Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Cottages on Silver Beach by RaeAnne Thayne

Title: The Cottages on Silver Beach
Author: RaeAnne Thayne
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Haven Point #8
Main Characters: Megan and Elliot
Release Date: June 2018
Publisher: Harlequin
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Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
Years after betraying her, he’s back in Haven Point…and ready to learn the truth.

Megan Hamilton never really liked Elliot Bailey. He turned his back on her family when they needed him the most and it almost tore them all apart. So she’s shocked when Elliot arrives at her family’s inn, needing a place to stay and asking questions that dredge up the past. Megan will rent him a cottage, but that’s where it ends—no matter how gorgeous Elliot has become. 

Coming back home to Haven Point was the last thing bestselling writer Elliot Bailey thought he’d ever do. But the book he’s writing now is his most personal one yet and it’s drawn him back to the woman he can’t get out of his mind. Seeing Megan again is harder than he expected and it brings up feelings he’d thought were long buried. Could this be his chance to win over his first love?
My Review:
I forget between books just how much I enjoy RaeAnne Thayne's stories. I think the covers of her books throw me off because they're sweeter looking than I normally like to read. But then I jump into the story and find myself enthralled quickly. She always writes great characters. 

So, this book. Elliot and Megan have a history. She grew up with him being one of her brother's best friends. And then she dated Elliot's brother until he tragically died. Although both of them have felt a certain draw and chemistry to the other throughout that time, neither of them have ever been in a place where they could act on it. As a result, they've actually spent a lot of years actively avoiding one another. 

But when Elliot comes to town to finish writing his book, he ends up staying in the cabin next to Megan's and things develop from there. 

Like I mentioned before, I really enjoyed this story. These two characters were everything I love in characters. Megan is an artistic photographer who's always dreamed of a bigger life, but never been free of her obligations where she could follow those dreams. She's actually right now on the cusp of gaining some acclaim for her photography and the pressure is getting to her. Elliot is an FBI agent, who's been put on mandatory leave after he screwed up a mission. But he's not only a tough law enforcement officer, he's also a best-selling author. Yes! And they've known one another for years, so there's a familiarity between them that creates a bond that's already there even if they really don't know the adult versions of one another. 

There were also some great sub-plots in the book...the upcoming wedding, Megan's gallery showing, Elliot's book deadline, and the whole mystery of what happened to Luke's (Megan's brother) missing wife. Overall, it was a riveting read and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute that I spent inhaling it. It was great and I definitely recommend it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest and voluntary review.

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