Tuesday, December 31, 2013

{Heather #Review} Contemporary Romance: Haven Creek by Rochelle Alers

HAVEN CREEK by Rochelle Alers
Genre: Contemporary
Series: Cavanaugh Island #3
Format: ARC
Length: 448 pages
Publisher: Forever (May 28, 2013)

Home is where the heart is.

Architect Morgan Dane has always lived according to a plan, crossing off her achievements one by one. But when she's offered her dream job-the restoration of historic Angels Landing Plantation on beautiful Cavanaugh Island-Morgan's life takes an unexpected turn.

Carpenter Nathaniel Shaw once took a big chance on commitment-and lost. Needing the healing comforts of home, he returns to Haven Creek to join the family business. Nothing in the small town has changed-except for Morgan Dane. The wallflower he knew in high school has grown into a beautiful woman . . . and stirs feelings Nate isn't sure he's ready for.

Together Nate and Morgan find a happiness neither could have predicted. But when secrets from the past come to light, their budding relationship is threatened. Will they play it safe, or risk their hearts to build a life together?

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Haven Creek is part of a trio of tiny town on a small island off the coast of South Carolina. This book is part of a series of books about the inhabitants of these towns, although each can be read independently. This is the first book I have read of this series (the other two books are Angels Landing and Sanctuary Cove).

Honestly, although I enjoyed this book’s rich imagery and strong family focus, this story was very difficult for me to get into. I read the entire book and never really felt a connection to either the hero or the heroine. One of the things that makes me pull for a couple is seeing them struggle with and overcome obstacles. In this book, their only obstacles were themselves. Nate has serious trust issues after his divorce, and Morgan has insecurities stemming from childhood bullying. Their relationship isn’t tested by any outside force, and neither character works very hard to overcome these internal issues (Nate especially). Both Nate and Morgan continuously refer to each other by annoying pet names that aren’t unique or even earned, which burned my noodle over and over again as I read.

Further, I don’t like it when a character spends 80% of a book going in one direction, only to flip flop in order to make the relationship work in the end. Morgan does not want a relationship/marriage/children while she’s working on the biggest job of her career, but by the end she’s decided no, actually, she does want all those things (but never explains what will become of the job in the mean time). It’s frustrating to me as a reader. I don’t want the heroine to have to change; I want the solution to change to accommodate the heroine’s dreams and desires. If she decides she wants to start her own family, at least have some of the secondary characters offer to babysit or assist her in her work or something.

Finally, the secondary characters were quite a disappointment. Often a strong secondary character can push a book up from two hearts to three, but in this case it didn’t happen. Nate’s brother Bryce is one step away from jail time, the parents and siblings of both hero and heroine are often rude/pushy/snarky/nosey/etc. and the heroine’s best friend is largely unlikeable. I didn’t buy Red and Mo’s friendship, nor did I understand why they kept hugging and squealing throughout the story.

If you’ve read the other Alers books in this series, you may enjoy Haven Creek. If you haven’t read them – I’d take a pass on this one.

Favorite Quote:
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. Rousseau’s words were never more fitting than at this moment. She’d waited years for this moment, and now she was about to experience the sweetness she’d craved for longer than she could remember.

Reviews for other books in series:
Sanctuary Cove #1
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