Monday, February 9, 2015

Review: Finding Haven by T.A. Foster






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 heartthrob 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?

My Review

**ARC received in exchange for an honest review.**

I have never read any of T.A. Foster's books, but I received an email asking for bloggers to review it, so I took a chance. I am so glad that I did because I was pleasantly surprised and I really enjoyed this book! There was hardly any drama (except for at the end) and overall it is a very lighthearted read.

Evan Carlson is a famous movie star and after his girlfriend cheats on him, he just wants to get away from everything. So Evan gets in his car and drives. He drives until he can't drive anymore and finds himself on Perry Island. Since he has no place to stay, Evan settles into a camper on the island's campground. Feeling good about where he has ended up, Evan hopes that no one will realize who he is, even telling people that his name is Jay. He just wants to relax and enjoy his time away from the limelight.  

Haven Owen was born and raised on Perry Island. She went away for college, but after graduating she moved back home to work at the family store. And even though she has a degree in Education, all Haven wants to do is write music.  

Evan first comes across Haven when he buying supplies for his stay on the island. She doesn't even give him the time of day and that makes her the most interesting person to him. When he finds out that one of the store employees has quit, leaving Haven in a bind, he decides to step up and take the position.  

Evan and Haven grow close and start a relationship. Evan has been telling people that he is working on writing his first book so the two bond over their writing, well, mostly Haven's writing. He helps her and she even uses him as inspiration. Everything about their relationship is comfortable and it was like the from the start. After Evan's first day of work he invites Haven over for dinner and the two are immediately drawn to each other. 

Haven sat on the end of the couch, keeping a pillow’s distance between them. It was hard to ignore how the closeness of the camper brought them into each other’s space. It immediately felt more intimate.
In this case, intimate was welcome. All day she felt like they had been gradually moving closer to this moment. She felt all the thrills of recklessness tingling under her skin, but talking with Jay didn’t feel dangerous or rash. It felt right, as if they already knew each other. Maybe that was the soothing feeling he cast over—a familiarity with someone you don’t even know that comes from an unexplainable place.
I love Evan and I love him with Haven. Despite the fact that Evan was this famous movie star, he was a super laid back guy and as genuine as a person could be. He loved that fact the people didn't seem to know who he was and never once used it to his advantage while on the island. He fit in so well that it was very easy to forget his real identity. He was just Jay, a regular guy. The writer staying on the campground. He knew that eventually his time as an anonymous guy on Perry island would end and he would have to get back to reality, but he didn't let that stop him for going after what he wanted. And what he wanted was Haven. Thank god he acted on his feelings because these two had amazing chemistry:
She groaned as he pushed her thin shirt up, and his fingers slid under the lacy edge of her bra. She had seen bedroom eyes before, but the look he gave her made her legs feel shaky. These were I’m-taking-you-up-against-the-wall eyes. If he didn’t keep her pressed against the wall, she would fall into a heap on the floor. His lips were firm against her neck as he trailed along her collarbone. 
“Tell me,” he growled.  
She knew what he wanted to hear, but she just wanted him to do it. Make her feel alive, consume every part of her.  
He pinned her wrists above her head, slamming them against the wall. “Tell me, what you want me to do.” His other hand rolled over her nipple, and she bowed from the wall, wanting to absorb the intensity. 
“Take me,” she breathed in her ear. 
“Here?” He pressed his waist against her, and she could feel his want for her. She loved it. 
“Yes.” She nodded. “Right here.” Was that her sexy and seductive voice, begging him to fuck her against the wall?  
“I want you so much.” He groaned as if she was the one torturing him, not the other way around.
Yeah, Evan and Haven definitely connected. On every level. Their relationship was quick, but very sweet and I never doubted their feelings for each other.  

Just the other day I realized that this is a series and the newest book has been released.  I can't wait to read it and catch up with Haven and Evan.  

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