Estelle: The Hero by Robyn Carr (Thunder Point Series)

The Hero by Robyn Carr: Part of the Thunder Point series, out on bookshelves on August 27, 2013The Hero by Robyn Carr ( web | tweet )
Part of the Thunder Point series.
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Pages: 384
Target audience: Adult
Keywords: cult, romance, friendship, football
Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!)
Last book I reviewed by Robyn Carr: The Newcomer

Summary: Devan has escaped from a commune with her young daughter and thanks to the kindness of a stranger, she lands in Thunder Point. At the same time, Spencer has moved his son Austin to the town so he could run the high school’s popular football program and start fresh after the death of his young wife.

A wedding, home makeover, and a gorgeous coastal setting? These are a few of my favorite things and all of them happen in The Hero.

Thank you, Robyn Carr!

The third book in the Thunder Point series does not disappoint, friends. (I say this all the time, but feel free to start this series out of order.) Even though some favorite characters from previous books are pushed to the sidelines, I loved meeting Devan, a young mother who has just escaped a life in a commune with her young daughter, and ends up in Thunder Point. She’s scared, she’s insecure, and (who can blame her) she’s not so quick to trust. But her first friend surprisingly comes from Rawley, a quiet but resourceful older friend that can be found in Carr’s other two books.

It was absolutely delightful to get to know the perpetually silent and loyal Rawley and watch him introduce Devan to Thunder Point, help her build a home there, and practically adopt her and her daughter as if they were his family.

Spencer is another new face in Thunder Point (see Book 2) with his son, Austin. After the death of his young wife, he’s ready to embrace a new life in this friendly town where he has accepted a job as the high school football coach. In this town, football is a religion, and Spencer immediately becomes a hot commodity. (He can’t have a beer without someone wanting to talk sports with him.) His sudden affection (and slight obsession?) for Devan surprises him and it was so nice to see the two grow a friendship into a sweet romance despite her secrets. (The tension!)

What’s good doesn’t stay great forever though. I knew Devan’s past would find a way to catch up with her, but I didn’t foresee how it would happen or all the extra challenges she would battle at the same time. I just knew I was rooting for her. Who is the real hero in this book? It’s a label that doesn’t fit just one character, let me tell ya.

Yet again, I enjoyed getting to hang out with these characters and I’m so sad I have to wait until March to take a trip back to Thunder Point. Maybe by then all of you can catch up with me and check them out yourself? I like that idea.

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12 thoughts on “Estelle: The Hero by Robyn Carr (Thunder Point Series)

  1. Ann says:

    I finally got caught up with the Virgin River series which leads into this series. Very much looking forward to reading The Hero

  2. Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader says:

    After reading an endless string of reviews for the books in this series, I’m still not sure it’s the right choice for me. I tend to gravitate toward romances that focus on one relationship per book in the series, and from what I understand about Carr’s Thunder Point series, this isn’t always necessarily the case. I also must admit that it seems a little soon for Spencer to move on only four months after the death of his wife. Although he likely had the opportunity to prepare himself for it well beforehand because she was sick for some time, it still doesn’t sit well with me. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed it though, Estelle! One of my other friends thought that this was the best novel in the series so far, so it sounds as though Carr’s work becomes increasingly engrossing as she progresses 🙂

  3. Alexa Y. says:

    I am very excited about this book for a number of reasons. But the primary one is that I miss this setting! It was so beautifully described in the first book, and I find myself missing it whenever I encounter this book or its predecessor. The story of this one does sound fantastic too, so there’s also that. Glad to hear this series gets better and better!

  4. Lauren @ Love is not a triangle says:

    Thank you for specifying that this is the third book in a series, and that it doesn’t matter where we start. That’s always helpful for new readers. Love when a series of books is set in the same place and you really get to know it throughout. I love slow building romances, and I’m very curious about the fact that you say the label of “hero” doesn’t fit just one person. I want to find out what that means. Thanks for this review!

  5. Vicky says:

    I love Robyn Carr’s books because she gives so much insight into her character’s lives, making them believable. I like to read romance novels, because they allow me a mini vacation, imaging how other peoples lives are lived, even in fiction.

  6. Christine L. says:

    I like escaping reality and learning about the inner workings of others’ relationships. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  7. April Books & Wine says:

    While I strongly disliked the first Robyn Carr book I read — some Virgin River book — I am willing to give those Thunder Point books a shot, because A) different series and B) you’ve given it your stamp of approval and that’s important to me, ha ha.

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