*I received a free copy of Right Where We Belong from Harlequin MIRA via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *Right Where We Belong by Brenda Novak
Series: Silver Springs #4
Published by Harlequin MIRA on 31 October 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Suspense
Savanna Gray needs a do-over. Her "perfect" life unraveled when, to her absolute shock, her husband was arrested for attacking three women. With her divorce settled, she takes her two children home to Silver Springs to seek refuge between the walls of the farmhouse where she was born. It needs a little TLC, but she's eager to take control of something.
Gavin Turner understands the struggle of starting over. Abandoned at a gas station when he was five, it wasn't until he landed at New Horizons Boys Ranch as a teen that he finally found some peace. He steps up when Savanna needs help fixing things—even when those things go beyond the farmhouse.
Despite an escalating attraction to Gavin, Savanna resolves to keep her distance. She trusted her ex, who had a similarly tragic background, and is unwilling to repeat her past mistakes. But it's hard to resist a man whose heart is as capable as his hands.
Right Where We Belong brought me right back to Silver Springs, where I followed the complicated romance between Savanna and Gavin. There was quite a bit of suspense surrounding them, and that wasn’t the only thing working against them.
Savanna has been through a lot since her husband was arrested for several rapes. When people in the community turned against her, she figured she had to move so she and her children wouldn’t encounter any more people screaming at her for standing by him at the beginning. Right Where We Belong then continues away from Utah, and unfolds mostly in Silver Springs.
Savanna is a strong woman, who will do what she thinks is right, even when the odds are not in her favor. She is ready to step up to make sure her children feel safe. While she’s wary of men and relationships in general, she might be able to make an exception for her new neighbor, Gavin.
Gavin can finally see the end of the tunnel after his on-again off-again relationship with Heather. When his new neigbor arrives with two young children in tow, he feels like things are falling into place for him. Only, they’re really not!
Eli, Cora and Alya from the prior Silver Springs books are fairly present in Right Where We Belong, and it was nice to see how they were doing.
Heather was a scheming woman, not thinking anything of rigging the ‘game’ to get the man she really wanted.
Writing style :
Right Where We Belong is written in third person, past tense, following Gavin and Savanna closely. The frequent dialogues brought me closer to the characters, and let their personalities shine. There are also several text messages back and forth between various characters, and that brought an interesting angle to the story.
The love took the front seat, but there was also a lot of doubt. With the doubt came some second-guessing, of course. And the suspense was really well done! Novak has branched out from strictly contemporary romance with a lot of flair, and the Silver Springs series is a very good example of that.
Savanna knew if the man she’d married could be dangerous, anyone could.
Relocating had been such a big decision. She’d taken her children away from everything and everyone they’d known so far. Now that she was back in California, she could only hope she’d made the right decision – for all of them.
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