Serenity Harbor (Haven Point) by RaeAnne Thayne
Description: 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…
Genre: Romance - Contemporary
Why I Picked This Book: Thayne is one of my absolute favorite contemporary romance authors so I can never resist her books!
My Impression: I love RaeAnne Thayne's stories and her ability to make picking up a new Haven Point novel just like visiting old friends. I love checking in on old friends but at the same time it never gets overwhelming or makes me feel like I need to remember all the details of something that happened 5 books ago.
This book was no different. I loved catching up with the Haven Point residents and getting to know the youngest Bailey who seemed so different from her older siblings. Katrina took awhile for me to warm up to. While I sympathized with her struggle to figure out how her new priorities fits in with the Katrina that Haven Point has always known, she came off a little one note. Her affinity for children - especially Milo is so sweet and feels genuine. Bowie is also an interesting character. He's brilliant, successful, and has made close friends but his past is horrible and he's spent most of life trying to forget it. When he suddenly finds himself guardian of his six year old half brother he didn't know existed. Milo has autism and is unable to communicate and Bowie is desperately trying to do his best. Katrina comes along at the perfect time.
The story pulled me in from the beginning. Both Katrina and Bowie's relationship with Milo was really special and felt authentic. However, the chemistry between the two took along time to click for me. I just didn't feel this relationship even though I liked them. These are very minor issues and didn't keep me from enjoying the book. Thayne never fails to create a world I enjoy visiting.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author: Absolutely! I have the next book and am really looking forward to diving in!
Would I Recommend this Book? If you enjoy contemporary romances that focus more on an emotional connection than heat than Thayne is an author you must not miss!