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 Promise by Robyn Carr
Series: Thunder Point #5
Published by Harlequin MIRA on June 24, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Scott Grant has a bustling family practice in the small Oregon community of Thunder Point. The town and its people have embraced the widowed doctor and father of two, his children are thriving, and Scott knows it's time to move on from his loss. But as the town's only doctor, the dating scene is awkward. That is, until a stunning physician's assistant applies for a job at his clinic.
Peyton Lacoumette considers herself entirely out of the dating scene. She's already been burned by a man with kids, and she's come to Thunder Point determined not to repeat past mistakes. When Scott offers her a job, at a much lower salary than she's used to, Peyton is surprisingly eager to accept…at least for now. She's willing to stay for a three-month trial period while she explores other options.
Scott and Peyton know the arrangement is temporary—it isn't enough time to build a real relationship, never mind anything with lasting commitment. But love can blossom faster than you think when the timing is right, and this short visit just might hold the promise of forever.
Dr. Scott Grant is a widower with two small children who recently moved to Thunder Point to raise his family. He also wanted the experience and lifestyle of a small town general practitioner, offering personal rewards if not much money. Peyton Lacoumette, a Physician Assistant, was just passing through, on her way from a bitter breakup to…something else, when serendipity stepped in. She needed a job and Scott really needed help…in more ways than one.
Scott and Peyton
Scott’s just the nicest man and a dedicated father to his 5-year old son Will and 4-year old daughter Jenny. In the short time he’s been in town, Thunder Point has come to treasure him and want him happy. Peyton is a PA with an impressive résumé, in demand for a lot more money than Scott can pay. But she’s intrigued by the other rewards the practice offers and wants to experience small town medical practice for a few months before she decides her next direction.
A misunderstanding at their initial meeting gave them both reason to believe they were off limits to each other so Scott and Peyton had a chance to get to know each other without pressure for awhile. I liked how their romance meandered a bit, slowly developing throughout the story. Scott’s more than ready, just waiting for Peyton to catch up.
The heart of the story
I’ve waited impatiently for this story and liked that Scott’s HEA was with someone like Peyton, someone who shared his passion for healing people and family (she comes from a BIG one). Her back story took a while to unfold and it was pretty extraordinary and interesting. I loved her big, crazy family as it gave me insight into the woman who’d suffered heartbreak recently and was more than this skittish person leery of love.
The bottom line
I really liked this return to Thunder Point and the long overdue romance for Dr. Scott. His efforts to permanently lure the PA gave me incredible insight into the demands of a small town medical practice, making me respect him even more (didn’t think that was possible). While there are secondary storylines, Scott and Peyton’s dominate and that’s a really good thing. I liked her and who she was to Scott, both personally and professionally. Well done.
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