Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Distiller: Hikari Loftus

Snowfall on Haven Point (Haven Point Series)
by RaeAnne Thayne
336 pages
HQN Books (September 27, 2016)

There's no place like Haven Point for the holidays, where the snow conspires to bring two wary hearts together for a Christmas to remember

It's been two rough years since Andrea Montgomery lost her husband, and all she wants is for her children to enjoy their first Christmas in Haven Point. But then Andie's friend asks a favor—to keep an eye on her brother, Sheriff Marshall Bailey, who's recovering from a hit and run. Andie will do anything for Wyn, even park her own misgivings to check on her grouchy, wounded bear of a brother.

Marshall hates feeling defenseless and resents the protective impulses that Andie brings out in him. But when a blizzard forces them together for the holidays, something in Marshall begins to thaw. Andie's gentle nature is a salve, and her kids' excitement for the holidays makes him forget why he never wanted a family. If only he and Andie can admit what they really want—each other—their Christmas wishes might come true after all.


I’ve decided that I’m not a good person to rate this book. This type of romance is out of my genre(s) and I know that people who love them come to them with specific expectation on content and style. I try to review all my books on how it rated within the genre for me, and since I don't have much to compare it to, I'm afraid what I rate it might not reflect it accurately. 

I once interviewed a romance author who told me about what their readers and editors like to see from them, and I have to admit that just looking at this paperback, I already knew what was in store for me. So in that respect, I thought this delivered just what it’s readers are looking for. (Romance is such a different animal than other genres, I’ve found.)

So I’ll tell you this— as someone who is not very interested in romance stories, this was still a pretty nice read. It was like reading a Hallmark Christmas movie. Cheesy, predictable, but heartwarming, cozy, and enjoyable. (this is a kissing only romance, so people looking for clean romance can pick this up without any hesitation)

Even though we haven’t even hit Halloween yet, when “Snowfall on Haven Point” hit my doorstep, I figured I would give this Christmas story a try. I found out from LisaLostinLit that it’s actually a series! I had no idea! It read perfectly well as a standalone, but it was clear after knowing it was a series, which parts were carried over from another novel. I'm actually interested in going back and finding Andrea Montgomery's story prior to this one. That one seems like it would be pretty action packed from what we learn about her past in "Snowfall".

I think that anyone with a loved one in military or armed services would enjoy this read. Almost all the main characters have served in military, are cops, or are married to cops. So not only does it have a bit of a police-related mystery, it focuses a lot on what it means to have family members in the service. While reading it, I thought of several friends with husbands or family in the police service that I think could relate to this on a deeper emotional level and understanding.

All in all, even for someone who isn't very into romance, there was a comforting and cozy aspect of reading this Christmas story that I enjoyed. If you’re looking for a cozy and heartwarming Christmas romance, you might want to give Raeanne Thayne’s series a try! It's definitely one I would recommend people try out before writing it off!


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