Book Review: Riverbend Road (Haven Point #4) by RaeAnne Thayne

Posted June 25, 2016 by Melissa in Book Review | 12 Comments

Book Review:  Riverbend Road (Haven Point #4) by RaeAnne ThayneTitle: Riverbend Road
Series: Haven Point #4
Also in Series: Redemption Bay, Evergreen Springs, Snowfall on Haven Point
Author: RaeAnne Thayne
Publisher: Harlequin, HQN Books
Publication date: June 21st 2016
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 368 Pages
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

Protecting the streets of Haven Point isn't just a job for police officer Wyn Bailey, it's a family tradition. But lately she's found herself wanting more, especially from her boss—and overprotective brother's best friend—sexy chief of police, Cade Emmett. The only problem is getting Cade to view her as more than just a little sister.

Cade's hands-off approach with Wyn isn't from lack of attraction. But his complicated past has forced him to conceal his desire. When Wyn is harmed in the line of duty, Cade realizes the depth of his feelings, but can he let his guard down long enough to embrace the love he secretly craves?

Book Excerpt

“Then why are you making such a deal about what happened today? I saved two boys’ lives and all you’ve done is yell at me!”

“I thought you were dead. Don’t you get that?”

Her breath caught at the raw intensity in his voice and she stared at him.

“When I rolled up to the scene and didn’t see you, I thought you were inside that barn and we were going to find you burned to a crisp, along with the kids.”

The words seemed to vibrate through the night, through her. She felt light-headed suddenly, as if she’d just run down to the lake and back.

“I had the situation under control,” she whispered. She couldn’t seem to take her gaze away from his, from those blue eyes that blazed with searing emotion.

“If something had happened to you on my watch, it would have destroyed me.”

Destroyed him? His word choice rocked her. Yes, she might be the officer he wanted at his back in a crisis but losing her would have destroyed him? What did he mean?
She let out a shaky breath. “Nothing happened. I’m fine.”

“Your family has lost enough. Wyatt. Your dad. The Baileys have given more than their share, don’t you think?”

Ah. So it was about her family. “You were only worried about facing Charlene if something happened to me.”

“I didn’t think once about your mother, trust me.”

“Marshall, Katrina or Elliot, then. They can all be pretty formidable.”

“This has nothing to do with your family. I was worried about losing you.”

She didn’t know how to deal with this serious, intense Cade Emmett—and she was quickly losing her slippery grasp on the feelings she tried so hard to contain around him. In desperation, she made a lame attempt at humor.

“I get it,” she said, forcing a smile, though she was pretty sure it trembled at the edges. “It’s tough to find qualified cops willing to work for the paltry wages in Haven Point. You would have had to go through all the interviews, the pesky background checks, calling referrals, then finally training someone new. It’s a pain.”

“I wish this was only about the job,” he said gruffly.

He was almost close enough to kiss her. Just another step. She swallowed and licked her lips, willing him to take it.

She had saved two lives today. No matter what he said, she knew she had done the right thing, showed a shaky but resolute courage that would have made her father proud. She had done it for the boys’ sake, not because she wanted recognition or a commendation but surely she deserved something for her effort.

He wouldn’t kiss her first, she suddenly realized— and not because he didn’t want to. The complete certainty of that left her dizzy. Cade wanted to kiss her but he would never take that first step. His job was everything to him, his chance to become more than just another worthless, lazy Emmett.

She would simply have to take that step for both of them. Who said she couldn’t claim her own reward?

Before she could talk herself out of it, she moved that final few inches between them, stood on tiptoe and pressed her mouth to his.

He stood frozen for only a second and then he made a low, almost desperate sound in his throat and returned the kiss with a fierce hunger.

My Thoughts

RaeAnne Thayne delivers yet again!

Riverbend Road is a great addition to the Haven Point series. We get more of that great small town community feel plus lots of tension, romance and even a little mystery.

Stepping into one one RaeAnne Thayne’s books is almost like going home. Riverbend Road is the 4th in this great series and I was able to pick it up and jump right back into the world of Haven Point.

Our main characters Wyn and Cade are great.

We got to meet Wyn in previous books and I was happy to have the opportunity to get inside her head and see her story. She’s strong and caring with a great family to back her up. I loved seeing how she stepped up and dealt with not only the challenges of her job but also went out of her way to help out a new neighbor. We also see her internal turmoil as she deals with her lifelong attraction to her boss and her doubts about the trajectory that her life is on. She has some tough choices to make and she does so with much bravery on all fronts.

Cade is definitely swoon-worthy and he also has a bit of an air of brooding and troubled man. Not only did he have a difficult childhood which in many ways has followed him into adulthood…but there is also something else weighing heavily on his mind. And that something is the larges of the obstacles that he and Wyn face in their romantic journey.

The supporting characters are fantastic…some are old friends that we are able to check in on which is great and others are new introductions which I can only hope will be highlighted in future Haven Point books.

All in all this is a quick sweet read, perfect for the beach or swinging in the hammock in the backyard on a lazy summer afternoon.

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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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