Throwback Thursday Review: The Hero by Robyn Carr


The Hero by Robyn Carr
Series: Thunder Point (# 3)
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: MIRA
Pages: 379
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



With warmth and sensitivity, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr shows readers that falling in love can be the bravest act of all.

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.


Review:  As I was reviewing my NetGalley account, I realized that this book had not yet been reviewed.  I read it back when the book was released in 2013, but was having trouble putting my thoughts down.  Nearly four years later, the only thing that really stuck with me about this book was that there was this commune / cult that was a big part of the story.  And I really didn’t like that.

I’ve been a fan of Robyn Carr for a while now.  I love her Virgin River series and have re-read most of those books.  But there’s something off about Thunder Point..  It’s almost a cheap rip off of Virgin River.  The characters haven’t pulled me in.  I can’t seem to care about the town and the inhabitants.  Which makes it hard to continue this series.

That said, let’s actually talk about The Hero.  The characters aren’t memorable.  In fact, before doing a quick re-read of the book to write the review, I couldn’t remember anything about them.  And re-reading the story, didn’t make my impressions any better.  Devon is a pretty weak character.  A lot of it comes from her history with the commune.  But you’d think that if she had enough backbone to “run away”… but alas, I just couldn’t seem to really relate or well, care.  Then there’s Spencer.  Too good to be true, but didn’t seem to really get the airtime that you’d expect from the hero of the book.  And again, probably why I didn’t connect and remember.

I have serious mixed feelings on the whole commune / cult plot.  I think it really could have worked, but in the end, it left a bad taste in my mouth.  The twist at the end helped, but I can’t believe that those living in the commune would have been so oblivious.

All in all, this one just didn’t work for me when I originally read it and still doesn’t work for me now.  I’m not sure if I’ll continue this series or not after this lackluster installment.


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