Guest Reviewed by Ami
Title: Snow Angel Cove
Author: RaeAnne Thayne
Series: Haven Point #1
Heroine/Hero: Eliza Hayward/Aidan Caine
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 384 Pages
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Available at: Harlequin HQN, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Nothing short of a miracle can restore Eliza Hayward’s Christmas cheer. The job she pinned her dreams on has gone up in smoke—literally—and now she’s stuck in an unfamiliar, if breathtaking, small town. Precariously close to being destitute, Eliza needs a helping hand…for her sick young daughter’s sake as well as her own. But she’s not expecting her holiday hero to almost run her down with his car!
Rescuing Eliza is pure instinct for tech genius Aidan Caine. At first, putting the renovation of his lakeside guest lodge in Eliza’s hands assuages his guilt—until he sees how quickly he could fall for her. Having focused solely on his business for years, he never knew that what his life was missing was Eliza and her little girl. But is he willing to risk hoping for a yuletide romance that could lead to forever?
Review: Despite her huge backlist, RaeAnne Thayne was a new-to-me author. I have never read her books before – and because I have read more M/M romance over the last few years, I don’t pay attention much to the M/F contemporary romance genres. I have only started reading them again this year, and this one caught my attention while I was browsing through new releases with holiday themes.
In the beginning, I was a bit worried when I found out that the hero, Aidan Caine, was related to Thayne’s character in the previous series, Hope’s Crossings. I wondered if I needed to read those books first. Well, after I finished, I could safely say that this could be read as stand-alone, as a start of a new series.
Aidan and Eliza’s meeting is one of those chance-encounters when he almost runs her down with the car. Feeling responsible, Aidan then asks Eliza to stay at his newly-bought huge residential house and then asks for her help preparing the house since Aidan’s huge family is coming down for Christmas time. Eliza accepts, because she is basically stuck at Haven Point after her job is literally burned down to the ground. So she needs a place to stay and a new job to support herself and her five-year old daughter.
Anyway, for me, this was a gentle, mature, and a perfect holiday read. You know those Holiday Hallmark movies – ones that come with a lot of snow, hot chocolate, the warmth of being with family and friends, and well, fuzziness of slow-built but very satisfying romance? Yep, this was what this book felt like for me.
I thought both Aidan and Eliza had their own personal issues to overcome – Aidan was the middle child, he was also a tech genius who felt like he needed to prove his own worth by doing things by himself. Therefore, he had been away most of the time from his big family. Even when he was diagnosed with a malign brain tumor and underwent a surgery, Aidan kept this news to himself and very few other people. He refused to tell his family about it. So I thought Eliza and Maddie brought much-needed love to Aidan’s life, they helped Aidan to be more ‘connecting’ towards others, to relax, and to enjoy life outside work.
While Eliza finally had someone that she could count on – she loved her deceased husband, but at the same time, he wasn’t there when she needed him the most. And here was Aidan who was willing to spend time with her and her daughter too. Aidan was kind, patient, and gentle towards Maddie. Let me tell you, the scenes with the three of them were some of my favorites. I just loved these three people so much.
So yes, it is a great holiday book – it has all the elements needed to curl up on your bed, with hot drink, and just fall in love with the characters. I seriously cannot wait to read the next story in this series. I think it will be very interesting, because the heroine for the next book, the mayor of Haven Point, seems to hate the hero’s guts! So it will be interesting to see them overcome that problem.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*