The Book Worm: Review: Serenity Harbor

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Review: Serenity Harbor

Book Review: Serenity Harbor, by RaeAnne Thayne


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 realises there’s more to sexy, wary Bo. 
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…

Genre: contemporary romance

Publishing date: July 2017

Mature content: no

Review: Serenity Harbor is book six in the Haven Point series by RaeAnne Thayne and even though I did read some of the previous books, I hardly remembered all the characters but still had no problems following the story, so Serenity Harbor can be perfectly read stand-alone. 

I liked the plot of Serenity Harbor and the not so mainstream subject of disabled children and the challenges their parents, guardians and teachers face. Yet, I somehow failed to connect with both main characters. 

The problem may be exclusively mine, but throughout the book (especially the first part) I wished Kat could for a while stop thinking about Bo as the most gorgeous man she ever seen - physical attraction is understandable but this specific line repeated over and over gets a bit tiresome. It's almost as she's admiring a male model and not really seeing the real person behind it. As for Bowie, his attraction to Kat (and then his love) is even a bigger mystery to me, because there were some faint hints of physical attractions but basically he just latches on because she's solving him a problem (and being handsomely paid for it) - all the rest seems somewhat forced and unnatural.

And in places the plot just moves too slow, with a lot of dialog but very little happening, and some of that dialog and the character's inner thoughts end up being a bit repetitive too. 

So, while Serenity Harbor is a sweet romance novel and a nice summer read, it's clearly not my favorite in the Haven Point Series so far and it doesn't rate more than four stars.  

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