Review: Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne

Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne
Series:  Haven Point Series (# 6)
Release Date:  June 27, 2017
Publisher:  Harlequin Books
Pages:  384 pages
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

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…

 

Review:  This book is a contemporary romance, and is part of the Haven Point Series. The other books don’t need to be read in order to understand the plot of this book.

I was happy and surprised that the brother of the main character, Bowie, was diagnosed on the Autism spectrum. I don’t see many romance novels bring this subject into their books, so this was something that really made my day.  I liked the interactions between the two brothers when you first meet them, because I feel that the reader gets a good basic understanding of the child, Milo, as well as the man, Bowie. The frustrations that each of them are feeling in that particular moment are well written and truly allows the reader into a real world scenario that they have either scene or have lived through. Milo represents all children with autism. He was this sweet, funny, different little boy that has a totally different aspect on life than most people do, and that’s ok.

The only negative thing I have to say is that I had a hard time liking Kat. I found her to be condescending and a bit too in your face about things. I think what really left a bad taste in my mouth was the scene after the altercation at the grocery store. Bowie was introducing himself to Kat and was trying to explain Milo’s autism diagnosis, and Kat corrected Bowie that Milo was a person first and his diagnosis second. I didn’t like that scene because it was after a very highly stressful situation and the last thing a caregiver needs is to be reprimanded by a stranger. It just really bugged me.

I also liked Bowie because he was charming and endearing to me. He’s this computer whiz that totally forgets about time and commitments not because he doesn’t care, but because he gets so focused on what he’s doing that everything else goes by the way side.

That being said, I enjoyed the small town feeling of Haven Point, and all of the secondary characters were fun to read about and I would love to get to know them better.  If the reader enjoys small town romance, I say this book could be for you.