Series: Thunder Point

Wildest Dreams by Robyn Carr

Posted August 10, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

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

Wildest Dreams by Robyn CarrWildest Dreams by Robyn Carr
Series: Thunder Point #9
Published by Mira on September 1, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 361
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Blake Smiley searched the country for just the right place to call home. The professional triathlete has travelled the world, but Thunder Point has what he needs to put down the roots he’s never had. In the quiet coastal town he can focus on his training without distractions. Until he meets his new neighbours and everything changes.

Lin Su Simmons and her teenage son, Charlie, are fixtures at Winnie Banks’s house as Lin Su nurses Winnie through the realities of ALS. A single mother, Lin Su is proud of taking charge and never showing weakness. But she has her hands full coping with a job, debt and Charlie’s health issues. And Charlie is asking questions about his family history — questions she doesn’t want to answer.

When Charlie enlists Blake’s help to escape his overprotective mother, Lin Su resents the interference in her life. But Blake is certain he can break through her barriers and be the man she and Charlie need. When faced with a terrible situation, Blake comes to the rescue, and Lin Su realizes he just might be the man of her dreams. Together, they recognize that family is who you choose it to be.

 

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Single mother Lin Su Simmons is the home care nurse for Winnie Banks, Grace Headly’s wealthy mother who is suffering from ALS. Her 14-year old son, Charlie, is a great kid but underdeveloped because of his asthma condition. When triathlon athlete Blake Smiley moves next door to Winnie, he and Charlie quickly form a wonderful relationship. Though Lin Su is also attracted, she’s challenged by this man who wants her to ease up control of her son to let him develop and get stronger.

 
Family is a strong theme in this story, one that provides challenges to Amerasian Lin Su who was adopted at age three. She’s estranged from her adopted family, unclear about her biological mother and has no contact with her son’s father. I completely understood Lin Su’s overprotective nature when it came to her son’s health as his issues were scary and real. Her reluctance to let go was a combination of a need for control and motherly instincts (which were dead on most of the time).

 
What was tougher to understand was Lin Su’s dogged stubbornness in understanding the difference between generosity and charity. She struggled financially and lived in a dangerous neighborhood, which made her resistance in allowing others who considered her family or friend just maddening. It was also hard to connect to her burgeoning relationship with Blake because she just wasn’t that friendly or nice. Charlie was the glue as he was just a wonderful teen with an infectious personality. I’m not sure there would have been a Lin Su and Blake without him.

 
I think this is the last book in this series as many of the other Thunder Point characters either have an appearance here or summary updates provided. I liked this story even though the romance was tepid. The strength of the other aspects made this an enjoyable reading experience. I’ve loved this series and the spirit of community present in every story was a foundation in this one.

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.


Just Lovely! A New Hope by Robyn Carr

Just Lovely! A New Hope by Robyn Carr

Posted June 30, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    Ginger Dysart is slowly recovering from the loss of her child on top of the disintegration of her ill-advised marriage. Working in the Thunder Point flower shop and being around a network of interesting and supportive women has raised her from a dark abyss. When she “meets” Matt Lacoumette at his sister’s wedding reception, it’s an unlikely encounter between two people rebounding from painful life events.   I loved this story for several reasons. First, Ginger’s descent into severe depression was understandable, presenting a very realistic response to the loss of a child. When her cousin, Ray Anne, steps in and moves her to Thunder Point, it begins an extraordinary healing process that exemplifies the best the community has to offer. The town […]


Back to Thunder Point! One Wish by Robyn Carr

Back to Thunder Point! One Wish by Robyn Carr

Posted February 2, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    Quick summary Grace Dillon owns and operates a flower shop in Thunder Point but no one knows she once was a famous champion skater. It consumed her life for many years and she’d like to keep that in the past and secret. Troy Headly is a history teacher sort of nursing his wounds after he wasn’t able to win the heart of Grace’s best friend Iris. She’s privately in serious like with him as they decide to have an airy “friends with benefits” relationship. Yeah, right. What works about this story I love it when the characters enter into a relationship with eyes wide open. Grace and Troy promised each other nothing but to enjoy their time together. No denials about getting serious, […]


The Prodigal Son Returns in The Homecoming by Robyn Carr

The Prodigal Son Returns in The Homecoming by Robyn Carr

Posted September 6, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

  Quick summary Seth Sileski was once a high school football phenom in Thunder Point, actually excelling in college and playing with the Seattle Seahawks before a tragic accident sidelined him. Now he’s back home as the new deputy sheriff in charge, hoping to repair his fractured relationships with his father and his once best friend, Iris McKinley.   Story conflict Seth and Iris were best friends and neighbors since they were 4-years old until a heartbreaking incident involving their senior prom. It’s been 17 years but Iris still hasn’t let go of her resentment. (You just know there’s more to this.) She’s a high school counselor who’s dealing with what looks to be a student suffering in some abusive relationship.   What I liked […]


Doc Grant’s Story! The Promise by Robyn Carr

Doc Grant’s Story! The Promise by Robyn Carr

Posted May 28, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

Quick Summary 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 […]


Review: The Chance by Robyn Carr

Review: The Chance by Robyn Carr

Posted January 30, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 18 Comments

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 […]


Review: The Hero by Robyn Carr

Review: The Hero by Robyn Carr

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

  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, […]


Review: The Newcomer by Robyn Carr

Posted May 28, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

The Newcomer By Robyn Carr Thunder Point #2 I hadn’t planned to read this for at least another three weeks but I just couldn’t wait. My instincts were so right! The SetupThis isn’t a series where each story has one central conflict and one significant romance that wraps neatly at the end of the book. There a quite a few characters whose lives are connected either by familial ties, friendship or through the relationships of their children. Most are single parents or are filling that role and are trying to manage a romance while dealing with adult situations and the challenges faced by their teenaged children. The IssuesMac and Gina are trying to find time to be with each other though they still haven’t quite […]