ARC Review: Serenity Harbor (RaeAnne Thayne)

Serenity Harbor , the 6th book from Haven Point features schoolteacher Katrina Bailey (the youngest Bailey sibling, sister of Wyn and Marshall from book #4 and #5) and computer-tech millionaire Bowie Callahan. In between the two there is also a sweet six-years-old autistic boy, Milo, who is Bowie’s half younger brother. Bo doesn’t know that Milo existed but when he gets guardianship Bo is determined not to take care of him

Milo is pretty much the catalyst for Katrina and Bo’s relationship. Kat’s first encounter with Bo and Milo is when Milo is having a meltdown in supermarket with Bo not knowing what to do. Since Kat is a primary schoolteacher, she makes connection with Milo. Bo asks Kat to help becoming Milo’s temporary nanny, until Milo’s future autism specialist arrives and before Kat leaves back to Colombia.


Hmmmm… I’ve loved the previous stories from this series but I think I hit a snag this time around. Now, I LOVED Milo … my heart went out for this boy. It annoyed me at first that Bo seemed to focus more on his works rather than his special-needs brother. Bo gets better in dealing with Milo of course but still… he could’ve get to that point sooner.

I think my problem is because I didn’t feel the chemistry between Kat and Bo. In fact, I thought Kat had better connection with Milo. ALL of Kat and Milo’s interaction warmed my heart dearly. From the moment she crouched down on Milo’s level to talk to him out of his meltdown, to making him breakfast, to teaching him to verbally communicate. It was beautiful and touching for me.

On top of that, the whole ** SPOILER \ Katrina’s plan to adopt another special-needs girl from Colombia / END SPOILER** felt a little outside of my realm of romance. It’s a little bit too out there. Plus I couldn’t help thinking that using too many special-needs children to make me care for Kat and Bo as a couple to be a little “manipulative”.

So yes, I didn’t love this as romance as a whole. BUT everything with Kat and Milo lifted up the book for me. I’m still interested with the next book of course! It will feature the charming Jamie Caine and the librarian Julia Winston. That sounds promising 🙂

RATING: 3 out of 5






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Title: Serenity Harbor
Author: RaeAnne Thayne
Series: Haven Point, #6
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: HQN Books
Purchase Links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Books
Release Date: June 27th, 2017

ARC Review: The Holiday Gift (RaeAnne Thayne)

The Holiday Gift is the last story of the Nichols sister, which started Hope in The Christmas Ranch and later Celeste in A Cold Creek Christmas Story. This time, it’s the oldest sister, Faith, who finally gets her love story with her best friend, Chase Brannon.

When we are first introduced to Faith back in Hope’s book, she recently lost her husband, being a young widow with two children at the age of 32-years-old. Now, it’s two years later, and Chase who has been in love with Faith since forever, determines to finally make her see how he feels about her.

I liked Chase — I liked that Chase knows what he wants, and well, he is a fine, FINE man. He’s kind and loyal, and I totally love his devotion to his only daughter. It was Faith that frustrated the hell out of me. I seriously wanted to knock some sense into this woman, frequently groaning over her coward way of retreating from Chase, to the point that she was making that idiotic move by trying to set up Chase with another woman. Seriously, woman!!! Even your sister and aunt know how that man feels about you!!

My frustration over Faith made me enjoy her story less than her two sisters. Although all in all, it was a good holiday romance story, with low level of steam … which is just my cup of tea 🙂


RATING: 3.5 out of 5





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30813474Title: The Holiday Gift
Author: RaeAnne Thayne
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 224 pages
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: Nov 1, 2016

ARC Review: Riverbend Road (RaeAnne Thayne)

It feels good returning to Haven Point, the fictional small town from the pen of RaeAnne Thayne, which started with Snow Angel Cove back in 2014. In Riverbend Road, readers are going to meet police officer Wynona “Wyn” Bailey and the Chief of Police, Cade Emmett.

I loved Wyn so much!! I thought she was totally awesome. She stole my heart early on when she walked into an old barn on fire to save two teenage boys. Then Wyn continued to charm me as the story went along, with her befriending a skittish woman and her kids, teaching self-defense class, and of course dealing with her feeling for Cade. I loved that she made the first move and later on, she didn’t back down when she told Cade what she wanted out of him.


“I don’t want to be vital to the department. “I only want to be vital to you. I’m in love with you, Cade. Don’t you get it?”


There wasn’t a lot that I could complaint about when it comes to Wyn. I adored her; she was kind, friendly, resourceful, and strong. On top of that she was also a survivor. I think Wyn is definitely my favorite heroine so far from this series.

Cade on the other hand — urgh, I could knock some sense into him. Being the best friend of Wyn’s older brother, Cade suffered from the typical attitude in romance, as in not wanting to make a move towards his best friend’s sister. It also didn’t help that Cade was practically Wyn’s boss, which could complicate their professional relationship if people found out. Especially since one of Wyn’s friends was none other than Haven Point’s mayor, a.k.a. Cade’s boss.

Despite this, I thought the story was lovely; there was definitely a chemistry between Wyn and Cade considering they were also good friends. There was douse of humor too, one of the most precious moments was when Wyn asked Cade to help with her self-defense class. Not going to spoil much but there was a good amount of drama and action near the end, which resulted in a satisfying conclusion for Wyn and Cade’s romance.

It was a satisfying read and I look forward to more stories from Haven Point…


RATING: 4 out of 5






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ARC Review: Riverbend Road (RaeAnne Thayne)
Riverbend Road
Author: RaeAnne Thayne
Series: Haven Point, #4
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Publisher: HQN Books
Release Date: June 21st, 2016