Title: Found by the Lake Monster
Author: Lillian Lark
Published: June 24, 2022
Publisher: Independently Published
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Content warnings: oviposition, lying
I received a copy of Found by the Lake Monster from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
A lake monster in heat, a lost human in the woods, and the lie that gets her stuffed…
Getting lost in the woods was not the adventure Amy had in mind when she jumped at the chance to search for the local lake monster. She just wanted to liven up her steady but boring life, not wonder if every shadow on the ground is a snake and worry that no one will ever find her.
Luckily, someone does find her.
Unexpectedly, that person isn’t human.
Wildly, he seems to think that she’s his date.
Adrian faces what could be his last heat. As his temperature rises and his biological clock ticks, his only hope is that the witch being sent by a famous matchmaker will be as compatible as he dreams.
Can he convince his date to not only provide relief during his heat but also carry his eggs?
Found by the Lake Monster takes place in the same world as Stalked by the Kraken and includes breeding, knotting, and oviposition.
It’s hard to believe that I only started reading Lillian Lark last year, and in that time have managed to read her backlist and early await all her upcoming releases. She does some fascinating things in the paranormal romance genre (re: monster romances) and while they always feature some out-there ideas, they also have great characters and ideas that just make them so damn fun.
Amy gets lost in the wood while participating in a monster hunt – only to run into an actual lake monster, Adrian, who’s going into heat and is expecting an arranged date to arrive any minute. As the two get to know – and like – each other it becomes harder and harder for Amy to reveal the truth.
So, at the outset I have to say that the deception part of the plot was not my favourite and probably went on too long for my own personal tastes (and Adrian’s reaction was completely deserved), but otherwise, this was really a delight. It’s a novella, which makes it easily digestible and a perfect option if you’re looking to read something completely different to your normal routine. Amy and Adrian’s relationship, once they move to the trusting stage, is great and they have a lot in common, including both being accountants – which made me laugh when I first read it, because it was just so ordinary and so perfect for both of them.
Also, Adrian was a complete cinnamon roll of a hero and I adored him.
Lillian Lark continues to entertain with her stories and I’ll be eagerly awaiting her next one.