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Haven Point #8

The Cottages on Silver Beach

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Years after betraying her, he's back in Haven Point…and ready to learn the truth.

Megan Hamilton never really liked Elliot Bailey. He turned his back on her family when they needed him the most and it almost tore them all apart. So she's shocked when Elliot arrives at her family's inn, needing a place to stay and asking questions that dredge up the past. Megan will rent him a cottage, but that's where it ends-no matter how gorgeous Elliot has become.

Coming back home to Haven Point was the last thing bestselling writer Elliot Bailey thought he'd ever do. But the book he's writing now is his most personal one yet and it's drawn him back to the woman he can't get out of his mind. Seeing Megan again is harder than he expected and it brings up feelings he'd thought were long buried. Could this be his chance to win over his first love?

308 pages, Kindle Edition

First published June 19, 2018

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RaeAnne Thayne

281 books2,938 followers
I'm not one of those people who knew from birth she was destined to become a writer. I always loved to read and throughout my childhood I could usually be found with a book in my hands. To the disgust of my friends, I even enjoyed creative writing assignments that made them all groan. But I had other dreams besides writing. I wanted to be an actress or a teacher or a lawyer.

Life took a different turn for me, though, when my mother made me take a journalism elective in high school (thanks, Mom!). I knew the first day that this was where I belonged.

After I graduated from college in journalism, I took a job at the local daily newspaper and I reveled in the challenge and the diversity of it. One day I could be interviewing the latest country music star, the next day I was writing about local motorcycle gangs or interviewing an award-winning scientist.

Through it all -- through the natural progression of my career from reporter to editor -- I wrote stories in my head. Not just any stories, either, but romances, the kind of books I have devoured since junior high school, with tales about real people going through the trials and tribulations of life until they find deep and lasting love.

I had no idea how to put these people on paper, but knew I had to try -- their stories were too compelling for me to ignore. I sold my first book in 1995 and now, more than 30 books later, I've come to love everything about writing, from the click of the computer keys under my fingers to the "that's-it!" feeling I get when a story is flowing.

I write full-time now (well, as full-time as I can manage juggling my kids!) amid the raw beauty of the northern Utah mountains.

Even though I might not have dreamed of being a writer when I was younger, now I simply can't imagine my life any other way.

I love to hear from readers. You can reach me at my email address, raeannethayne@gmail.com

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Profile Image for Debra .
2,419 reviews35.2k followers
June 20, 2018
Although this book is number eight in a series, it worked very well as a standalone novel for me. I really did not feel as if I was missing any information or any backstory on any of the characters. This book also works as a great book for summer reading! Obviously this book is a romance but it also contains a mystery as well.

Not only does Megan Hamilton own the Cottages on Silver beach but she also lives in one of them as well. Living on the premises is helpful when crisis arises or there is a staff shortage. Plus, it gives her lots of opportunity to engage in her passion -photography. One evening she is relaxing on her porch with her dog Curly, when a car pulls up and out walks Elliott Bailey. She knew he was renting one of her cottages but didn't know he would be staying in the cottage next to hers. Megan and Elliot are not strangers to each other. Megan dated his younger brother and Elliott used to be best friends with her brother. Megan is not too happy to see Elliot and yet she is drawn to his smoldering good looks and attitude.

Elliot Bailey is an FBI agent and Author who has come back into town to finish working on his book, recuperate from an injury, and attend a family event. Plus, Elliot has been secretly harboring feelings for Megan for years. He tried to avoid her when she was dating his younger brother then when his friendship with her brother went south, he accepted that he and Megan would never be a couple. He had no idea that being so close to Megan would be so difficult yet intoxicating. Being near her brings his feelings for her to the surface, plus it reminds him of his lost friendship with her brother.

While both get to know each other again, we also get to know the other characters in the book as well. There is a lot more going on in the book, but I believe Curly the pug stole the show! This was a light romance with characters dealing with real life issues. I say light because this book is not steamy, nor does it have any sex scenes. I enjoyed how the two main characters got to know each other again and worked through their "issues". With romance books, it's a no-brainer that the two main characters are going to get together, but it is the journey on how they get there. I enjoyed these two characters journey and what I enjoyed most of all was that this book did not feel rushed. My biggest complaint about romance books is the rushed endings - where the characters tip toe around each other, have angst, misunderstandings, etc.,. the entire book to suddenly declare their love and have a rushed wedding all in three paragraphs (I'm exaggerating a little here - but I hate rushed endings). This book had a natural flow to it and never felt rushed nor did it feel slow. I really enjoyed this book and thought this makes a perfect beach read. It was also a nice change to read something light yet enjoyable in between all the psychological thrillers I love to read!

Thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.

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Author 14 books317 followers
June 11, 2022
Megan Hamilton has put her own dreams on hold to help care for her brother’s children Cassie and Bridger. She looks after the inn and also the small cabins that are let out at a Silver Beach. What she had not counted on was Elliot Bailey, an FBI agent currently under a cloud for his disobedience to orders. Also Elliot is looking for a quiet place to finish writing his latest true crime book. Elliot is the last person on earth Megan wants to see as she blames him for the suspicion that fell on her brother Luke, after his wife Elizabeth disappeared. Some people believe Luke murdered his wife, though his alibi appears to tell a different story. Elliott is determined one and for all, to try and uncover the truth about the circumstances surrounding his former best friend and Elizabeth’s disappearance. Despite her best efforts at keeping Elliott at a distance there is an undeniable attraction between the two of them. But given the circumstances it could never work, could it? But maybe between them they will be able to find out the truth of what happened to Elizabeth. Or will it only serve to implicate Luke further?
I had no idea when it was brought home from the library that it was book 8 in the series set in Haven Point. It made no difference. It was easy to pick up what was going on and at times, it is a little repetitive, but still an entertaining story. I liked the main characters and loved Megan's canine friend Cyrus. This is the second book I have read by this author, both set in Haven Point, and I have enjoyed both. A light easy read with a beautiful setting and great characters.
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1,908 reviews853 followers
August 3, 2018
3.5 Stars

Elliot Bailey is back home in Haven Point after a case left him injured and in hot water with the higher ups at FBI. He chooses to rent a lakeside cottage on Silver Beach instead of staying with his family, so he might have peace and rest, and finish his latest crime novel. Elliot blanks out on the fact that Megan Hamilton might be close since she owns the inn until he figures out she’s in the cottage right next door. He’s always found Megan attractive and unsettling which makes things a bit awkward, especially since she used to date his younger brother.

Also, there’s the fact that Megan’s sister-in-law disappeared eight years ago without a trace. Suspicions and talk have followed Megan’s brother, Luke, in the years that have followed, and Elliot thinks Luke had a hand in her disappearance.

You’d think this combination would mean a lot of conflict between Elliot and Megan, but somehow there wasn’t much. The two end up spending quite a bit of time together living next door, where their mutual attraction grows and burns. I enjoyed the close quarters of a road trip and how Elliot helped settle Megan’s nerves and insecurities with her gallery showing. Their romance sparked and simmered throughout, even while trying to uncover what really happened to Luke’s long-gone wife.

RaeAnne Thayne writes quaint romances with heart, with big loving families, close-knit friends, set in the picturesque town of Haven Point. I enjoyed Elliot and Megan’s romance and hope to see more of them in future books.

A copy was kindly provided by HQN Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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2,997 reviews1,640 followers
July 11, 2018
This is eighth in the Haven Point series and characters from the other books are strewn about like lawn darts after an explosion in a lawn dart factory. You don't really need to have read those to get the full impact of this story, but it's nice knowing the background (particularly with Elliot's mother). Not as interesting as I think Thayne meant it to be, Elliot and Megan take a jaunt into Hope's Crossing in this story, too, so we see a bunch of characters from that series show up in their happily ever afters. It was nice to see Harry Lange again, but the rest of the name-dropping felt a little like someone throwing popcorn at your head in a movie theater to get your attention—annoying and they can stop already because yeah, I noticed...

Wow this was . . . mediocre. Completely underwhelming. Most of that is Megan, but Elliot wasn't much to write home about, either. The most interesting aspect of this story is the mystery about Megan's sister-in-law and the cloud her brother has been living under.

Elliot at least had his moments. It's kind of lame that he's been pining for Megan for so long (seven years?). In all that time he's done nothing to cement her interest or explore if they might have a thing. I was gratified that he was more emotionally brave than that led me to expect. I liked that he'd come out and own his feelings at appropriate moments and that he didn't hedge at all. And I liked that he was completely open about his belief that Megan's brother was probably guilty. That's not a complete win, though, because that undermines his character, too. Luke (the brother) had been his best friend growing up so he should have had at least some doubt and/or reluctance to put him in the prime-suspect hot seat. He not only showed no reluctance, but we're in his viewpoint for some of those conversations so we know he actually believes it likely that Luke's guilty. And that doesn't sit well at all.

So Elliot is questionable but had enough going for him that I wanted to see him happy. Megan, on the other hand, is a complete wash. She's completely unreasonable about her brother. She's weak and timid and cowardly about her profession(s). And the only thing keeping her from admitting her feelings for Elliot for more than half a novel is the whole "I'm protecting myself from love" trope that is one of the worst kinds of negative motivations*. Even better (i.e. worse), towards the end, she adds . I hate that. So she's a simpering ninny swanning about the story sucking up page time that could have been spent with Elliot and/or the investigation into the Luke/Elizabeth thing. Ugh.

And I'll admit I'm being overly harsh with her. I liked her artistic pursuits and that she cares so much for her niece and nephew and that she does (eventually) stick it out with Elliot. I think they'll be good together now that they have the stupid drama out of the way and he's strong enough in the end that he'll help her over the stupids. I do wish that she had . Most of these positives are generic in a standard-romance kind of way, though, so I'm reluctant to give much credit here.

So this is a very squishy three stars. I don't regret the time spent, but I'm glad I picked this one up from the library.

A note about Chaste: There are a couple outstanding kisses, but there's no more than that in the story. Since Megan is full of "love might hurt me" and other stupid things romance heroines tell themselves I'm not that impressed by it.

* Negative Motivations: I kind of hate that the term "negative motivation" isn't widespread, yet. Since it isn't, I'm going to save off this little jag to append to my reviews that feature the term. Jennifer Crusie blogged about it a bit back and it changed how I understand story. The problem with the term is that if you've never heard it before, you'd assume it meant motivations that are harmful or immoral. Not so. What it refers to is motivations not to do something. The thing is that many of us are motivated to not do things for a lot of different, perfectly valid and reasonable, reasons. The problem is that in a story motivations to not do things are a huge drag on the plot—particularly considering the fact that most negative motivations are overcome by the character simply deciding they don't care any more (or, rather, that they do care and are now motivated to do the thing). So not only do you have a counter to action but you also have a situation where to overcome it, all a character has to do is change their mind. Which means eventually, the reader is rooting for the character to get over him/herself already and do the thing we want them to do. Conflict drives story. Conflict between a reader and a main character drives readers away from story.
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602 reviews31 followers
July 2, 2018
Fans of both Haven Point as well as the Hope’s Crossing series will appreciate THE COTTAGES ON SILVER BEACH, the latest contemporary small-town romance novel by the gifted RaeAnne Thayne. It’s no secret that I love RaeAnne’s style. That doesn’t mean that I love all her books equally, but I appreciate the talent she has for making relationships work, no matter the obstacles. This gift illustrates hope, dreams coming true, and working together to make life’s moments as precious as possible. As a fan, I can’t help but glean some type of positive message from each of her books.

Megan Hamilton appealed to me because of her photography hobby that rolls along like a freight train when she least expects it. Every artist wishes for this type of opportunity. Watching her deal with the onslaught of terrifying emotions that fear does to a person in this situation made her seem real. I loved how that hobby made her realize that her dream-come-true was right where she was at that moment – completely opposite of where she imagined her career would take her. Isn’t that so true of life? How sometimes the perfect place to be is where you are right now?

Megan’s real job is running her family’s vacation rentals. The quaint inn and cottages are how she makes a living. It’s not a job she wanted, but someone had to do it after her grandmother passed, so Megan is making it work.

Elliot Bailey rents one of Megan’s cottages when he’s on leave from the FBI. Moonlighting as a true crime writer, he needs the peace and quiet the vacation rental offers. Also, it’s right next door to Megan – the woman he cannot forget. The truth is that Elliot is in more trouble than he wants to admit to his family. It’s easier to hide out at Megan’s rentals than to stay with family awaiting his sister’s upcoming wedding reception.

Elliot has always been secretly infatuated with Megan. Something he never followed through on because Megan was dating his brother. When his brother was murdered, it seemed even more inappropriate. To make matters worse, his former best friend is Megan’s brother, Luke. The man was accused of murdering his wife and Elliot’s police force family can’t prove it either way. Things couldn’t be more complicated between them.

I became immediately immersed in this couple’s story. Even though I missed reading book seven, I was able to catch up with what is currently happening with the characters. I especially like that we return to Hope’s Crossing for a visit. I like this couple together, and I get a real sense of the settings through their love of the outdoors. An unsolved police case adds to the plot.

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. RaeAnne Thayne uses words I must look up. Loving words as much as I do, it tickles me that I learn something new in every book. That’s extremely important to me. She doesn’t follow what I’ve heard rumored, to “dumb it down” for the romance reader. It’s true – I like a fast read, and if the words are simple, then I can fly through. But an author who takes the time to teach me her love of words in an excellent story is someone I’ll keep reading. That doesn’t happen without a thorough respect of a thesaurus and a keen understanding of the English language. I appreciate the effort because I learned three new words in this novel alone.

As much as I loved Megan and Elliott’s story, I can’t help but feel a strong sense of anticipation for what promises to be a very unusual love story in book nine. I’m not telling you why as it’s a spoiler – just trust me and read this book soon, so you can anticipate right along with me. THE COTTAGES ON SILVER BEACH mixes great characterization with interesting settings, adding an unsolved missing person case that rattles everyone’s theories.

Review by Dorine, courtesy of Romance Junkies. ARC provided by the publisher for an honest review.
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1,509 reviews249 followers
July 5, 2018
With the the scent of pine and spruce and the picture of lake and mountains in my imagination as I read the first chapters of The Cottages on Silver Beach, I was hooked into another small town contemporary romance. I'd enjoyed the previous couple of books in the Haven Point series and so it was with anticipation I read into this story.

I liked very much Elliot Bailey the wounded FBI hero, who has carried all the expectations on his shoulders of being the eldest in the family, someone who doesn't want to disappoint his family and maybe reveal that his halo has slipped... or has it. I loved his values and totally agreed with him on many points, but none more on an important decision he took and his reasons why. He is as well as being a FBI agent - a crime writer and I really enjoyed seeing him embarrassed by the fan base he has engendered.

Megan the heroine is a talented photographer who also manages the family Inn. She has a difficult family background and many times doubts herself too often. When she is placed in close proximity to Elliot a long time attraction has time to develop between them. Mostly its a good one, with some great personal sharing, yet when the chips are down some disappointing miscommunications happen. I so hate that, but have to be honest and say in real life it happens so I can't be too hard on my bookish characters!

A mystery of what happened to Megan's brother Luke's wife threads its way through the book, she has been gone for many years. Luke has many a time been blamed for her murder, but what really happened. Well guess who can't keep out of that one. Elliot makes it his business to pursue it.

The final chapter had me looking forward in great anticipation to Luke's story and how that is going to pan out. So just lets say I am hooked into making that an auto read in my reading future! That's quite a turn around for me as some of this present book is set in Hope's Crossing and well... I just did not connect with the first book in that series and ditched the whole series. I just may have made a mistake!
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1,942 reviews1,899 followers
June 21, 2018
This is the eighth book in the Haven Point series, I’ve only read the last few, Serenity Harbor and Sugar Pine Trail. While they’re all set in the same world and you do get to briefly revisit characters from previous installments it’s definitely not necessary to read them in order, they stand just fine on their own. I always regret not starting at the first book though because these books are a true delight.

This book focuses on Megan and Elliot, she owns the local inn and he’s an FBI agent back in his hometown for a few weeks and staying at the inn. Megan’s sister in law vanished several years ago and her brother was close friends with Elliot and had suspicions that he was involved, so these two have a contentious history. I really liked the added bonus of an unsolved, light mystery to go along with a tender romance, it was something new and definitely helped maintain my interest.

As usual the characterization was great, when you finish a Thayne book you always feel like you have a solid sense of who these fictional people are and what they stand for. As much as I enjoyed the main characters the kids stole the show, (Megan has a niece and a nephew) they were adorable and brought some fun to the plot.

These books are the type you should pick up when you want to escape the world and shut out all the negativity. They’re light, funny and easy and they’re set in a idyllic little town that’s simple to imagine.

The Cottages on Silver Beach in three words: Comforting, Warm and Sweet.
June 19, 2018
Despite the fact that the plot of this book was not at all what I expected based upon the blurb…it was another RaeAnne Thayne winner.

Megan manages her family’s Inn while moonlighting as a Photographer and Elliot is an FBI Agent who moonlights as a True Crime writer (Yum!). They sound like opposites with absolutely nothing in common…but as the story continues we learn about just how connected these two really are.

A cold case involving Megan’s brother Luke, which Elliot’s father was unable to solve before his death, is the thread woven through this contemporary romance. It’s amazing how many lives can be affected by one unsolved mystery and how devastating it can make the life of those presumed guilty.

Megan and Elliot end up working together to solve this mystery and in the process work though their misconceptions of each other as they predictably but enjoyably fall for each other. The romance is rather slow paced in The Cottages on Silver Beach, the 8th Haven Point book, but I sort of liked that about it. It felt very realistic…especially with the vulnerabilities they both felt and that were further revealed about their families.

I loved that the mystery was a good part of the plot of this story…and that the romance was more a natural progression, a secondary storyline. Thayne also touches upon the serious issues of childhood abuse and the relationships forged in such an environment.

I breezed through The Cottages on Silver Beach in just a few days – it was perfect Summer reading – and I am really hoping that we will get Luke’s story next!
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691 reviews60 followers
June 30, 2018
3-1/2 stars

Another satisfying entry in the Haven Point series. There were two reasons I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as some of the others in the series:

1) I didn't feel we got to know Megan and Elliot as well as characters in other books, so things felt a little forced at times. A lot of their current story seems based on things we're told happened in the past, which is fine, but it kept me from feeling a real connection between the two for most of the book.

2) This book differed slightly in that it contains a bit of a mystery involving Megan's brother Luke. I actually enjoyed this aspect very much -- and maybe that's the problem -- I was more interested in what was happening with this storyline than with the relationship between the two main characters.

Neither of these issues would prevent me from recommending this book or any of RaeAnne Thayne's. She writes the sweetest stories with interesting characters and idyllic settings.
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559 reviews466 followers
July 10, 2018
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Elliot Bailey has always had some sort of feelings for Megan Hamilton, but wasn't unable to do anything about it due to the fact that he came home one day to her dating her brother. Now, Megan Hamilton is not his biggest fan when Elliot turned his back on her family when her brother's wife went missing because Elliot thought he was responsible for the disappearance. Now, year's later, Megan's brother is still living with the stigma as a walking criminal and Elliot Bailey is back in town, working on a new book, digging up old dirt, and causing all kinds of mixed feelings.

This was a cute read, I enjoyed Thayne's easy writing a lot. She has a way that really makes me feel invested in the story and all the characters. A lot of the characters from the previous books make an appearance here because it's just part of one big happy family.

The characters were easy to like and the romance was sweet. The story engaging and it really makes me want to know what is going to happen in the next book after the secret's that Elliot has uncovered and how they will effect Megan's brother.
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205 reviews11 followers
June 19, 2018
This new addition to the Haven Point, Idaho series, a romance with a mystery that interferes with Megan Hamilton and Elliot Bailey getting involved as a couple, was a great story. Thoughtfully written, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Megan, as well as her brother, Luke, and his two young children, are struggling to move on after Luke’s wife, Elizabeth, went missing. Megan, whose heart is in her talent as a photographer, owns and runs the Inn and cottages at Haven Point. Elliot Bailey, has temporarily left the FBI and has returned home to family and Haven Point with a shoulder injury. As he is also a true-crime writer, he hopes to finish his latest while recuperating. He stays in Cedarwood Cottage, which happens to be the one next to Megan’s cottage. He has always been in love with Megan, but with his relationship with Luke having previously turned bad, and as close as Megan is with her brother, his chances with her are slim. I am always delighted to be able to read one of RayAnne Thayne’s books, and know that it is guaranteed to be wonderful. Both the Haven Point Series and the Hope’s Crossing series are favorites of mine. I thoroughly enjoyed this new addition to the series, and even though it is a stand alone, and the characters are well explained to any reader that has not read any other book in this series as well as in the Hope’s Crossing series, the other books would be a great addition for anyone who likes a good romance.
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4,564 reviews475 followers
June 18, 2018
The Cottages on Silver Beach is the eighth book in RaeAnne Thyne’s Haven Point series, and it’s another wonderful addition to the series. In fact, it has left me extremely eager for book nine – there is such build up for Season of Wonder, and I really cannot wait to dive into it.

The Haven Point series builds upon each prior book, introducing us to more and more of the characters, allowing us to watch the stories unfold as we get to know each individual. It is possible to read each book as a standalone novel, but you do get a better understanding if you read the books in order – I’ve only read Serenity Harbor and Sugar Pine Trail, books six and seven, and even I still find myself a little bit confused by the cast due to having missed the first few books. It does not lessen your enjoyment of the stories if you just dive into the books that interest you the most, but having all the knowledge certainly helps.

With The Cottages on Silver Beach, we’re given another story that grips you from the very first page. In fact, these books are ones I can complete in no time at all – once I’m pulled in (which happens within pages), I find it is near impossible to put the book down. You’re sucked into the story, you fall in love with the characters, and the details leave you desperately turning the pages at a rapid pace as you hunt for your answers.

Anyone who knows my reading habits will know I’m an eclectic reader, yet most of my romance reads tend to be on the steamier side of things. The Haven Point series, however, is one of the exceptions to my usual romance reads – this is a super sweet series, one where the adorable story sucks me in, and the gorgeous romance keeps me hooked throughout. There is always emotion to be felt with these books, we’re always given something more than just a love story, and it keeps me hooked throughout.

As I’ve mentioned, this book does build a lot into the next book. In many ways, I would consider this book and the next book an unofficial duology within the series, as they link together so much. In fact, this was part of the reason why I gave this a four-star rating and not something higher – I felt as though the ending came together much too quickly, that we were never quite given the depth I would have liked, and I still have too many questions for a book that can be read as a standalone.

Overall, though, I adored this one. Without a doubt, The Cottages on Silver Beach is another strong addition to the Haven Point series.
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2,078 reviews137 followers
June 26, 2018
In RaeAnne Thayne's The Cottages of Silver Beach, the 8th installment in the Haven Point contemporary romance series, this sweet love story would enchant you with a heart-warming plot line. For Megan Hamilton, she had been the innkeeper of her family's inn in Haven Point, Idaho, and had put her dreams on hold twice. First she had to help take care of her grandmother before she had died, and then with her sister-in-law's disappearance seven years ago, she gave her brother a lending hand. She had lost a lot in her life and had given up a lot too, especially when her boyfriend Wyatt died a few years ago. Then Elliott Bailey re-entered her life and rented one of her cottages for some down time. As a FBI agent and true crime writer, he had nursed an injured shoulder and needed quiet. But for Megan, her brother Luke had been under a cloud of suspicion for her sister-in-law's disappearance for seven years and lived a hard life. When she caught Elliott digging into the case, she became suspicious and later got to know him better. Later, they took a road trip to Denver for her first photo exhibit at a gallery, when they got to know each other better and the chemistry was red-hot as a burning flame. The closer they get to the truth of what happened, the more they question their feelings for each other and a possible future of new beginnings of second chances.
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940 reviews10 followers
June 30, 2018
I really enjoy the communities Rae Ann Thayne creates. Her characters feel like people I might know and really like.
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100 reviews7 followers
June 20, 2018
Elliott is back in Haven Point, staying in a cottage right next to Megan. Megan used to date Elliott’s brother before he was killed. Megan’s brother is the main suspect in his wife’s disappearance. Elliott starts looking into the police investigation, Megan doesn’t know whether to trust Elliott. This book has a great story with mystery, romance and family relationships
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475 reviews170 followers
August 16, 2018
I really do enjoy the Haven Point series. This installment was no different for me. I enjoyed Megan and Elliot’s story. They had that weird love-hate thing going on. Neither of them realized how the other felt. Also having some familiar faces pop up is always nice. As always the setting of the small town is great. Plus here they both had these darling cottages on the lake (see name of book lol) and it made me want to go on vacation there. I can’t wait for the next book which is holiday themed!

I received this book for free from Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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946 reviews61 followers
August 29, 2018
Not my favourite of the series by a long shot, but I still enjoyed it reasonably. I've come to the realisation that Thayne is perhaps incapable of writing a book I truly dislike. (Though, apparently, Luke and Elizabeth's story will feature in one of the next books and I'm curious to see how she will sell me on those two. Because, I'm sorry, I just don't see that happening with what we learned in this book.)

Also, this book's summary is fairly misleading, all for dramatic!effect! I'm sure.

I liked Elliot considerably better than Megan. He's the type of male lead that's not always sure of himself, especially when it comes to women and relationships. That created shy, stuttering declarations because he believes 5 minutes of being uncomfortable and honest is better than living with the possible awkwardness between him and Megan. And I loved that. I loved that he was upfront about his feelings on more than one occasion instead of hiding them longer than he already had, it was refreshing.

Megan was okay as a character but the author doesn't really give her much that works in her favour. Except maybe her little dog, Cyrus. She doesn't have much of a personality and so will easily be forgotten in my mind. Plus, I'm used to the romance in Thayne's books going incredibly fast, but Megan "falls in love" with Elliot over the course of two days. TWO DAYS. Which is completely ridiculous. I can maybe buy that Elliot's been carrying a torch for her for years and never made a move because of her brother, but Megan honestly uses the word love on day 2 and I wanted to punch something.

Other than that, the setting is still lovely and the other characters that pop up still make me smile.
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2,078 reviews
July 25, 2018
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

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A gorgeous setting. Engaging characters. A slow burn, sweet & lovely romance. What more could you ask of a contemporary romance, right? How about an intriguing plot based on a past emotional betrayal stemming from a family disappearance?

As everyone has probably figured out by now, RaeAnne Thayne is one of my favorite authors and I tend to go all fangirl about her work. So I’ll try to rein it in here. (lol) But I have to be honest in that I simply did *not* want to put this book down once I started. Which kind of surprised me because there was some serious animosity happening between Megan and Elliot at the start. More on her side than his. Read More
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692 reviews126 followers
August 9, 2018
I think I may have enjoyed this more if I had read it rather than listened to the audio. The narration distracted me from the story. I often felt the main character was talking or arguing with herself, since there was no distinction from her voice and that of the male lead.
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5,286 reviews62 followers
June 19, 2018
I liked this story with Elliot and Megan finally getting their chance for love. Megan rents him a cottage because she need the business but she's not happy he's coming back and stirring up so many unhappy memories. Elliot needs a place to heal from a gun shot wound and think about his career with the FBI. I think I found Megan's brother's story a little more interesting than Megans is the reason I didn't love this story. This is book 8 in the Haven Point series and RaeAnne Thayne has delivered another good romance for the Bailey family. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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1,581 reviews62 followers
August 6, 2018
I loved this book!! Great story!! Can't wait for the next book in the series to release!! Love this author's books!!
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132 reviews2 followers
May 1, 2018
All I could think when I finished the book was WOW! It just had me on the first page and I resented when I had to stop to eat or sleep! Megan watched with mixed emotions when she saw that it was Elliot Bailey moving into the cottage next door. She knew he was coming and where he was staying because she had taken the online reservation. Elliot believed her brother, Luke, guilty in his wife's disappearance. She had absolute faith that he did not.

Reading a book by RayAnne Thayne is like coming home for a visit. You get to hear about old friends and visit familiar places. I really feel like I have been transported to Haven Point. This book is a must read.
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12.7k reviews447 followers
May 15, 2018
There was something about this book, it's sort of a quiet romance. For much of the book it doesn't seem like anything is happening, yet you know that isn't true. Elliott and Megan talk and there is a lot to talk about, but they don't talk about the important thing, how each had a crush at the other. When it finally came out I was glad that they realized what the other thought.

I also find myself intrigued by Megan's brother and what happened to him. Looks like we will find out in the next book.
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1,666 reviews15 followers
April 15, 2018
I know when I pick up a RaeAnne Thayne book that I am going to love the story. The Cottages on Silver Beach does it (again) for me! My take on the background of the story (and I have read all the Haven Point books but this is from a standalone point of view) is that Elliot Bailey is severely misunderstood – by his family, by his friends, and by just about everyone who has known or currently knows him. He “goes back home” to Haven Point, and shows up at Megan Hamilton’s inn, for an extended stay. Megan wonders why her inn, of all places, but it seems Elliot has some secrets.

There are bad feelings and history between Elliot and Megan’s brother and I think that the real story behind them are a part of what makes Elliot…hurt, for lack of a better word. Add in his buried feelings for Megan – you’ll have to read about how and when they came about! – and you get a terrific, loving story. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of deep hurts and feelings to be dealt with. It seems most of the characters have a wound that needs the Band-Aid ripped off, imho. As always, Ms. Thayne deals with the intricate and delicate feelings of the characters in such a way as to deliver another wonderful story.

I always want to smile and sigh when I finish. Smile because I loved the book and sigh because it is over. I recommend. I received a free, advance copy of this book from the publisher. This is my unbiased and voluntary review.
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5,864 reviews496 followers
December 16, 2018
It's not bad ... but The Cottages on Silver Beach , Thayne's eight novel in her Haven Point series is not my favorite. The biggest problems for me are twofold. First, the romance is insipid. Second, I'm more interested in the 'mystery' of Megan's missing (presumed murdered, but no body has been found) sister-in-law.

Neither Elliott nor Megan are interesting character for me. I struggled to understand Elliott's emotionally repressed character. His family seems to be open and loving. The only reason explaining Elliott's behavior is that his parents had buried him under the weight of their expectations; but again, I never felt like they did. Or is it because Megan used to date his younger brother? Again, not enough evidence for me to understand Elliott. It's all told not shown.

Megan is uninspiring for me... as a heroine, she doesn't have enough in her to stand out, especially in comparison with Thayne's previous heroines in this series such as Wyn or Andie. Megan takes care of the Inn, she takes photographs, she is loyal to fault towards her brother.... but so what?!? Nothing about Megan makes me root for her.

Their relationship is very much intertwined with Megan's missing sister-in-law. Elliott and Luke (Megan's brother) used to be best friends. But when Luke's wife is missing, Elliott falls into the camp that believes Luke is responsible. Even their 'road trip' is because Elliott wants to help -- finally -- to again look for more clues about Elizabeth's disappearance.

Because of that, I am WAY more interested in the mystery and not so much of the romance. I would love to read more about Luke and his missing wife.

I rate this with my so-so rating.
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179 reviews
June 19, 2018
I loved stepping into RaeAnne Thayne's world. This is currently the eighth book in the Haven Point series. If you are familiar with the series, or the Hope's Crossing series, readers will find many of the characters from previous novels. If you aren't familiar with either series, it's absolutely fine, this can be read as a standalone.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of the novel, is the close community that exists in the small town of Haven Point. The families all know each other and are friendly and helpful. The scenery sounds idyllic and it makes for a cozy romance.
In The Cottages on Silver Beach, you meet Megan Hamilton and Elliot Bailey. Megan owns the Inn in Haven Point and Elliot Bailey is an FBI agent and true crime author. The two have a complicated history. Megan feels like, FBI agent Elliot is tight laced and rigid, keeping his emotions and feelings tightly guarded. Elliot, secretly has had feelings for Megan for years. Elliot had also once heard Megan and her friends refer to him as "Mr. Roboto" , which had stung Elliot. Megan noted that Elliot always seemed closed off and stand off-ish towards her, and assumed that he thought she wasn't good enough. All of this leads to the two denying their true feelings for each other.
Until Elliot rents the cabin next door to Megan. Elliot plans to attend his sister's wedding reception, work on his latest true crime novel, and get some rest after a possible career ending incident with the FBI, which left him injured. While there, Elliot decides to take a look at a seven year old case that involves Megan's brother, Luke and his missing wife.
While Megan doesn't appreciate Elliot's snooping into the case that's taken her brother and his children several years to recover from, she's hoping that Elliot can finally prove Luke's innocence in the case. Megan and Elliot soon discover that their feelings are undeniable. No matter how much Megan wants to push Elliot away - she can't get over how wrong she was about him. Elliot is caring and thoughtful and everything she wants in a man, but she's not sure how Elliot fits into her future plans, or even if he wants to be in her future.
To avoid any major spoilers I'll leave it there. This book had a lot of heart and made small town life sound idyllic, filled with starry nights and long walks. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves small town romance and a touch of mystery. Looking forward to reading more about Luke and Elizabeth's story!
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1,613 reviews30 followers
June 14, 2018
The Haven Point series has become one of those saga's that I get excited just knowing there is a book from it waiting for me at my TBR list. The stories are well written with a smooth flow and are filled with intriguing characters, living in the small town, love for family and friends, and the sweetest, kindest, most tender, and clean romance stories that always manages to make me smile and sigh. The Cottages on Silver Beach is an uplifting story about forgiveness, daring to open your heart to love, and encouraging to follow our dreams, where ever they might take us.
Elliot Bailey is the perfect mix of serious, straight-laced FBI agent and endearing, caring, protective man who is used to hide his feelings, to take care of others. He has a deep, dry sense of humor, as deep as his sense of duty. He has passion, fierceness, and the ability to see the details, to pay attention, and will do anything in his power to make the people he cares about happy and content. I just adored him and his feelings for Megan Hamilton were so deep-rooted they took my breath away.
Megan's relationship to Elliot had always been a bit awkward. And after Elisabeth, Megan's troubled sister in law vanished without a trace, Megan felt that Elliot turned his back on her family for not blindly trusting Megan's brother's innocence. I thought that was a very tricky situation, there was a lot of obstacles in the way for Megan and Elliot to be able to make it, a serious amount of work to be done for a relationship to work between them.
And I loved how they talked so much, how they had the opportunity for those long, meaningful conversations that people need to go through, to get to truly know each other. The feelings they had for each other were palpable, the connection was obvious, and I loved the chemistry between Megan and Elliot. There were several moments that made me smile, rooting for those two to find a solution in the very sensitive situation.
Because of the disappearance of Elisabeth played such a big role in the story and the little open-ended, happy for now, ending of the book, I felt like this story was a prelude to the next one, laying down the groundwork for what is to come, and not hitting all the deep, raw, angsty emotions it could have had. But despite that, or maybe because of that, this is perfect summer reading - a story that will make you smile, will warm your heart, and eagerly look forward to the next installation in the series. Addictive and endearing, sweet and tender, suitable for all ages
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
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176 reviews5 followers
August 12, 2018
Reviewed for www.buriedunderromance.com
THE COTTAGES ON SILVER BEACH by RaeAnne Thayne is the eighth book in the Haven Point series. It works well as a standalone novel if you haven’t read the others in the series. I guarantee, however, that after reading this book, you will want to go back to read the others.
Elliot Bailey is an FBI agent who moonlights as a writer. After an injury has him sidelined with the FBI, he returns to his hometown to recover. This is also his chance to do some research for his latest book about a mystery that has haunted the town for years. He rents a cottage from Megan Hamilton, one of the key players in the mystery and his brother’s girlfriend at the time.
Megan, a fledgling photographer, lives in the cottage next door to the one she rented to Elliot. She is not happy to see him return because she feels that he betrayed her and her family. Elliot is hoping that what he finds out for his book will clear up everything and possibly pave the way for a relationship with Megan.
Elliot and Megan are well-written characters. The witty dialogs between them were especially enjoyable. The secondary characters add warmth and depth to the story, especially Megan’s little Pug, Curly!
The storyline is realistic and believable. The pacing of the story is even and appropriate, although some may feel that the relationship between Megan and Elliot moved too slowly. I thought it worked well and seemed right given their past situation.
I have now read several books by RaeAnne Thayne and she has earned a permanent spot on my list of favorite authors. She carefully crafts her storylines and her characters, and the books are extremely well-written. She is an intelligent author writing for intelligent readers. She is also proof that you can write a compelling romance without explicit sex scenes. This is a novel that everyone will feel comfortable reading.
Congratulations RaeAnne Thayne for another 5-star best-seller.
I voluntarily read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
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1,193 reviews4 followers
June 30, 2018
Megan Hamilton thought her life was perfect. She was part owner of the family inn and loved her photography. She also rented out the inns cottages. She was living in one of them until the inn is rebuilt from the fire. She has just rented the cottage beside hers to Elliott Bailey. When they were growing up Megan's brother Luke and Elliot were best friends. Then Luke's wife disappeared seven years ago. Their marriage had been rocky and Elizabeth suffered from severe post-partum depression. Suddenly one night after a bad fight Elizabeth took off and disappeared. All the townsfolk thought Luke had killed her and buried the body somewhere. Seems that innocent until proven guilty didn't apply in this case. Luke's life and that of his two young children was made miserable. No matter how many times he said he had nothing to do with Elizabeth's disappearance no one believed him.

Elliot was an FBI agent and was on medical leave. While he was recuperating he thought he would look into Elizabeth's disapearance. All his life he had a crush on Megan but did nothing about it. Now living so close to her has him on edge. There are a few twists and turns and of course the possibility of a romance between Megan and Elliot. You will just have to read the book to see where all this goes. I loved every minute of this book and hated for it to end. RaeAnne Thayne never lets me down . Her books are always five stars.

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394 reviews12 followers
July 26, 2019
This is the first book I read by this author. And even though it happens to be book number 8 from the Haven Point series, I really liked that you could read it as a stand alone.
I thought the writing was really good and the characters were likable. I could definitely feel the chemistry between Megan and Elliot. Megan had such a bad childhood but I like how even though her past was bad, she is a very good and sweet person. And Elliot is a very serious guy but he's a good person as well. He always wants to do the right thing and help others. I like how Megan brings out his "not so serious" side.
The one problem I had with this book is that I didn't like that Megan was previously with Elliot's younger brother. Yes, he passed away 2 or 3 years (I don't remember exactly how long) ago but it always makes me question people when they go out with a family of someone they been with before. But that's just me. I know a lot of people doesn't mind that.
I will like to read the other books in this series. A lot of the characters that I got introduced to in this book, I know they have their own story and I would love to read them!
By the way, I love this cover! It's so tranquil looking.
If you love romance with good characters then I recommend this book!
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