Title: Snowfall on Haven Point
Author: RaeAnne Thayne
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Haven Point #5
Main Characters: Andrea and Marshall
Release Date: September 2016
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
It's been two rough years since Andrea Montgomery lost her husband, and all she wants is for her children to enjoy their first Christmas in Haven Point. But then Andie's friend asks a favor—to keep an eye on her brother, Sheriff Marshall Bailey, who's recovering from a hit and run. Andie will do anything for Wyn, even park her own misgivings to check on her grouchy, wounded bear of a brother.
Marshall hates feeling defenseless and resents the protective impulses that Andie brings out in him. But when a blizzard forces them together for the holidays, something in Marshall begins to thaw. Andie's gentle nature is a salve, and her kids' excitement for the holidays makes him forget why he never wanted a family. If only he and Andie can admit what they really want—each other—their Christmas wishes might come true after all.
I always love a wounded hero and this book starts out after Marshall was injured by a hit and run driver. Marshall is the town's sheriff, so he has a few enemies. But this injury just so happens when his friends/family are all out of town and he doesn't have anyone to help him adjust to life on crutches...in the middle of winter. That's where Andrea comes in. She's his neighbor and Marshall's sister calls in a favor...can Andrea check on him?
And that's where the relationship comes in. The thing is...Andrea has been through hell over the last few years...starting when her cop husband died on the job and then ending with another cop attacking and raping her. She's pretty much through with cops...which means Marshall is off limits. But that's easy because his injury and circumstance means he's grumpy and difficult.
I love that this relationship is such a slow build. It makes it all the more believable and I liked how it snuck up on both the characters, too. I really enjoyed the story and the book. The different story lines with the kids worked...in fact, everything about this book worked for me. I simply enjoyed reading it. There's a lot of emotion to it and it's simply a perfect read for the holidays. I need to order it in print.
BTW, this is part of a series, but I promise you will never be lost if you haven't read the rest of the series. It works perfectly as a standalone.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.