Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Promise by Robyn Carr

Title: The Promise
Author: Robyn Carr
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Thunder Point #5
Main Characters: Scott and Peyton
Release Date: June 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr returns to Thunder Point with an uplifting story about overcoming loss and finding unexpected love 

Scott Grant has a bustling family practice in the small Oregon community of Thunder Point. The town and its people have embraced the widowed doctor and father of two, his children are thriving, and Scott knows it's time to move on from his loss. But as the town's only doctor, the dating scene is awkward. That is, until a stunning physician's assistant applies for a job at his clinic. 

Peyton Lacoumette considers herself entirely out of the dating scene. She's already been burned by a man with kids, and she's come to Thunder Point determined not to repeat past mistakes. When Scott offers her a job, at a much lower salary than she's used to, Peyton is surprisingly eager to accept…at least for now. She's willing to stay for a three-month trial period while she explores other options. 
Scott and Peyton know the arrangement is temporary—it isn't enough time to build a real relationship, never mind anything with lasting commitment. But love can blossom faster than you think when the timing is right, and this short visit just might hold the promise of forever.
My Review:

I'll be the first to admit that this series hasn't been my favorites from Robyn Carr, but with this novel, she does seem to be hitting her stride on it. I enjoyed this one...and the main reason is that she really kept the focus of the book on Scott and Peyton.

Peyton truly never meant to end up in Thunder Point. Her last relationship with the doctor she worked for ended VERY badly and she needs time to recuperate so she's taking a meandering trip along the coast. She's a highly trained PA and will probably have her choices of where to work next, but she wants to take time to make some decisions about her career and life. In the meantime, she sees an ad looking for a PA in the medical clinic in Thunder Point. On a whim, she answers it and ends up with a three month trial position. She's there temporarily until she makes a decision about what she wants to do next. She knows the one thing she doesn't want to do is get involved with the charming and sexy doctor she works for, Scott. 

Scott is a widower with two young children. He's been in several of the Thunder Point novels and is just an all-around nice guy. That doesn't change in this book although he has a few jerk-ish moments at the end when he's dealing with some unpleasant emotions. No, this book is really about Peyton. 

Peyton is from a huge Basque family who run a very productive farm. I've never been exposed to the Basque culture before so this was interesting reading in that regard. They have a huge family farm and quite of the book was set there. I liked that aspect of it. 

This is a book that's also REALLY about family and there were three family dynamics at play...
1. Scott as a single parent to his two young children. There was a lot about how he balances caring for them with being the town's only doctor and on-call for ER duty. I loved the emphasis on time with them with things like the table fort and how much importance he put on that. 
2. Ted, the ex, with his three teenagers was the opposite kind of dynamic. This is a father who doesn't take time for his kids and that shows in their attitudes and the troubles they get into. After three years, both Ted and his heartless kids left scars on Peyton who just wanted to love all of them.
3. Peyton's HUGE family...eight siblings and hundreds of extended family. This is a family that works hard together, but they love just as hard. They fight, but they stand by each other no matter what. Her family taught Peyton her work ethic and that life isn't about things, but people. 

Overall, I feel like this was the best book so far in the series. I really enjoyed the family comparisons and what a great team Scott and Peyton make together...both in the family dynamic and in the office as the town's only medical personnel. 

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

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