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 Carr
Series: Thunder Point #9
Published by Mira on September 1, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
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.