Title: Love Beneath the Lake
Author: L. Summers
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 15, 2018
Page Count: 121 Pages
Reviewed by: ColinJ
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Evan Massie has always been drawn to the water. So when he discovers his ex-boyfriend’s cheating and manipulations, the first safe place that comes to mind is his family’s old cabin on the lake. It’s remote, completely off the grid, and offers Evan the one thing he needs most: solitude.
Except Evan may not be as alone as he thinks. There is something living in the lake, an ancient, mythical being that is connected to Evan in ways he never thought possible. The discovery might be just what Evan needs to help mend his broken heart—and to reignite the passion that he thought had been extinguished.
This is an interesting story and quite an easy read. The author has a writing style that is approachable but quite simplistic. The story is written in the third person and yet the point of view is of the central character. This leaves the reader distanced from this character and even worse makes interactions with other characters quite hollow. Both characterisation and world building are well developed throughout the story. Time is spent to provide a description of location and context. The central character is described in enough detail to move the story forward but the problem is that there is little opportunity to develop any richness of personality. As such the reader has quite superficial empathy with his experiences. The lake person has physical characteristics that are explored in some depth. This is an interesting figure that could have been very rich in all dimensions, but sadly there are only glimpses of his real nature.
The sex is interesting and described in some detail. Anatomical and physiological differences allow the author to explore actions without repetition. The most effective part of the book in terms of empathy is the tenderness shown by the lake character.
There is a steady pace to the story, the plot is light and even where there is the potential for tension these are handled quite quickly and without exploration. As a result, the reader is left with the thought that this is an interesting read but could have been so much more.
The story ends on a positive note and in terms of the plot is rounded off. However, there are gaps in understanding that leave the reader to believe that this is not the end.