on June 26th 2017
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In the town of Haven Point, love can be just a wish—and one magical kiss—away…
Computer-tech millionaire Bowie Callahan is about the last person that schoolteacher Katrina Bailey wants to work for. As far as she can see, he's arrogant, entitled and not up to the task of caring for his young half brother, Milo. But Kat is, especially if it brings her closer to her goal of adopting an orphaned little girl. And as her kindness and patience work wonders with Milo, she realizes there's more to sexy, wary Bo than she'd ever realized.
Bo never imagined he'd be tasked with caring for a sibling he didn't know existed. Then again, he never pictured himself impulsively kissing vibrant, compassionate Katrina in the moonlight. Now he's ready to make her dream of family come true…and hoping there's room in it for him, too…
~~Reviewed by Evelyn~~
After the first two books that I read by RaeAnne Thayne, I penciled her in on my list of favorite authors. Now, after reading Serenity Harbor, the 6th book in the Haven Point series, I am going to erase the pencil and add her name to the list in ink. No, better yet: Sharpie! Her novel of two damaged adults who are afraid to trust themselves enough to fall in love is compelling and often heartbreaking. Add two special needs children and a wonderful small town into the mix, and Ms. Thayne has given us a story that is complex and heartwarming.
Bowie Callahan is the very good looking but elusive computer expert that has just moved to Haven Point. The son of a 16-year-old runaway, he has never known his father. His drug-addicted mother dragged him from place to place, school to school, to stay ahead of social services until they parted ways when Bowie was 15. Determined to turn his back on his horrible childhood, he admittedly hacked his way into MIT and eventually became a very successful businessman. Without warning, he found himself taking custody of Milo, an autistic 6-year-old brother that he hadn’t even known he had. Caring for a special needs child while working at his extremely demanding career, Bowie wasn’t sure how he was going to juggle it all until he met Katrina.
Katrina Bailey had grown up in Haven Point. It had not been easy because she had epilepsy and learning difficulties which caused her to be bullied by other kids. The seizures eventually stopped, but she had trouble shaking the reputation that she wasn’t very smart, sometimes even within herself. In an effort to show everyone that she was capable of doing anything, she went to school and received her elementary teaching degree. She came home to Haven Point to teach, and she found she loved her job. She was especially drawn to the students with special needs. Unfortunately, she was also often drawn to the wrong men, and she gave up her teaching job to follow one of them to Colombia. While the relationship quickly went south, as did all her relationships, she spent a lot of time at a local orphanage. She lost her heart to a 4-year-old girl with Downs Syndrome and she planned to adopt her. She returned home for a short time in order to earn enough money to pay all of the fees involved in an international adoption. She crossed paths with Bowie who was impressed by the way she handled Milo. She did not want to get involved with Bowie due to her lack of confidence with relationships, and she did not want to get involved with Milo because he needed someone long term and she was headed back to Colombia for Gabi. Bowie, however, offered her a ridiculous amount of money to help Milo, even for a short time. Can this arrangement work when they are both feeling a very strong attraction towards each other, an attraction than neither really wants?
There are so many things to love about this story. First of all, there are the characters. They are all very likeable, and more important, they are all very human. Bowie and Kat are very different people, but both are very flawed due to difficult childhoods. It is wonderful yet often painful to watch them deal with their insecurities. Both are so well written that they could be people you know. Bowie’s brother Milo will capture your heart just as he did with Bowie and Kat, especially if you have any experience with autistic kids. The supporting cast of townsfolk could be your neighbors down the street.
I loved that the author took the risk to add, not just one, but two children with special needs to the story. Usually the children in romance novels, especially the children of the hero or heroine, are almost too perfect to be believed. It was refreshing to have a story line that dealt in a real way with an issue facing so many children and their parents. Once again, Milo could have been your best friend’s child.
I loved that the author crafted a complex and compelling story line that had me in tears at times. There were enough twists and turns along the way to keep me guessing and the conclusion was logical and satisfying. The refreshingly clean romance between the two main characters was realistic in its progression and still very hot in its own way.
Serenity Harbor was a 5 star visit to Haven Point! Our next visit, Sugar Pine Trail, is scheduled for release on September 29. I can’t wait!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.