Monday, May 27, 2013

Early Review of Haven Creek (Cavanaugh Island #3) by Rochelle Alers

  • Title: Haven Creek (A Cavanaugh Island Novel)
  • Classification: Adult Fiction
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance
  • Format: Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (May 28, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1455501395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455501397
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She wasn't looking for a relationship
Neither was he
She was too busy with her career
He was too busy getting over his ex
She intrigued him
He confused her
She made him want things he thought he might be denied
He made her want things she'd thought she'd put off till the future

Sometimes, when you least expect it, love finds you


This is the third book int he Cavanaugh Island series. If you haven't read the previous books, you will probably want to do so because this one does reveal some spoilers for them. You won't, however, feel lost if you go ahead and dive right into this one. I know I didn't. 

Morgan Dane is a very caring and giving sort of person. She doesn't hesitate to help out someone in need. She's also a very smart and savvy career oriented woman who is looking to expand her business. She recently started her own architect and interior design firm and has just landed her dream project--restoring Angels Landing plantation, a designated National Historic Landmark. Her recent parting of ways with her former employer, Ellison and Murphy, has her former co-workers saying she's disloyal, inexperienced, and a traitor, but she's determined to prove them all wrong. The project is slated to take 3 to 5 years, and she needs to hire the right people to restore the estate to it's original glory. The number one business she wants to secure is the Shaw family's furniture-making business. They are the best of the best when it comes to woodworking and make exquisite pieces. With their involvement, the restoration is destined to be a success. Seeing Nathan Shaw again, however, awakened feeling she'd long ago secretly harbored for the man years ago. Feelings she isn't sure she wishes to revisit at this time in her career.

Nathaniel Shaw had left Cavanaugh Island after high school and had never looked back until his younger brother needed some straightening out. His marriage to a supermodel had ended badly, and having no other pressing commitments, he headed home because to him family meant everything. After finding out about his wife's many infidelities, he'd vowed to never marry again and had stayed away from all social events on the island while he licked his wounds. When Morgan approaches him with a tempting job offer, he finds himself more tempted by her. She's not like any woman he's ever known, and he finds her intriguing and beguiling. 

Overall, I gave this one 4 out of 5 roses. Ms. Alers creates a charming tale set in a cozy small town where everyone knows everyone else's business. I loved how Morgan was a strong individual who wouldn't compromise about things that were important to her. Both Morgan and Nathan had a fair amount of baggage that they had to deal with, and I liked how, like the ugly duckling, Morgan came into her own. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one gets a  STEAM rating bordering on the hotter SHOWER rating--this one is too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed.

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