Review: The Chance by Robyn Carr

Posted January 30, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 18 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 Chance by Robyn CarrThe Chance by Robyn Carr
Series: Thunder Point #4
Published by Harlequin MIRA on February 25, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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With its breathtaking vistas and down-to-earth people, Thunder Point is the perfect place for FBI agent Laine Carrington to recuperate from a gunshot wound and contemplate her future. The locals embraced Laine as one of their own after she risked her life to save a young girl from a dangerous cult. Knowing her wounds go beyond the physical, Laine hopes she'll fit in for a while and find her true self in a town that feels safe. She may even learn to open her heart to others, something an undercover agent has little time to indulge.

Eric Gentry is also new to Thunder Point. Although he's a man with a dark past, he's determined to put down roots and get to know the daughter he only recently discovered. When Laine and Eric meet, their attraction is obvious to everyone. But while the law enforcement agent and the reformed criminal want to make things work, their differences may run too deep...unless they take a chance on each other and find that deep and mysterious bond that belongs to those who choose love over fear.

The set up
This story continues the theme of the series to integrate the stresses of everyday life with the romance of the featured characters.This time it’s FBI agent Laine Carrington who was injured during the raid on the compound in the last story. She’s decided to take a year off and recuperate in Thunder Point instead of her home in Virginia, wanting the time to evaluate her life and career direction. Eric Gentry is also new to the town, having moved there after discovering he had a 17-year old daughter there and is slowly developing and nurturing a relationship with her. When he and Laine meet, they can’t deny their instant attraction (not to be confused with insta-love).

The issues
Neither Laine or Eric were looking for a long term commitment when they started their romance. They were just two consenting adults enjoying each other’s company, both having other demands and fairly transient existences. He’s building a new body shop business with a skeleton crew and she’s trying to figure out what her next career option will be and where she will live. They were ill prepared to fall for one another let alone figure out how to make it work. Family demands surfaced, creating another wedge in their fragile relationship.

What I loved about the story
Laine and Eric’s honesty in the romance really worked for me. When Eric was slow to make the first move, Laine had no trouble stepping forward and giving him a needed shove. Eric’s insecurity about having deeper feelings for Laine than she for him was something he didn’t try to hide and she didn’t try to falsely pacify him. Their relationship was sorely tested when her family issues threatened to permanently separate them and he responded unselfishly. They handled adult issues maturely and freely expressed their raw emotions with each other. I loved how they loved each other.

What was also very interesting was the contrast between two families, one with means and the other almost indigent, trying to cope with serious parental health issues. The strains may have been different but the impact was almost equally taxing and devastating. Both situations were heartbreaking and not easily resolved.

The bottom line
I struggled to connect with the romance in the last book in this series and had the complete opposite reaction to this story. I felt Laine and Eric’s pain, joy and whatever other emotion they experienced, just really loving this couple. They faced some really tough issues to create a relationship and make it work. Their courage was refreshing and I continue to be hooked on this series.

Jonetta + Cat

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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18 responses to “Review: The Chance by Robyn Carr

  1. Sharlene Wegner

    I am a fan. This looks like it has a great story line. Can’t wait to read it!

  2. Dora Bustos

    Oh Robynn…im counting the days to read The Chance…
    Love every book u have written.
    Please continue to also write Virhin River…
    Miss the family so much. ?.

  3. My review won’t post till next month but like you I enjoyed this romance and the secondary stories were all so interesting and I love seeing the softer side of Rae Ann. Lovely review!

  4. Patricia Dorwin

    Opps, computer correct. It should have read “Blue Skies”. Also these are but three of Robyn’s stand-alone novels. Her website lists them all and in order for all the series books. Most helpful.

  5. Patricia Dorwin

    Robyn’s series book are wonderful and I can’t wait for the new Thunder Point novel to appear but have you all read the stand-alone books, ie, The House on Olive Street, A Summer in Sonoma, Blue Sky’s? These are all powerful books with great story lines. Personally, I have trouble putting down one of her novels once I start reading. She is an extremely gifted writer.

  6. Donna

    I have read the entire Virgin River and Grace Valley series at least three times. Ever so often I just have to go back and visit! When I start reading the two series, I start with the first book and I can’t stop until I’ve read them all! Thunder Point is good, too!!!! Haven’t had them long enough to start re-reading them yet. I’ve also read all the stand-alone books that I’ve managed to find.

    Wonder if there will be any more Virgin River books.

    • JOYCE

      Donna, I so wish there would be another Virgin River book, need to have an update on Jack’s Bar and his wife Mel and the rest of the group, would love to hear how they are all doing……I also read Grace Valley series but nothing is as good as Virgin River. We can only hope Robyn takes the clue to write another couple books…..

  7. JOYCE

    I have read everything Robyn Carr has written and love love of the Virgin River book also the first three Thunder Point, can’t wait to read this one and the coming other she is going to release this year……