Author: Robyn Carr
Series: Thunder Point (Book 4)
Publication: Harlequin MIRA (February 25, 2014)
Description: 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.
My Thoughts: THE CHANCE is the fourth book in the Thunder Point series. It stands alone well but, I'm sure, would be a richer experience for readers who had read the first three books. There are lots and lots of characters and relationships in this story which would have been clearer had I read the first books.
There are also three main plot threads in this story. The first is the romance between FBI agent Laine Carrington and ex-con Eric Gentry. Laine is looking for a place to recover from being shot while on her last undercover case and reassess her life while Eric is looking to connect with the daughter he didn't know he had and build a new business. The two don't seem to have a lot of interests in common but the sexual chemistry between them is epic.
The second plot thread is also a romance. Al Michel is a drifter who has worked for Eric in the past. Ray Anne is a local realtor. He is still recovering from a teenage marriage and the crib death of his son. His reaction was to run and these 38 years later he is still running. He also has a feeling of inferiority because he can't read because of dyslexia. He might have found a home in Thunder Point if he's brave enough to stay.
The third thread is not a romance. It is the story of a seventeen-year-old trying to keep things together for his family. His mom is in the stage of MS when she needs constant nursing care. He has two younger brothers. He is trying to hold on until he is eighteen so that he can get custody of his younger brothers and keep the family together. The boy works for Eric in his garage and is befriended by Al.
All of these threads are woven together quite well as all the characters deal with their complicated pasts and come to some happier future. Fans of romances with large casts of characters will enjoy this story.
Just because Laine was an FBI agent and an expert markswoman didn't mean she was a thug or a tomboy. No, sir. She was actually a girly girl. Yes, she could throw a big guy over the hood of a car and cuff him. And yes, she had been in some fights—not by choice, but hell, sometimes duty called. She was strong, tough, fearless and feminine.I got this book for review from Amazon Vine. You can buy your copy here.