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I truly enjoyed this contemporary romance that is wholly focused on healing damaged souls, even when they are both doing everything in their power to not move forward. Carlene Love Flores has skillfully introduced characters who are dealing with the aftermath of suicide, and fighting the inherent guilt and questions that are omnipresent as they deal with the loss. Her care and concern, and ability to extend emotional angst into her characters as they come to grips with their loss and the overwhelming questions and self-doubts comes forward, as well as showing the grief and its paralytic grasp on forward motion for those left behind.
Ben is a bit of a fish out of water: holding a crush on a girl who would rather chase fame and fortune, and barely acknowledges his presence, he is the odd man out in the group of friends. The webmaster and techo-geek for the band Sin Pointe, all of the band members are paired up, and he is, six years in, not dating, no girlfriend and single. Hazel is approaching the year anniversary of her boyfriend’s death by his own hand, and while she has moments of starting to feel alive, most of her life is a dull haze, broken only by moments of overwhelming sorrow.
The interaction between these two is a series of tragi-comic errors and missteps, interference by his friends and some local thugs, and some moments where Ben may just not be the good guy who gets a girl. Yet his patience and perseverance pays off: we did know he spent six years without dating as he crushed on one woman, patience is his overwhelming virtue. Patiently he allows Hazel to see the ‘real’ him, the gentle and soft man who wants to care and cherish, and she starts to open up to him, learning to feel again.
Characters are beautifully crafted in this short novel: I have not read the others in the series, but I do think that a bit of background on the other players might have been helpful it is not necessary to enjoy these characters and their journey. With displays of genuine friendship and caring throughout the pages, a ton of heart and wrapping up the path to a happy ending with some sensual steamy moments, this is a story well worth the time to read, and a series that is being added to my tbr pile.
Title: Sin's Haven
Author: Carlene Love Flores
Published by: Evernight Publishing
Source: Author via Tour Company
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When Sin Pointe webmaster, Benjamin Wright, is publicly humiliated on his birthday, he knows he’s never gonna be able to show his face around the guys again. But an angelic hostess who lets him sleep it off at the club seems surprisingly eager to help him out. Is his luck changing or does she just feel sorry for him?
Hazel Temple, bagel mistress by day and club hostess by night, feels horrible for inadvertently playing a part in Ben’s embarrassment and vows to make it up to him—by telling him they had a sizzling hot one night stand. Still recovering from losing her fiancé to suicide, she worries about Ben when he discovers her lie. Is she bound to hurt the men she cares about?
A Sin Pointe camping trip provides Hazel her chance to get Ben’s groove back.
Will her webmaster be the one to rock her world?
A copy of this title was provided via Author via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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