ROMANCE

Redemption Bay

HQN: Harlequin. (Haven Point, Bk. 2). Jul. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9780373785063. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781460382141. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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There's not much that McKenzie Shaw, flower shop owner and town mayor, wouldn't do to help her struggling community. Then tech millionaire Ben Kilpatrick, her secret childhood crush and the man who sent Haven Point's economy crashing down when he closed his family's boat-building business, suddenly comes back and rents the house next door. The old anger flares, and it's all McKenzie can do to remain civil. Ben isn't happy about being back in town either, but his company is looking for a new site, and Haven Point is one of the options. Ben is dead set against the idea until his prickly but practical neighbor realizes that, for the good of the town, she has to change his mind. The verbal sparks fly as an outspoken, fiercely loyal heroine and a smart but baggage-laden hero deal with old betrayals and startling revelations.
VERDICT Tiny Haven Point springs to vivid life in Thayne's capable hands as she spins another sweet, heartfelt story filled with an abundance of gossipy, helpful, and crotchety townsfolk; a pair of lovable dogs; and plenty of homespun charm. Thayne (Snow Angel Cove) lives in the mountains of northern Utah.

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