Power. Money. Control. Love.
He has all but one.
When movie star, Evan Carlson, discovers his girlfriend’s picture with another man splashed on the cover of gossip magazines, he decides he’s had enough of his fishbowl life and attempts to outrun the media frenzy his relationships have become. Driving until the road stops, he ends up on the remote and quaint Perry Island, where a heart-throb can blend in like the locals and be a beach bum as long as he wants. All that changes when Evan meets Haven Owen, aspiring songwriter and the girl he just can’t get enough of. A summer romance turns into something much deeper and Evan gets tangled in his own web of lies to keep Haven in his life. But when his ex tracks him down, Evan learns there are some things you just can’t outrun.
Is the cost of love, losing all control?
Recommended for 17+ due to mature language and adult situations.
4.5 shining STARS!!!
I really liked this book! It was sweet and heart-warming. A truly perfect day-at-the-beach book! But there were certainly moments of omigosh. Moments that were steamy and moments that still hang in my mind! I find that the books I consistently rate at 4.5 and above have great characters. The characters you want to be besties with. The guys and gals that could live right next door in Anywhere, USA. This book has exactly that!!
Haven. Don’t you love that name?! She’s just finished college and had returned home while job searching. But home for her is a small island only available by ferry. Everyone knows everyone. And with her family owning the island store, well, that’s her legacy if she doesn’t get out. Haven has done definite family issues. Those make things more and more complicated for her as the book progresses. I found Haven to be intelligent, witty, snarky – which I love in a heroine. She was an aspiring song-writer and didn’t want to give up on her dreams.
“She wasn’t finished chasing her dream, and the longer she started, the more she had to put it on hold.”
Evan. Well, he was not someone you’d typically find on the island. But being an everyone-wants-a-piece, hot actor? Well his abrupt trip to nowhere lands him there. Evan is running from a recent incident in his life. He’s tired of all the hoopla that is Hollywood. I found Evan to be smart, down-to-earth, and charming with his slight southern accent. He decides that Perry Island was a perfect mistake. A perfect place with no paparazzi so he could clear his head. Make some personal and professional decisions. What he doesn’t expect is Finding Haven!!
“The wine in her lips, the music floating off her tongue took hold of him like he was a man gone crazy.”
I’m sure I didn’t need to fully explain what happens when they meet. But I will say it’s poetic. It’s beautiful. And it’s something that both Evan and Haven need. Two perfectly placed individuals at one dated moment in time.
“When you’re in love, every divine second feels fleeing as you rush to scramble the sands back into the hourglass uselessly trying to pause the moments, the love, the rush that overtakes your body and soul.”
Evan finds Haven to be different from any other woman. There’s that piece of her that draws him, making him want to reach out and console her, that he simply had no words for. Haven finds him by just as special. The hard part for each of them is the secrets that lie between them.
“How could she tell what was right and true anymore when the compass she had had been smashed into a million tiny pieces?”
I finished Finding Haven and was happy. Smiling, satisfied. I just love HEA’s! But much to my surprise … there is a second book! Following Evan and Haven. So go forth. Read this book. You’re gonna love it!