Review: The Hero by Robyn Carr

Posted September 5, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Hero by Robyn CarrThe Hero by Robyn Carr
Series: Thunder Point #3
Published by Harlequin MIRA on August 27, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

Rating: B-

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 set up
Devon McAllister and her three-year old daughter, Mercy, escape from a religious compound where she’s lived the last five years, four of which reluctantly. Rawley Goode happens upon them as they’re walking on Highway 101, gives them a ride and ends up taking them in. Devon decides to stay in Thunder Point and start her new life in the town where she’s already begun to make friends. Widower Spencer Lawson is one of those friends who wants their relationship to be a little more than that. The question is whether either of them are ready for this given everything they’ve been through recently.


What worked
The first half of this story was what I’ve come to expect from the series, a focus on multiple characters’ storylines threading together in some way. Cooper and Sarah face her pending career decision, Lou McCain makes a decision about her relationship with Mac and his now blended family, Scott Grant opens his family practice and Ashley and Eric continue developing their newfound connection. All this while Devon and Spencer slowly find their way to each other. I was completely absorbed into the story, as if I were a resident of Thunder Point and following up on the lives of my friends. There was also the tension of knowing the day of reckoning would come when Devon would have to deal with the consequences of the life she fled and it’s exciting when it happens.


What slowed me down
It’s when Devon and Spencer began to deepen their relationship that the story started to become more ordinary. It still was interesting and I was invested in the outcomes of the characters but the romance was missing that zing to have me root for them. I knew something was lacking when they hit a major bump, Spencer got stupid and I was pulling for Devon to walk away. I wish I could pinpoint the issue but Spencer wasn’t doing it for me…maybe he was just a tad selfish when it came to Devon.


The bottom line
I still enjoyed this story, even though it didn’t hold my attention as intensely as the first two books, or even the first half. No matter, the characters are still well developed and there are enough loose ends to keep me coming back to Thunder Point. The real hero of this story, however, wasn’t Spencer…it was Rawley Goode and it was more than worth it to discover the added dimensions of this man. This is probably closer to C+ but I’m bumping it to a B- because of the series.




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About Robyn Carr

After thirty-plus years of hard work, life is very, very good for the Las Vegas author who began writing when her two children were babies.

Robyn’s Virgin River and Thunder Point series, like her earlier Grace Valley books, are a blend of romance and women’s fiction—books that not only entertain but also address sensitive issues, such as domestic violence, health risks and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anything that can compromise a woman’s happiness because she’s female. And there’s no denying that Robyn has a way with words. Her voice is unique and takes her readers into the hearts and minds of the brave men and women who have served in the military, into the families left behind, and into those who confront challenges head-in in their search for love and fulfillment.

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 2013’s The Wanderer, The Newcomer and The Hero, Thunder Point novels on Robyn’s schedule are three 2014 titles, The Chance (March), The Promise (July), and The Homecoming (September).

Robyn and her husband enjoy traveling, often taking research trips together. Their son and daughter are grown. Robyn says that, in addition to reading her novels and making snide remarks about how she’s used family scenarios to her advantage, they have made her a happy grandmother.

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4 responses to “Review: The Hero by Robyn Carr

  1. This is a series that I will totally get too 🙂 🙂 Great review! There is always one in a series that isn’t as good as the others but still is a good afternoon read!