I volunteered to read an arc copy of this story as I have been inpatiently waiting for this book since binge reading the rest of the series a few months back. Both the lead characters have featured in the earlier tales so reading the other books would add background but it is totally possible to read this as a standalone story. Both brad and Macy have emotional baggage from previous life events and we see them work through these. It is an absorbing book and you can imagine yourself living in lake howling. Some plot lines are left open such as the Buchanan land issues and brad and Ethan's family issues. I hope we see the outcomes as the series continues. The next book is newmans story and I would start it right now if I could! I hope this series continues as each book allows a catch up with the characters from the previous stories and it's nice to see the lives and dynamics of the town.