The Chance by Robyn Carr

The Chance by Robyn Carr

Share the joys, heartbreaks, challenges and triumphs of the people who inhabit the small Oregon town of Thunder Point with #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr 

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 Chance by Robyn Carr

The Thunder Point series is the second ‘big’ small town series by Robyn Carr. Following on from the hugely successful Virgin River books, it was always going to be a challenge to get readers as invested in the second series as the first.

For some, it worked. For others, they found it a bit too much along the lines of women’s fiction. This book isn’t.

I’m one who is so addicted to Robyn Carr’s writing style that I’d read the phonebook if she wrote it, and while you have to make some adjustments for Thunder Point, I think it’s worthwhile. Virgin River had exhausted itself, and it was time for something new.

I loved The Chance, and some of the issues covered hit very, very close to home for me. Some readers shy away from fictional depictions of issues they’ve dealt with in real life, but for me – if things are handled well and researched properly – it only makes the book a more powerful read.

I think that this, the fourth in the series, is the most like the books in the Virgin River series. There’re multiple storylines, but I felt like the central relationship stayed the focus from start to finish.

It helps that I loved Eric when he appeared in the past; in fact, his discovery he had a teenage daughter was my favourite part of a previous book – even though it was a minor side story. I also like that he has some romance hero qualities but is still a character you can believe you’d run into in the street. I also like that he has red hair – not many of those appearing in the romance market!

Initially I was disappointed that the poor doctor wasn’t the hero of this one; he’s been waiting a long time for some happiness. However he’s the star of the next book, so that’s okay!

I didn’t picture Laine properly when she appeared in the last book. I had a very different image of the female FBI agent who saved the women to the romance heroine she is. She was strong and capable, but also soft and vulnerable. I liked her character.

What Carr does best is go for subtlety and realism in her characters. They’re funny and fun and normal. I made a comment while I was reading that this quote was much more romantic to me than any mega-alpha, over the top, clichéd possessive ‘romance hero’ nonsense:

“Call me at layovers if you can. Call me when you get there for sure. Call me too much, okay?”

The secret to Carr’s popularity is that she can inject love and caring into everyday situations instead of showing it in ridiculous Grand Gestures.

The side stories were equally as engaging, dealing with a devastating situation for a seventeen-year-old boy, a father terrified of his Alzheimer’s diagnosis and a romance between two unlikely, slightly older characters.

If this is the direction the Thunder Point series is going, I’m definitely on board.

This was a really great book.

Review copy provided by NetGalley.

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