You know that feeling you get when you go somewhere that you love and are around people and places that you love. Yeah, that feeling! Well, that is how I feel when I turn the pages of a Robyn Carr book. I’ve talked before about my unabashed love for the Grace Valley and Virgin River series, and with how the Thunder Point series is tracking, it will happily sit beside them.
As it was with the other series, the way the Thunder Point books are written brings a sense that this town could be real, the people in it your oldest friends. Life in small towns is fun, frustrating, full of community spirit and togetherness – Thunder Point shows us that.
What is The Hero about?
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.
So, here’s what I thought of The Hero!
The romance in this story is one that neither is looking for or expects – both Devon and Spencer have enough emotional baggage to fill a storage shed – but it is sweet and well-written. On occasion it moves a little quickly, but on the whole, their relationship builds nicely. Things don’t get super spicy, but it doesn’t matter in this instance.
The relationship between Devon and Spencer, and their romance, is of course the focal point around which the other stories revolve. However, the relationship I loved following and seeing grow the most of the others in The Hero was that between Devon and Rawley – both were without family, had been lost in their lives and in each other, found a deep and abiding friendship.
World-building is a particular skill of Robyn Carr’s, and the characters that inhabit her worlds are wonderful. I love that the community of Thunder Point are willing to accept Devon and Mercy into their world, and protect them. I enjoyed visiting with the other characters (Cooper and Sarah, Aunt Lou, Mac and Gina) and seeing how their stories are developing.
I was so glad that Robyn Carr didn’t not make Devon out to be some dippy or silly girl for being involved with the Followers – she showed that Devon was simply looking for a sense of belonging and was at a point in her life that led her to make such a decision. Devon is an educated, intelligent woman – not just the silly ones experience life’s low points.
The suspense surrounding Devon’s past and the real goings-on at the Followers compound was really well done. It was absorbing and resolved itself well.
Instalment number 4, The Chance, is on its way early next year and I am very much looking forward to it. Knowing who the hero and heroine are, it should be fantastic seeing how these two mesh and how one of them is redeemed.
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Release Date: 27 August 2013
Note: I was provided with an advance reader copy by MIRA, an imprint of Harlequin via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.