfection. Their love story is beautiful, painful, raw and emotional. Jessica’s writing is once again flawless as she guides us through the ever-changing obstacles they continue to face. Every word pulls you deeper and deeper into their lives. They’ve become family, not just characters in a love story. It won’t be easy to let go, I can’t believe their story has come to an end. I know without a doubt their story and my journey with them will always hold a special place in my heart ❤❤❤ #Team Lanning #BearandBirdy #Foreverinmyheart #Blueberrypie
1 person found this review helpful
Dirty Bad Bloggers
February 12, 2018
This book was the perfect way to end this series. After Move the Stars ended, I really felt myself yearning to find out what happened after Lake & Manning's reconciliation. This story was a unique view of what happens after the Happily Ever After that we don't normally don't get to see. The way the struggles of real life can catch up with you and how difficult it can be to navigate relationships with difficult family dynamics. Lake & Manning's love story is EPIC and will go down forever as one of my most favorite series of books. In this book more than the others, I thought you could feel the love and devotion that Manning has for Lake. It dripped right off the pages. I'm not ashamed to say that I laughed and cried while reading this book but very happy with the way it all wrapped up.

About the author

Jessica Hawkins is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her “emotionally gripping” and “off-the-charts hot” romance. Dubbed “queen of angst” by both peers and readers for her smart and provocative work, she’s garnered a cult-like following of fans who love to be torn apart…and put back together.

She writes romance both at home in New York and around the world, a coffee shop traveler who bounces from café to café with just a laptop, headphones, and a coffee cup. She loves to keep in close touch with her readers, mostly via Facebook, Instagram, and her mailing list.

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