Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Hero by Robyn Carr


Title: The Hero
Author: Robyn Carr
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Thunder Point #3
Main Characters: Devon and Spencer
Release Date: August 2013
Publisher: Harlequin
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
This is book #3 in this new series from Robyn Carr and I will be right up front and admit, I've been disappointed with this series before now. That changed with this book. And the good news is that you don't have to read the first two books to enjoy this one. It definitely works as a stand-alone...and I probably should clarify here. The first two books are NOT bad. I enjoyed the stories overall, but they entail a LOT of characters and a LOT of POV's that, to me, were very distracting to the point of annoyance while I read them.

It seems like that now that the town and dynamics have been established (a LOT of that in the first two books) this particular book settled into telling the story of a set group of characters, rather than the entire town like we've had in the last two books. (Although, there was one tiny 15 page section in the last third of the book which didn't fit...where we got a recap of ALL the other characters...I would have been perfectly happy without that in this book.) There was still more POV jumping than I like, but overall the book seemed more settled, rather than the all over the place feel we got  in the first two books. 

This book is about Spencer. We met him in Book #2 as his wife died. He's father to 10 yo Austin, who actually is Cooper's biological son (hero book #1). And honestly, those details are fleshed out in this book so you don't need to read the first two books to understand all that complication. He's the head coach to the high school football team and just moved to Thunder Point as an escape after his wife died and so that Austin could be closer to Cooper.

The heroine in this book is Devon, and she's a new character. She's introduced when Rawley, the barkeep at Cooper's beach bar, picks her and her 3 yo daughter up along the road. She's escaped/runaway from a commune where the leader is an ego-driven, drug growing s.o.b. He's really bad news and Devon is scared for Mercy which is why she ran away.

The hero/heroine of this story have admittedly both been through a lot. But as it's pointed out several times throughout the story, everyone in this little town has been through a lot. Yikes. I liked the whole commune aspect to the story...it's definitely an unexpected twist for a romance novel heroine. I was entertained by the story and the book in general. The sections of the book where the focus was taken off the H/h were short enough that they didn't annoy me like they have in previous books in this series. 

Honestly, this is a series that I really don't feel belongs in the romance genre. I feel it would be better classified as women's fiction. This is a book series about a community/small town....and my one big complaint about it is that there are flat-out too many POV's in a single book. The scenes from Lou's POV could be COMPLETELY left out of the book and you would NEVER notice the hole. That kind of thing bugs me, but like I said, it bugged me less in this book than it did during the reading of the previous two.

Overall the book was entertaining. If you enjoy small town books, these are good. Just don't expect them to focus on a single Hero/heroine throughout the book. There are multiple POV's and layers of story all happening simultaneously. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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