by Robyn Carr
Series: Thunder Point #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
The Hero by Robyn Carr is the third book in her Thunder Point series and for the first time, I got that sensation of coming home. The town and the people residing there are beginning to feel like family and while I still miss my beloved, Virgin River, I am now confident Thunder Point will be a wonderful replacement. Hopefully, there will be Christmas issues and all will once again be right in my universe. Three-word review: heartwarming, romantic and suspenseful.
The tale begins when we meet Devon McAllister. She is walking down a lonely stretch of highway with a backpack and her daughter Mercy. Rawley happens upon them and senses right away they are in trouble. He offers to feed them and help Devon by giving her a ride to her destination. He ends up taking them in and helping them get back on their feet. Spence Lawson and his son Austin are living in the trailer outside of Cooper’s place while he searches for a place to rent now that he has to accept the coaching job at the high school. Devon is running from something, and the townsfolk and Spencer plan to protect her from it. The tale that unfolds gives us updates on all the locals, has danger and a side of romance that was sweet.
Devon McAllister is bright, has a degree in early education and doesn’t seem like the type to be duped but that is exactly what happened. Alone after the death of her aunt and suddenly homeless, she meets a charismatic man who sweeps her off her feet and brings her to his compound. After escaping she fears for herself and her daughter, but slowly takes back her identity and begins to build a life in Thunder Point. We have known Rawley since the beginning and have accepted his quiet ways and odd behavior, so watching him transform as he helps Devon and Mercy was delightful. Spencer has had a rough time of it after the loss of his wife and watching him be caught off guard for his feelings for Devon was fun. The romance developed slowly despite the physical beginning and I enjoyed watching it all unfold. Of course, we get updates on the townsfolk, and Eric, Ashley’s Dad.
Carr creates towns that you want to pack up and move too. Thunder Point off the coast of Oregon is no exception, with its quaint streets and family attitudes. Everyone knows everyone and newcomers add to the mix. Devon’s story and those of the group, “The Followers” was interesting and at times suspenseful. The romance had heat, some tender moments and a little drama that gave us time to catch up with the local happenings. I am excited about some of the changes that are coming to Thunder Point and it looks like we will have another new resident soon. The plot can be predictable at times but it addresses daily life in a small town wonderfully and I cannot help but slip into the world and lose myself.
The Hero and the Thunder Point series are perfect for fans of small-town romances and fleshed out characters. Fans of Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove will delight in this series. The Chance book four is set to release in January of 2014. Ms. Carr next year I would like a Christmas book, please!