Saturday, February 28, 2015

Book Review: Finding Haven by T.A. Foster

Finding Haven (Finding Haven #1) T.A. Foster
NA, Romance

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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 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?

Red Lines (Finding Haven #2)
T.A. Foster
NA, Romance
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 Love on remote Perry Island was one thing, but with the flash of a camera everything has changed.

Movie star Evan Carlson has just landed the role of a lifetime, playing the infamous Dexter Red. Fans can't get enough of the sexiest, most-talked-about guy to ever hit paperback pages.

Haven is in Austin working on her songwriting career, and Evan's faith and commitment are put to the test. No matter which way he turns, Hollywood keeps getting in the way.

Does realizing their career dreams mean losing their relationship? Can they survive the headlines and media frenzy surrounding Evan's new role?

When it comes to love, some lines are meant to be blurred.


Everyone needs a break right? They need to get away from the stress of work, relationships and everything else and be able to rediscover themselves and why they chose the position they're in in the first place.

Artists need that too. Especially Evan Carlson, the up-and-rising actor of the decade.

He goes on the ultimate road trip of his life. Without the press, his manager, escaping the hardships of his work and finding himself at the very remote and quaint island, Perry Island. He finds solace in the island until a girl captures his interest and later on tilts his world upside down. But, can the love they have survive the distance between the realities they live in?

I honestly like Haven Owen. She's this complex character who truly has an ambition. Even with the prospect of her getting into the music industry was quite slim, she remained hopeful. She kept passing her songs to record labels and radio stations. Even when she does not have the full support of her father, she still tries. I truly like a character who aspires for more in her life because she inspires me too as a reader to never give up on my dreams.

And then there's Evan. There were times that I find Evan annoying. It's just that, there are instances where he's so full of himself, as if people have to act a certain way because he's a movie star. I guess some actors do have that expectation and I let that go. The only quip I have is the repetitive reinstatement of Evan's hotness. Sure, he is a star but we just don't need to know it every.single.time.

Yet, the two of them clicked. But what made it worth it for me and not cringe-worthy was that Haven did not really dropped at the sight of Evan in the first place. She kind of ignored him too. I like that Haven doesn't immediately give in to Evan's good looks and that made Evan want to know Haven more.

I also would really love to go to Perry Island! If I would like to get lost, I definitely want to end up in this place and stay there for a while to do a little soul-searching.


My only dismay is the end (before the prologue). I guess it's because I did not expect their actions to be the catalyst to solve their problems. Knowing that you've been lied to does not immediately guarantee you a spot back into her life.  

Finding Haven is the book you'd love to read if you're the type of person to fantasize about dating a star. I know the feeling. I've fantasized what it would be like to date an actor too.

I SAY...

T.A. Foster is a Southern girl whose heart and spirit are connected to the beach. She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children and two canine kiddos.

Her long love affair with books started at an early age, and as soon as she was able, she transformed imaginative stories into words on paper.

T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing or planning her next beach trip.

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