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The Bachelor Next Door, book one

It all started with a lodge on a lake, a damaged hero, and a mistaken identity…


Izzy Gordon is sleepwalking through life. But when a letter arrives reminding her of long-forgotten filmmaking dreams, her best friend convinces her to make a short film about the gangster history of an old Northwoods resort. It should be easy – Izzy’s parents own the land the resort sits on.


But there’s a snag – her family wants to sell the property to developers, and the resort owners are fighting to stop them. So Izzy books a room under a fake name.

Gib Murphy, globe-trotting photojournalist, knows all about lost dreams. Home recovering from a war assignment that left him injured and broken, all he wants is some peace and quiet. Bad enough that he’s been drafted into helping his grandparents battle to save their resort, but now, a filmmaker is digging into old family secrets.

Even worse, he's falling for her. But with everything Izzy and Gib are hiding about the past, will they ruin their chance for a future together?

LOVE ON THE LANE is the first book in THE BACHELOR NEXT DOOR series – fast-paced, contemporary romances with sparkling dialogue and heroes to die for.


A previous version of this novel was published under the title, Her Best Bet. 

Awards & Reviews

1st Place – Laurel Wreath Awards

2nd Place – Beacon Awards

3rd Place – Heart of Excellence Readers Choice Awards

Finalist – Golden Quill Awards

Finalist – Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence

Finalist - Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence

5 HEARTS! “Pamela Ford mixes humor, tension and sizzle, and comes up with another winning story. Her characters are living, breathing people that you can relate to with ease. Excellent twists, sensual sizzles, and believable characters. I’ll definitely be looking forward for more from this author.” –Pink Heart Society


4-1/2 STARS!  “Ford’s characters are wonderfully realistic with real emotions and problems ... her dialogue is witty and the story captivating” –Romantic Times 

“Ms. Ford has a hit with this romance. Her characters are witty and have dimension. Izzy and her roommate, Shelly, truly show a great female friendship. You can’t help but enjoy the heat that builds between Izzy and Gib, and laugh with her and Shelly. Grab this one to take with you to the gym, on the plane or just to relax with. You’ll enjoy it.” –Noveltalk


“A winner with a story line that is fast and fun. The characters are dynamic and readers will find themselves turning the pages as Izzy tries to create a future, and Gib runs from his past. Enjoy ladies!” –Romance Reviews Today

“A romantic getaway. Award-winning author, Pamela Ford, convinces her readers that even the impossible is possible; compassion, romance and a touch of mystery make this book a great escape.” –CataRomance Reviews


“This book is like slowly swinging in a hammock, lazing away the afternoon ... I could feel the connection between Gib and Izzy ... The neat way the story wraps up taking into account what Gib and Izzy both want is a treat. No one loses. Win-win” –Dear Author


“A fun, emotional page-turner. Izzy is the type of person you would love to know in real life. Gib's pain is so real, it reaches out from the page to grab you and to see Izzy soothe him is a delight. I will be on the lookout for more by Ms. Ford.” –Romance Junkies

"An enjoyable read, one that I can recommend ... I loved the sense of place in this book." –All About Romance

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