Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Hero (Thunder Point #3) by Robyn Carr

The Hero (Thunder Point, #3)Series: Thunder Point #3
Author: Robyn Carr
Publication: August 27, 2013
By: Harlequin MIRA 
3.25 Stars

The covers in this series are some of my favorites!

With warmth and sensitivity, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr shows readers that falling in love can be the bravest act of all. 

In a moment of desperation, Devon McAllister takes her daughter and flees a place where they should have been safe and secure. She has no idea what is around the next bend, but she is pretty certain it can't be worse than what they've left behind. Her plan is to escape to somewhere she can be invisible. Instead, an unexpected offer of assistance leads her to Thunder Point, a tiny Oregon town with a willingness to help someone in need.

As the widowed father of a vulnerable young boy, Spencer Lawson knows something about needing friendship. But he's not looking for anything else. Instead, he's thrown his energy into his new role as Thunder Point's high school football coach. Tough and demanding to his team, off the field he's gentle and kind...just the kind of man who could heal Devon's wounded heart.

Devon thought she wanted to hide from the world. But in Thunder Point, you find bravery where you least expect it...and sometimes, you find a hero.

Thank you Harlequin MIRA and Netgalley for this eARC.

What I Liked: This third installment in the Thunder Point series focuses on love, loss and learning to trust again. Devon McAllister has taken a huge risk fleeing The Fellowship, the religious cult she and her daughter Mercy have been embroiled in over the past four years.  All she wants when she gets to Thunder Point is to start over, give Mercy a life where they both can feel safe and secure, but to do that, Devon will have to accept help from an unlikely source and learn to trust again.  

Spencer Lawson has his hands full trying to juggle his new job, his young son Austin and his grief. The last thing he needs is a distraction of the female variety but that's exactly what he gets when Devon comes to town. Spencer can't really explain the pull he feels to protect her but he knows that getting too close too soon after the loss of his wife could be disastrous for both of them. But the more time he spends around Devon, the more Spencer realizes that life is short and often full of pain, but it's also full of surprises too. Surprises that have a way of healing your wounded heart and showing you how to love again.

As with the previous books in this series, the cast of characters we've come to enjoy are never far away and tie easily into Devon and Spencer's story. However, the one I enjoyed the most was Rawley, watching as he came out of his self-imposed seclusion to help Devon and bond with Mercy was heartwarming. The relationship development between Cooper, Spencer and Austin was humorously awkward and it's nice to see Sarah experience real happiness. 

I am intrigued by Eric's character and was not at all surprised to see the next book is his story. 

What Left Me Wanting More: There were parts that felt rushed or a little too cut and dry, like how all of the romantic leads tend to share their feelings a little too freely with the women in their lives as well as each other which I'm not sure is entirely realistic. 

Final Verdict: Another engaging story in this series! 

About The Author
A RITA award-winning author of 25 novels, Robyn Carr has found a whole new following with her stories about the independent women and former marines of Virgin River."

RT's Career Achievement Best Author Award winner (2010) for Contemporary Romance.

After writing twenty Virgin River stories, Robyn is now taking her readers into another fictional community, a picturesque coastal town on the Oregon coast she calls Thunder Point. Like her Virgin River novels, the Thunder Point books will make readers laugh, sigh, and fall in love with a small town filled with people they’ll never forget. In addition to April’s The Wanderer;readers will find two more Thunder Pointbooks out in 2013: July’s The Newcomer and September’s The Hero.

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