Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Living at 40 ~ LB Dunbar ~ New Release & Review


Lakeside Cottage series

An all-new contemporary romance from L.B. Dunbar centered around lifelong friendships, a lake house, and second chances at love over 40.

RELEASE DATE: June 3, 2021.



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Is it an accidental pregnancy, if it’s purposefully planned?

Autumn Kulis wants a baby. It’s that simple and that complicated because one thing stands in her way - she doesn’t have a man in her life. And at almost forty, she isn’t getting any younger. On a two-week trip to her brother’s lakeside cottage, a plan forms. Make a list of three men. Sleep with each of them. Allow nature to take its course. Only, a certain someone gets in her way.

Logan Anders goes with the flow of life. Divorced, single dad, he works hard, and occasionally plays harder. When his college roommate invites him to Lakeside Cottage for two weeks, he hadn’t remembered his best friend’s little sister being so hot. Nor was he a fan of her plan to find a baby daddy. He’s determined to make her list then tear it to shreds leaving him the only man horizontal with her.

When we were forty, we had so much life to live, and a simple proposition could be the start of a second chance at really living.


*Brother’s best friend

*Childhood crush revealed. . . and acted upon.

*Purposeful pregnancy plan

*Four lifelong friends and shenanigans

Elizabeth's Review

3.5 stars - Worth a Reader's Time

Review Copy Provided by Author

I’m a bit conflicted about Living at 40. Ms Dunbar is a go to author for me and I did enjoy this read, but….

Let’s start with the good:
The set up. I liked the idea of a group of life long friends coming together and having sparks fly between one of the friends/younger sister.

The characters. The almost the entire crew was easy to like and root for to figure things out. I especially liked Autumn’s introspection as she tries to determine if she was going in the right direction with life.

Now for the “I’m not sure how I feels….”
Mason - He is a secondary character that has almost too big of a role. Living at 40 is book 1 in a trilogy and there is some needed seed planting for books 2 and 3, but Mason actions and behavior make him a bit distracting when looking at the Autumn/Logan story line.

Logan - yes, the male lead of the story is part of what I struggle with. There are times when his actions make me believe his emotional investment, but then…… I just didn’t always buy that Logan was as all “in” as he said he was and it make some of his later actions feel less than they should.

Normally when I walk away from an LB Dunbar book, I have a sense of hope that there is love out there for everyone- even if you aren’t 20 or a billionaire. There was an element of that here, but I had a heavy sense of conflicted feelings about love, romance, and second chances. I’m am curious about what comes next in the series, but I am also holding my breath a bit to see if that is more like the Ms Dunbar I expect.

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