The Chance by Robyn Carr

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  • Title:  The Chance
  • Series:  Thunder Point, #4
  • Author:  Robyn Carr
  • Published:  February 2014 – Harlequin MIRA
  • Source:  Publisher

Synopsis:  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.  (publisher)

My take:  I think fans of the Thunder Point series are going to love this book. I did! We met Laine and Eric in previous books (as secondary characters) and I’m so glad Robyn Carr gave them their own book. Laine is taking stock of her life after a life-changing event and Eric is seeking redemption from his earlier life. In fact, he’s probably already found redemption and is on the path of making people wonder if he was ever that person. What they need to find out is if they can continue to live a new life with each other. What they don’t expect is the knock at the door that will change their life. No spoiler but I have to say Carr really nailed the heartbreaking issues involved with this storyline.

Then we have secondary characters, most of whom we’ve met in earlier books: Al who has worked for Eric several times but never stays very long. He’s a good person so Eric is always glad to have him back. Ray Anne, who becomes Al’s love interest, has been around the block a few times. These two were fun to watch as they fell in love. They’re older (50-60ish) than the usual romance couple. I love that and wish Robyn Carr would write more for that demographic. She’d find lots of fans, I’m certain. This couple’s storyline will arc into the next book. At least it better! My one issue with the book was the abrupt ending. I’m ok that strings weren’t tied in bows as long as those strings find their way into book 5 🙂 There’s also the three brothers who’ve been split up due to their mother’s terminal illness. They are part of Al’s story that will hopefully be broadened in the next book.

Like I mentioned, I loved this installment of the Thunder Point series. I’m really looking forward to the next book.

The Hero by Robyn Carr

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  • Title:  The Hero  (Thunder Point #3)
  • Author:  Robyn Carr
  • Genre:  Contemporary Romance
  • Published:  August 2013 – Harlequin MIRA
  • Source:  Publisher

Synopsis:  In a moment of desperation, Devon McAllister takes her daughter and flees a place where they should have been safe and secure. She has no idea what is around the next bend, but she is pretty certain it can’t be worse than what they’ve left behind. Her plan is to escape to somewhere she can be invisible. Instead, an unexpected offer of assistance leads her to Thunder Point, a tiny Oregon town with a willingness to help someone in need. 

As the widowed father of a vulnerable young boy, Spencer Lawson knows something about needing friendship. But he’s not looking for anything else. Instead, he’s thrown his energy into his new role as Thunder Point’s high school football coach. Tough and demanding to his team, off the field he’s gentle and kind – …just the kind of man who could heal Devon’s wounded heart. 

Devon thought she wanted to hide from the world. But in Thunder Point, you find bravery where you least expect it …and sometimes, you find a hero. (publisher)

My take: The Hero is the newest addition to the Thunder Point series. We meet Devon McAllister and her young daughter Mercy who’ve escaped a place that had once been safe and secure but then turned into a prison. A few miles into their journey one of Thunder Point’s own gives them a ride as well as a chance at a new life.

If you’re familiar with this series I don’t want to spoil it by telling who helps Devon and Mercy. I’ll just say I really enjoyed learning more about this character – one of a few heroes in this novel.

We also learn more about Spencer Lawson and his new life in Thunder Point. He’s the new high school football coach which makes him a superstar in the eyes of the whole town.  He and Devon strike up a friendship that soon becomes more. They’ve both been through a lot in the past few years so they don’t want to rush things. They have their kids to consider and don’t want to put them through more emotional upheaval. But drama ensues putting their relationship to the test. And then Devon’s past catches up to her.

There’s an exciting scene near the end which left me more than happy to read the final pages. I really enjoyed The Hero and recommend it to fans of contemporary romance, the Thunder Point series, and Robyn Carr.

The Wanderer by Robyn Carr

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  • Title:  The Wanderer – Thunder Point series, #1
  • Author:  Robyn Carr
  • Genre:  Contemporary Romance, series
  • Published:  March 2013 – Harlequin MIRA
  • Source:  Publisher via NetGalley

Synopsis (publisher):  Nestled on the Oregon coast is a small town of rocky beaches and rugged charm. Locals love the land’s unspoiled beauty. Developers see it as a potential gold mine. When newcomer Hank Cooper learns he’s been left an old friend’s entire beachfront property, he finds himself with a community’s destiny in his hands. 

Cooper has never been a man to settle in one place, and Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop. But Cooper finds himself getting involved with the town. And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful. 

With the whole town watching for his next move, Cooper has to choose between his old life and a place full of new possibilities. A place that just might be home.

My take:  Robyn Carr has done it again. She’s imagined a community of interesting characters as the basis of a new series – and I was sold from the first page.

I loved the Oregon coast setting and the people who live in the small town of Thunder Point. There’s Hank Cooper and Sarah Dupre, Mac McCain and Gina James, Mac’s aunt Lou and her beau, Joe. These characters and the people in their lives experience relatable challenges that kept me interested and turning the pages. A bit of mystery was woven throughout the book and was satisfactorily solved by the end. 

I’m so glad Robyn Carr has ventured outside of Virgin River (the series that made me a fan) and look forward to reading the second book in the Thunder Point series. 

My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr

Title:  My Kind of Christmas (Virgin River #20)

Author:  Robyn Carr

Genre:  Contemporary Romance series

Published:  October 2012 – Harlequin/MIRA

My take:  Angie LaCroix cannot spend another minute under her parents’ roof. She’s grateful that her mother took care of her after a terrible car crash several months earlier but she can’t take the micromanaging where her future is concerned. She decides to get out of town for a few weeks and heads to Virgin River where her uncle Jack and other relatives live.

Patrick Riordan landed in Virgin River to take some time and figure out if he wants to remain in the Navy or take his life in a new direction. He’s staying at the cabin of one of his brothers – he has four and most live in the area. Patrick is dealing with PTSD after his best friend (and wingman) was shot down in the middle East. He feels responsible and has pledged to look after his friend’s wife and child – maybe even marry her.

What Angie and Patrick don’t count on is meeting each other. It’s an instant attraction that can’t be ignored – even if they tell each other it can’t be permanent.

Well, this is a romance. A Robyn Carr Virgin River romance. You can guess where this story will go and Robyn Carr doesn’t disappoint. It was hard not to smile while watching the love story unfold. It was fun to see appearances of characters from earlier books in the series – most of them relatives of Angie and Patrick who provided a lot of comic relief. There’s also a heart-warming subplot within the love story. It allowed Angie to shine and find a bit of herself she thought was gone.

If you’re a fan of the series I think you’ll enjoy My Kind of Christmas as much as I did. If you like Contemporary Romance but haven’t read a Virgin River book I recommend starting with book one and enjoy getting to know the people of the small California mountain town. It’s my favorite CR series.

Disclosure:  I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not compensated for my review.

Bring Me Home For Christmas by Robyn Carr

Title: Bring Me Home For Christmas

Virgin River series #16

Author: Robyn Carr

Genre: Romance; Christmas

Published: October 2011 – Mira

About: (from Goodreads synopsis) This year, Becca Timm knows the number one item on her Christmas wish list: getting over Denny Cutler. Three years ago Denny broke her heart before heading off to war. It’s time she got over her silly college relationship and moved on.

So she takes matters into her own hands and heads up to Virgin River, the rugged little mountain town that Denny calls home, as an uninvited guest on her brother’s men-only hunting weekend. But when an accident turns her impromptu visit into an extended stay, Becca finds herself stranded in Virgin River.

My brief take: Robyn Carr takes us back to Virgin River, CA for a Christmas story. We got to know Denny in the most recent books and now we see the reason why he ended up in the small mountain town – Becca. He is taken by surprise when she shows up for the hunting weekend with her brother and friends. Denny thought it would be just the guys he served with in ‘the sandbox’. Becca’s appearance changes everything – including the rest of his life.

If you’re looking for a romance with a heartwarming Christmas theme and a hopeful and happy ending you may enjoy Take Me Home For Christmas. I recommend it to fans of Robyn Carr and the Virgin River series.

Source: I bought it.

Disclaimer: See sidebar. I was not compensated for my review.

Show Me 5 Saturday – A Summer In Sonoma by Robyn Carr

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1 Title:  A Summer in Sonoma by Robyn Carr

2 Words that describe the book:  Friends and Lovers (I know, that’s 3 words…)

3 Settings or characters:

*  Cassie is 29 and still dating losers until a chance meeting of a total opposite.

*  Julie is married with three kids and is tired of trying to make ends meet while never getting ahead.

*  Marty and Beth (I couldn’t leave one out!) round out the circle of four friends who’ve known each other since they were kids.  Marty feel unappreciated by her husband and is ready for change.  Beth, a doctor, was recently diagnosed with a second round of cancer.

4 Things I liked/disliked about the book:

*  I love how Robyn Carr tells a story – great dialogue, setting, and pace.

*  I liked how Julie and her husband got on track with the money issues and other personal issues.  I imagine many readers could relate to their storyline.

*  For the most part I liked Cassie’s story.  I really liked the new man in her life.  What bugged me about Cassie was also quite understandable.  She has major trust issues with guys but it wore a little thin for me.

*  I liked that Robyn Carr wrote a stand alone novel.  I’ve read her Virgin River series (love it) but it was nice to meet new characters and setting.

5 Stars or less for the rating:  3.75/5

A Summer in Sonoma

From Goodreads: They’ve been best friends since seventh grade. But this summer, teetering on the threshold of thirty, four women are going to need each other more than ever.  Life can change in an instant…or a summer. And having old friends to lean on can only up the chances of happily ever after.

Show Me 5 Saturday – Deep In The Valley by Robyn Carr

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1. Book title: Deep In The Valley by Robyn Carr

2. Words that describe the book: Contemporary Fiction

3. Settings or characters: Grace Valley, CA; Dr. June Hudson; Every inhabitant of the town

4. Things I liked/disliked about the book:
I liked the small town setting
I liked the quirky characters
I liked the medical drama
I liked the conflict
I like that this is the first of three books

5. Stars or less: 4.5/5 I enjoyed this book even more than I expected. Robyn Carr is a favorite author.

Deep in the Valley (Grace Valley Trilogy, #1)
Goodreads synopsis:
Welcome to Grace Valley, California—where blood runs thicker…ties are stronger…and love is all the more sweet

Visitors to the town often remark about the valley’s peace and beauty—both of which are plentiful. Unlocked doors, front porches, pies cooling in the windows—this is country life at its finest. But visitors don’t always see what lies at the heart of a community. Or just beyond…

June Hudson grew up in Grace Valley, the daughter of the town doctor. Leaving only to get her medical training, she returned home and followed in her father’s footsteps. Some might say she chose the easy, comfortable route…but June knows better.

For June, her emergency room is wherever she’s needed—or wherever a patient finds her. She is always on call, her work is her life and these people are her extended family. Which is a good thing, since this is a town where you should have picked your husband in the ninth grade. Grace Valley is not exactly the place to meet eligible men—until an undercover DEA agent suddenly starts appearing at all sorts of strange hours.

Everybody has secrets down in the valley. Now June has one of her own.

Show Me 5 Saturday – Angel’s Peak

Pick a book you’ve read or reviewed during the current week. Each Saturday post the answers to the numbered questions found below. The number indicates the number of answers to provide.

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1 Book you read and/or reviewed this week:
* Angel’s Peak by Robyn Carr

2 Words that describe the book:
* Romance; series

3 Settings where it took place or characters you met:
* Virgin River, CA
* Phoenix, AZ
* The Riordan family

4 Things you liked and/or disliked about it:
* Liked the three main story lines
* Liked that characters from past books had more than cameo appearances
* Like the way Robyn Carr tells a story filled with compassion, humor and love
* Like that everything wasn’t wrapped up at the end of the book

5 Stars or less for your rating:
4 stars

Angel's Peak (Virgin River, #10)

(Goodreads synopsis)
Four years ago, Air Force sweethearts Franci Duncan and Sean Riordan reached an impasse. She wanted marriage and a family, he didn’t. But a chance meeting proves that the bitter breakup hasn’t cooled their sizzling chemistry.

Sean has settled down in spite of himself—he’s not the cocky young fighter pilot he was when Franci left, and he wants them to try again. After all, they have a history…but that’s not all they share.

Franci’s secret reason for walking away when Sean refused to commit is now three and a half: a redheaded cherub named Rosie who shares her daddy’s emerald green eyes. Sean is stunned—and furious with Franci for the deception.

News travels fast in Virgin River, and soon the whole town is taking sides. Rebuilding their trust could take a small miracle—and the kind of love that can move mountains.

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Show Me 5 Saturday – Forbidden Falls


That’s A Novel Idea hosts a MEME called Show Me Five Saturday. This meme will give each blogger an opportunity to give a brief description of a book they have read or reviewed during the week. It will work like this: Each Saturday you will post the answer to these questions. The number indicates the number of answers you will provide.

1 Book you read and/or reviewed this week: Forbidden Falls by Robyn Carr

2 Words that describe the book: Romance, series

3 Settings or characters you met: Takes place in Virgin River, CA. Main characters are Ellie Baldwin and Noah Kincaid.

4 Things you liked and/or disliked about it: I liked the three main storylines. I enjoyed the heck out of the Ellie character. The main plot seemed a bit over the top but Robyn Carr did what she always does: she wrote an entertaining novel with endearing characters – and I couldn’t put it down until I finished. I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

5 Stars or less for your rating: 4 stars

Forbidden Falls (Virgin River, #9)
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Paradise Valley by Robyn Carr

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From the back of the book: For a favorite son returned from war and an outsider looking for a home, Virgin River offers them a chance to make peace with the men they once were . . . and to find the dreams they thought they’d lost.
Robyn Carr picks up the Virgin River series with book #7 – Paradise Valley. We find out that Rick has been injured while serving with the Marines in Iraq. After rehab he returns to Virgin River where he needs to figure out things in his life. He’s angry and scared. He presumes how people will react to his injuries so he acts first. Unfortunately, he decides to cut loose everyone closest to him. Carr takes us on Rick’s journey of self-acceptance. We also catch up on a couple of other story-lines (Cameron and Abby; Dan Brady; Cheryl Creighton). But this is really Rick’s book. It may just be the best in the series so far.