Book Review: Redemption Bay by: RaeAnne Thayne

Publisher: HQN Books

Publication Date: June 30, 2015

Origins:  From Publicist for Review

Synopsis: McKenzie Shaw would do anything for her beloved hometown of Haven Point. It may be small and struggling, but it's never let her down…unlike gorgeous, infuriating Ben Kilpatrick. He was her childhood hero until he closed his family's factory, leaving the town's economy in shambles. Now he's back—his tech firm is considering opening a local facility. For Haven Point's sake, McKenzie has to grit her teeth and play nice. 

What could a town filled with painful memories ever offer Ben? He left Haven Point behind years ago, for good reason. Yet seeing the town through the eyes of McKenzie—its fiery young mayor—he suddenly has his answer. If only he can resolve the animosity crackling between them, Ben may have found the place where he can build ties and find healing…a place where love arrives when it's least expected. 

Review: REDEMPTION BAY is the second novel in the Haven Point series. Mayor McKenzie Shaw loves her hometown of Haven Point and will do anything to save it. Haven Point has been struggling since Ben Kilpatrick closed down his family’s boat making factory after his father’s death and none of the townspeople have forgiven him, especially not McKenzie Shaw. Now Ben Kilpatrick is back in town as Caine Tech may be bringing a facility to Haven Point, opening up new opportunities for employment for the townspeople. It’s up to Ben to decide if Haven Point is a good candidate for the new Caine Tech facility. As much as McKenzie hates it, she’ll have to swallow her pride and play nice for the good of the town. REDEMPTION BAY has good characters and a solid story. I liked both Ben and McKenzie and felt their differing viewpoints on Haven Point added a depth to the story. Both of them had difficult childhoods and it was interesting to see how they dealt with them in different ways – Ben turning bitter and McKenzie turning into a champion for her town. Just like the first book in this series, REDEMPTION BAY is a sweet, mostly chaste, and charming story, but has a little more edge and conflict between the characters. While it’s not 100% necessary, I think it’d be a good idea to read this series in order.

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