Book Review: Redemption Bay (Haven Point #2) by RaeAnne Thayne

Posted June 30, 2015 by Melissa in Book Review | 17 Comments

Book Review: Redemption Bay (Haven Point #2) by RaeAnne ThayneTitle: Redemption Bay
Series: Haven Point #2
Also in Series: Evergreen Springs, Riverbend Road, Snowfall on Haven Point, Serenity Harbor, Sugar Pine Trail
Author: RaeAnne Thayne
Publisher: Harlequin, HQN Books
Publication date: June 30th 2015
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Romance
Length: 384 Pages
Source: Publisher
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne brings you back to Haven Point—a place made for second chances…

McKenzie Shaw would do anything for her beloved hometown of Haven Point. It may be small and struggling, but it's never let her down…unlike gorgeous, infuriating Ben Kilpatrick. He was her childhood hero until he closed his family's factory, leaving the town's economy in shambles. Now he's back—his tech firm is considering opening a local facility. For Haven Point's sake, McKenzie has to grit her teeth and play nice.

What could a town filled with painful memories ever offer Ben? He left Haven Point behind years ago, for good reason. Yet seeing the town through the eyes of McKenzie—its fiery young mayor—he suddenly has his answer. If only he can resolve the animosity crackling between them, Ben may have found the place where he can build ties and find healing…a place where love arrives when it's least expected.

Book Quote

“A soft, warm feeling of contentment seeped through her. This was her town, these were her people. She was part of it, just like the Redemption Mountains across the lake.”

5 Reasons I loved Redemption Bay (and you will too!)

  • Although the 2nd in a series…one doesn’t need any back story to jump right in and enjoy Redemption Bay
  • Haven Point – The small town setting with it’s wonderfully unique history, gorgeous views and lakeside property.  Who wouldn’t want to live there?
  • Thayne writes amazing characters that grab the reader from the first page. McKenzie has an interesting history and investment in the town which make her the perfect mayor.  Ben is just handsome enough, just tortured enough by his personal history and just smart enough to not let it get in the way when it counts.  Supporting cast that adds to feeling of family…especially McKenzie’s sister Devin.
  • A heartfelt romance that the reader can 100% get behind…no questions…no doubts…I loved it!
  • Two beautiful, charming dogs: Rika and Hondo…don’t animals make every story just that much better?

Final Thoughts

I loved just how much heart both of these characters had…especially McKenzie.  This book is a winner all around…great pacing, plot, characters and an amazing setting that I can’t wait to revisit!

About RaeAnne Thayne

RaeAnne Thayne

I’m not one of those people who knew from birth she was destined to become a writer. I always loved to read and throughout my childhood I could usually be found with a book in my hands. To the disgust of my friends, I even enjoyed creative writing assignments that made them all groan. But I had other dreams besides writing. I wanted to be an actress or a teacher or a lawyer.

Life took a different turn for me, though, when my mother made me take a journalism elective in high school (thanks, Mom!). I knew the first day that this was where I belonged.

After I graduated from college in journalism, I took a job at the local daily newspaper and I reveled in the challenge and the diversity of it. One day I could be interviewing the latest country music star, the next day I was writing about local motorcycle gangs or interviewing an award-winning scientist.

Through it all — through the natural progression of my career from reporter to editor — I wrote stories in my head. Not just any stories, either, but romances, the kind of books I have devoured since junior high school, with tales about real people going through the trials and tribulations of life until they find deep and lasting love.

I had no idea how to put these people on paper, but knew I had to try — their stories were too compelling for me to ignore. I sold my first book in 1995 and now, more than 40 books later, I’ve come to love everything about writing, from the click of the computer keys under my fingers to the “that’s-it!” feeling I get when a story is flowing.

I write full-time now (well, as full-time as I can manage juggling my kids!) amid the raw beauty of the northern Utah mountains.

Even though I might not have dreamed of being a writer when I was younger, now I simply can’t imagine my life any other way.

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17 responses to “Book Review: Redemption Bay (Haven Point #2) by RaeAnne Thayne

    • Melissa

      I got it at BEA too 🙂 If you like small town romances…you’ll love this one…so well done:) And the dogs are the icing on the cake 🙂

  1. Was this your first book by her? What a winner! I’ve seen her TONS of books at the library before but this one sounds absolutely happy, fun, relaxing… a perfect summer read! YAY!!! Great review (I love how your review format).

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