Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Chance by Robyn Carr

Title:  The Chance
Series:  Thunder Point #4
Author:  Robyn Carr
Published:  February 25/14 by Harlequin MIRA
Length:  368pgs
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf: own
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

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.

My Review:

This is the type of novel that you put an emotional investment into. Carr weaves a story about life, love, and everything that comes with it. The poignant look into the lives of her characters drew me into the tale, while the realistic outlook and portrayal allowed me to live it. The notion that life doesn’t always go the way that you planned, but following your heart turns out in the end really gave me hope. Carr paints every aspect of Thunder Point for her readers, making them part of the town. And not only does the scenery come to life, the entire town does. The melding of everyone’s lives in this intimate town doesn’t go unnoticed. This novel kept me emotionally, intellectually and imaginatively engaged while showing both the good and the bad that comes of families and illness.

Carr has filled this novel with emotionally engaging characters. Laine & Eric make quite the couple. Her need for her family’s approval and her recovery from her time with The Fellowship combined in a manner that I couldn’t help but envy her, even if the situation wasn’t a happy one. Her strength of character in the face of so many different types of adversity was fantastic. Eric’s reinvention of himself over time is something that gave me hope. I loved how caring he was with everyone around him. Even though these two main characters captured my heart, I loved getting to know Al & Rae Anne’s stories. These two were so much fun and so different from everyone we normally meet in contemporary romances.

Once again Carr has created a novel that made me laugh & cry. I could barely put this one down. It was absolutely fantastic. I can’t wait for more from this series.

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