Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne

Title: Serenity Harbor
Author: RaeAnne Thayne
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Harbor Point #6
Main Characters: Bowie and Kat
Release Date: June 2017
Publisher:  Harlequin Books
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Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
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…
My Review:
I'll admit that I'm bad. I forget just how much I love this world that RaeAnne Thayne has created in between books, but when I start digging into my reading, I'm swept away. I love this little town and the employees of Caine Tech that now live there. 

Bowie is one of those transplants. Although he was one of the founding trio for Caine Tech, he has just recently moved to Harbor Point. Even more recently, he discovered he has a little brother...age 6 who has severe autism. He's completely non-vocal and Bowie has no idea how traumatic his little brother's life may have been up to this point, since their mother has died. All indications were that she wasn't any better with Milo than she was with Bowie, although Milo definitely needs more specialized care. Bowie has no idea how to handle his brother or provide him the safe environment he needs. He keeps hiring nannies and they all have quit, but Bowie has an extremely demanding job. He can't stay home with Milo. 

Kat is home for just a few weeks for her sister's wedding. For the last year she has lived in Colombia and is trying to adopt her own special needs child. Gabi is 4, living in an orphanage where she doesn't have access to the full care she needs as a child with Down's Syndrome. Kat is also a teacher who hopes to someday specialize in working with special needs children. She runs into Bowie and Milo at the grocery store where Milo is on the verge of a complete meltdown. She sees the signs and steps in to help the distraught boy. Bowie tries to hire her on the spot, for as many weeks as she's in town. Adopting Gabi is expensive, so eventually Kat agrees. 

This is such a sweet, wonderful story. Every single character in it melted my heart...Kat who's trying so hard to guard her heart and put Gabi first no matter what, Bowie who's overwhelmed and has no idea how to handle Milo or Kat, and Milo who watches the world silently, but needs so much love to pull him out of his shell. 

It's a beautiful story. And Kat's backstory is so rich with the details that made my heart just ache for her. Her conflict is so real. She's trying so hard to be a better person. She's made a lot of bad choices over the years and has had a hard time forgiving herself for that. It certainly doesn't help when her mother constantly belittles what she's doing...grr, that drove me mad. But she does have a good support system otherwise and I do love this little town. I can't wait to read the next book in the series...

I definitely recommend this one...and don't worry, while the characters from the other stories makes lots of appearances, this is a series that you can read out of order with no problems or confusion.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review, but I bought a print copy of the book for my keeper shelf.

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