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.The Chance by Robyn Carr
Series: Thunder Point #4
Published by Harlequin MIRA on February 25, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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).
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.
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